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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,212 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,212
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 228
Gots: 459 | 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 KidsDoc
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into my San Diego representative "Green Flash" pint glass

Pour was amazing (on the second pour) with an amazing flow of slowly settling tan/espresso head and dark, nearly opaque body - loved watching this one settle into the glass

Aroma was initially hop forward but nice citrus nose. I lost this along the way and only got glimpses after the first few big breaths. Roasted malt predominated the aroma thereafter.

Taste was complex and highly entertaining. First sip was like the nose up front - big citrus hop presence that then became just a small component. What impressed me was the increasing roast/chocalate malt flavor on the backside that tasted like a smooth porter in the finish. This really was a 3-part taste (after the first two sips that were mostly getting used to the bitter hops). Right as you start the sip it was more sweet with some chocolate detected - the middle was dominated by hops but still well blended, citrus was most of what I got here and still sweet but sticky; then the finish was full on roasted malt and excellent

Mouthfeel was very interesting. only downside was a bit much on carbonation for me. Otherwise it was biting when it needed to be and so smooth on the finish.

Great offering from Stone. Such a nice beer to sip on. This will be a go to for me in the future if I really want a good mix of hop and malt that you can really focus on either flavor and enjoy it all.

KidsDoc, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of MattyV
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color, pretty much opaque with a light mocha head that resembles sponge toffee. Hop-heavy aroma--lots of citrus and pine notes, as well as an underlying roasted/molasses sweetness. A subtle but complex malt profile, serving as a great foil for the hops with an initial sweetness that hints at chocolate, nuts and even dark fruit, before settling in a roasted/cocoa undertone. The hops provide a good mix of both piney/citrus characteristics depending on the sip, sometimes I pick up more grapefruit and other times more sharp biting pine needles. Moderate lingering bitter finish with the roasted undertone.
Medium to full bodied with average carbonation, drinks fairly well, likely due to its appearance tricking me into expecting a big heavy RIS. This leans more toward the IPA end of the spectrum based on what I've sampled of the style thus far. A great option for hop heads looking for a bit of a change of pace.

MattyV, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear really dark brown and settles in the glass very black below a big tan head that's takes it sweet old time to recede into what I assume will be a lacing at sometime in the future.

Light roasted dark chocolate malt aroma with some citrus, I think it leans toward grapefruit, the aroma is pretty subdued but kinda worth stopping before you drink to search it out.

More roasted dark chocolates dominating the taste with some light almost sweet citrus hints coming through, once again I think they lean towards grapefruit but not really sure, nor care.

Drinking this beer as well as it's aftertaste you kinda get the feeling with it's milkiness that you are drinking a melted candy bar. I feel that I've taken a Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate bar and melted it in Stone Smoked Porter swirled it around and drank it down.

LXIXME, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Miller's Pub, Chicago, IL

Poured into a pint glass a coffee brown with a nice, foamy, beige head that retained and laced decently. I really love this style of beer. Dark malts and dark fruits in the aroma, but a definite citrus hop presence like you'd get from your typical IPA. Smooth dark malts in the taste, molasses, brown sugar, quickly overcome by lots of citrusy hops, though the maltiness lingers on in the background. Flavorful and medium-bodied. Another highly drinkable beer from the consistently excellent Stone Brewing Co.

Rifugium, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark brown to black with a small tan head that lingers throughout.

S - Lots of roasted chocolate

T - Again chocolate comes through along with a nice bittering from the hops. Finishes with a strong bitter hop taste with a slight warm alcohol tinge.

M - Fairly light, but good carbonation. Not too heavy, but does have a good thickness to it.

D - Another great beer from Stone. Not an overally complex beer, but it goes down pretty smooth and if you like a chocolate profile you'll like this one.

jmarsh123, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark dark brown with a decent off white head. The smell is hops up from floral and piney with a burnt malt finish. The flavor is pretty close to the smell with the hops coming out first followed by the roasted burnt malt flavor. The beer is very dry with no residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is light bodied wig good carbonation and a bitterness feel on the side of you tongue. Overall it's a good beer worth trying at least once

rowingbrewer, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" off-white head which was slow to recede. Dark walnut brown in color, and clear I think though it's so dark it's hard to tell. Smell is strong on hops and citrus and I'd agree grapefruit seems dominant. Taste matches the smell but includes quite a bitter finish. As is often the case with Stone this is a big bold beer with no shyness on hops. They're all great, but I do think most are just slight deviations from each other or from a central big beer concept by Stone.

