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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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4,612 Ratings

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Ratings: 4612
Reviews: 1801
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%

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 Zach136


4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger light tan head. Great lacing.

S - Aroma smells strangely familiar to Fruit Loops cereal to me. Tropical hops with a touch of malt.

T - Mostly pine flavored hops, a touch of grapefruit bitterness and a very coffee like finish.

M - Crisp and dry at first but leaves a sticky, resinous quality.

O - My favorite Black Ale so far. I'm still not particularly sold on the style, but this example is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:20:42 | More by Zach136
Photo of JCaweinstein


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with some dark brown highlights around the edges of my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. This beer has a light tan two finger head that sticks around untill the beer is empty. There is a lot of carbonation and there is a wonderful lacing left down the sides of my glass. This is a very nice looking ale.
I am picking up a variety of aromas from this ale but I really have to agitate it for them to show. The aromas that I'm getting are mostly malt based with some yeasty notes coming out as well. I'm picking up caramel, roast, and raisins.
The flavor of this beer is a little more complex than the aromas where I'm getting both malt and hop flavors. First I get the roasted malt and caramel flavor which is followed by a light citrus hop flavor. The finish is one that really reminds me of my morning coffee.
Sublimely Self-righteous is a medium bodied beer. It's mouth coatingly smooth up front. It's intensity picks up midway and on the finish where I get roastiness, citrus, and coffee. It leaves a significant aftertaste as well.
This is a quality ale. The great thing is that it's now being sold in 4 packs as opposed to the 22oz format. I'm a fan of Stone and will continue to support them by purchasing more Sublimely.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 20:38:40 | More by JCaweinstein
Photo of rangerred


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a nearly opaque dark reddish-brown with a one finger tan head. Despite the smallish head there is outstanding head retention and nearly a solid wall of lace all the way around.

Aroma punches hard with pine resin and some tree bark. There is also a slight influence from tropical fruit but it is far behind the pine. There is a pleasant malt base with dark caramel, toast, and just a slight hint of coffee.

Tons of hops upon tasting. Pine mixed with a little bit of orange and lemon really dominates hardly letting any malt flavor through at all. Some sweet caramel along with dark toast and a faint hint of cocoa. Not nearly as much roast as I would expect given the dark color. The dark malt really shows more in the sweeter, heavier mouthfeel than in roastyness. Very bitter along with a full, somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, a really good Black IPA but I want more roast. There is not enough here to firmly set this apart from a normal IPA. That complaint aside, an excellent beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 01:30:44 | More by rangerred
Photo of Tomhet


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

Stone's 11th anniversary ale that was so good they kept it in constant rotation as one of their most easily obtainable beers. Thank God for that.

Appearance is nearly pitch black with a faint trace of ruby surrounding the body when held up to light. A mildly aggressive pour yields a one-finger mocha/copper head and lacing that sticks around for a bit (strangely enough, the last few times I've had this, I've gotten a much bigger head despite the same general pouring strength; whatever). Aroma is one of very aggressive pine hops with a quite robust earthy tinge. It logically follows that there's some lemon peel and other quite acidic citrus notes just waiting to be found.

When it comes to taste, this is the real deal. The front is dominated by the aforementioned pine hops that bite the tip of the tongue, but the middle of the sip reveals a very creamy, slightly waxy mouthfeel that brings out a really balanced malt profile which eventually coalesces back with the hop profile near the end until a wonderful finish of dark chocolate gets the last word. Medium carbonation provides a nice bite and meshes perfectly with the slightly roasted, chocolatey finish. An absolutely stellar example of balance and linear taste progression from these arrogant bastards.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 06:17:39 | More by Tomhet
Photo of mdwalsh


3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Large head of tan on a black body. Maybe the head is a little too big? But it does have retention!

Aroma is great, a nice balanced hoppyness

Taste, not so much. There's an astringentness and background chemical blech kind of taste. The hop malt balance here is just terrible in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is fine. This beer is in what always think of as a kind of awkward alcohol range. Not low enough to be a quaffable, session beer with bright carbonation, not high enough to be a real thinker with a mild, low carbonation. But I think this sits in a pretty good balance.

However, I just can't get over that taste. Probably my biggest disappointment from Stone ever.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 16:33:53 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of bnes09


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark color with ruby hues when held to light. Mostly opaque. Two fingers egg-shell white head with excellent retention and mountains of lacing with each sip.

