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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
outstanding

5,310 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,310
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 232
Gots: 501 | 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 Nickls
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Deep brownish color with a thinner slightly off-white head. Decent retention

S - Pineapple/citruisy hop bitterness; some darker fruity sweetness; piney hops toward the end. Really nice

T - As suggested by the aroma, great hop presence, but was by no means overpowering. Hoppiness was tempered by the substantial malt presence

M - Medium MF, bit of a kick on the palate from the alcohol presence

D - Pretty solid drinkability given the weight of flavor, body, and abv. Pretty pleasant sipper.

Overall, a nice brew and definitely enjoyed the hops. Fairly tame next to some of Stone's other offerings, but worth a look.

Nickls, May 21, 2009
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
2.98/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

ToddThompson, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Pete27lax
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Pete27lax, May 03, 2013
Photo of pat_usher
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

pat_usher, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -5.2%

cherche, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of treyrab
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for offering this one to taste last night. Poured into two pint glasses...

A: This one really surprised me. It looks like a stout with how black it is. When held up to the light there is only a faint hint of brown. This is truly remarkable for a strong ale. The head starts off small, but bellows from beneath into a monster that laces and sticks around quite a bit.

S: The smell is straight fresh hops. Smells like cluster hops, but of course that could be because I was reviewing this while brewing with cluster hops. Anyway, the hop presence in the smell is remarkable, but other than that only slight caramel can be discerned.

T: The taste was great too, but again, straight fresh hops. The hop profile is amazing, but there are only slight other flavors in the beer. Some caramel and a touch of roast perhaps can be picked up, bit it is mostly all hops...fresh hops, not bitter.

Overall, this was one hell of an interesting strong ale. Very freshly hopped and another great offering by Stone.

treyrab, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

C2H5, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

YamagamiTravis, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of CSO
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

CSO, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of phisig137
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep brown, with slight ruby highlights around the edges. 2 finger head has good retention, and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aroma is deliciously hoppy, not that you'd expect much else from Stone. Big time west coast citrus hops are backed by and ever so slight chocolate malt aroma. Not in the sweet way at all, just like dry bitter cocoa.

Flavor is much the same. Nice slightly sweet amber malts up front, with a good amount of cocoa hints. Followed by a smooth wave of hop flavor. All the usual suspect "C" hops seem to be present, yielding a very left coast flavor profile. Finish is bitter, but not searing. Mouthfeel is moderate and sticky. Drinkability is good.

Definitely an odd duck. Chocolate IPA perhaps? I'm a bit torn on this one though. I applaud Stone for their originality in this one, but I'm also a little disappointed. While it's not a earth shattering as the Stone 10th, it's still a damn fine beer. I'll be picking up a few more to drink, and a few more to cellar, just out of curiosity.

phisig137, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of brauseboof
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

brauseboof, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a globe glass.

A= Nice dark malty colors. Tan nose, with little head retention and minimal lacing. Good looking beer.

S= The nose off the bat is high of hoppy bitterness. As it mellows down, the hint of roasted nuts comes through.

T= The complex flavors of this beer range from bitter to bold. the mix of hops and malt has really been achieved in this stone brew.

M= When first served, the feel was that of an IPA. As the ale warms, it gained a chewiness to it.

D= Very drinkable, I could have this one everyday, or use it as a nice afternoon relaxing beer.

Overall= Overall, I am very pleased with this beer, malt monster with hidden bitterness. . . how Stone.

GDBEERMAN, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of s1ckboy
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

s1ckboy, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of sailorastro
5/5  rDev +18.5%

sailorastro, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Mack, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of lgmol
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

lgmol, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of KFrank729
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

KFrank729, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A-Pours out deep,deep,jet-black with only the slightest hint of light permeating it.A dense,creamy,camel tan head of 3 inches sat atop it and showed good retention before smearing the inside of the glass with extremely sticky,sheets of lacing.

S-Big punch upfront of orange zest,stonefruit and pine with supporting notes of semisweet chocolate and slightly burnt toast.Beautiful blend of fruity sweetness and Dark chocolate/dark roast tang on the nose.

T-Initially,aggressive citric hop sweetness and bitterness take the lead but these are supported by lightly charred malts,sweet chocolate and some dried fruit flavors.At one point this totally reminded me of an orange Tootsie Pop.

M-Medium/full body with good carbonation,a nice lingering oily character and great roasted malt qualities.

O-This is a truly exceptional brew and a definite repeater!

StlHopHead77, Apr 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tbeer40, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

GaryMarkle84, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of willjschmidt
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black color with a huge tan head.

S: The aroma on this one if fascinating. The complexity in the nose hints at what is in store for the taste. The smell is primarily that of wonderfully fresh hops: citrus, pineapple, and a bit of pine. But wait, what is that? Some aromas normally associated with that of a stout show up as well; a bit of espresso and even some chocolate.

T: This has got to be one of the more difficult beers to describe that I've ever tasted. It has amazing complexity and layers of flavors. The primary flavors are that of an excellent IPA. Citrus, tropical fruits and delicious piney oils. The IPA part of this beer would alone make it worthwhile. However, there is something much more lurking in this brew. Hiding underneath the IPA lies the flavors of a dark stout. Some espresso, slightly sweet molasses, even some chocolate. I drank two glasses of this beer at two different temperatures and it drank like two totally separate beers. The first glass was rather cold and drank like an IPA, the second glass the brew was quite a bit warmer and at this temperature the dark malt flavors dominated. A truly unique and fascinating beer.

M: As good as the smell and taste of this beer is, the mouthfeel might be the best part. It's creamy and smooth yet not all that full-bodied for such a dark beer.

D: A very drinkable beer for how dark is it. A simply delicious, complex, and fascinating beer. Stone Brewing is awesome. They are constantly pushing the boundaries of craft brewing and turning out consistently unique and outstanding beers.

willjschmidt, Sep 24, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Evarigan, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of ChicagoNick
4/5  rDev -5.2%

ChicagoNick, Jan 23, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,310 ratings.