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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,924 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,924
Reviews: 1,814
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 213
Gots: 338 | FT: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of Duttonic


4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 11/11/10, growler fill from Dancing Bear pub 11/09, served in a pint glass.

A- Jet black and shiny/oily. One finger tan head, ample lacing, and slow bubbles.

S- Alcohol, chocolate/coco nibs, crisp smell of hops, roasted malt, floral, and faint citrus.

T/M- Light/medium body, bitter and slight alcoholic finish. Extremely smooth texture, similar to chocolate milk, but tastes better.

D- This wasn't the first time I've had SSSRA, but it was the first time I've had it from a growler, let alone it was the first thing I put in my new Stone growler. This is one of my go to beers when I'm in the mood for a change up from the usual IPA. The richness of a complex porter or stout with the great flavor of a solid IPA combined seamlessly. Highly recommend.

Serving type: growler

11-17-2010 19:49:40 | More by Duttonic
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

appearance; very dark brown to almost black. When poured a little bit rough, a stiff tan head will form and dissipate slow, leaving great lacing, looks to me like the walls of a quarry.

smell; fir tree like resin and camphor, oh no not one of these over hopped crap-brews, that everyone seems to love, I hope. Some malt sweetness is present but mostly dominated by the hops.

taste; evergreen like hop bitterness that carries into the finish and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Look for fir trees, they have smooth bark and blisters, pop one of the blisters and suck out the sap, that's the main flavor of this beer. Yet some sweet malts are also there and try to round out the intense hops but fall short. Keeping the style in mind, this is quite a well made beer and the alcohol is well hidden but the balance is off and the hop bitterness hangs around too long after the beer is consumed.

mouthfeel; like velvet, really feels nice in the mouth with lovely and gentle carbonation. Almost perfect, well done here.

drinkability; a very smooth and crisp drink but the bitterness from the hops hangs around for too long and one is enough for me.

Note; I'm trying to be nice and keep the style in mind, but in general, I hate IPAs of all kinds. However this one was not so bad and I could certainly appreciate the bitterness. I'll never be a hophead but this was a fine drink to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 17:53:57 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of grittybrews


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep cola black into a tulip with two fingers of dark khaki head (good retention and lots of clingy lacing). Strong hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit with just a touch of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Wonderful balance of toasty bittersweet chocolate and coffee malt up front with a touch of caramel sweetness. Subsequent blast of hops with grapefruit and citrus peel. Long finish with an equally pleasant balance of sweet and tart that becomes steadily more bitter as the beer warms.

Full flavored and very easy-drinking with a well-masked alcohol presence. Wish I'd tried this one sooner...!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 05:57:43 | More by grittybrews
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was like an American take on a Theakston Old Peculier for those of you familiar with that particular Yorkshire ale. It is rich dark smooth and malty without ever being heavy. An awful lot of brown-ish head when you pour this into the glass that takes a while to dissipate (probably has something to do with it coming from a bottle and my walking it home from the store.) I will definitely have some more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 04:41:15 | More by alexpkoehler
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Thin Brown head. opaque

Smell: Excellent citrus hop aroma. Very appetising.

Taste: I really don't know how to take the acrid bitterness of the roast malts combined with bitterness from the hops. It is definitely a different beer from that regard. Otherwise, the flavor is very well balanced with hop and malt bitterness hitting you up front equally, and finishing with great hop flavor and malt balance at the end. Actually it is a very well balanced and multi-layered beer, even though it is a new breed for me to drink. Me likey...

Mouthfeel: Slightly puckering. Moderately heavy beer.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure. Complex and layered, this is a very fine beer deserving of accolades.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:13:00 | More by Squelch
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no date.

pours black, with a nice tall khaki-colored head. great lacing and head retention.

aroma is a nice mix of roasty malt and flowery hops. the taste follows, with a flavorful mix of dry malt and sticky hops. well balanced, but the hops linger.

lower carbonation, smooth. i polished off the bomber pretty quickly, easy to drink and no notice of the almost 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 02:57:14 | More by jmdrpi
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, light tan head that diminished to about 1/2-finger and stayed there. Body is almost black, with ruby highlights here and there, and mostly opaque.

