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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,887 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,887
Hads: 5,837
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 287
Gots: 768 | 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

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Photo of L0ne
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola brown with ruby highlights as light shines through. A couple fingers of creamy, inviting tan colored head that leaves huge sheets of lacing.

Not getting a whole lot from the smell, but roasty caramel malts come through alongside some resinous hops and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is roasty coffee, caramel sweetness (especially when warm), and maybe some bitter-sweet chocolate. The lingering bitterness from the dark malts blends into the bitterness from the hops, which also lend a faint hit of citrus. Mouthfeel is not especially heavy to begin with, and an abundance of carbonation makes it feel even lighter.

Overall it is a tasty brew that, while not mind-blowing, is consistently and reliably delicious. I'm sad to see it go.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

one of my all-time favorites
so glad this is a regular release now
love the hoppy ipa's from stone and the black ipa is just icing on the cake
far and away the best black ipa i have had the pleasure of sampling and another classic from stone
deep dark color, amazing smell and a bit less subtle hoppiness than the ruinten or ruination which hit you over the head
a perfectly drinkable and enjoyable beer
poured from a bomber into a pint glass
enjoyed frequently

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep black with a reddish dark brown appearance when held to light. Head if an inch and half of frothy creamy mocha color. Excellent retention and leaves behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Dark malts, roasted coffee, and caramel upfront. Then I find aromas of citrus, subtle notes of tropical fruits, some alcohol, and a resiny pine hop aroma at the end.

T: Dark malts up front, then a blast of earthy pine hops, and coffee flavors. In the middle you get some dark bread, caramel, and citrus. Finishes with a resinous earthy hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slick and smooth fairly easy to drink. I can't help but wish there was more to this though.

O: A great Black IPA and one of those "classic" brews in my opinion. Well balanced and solid I have enjoyed many of these in my life and will enjoy many more.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this a little while ago but I still remember how good it was. The smell was great. Not to hoppy tasting. Great color in the glass and went very well with the burger I had with it

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had in a stone variety pack. Poured from the bottle straight into a pint glass.

L - Nice and deep black with a thick, heavy tan head standing a finger and a half high.

S - Burnt coffee, nice roasted maltiness enveloping into toasty warmth.

T - This is where the disappointment comes in. The black coffee and the toasty essence come in, but it doesn't have the punch or embrace the smell lead you on the believe it would.

F - Thick, light to moderate carbonation, lingering coffee for days on end.

O - Good beer, but the taste missed the punch.

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Photo of Maxbier
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour from a bottle. Small light brown head. Piney aroma with hint of roast. Hints of the roast malt backbone but the piney citrus hop is dominant. Lingering pine and chocolate roast finish.

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Photo of funkydrumma
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is just about anything I could want a beer to be. Smooth and dark with a rich creamy head. Just the right balance of hops and malt to balance the ABV. Dangerous beer. Don't skip it if you get a chance.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby with an off white head, good retention and lacing
S- Hint of booze, plenty of hops
T- Coffee, malty with an aggressive hop finish. Plenty of lingering bitterness
M- Bright
O- Hoppiest of black IPAs. The roasted malts could be stronger, but a very good black IPA nonetheless

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Photo of secondtooth
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black, with a tinge of ruby highlights underneath it all. Huge head of off-white suds, and thick, ornate, detailed lace all make the initial showing a pleasure.

Aroma: Delicious and balanced, blending chocolate roasty maltiness with fresh fruity, citrusy hops.

Taste: Bold, assertive, and big, with the bitter citrus hops taking precedence over the roasty malts. There are, of course, notes of burnt chocolate in there, adding a subtlety to the big hops. The mix is masterful and this is a downright wonderful brew.

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Photo of brurevu
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Black IPA as only Stone could do it. Heavy on the hops with a solid dark and roasty background this was a truly Self-Righteous drinking experience. The beer poured a deep brown with ruby highlights and a very large and robust tan head. The hops hit me immediately with a very citrusy and floral aroma along with a bit of pine resin. The dark malty backbone was lingering beneath the hops, but not as present in the nose. The taste was a full on bitter hop assault with the citrus and pine hop notes that faded into a malty and burnt roasty porter that ended with a burnt and piney bitterness on my palate. The beer was full and creamy which matched well to its appearance and left a pleasant bitter coating on my tongue between quaffs. A really outstanding Black IPA and a shame it will be discontinued.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in color but still somewhat penetrable to light. An inch of tightly knit foam comprised of tiny bubbles is resting on top. Heavy lacing is present. Amazing aroma of citrus hops greets the nose. There's undercurrent of dark malt. The taste is of bitter piney hops on the front of the palate. The back of the palate is dark malt. It finishes with a bitter flourish of more piney hops. The mouth is initially creamy and then very dry and lightly sticky. There's a lot going on here. Why is this being discontinued again?

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Photo of Totalpackage411
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Stone is a popular brewery, but I've yet to have a beer I can enjoy from them. This one definitely taste different than any black IPA I've had. too bitter for my taste. the Speakeasy Butchertown Black IPA blows this one away. get that instead if you can find it.

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Photo of greshdoghophead
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One last go around before this gets retired. Can't believe they won't be making this anymore. One of my favorites of all time. Perfect balance of roasted malt and big IBUs. Tears in my eyes...

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A fantastic beer. Very dark and strong. Coffee and dark chocolate are present. Alcohol has pletty of taste here. Almost like a Guinness on steroids. Two thumbs way up.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a big light brown head. Good retention and a lot of lacing.

Aroma is of pine and sweet caramel malts. A little bit of citrus.