MoreThanWine, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours a completely opaque black with a light brown head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel and roasted malt, alcohol, grapefruit and grassy hops. Flavor is sweet caramel and roasted malt, grassy hops, grapefruit, pineapple, raisins, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, warming, and a fairly bitter finish. Good beer, decent balance.

mtstatebeer, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of BierFan
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Big off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is mostly of grapefruit from the hops, with a little of the dark roasty malts shining through. Tastes like a schwarzbier with an abundance of American hops and a big bitter component. I'll definitely buy this one again when I see it.

BierFan, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, American Black Ale 8.7%

A: Very dark with a shiny deep brown and 2 finger head with large bubbles, minimal lacing. Almost black with a watery pallor than a stout somewhere in between an ipa and an imperial porter,.

S: lots of bittering on the nose, it feels like a DIPA with Trojan horse malty notes. Great smell that is both urban maltiness and rustic pine concurrently.

T: herbal dryness akin to the ruination but more muted, some rauschbier notes with rasin and lots of hoppy fulfillment

M: Very light coating given the super heavy presentation, strange bait and switch, ultimately an intimidating appearance that ends up being a very approachable character. Not a huge amount of coating and just the right amount of thickness.

D: This is very drinkable, but in a strange way. The hops finish quickly and add a drying sensation but the overall feel of it makes you want to take another sip.

Narrative: “AND STAY OUT OF MY ROOM!” Becca, or GWENDOLINE as she preferred to be called in her adolescent epoch, slammed the door of her room. The Twilight posters swelled with a gush of incoming air and tusseled her Junior High School diploma on the wall. “They don’t understand my depth, and just because I leave my leather bound poetry book out doesn’t meant that she can JUST READ IT!” she fumed to herself. She had a bitter and dark note inside of herself, but she tried relentlessly to present herself in a comprehensible manner. Her acoustic guitar collected dust in the corner, next to an unfinished paint canvas, just beside her various competition dance uniforms; the items formed a confusing strata of personality layers ever weathering, ever changing. Ultimately, her interpretive dance classes would alienate school and performer alike but, she would maintain her bitter cold dignity with calm poise.

SubpoenaDeuces, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of SHODriver
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a rich black with a finger and a half of dense tan head.
S: this one hits the nose with some very sharp bitter pine notes with just a bit of sweet citrus
T: very interesting. roasted malt flavors battle with piney hop goodness to dominate the taste buds. Slightly citrusy and some hiints of coffee and chocolate make brief appearances before getting beaten back by the hops. Lingering bitter pine with a bit of sweetness.
M: Full bodied and a bit creamy. Carbonation is adequate and isn't prickly.
O: a very good beer that is a pleasure to drink.

SHODriver, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very, very dark. There's not much light getting through this one - I guess you could say it's black. It's so dark it looks like a porter! It has a nice, fluffy tan head with excellent lacing that clings like crazy. It's hard to decipher the nose. I don't seem to detect much. All I get is a tiny bit of nuttiness and some floral notes from the hops. It's very faint.

Nice complex flavor here and a creamy mouth feel. I was surprised to get a sharp spiciness almost immediately. Then the bitter flavors recede a bit and the taste becomes toasty and nutty. As it slides across your palate, the hops start to kick in again for a nice, dry finish.

This excellent beer will appeal to hop-heads (like me) as well as those who like big, complex flavors. Although I prefer the standard IPAs to this variety, I still found this beer to be quite tasty. I would NOT suggest this beer to someone new to craft brews.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes of the Mondial

A: Pours deep black but just so slightly translucent giving away a light brown/cola hue. Moka head, good retention and lacing.

S: Quite nice mix of strong chocolate, coffee, light vanilla mixed with a solid amount of west coast style hopping that consists of: grapefruit, unripe pineapple, tangerine, pine and fresh mint. Strong, but not wow-like strong smell.