S: Aroma of citrusy, piney hops... touch of sweetness and just a hint of roastiness, but the hops easily dominate.

T: Great-tasting beer... it starts off sweet with an almost toffee quality to it, with a bit of roasted flavors coming through... but a small amount, really. Hop flavor of citrus and pine is high, with moderate-high hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied at least, with moderate carbonation.

D: With everything going on, it's still a fairly easy-drinking beer, dangerously so for almost 9% ABV, and I'd easily get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 17:56:47 | More by berley31
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 11/12
A: Pretty much black, a touch of brown to it. Smaller light tan head. Okay lacing.

S: Floral and citrusy hops. A little bit of toasted malt, coffee and bitter coco, but the hops are the main smell here.

T: Slightly toasted malt up front with a little bit of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of coffee.The citrus and pine hops come after this and they come on stronger than I was expecting. I was expecting more malt and less piney hops. Reminded me off their IPA a bit. Still good though.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation that is a bit tingly

D: Good drinkability. Split a bomber with some family members, but I could of had a bit more. ABV is hidden very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 17:10:02 | More by herman77
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone rarely disappoints and this beer is no exception. Picked up this bomber several weeks ago and forgot about it in the fridge. Got home from the golf course today and found it behind some Williamsburg Ale Works...

Appearance is dark brown/black with a nice white head when poured into a pint glass. Smells like roasted, malty deliciousness...

The taste is like a strong ale bordering on stout-like proportions. This beer is well balanced with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and hops coating the palette. The beer laces nicely down the glass and leaves a nice crisp hop aftertaste.

I've always been a fan of Stone and will definitely throw this beer into the rotation now that the weather is cooling down. At nearly 9%, a few of these will have you melting back in your chair...

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 23:44:19 | More by Leviathan
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, shared with BA r0nyn.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Dark blood-red liquid when held towards the light, but barely allowing any to pass. Light-mocha colored bubbly head that measures to easily around 2 fingers. Low head retention period with some nice amounts of lacing on the glass. You would think this was a porter in the glass from a distance. Black IPA's are a new novelty to me, so smelling this was a nice experience. The black aspect really shone through with the toasted aromas from the malt barley, while the -IPA aspect gave way to some nice citrus infusion. Overall, the aromas carried more of the hoppy presence.

Taste was basically drinking a love baby from a porter and IPA. It began with great toasted malt flavors with bold amounts of caramel sweetness. Then it all ended with a fresh hop pineyness and bitterness, which lingered for quite a while on the palate. Not one taste of the alcohol either. Amazing balance, great transitions, no overpowering flavors - just smooth.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, just like a porter. Small tactile bubbly mouthfeel. Very, very, very drinkable. Incredibly flavorful and easy to drink. I could see why the XI anniversary was so highly requested. This is a badass beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 23:26:00 | More by infi
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New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass. Courtesy of and split with fellow BA infi.

Pours a dark, dark ruby reddish brown into the glass with a lightish-hued head that rises to about an inch before slowly subsiding and leaving some seriously sticky lacing. The edges are reddish, giving the brew a very porter-ish look. Smell has lots of hops, which is to be expected, but also some substantial malt and barley scent as well. There's an ever so subtle wafting of caramel and chocolate on the back end. Quite interesting.

Taste definitely follows up on the nose, with a nice opening salvo of hops and palate-cleansing bitterness which rides with you throughout the entire sip. But then the roasted malts come out to play and give this beer quite a bit of balance with some notes of chocolate and sweet candied caramel. The dichotomy of bitter hops and sweetish malts is framed extremely well in the flavor profile of this brew. Not too much of an alcoholic twinge at all. Aftertaste is lingeringly bitter, but that's not too much of a bad thing. Mouthfeel is creamy with just a little bit of effervescence from the carbonation. Medium body with a slight chewiness at the end.

