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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,197 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,197
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 226
Gots: 456 | 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 Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 12/05/14.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Drippy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Hops, booze and dark roasted malt. The hops are grassy and the booze plays off the malt sweetness to create a brown sugar/caramel quality.

T- All the elements come together in a big wave of semi-astringent aggression where it's all happening so fast you can't pin down which tastes are which. There's some coffee that's cut off by the hop bitterness that's interrupted by the sweetness from the malt that's abruptly diverted by the alcohol. All this chaos comes to an end once the palate acclimates and everything starts to make sense. The hop flavors start to work in harmony with the coffee and char notes that once seemed to be random. The booze bite goes away and the sweetness acts as a mediator between everything else to present the profile's complexity as a whole. Remarkable.

M- Somewhat creamy and quite viscous with a bit of a tingle from the hops and medium carbonation. Fullish body.

O- Though I feel like this beer is better realized and a bit smoother on draft, the bottled version certainly does it justice. An unforgiving Black IPA that is the prototype for all other Black IPAs.

Immortale25, Today at 03:03 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Resuin, Today at 10:32 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Meyers1023, Yesterday at 02:33 AM
Photo of dagubna
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%

dagubna, Wednesday at 09:33 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Ppuech, Wednesday at 01:15 AM
Photo of FLima
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Black mahogany color with a one finger head with medium retention.
Bold aroma with strong pine notes, voracious yeast and earth.
Intense Flavor with notes of tea bags, pine, toasted malts, licorice, coffee, grapefruit, concentrated lemon and charcoal.
Very dry aftertaste with an eternal lasting bitterness.
Light to medium body with mild carbonation.
Alcohol of 8.7% is superbly well hidden.
Intense Black IPA, a hop juice with lots of pine notes. For hop heads and illuminated only.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,75 Sab.4,25 Sens.4 Cj.4,25

FLima, Tuesday at 05:33 PM
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

Jaymello, Tuesday at 12:02 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

RRC03, Monday at 09:08 PM
Photo of bgillespie
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a thick tan head and a ton of lacing.

Smell: Pine, roasted malt, hops.

Taste: Very hoppy with burnt malts

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body.

Overall: Great beer, smooth, delicious, ton of hops.

bgillespie, Monday at 04:12 AM
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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%

steve2tb, Monday at 03:36 AM
Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance (4.25): Black with a two finger tan head

Smell (4.25): pine and fruity hops prominent with undertones of caramel and roasted malts

Taste (4.25): Hops upfront that fades into slight roasted malts

Mouthfeel(4.25): Silky medium body with substantial bitterness

Overall (4.25): Id rather have an IPA or a stout, but as far as Black IPAs go, this has to be one of the benchmarks. My favorite in the style so far. One part hops and one part roasted malts. Good stuff!

Bone53, Monday at 03:28 AM
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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%

McBAINx, Monday at 12:46 AM
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4.67/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%

theschmooz, Sunday at 02:38 AM
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

jhartley, Sunday at 01:36 AM
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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%

Matt411, Sunday at 01:30 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

dnetnil, Sunday at 12:55 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

tally, Saturday at 11:48 PM
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

tbunting75, Saturday at 09:07 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,197 ratings.