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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,516 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,516
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 234
Gots: 531 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Bagoosh, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler taken directly from the store where this was poured into a Unibroue snifter shortly after arrival.

Pours basically black with subtle signs of deep orange-red coloration around the edges. The tan head is moderate in size but long-lasting and leaves gobs of sticky lacing on the glass.

Plenty of hops in the aroma, as expected from Stone, with obvious pine and citrus aspects as well as some vague herbal notes. Enticing. A strong piney hop flavor dominates up front. Usually this would be followed by q quite bitter taste, or at least a very bitter aftertaste. Although there's an obvious bitterness and an IBU = 90, this beer starts bitter-sweet and keeps the bitterness under control all the way through. There's a solid dark malt component helping out with this, but clearly Stone extracted plenty of hop aroma and flavor without boiling all the bitterness out of the Chinook, Simcoe & Amarillo hops. The high ABV makes itself known in the aroma, after some warming, but remains fairly well hidden in the taste. Complex and rich, extraordinary balance and interesting, and wonderful flavor dynamics.

M: full bodied; about as creamy smooth as can be at ABV = 8.7%; excellent, medium carbonation.

O: an amazing beer and the cream of the crop in Black IPAs in my experience. In any case, a world class beer all hop heads should seek out.

chinchill, Sep 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

jisom123, Sep 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

ChrisMon02, Sep 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

hoptitsbrews, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Damian
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Enjoy by 10/27/12
Drank from a pint glass

The beer poured a dark chestnut brown and was topped by a two-plus finger tall crown of tight, bubbly, cocoa colored foam. Excellent retention. The head slowly faded to a thick cap. Spotty blocks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was remarkably hoppy. Candied orange peel was most noticeable. Somewhat grassy. There was a generic, sweet fruitiness that was well matched by a dry, powdery yeastiness. The malts were practically nonexistent. If I tried hard, I could pick up a touch of roastiness, but perhaps that was just my imagination.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was dominated by hops. In this case, however, the hops were much more bitter and punchy. A touch of roasted malts and cold coffee appeared on the front end before the hops took over. The hops had an orange peel-like flavor initially. As the beer moved along my palate, the hops intensified, turning super dry, pithy and grapefruit-like. The beer finished bone dry, super bitter and resiny with strong notes of pine needles. While the flavor profile may not have been my cup of tea, I was amazed by how well this beer buried its alcohol prowess.

The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than anticipated with a very fine and mild effervescence. The liquid felt surprisingly watery for the style.

Had I not been able to look at this beer, I would have sworn that it was an IPA. Neither my nose nor my palate could pick up any more than an inkling of roastiness or malty sweetness. Personally, I would prefer a bit more balance, but what can you expect from Stone?

Damian, Sep 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

HopsintheSack, Sep 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JoeInTheBean, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jl28r1, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

brn9000, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

ObeMaltKinobee, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of jasewaaang
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jasewaaang, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of lordofstarside
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had many times before, first review of it
Bomber to snifter, best by 10/27 date

Beautiful bottle work with a signature long narrative on the back.
Pours pitch black with a finger of a light brown head. Excellent lacing, great retention

Aroma of coffee, hops, and chocolate. carmal malts shine through with a hint of aocohol

Taste is very bitter, strong hops, coffee, toffee, and the caramel malt all blend together well. Hints of vanilla come through on the after taste. Very good

The feel is probably my favorite part of this beer. Very creamy and smooth, goes down quite easy. Little carbonation to get in the way of the taste

Over all this is the beer getting me interested in black ipas. One of my favorites, will continue to be one of my regular pick ups

lordofstarside, Sep 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

smartassboiler, Sep 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

EzraAtom, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of flayedandskinned
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 6/20/13
Poured into the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada IPA Glass

Appearance: Pours a super dark brown, almost black until the light hits it and some nice ruby highlights appear on the outside edges. The beer has a gorgeous, 2 to 3 finger khaki head that has amazing head retention and plenty of lacing.

Aroma: Huge, dank hops right upfront; grapefruit, pine needs, peach and even some hints of lemon zest. There are some notes of chocolate, vanilla and slightly roasty malts that lay just under the mountain of hops in the nose.

Taste: A pungent explosion of grapefruit and pine as soon as the beer touches your tongue. The oily, resinous hops sustain until about the middle of the taste and the rich, lush and very chocolate forward malts kick in and mellow out some of the harsh, very bitter hops in the off dry finish. Long, lingering notes of baker's chocolate and bitter citrus are left on your palate. The is a light alcohol presence that becomes more apparent as the beer warms, but it intermingles well with the bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and has a full, somewhat creamy body. Moderate to high carbonation, which is very appropriate for the style.

Overall: The quintessential black IPA. I remember first trying this black IPA several years ago and being absolutely blown away, because not only did it possess the bright, hop forward and citrus-y flavor profile of an imperial IPA, but it also had the appearance and chocolate-y and slightly roasty malt characteristics of a great and smooth porter. Nowadays, it seems like more and more Black IPAs forget to include the chocolate roastiness of Porters in their taste. Sublimely Self-Righteous certainly doesn't succumb to this pitfall and definitely earns it's namesake year after year.

flayedandskinned, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

JJFordick, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty clear dark dark brown beer with a half inch of mocha head. Wow super hoppy nose. Citrus grapefruit and pine. Some sweet caramel malt comes through as the beer airs out.

This is one of the most deceptively colored beers. Really tastes like a standard double IPA than a black IPA. Deep roasted malt comes through a touch in the beginning of the sip but huge resinous hop presence comes through almost instantly. Despite the massive amount of hops and big bitterness pretty good balance, a bit of detectable alcohol. Touch of malt but this beer is a big hop show case. If you love double IPA's you'll love it because big pretty good tasting and pretty standard. However for such a dark beer the malt really doesnt play as much of a role as you expect it. Good but I was expecting much more, especially at the price.

jtierney89, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Red_Chaos1, Sep 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

916tmcmanus916, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dokupe, Sep 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

SineWaveFL, Sep 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Moo5152, Sep 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Westmi, Sep 08, 2012
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,516 ratings.