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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
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Reviews: 1,885
Hads: 5,820
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 286
Gots: 761 | 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 largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This could easily be confused for a stout in appearance - it's dark brown and opaque with a frothy tan-colored head.

Smell: Amazing hop aroma of grapefruit and pine. Dark chocolate and smoked malt are also present beneath the hops.

Taste: What a unique beer. It opens with a rich chocolate and espresso character, but it finishes like a Double IPA. Bitter citrus rind notes blend harmoniously with smoked and roasted flavors in the aftertaste. It's remarkably complex, but the huge variety of flavors are strangely complimentary.

Mouthfeel: Viscous but surprisingly drinkable. It goes down easy despite the high ABV, and it's not particularly extreme in any one character.

Notes: This is the best American beer I've had for a long time. Really impressive stuff. (777 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber bottle. Served in a Duvel glass.
Poured an opaque brown/black. Lots of carbonation.
Fine bubbled light tan head about two fingers.
Big citrusy hop aroma with some molasses.
Medium body. Some roasted malt to start.
Lots of hop bitterness. Good malt backbone. Long dry finish with plenty of hop bitterness and a lingering chocolate. Very drinkable. A unique beer that was great fun to drink. Schwartz IPA? (421 characters)

Photo of Douglas14
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

God, I freaking love Stone. It pours an incredible dark, deep, rich brown…almost black but not quite. It has a nice thick, foamy head with very good retention and nice lacing.

It smells intensely of hops (no surprise coming from Stone), maybe banana, maybe dark cherries.

The abundance of flavors are balanced so well in this beer…hops, dark fruits, roasty goodness. Everything about this beer is amazing.

This is an amazing beer and I hope I can find more of it. Too bad it’s a one time batch…this is my kind of IPA. (525 characters)

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

Appearance: Nice three finger head with nice lacing and retention. Dark brown color that is pretty thick.

Smell, caramel malts are huge on the bill. I also smell some pale and a little chocolate characteristic on the malts. Wonderfully complex. Smells like cascade/amarrillo/chinook hops in the backround. Nice raisin undertones

Taste: Wonderfully complex with pale malts follwed by caramel malt sweetness balanced by a chocolate maltiness with a nice hopping to balance. Nice grape and resin taste provide a balance as well. Such balance with an awesome complexity. No doubt, this is the best stone beer that I have ever tasted. I love the oaked bastard, but this is my favorite of the collection. I hope I can keep my other sample for trade bait. It will be a bit hard.

Mouthfeeel has a nice bite from the carbonation which provides a good crispness. It also has a light creaminess. Very nice. I ususally have an issue with stone beers in the mouthfeel department, but this is splendid.

One of the easiest to drink strong ales I've had to date. I wish this was part of the stone line up for the rest of time. (1,114 characters)

Photo of charlesw
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty decent IPA, if I do say so. A bit dark on the color, but, still, very nice. Heavier in body and flavor than the arrogant bastard and lighter in body and bitterness than the double bastard. Reminds me, somewhat, of Rocket Red. Obviously, it doesn't taste like that, but the flavor profile reminds me of it. Pretty good. Almost 9%? No wonder I got toasted off one bottle (22oz)! You wouldn't know from drinking it... (423 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy moly, this thing pour a deeeep mahogany brown, tan head rises like a mountain, only to collapse, leaving thick sheets of lace behind beautifully in my Cordendonk tulip.

The aroma is a surprising pine citrus , thick and juicy. Moves right into the quaff, juicy pine bubblegum. Smacks with citrus and a hint of chocolate malt in the finish. This is one loaded up brew, sips like a dream while watching football and working on some cheddar and crackers. (456 characters)

Photo of DavidEddie
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to jjayjaye for this one!

Appearance - Black porter like in color. Thick off white head that won’t go away.

Smell - Tantalizing piney hops, chalky, and rich dark roasty malt.

Taste - Ruby red grapefruit, citrus, very pine like, big dark malt, flavors of smokey burnt wood.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth, creamy, nice hop bitterness lingers.

Drinkability - I love this beer! Goes down easy. Reminds me of a west coast DIPA mixed with a good porter. Highly recommended! (485 characters)

Photo of djeffbee
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into my newly stolen Stone Smoked Porter pint glass.

Appearence - Dark ruby to black pour with a massive white-tan head that stays. Lacing remains on the glass throughout the session.

Smell - American citrusy (chinook? simcoe?)hops with a caramel and roasted malt aroma. Interesting, almost smells like a Barleywine.

Taste - Big hop bitterness, with a blast of roasted malt (almost espresso-like). Body is medium considering the color and malt presence.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, sick on the IBU's, huge IPA flavor with a porter-lie finish. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkabiltiy - Awesome brew, and a bit too easy to drink at 8.7%ABV - this one can get you into trouble (financially as well).

Another Stone Masterpiece. (733 characters)

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

taste this blindfolded than look at your glass. A heck of a double take will happen every time!

