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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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4,599 Ratings

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Ratings: 4599
Reviews: 1801
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%

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:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of ams4k


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

Awesome black IPA -- the tiny bit of light that makes it through the glass emerges as a ruby red gleam. Great hop flavors, reminding you that this is a Stone offering, but made complex with rye and malt sweetness. Sort of a combination black lager and Aventinus double-bock, taken to the West Coast and smacked around with a bunch of hops. More interesting than Arrogant Bastard. Delicious. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 12:36:57 | More by ams4k
Photo of BigTone


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

Another bottle from the guys from the Liquor Stop in Highland. He said this beer will give you "dark eyes in the morning" Sure did, coming in at a high ABV it hits you hard but not before it twists your taste buds around.

appearance: Poured pitch black into a pint glass. Thick head retention that lasted a good while.

smell - Full of hops. Like grabbing a handful of hop pellets and putting them to your nose.

taste: Like a roller coaster starting on a incline of hops coasting through a molasses malt taste finishing with a screaming roar of hops.

mouthfeel: Medium thickness with quite a bit at the end.

drinkability: If you do anything other than sip this you aren't going to be able to recover and you'll be taking in sharp hops the whole time. Great if you have the time to drink it. I had to split the bomber into two sessions.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 05:59:29 | More by BigTone
Photo of timonan


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought home a growler from Stone Brewery. Opened a week after it was bottled.

A - Very dark brown. small brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving a few scattered bubbles. almost no lace.

S - Earthy, coffee, a bit grassy, characteristic stone hop smell.

T - A lot of different flavors at once. The sweetness and floralness of the hops is wonderfully balanced by a dark, malty flavor. Kind of a "sugar with your coffee" flavor.Toasty aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

M - Almost no carbonation - not sure if this is typical. Maybe a bad seal on the growler? The flavor is very present because of the low carbonation.

D - Very smooth. Almost slides down the throat, but I have to let it linger in the mouth each sip to savor the flavor.

We had this last year at Stone, and it seemed more vibrant then. Still, a great beer with a very interesting mix of flavors.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2010 21:27:28 | More by timonan
Photo of shiptoshore

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- nice dark brown look with a small light brown head.

S- sweet from the malts with a nice herbal smell from the hops

t- nice roasty taste with a bit of a sweet start and a nice lingering hoppy finish

m- nice smooth mouthfeel

d- very easy to consume if used to the more hoppier beers that stone puts out, for me its a nice beer to drink while working on a paper or reading.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:25:20 | More by shiptoshore
Photo of Northjames

New York

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

22 oz bottle.

Beautiful dark brown, almost black, like melted chocolate in appearance. A dense quarter inch head of light tan bubbles stays on top for the duration.

I get a huge hit of molasses cookies fresh out of the oven in the nose. Maybe slightly too-browned molasses cookies. There are some hoppy notes in the background, but I can't distinguish them from the malt. The smell is rich and very pleasing.

The first thing that hits my tongue is the sweetness. It is rich, dark and caramel-y. Almost like a lactose based sweetness, it washes right off the tongue and the hops start to come through. There is an initial bitterness that fades into a nose tingling aroma hoppiness. After that, I am inclined to take another small sip. The flavors working together, in a delayed flavor reaction is an impressive feat. The alcohol taste is present, but in the background. Exceptionally clean, the effects come directly from the ingredients.

This is a sipping beer to me. Partly because it is strong, and partly because it is so interesting. As a homebrewer, I am jealous of the mind that created this.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:31:56 | More by Northjames
Photo of FarmerJohnny


4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz Bomber, no freshness date

A - Pours a thick, dark brown with a lighter brown, two-finger head the lingers. Absolutely beautiful

S - Hops, hops, hops. Hops dominate the smell. Very earthy and crisp. A hint of maltiness in the background.

T - Extremely well balanced. Malty start, almost hints of cocoa in the middle, and hoppy, slightly dry finish (Stone signature).

