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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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1,888 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,888
Hads: 5,845
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 291
Gots: 778 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 1,888 | Hads: 5,845
Photo of illidurit
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with amber hues. 3 finger light tan cascading head. Excellent retention with thick concentric lacing.

S: Piney hops. Retrograde exhalation reveals a boozy tinge.

T: Overriding piney hop flavor with hints of citrus. Faint influence from the dark malt.

M: Well carbonated. Hops are sharp, bitter, and oily, resulting in a bit of a sticky finish.

D: Hits pretty hard at 8.7%. Great beer for an extreme hophead.

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Photo of stephendr
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. glass bottle- color of India ink, with a decent tan colored head - nose of flora hops, and malt – taste is malty, with good floral hops, and resin/gummy quality - body is medium, and with medium to high carbonation – aftertaste of hops, and malt

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Photo of kidcas
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a misunderstood BEAUTY. There are very few "black IPAs" on the market. Greg Noonan at Vermont pub and brewery used to brew one and I lived for it. This one takes the cake though. Its appearance is as exciting as the taste profile. The dominant hops are not overpowering so that the chocolate and roasted malts come through. I am not sure why this is labeled as American Strong Ale. It is not like Old Thumper or the old Magic Hat Red Ale, its an IPA on steroids, GREAT BEER.

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Photo of aaronh
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a full, persistent head. Aroma has a bunch of citrus hoppiness in there along with some nice roastiness that pushes through once you expect the hops. taste is all IPA at first, then a bit more of a dry chocolate malt flavor comes through. The malt sweetness seems to build as you drink, and the hop flavor also becomes more sweet and less bitter. Really an enjoyable beer. Mouthfeel is solid, maybe just a tad heavy for the workout the flavor gives you. Drinkabiity is also very good. Something interesting that I'd like to see more examples of in the future.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark body with about a 1 inch, tan head with solid retention. Good lacing all along the glass until the finish.

S: Smells slightly spicy with some floral hints.

T: A slightly sweet, malty taste in the beginning. Very smooth; reminded me a little bit of a milk stout. About halfway through the beer, the hops become more noticeable as the beer gets slightly bitterer. Hops are originally present in the aftertaste in the beginning of the beer but become more evident in the taste later.

M: A solid, full-bodied beer. Nice and smooth and easy on the palette.

D: A pretty drinkable beer overall. Fairly balanced with respect to hops and malts. Smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel makes this brew a good session beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with some light roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt with some west-coats bitter hops mostly dominating. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and alcohol is not apparent. Interesting take on the IPA style but nothing really earth shattering.

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Photo of DackAchan
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Good appearance. Pours dark with a nice one finger mocha head that laces slightly.

S- Decent smell, can smell the hops in it.

T- Good taste, wonderful hops taste. Slight lemon taste to it with a bitter aftertaste.

M- Decent mouthfeel. Slight bite, heavy body. can feel the alcohol as it goes down.

D- The drinkablity is down because of the high alcohol content and the bitterness. But, if you like IPAs, this is a good one, but not as good as Ruination.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black that shows some red highlights when held up to the light. Two finger head that dissipates, but never goes away, laces the glass all the way down. Aroma is hops citrusy, piney, grapefruity hops with a faint biscuit/caramel malt in the background. Taste is more of the same bitter hops. Another great offering from Stone.

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Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark blackish red letting very little light pass through with a tan, 1 finger head.

S- Smell is predominately hoppy with floral characteristics and dark fruit undertones.

T- Taste starts off like a weak stout with coffee and dark flavors followed by a hop bitterness reminiscent of an IPA.

M- Thick and highly carbonated.

D- This is a very drinakble brew, easily sessionable.

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Photo of Homerbag
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black with a foamy head like a dopplebock. Great head retention.

Smells like an IPA strong citrus hops with pine. Reminds me of a cut grapefruit in an evergreen.

Taste, heavy citrusy hops, some malty undertones but almost IPAish with the hops. They overpower just about everything on the palate, in a good way.

Some grapefruit aftertaste, light and dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a pleasure to drink. Since there are really no rules on this style other than high ABV, this is a good beer. Sould have bought another when I had the chance. Stone needs to come to Wisconsin.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this on tap at the Hop Devil in Manhattan several months ago, but finally got around to trying a bomber over the holidays. It pours black with a tan colored foam but smells like a strong IPA, grapefruit citrus dominating. The taste is mainly hops, I don't get much of any roasted malt that other reviewers have mentioned. Very good as Stone always produces good IPAs.

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Photo of Phocion
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a subtle copper hue. Small but extremely resilient and frothy brown sugar-colored head.

Beautiful aroma. Nice bouquet of citric hops; grapefruit and pineapple, followed by a somewhat piney scent. Interesting addition of toffee, dark roasted, and chocolate malts.

