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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,305 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,305
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 232
Gots: 495 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jnikkel, Apr 05, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber split with a fellow beer geek. Review from my notes in my 33 Beers book.

A - Black body shows some dark brown edges when held to the light. Thick dense dark tan foam persists and leaves a thick sheet on the glass.

S - Whoa, West Coast IPA smell, loads of hops - pine and grapefruit - with a hint of chocolate.

T - Whoa again!! Big upfront bitterness is balanced by a roasty sweet bread malt interior and then the hops blast you again in the finish. Complex and inviting, this brew has a lot to offer in the way of flavor. You get the pine and citrus hop bite mixed with a dark chocolate. Very nice.

M - Moderate in body, similar to that of a porter. Creamy but not rich. Great carbonation and feel here.

D - For an almost 9% brew, fairly high. I am very impressed and will purchase again as I feel there is so much going on here, I can't nail it all down here...

ectomorph, Sep 01, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Yeroc, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Litterbean
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black, but when held up to the light one notices dark brown highlights around the edges. The head is tall, thick and tan.

Hoppy smell, aromatic, with underlying hints of chocolate and anise. A bit of smokiness comes through in the end.

Bitterness rides the flavor all the way through. Smokey, woody, bitter coffee, chocolate, and a somewhat pronounced smoked jerky flavor. Hop profile is earthy, green, grassy, and citric. Alcohol warmth is there but subdued. Unique flavors, they mesh well.

Litterbean, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in Week2 Powerball from LittleBreeze

This beer is the darkest IPA I've ever seen. Stone calls this an IBA or India black ale. It is a deep and dark brown color with a full slightly dirty tan head on it. This beer left creamy rings of lacing until the very last sip. The scents that dominate this beer lean heavily towards piney hops, loads of tropical fruit like tangerines, mango, and passion fruit with a touch of caramel waving from the back row. My brain is perplexed at something that looks like this beer but smells the way that it does. The flavor profile starts with heavy floral hops notes providing plenty of bitterness, but the malt begins to show its assertiveness with dark roasted malt and dark fruits (plums and raisins) coming to life as the beer warmed. The finish brings back those hops with plenty of citrus and pine and showing you what Stone Brewing is famous for. The mouthfull is a bit chewy and sticky, but yet the finish is actually quite creamy. The drinkability is quite nice on this beer since the alcohol was extremely well hidden on this offering.

TheodorHerzl, Jun 20, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty nice one and a half finger head, which is a light brown color. There are some big bubbles and some small creamy bubbles. The body is black with hints of dark brown here and there, especially when held up to the light. The head is still there, but not as much as I would like it to be. Overall this looks pretty good. The smell on this is really surprising to me, it doesn't really smell like a black ale, it smells like a black IPA or maybe ever a regular IPA, the hops are just phenomenal for it being a black beer. I really don't detect too much malt either, maybe a little bit, but not much. It's mostly just the hops on the smell, I do get a small indication of the high alcohol on the smell. Overall it smells pretty good, not too complicated, but it smells good and powerful! Taste is really good, huge hops in the front end, and a little malt in the finish, not too much alcohol noticeable in this one, which is nice. The mouthfeel is a little light, which is ok for the style, but I do like my beer thicker. It's a very well done beer, which is expected from Stone, but just like the smoked porter, it's not that complicated or unique. If you wanted to look up in the dictionary what a good beer should be, you should (I don't know if you would, but you should) find this beer listed. On the other hand if you looked for creative beers in the dictionary this would be no where to be found. Maybe my opinion is a little biased because I recently had their scotch ale and it was super complex, who knows. We will see if there are any other flavors that come out as the beer warms, but for now, I will leave it as this: great beer, not complex.

MaltsOfGlory, Apr 08, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours a dark brown, like a coke, but with subtle ruby highlights. Nice medium foamy sized head with minimal retention. Regardless of the retention, there was sticking and spotty lacing all around the glass. This is a serious looking beer. While this doesn't belong here the appearance and graphics on the bottle continue in typical Stone fashion. If I had an old school 70's van one contender for the graphic art would be the Stone demon throwing down with Iron Maiden's Eddie.

S: Talk about smelling nothing like the look may suggest. Sharp citrus and pine hops with a faint backdrop of maple wood and chocolate. Grapefruit with peppery and casual vanilla hints. Spruced and roasted. Faint garden and floral aromas. All around complex.

T: Sweet candy malts blended against freshly squeezed citrus. Creamy caramel balanced against lemon zest and bitter pine tastes. Spiced citric mangoes and roasted grapes. Resinous sugars and burnt toffee oranges. As this warms the tastes become a little more pronounced and separates out but still seem perfectly entangled.

M: Perfect carbonation with a medium mouth feel. Drinks smooth and despite its intimidating color it is pretty refreshing. But this still has some serious weight and bite as you move through the bottle.

D: I really love how this seems to walk this blurred line between a strong ale and a double IPA. Probably worth cellaring a few as well and at $6.99 it is worth it. This is a very drinkable beer but so far, in my personal experience, that goes without saying with Stone.

erikm25, Apr 25, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a rather thin, but increasingly black color with 3 fingers of huge beige head that fills the Duvel tulip. Nice, thick sheets of lacing.

S: Juicy grapefruit and piney hops with a faint touch of chocolate on the end.

T: Nice bitterness upfront - pine mainly with hints of citrus. Not near as much hop flavor as the smell leads on. Chocolate malt rounds out the flavor defining this one as a Black IPA.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body - a little creamy on the finish. Hops are sticky and resinous.

D: Dangerously drinkable given the ABV. Great beer overall and another solid selection from Stone.

kirkpjr, Nov 28, 2010
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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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