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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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94
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5,745 Ratings
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94
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Ratings: 5,745
Reviews: 1,890
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 268
Gots: 707 | FT: 8
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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Ratings: 5,745 | Reviews: 1,890
Photo of ali1987
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maddogruss
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark body with about a 1 inch, tan head with solid retention. Good lacing all along the glass until the finish.

S: Smells slightly spicy with some floral hints.

T: A slightly sweet, malty taste in the beginning. Very smooth; reminded me a little bit of a milk stout. About halfway through the beer, the hops become more noticeable as the beer gets slightly bitterer. Hops are originally present in the aftertaste in the beginning of the beer but become more evident in the taste later.

M: A solid, full-bodied beer. Nice and smooth and easy on the palette.

D: A pretty drinkable beer overall. Fairly balanced with respect to hops and malts. Smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel makes this brew a good session beer.

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.

Photo of BeerMeBrah
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of CreekyJarls
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of MrBoh
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of dtomes
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of SlightlyGrey
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Westuh
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of gmendez1122
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of qcghost
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Iparedman
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown to almost black. Medium to big, frothy, tan colored head. Lacing and retention are both very good. Hints of light peek through the almost impenetrable brown to black body. A beautiful beer.

S- Bang baby! You know she's a black IPA with hop aromas like that. Mostly pine hop scents with a hint of resin flavor. Not too overpowering. Hints of the darker malts are in there, but mostly covered up by the hops.

T- Starts with a bang of hops mixed almost evenly with dark malt flavors. Tongue immediately is met with burnt flavors and hops bitterness. These flavors mix very well throughout the drink, except for the very end. The drink finishes with a slight, almost chemical-flavored bite. It's not too distracting, but it's not among the better flavors of this beer. Aftertaste is mainly of the burnt malt flavors and lingers only a little while.

M- The weight of this beer is a mix between a porter and an IPA. Slightly thicker and less carbonated than an IPA, it is very drinkable. No alcohol is detectable, and the burnt flavors and the hops don't really destroy the palate. Rather gentle on the palate as far as Stone brews go.

Overall, this is a pretty good example of a style that I am discovering that I like. Not quite as Wookey Jack from my memory, but the mix of hops and dark malts is superb except for that slight finishing flavor. Wish these weren't $8 a bomber.

Photo of bmmortale
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Lukebell15
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of retry4z
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Adkins1203
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of errantnight
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my favorite Stone beer?

That's a bit strong... but man can they work those hops.

Pours jet black with a deep tan head that's frothy, thick, and lasting. In the light there's a bit of a ruby hue.

Smell is all hops, with a muted tangerine must funk and a solid rich malty background.

Tastes much the same, with a rolling malty middle and overwhelming hop presence, just a suggestion of roast in amidst the bready malt.

Perfect full mouth, creamy and just effervescent enough.

This beer goes down far too easily, and I kept going back to buy more whenever I saw it... it's not drinking quite as well as it was when fresh, and I can see it starting to go down the 10th Anniversary Road towards an off-Barleywine... but the malt here is more solid, and while it won't be as good, it may hold up over the long run in more interesting ways...

If there's still any left out there, snap it up!

Photo of BlindPig
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a huge tan head on a really dark pretty much black body. Nice thick lacing stays behind.
S- Tons of citrus hops in the nose. A roasted grapefruit would be one easy way to explain this one. The roasted and burnt grains come through in the aroma but the over powering grapefruit and citrus hops clearly win the battle here.
T- Lots of hops but the burnt malt body really does come through especially when it lingers on in the after taste. Grapefruit hops leave a nice big bitterness all over the mouth and with the burnt malts really help to stick all over the mouth. The hop combination on this one is very different since it is the strong grapefruit but you also get some nice ripe fruit juice along with some rind.
M- Medium body with low carbonation.
D-It is a good brew but wouldn't say it's anything I couldn't live without. I'll drink the rest of the ones I have but won't be buying any more.

Photo of zhanson88
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: This Black IPA pours out a dark brown color with a couple fingers of light brown, slightly dirty looking head. Retention is pretty good and lacing is nice.

Smell: Roasted dark malts, a bit of caramel, and plenty of citrus and piney hops. Seems pretty spot on for the style.

Taste: Of course there is plenty of roasted and dark malts up front, with some caramel as well. On the back end there is plenty of citrus and piney hops. Usually I am a big fan of Stone's hop profiles, but this one doesn't do much for me.The flavors really seem to clash a bit.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is between light and medium bodied, and pretty smooth drinking. Overall this is a good example of of a Black IPA, but the flavor profile is just a bit off. Still, not a bad beer.

Photo of loganburgh
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Mojo
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip glass

This is almost just exactly perfect. It pours up a deep ebony black with a generous foamy tan head, good retention, and lacing just about unlike any ever seen before for this style. The smell is a powerful and satisfying dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Taste is an initial malty sweetnesss giving way to a big coffee taste of a finish, well balanced. Mouthfeel is very thick and lucious. Almost just exactly perfect.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,745 ratings.