A - rich black brew with a solid dark tan head
S - A nice sharp blend of citric and piney hops overlay and almost overwhelm roasted malts
T- similar to the nose with a mid glass caramel malty body adding a nice rounding effect.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, solid catty hop aftertaste.
D - Hop heads now have a leader in the "dark" side of the color spectrum. A bit hoppy for me but a treat none the less. (510 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*This is the 11th Anniversary with Chinook. I don't know why my separate entry was bunched up with the regular 11th Anniversary.*

I had this during the Stone 11th Anniversary event in Sept. I don't remember if this was on-tap or cask. And I assume the alcohol was the same. Mostly from my notes:

Very, very dark brown with a nice amount of foam and great lacing/retention.

Aroma is hoppy, pine/citrus but dark and smokey, very interesting. Some ash but not in a bad way, it works well.

Taste is very weird, different but tasty (I know, very vague). Big malt profile but hoppy as well. Some caramel and herb qualities. I remember this one being much like a tea bag, very herbal and "green", bold and daring. You could definitely taste the fresh hops. A bit of bitterness, just like the regular 11th.

Drinkability was very good. Doesn't really feel like a big heavy beer. One of the most unique beers I had in the festival and most unique beers up to this day. (963 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicely made 22oz bomber poured at 45F into a goblet.

Very dark for a strong ale, almost black with shades of brown with light. Has a nice creamy beige head.

The aroma is of piney, citrus and floral hops with an appetizing sweet character in the background. Flavors of ripe plums and caramel come out as it warms.

The taste again is strong of hops but is well complemented with a variety of dark roasted malts. The bitter hops really linger well throughout the finish. A well balanced medium body and a creamy mouthfeel make this beer quite drinkable considering it's complexity. This beer is a beautiful blend between a powerful IPA and a classic strong ale. (661 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of ncvbc, thanks again! (for some reason, this didn't make it to Redding...)

Pours a dark brown color, with a small but solid white head on top.

Aromas are very nice. Sticky resin like hops, with a hard candied like character to it as well.

Beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor, almost a bit burnt tasting. (in a good way, not a bad way) The finish is a lot like the nose, crisp, with a hard candied resiny hops bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice carbonation, and a good full feel in the mouth.

Drinkability is quite good. This is an interesting beer. Kudos to Stone for making this unique beer. Not my favorite Stone brew, but this is still tasty and well worth a try. (696 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Shared with Ksullnh

A: Pitch black. A moderate pour yields one finger of tan head. Head characterized by very tight bubbles. Looks like a stout, not a dark IPA.

S: I could smell it from a couple feet away. Amazing tropical fruit hop aroma! Dried pineapple, grapefruit, a little pine. I caught little whiffs of candied pineapple every once in a while.

T: Big bitter foretaste really bows out cordially to the sweet malt. Sweetness is just on the amazing side of cloying. Tangerine flavor is evident in the background - tastes like white fir needles. Delicious! Surprising that it tastes like a regular IPA since it is so dark.

M: Smooth and likeable, like a con man.

D: I want more! But it is 8.7% (741 characters)

Photo of crazybrody06
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a 16oz snifter. Pitch black, big tan head, did I mention it was black?
Smell was hops, hops, hops, some sweet hints in the backgrounds.
Taste was perfect hops without the horrible bitterness of some very hoppy beers. Some sweet fruits chocolate.
Mouthfeel was full bodied, easy to drink, just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkablity surpised me, it took me about an hour to finish the bomber put I could drink more.
Overall a great looking beer, great hop flavor without the bitterness, decent drinkablity. (541 characters)

Photo of doboy
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A Black IPA? and a fine one at that! It pours as Black as the Ace of Spades, with a nice head, that reduces to fine lacing that holds for the entire beer. The aroma is sweet hops that strike the nose. The first sip gives wonderful mouthfeel as the hops explode in your mouth. The aftertaste was great, leaving you longing for the next sip. This was an exceptionally great beer that can only be improved by year round production from now till the end of time! (458 characters)

Photo of mdm4584
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber at AJ's in Scottsdale, AZ.\

The brew w/o tasting has very hoppy IPA scent.

After pouring has a thick, long-lasting, lacy head. Piney, herby, citrusy dominates.

Pungent taste. Strong pine taste on tongue... almost overdoing it... almost.

Perfect for a hophead!

I think this is one of the most hop crazy beers I've had in a long time. Be wary! (362 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pitch black brew wearing a massive tan crown, outstanding retention

S- hops galore: citric, pine. caramel, big roasted malt aromas

T- roasted malts and citric/pine hops, grassy. outstanding balance of hops and malts, intense amount of flavor

M- medium creamy body, definite hop abuse, sticky film after

D- WOW, this beer is pure joy. This brew is the answer for us stout lovers who are also closet hop heads. I couldn't possibly recommended this brew enough (464 characters)

Photo of Tolann
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours really black. It's nearly opaque, but shows a ruby hue when you hold it up to the light. Lots of thick head that is dark and foamy and leaves behind a nice lacing.