M - Very smooth, not too thick, and clean, crisp finish. Almost perfection

O - One of my personal favorites, never gets old, and arguably one of Stone's finest. The perfect balance of malt and hops. The name says it all. Do yourself a favor and add this one to your list.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:53:14 | More by FarmerJohnny
Photo of bljebd


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

great black ipa...best thing ive had from stone brewery.(its about time with all the hype)...not going to go in detail too much on this one...look good...feel was great...smell hits your nose hard with a smooth finish on the palet...you gotta try it for yourself...caution---hop heads only...(and maybe some stout lovers)

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:57:41 | More by bljebd
Photo of Supadup21

New York

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- poured into a dogfish head chalice. This brew has a very dark/black appearance similar to a stout or a porter. Almost no head.

S-- smells like a Stone IPA and a malty porter. Strong hoppy smell at first w/ malt and caramel notes that follow

T-- I think a couple of other people have already mentioned it, but this brew is like an IPA & a porter had a baby! Very drinkable, absolutely cannot tell that it's 9% abv... Almost as good as their escondidan imperial black IPA.

M -- not too much carbonation, but didn't bother me. Had a nice coffee-type bitterness/bite

O -- I have never had a brew from that has been average. They are one of the best breweries in the U.S. This is another example of why... Unique hybrid that satisfies both your IPA & stout/porter cravings. Really solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:13:31 | More by Supadup21
Photo of rtig


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a nice Lacey head

Emits a nice citrus aroma

Great hoppy taste that finishes extremely well

Mouthfeel sets the standard and really makes you want to keep coming back for more.

Overall, Stone has set the bar for black IPA's. I think this is one of the best beers on the market as it is so well rounded in all categories and is worthy of its namesake.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 00:06:13 | More by rtig
Photo of BaronVonBeauregard


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The color is a very dark with a large, thick head, and the aroma is hoppy with citrus and resin notes showing out the loudest. The taste is bitter, slightly sweet, and reminds me of some imperial stouts out there; the aftertaste combines a long bitter finish, soft carbonation, medium body, and a slightly sticky texture.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:22:47 | More by BaronVonBeauregard
Photo of winky13


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Bistro's Double IPA festival and on 3/13 at the brewery. As everyone has already written, this beer messes with you: dark and malty looking but damn it tastes like a double IPA!!

A: Inky black
S: Hops! I love this smell. I could just sit with this glass in front of my face and daydream about these hops. My wife thinks I'm weird.
T: Great, like a DIPA but not. At the Bistro DIPA fest, we really enjoyed this and the Poorman's IPA. I prefer this brew to Stone's Ruination.
M: Pronounced and solid.
D: Can drink this all night. Stone only pours an 8oz glass ($4) and I quickly drained it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 06:36:15 | More by winky13
Photo of lackingfocus


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

A: Golden amber with just a slight cloudiness to it. Nice 1-2 finger cream-colored head with good lacing.

S: I love a hoppy beer, and this one does not disappoint! Comes up with a wonderful citrusy/pine hop smell that ought to be bottled as cologne.

T: Much like it smells. The hops are great but not overpowering. Clean, refreshing, and delicious. And a very light citrusy aftertaste.

M: Very crisp and refreshing for an 8.7% beer. Nice clean feel.

D: Couldn't drink it all day, but I sure could come close.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 16:26:06 | More by lackingfocus
Photo of Taylor88


4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so F'in Stone...I am however a "Stoner" I've shared this beer with many of my friends. It freaks most of them out! "What the hell is this?" is the most common response. It is a difficult beer to describe. It's hoppy, it's malty, it's, it's, it's...everything! I think Stone threw everything in this beer but the proverbial "kitchen sink"...Not for everybody, but this "Stoner" loves it!!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 01:40:02 | More by Taylor88
Photo of BeerBATvocate


4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me prefaces by saying... WOW! Very nice beer indeed. I'm a big fan of the style. And Stone pulls it off like a champ.

OK.. so
Standard 22oz. Bottle for Stone
A. Pours out black with a nice light tan head. Nice lacing. Not much light comes through the black. Maybe a bit, with a tad dark brown and ruby highlights... but faint.

S. Roasted malt, Hops, and a hint of cherry. Very compelling.

T. Fist comes the roasted malt, followed immediately by fresh hops, then finishing with a black cherry followed by bitterness that sticks for a bit. Very nice.

