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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,930 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,930
Reviews: 1,814
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 213
Gots: 340 | 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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tmm313

Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with a super creamy, almost milky, 1/4 finger head. Really nice lacing. Looks like a thin Stout.
S- Orange, floral, chocolate, caramel, and bitterness that seems to shift between pine and coffee.
T- Wow, now that's a mix of flavors, right there. Sweet citrus with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and pine up front. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and more pine round out the finish.
M- Medium body with crisp carbonation. Dry finish with a nice oily coating left behind. Aftertaste is piney at first but shifts to coffee with a touch of orange a little later.
O- I was really impressed by this beer. The flavors balance incredibly well despite belonging to different styles. To me, this was a quality stout meets a quality IPA. Honestly, how can you beat that? For those times I'm torn between the two styles, this is will be beautiful solution. I will be having this far too often.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:57:44 | More by tmm313
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Stone pairing glass (short-stemmed goblet) adorned with the familiar gargoyle logo

Pours a nearly pitch black topped with a one and half finger cream-colored head. Great retention and significant web-like lacing. Roasted malt, light citrus, and pronouced piney notes on the nose. Opens with roasted malt and a bit of citrus joined by grapefruit rind. Finishes with bitter rind, pine, and roasted grain and malt. Well carbonated smooth, and silky. A fantastic black IPA; a brew that was one of the first to define the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 04:22:09 | More by chanokokoro
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-23-2013 18:27:20 | More by ChicagoNick
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a snifter, very deep, dark brown coloring, one finger of head leaves an uneven layer of lace with spotting all over the glass, very attractive.

s- nicely hopped, earthy hops, slightly peppery with toasted malt and great caramelized brown sugar sweetness.

t- really nice hop kick off the bat, earthy and strong - this isn't playing around, i'm loving it - some toast, and dark fruits jump into the mix, there is nice lingering earthy bitterness, the alcohol is slightly apparant, and warms the back of the throat as the beer warms.

m- very smooth, medium body with some slickness and coating.

d- really great, i'd drink this again for sure, this is a nice way to celebrate my 200th review. it was a very tasty journey - heres to 300!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:59:10 | More by thecarster1
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Pete27lax

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-03-2013 04:23:16 | More by Pete27lax
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Asics

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-02-2013 12:35:39 | More by Asics
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jburd19

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-27-2013 13:30:39 | More by jburd19
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

12-28-2013 18:56:55 | More by ToddGingerich
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coldriver

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a lovely dark opaque with nice head and lacing

S - slight alcohol (in a positive way) with the requisite roasted malt undertones for the style

T - bitter hops hit the front of the tongue and resin hangs on towards the back. Dark IPA or light stout? Either way I love the blending of this style. The best of both worlds.

M - resinous hops really hang with a subtle warming from the alcohol.

O - gotta say this is one of my favorite styles and this is no exception. I've heard some complaints about chalky mouthfeel with this style - that's what makes it great. The bitter and resinous hops hang on the tongue for an eternity. Great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 00:01:55 | More by coldriver
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-28-2013 23:33:08 | More by mythaeus
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dspinler

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-05-2014 08:53:51 | More by dspinler
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Midnight-doused dark chocolate with cherrywood highlights. Fat dusky-sand foam sticks in thick clumps to the glass. Herbal and woody aromas with sugared grapefruit pulp. Faint earthiness with alcohol vapors. Initially floral and soft, but the quiet storm quickly builds to a thrashing tide of mellowed cedar and grapefruit juice concentrate. Slightly caramelized sugar notes increase as it warms. Medium body. Sharp and lively from pugilistic c-hop and alcohol assault. Lingering citric and pine bitterness in a finish that goes for miles. Underneath the relentless lupulin blast, some slightly vinous dark fruit whispers struggle to be heard. But not here, not now. A welcome expansion of the balls-out IPA palette.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 02:53:16 | More by orfeu
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rwilde

