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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,230 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,230
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 230
Gots: 467 | 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 tmm313
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.

tmm313, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of NickyDee21
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

NickyDee21, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of shredder83
4/5  rDev -5.2%

shredder83, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of LukeGude
4/5  rDev -5.2%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of saintwarrick
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight-dark red, sort of cola colored with a foamy tan head. Tons of hops in the aroma, like a DIPA, also a sweetness like brown sugar, with some piney hops. The taste turns to citrus, sugary grapefruit, a bit more unbalanced towards the hops, but not negatively so. Definitely a big brew for the hopheads.

A bit darker than the 13th anniversary in taste and appearance, but this brew follows along that line and should appeal ton anyone who likes that or any of Stone's hoppy goodness.

saintwarrick, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of tonistruth
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pitch black brew wearing a massive tan crown, outstanding retention

S- hops galore: citric, pine. caramel, big roasted malt aromas

T- roasted malts and citric/pine hops, grassy. outstanding balance of hops and malts, intense amount of flavor

M- medium creamy body, definite hop abuse, sticky film after

D- WOW, this beer is pure joy. This brew is the answer for us stout lovers who are also closet hop heads. I couldn't possibly recommended this brew enough

tonistruth, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of azorie
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

azorie, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Mack, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

hockeypuck, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of J-Bonestradamus
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

J-Bonestradamus, May 31, 2014
Photo of JBogan
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one fills the glass with a nice dark brown, almost black hue with a solid off white creamy head which leaves plenty of sticky lacing in it's wake. An attractive looking brew.

Smells of grapefruity hops, dark chocolate and burnt molasses. Interesting mixture.

Taste is along the same lines as the aroma, along with a hint of roasted nuts and maybe a slight bit of toffee. The beer opened up quite a bit as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was very good. Smooth and creamy, somewhat on the thicker end of the scale.

A well done brew by the folks at Stone. This is not my favorite style, but is a beer I'd consider having again sometime.

JBogan, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev -5.2%

csiewert, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3/5  rDev -28.9%

SonOfKyuss, May 19, 2013
Photo of aflies
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

aflies, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of atoulouk
4/5  rDev -5.2%

atoulouk, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of ColdWaffles
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ColdWaffles, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of taylor714914
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

taylor714914, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of rwilde
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

rwilde, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of jburd19
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jburd19, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Noxious26
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had an on-tap "shorty" at the Yard House in San Antonio, TX.

Dark black with a little light coming from the edges. 1/2 inch brown fluffy head. Decent lacing down the sides.

Big hops nose. Grapefruit/citrus. Malty, caramel, chocolate sweetness in the background.

Flavour matches the aroma. Powerful hops balanced out by rich chocolate, roasty malts.

Pretty oily mouthfeel with light carbonation but the hops can be a little scouring on the tongue.

My first Black IPA. Loved every minute of it. Well worth trying.

Noxious26, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Luk13
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Luk13, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Lukebell15
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Lukebell15, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of IronTom
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,230 ratings.