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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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5,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,735
Reviews: 1,887
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 266
Gots: 693 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Ratings: 5,735 | Reviews: 1,887
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on draft at the mandalay bay burger bar after they disappointed me with not having deschutes mirror mirror. Worth it, however. Didn't get the chocolate as much as expressed but an excellent double ipa with some maltiness. Great on draft in a goblet.

Photo of tewaris
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

India Black Ale/Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/Gimmicky name # 10
8.7 % ABV
90 IBU's

Received in trade with dvelcich before Stone started distributing to MN. Thanks Dan! 22 oz. bomber with a best by date of 05.04.2011 poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours dark brown, looks real black in the glass, with a dark-ish brown head, good retention and great lacing. Smells of nothing initially but then leafy fresh minty hops come along. I can swear that there's some overlap in the hop profile of this one and AB. Still nowhere close to what I experienced in the doubly dry hopped version of this beast. Take a sip... shall we?

Yeah baby, this is a black IPA alright! Taste transitions smoothly from an IPA to an incredibly hopped up stout, this is what a "Black & Tan" oughta taste like. It has the fresh, light, and cleansing hop bitterness and the bad-ass, broody-ass depth of roast. This is Robert De Niro playing a trigger happy cowboy. Mouthfeel is sadly a little watery-ier than I'd like. The finish is bitter and roasty, and dry.

I hate that BA has done away with drinkability because this is where I used to voice my opinion on drinkability, obviously and stuff like ABV. This beer is way higher in alcohol than it should be, in my opinion. Overall good, but nothing earth shattering. Still an achievement considering that this is the first beer of a style everyone wants to brew these days.

Score: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 3/5; Overall 4/5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mrchrisray
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of aubuc1
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a dark black with a thick bubbly light tan head.

Sweet citrusy smell like a beautiful dipa.

Taste is hoppy and chalky yeasty. Some slight rich fruit in the back. Dry finish that does not linger.

Very nice mouthfeel and great drinkability. The alcohol is not even noticable.

Great beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Body is a deep mahogany, could certainly be mistaken for black in a low light area. Massive head measures three full fingers after the pour, slowly works its way back. Plenty of heavy lacing left clinging to the sides.

The nose reveals a large dose of west coast hops. Very strong citrus aroma even in a slightly older bottle. Slight roasted character underneath, the hops simple over power. Definitely the most hop driven "Black IPA" when it comes to the smell.

The taste reveals much more balance than experienced in the nose. Citric hops with a piny bite provide the strong handed bitterness. Chocolate, roasted malt and just a touch of java provide balance. The flavor is much less hop forward than the nose, still certainly worthy of the Black IPA tag.

Medium bodied beer delivers and exceptionally smooth and creamy texture. Carbonation is on the lower end but very appropriate. Very good beer all around but it is the mouthfeel which stands out.

Very balanced while delivering strong flavors and hiding the booze. SSRA drinks much easier than it should and it tremendously enjoyable. My only requests is 6 packs and more distribution.

Thanks to CaveDave for the pleasure of enjoying this one.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours a deep brown hue, displaying a nearly stout-like opacity that gives way with a good showing of light, throwing reddish-brown highlights. A creamy light brown froth issues forth, displaying excellent retention and thick, splotchy lacing on the glass.

Hops announce themselves heavily in the nose, with an immense hit of grapefruit, orange, citrus zest and a hint of tea and mint leaves. Absolutely delectable.

A medium-full body carries a moderate, prickly carbonation. Hops are the name of the game here, but a pleasant malt backbone doesn't attempt to let them steal the show. A touch toffee-like, a bit chocolaty, with some of that good ol', undeniably "malty" syrupy sweetness; the hops deliver themselves in a powerful citric bitterness, with mostly grapefruit notes shining through but a bit on the herbal side as well, with a nice tea-like character coming in toward the end. Finish is long, dry and bittersweet, but exceedingly pleasant.

Each sip asks for another go, and the alcohol content, while hefty, isn't too much to manage, making this one deftly drinkable brew.

Overall, the name, as well as the label, say it all. This one is quite sublime, and worthy of the self-righteous arrogance that the brewers bestow on it.

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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.

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Andreji
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had stored this baby for months now after fellow ba aschwab brought it over of me back in feb.

Yesterday, after un-beerlike procrastination, I decided to go for it.

Poured into a pilsner glass, shared with a friend. Nice, dark brown to black tone with a generous and dark chocolate toned head. in itself it looked beautiful, non translucent.

Smell isn't too strong but it comes off in a deliciously well blended feel of coffee and hops. sort of porter-ish at first but too sweet and less smokey than it. the hop feel is hardly overwhelming, and rather complimentary to it- it doesn't go the way so many american beers go with their hops.

Taste is fantastic. soft, sweet palate at first, with a roast maltiness to it aided by a simultaneous musty feel of yeast. smoky across the tasting, and ends with a strong hop feel that however doesn't overtake the following sip. It's thick bodied, but not enough to be viscous- it was very nice to drink in a cold, refreshing sort of tone.

Overall, yet another beautiful american beer, a twist to the direction usually perceived by me from Stone (and certainly its most original and tasty one). I never cease to be amazed with the brews of the states.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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