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-23-2012 17:07:51 | More by rwilde
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-02-2012 00:59:59 | More by MarcWP
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aflies

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-21-2012 03:41:25 | More by aflies
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YeastEnthusiast

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-02-2013 23:10:13 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

10-12-2013 15:04:59 | More by NickyDee21
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-11-2014 23:07:02 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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SonOfKyuss

Virginia

3/5  rDev -28.9%

05-19-2013 14:51:17 | More by SonOfKyuss
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UncleAddie

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-27-2014 22:14:06 | More by UncleAddie
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bifrost17

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-16-2012 20:12:29 | More by bifrost17
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Furley80

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-29-2014 16:59:06 | More by Furley80
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rousee

Massachusetts

2.33/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark onyx color with a thick active 3 centimeter head that holds quite well.

Smell is somewhat vinous with elements of plums or dark cherries and some roasty dark malt undertones.

Taste is similar to the nose but there is more of the roasted malt character noticed throughout. I cant really get into this at all--too vinous and boozy. And the roasted element of the malts tastes like they are burnt.

This has to be the least enjoyed of any Stone beer I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 02:48:31 | More by rousee
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tightly bubbled tan head lingers mightily on top jet black black ale that is completely opaque. One of my very favorite beers in the nose: roast and bready malt base that supports a clean and crisp hop spice. The nose continues into the taste and matches exactly. No surprises, but maybe that's what disappoints some, but I like the roast and spice in perfect balance. Bit more roast in the taste than the nose. My wife is not a hop head at all, but likes this beer because the hops blends and compliments so well into the sweet malt roast. Incredible beer that is one of Stone's best.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:54:58 | More by FightingEntropy
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MSchae1017

Georgia

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

I was pleasantly surpirsed when Stone shipped this to Georgia (as well as some IRS) in the Double Bastard Shipment. I have been fortunate enough over the years to stumble into every Anniversary Ale going back to 8th with the exception of this one and it seems as if I have now stumbled into a fifth anniversary ale from stone.

So on this Thursday evening after a brutal week at work so far, I poured this bomber into my 22oz Terrapin snifter. As the beer descends into my glass, a black-brown body emerges underneath a two finger tan head. The head dissipates down to a full ring and an almost complete thin foam cap. As I drink the beer, a nice amount of lace is left on the side of the glass.

The aroma of the beer is initially all hops. This seems to be mostly C-Hops along with some Simcoe. As the beer warms, however, the malt becomes more apparent, first with a familiar caramel malt presence you would expect, and then with the rosted malt character that the appearance of the beer would suggest.

Looks can be deceiving, and the aroma of the beer only give a hint to this beer's true nature. Once you take a sip though, you know where its true loyalties lie. This beer's heart and soul is in its IPA nature. Hops bust forth with that piney, resiny, and somewhat citrusy nature. Not to be out of sync with the aroma, the beer starts to display its dark side as the beer warms up. While the initial flavor of the beer is still hops, subtle roasted and chocolate malt flavors attempt to cut through the hops and creep in towards the finish. Nevertheless, the hop flavor is what stays on your tongue til the end. It is amazing how well the hops have held up for more than one year. I might even have to pick up a few more bottles of this to see how it ages. I imagine that those darker malts would eventually cut through the hops, totally changing the profile of this beer.

The beer displays a body on the full side of medium. Carbonation is about average and lively.

Overall, Stone's 11th Anniversary Ale is great. I think that 10th-12th really outdid 8th & 9th for me, and personally 11th 12th outstrip 10th. While 10th was by all means great, it just didn't bring anything new to the table. It was a great DIPA, but no better than Ruination, but this "Black IPA", now this is unique, and not just unique's sake, it is damn tasty too. Kudo's to Stone for doing something different and doing it well. Now I am going to have to go out and see if I can get some more.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 03:51:51 | More by MSchae1017
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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