Taste is quite complex. Citrus hops, roasted malts, pine, and caramel malts are all at the forefront. A good amount of alcohol is noticeable. Some very light notes of roasted coffee and chocolate. Smoky. Not too heavy on the hops. Definitely has a porter kind of a feel to it. Relatively bitter. I think the complexity of the taste may actually be a drawback here. It's like they tried to get too many tastes into one beer.

Medium bodied. Low carbonation. A bit sticky. Definitely a sipper.

Overall, although there is a nice, rare balance of citrus and roasted malts in the taste, not quite feeling this one as much as I had hoped. Had a Ruination last night, and preferred it quite a bit more. As previously stated, I think the complexity of flavors actually played against it. Still a very good beer, just a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Rebulu
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely an experience. I'll buy a 6pk of this and drink an occasional one here and there. Too rich to drink 2-3, but still exquisite enough to appreciate from time to time.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-good cup lacing, dark beer little to no light gets through
-pungent sweet smelling hops floralish
-taste is next to none, has the hoppy bite of a ipa but finishes with more of a smokey porter with roasted notes. the best of both worlds and with a ale sweetness
- hops don't effect drink ability, feels dark with thickness but it washes away pleasantly
-amazing beer one of my favorite beers i have drank to date, so complex with the flavors that pair so well together

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

Bomber poured into a plastic cup. Appearance is nearly opaque black topped with tan head that has legs but won’t stick to this cup. Aroma consists of citrus hops, pine resin, and roasted malt. Flavors are early citrus peel bitterness, roasty/cocoa malt sweetness in the middle, and a bitter lingering finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp yet creamy, slight boozy aftertaste.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. A flat very dark brownish black with three fingers of firm, creamy light tan head. Leaves a nice sheet of lacing down the glass.

Aroma at once recalls a pungent west coast IPA and an equally robust porter. Huge pine/citrus/melon hop bloom followed by rustic dark malts that recall molasses and charred nuts. On the palate, translates as chalky, dry, slightly nutty, rather thick and creamy. Some fresh grapefruit, tangerine, lime, and cantaloupe notes but less overtly fruity and tropical than some black IPAs. A gentle chocolate and raisin flavor. Pine resins that somehow complement a little charcoal. Warming alcohol burn but this is not overdone. Finishes with equal parts hops and dark malts, a molasses-like sweetness coupled with menthol-licorice lozenge and citrus rind.

Another clear-cut winner from Stone. Impressed by the old school malt emphasis here, considering these guys' rep for hop-forward brews. They got this base covered as well, of course.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Black ruddy color, minimal light shines through. Thin off white beige head, nice lacing.

S - Grapefruit like hops, alcohol smidge.

T - Building hops bitterness. Lingering hops taste. Small bite of alcohol. After taste is all hops and grapefruit pith.

M - Silky, warming feeling. Light tickle of carbonation on tongue. Smooth and easy if proper temperature. Better warmer.

Very solid. If I wanted an IPA, this would be one I would come back to regularly. Stone has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep mahogany brown with a frothy khaki head that hangs around for a bit and laces beautifully.

S: Tropical fruit and pine hops, then a little citrus and fruitiness, caramel malt sweetness, and some roasted malt.

T: Pine and citrus hops up front, grapefruit and a hint of orange, some tropical fruit, mango, even some floral and fruity notes, followed with nice roasted malt, coffee, perhaps light chocolate, and a nice caramel toffee sweetness. What didn't they throw into this one?

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, quite smooth. Almost dangerously drinkable.

O: Haven't had this one in a while and I'm now wondering why it isn't a regular. Outstanding black IPA. I'm gonna miss this one when they retire it.

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Photo of car2052
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter.

A: Jet black, with a 1/2 in tan head that sticks around.
S: Ripe tropical fruit: pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit.
T: Very hop-forward. Starts off with a kick of grapefruit and pine, with some tropical fruit essences, then the hops simmer down and let toasted malt flavors take over the back of the palate. You don't really taste the malt until the aftertaste.
M: Medium. Hops stick around a while.
O: I liked the hop flavors, but thought the toasted malt could have came through more. It was a little unbalanced on the hoppy side.

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Photo of Jrhockney
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ruler of all Black IPAs!!!

Sorry, I've had many and there is just no comparison. There are some great ones out there like the Wookie Jack and Mountain Standard, but they Tremble before the presence of their Blue Demon Labeled Master!!! LOL sorry, I'm just having too much fun here.

Its the Hoppiest of all the Black IPAs I've had and the Black Malt sweetness brings it all home to the most unique flavored Black IPA I've had. it might best too sweet for some Hopheads, but its so hoppy it just doesn't matter. This is what a Black IPA should be. The only Competition is has is something Lagunitas did and I can'remember what its called. Bring on the 5s!!!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate hop aroma with a resiny, grapefruity character, malt nose is low to moderate – hints of chocolate and faint toast. Brilliant chestnut under a 2” light tan foam cap. Enters creamy with traces of coffee to chocolate but no burnt roast. Medium high bitterness – grapefruit rind mellowed by malts with some bitter support from darker malts. Medium body, slight astringency in the finish. Hop driven, lingering bitterness.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It came in a $22 mixed 12 by Stone (with IPA, ruination and AB ale) which is a pretty sweet deal when you're looking for some big beers.
Great packaging, hilarious description.
Pours dark, as advertised. Thin head that could be beefier.
Very nice mellow malty odor and taste with a long lingering bitterness and lingering dark (black patent) malt flavors.
The texture is creamy bordering on sticky.
This could be the perfect dark double IPA. Just a few shortcomings, like the head is too thin and the body is a bit too thick and a little smokiness or wood flavors would be welcome additions. Really good.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.