Drinkability is really quite good. There's a very good balance to this beer and while I'm definitely not a hop head, even I can appreciate how well the bitterness goes with the malts and sweetness. Very well done and I definitely have to give props to Stone for crafting yet another winner in their long line of top notch brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 16:03:14 | More by r0nyn
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I've had this one a few times and now just getting around to reviewing it. Before I even poor the beer I can smell that west coast dry hopping. Pours black with a two finger light tan head with spotty lacing all around. Again crazy west coast piney hop aroma. Multi layered hoppiness, a little piney and floral, a good bit bitter with a lasting sharp after taste. Full body and rich without tasting like a hoppy porter. Well carbed and well rounded and easy to drink to boot. at 8.7 abv there is not hot flavor and no sign of the booze.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:24:25 | More by pmlondrigan
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 4/19/10

A- creamy 1/4" off white head on an espresso colored opaque brew. Head receeds leaving whispy multi-tiered halos.

S- fruity hops with a hint of malt sweetness. Light refreshing fruit aroma of a much lighter beer.

T- chocolate & roast malt flavors with a delicious hop flavor interweaving. Nice hints of coffee and malty sweetness. Fruity & citrus hop flavors come through well.

MF- nice med. Bodied ale with a good mouth coating. Nice bitterness reminiscent of SNPA. Light carbonation feeling.

D- delicious, with quite an intoxicating effect after the first pint. I love the roast malts and biting hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 17:40:02 | More by evansrdbrew
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopefully another great beer from Stone

A- pours real dark like a stout, but not as thick - nice foamy mocha head

S- smell is hoppy when poured, but then turns to a to a hoppy, malty, very slight carmel sent

T- taste is great with a more hoppy favor when first opened then turns to a hoppy brown ale, toasted nut flavor? - really smooth - first Black IPA I've tasted

M- full flavored - first taste is different from the last in my opinion

D- sit back and enjoy just watch the higher alcohol content - nice dark beer for this time of year

Stone makes great beers - period.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:35:35 | More by RMI15
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovey black colour and an excellent light-brown head. The smell is delicious: mostly of citrussy hops. It has a malty flavour up front which is quickly overtaken by the hoppiness. Very nice. It feels great in the mouth but afterawhile the aftertaste builds up too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:06:58 | More by vandemonian
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3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Black IPA, from one of my favorite breweries. Let's see how this goes....

A : Black, with just a small brown tinge. A nice finger thick brownish head, with some sticky lacing that's quite frothy.

S : Hops and roasty coffee swirled together. Picking up pine and a burntness. This is just... odd smelling. If you like IPA's and Stouts, imagine the two together and you'll get pretty close.

T : Big bitter up front, almost overbearing. Pine and burnt quality to it. Fades into a malty coffee, but still with a hop underlayer. Finishes with a bite, more roast.

M : Medium bodied, with a good tinglyness. Somewhat like the more medium bodied stouts, but with no creamy quality.

D : A unique brew, that is a rage on the senses. A bomber of this is all ones palette could take. Bonus points for being unique. Overall, I like it, but it isn't something i'd have often. I just simply prefer more direct styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:56:12 | More by ncfranklin
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at the local store in Aurora, IN Pour House. Sampled a lot of Stone and thought I should try this as well.

A: Very dark in color, very big head on the pour but goes down to a nice sticky lace around the glass.

S: Iimpressive black IPA. Massive floral and citrus hops, it combines with a toasty malt caramel as well.

T: The smokey malt just takes over there is some lasting brown sugar at the end of this drink.

M: Creamy when you first start drinking but good spice as well.

D: Stone makes some solid brews but this just isn't something that I liked all that much... it was good but not great, still a good beer though and enjoyed the full 22oz bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 10:43:30 | More by revolt914
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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black like a stout, could definitely fool ya, with a nose this full of hops. The head was massive and receded two a constant finger of lumpy foam.

Roasty notes from a stout or porter seemed to be at the forefront, while the hops made up the backbone, stinging the nostrils to let me know it's not kidding. Interesting, and a certain joy to whiff. Very sharp grapefruit and tropical citrus showed off the muscle, and lesser notes of clove, bubblegum, and alcohol lurk within.