The flavor is a little more balanced than my nose had originally led me to believe. The hops are still dominant, but not quite as overpowering as I expected.

It looks like a porter or stout, but the mouthfeel is definitely that of an IPA. Nice and crisp, but still a fairly heavy body.

This was definitely an interesting beer. I'm not sure if I'd describe it as a hopped up porter or a dark IPA, but it's good, and that works for me. Stone is definitely going to have a hard time topping this for their 12th anniversary, but I am definitely looking forward to it.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 11th pours near black with amber highlights on the sides of the glass. The creamy tan head leaves an expansive network of lace trails and patches of foam. The head has excellent retention. The nose is full of pithy, citrusy, piney hops, with a subtle roasted malt feel in the back. As the beer warms milk chocolate is noticeable as well.

The taste is an expanse of hops, all the grapefruit and pine you expect from PacNW hops (the best hops in the world IMO). A pungent bitter is evident from the start. Roasty malt and anise flavors keep reminding me that this isnt simply an IPA. Some meringue like malt lies is the background. The finish is lightly roasty and very bitter, coating my mouth for many minutes. The mouthfeel is medium full and subtly carbonated - almost like its bottle conditioned. Alcohol is impeccably well hidden.

Id say this beer leans more towards 'black IPA' than 'very hoppy stout'. The IPA characteristics take the front seat here. Mmmmm hops.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown, tinged red. Dense tan head. Finely patterned lace.

Fresh hoppy smell - grapefruit, pineapple, pine - with rich malt like cookie batter with some chocolate and coffee. An herbal tinge like sage. The elements manage to go well together. Very nice.

Flavor of citrusy hops and chewy malt, with a touch of roasted coffee. The roastiness is well integrated with the hops. Balanced medium sweetness, finally drying toward the end, with the roastiness and pine emerging more. Lingering bitter citrus and pine hops and roastiness.

Full smooth carbonation. Drinkable.

A good, original beer. An interesting bridge between styles.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.79 for a 22oz bomber at Jacks. September 2007. 8.7% ABV. OG=20.5 P. This was reviewed 12/28/07, and at that time was callled the 11th anniversary ale. The first release date as the "Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale" was January 2009. I re-reviewed this as such on 12/14/10. The website states it was hopped with Chinnok for bittering, Simcoe and Amarillo for flavoring and dry hops. 90 IBU's.

Pours out to a clear light black (if there is such a thing...I mean, how much more black can you get? None black. The answer is none more black). The head is sumptuous and creamy tan, a living and breathing organism, leaving thick sheets of lace. This is one of those few carbonated bottled beers that pours as nicely as a nitro tap. Wow. Excellent, excellent retention. The finest looking (carbonated) beer I've poured in the last few years. The aroma is delicious, ripe with mangos (Centennial?), pineapple, a little skunky weed (Amarillo?) and this really cool hidden nose of "Regular" Downy fabric softener. Call me crazy, but it's there, I swear to god. Mouthfeel is dry from the dark grains and hops, with an Aria Giovanni body. Curvy and sensual. When swirled, a touch of sweetly roasted grains and milk arises. Reminds me alot of Founder's Black Rye. Oh, the taste...yummy stuff this is. This shit gets me excited. Opens up full bore with huge flavorful hops and all the tropical fruit it can muster, followed by a sweet and toasty, burnt and roasty stoutish middle. There's a snap of moderately intense herbal bitterness and a big kick of peppery alk-e-hawl in the aftertaste. Cleanly fermented. There is a big grapefruity pith and rind bitterness in the aftertaste.

As I drink it, the bitterness becomes a little more intense and off-balance, but it still rocks. I do prefer Black Rye to this as it's just as intense but a scoche more balanced, but this is still damn tasty good.

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Photo of rousee
2.38/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark onyx color with a thick active 3 centimeter head that holds quite well.

Smell is somewhat vinous with elements of plums or dark cherries and some roasty dark malt undertones.

Taste is similar to the nose but there is more of the roasted malt character noticed throughout. I cant really get into this at all--too vinous and boozy. And the roasted element of the malts tastes like they are burnt.

This has to be the least enjoyed of any Stone beer I have tried.

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Photo of Atron67
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update: new tasting 0n 4/21/09 --> actually in great condition right now. good moment to drink. oxidation probably can fill out a bit more too before starting to go downhill, so dont worry yet about this beauty

A- poured a dark dark brown, with a fluffy tan head on top, the head slowly faded over a couple minutes, but still left pretty good lacing on top as well

S- massive delicious maltiness, good floral hops dark fruits?

T- heavy maltiness on the first sip, turns into a nice bitterness that isnt that sharp, but still strong in the hops, really smooth finish which is surprizing, pretty damn delicious

M- pretty haevy body, medium carbonation, flows over the tongue well, fades pretty quickly

D- more!!!!

