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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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5,708 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,708
Reviews: 1,880
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 257
Gots: 660 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber, best by date of 09-08-11.

This beer has a nice look, its mostly black with some dark brown edges where the light gets through with a brown head which leaves good lazing and has good retention. The hops are the strongest smell with the roasted malts and some alcohol smells. This has a medium thickness. The taste is mostly of bitter hops, to a lesser extent there are some roasted malts and a molasses taste, but they are overpowered by the hops. Overall an excellent beer and one I'll continue to buy again, but from the few American Black Ales I've tried, I actually prefer Hop in the Dark to this one, I think its better balanced between being very hoppy and having flavorful roasted malts, still this is a great beer.

Photo of jman005
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Washuffizi98
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mrchrisray
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, two goblets (wifey).

A deep dark brown, with a nice tan head. Head stays as a thin layer throughout the drinking experience.

Interesting chocolaty nose that really melds well with the spicy hops. Mild levels of roasted malt are involved here. Promising to say the least. The taste is a veritable plethora of experiences. Roasty, coffee and chocolate up front, but quickly overcome by a strong bitter hop bite that digs in deep. Sweet dry bitter and warm...yes they all battle it out but it does dry out in the finish with the bitter hop bite lingering on the tongue for a bit.

Nice big body, smooth and so drinkable. Love this beer!

Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Theniz
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At first glance this beer seems very inviting. It has interesting aromas, a lovely dark color, good head retention, etc. Just what a porter or stout should look like. Then, I tasted it.

First the nose. Dry, rich, malty and the floral notes of the dry hoping coming through. Seems interesting.

The first flavors I noticed were the Amarillo hops, which I like. Floral, citrusy, yet mild. Not necessarily for a beer like this. Then I was blasted with the overly piney taste of the Simcoe hops. Normally, I love Simcoe hops. IN AN IPA, or something of that sort! Meanwhile, as I'm fighting my way past the spruce tree that just entered my mouth, I start to notice thick rich chocolate malts breaking through. Wow! Pine, Citrus and chocolate malts.

As for the mouth feel, it seemed okay, but I was to busy trying to process why a brewer would combine citrus+pine+chocolate.

Definitely not one of the better Stone beers I've enjoyed.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a goblet: Smooth black, just a few dark brown highlights at the bottom. Half-finger of foamy tan head.

Smells of rich grapefruit, straight up & delicious. Just the tiniest bit of grape.

Taste right in step: grapefruit, cereal malt, tiny backbone of caramel & some roastiness. A hint of dark fruit just to give it a twist & round it off. Bitter & woddy in aftertaste.

Feels full & creamy, leaves you dry afterward.

Overall very tasty but powerful. One's good, though I could easily see myself ordering it again in the future.

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Act25
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing, must try beer. Best black IPA ever.

A: The head capped the beer and lasted for an hour as I let it come to cellar temp.
Bold, black body, creamy thick head like a stout.

S: Hops forward, but crazy original salt & sweet malts in the background. Prominent pine, charcoal, summer hay, herbs.

T: Earthier, but follows the smell profile. Deeply complex. Kind of like a strong ale or Belgian in the sweet malt backbone, but with more charcoal and chalk.

MF: Good body, then chalk-like crispness, dry finish.

Amazing beer, starts more amazing than it finishes. Compares well with Arrogant Bastard, which stands as an all-time fave.

Photo of Stillyman11
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of dnichols
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 750 ml capped bottle into a tulip.

A: It poured deep dark brown with a robust cameral head of nearly three fingers. The head was sticky and consisted of diverse sized bubbles that as they dissipated left a thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S: It has an underlying toasted, almost burnt, malt aroma that is hidden by an in your face hop aroma that is complemented by citrus notes.

T: This beer’s flavor is faithful to its aroma. The bitterness of the hops leaves a piney taste in you mouth. There is a slightly sweet malt flavor as well as a bit of sourness added by the citrus flavor.

M: It has a medium to full body with an aggressive hop bit that leaves a piney aftertaste. The alcohol leaves a dry tongue.

D: This is a one and out beer for me. However, I liked what I had. The burnt malt and hops are well balanced making this an entertaining brew. However, as with most hop heavy beers I am limited to one bottle (albeit a 750 ml bottle) per session.

Comment: I am not a hop head. This is a bit heavily hopped for me. However, I still enjoyed it. I think the bitter sweet malts and citrus flavors balance the hops pretty well.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sublimely pours a deep amber brown that is almost too dark to see through. It's not possible from the full glass to see if the beer is cloudy or not. I guess I will be forced to drink some down and look at it later. The head is a strong latte brown that rises fast and sticks around for some time.

American Strong ale that should be in the IPA class if not for the color. The nose has buckets full of strong citrus hops with a warm malt backbone behind it. Excellent.

The taste is close to a barleywine because of the strong hops, crisp malts and large bitterness. The citrus from the nose carries on into the taste but it's not as potent. Maple syrup soaked grains make up the rest of this flavorful beer.

Tasty but a little harsh on the mouthfeel. The bitterness starts to wear on me after a few sips. In the beginning it was a nice compliment to the bold flavors but now I find it distracting. There is also a booziness from the ABV that you don't taste but can feel after the swallow. A strong start and an above average finish yields a strong well enjoyed brew. Well worth it and by the reviews (A- with 1,026 and counting) I'm not the only one who thinks so.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of vacax
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this good stuff on tap at Beachwood.

A: This double IPA is nearly black, but retains a tinge of deep brown toward the edges. Nice looking head with beyond adequate lacing.

S: Grapefruit up front with pine in back. Beautiful bouquet with an enormous aroma.

T: Chiefly those grapefruit and pine notes, in bulk quantities. It is a real pleasure to taste this beer fresh once again and it is a far bigger beer than I recall. Vast quantities of hops flavors which would be unbearable if it were not the the roasted balance of the mythical black IPA. An exceptional beverage.

M: Quite on par with any DIPA or strong ale I could want, a tingling palate and medium body that does not go over the top--this is definitely not a porter/stout. It is a black IPA.

D: I absolutely love this beer but it is huge in flavor and quite a high ABV as well. Highly recommend this brew, but it is a little weird to describe a DIPA as a sipper.

Overall, sublime, and Stone has every right to be self-righteous.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

wow! black in the middle and ruby on the edge with a great big tan head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. smells of piney hops with a hint of malt and some coffee/toffee/chocolate in the background. hops overpower, but there's definitely something else. tastes the same. the piney hops are way way up front, but there's a nice backbone that includes sweet malt and some other stuff like coffee and chocolate. medium to full body with a slight bitter/alcohol kick. super fun to drink, but potent. a stoutdoubleipa. congratulations stone. hope to enjoy 11 more years with you.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of -NESTO-
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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