What a flavor explosion! It starts out with an assault of hops, slightly soapy, but none too harsh. Perfect. Yea, I had it at a 4.5, but I gave in. This is excellent. Grapefruit, floral notes, and bubblegum flavors at the beginning made it seem like a typical Imperial IPA. Then the sweet and roasted flavor of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and a bitter coffee finish took over.

There was maybe a bit more body than a strong IPA, but this is no thick brew. It's incredibly smooth, and the carbonation is spot on IMO. It finishes surprisingly clean, and not too dry. Sublimely easy to drink, with righteous flavor, Bravo Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 02:33:02 | More by climax
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sublimely Self-Righteous was my first beer on cask, and while I really liked it, it didn't floor me as being incredibly good. It poured a solid black, with a light foamy head that lasted several minutes of sipping. The beer had a fairly light body with a malty taste and a strong hoppy finish. Slight chocolaty and roasty flavors were present, but nothing overall that greatly impressed me, although I might have enjoyed this over Deschutes Hop in the Dark Cascadian Black Ale.

Serving type: cask

11-01-2010 23:31:27 | More by msmezher
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Bomber into a pint glass. Beautiful black body with khaki colored head. Looks like a porter, but by no means does it smell like one.

Fruity, piney nose matches the flavor. Hops with a familiar bite in the finish, but with a hearty malt backbone.

A beautiful beer. I will continue to seek out the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:04:51 | More by ProudBeerSnob
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a nice size tan head. The head persisted for a while leaving a great ring the rest of the way (which was quite a while).

Hops and florals on the nose. Pretty overwhelming, and of course odd coming from such a dark offering. Hops upfront on the taste buds, followed by bitter malts and some smokiness. Alcohol warms. The flavor profile definitely mellowed out quite nicely as it warmed.

Medium to heavy body. Decent carbonation. Drinkability is alright for how overwhelming this can be.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 20:50:18 | More by tylernim
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a foamy mocha head. The smell is hoppy, a very inviting citrus hop bouquet, so weird to have a dark beer with such a great hop aroma, but also amazing. The taste starts with a huge hop presence followed with some great citrus flavor, followed with a small bitter malt aftertaste with the hops lingering. The mouthfeel is medium, almost heavy, a nice smooth beer with great balance in flavor. This one has great drinkability, nice powerful flavor, a great overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 03:19:02 | More by wingman14
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a total opaque with a mocha head of foam. Head does recide pretty quick

S- another impressive black ipa. Massive floral and citrus hops. Almost instantly, it combines with a toasty malt and caramel as well.

T- bitterness assaults the mouth with the prickliest of pine. Then rhe most smokey malt just takes over. There is some lasting brown sugar at the end

M- creamy and full bodied

D- stone makes a pretty good brew. The smoked malt is a little overwhelming for me, but its still a good brew

Serving type: growler

10-31-2010 01:15:41 | More by lovindahops
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a very good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Slight piney hop nose. Flavor is slightly more pine hops than caramel malt and with lingering piney aftertaste. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:23:25 | More by jdhilt
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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Delirium snifter

Appearance- Very dark brown, a little opaque around the edges. The head appears to be around an inch and dissipates rather slowly.

Smell- The scent of this brews brings the best of both worlds to one glass. At first you're hit with the floral and citrusy aromas of a great IPA, sniff further and you will experience a faint aroma of the toasted malt but it is very hidden.

Taste- The taste of this brew seems to follow suite with the way the scent took place. At first I'm hit by an abundance of flowering hops and citrus notes but underlying these hops lies a bitter and dry, yet satisfying malt flavor along side chocolate and coffee notes. Delicious brew style combinations make for a great tasting Black IPA.

Mouthfeel- Balance is achieved pretty nicely here but given the complexity of this ale, there is a lot going on. Carbonation mixed with the roasted malt tastes is a bit strange but still delicious.

Drinkability- The 22 oz bomber just isn't enough sometimes! Maybe a four pack would suffice. If i was in between meals I could probably tackle the four. Otherwise, sits a bit heavy and is pretty potent so be responsible.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 05:10:53 | More by ChugginOil
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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