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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,001 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,001
Reviews: 1,817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 368 | 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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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-18-2012 13:03:11 | More by YamagamiTravis
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is black as Darth Vader's Suit's Ass blasting through the galaxy like a fuckin' Dark Lord. It's got a hypnotic, spiderweb style foam canvassing itself across the plain. The foam looks like coral sitting on top of somehow liquid coal.

It tastes great, just hoppy enough where you know it's beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:18:35 | More by DerekQXQX
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-12-2014 05:06:33 | More by ShepardCommander
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A black IPA, hmm, let's see what this is all about...

Rich, pungent hops are the name of the game here. Heavy astringency, oily hop mouthfeel and a bright citrusy character that is quite delicious. What else does one expect from Stone? There is a bit of balance, though: some nice, heavily toasted caramel and a definite chocolate note too.

Though Stone's attempt at to make this beer so "unique," it's well above average as IPA. Rich, hoppy, and very delicious. And, admittedly, the heavy roast and chocolate is interesting.

Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:48:38 | More by arguemaniac
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photomike

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from my favorite "we have old stock, but sometimes that can benefit you," store.

Interestingly, I had tried Sublimely Self-Righteous (the new name for this beer under regular production) prior to tasting this beer. With a year and a half on it, this is a VERY different beer.

Pours a beautiful opaque deep brown. Can't get ANY light though this one. 1.5 finger cappuccino head forms and develops little craters on top. Minimal retention and lacing is what separates this beer from visual perfection. A beauty nonetheless.

The smell, however: perfection. Unbelievably complex. Big, very sweet malt, brown sugar, dates, black coffee, licorice and alcohol. A huge whiff is intoxicating.

Taste is similarly complex and delicious. While my growler of fresh Self-Righteous was hop dominated, perhaps overly so, this aged version is extremely malty. I am surprised at how hoppy this remains after nearly two years, though. Very nice bitter, vaguely citrusy backbone and finish that plays nicely off of the malty sweetness. Licorice, raisins, and a hint of alcohol are here still too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. The carbonation is light, but perfect for the beer. A bit of a boozy burn.

Drinkability is high for a 9% brew. Drinks smoothly and easy, but you are definitely aware of the alcohol.

This is a GREAT beer, both fresh (as Sublimely Self-Righteous) and with age on it (as Stone 11th). In fact, I think I prefer this 11th. Time to throw some SSR in the cellar!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 01:54:34 | More by photomike
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GOBLIN

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-03-2014 00:21:27 | More by GOBLIN
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bird22

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-28-2013 04:17:04 | More by bird22
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-09-2014 14:55:59 | More by billhelm
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JRBecks

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-12-2012 16:56:29 | More by JRBecks
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mwa423

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black as an imperial stout with a finger of head that refused to die. It stuck to every inch of the glass. Very impressive.

S - Very hoppy in the traditional Stone style with hints of malt to back it up

T - Arrogant bastard on pcp, a sharp hop taste with heavy hop and malt aftertaste. I ned to get more of this!

M/D - Mouthfeel is excellent for a ber thisstrong in the mouth, there are very light aftertastes which make this dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 05:22:07 | More by mwa423
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-23-2013 15:46:52 | More by ToddThompson
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mrcraft

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-23-2014 01:09:43 | More by mrcraft
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-11-2013 19:44:33 | More by TheMrFarnham
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-16-2013 20:54:04 | More by kayrex
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a thin, tan-colored head, which slowly receded to a collar. You have some little touches of lacing throughout. The body was a very dark garnet color, with no visible carbonation. Although any carbonation could easily be obscured by the dark color itself.

S- On the nose you're getting an incredible bouquet of hops... high alpha acid... citrus and tropical-fruitlike hops. There's some faint indications of pale and stewed malts in the background; but this is very much a hop dominant nose.

T- In the mouth, the hops are even more dominant. The pale and stewed malts appear right up-front, but are immediately overtaken by bucketloads of high alpha hops... which are bitter like citrus zest and citrus pith throughout the finish. The lingering hoppiness on the tongue is a little weaker than the midpalate suggested. Overall good flavor.

M- A medium body. Not much viscosity there... but a nice soft carbonation. There's a bit of astringency there, presumably from the hops.

D- Still quite drinkable, despite its unbalanced hoppiness. The alcohol is very well hidden throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 00:41:25 | More by jgasparine
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brauseboof

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-13-2012 23:57:19 | More by brauseboof
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 12/18/09.

Black body with a chalky white head that leaves some lacing. Glorious hoppy, grapefruity, piney aroma. Taste continues to bring the hoppiness. If you've had a Stone beer before, you know what you're in for in that regard. Just a hint of roastiness in the finish. Mouthfeel isn't nearly as thick and syrupy as most IPAs. In all, I like this a great deal. It's different enough to be distinctive, but it manages to retain all the features of a great IPA. Stone's braggadocio is kind of grating at times, but I'll put up with it if they continue to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 23:13:50 | More by BarrelO
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

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

Poured from a bomber into a 24 oz mug. Awesome bottle. So far, it's my favorite.

Pours a very dark brown, practically black. A finger of light brown foam retains well and leaves behind some nice lacing.

If you had no prior knowledge of this beer, you'd be absolutely floored by the aroma. Huge burst of west coast hops, plus bitter ground coffee and roasted barley. Tons of citrus. Amazing aroma.

The taste to me doesn't seem to follow the nose at all. There's a big piney hop character, rather than the citrus I had been smelling. An absolute in your face, aggressive bitterness. Six months ago, I would've hated this. This is more bitter than any beer I've tasted so far, moreso than Ruination. 13th Anniversary is in the fridge, so I'm interested to see how the bitterness compares. There's the aforementioned pine hop bitterness, then a chewed up coffee bean bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted barley that borders on harsh.

The texture is nice. It's got the body I'd expect from an IPA. Surprisingly smooth. There's a nice creaminess. Well done. The alcohol isn't present in the taste, but just as a warming sensation on the way down.

This one toes the line between bitter and unpleasant. Had Stone made this any bigger, I don't think it would work out at all. It's definitely a beer that grows on you. Those first few sips are almost overwhelming. I know they already used the "You're not worthy" line for Arrogant Bastard, but it's more applicable here. All in all, this is a pretty bad ass beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:37:47 | More by Gyle41386
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jewellrunner

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

11-21-2012 03:40:06 | More by jewellrunner
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BBM

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep russet with a surprisingly foamy head, and web-like lacing around the glass. The aroma is almost pure citrus and pine hops with just a hint of alcohol.

The initial wave of cascade hops and earth are very up front and raw. Then the roasted malts and smoky wood flavors come through, not only balancing the beer, but continuously assaulting the taste buds. Many times brewers try to balance beers with lots of hops and the end result is disjointed and overly sweet. That doesn't happen here; everything is kept in delicate balance, although delicate is the last word I would use to describe the taste itself. There is an oily resin left in the mouth, and the finish is smooth and dry.

There's a lot to like about this beer, and I'm glad I tried it. One thing you can always count on from Stone is a finely crafted and interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 14:29:20 | More by BBM
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-15-2013 00:54:55 | More by afinepilsner
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davet100

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-31-2013 16:48:43 | More by davet100
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-24-2013 18:39:42 | More by BEERschlitz
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Chuffbomb

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-23-2014 15:38:09 | More by Chuffbomb
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slowdaddy

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-18-2012 14:46:21 | More by slowdaddy
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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