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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,006 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,006
Reviews: 1,817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 369 | 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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TheRougeBastard

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-17-2012 04:31:17 | More by TheRougeBastard
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Black with some red/brown glints on the sides of the glass, big pillowy, rocky, off-white head. Superb lacing.

A: Resinous pine, sweet citrus, toasty/roasty malt, touch of caramel sweetness, and some fruity esters.

T/M: Smooth bitterness up front, followed by big resiny pine and fruity citrus notes. The malt joins the hop assault in the middle, bringing very light porter-like characteristics of roast caramel. Drying finish and a very slick mouthfeel. Perfect Carbonation.

Overall, an awesome Cascadian Dark Ale. Very strong at 8.7% abv, but very drinkable and full of huge flavors. Perhaps my favorite year-round offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 23:42:18 | More by Siriusfisherman
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CraftBeerGuild

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-04-2014 22:07:22 | More by CraftBeerGuild
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DeekNayvuz

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-16-2013 23:03:36 | More by DeekNayvuz
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Wrigfen

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-30-2013 20:36:35 | More by Wrigfen
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nguasta2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-27-2014 19:45:28 | More by nguasta2
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techfed87

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, strong head. Color is pitch black dark. Smell is a bit hoppier than I expected it to be.

First sip is a nice pairing of dark, charred malt flavor and hop bitterness that gives the beer a body and flavor that matches its color and smell in intensity. Aftertaste is a smooth as well, allowing the flavor to dissipate over time.

A very good beer, you should try it!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 00:41:05 | More by techfed87
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Stofko1992

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-03-2014 17:44:02 | More by Stofko1992
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Tolann

Colorado

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

A - pours really black. It's nearly opaque, but shows a ruby hue when you hold it up to the light. Lots of thick head that is dark and foamy and leaves behind a nice lacing.

S - sweet hops. Very big hops nose. Theres a citrus I can't identify in there as well (I still suck at identifying this stuff)

T - Big hops hits the back of your tongue and you're then reminded by the sweet. Really nice! The bitterness hangs a bit. The sweetness doesn't hang nearly as much.

M - really nice and what's to be expected for this style. Not too fizzy, not too heavy. I nice medium bodied beer that rolls down your throat.

D - I wish I had more bottles!! A great IPA example! Love the hops, love the beer! This one is disappearing much too fast.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:32:46 | More by Tolann
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SlaughteredWolf

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-11-2013 09:14:57 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I knew this was referred to as a dark ipa but from a distance it could have been a stout with its dark color with ruby edges with a cream like head. Not much on the nose, a bit estery with some roasted smell. A great mouthfeel to this very smooth with little to no carbonation. Some dark fruit and black licorice as well as some little maple syrup Very easy drinking beer but I can feel the effects after one bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 00:42:47 | More by WeymouthMike
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estlinska

Arkansas

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. The color is almost pure black with the most minimal notes of brown when held to the light. There is a tower or beige head that leaves sticky lacings all over the glass. The nose is full of roasted coffee and chocolate malt with a dominating citrus and pine hop character. Very good nose. The taste is very hop dominant. There is lots of citrus hops, grapefruit and orange peel with some resin. A nice balance comes from the roasted malts which even out the palate very well. The palate is big with a long bitter finish. Great black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 05:12:04 | More by estlinska
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BrewinHeadBanger

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-05-2011 03:14:59 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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MattBreight

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-11-2013 02:19:04 | More by MattBreight
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Drew26

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -23%

09-29-2013 03:48:45 | More by Drew26
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Acropora

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

12-10-2013 11:24:25 | More by Acropora
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Yeroc

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-21-2014 12:31:05 | More by Yeroc
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bassmantin

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. I've never seen this dark a color from an IPA, and if the head weren't so big and light, I might think this were a stout or porter. One smell, however, quickly dispells any notion that this is anything other than a top-notch IPA. The dominant smell is grapefruit, and it is fantastic. I'm eagerly waiting for the head to die down; it's taking a few minutes, but I know this is going to be fantastic.

The taste is remarkably well-balanced. There is a nice malty sweetness up front and enough hops to secure the finish. This brew definitely does not leave you hanging. There's a nice little alcohol kick at the end. Highly recommended. Another great offering by Stone... although the bottle literature is a little less arrogant than I expected.

Update: I just drank this reissued as Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale. My initial review stands except my comment about the bottle literature. They redeemed themselves with the reissue!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 03:03:40 | More by bassmantin
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black with a foamy head like a dopplebock. Great head retention.

Smells like an IPA strong citrus hops with pine. Reminds me of a cut grapefruit in an evergreen.

Taste, heavy citrusy hops, some malty undertones but almost IPAish with the hops. They overpower just about everything on the palate, in a good way.

Some grapefruit aftertaste, light and dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a pleasure to drink. Since there are really no rules on this style other than high ABV, this is a good beer. Sould have bought another when I had the chance. Stone needs to come to Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:15:51 | More by Homerbag
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

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

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours jet black with a booming, fluffy light-tan head that never fully dissolves and creates a dense layer atop the glass. The aroma is filled with sticky, resinous hops and has some hints, although very subtle, of chocolate. Flavor is piney hops and sweet malt upfront and is accompanied by some touches of roasted malt and dried fruit. Its a medium bodied beer that is sticky and has a good amount of carbonation. Out of all the "Black" IPA's that I've tried this one certainly sets the bar. I had no idea what this beer looked like before I poured it into my glass and was surprised it was as black as it was. The aroma is purely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 04:59:12 | More by DiabolikDUB
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iguana1010

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-16-2011 23:50:29 | More by iguana1010
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Jonbw

Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-10-2013 22:26:48 | More by Jonbw
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EvoJoe

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-26-2013 13:55:38 | More by EvoJoe
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am very impressed with this aged DIPA. I would not expect any IPA to withstand 15 months but this one is very very tasty. The first taste was just like Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye!

The first look is a frothy deep dark ale with no similance of an IPA in any respect. This is more along the lines of a very dark brown ale or even a light looking stout! There is some massive malt to this one.

The smell is probably very muted but is quite pleasant. Roasted malt, light touches of coffee, and hop oils.

Taste is knock your socks off good. There is a massive malt flavor then a light hoppy note. This could easily be an overhopped Brown Ale at this point and I'm loving it! This is everything I have come to love about stone! I completely dig this aged DIPA!

Mouthfeel is very rich and decatant. There is a massive malt creaminess that makes this a very thick beer.

Drinkability is decent. I have sipped this one slowly like a barleywine, but it is still very very smooth. Enjoy with aged cheese if you still have one.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 02:42:27 | More by PerzentRizen
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is for 11th Anniversary.

A - Nice Dark Brown with a half finger of tan head that fades quickly.

S - Brown sugar, Fig, Raisins, Black Pepper, Sodium, and a slight sweet Chocolate smell. This beer almost smells barrel aged, I guess that is what 2 years does.

T - Tastes of Coffee, Brown sugar, Pepper, Bourbon, Raisins, Vanilla, Bell Pepper(weird), and Oak.

M - Very nice carbonation, smooth mouth feel, and only a slight bitter bite especially for an IPA.

D - This is a very drinkable beer and even more so than the Self Righteous.

I need to trade for another one of these or maybe age a Sublimely Self Righteous.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 04:42:31 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,006 ratings.