T: The intensity of the taste is just amazing. There are solid dark chocolate in this, coffee and vanilla like most stouts. Again, the hopping is perfect, thanks to the experience Stone has in this subject: super aromatic use of hops with strong grapefruit, pineapple, juicy tangerine, pine and fresh mint. Perfectly balanced of all the fruity juicy-ness and the roasted characteristics of the malt.

M: Smaller than other ABA of this ABV as expected from the look of the beer. Still solid with low carbonation.

O: Another amazing brew from what I consider the best brewery in the world. This sets the bar as to what a damn near perfect ABA should be. And it's easy to get. What more can you ask?

flipper2gv, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of jneiswender
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served out of a bomber bottle into a tasting glass during the Roxbury Beer Festival. served cool.

a- dark garnet body and a tan head
s- varied, fruity hop, some grain and an interewsting hemp smell
t- fruit, grain, very slightg alcohol, resin
m- medium
d- very good, really exceeds expectations. i would drink this again.

jneiswender, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great black color, mostly clear, with a lingering swirling head and nice lacing.

I could smell the delicious hops even as they had just set my glass on the counter. Absolutely terrific, with lush smelling citrus and fruity hops, and a good malty backbone.

Taste is off the charts with deliciousness! Rich dark malts are balanced with oily, pungent hops, along with some piney grapefruit flavors. For a black ale, it's a lot like an IPA.

Feel is tangy and bitter, with a medium body and plenty of carbonation.

On tap this stuff is outstanding, just as it is in bottles.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The head atop the pitch black body is light tan and very sticky The head poured about three inches.

The aroma is hoppy first with sweet citrus; mostly grapefruit. Deep whiffs reveal a gentle bitterness from the roasted malts as well.

The taste is full of slightly sweet, chocolatey bitter citrus rind. The taste is a little on the dank side. The balance struck here is one that features the hops but still allows the chocolatey malts to provide a nice backbone.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy; this is dangerously drinkable.

I don't always drink Black IPA's, but when I do, I make it a Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale.

andrewinski1, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of FARGO619
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many many times. I'm finally getting around to rate it. It took me off guard the first time I tried it. Nice and hoppy.
A: Dark brown with light head went down fast. Lightly carbonated. Dark ruby light flowing through on the bottom.
T: Hoppy, sweet, bitter, and subtle floral hit the nose.
D: Easy to drink.
O: Overall it is a nice dark hop that is always good to just chill to.

FARGO619, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Iceman77
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few black ales before but this one is BLACK, maybe just a hint of amber around the edges where the light comes through. Pours with a fluffy three finger head that recedes slowly throughout the glass. The aroma is great, a ton of roasty malt up front with some hops hiding behind it. There's a lot going on in the flavor as well, where the hops take over a little bit more and there is a hint of sweetness as well. Very smooth on the mouthfeel, with a little bite of carb and bitters on the aftertaste. I think this is a great example of the style, and one of the best from Stone

Iceman77, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of surprenant1138
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep mahogany, almost black with about a half inch foMy dark tan head. Lacing retIns well and appears smooth. Aroma is of charred nuts, raisins, hops, slightly oaky and maybe a hint if smoke. Mouthfeel is of a medium body. Taste is of all the aromas, but more earthy and almost grassy. Excellent beer.

surprenant1138, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of BigDRS
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Admittedly, this is my first cascadian dark ale/american black ale/black ipa/whatever. Worth the hype.

A - Black. Solid black. Just a bit of light shines through the bottom of my glass, but that's it. I'm surprised at just how opaque this brew is. Head is tan in color and the initial two finger head dies down to a thick film that leaves a good amount of lace on my glass. This beer is awesome already.

S - Smell is intense. Lots of hops, burnt malt, and a bit of caramel. There is just a bit of some fruitness, mostly dark cherry, in the nose as well.

T - Hops dominate all the way through. The roasted malt flavor comes through initially and lets up to a caramel/molasses taste. Aftertaste is at first sweet and a few seconds later turns bitter. This beer is very rich and complex. Maybe Stone just brewed another amazing beer or maybe it's my first crack at the style, but this beer is awesome.

