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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
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5,294 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,294
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 230
Gots: 494 | 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 tectactoe
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours nearly pitch black with a thinner body than you'd expect from this dark color - similar to that of IPAs, and not super-thick like stouts and porters. Looks great - thin layer of off-white head that settled down rather quickly but left very nice lacing along the glass when I was finished. The nose is loaded with hops, pines, oily resin, a touch of citrus, and dashes of roasted malt, which is probably what gives this beer its fantastic color. Upon first taste, the hops immediately jump out and jab your tongue with a huge pine-tree bite. Halfway through the sip, as the beer warms up in your mouth, the roasted malts start to come out and mellow out the hops, performing a balancing act with them that works quite nicely. Your tongue is left with an aftertaste of floral greens and toasty malt and barley. Very smooth on the body, and overall pretty thin, with a fairly high amount of carbonation that goes hand in hand with the initial hop bite. Mouth is left somewhat dry and sticky - keeps you coming back for more.

I love this beer because it's so unique - it's almost starts off in your mouth like an IPA then transforms into a porter right in front of your palette. One of the first brews I ever had from Stone, and it surely did not disappoint. Great beer.

tectactoe, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

So their 11th Anniversary Ale was arrogant enough to become year-round. Thin, tan lacing on top of a nearly pitch-black brew. Thick resin hop nose with hints of burnt malt, old school. Smooth, almost full-ish body. Oh mama, insane hop presence ... enough for a hophead to get their fix within the first sip. Spikes of charred malt poke through the thick blanket of hops. Warmth of alcohol plays well. We have no choice but to love this beer.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany body, opaque aside from the slightest brown highlight shining from the bottom of my snifter, with a nicely contrasting cappuccino head.

The aroma is that of the growing ever popular hoppy Black Ale, e.g., Night Stalker, Dark Hops, Iniquity. Mad roasty while being loaded with pine resin at the same time. Deep notes of cacao on the dark side, while hints of citrus, almost grapefruit, bringing home the hoppy side. Intriguing to say the least.

The flavor is that of a Night Stalkers little brother, even in body it's not as big. Which is a bonus for me, as Stalker is a bit too gloopy for the flavors it has. Cedery and piney hop resins, cigar smokiness, bitter cocoa, spruce, all with a toasty chocolate fade. Notable, almost crisp, carbonation also helps take it out of the stout catagory.

I've drank about half the bottle and still have no idea what I'm trying to figure out here. It's complex beyond my vocabulary. You haven't lived until you try this beer.

brownbeer, Aug 13, 2010
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Photo of dmgeng
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

I like black IPAs and Stone's offerings so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.

A - Nice rich black color. Off white colored head with fine bubbles and light lacing.

S - Tons of citrusy, hoppy goodness and then some roasty aroma.

T - Great NW hops that provides a ton of flavor coating the palate. There is a sweet roasty character that compliments the hops very well. There is a strong bitterness from both the hops and the roasted malt but there is a sweet malty character that helps balance.
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M - Moderate mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. The mouth-feel allows the flavors to be savored and the carb helps the hops pop.

Overall, this is an amazing black IPA. Definitely a beer that I could drink often. I wouldn't want more than a couple at a time due to the tremendous flavor impact and bitterness but it is a tasty brew.

Glass- Snifter

dmgeng, Oct 12, 2014
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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,294 ratings.