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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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4,607 Ratings

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Ratings: 4607
Reviews: 1801
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%

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 thehooksman

North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap and served in a small strong ale goblet

Appearance is dark, dark brown. Not quite fully black as you can get some light through it. It has good clarity and about half a finger of tan foam that lingers and coats the glass.

The hop aromas are piney and peppery with a hint of orange peel.

The flavor backs up the nose well and reminds of a hoppy brown ale or black IPA

You would expect it to be fairly bitter but the mouthfeel is rather medium and smooth with justenough tingle from the carbonation. The higher abv is also well hidden in the mix.

Definitely a solid black ale. But it's Stone so why would I expect anything other than excellence?

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 17:46:02 | More by thehooksman
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at HI-DIVE Lounge in Kansas City. Poured into a standard tumbler glass.

Appearance - Body is pitch black with no light coming through. Atop it sits a healthy one-finger head the color of cocoa powder comprised of mostly medium-sized bubbles that lend a slightly soapy look to the foam. Retention is excellent, and the foam is still there when I take my first drink. Lacing is ample, leaving ringed sheets of bubbles down the side of the glass as I drink.

Smell - I love the fact that this one smells equal parts roasty chocolate and resinous, piney hops. There is also an element of citrus, but it's less prevalent alongside the more pronounced roasted characteristics. I also get hints of grass and generic herbs.

Taste - Similar to the aroma, the taste is a wonderful balance of two distinct flavors: roasty and hoppy. Semisweet chocolate and fresh-ground espresso are both present alongside lemon and orange zest. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation and a body on the heavy side of medium lends for a chewy, but still somewhat juicy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a stellar "black IPA". One of my favorites in the style if not THE favorite. Really does an excellent job of creating a balanced, meaty, refreshing beer that has the best of both worlds that are quintessential to a black IPA. Also does an exceptional job of concealing the almost-9% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 01:46:17 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of Brenden


4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sublimely Self-Righteous, perhaps at this point a staple of the style, is a rich-looking beer that's pretty close to black but with some lighter brown highlights. It grows a creamy head just over a finger tall that leaves patchy lacing that's just as creamy sticking to the glass.
Well, it's Stone, so I can't say I'm surprised at how hoppy it is; maybe the first time out of the bottle, but I know what to expect and have come to love from this brewery. Big, oily resinous piney hops are huge, with some roast giving a bit of char. It's about the right ratio of hops to malts, and definitely done big. There's plenty of grapefruit and citrus zest for added bitterness, though there's a hint of caramel or toffee as well. The aroma and flavor are similar, with the exception that the aroma more strongly showcases the pine and the flavor more the citrus, but each has both powerfully.
The body is medium, going neither to bright and soft or too rich and thick, having elements of each and offering some dryness from the bitter element and the char while remaining almost juicy despite it. Bitterness lingers in a full finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 15:14:14 | More by Brenden
Photo of DemoniChris


4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap poured in a snifter

A - Obsidian black with a 2-3 inch off-white head. Simply amazing.

S - Smells of tropical fruits, mild chocolate notes with a hint of roastiness.

T - Sensory explosion. Huge hop blast up front, which turns into a malty dry finish. Delivers on both hop bitterness and malt bitterness. Sublime stuff!

M - Sticky mouth coating feel that just seems right for a black IPA.

O - This is my favorite black IPA and one of my favorite beers. I'm so glad that this is on Stone's lineup and is available year round at a decent price!

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 01:19:19 | More by DemoniChris
Photo of mikefuski17


3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. Pitch black. Small head and minimal lacing.

S. Smell is very hoppy. Enough said.

T. Extremely hoppy. But is very tasty.

M. Not too thick of a beer. But nice bodied beer.

O. The beer is strong and hoppy. Taste great though. Try it if you get your hands on it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 01:29:52 | More by mikefuski17
Photo of MWolverines66

New York

3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap in Arlington VA. It pours a nice jet black color into a tulip glass. Aroma is a mix of chocolate and coffee. Taste is a little weird to me, not sure if it's possible that my palate just isn't appreciative of black ipa's (this is my first one) but there really isn't too much flavor to this beer. It has a nice balance but the hops bite I get from other IPA's just isn't there on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 20:00:23 | More by MWolverines66
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City, MO. Poured into tulip

A-pours dark brown/black - cannot see through it. Head is minimal, to be expected with this ABV. tan/off white with great lacing.

S-smells of lime, hops, citrus, malt, brown sugar, dark fruit.

T- Bitterness from the hops ar the star. malt undertones, coffee, chocolate notes. Smoky/peat notes

M- medium bodied, somewhat sticky/resinous.