M. Medium body, Creamy, Slightly sticky, with a well balanced carbonation.

D. Quite impressive. Very complex for the style. Almost a contradiction in a way... but in a really good way. Overall ver impressive. Not much to complain about really. Possibly.. well no... on second thought.. nothing really to complain about on my end. I love it.

Will buy again. Often.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:53:47 | More by BeerBATvocate
Photo of localhost


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask @ Beachwood BBQ

Pours very dark yet not very heavy and remains very drinkable. Mine poured with quite a bit of head, however this was likely due to the temperature of the cask and was kept under control. Many different flavors come at you at once, but they work very well together. Good flavor and scent of hops but much darker than a traditional IPA. A good amount of roasted and malty flavors, a little similar to arrogant but still quite different.

Overall a very good beer with a strong flavor. If you like arrogant, then you will like this one.

Serving type: cask

09-12-2010 04:02:11 | More by localhost
Photo of alexpkoehler


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was like an American take on a Theakston Old Peculier for those of you familiar with that particular Yorkshire ale. It is rich dark smooth and malty without ever being heavy. An awful lot of brown-ish head when you pour this into the glass that takes a while to dissipate (probably has something to do with it coming from a bottle and my walking it home from the store.) I will definitely have some more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 04:41:15 | More by alexpkoehler
Photo of fatmcq


4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I usually buy these in 22oz bottles, but I filled up the 2-liter growler at the Stone brewery last weekend, and I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Dark. Very Dark. With a reddish tint. Great lacing and 1 finger of thick head that is almost slimy (in a good way).

Smell: Like Christmas. Douglas fir. Earthy and hoppy, with a sweetness like chocolate.

Taste: BANG! Tastes just like it smells... and more! Earthy, piney, bittersweet, grassy, citrus and toffee. Absolutely amazing.

Mouthfeel: Wow. Thick, without being syurpy. Looks and smells like a heavy beer, but drinks with medium weight. Carbonation is perfect. Even 36 hrs after cracking the growler open, it still felt fresh.

Drinkability: EXCEPTIONAL. Everything about this ale is right. Taste, smell, appearance, and feel are all amazing. This might be the IPA in which I compare all others from now on.

Serving type: growler

12-10-2010 04:28:02 | More by fatmcq
Photo of bluesplit63


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

One of the best from Stone so far.

Self Righteous Bomber.

Purchased from Nikki's Liquors. North Providence.

Pours a rich black with a thick light tan lace.

Hints of citrus and pine.

Smooth feel to the mouth with a light closing taste of alcohol.

8.7abv. Enjoy slow and steady.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 22:44:57 | More by bluesplit63
Photo of sloambbr


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: black black black. Dark head that has a pretty good retention. Settled quickly. Good looking beer overall.

Smell: Hoppy. Wasn't all that impressed with the smell. Smelled like a standard Stone IPA. Which is still a pretty strong hoppy smell.

Taste: Heavier taste that goes along with the color, but still tastes like an IPA. The only thing that really sets it apart from a normal IPA is a smoky initial flavor. Very hoppy. Good floral taste, and an nice lingering bitter. Not as "self-righteous" as I was hoping for, but really good none the less.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than an IPA, but its nicely carbonated, which offsets nicely.

Overall this was a really good beer, wouldn't expect anything less from Stone. Wish it stood apart from the double bastard a little more though.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:16:13 | More by sloambbr
Photo of econ


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an American pint glass

At 8.7 ABV and 90 IBU, with a viscous, almost opaque off-black and a creamy tan head, this beer is no pushover. Both in terms of aroma and flavor, it has the rich, heavy chocolate, coffee and roasted malt of an imperial stout, along with the arrogant hop bitterness that Stone is known for. I find that it reaches a good balance between both extremes, and is a good beer for those rainy days when you're just shuttered in at home. Heavy-bodied and almost sticky on the palate, with a slightly bitter finish that tends to stick around as well. I do feel that malts do offset the hops quite well, as it doesn't have that trademark hop profile that is ruinous and offensive for everyone except the most arrogant of bastards. Stone pats itself on the back quite strongly for this one, as evidenced by the name of the beer itself, and deservedly so. I'd love to try this fresh, and see how the hops dropped off when compared to the bomber I tried.

crossposted on http://booksbitesbrews.blogspot.com

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 03:52:48 | More by econ
Photo of 2Dreadnaught


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on tap at Timothy O'Toole's in Gurnee, IL on 5/14/12.
A: Poured a deep black with a thin (less than 1 finger) light tan head. Virtually no lace.
S: Slight grainy malty aroma with a hint of anise and coco.
T: Dark roast grain with licorice undertones. Medium carbonation with a nice dry finish.
O: A decent black ale worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 21:38:12 | More by 2Dreadnaught
Photo of Mittsies


4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a typical beer glass.
Opinion slightly biased due to tasting several Double IPAs prior.