M - Mouthfeel has just the right amount of creamy/syrupy goodness. Carbonation level feels good to me.

O - If this is representative of the style then I'm hooked. The name of this beer says it all. Stone has never let me down and I doubt it ever will. Buy this beer and drink it NOW.

BigDRS, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of bluesplit63
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best from Stone so far.

Self Righteous Bomber.

Purchased from Nikki's Liquors. North Providence.

Pours a rich black with a thick light tan lace.

Hints of citrus and pine.

Smooth feel to the mouth with a light closing taste of alcohol.

8.7abv. Enjoy slow and steady.

bluesplit63, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours very dark brown w/ an awesome cocoa 2 finger head. Good carbonation and lacing. Great looking beer. Very dark- darker than I was expecting.

S- Sublime is fitting in the title. This beer is super close to a 5 on the nose. Very complex- there's a lot going on here, but extremely balanced. Very hoppy, but also very smooth, refreshing.. etc... Great smelling brew!

T- Love it. You get fruit, hops, pine, alcohol, malt, and some other traces. VERY smooth drinking, and really great tasting. Hops leaves a smooth bitter taste on the aftertaste. I do taste a little alcohol, but it's well hidden- more of a feel than anything. Nice.

M- Velvet. That's the perfect word to describe the feel. It's not heavy feeling by any stretch, but exactly right. Very balanced feel to this beer, nothing reaches out and grabs you, and the total package is outstanding.

O- This is one of my favorite Stone beers so far. Very unique, very smooth, and very enjoyable. If you haven't had it yet- go pick some up, it's definitely one I'll get again and again.

jayhawk73, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of BrainDad
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopcat in GR. Except for the bitter element of the hops being a bit too harsh, this is an exemplary Black IPA. The nose is what really gets me. It has that rich, earthy, citrusy hop aroma reminiscent of Founder's Double Trouble (as a reference).

Color is a rich, ruby black. Seems a bit thin on the tongue at first but really rolls off nicely. A nice head to start with good lacing as I work down the glass. I could really drink a lot of this on a hot summer day. That's where the bitterness really pays off!

BrainDad, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fell in love with this one the second I opened the bottle. The beer poured out as a dark black color with a generous brown head on top. The lacing looked pretty impressive as well. The smell of the beer was fully loaded with citrusy hops and roasted malts. The taste was a collision of the two battling it out. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall it's a wonderful beer, I strongly recommend it!

Knapp85, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost but not quite black, but certainly opaque with a 2 and half fingers width of khaki colored head that dissipated very slowly leaving at least a half finger widths throughout most of the drink. It leaves some of the heaviest lacing I have ever seen.

S: Predominately hoppy aromas of the pine and citrus variety. No real malt characteristic, just hit your nose hops. Not a very complex aroma, but very inviting if you are a hop lover like myself.

T: First sip is a very well balanced blend of roasted malts and hops. This beer is not particularly complex, but it doesn’t have to be. The simplicity may be what makes it so damn good. It is just an excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Some very subtle burnt malt flavors with hints of caramel, but the balance between roasted malt and piney hops with a strong hop bitterness on the aftertaste certainly predominates. The ABV is masked wonderfully, with no overpowering alcohol characters. Hop flavors definitely are the mainstay of the drink, but are by no means overwhelming. If you consider yourself a hop head, you will almost certainly enjoy this beer.

M/D: Perfect amount of carbonation, relatively smooth and very easy to drink. Leaves the mouth feeling somewhat dry, but not to a fault. It is very drinkable considering the ABV, heavy stout-like appearance, and dominating hop flavors.

O: This beer is deceiving in that judging by its appearance you would expect a more stout-like drink with a certain heaviness and stronger malt characters. But in reality its more or less a great, hop-heavy ,IPA that happens to look like a stout. Overall this is an excellent beer. I admittedly am not that familiar with black IPAs, but I can’t imagine one being much better than this. I recommend this beer to all those who love hops and to those who are interested in this beer style. I will certainly drink this beer again.

zac16125, Jun 12, 2011
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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