O- Great overall. well executed, though it's not my favorite style. Really big, bold flavors you'd expect from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 18:04:03 | More by jroberts8811
Photo of Philousa


3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Market Beer Co. on 6/25/13.

Pours black, amber around the edges with a dark tan head that dissipates to a thin layer. Laces great. Resinous, dank, and piny describe the initial aroma, with grapefruit, cream, chocolate, baking bread, and toast accompanying. Flavor is intense and bitter to start. Resin an bark followed by dark malt chocolate, roast, cereal, then the heat from the alcohol sets in and the intense bitterness washes over. It's almost too abrasive. The feel is balanced with a dry finish.

Love the beer, but if they scaled back the bitterness it would be superb. As it is, this is great beer with a small flaw to my palate.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 20:30:42 | More by Philousa
Photo of Flounder57


4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip at Stoddards

Appearance: The beer is black as night. It poured a minimal head, but left some nice lacing on the glass. No visibility or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, and pine.

Taste: Same as above with nice bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, tingly bitterness, and a little dry.

Overall: Where's the 8%? Drinkability and taste are awesome. More please.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 00:24:50 | More by Flounder57
Photo of FlemingVSKing


4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Unless you just don't like dark ales, it's hard to call this one anything much less than perfect.

It has great complexity, ranging from a deep flavorful ale to a bright floral hop. Just simply put it offers a wide range of complementary flavors that really make each sip a different experience. I'm excited by drinking it.

The visual appeal is all there as well. A nice head from an average pour and great retention. The coloring is deep and black with some reddish tints near the edges of the glass.

My first reaction was "wow this is going to make a strong case for being my favorite beer." And that holds true. I had it on tap but can't wait to pick up a case.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 05:48:09 | More by FlemingVSKing
Photo of Joshpu


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel glass.

A: Poured a very dark brown reddish color, can slightly see light through it. Had about a finger of light tan head.

S: Very piney hop forward smelling. Citrus smells as well. Slight roasty malt note at the end.

T: Very piney hop forward taste, just like the smell. Getting the citrus tasting fruits. Just a slight malt or chocolate/coffee backbone on the taste. It's actually got a little spicy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth, easy to drink. The hops linger for a while.

Overall this is a great beer for me. I love the hop forward presence. Don't taste the alcohol at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 07:06:21 | More by Joshpu
Photo of Chadhowie


4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exceptional and can be drank in nearly every setting. Much like all of Stone's brews, Sublimely Self-Righteous is a true beer, that does not make you cringe or question, but instead it delivers 2 notches above what you were hoping for. I love this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 23:24:01 | More by Chadhowie
Photo of inlimbo77


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Stone Pub, Newark, DE

A: Pours a nice dark brown/black color. Half finger nice fluffy layer of tan head. Leaving some sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops. Roast coffee. Dark chocolate hidden underneath it all.

T: Piney hops right on the tip of the tongue. Not overly bitter. Nice roast coffee notes and chocolate in the mid palate. Dry finish with lingering piney hop flavors.

M: Medium leading into full. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 14:26:21 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of micromaniac129


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had SSR in a bottle but never on tap. Welll not anymore boys and girls because on Dec. 22 2012 at T J Smiths, during my annual christmas shopping I ran across this very ale.
And I'm happy to say it was good.
My compliments to Tj for his clean tap lines also.
Pours a handsome combination of deepest brown with a tall, dense , moussey yet fluffy mocha head. he glass was literally coated with sticky lacing.
Aroma was fantastic of piney hops sweet burnt caramel malts.
Taste was suberbin this perfectly balanced ale. Tons of oily piney citrus hops with a good deal of malts, eve so slightly roasted adding yet another layer of taste to this wonderful ale.
The feel on the palette was full bodied dry and bitter add two shakes of ashen grit and you got it.
A wonderful beer to drink smooth depth of flavor handsome complexion a true work of art and the grandest scale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2012 16:01:10 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served a opaque brown with a foamy light brown with very good retention.

S - Served pretty cold, so I let it sit for a while. Finally some roasted malts, nuttiness and bitter hops finally come through.

T - The taste is similar, but the bitter hops kind get in the way of the dark malts and roasted flavors.

D - Good carbonation and a medium to heavy body with a bitter finish.

O - A hoppy dark ale. Mission accomplished.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 21:13:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Broden


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep black beer with a beautiful tan head. Head dissipates but lingers throughout. Beautiful beer.

S- Smell is to die for. Some roasted coffee like notes, a little chocolate, and other roasted malt rests beneath a beautiful hop aroma that just blows me away. Seems to be a perfect balance of hops and roasted malts.

T/M- Taste is equally impressive with the perfect balance of hops, and roasted malts. Extremely easy to drink with a medium body, and a very nice finish.