S - sweet hops. Very big hops nose. Theres a citrus I can't identify in there as well (I still suck at identifying this stuff)

T - Big hops hits the back of your tongue and you're then reminded by the sweet. Really nice! The bitterness hangs a bit. The sweetness doesn't hang nearly as much.

M - really nice and what's to be expected for this style. Not too fizzy, not too heavy. I nice medium bodied beer that rolls down your throat.

D - I wish I had more bottles!! A great IPA example! Love the hops, love the beer! This one is disappearing much too fast. (736 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: almost pitch black with dark brown highlights, thick brown head that settles to 2 fingers depth and thick lacing
s: mix of hops and roasted malts aromas, bits of chocolate
t: soft malty start and middle with hoppy backbone that becomes more dominant in the finish, strong roasted malts also in the finish with moderate alcohol warmth
m: creamy body, with moderate carbonation especially on the back
d: interesting mix of ipa hoppiness and stout roasted malts that packs a punch. not the best stone brew i've had but still enjoyable (534 characters)

Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I fell in love with Stone beer after I had their IPA. When I buy a bottle of Stone, I know i'm going to get the following: a beautiful fragrance, a pleasant taste that lingers until the last droplet of beer goes down and a happy buzz.

I was more than excited to try this after my friend (Sloejams) told me about this.

Head: average head.

Aroma: very floral.

Appearance: very dark. looks thick.

Taste: solid. sweet and floral. the taste really sustains.

Mouthfeel: very full in my opinion.

Drinkability: Although I love stone beer, they are very strong in alcohol content. This was no different. I can only have a 22 of this beer otherwise it would be a little too rich for the stomach.

I loved this beer so much after I tried it, I ran into Whole Foods and bought a case at $4.49 per bottle. I cleaned out the case in less than 2 weeks.

Stone Brewing Company for President!!! (885 characters)

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

Appearance = nice dark color with frothy head that dissipated quickly.

Smell = awesome hoppy smell with a touch of sweetness

Taste = For it's dark color surprisingly hoppy with nice maltness, not overdone on either account.

Mouthfeel = slighly carbonated with lingering hops

Drinkability = 8.7% alcohol and comes in 1.5 pint bottles so not tooo many! (354 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rocky beige head that is huge and retains very well while really lacing the pint glass

Smell: Grrrapefruit, big time, with a discernable whiff of molasses underneath

Taste: At first, there is a molasses-filled dark, bittersweet flavor but by mid-palate, the grapefruit wants to poke its head into the fold; after the swallow, their is a burst of grapefruit flavors, but the molasses holds its own to the finish (the warmer the beer gets, the more molasses appears in the flavor profile)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As the beer warms, it just gets better and better; a hopheads delight with a molasses twist (705 characters)

Photo of cabsandking
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Solid black color with a giant three fingers of sticky rocky beige head that last the duration. Big hoppy grapefruit and pine with an outstanding malt character of dark caramel, nutty malt and wafts of roasted coffee. Layers of malt character is evident; caramel, deep roasted grains, pumpernickel bread, and sour grains going into the finish, and roasted espresso. Beautifully balanced hops; mild pepper spice, pine, fresh raw hop oil, and a touch of mint starting towards the end. Fruity tartness mixed in for extra complexity. Sweetness from brown sugar and burnt sugars with hints of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and a thick creamy carbonation. Spicy, minty, some pine, charred malt, and espresso all in the finish. This beer is just wonderful, I’ve got to find more! (786 characters)

Photo of YankChef
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass. September 2007 on the front

Appearance: Very deep dark black colored that is completely opaque. It has the appearance of a really dark porter almost with a 1/2-3/4 in. thick head that is offwhite and creamy. Lacing instantly sticks to the glass, doesn't look like an IPA... at all.

Smell: Incredibly strong aroma first of hop oils and fresh hop leaves. That gives way to an incredibly juicy aroma of peaches, mangoes and juicy fruit bubble gum. Strong aromas of rose water and toffee.

Taste: Upfront there is a quick almost overbearing sweetness that is very fruity and juicy, but this sensation is very, very quickly smashed to pieces by intense bitter hops that tingle around the outside of the mouth. There are multiple layers of flavor that includes toffee and toasted malt upfront with a bit of stone fruit that fades into a very dark malt almost stout like flavor. It then finishes with HOPS that just assault your palatte.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Medium high bodied and very creamy for a IIPA. Low carbonation, this beer is all about the richness.

Overall: WOW!! Stone really innovates with this one and messes with your head. Looks like a porter and tastes like a whack in the face IIPA. Enjoy this beer while it's still around. Ill be said to see it go (1,302 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an incredible looking near-black with faint garnet highlights. Creamy, khaki-colored, two finger head that leaves gobby sheets of sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Hops and brown sugar dominate this one with a touch of chocolate and roasted malt as well.

T: Grapefruit hop flavors explode all over this one! Along with the major citrus is a seething undercurrent of brown sugar or molassas, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

M: Very bitter and spicy. I found an interesting chocolate aftertaste in the finish as well. The hops grab ahold of the tongue and just refuse to let go!

D: Drinkable to the max. What a surprisingly dark treat. (753 characters)

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,885 ratings.