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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,587
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 237
Gots: 560 | 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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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a Lowenbrau mug.

A- Pours a jet black reminiscent of a stout or porter. There is a nice dirty white head that does not stay around very long. A fair amount of cling present but again nothing over whelming. Not what I was expecting when I poured an American Strong Ale but then again I have had a rather limited experience with this particular type of beer.

S- The first note I get is grapefruit, this beer almost knocks you over with the citrus smell. That smell is combined with a chocolate and coffee backbone. There also notes of hops and some caramel?

T- The big hop presence in the taste is quite suprising given the appearance and smells. I expected the hops after gettting a good whiff from the nose but not to the extent that the taste offers. The hops seem to be balanced with coffee and citrus. This a great flavor combination that masks the overall strength the beer possesses.

I nice beer, but what else would you expect from a brewer like Stone? Once again this company does not disappoint serving a very good and rather strong beer. This has been a welcome addition to the Imperial IPAs that I have been ravenously consuming this summer. I will certainly be picking this up again and storing a few in the cellar to see what age does to it.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber served in a Bruery tulip glass.

A - Jet black; substantial off-white head and great lacing

S - Piny hops and a bit of coffee

T - The front end consists of roasted coffee, mint, and generous amounts of pine. Licorice and a touch of smoke appear subsequently. As the beer warms slightly, some tropical fruit flavors become evident - perhaps papaya or passion fruit. The finish is citrus and more pine, and these make for a gloriously lingering bitter aftertaste. Espresso beans remain on the palate for minutes afterward, as well.

M - Medium to heavy bodied with ample carbonation.

D - It's best to sip slowly and savor the myriad of flavors present. It's very easy to drink though.

Very distinctive, enjoyable brew here. It actually reminds me of a lower viscosity, less sweet (and more bitter) version of Goose Island's Night Stalker because of the specific flavors found in each of them (roasted malts + pine, tropical fruit, etc.).

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3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL. We're happy to finally be able to have Stone in Chicago.

Served in a 10oz. snifter

It pours a nice almost black color, creamy dense khaki colored head that lingered for about 1/4 of the glass before receding. A medium amount of lacing was left coating the side of the glass.

The smell was firm but now overpowering piny resinous hop nose. Behind that a supporting background of roasted malt was present. The two opposing smells were melded together in a nice complimentary way.

The taste starts off much like the nose with a nice dollop of pine hops and the associated bitterness was much smoother than I expected since I find many stone beers to have an overly harsh bitterness. Past the initial hop presence the dark character reared its head with some molasses and just a touch of kilned malts but not as much as was in the nose. The two opposing flavors didn't blend together as well as the nose.

The mouthfeel was ok and had a medium body with an acceptable carbonation in order to help keep those hops form lingering on the tongue. Drinkability was above average and I did not know the ABV until I started writing this review and I must say it hid very well so I give props in that area.

I've only had a couple Black IPAs (Well I guess I can call them American Style India Black Ales since the brewers Association revised the style guidelines today) and they have been all over the board in terms of successfully blending the flavors together. This one is my favorite of the bunch so far.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 10/15/2011

Pours a very dark brown with light only coming through around the edges of the glass. Perfect 2 finger foamy head with great lacing on the glass.

Smells like citrus hops, some cat piss, and a bit of roasty malts.

The taste on this beer is amazing! Very hop forward with the darker malts counteracting the bitterness on the back end.

The mouthfeel is very nice, the carbonation is very nice, just what you would expect from Stone.

Overall, this beer is excellent! As an IPA lover who is trying to branch out into some of the darker brews, this is the perfect gateway beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

A: Really dark brown, almost back. Small darker tanned head, hardly any lacing.

S: Bright floral scent with hops and deeper notes of honey and caramel malts. Some chocolate and roasted coffee beans also. Tingly aroma of alcohol.

T: The smell follows the flavor. Huge floral hop flavor, burst of bitterness mixed with the sweetness of the honey and caramel malts. coffee and chocolate are definitely apparent. Enormous flavor. Heavy on the presence of alcohol, but it certainly fits.

M: Full body and on the stronger side with carbonation.

D: A lot of flavor to handle, utterly delicious. It's name says it all.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark molasses color with a nice mocha head.

S- not sure I have experienced a more balanced beer on the nose. it has a very strong hop presence that is full of citrusy pineapple... but also has a very strong malty backbone. sweet like brown sugar

T- initially has a sour twang on the palate that present as grapefruit & black cherries. follows with a nice bitter aftertaste. again, both the hops and malts are nicely intertwined like a braided rope! the alcohol is very faintly noticeable... just barely.

M- medium to full body that is thick and creamy with right amount of carbonation

D- one fine beer! very complex and goes deeper than the hops that are on the front end. I suspect this is a hop bomb but I don't notice the sharpness of it because the malty backbone brings a balance like an acrobat on a high wire.

One of my favorites!

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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