O- Amazing beer. Definitely my favorite easy to come by, drink any time beer. Possibly one of my favorite beers overall. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone, especially any one looking to explore the black IPA style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 05:33:44 | More by Broden
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3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Stone Brewing in Escondido, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thick two-finger head. Off-white color. Long retention. Dark brown color.

S- Caramel malts, darker spicy hops and roast barley.

T- Very strong flavor. Aggressive hops and roast malts. Bold taste. Bitter and beastly.

M- Chewy and well carbonated. Quite the feel.

O- This is a tough guy to drink quickly. Plan appropriately.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2012 04:33:41 | More by Murrhey
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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

Catching up on some more reviews from notes, sampled on-tap. As soon as I saw this listed on the chalk board - I had to have it.

Dark, just a shade above black, coppery highlights, thick orange brown foam. Long lasting head, chunky lace.
Resinous hop smells, pineapple, grapefruit but also some brown sugar sweetness.
Lots of hop flavors, but not one dimensional like a DIPA. Some roasted malt, actually more porter-like malts than I was expecting. I was prepared for a darker colored IPA, but I really liked this one. Citrus hop zing to start, then tons of complex flavors follow.
Despite the high alcohol, very high drinkability level. Not overly hot, but not mellow either.
The mouthfeel is thick and a bit oily from the hoppiness, good body.
Wish we could get more Stone products north of the border.

Note to Self: Rated #4 American Black Ale when I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 20:51:26 | More by BigBry
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North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a pint on tap at jack of the Wood.

It pours dark with good clarity and mild/medium retention. It smells super hoppy and has a mild malt taste. It has a bigger body than I expected and has a bunch of malts and then a powerful hop finish. Great beer for IPA fans.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 01:00:27 | More by brewdude1982
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger.

Beer is black with a moderate tan head. Great retention and good lacing.

Roasted malt in the nose. Some citrus (grapefruit).

Roasted malt, chocolate and grapefruit in the taste. Some orange. Bitter. A nice mix of the two elements of the Black IPA. Pretty juicy.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Oily.

Overall, quite a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 22:27:08 | More by jrenihan
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at Yardhouse Hallandale Beach.
400th review :)
Pours an almost pitch black with thick off white head and sticky lacing. Malty hop aromas...slight chocolate malt notes. Taste is very hop forward and bitter but is well balanced with the roasted chocolate malts. Very thick and malty but bitter hoppy at the same time. Its basically a dark DIPA. Its the first Stone I actually enjoy and well worthy of #400!

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 22:38:38 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of 2Dreadnaught


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on tap at Timothy O'Toole's in Gurnee, IL on 5/14/12.
A: Poured a deep black with a thin (less than 1 finger) light tan head. Virtually no lace.
S: Slight grainy malty aroma with a hint of anise and coco.
T: Dark roast grain with licorice undertones. Medium carbonation with a nice dry finish.
O: A decent black ale worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 21:38:12 | More by 2Dreadnaught
Photo of JimmyTango


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black, moderately clear (too dark to tell really) and a great, sticky, lighter than expected head.

S: Citrus, dank, pine, floral, and carmel malts in that order. The black color seems to work its way into the smell by integrating with the base in a nice toasted sweet bread kinda' way.

T: Really great. THe hops are sticky and prickly. The malt is sweet enough to play off the hops in a grapfruit juice way before finishing pretty dry with a hint of warm toast to compliment the hint of booze.

M: Just like I like. Med and sticky.

O: My favorite “Black IPA” so far. Actually one of my favorite beers. None of the yuck-y cream cheese taste that seems to be ever present in hops in the dark and back in black, just smooth roasty malts and really big citrusy and floral hops. Hella!

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 22:21:24 | More by JimmyTango
Photo of Bendurgin


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours dark brown with a creamy cap of beige foam.

The aroma is full of tropical fruit aroma and nice bitter hops. This has a nice roasty char backbone that gives it a nIce dynamic. The pallet has a good tropical/ citrus flavor with a bitter finish. A little bit of a nice char finish.

He body is medium with adequate carbonation. A dry finish here. Overall this is one of the better offerings out there. Real enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 22:00:00 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of macrosmatic


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on tap at The Brass Tap.

A: Very very dark brown to black. About one-finger head that lasts.

S: Sweet aroma with resin & floral hoppiness. Some sourness there also to me, but not in a bad way. Roasted malts in the background, and become more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Piney & flowery hops balanced with a good roasted coffee malt flavor. Pleasant slight sour aftertaste. Alcohol presence in the background, but it's not overwhelming.

M: Good smooth mouthfeel & substantial body. The hops give a good "mouth tingle".

O: Very very good beer. One of my favorites from Stone. I've had this on-tap & in the bottle, and it's good beer however it gets into my glass.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 00:50:16 | More by macrosmatic
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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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