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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,204 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,204
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 227
Gots: 455 | 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 MrHassellYaHurd
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a deep and translucent brown with a creamy khaki head.

The smell is strongly hoppy. Intense pine and citrus notes as well as a deeply sweet roasted malts.

Deliciously hopped sweet goodness. The hops are spectacularly citrusy in a truly American fashion. Sweet roasted barley and delicious thick grainy body. The drinkability is excellent.

MrHassellYaHurd, May 09, 2010
Photo of MisterE
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

MisterE, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone was one of the pioneers that got me into craft beer. However, the more I have from them, the more bland their beers seem. This is their newest year rounder. Here is my review:

A: Pours pitch black. Very stout-like. No light is going to penetrate the glass. Head is a tan color that leaves light lacing on the glass.

S: Smells primarily of hops. Lots of pine, some citrus. I don't get any roasted malts or anything.

T: Again, mostly hops. Hops are piney, and herbal. A touch of citrus. The hop flavoring seems very tame and subdued, probably because of the malts. The finish is slightly smokey and roasty, but not nearly as malty and complex as Southern Tier's Iniquity. More on the hops, less on the malt.

M: Medium to heavy-bodied. Pretty creamy and coats the mouth somewhat. Somewhat bitter but not overpowering.

D: Its a pretty easy drinking beer. A little thicker than the average IPA, but still very good. Hops do seem a little weak, and it drinks more like a 7% beer instead of a 8.7% beer. Pretty good overall.

I got to admit, I find Stone's brews kinda overrated. Their quality is not as high as a lot of micro brews I have had lately. But this is one of their better beers. Nice hoppy flavor that isn't overpowering, with a pretty big body. I personally prefer Iniquity to this, but this still gets a pretty high recommendation. Good but not great.

OldSchoolGamer, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of syntheticwings
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

syntheticwings, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of OneEyedJack
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

OneEyedJack, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of ipas-for-life
4/5  rDev -5.2%

ipas-for-life, May 12, 2013
Photo of TheSteak22
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

TheSteak22, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of littlebeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

littlebeer, May 08, 2013
Photo of FlyingKelly
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

FlyingKelly, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of themegamancave
4/5  rDev -5.2%

themegamancave, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of jbhollis1180
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jbhollis1180, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of jeremy3311
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jeremy3311, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of fields336
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, enjoy by 7/10/14

A: dark black, opaque with a couple fingers of mocha, khaki carbonated head. Nice looking beer. Nice gobs of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Piney citrusy hops and some dark and milk chocolate, definitely some latent malts, some roastiness, and a slight sweetness. so hoppy and so chocolately.

T: big coffee and piney and grapefruity hops hit at the front of the palate, milk chocolate in the middle of the tongue. Ligering hops and a slight sweetness stay as an aftertaste. There is a roasty and almost smoky note to it as well. This is an extremely complex and tasty beer. As it warms, more toasty and chocolate notes are present.

M: medium bodied, creamy but finishes bitter and slightly dry. Whets your palate for more.

O: black IPA's not one of my favotie styles by any means, but this is just a phenomenal brew.

fields336, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of vic21234
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a finger's worth of head that sticks around for awhile. The head slowly dissipates into a sticky film along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells great, tons of citrusy hops dominate the aroma. I get some slight hints of an almost toffee/chocolate like smell also, but very subtle.

T- Starts off with some citrus and pine hop notes, gives way to dark fruits and toffee-like malts. Good stuff, very different.

M- Medium to heavy, carbonated well, bitter yet malty.

Sublimely is yet another stellar showing from Stone. It's the best of both worlds with malty and hoppy characters.

vic21234, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Chinaskifan1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Chinaskifan1, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ZinFanDave, Aug 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

tun, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

deweese, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

PickleBucket29, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of coachdonovan
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

in typical Stone fashion, it takes me a full minute and a half to read the treatise on the bottle explaining this beer. hopefully the expectations aren't too high.

color is very dark but not quite all black. think: the color of root beer. BIG big fluffy khaki head leaves great lacing. both aroma and taste are reminiscent of an IPA but with a decent malt base as well. the hops here are more floral than citrus, but they're not overwhelming. the bitter finish is there, but again, it doesn't decimate the palate. this is pretty oily, so i would like a bit more carbonation.

this one definitely grew on me. i wasn't blown away at first, but everything is in balance. the abv is right where it should be, you get some sweetness, some bitterness... it just works. i would definitely buy this again.

coachdonovan, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Aenema
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with a 1.5 finger tan head that leaves some splotchy lacing.
Smell - Piney hops, hint of malt.
Taste - Pine/resin, little bit of both caramel and sweet chocolate malts.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation.
Drinkability - Enjoyable beer and the ABV is not distracting.

Aenema, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of dbell23
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance is black with a nice tan head that lingers. Nice lacing.

The smell is hoppy but nicely muted.

The taste is great! Really good beer! Nice hops but very balanced. The hops really stick around.

Nice body and mouthfeel is just this side of full bodied. Nice carbonation.

Overall this a great beer. One of my favorite Stones.

dbell23, Jan 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

MikeDre, May 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

cornucopia, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, minimum carbonation and just a slight lacing around the glass with no persistent carbonation.

S: A mix of piney hops and caramel malt, a touch of toffee, though the hops dominate in the nose.

T: A nice malt and caramel middle with a strong hoppy aftertaste, which is reverse to the usual order of hops/malts. The aftertaste is a lingering of powerful, mighty hops, and the whole thing feels like drinking a hopsicle with some malt sauce.

M: Slight carbonation with a sticky, resiny mouthfeel, but goes down smoothly

O: This is an awesome beer. A powerful hopsicle that offers just a brief respite in a caramel, toffee, malt middle and only continues along the road to palate ruination a la hops.

Krakistophales, Apr 01, 2011
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,204 ratings.