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark dark yummy brown. Huge monster head w/ tons of little bubbles that stay and stay then line the glass; Mmmmm!

S: Hoppy, woodsy, slight coffee, little chocolate, and Hoppy.

T: Follows right along from the smell(s). Hopalicious, chocolate and coffee under tones and kinda grassy. There is also a sweet taste, not quite sure, maybe raisins.

M: Smooth. Creamy smooth. Coats the tongue completely and evenly and the flavor(s) linger long after you swallow.

D: I could drink this every day if possible. I am really pleased; another ringer by Stone.

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Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Great One, a very good IPA with added thickness from chocolate malt. Pours dark and foamy, hoppy, ahh! the taste of citrus C-hop, (there is also Amarillo and Simcoe) and the c-hop aroma. Background roastiness. Full mouthfeel. Delightful as a meal in itself.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone XI poured a deep ruby color, more along the characteristics of a Stout than a brown ale. The head was dark, rich, and had a "surge" similar to a Guinness. The smell had a noticeable aroma of earthy hops and a slight roasted malt undertone. The taste was true to the aroma; it had a solid roasted malt character that sat well on the tongue and faded gently into a distinct and enjoyable hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very good, a nice body but not heavy or thick. This beer is quite drinkable, but be careful to enjoy in moderation or it will bite you back. Enjoy!

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Photo of Raugupatis
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is only my second review here and I decided to do it on a favorite brewery of mine, Stone. They seem to get the need for body and hops in a beer.

That being said, their 11th anniversary is not a typical Stone Beer. When I think of Stone I think of the nearly-bitter hoppiness of their Arrogant Bastard or Ruination.

In the 11th Anniversary Ale, the hops are mingled with the chocolate/coffee taste from porter, but not flawlessly so. But it is a fun diversion and I am glad I came across this one.

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Photo of dhilltop2000
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Definitely one to try. I wasn't sure what to expect as it’s only listed as Stone XI and mentions a dark IPA on the back. Pours a brownish-black color with ruby accents around the perimeter. The head is a little too over abundant and hangs around in thick 1-2" clumps after finishing a pint. As it warms the head only multiplies in following pours, leaving long yearning minutes of undrinkable beer due to a mountain of foam. Smell is intoxicating! A porter?, an IPA?, BOTH! Smells of toasted oats and grain while balanced by a hoppy aroma, slight citrus note, porter and some barley wine qualities. This is among Stone's better brews as it is an ensemble to the sense. Let this beer sit from the fridge for awhile and it's definitely a treat.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy crap! I unexpectedly came across a bottle of this tonight and although I wasn't planning on reviewing it, I feel it deserves mentioning here.

For appearance: the beer was black as any stout of good lineage could be expected to be. Opaque and solid, lacey and full - all good roasted barley beer qualities in attendance.

Aroma is the high point of this all around stand-out brew. With eyes closed the nose almost made me believe I was quaffing a Weyerbacher 11. If that reference is not meaningful to you, let me just say - think of the richest hop medley aroma you can conjure and you'd have the nose on this beer.

In flavor comes the uniqueness of this anniversary ale. It is at once a full-bodied IPA and a completely unsour strong porter/fully mellow yet rich stout. I'm gushing, I know, but this beer really is superb. It nails every point I expected from the description.

Mouthfeel means full but not filling. demanding but not overpowering, rich but not gut-busting.

Drinkability is really quite amazing considering the beer's roots. Stone really pulled this off. A truly unique and thoroughly enjoyable beer.


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Photo of Dogbrick
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Vintage Estates in Boardman (1 of 7 kegs in the state I understand). Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium and lasting tan head. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a cross between an Imperial IPA and a roasty Porter. Loads of citrusy hops in the nose, with a full roasted malt undertone. Other aromas like pine and toffee are present as well. Rich and bitter with a full array of citrusy and piney hops flavors. Toasted malt and chocolate flavors are found too. Slow alcohol burn through it all. The finish is long and bitter with a tasty grapefruit hops finish. Excellent overall. Once again Stone manages to do something unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2" light tan head with great retention, leaving lots of lacing. Near black body.

S: Strong aroma. Fresh pine and plenty of it. Merry Christmas!

T: Spectacular mix of a piney and citric IPA with a roasty porter. There are loads of hops here, yet the initial hop bite disappears under a rich, roasty malt.

M: Medium bodied (maybe a bit fuller than medium). Soft carbonation. Smooth - as they always are from Stone. Excellent aftertaste.

D: The 8.7% abv is very well hidden under all the flavor. Normally I'd expect to tell you that the alcohol appears as it warms, but I've been through several bottles of this (not all tonight) and I'm now certain no bottle is going to last until it warms. Great stuff!!

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,888 ratings.