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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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sorvats

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-29-2013 22:13:49 | More by sorvats
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CorneliusBunker

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.5%

10-17-2012 18:00:32 | More by CorneliusBunker
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aficionado

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-14-2011 17:42:16 | More by aficionado
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SwG237

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

10-04-2013 13:19:08 | More by SwG237
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SwillBilly

Virginia

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 Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, black, opaque with just a bit of dark mahogany show around the edges. A thick, billowy tan head tops this dark brew, then fades slowly to a thin, but creamy toffee colored sheen.

Smell: Wow, big upfront citrusy hops, plenty of grapefruit rind, pine needles, and a touch of sweetened coffee. Faint hint of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: XI starts with a really nice malty sweetness with caramel and brown sugar overtones, slightly fruity, raisin like with a subtle roastiness. The middle is where things transition quickly to a full on hop assault. Big time grapefruity bitterness along with more pine needles. The grapefruity bitterness lingers long after the swallow, leaving your mouth dry and tempting you to take another sip. The very subtle roastiness of the dark malts also make an appearance in the finish as well. Alcohol is there as you can feel its warmth and flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly a rather moderate mouthfeel, looks definitely deceive. Dry in the finish and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: Another great anniversary beer from the folks at Stone. I thought X was a really good IPA (glad I have another bottle), but this black IPA is so unique. The ability to combine a big, hoppy, Double IPA with dark, roasty malts is something else. Doesn't come across as a hoppy Porter as you might expect from its appearance, but its a true, honest to god, big time West Coast DIPA. Plenty of of citrusy hops (dare I say Amarillo or Simcoe?) with a subtle roastiness and plenty of malt sweetness to balance things out. Being 8.7% makes this a sipping beer for sure, but man is it drinkable. The dryness in the finish begs you to take another drink. Definitely seek out and enjoy, highly recommended. A hop heads delight for sure. Glad I grabbed a couple of bottles. Can't wait to cellar and try again next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 23:32:44 | More by SwillBilly
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stercomm

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - Very dark brown, with an initial finger length mocha lacing that dissipates quickly leaving a nice glass retention.

S - Malty, hoppy, almost some burnt marshmellow, very nice.

T - Great balance, get lots of hops on the front, malts in the middle and a nice powdered cocca with mild sweetness on the finish. The hops are there for the hophead but the balance of the beer will make it enjoyable for a broader range of palates.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation.

D - This was a crowd pleaser in our clan, all the beer geeks really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:24:10 | More by stercomm
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mjenkins5

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-20-2013 02:50:51 | More by mjenkins5
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a one-finger off-tan head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose is massively dark- burnt malt, coffee and earth with touches of prune and piney hops.

A brief moment of sweet smoky malt yields to gigantic bitterness- espresso and earth tones turn slightly resinous on the mouthwatering, dark chocolatey finish.

Overall, this is good no doubt, but personally I'd opt for a good ol' Stone IPA with a touch more brightness. Maybe this is more of a wintertime brew for me cuz the darkness is vast, oppressive and soul-crushing. It's something that can come from no one but Stone.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 18:06:16 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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TheTinDoor

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-01-2014 14:27:45 | More by TheTinDoor
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emceecue

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-29-2012 22:17:18 | More by emceecue
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OptionParalysis

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-20-2013 17:27:53 | More by OptionParalysis
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emac1224

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-28-2014 04:05:24 | More by emac1224
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westweasel

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a Sam Adams tasting glass.

The beer poured out a dark brown (definitely brown, not black) with about a 1/8 inch tan head. Lots of lacing was left all along the glass. The smell was all about piney and lemony hops. Certainly unusual for a beer of this color.

You would certainly expect some roastiness in here and there is absolutely zero! If you close your eyes this tastes exactly like an orange hued - copper colored DIPA. There is a strong lemon/grapefruit/pine hop bite at the end of the swallow. There is also enough malt backbone in there to stand up to it, even if there isn't much flavor in the malt.

The mouthfeel is medium with some high carbonation. This is very drinkable and interesting. It's not everyday you run into something this dark that tastes like something much lighter.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:42:11 | More by westweasel
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cproioi

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark reddish-brown with a tan head layers the top. The aroma is made up of citrus, spicy and resiny hops with a dark biscuit malt backbone. The taste follows the aroma with a slight alcohol taste as the beer warms. Very dry finish wonderful beer. One of my favorites from Stones.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 23:55:07 | More by cproioi
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jeffjfindley

California

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

Whoaaah. Black, with a breath of red transparency when held in front of the light. Head is splendid, and posesses enviable stamina. Leaves fine, feathery lacing. Smell is an absolute killer, exhibiting massive complexity in the malt. It has a sharpness to it that is reminiscent of cedar. Also evident are espresso and an absurd abundance of humulus lupulus. The flavor is equally massive and impressive, very woody, and with a great finish, that thankfully lingers until the next magnificent swig. Mouthfeel is layered, with great viscosity.

This year's VE scared the hell out of me. This beyond reaffirms my tremendous faith in this finest of breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 03:53:29 | More by jeffjfindley
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SuperNova777

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/08/10

A:Pours a non transparent black with a fingers worth of white head on top. Very nice lacing is left down the sides of the glass.

S:Right up the front the nose picks up lots of citrus hops, very pleasing and inviting.
Trying pick out some other smells but it all comes back to the hops dominating

T:At first taste you get a small amount of roasted malts in the front and the middle. Then
the hops start to take over the backend of the drink, bitterness then lingers around on
the palate till the next sip.

M:Excellent body for the style, not too thin and not too thick. Palate is left a little dried
out from the alcohol with a nice coating along the mouth.

D:This is a all around excellent example of this style (probably the best that I have had so
far). Drink is dominating by hops for the IPA part with some roastiness in the mix as well.
Easy drink and the alcohol is pretty much non existent, would recommend this for hop
lovers everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 22:30:31 | More by SuperNova777
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CheftoDeath

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

12-01-2013 00:36:28 | More by CheftoDeath
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RyanOooh

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-05-2013 04:09:41 | More by RyanOooh
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Berg-the-Boiler

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-07-2014 20:04:01 | More by Berg-the-Boiler
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insearchofhops

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-01-2014 19:44:15 | More by insearchofhops
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dark and lovely ale poured a slow but solid two finger head with good retention. The nose had strong grapefruit and coffee aromas. The mouthfeel was silky for a well hopped brew. The taste was like a roller coaster of flavors. The smooth chocholate and coffee taste takes center stage then the big citrus hops try to peak thru the murky flavors of all the malts. This beer was darker than most Indian brown ale's I've tried. Thanks to Stone for pushing the envelope.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 21:06:39 | More by athensbeermaster
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inbierveritas

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-23-2012 02:32:39 | More by inbierveritas
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mikem0487

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-09-2012 19:56:57 | More by mikem0487
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meich75

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-01-2011 16:36:28 | More by meich75
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burnerfinger

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found this and bought it at first sight.

A: Pours super dark, makes me think of rootbeer.
tan coloroed head with great lacing. so dark it's almost opaque

S: I had a really hard time reconginzing this aroma: (hops with a solid-ass malt backbone
the hops stick around for a bit, too! really this is great.

T: great. think of reeses peanut butter cups: 2 great tastes that taste great together!

M: tons of body. standard carbonation

D: this is pretty heavy. I'd better have antoher!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:59:05 | More by burnerfinger
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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