Minimal head, lacing was decent. Black as motor oil with a light head.

Aroma was very hop-forward, very citrus, somewhat pine, hints of roasted coffee.
Very musky, skunky, dank, pungent smell overall.

Taste was incredibly bitter, very hoppy at first and then lots of coffeebean and dark chocolate.
After slowly enjoying the beverage I found more flavors coming through; strong tea and pine flavors, and an incredibly-satisfying hoppy bitterness.
Very impressed with the flavor.

Heavy, creamy mouthfeel, but not as thick as you'd expect such a dark beer to be.
Very viscous, found myself drinking it very slowly even after thoroughly tasting it.

Overall this has become one of my favorite beers with just one tasting session. I've bought another bottle and will enjoy it again soon. I highly recommend trying a piece of dark chocolate (>85%) with the drink after thoroughly tasting it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 10:37:35 | More by Mittsies
Photo of crazyfoMostout


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

650 ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.
A: has a dark cola appearance when held to direct light. Thin off white head with 2 finger lacing.
S: Smell of roasted coffee and pine dominate strong alcohol burns the nose slightly

T: Again, roasted coffee,dark malts, piney hops, a subtle sweetness, followed by a bitter hop finish.

M: medium carbonation with a smooth slightly creamy finish.

O: IPA's typically don't have much appeal for me. I am a stout lover to the core, but I find this one to have just enough stout characteristics to have some merit. I also had this on tap recently, and found it to be very drinkable. The ABV is very deceptive. Definitely a good gateway beer for those who loves stouts but are having trouble with IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:28:18 | More by crazyfoMostout
Photo of davidsumner


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm... "strong ale", "black ipa", "dark cascadian" or "black ale" ... ???

Doesn't really matter much to me... I'm not a stickler of beer identification, all I know is that this stuff is pretty good.

It reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo and is a lot alike Stones' bastard ale.

this ale's very malt centric and has a nice dark brown or "Cola" tint to it. The head is thin and there's very little lacing.

The nose is pretty decent; again malt centric, with a good sweet candied, cake like feel. You definitely get a light roasted malt scent. The hop is lurking in the background; not exactly sure how to identify it; I want to say piney/citric; but there's a little floral too. All in all, a delightful nose with a good balance.

The taste is very nice. Not overpowering but not light either. A good medium to heavy flavor that is distinctly lightly roasted malty and candied fruit. When I say candied fruit I mean a nice candied dry fruit; mostly cherry, apricot and orange.

I hate to say this, but I'm going to anyway... the finish on this reminds me of fruit cake, but in a good way. Not the "what you hate" about fruit cake; but the actually "ok there's something good in here" aspect of fruitcake. But the finish also has that classic roasted malt taste. But a light roasted malt... not like a porter or stout.

The hops are there too; just a little hard to pin point. But there is a bitterness and it's very balanced with the sweetness of the malt; making it seem less bitter then what I'm sure it is.

All in all, a very pleasing ale. Not my favorite, but certainly not bad and I don't mind drinking it at all. This ale in my opinion is a great after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 17:31:04 | More by davidsumner
Photo of advm1


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I first want to start off by saying that this is one of my favorite beers right now. So my review is going to be pretty biased :)

It poured out like black coffee into my snifter with a one finger tan head. There were thick tan rings left after each sip and they didn't go away. Smells of hops and more hops, malts and minimal citrus fruits. Tastes exactly how it smells and leaves you with a hoppy aftertaste. Let it warm a little and you'll really taste the malt!! Mouthfeel is wet and refreshing, I actually wanted to gargle with this beer. Carbonation is a little on the heavy side making it a bit difficult to drink glass after glass.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2008 22:18:33 | More by advm1
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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