Aggressive aroma of piney hops and rye.

Pungent hop flavor of herbs, pine and spices dominate the palate and compliment the rye bread malt character. Although weak, the roasted malt still provides a satisfying character hinting at wheat toast. Drying finish with lingering hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Just enough malt texture to keep things interesting.

Solid black ale. Classic Stone brewing hop character.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 16:38:01 | More by bnes09
Photo of inlimbo77


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Stone Pub, Newark, DE

A: Pours a nice dark brown/black color. Half finger nice fluffy layer of tan head. Leaving some sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops. Roast coffee. Dark chocolate hidden underneath it all.

T: Piney hops right on the tip of the tongue. Not overly bitter. Nice roast coffee notes and chocolate in the mid palate. Dry finish with lingering piney hop flavors.

M: Medium leading into full. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 14:26:21 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of micromaniac129


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

Had SSR in a bottle but never on tap. Welll not anymore boys and girls because on Dec. 22 2012 at T J Smiths, during my annual christmas shopping I ran across this very ale.
And I'm happy to say it was good.
My compliments to Tj for his clean tap lines also.
Pours a handsome combination of deepest brown with a tall, dense , moussey yet fluffy mocha head. he glass was literally coated with sticky lacing.
Aroma was fantastic of piney hops sweet burnt caramel malts.
Taste was suberbin this perfectly balanced ale. Tons of oily piney citrus hops with a good deal of malts, eve so slightly roasted adding yet another layer of taste to this wonderful ale.
The feel on the palette was full bodied dry and bitter add two shakes of ashen grit and you got it.
A wonderful beer to drink smooth depth of flavor handsome complexion a true work of art and the grandest scale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2012 16:01:10 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown to almost black. Medium to big, frothy, tan colored head. Lacing and retention are both very good. Hints of light peek through the almost impenetrable brown to black body. A beautiful beer.

S- Bang baby! You know she's a black IPA with hop aromas like that. Mostly pine hop scents with a hint of resin flavor. Not too overpowering. Hints of the darker malts are in there, but mostly covered up by the hops.

T- Starts with a bang of hops mixed almost evenly with dark malt flavors. Tongue immediately is met with burnt flavors and hops bitterness. These flavors mix very well throughout the drink, except for the very end. The drink finishes with a slight, almost chemical-flavored bite. It's not too distracting, but it's not among the better flavors of this beer. Aftertaste is mainly of the burnt malt flavors and lingers only a little while.

M- The weight of this beer is a mix between a porter and an IPA. Slightly thicker and less carbonated than an IPA, it is very drinkable. No alcohol is detectable, and the burnt flavors and the hops don't really destroy the palate. Rather gentle on the palate as far as Stone brews go.

Overall, this is a pretty good example of a style that I am discovering that I like. Not quite as Wookey Jack from my memory, but the mix of hops and dark malts is superb except for that slight finishing flavor. Wish these weren't $8 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 23:48:31 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of Hopheadjnr

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into goblet

A...almost pitch black with a quickly receding light brown head. Great lacing.

S...lots of pine and grass. Smells a bit like being in the mountains.

T...getting mostly the roasted malt right up front. A bit of black coffee and then the bitterness of the hops fight for your attention.

M...nice carbonation. Feels a bit heavy on the mouth. A full bodied brew.

O...nice winter beer for us hop heads. The only thing I didn't like is it seems like hops used may not be just right to compliment the malt. Something seems ever so slightly off. I bet this will go great with a maduro cigar. I will try that combo tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:33:18 | More by Hopheadjnr
Photo of chanokokoro


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Stone pairing glass (short-stemmed goblet) adorned with the familiar gargoyle logo

Pours a nearly pitch black topped with a one and half finger cream-colored head. Great retention and significant web-like lacing. Roasted malt, light citrus, and pronouced piney notes on the nose. Opens with roasted malt and a bit of citrus joined by grapefruit rind. Finishes with bitter rind, pine, and roasted grain and malt. Well carbonated smooth, and silky. A fantastic black IPA; a brew that was one of the first to define the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 04:22:09 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served a opaque brown with a foamy light brown with very good retention.

S - Served pretty cold, so I let it sit for a while. Finally some roasted malts, nuttiness and bitter hops finally come through.

T - The taste is similar, but the bitter hops kind get in the way of the dark malts and roasted flavors.

D - Good carbonation and a medium to heavy body with a bitter finish.

O - A hoppy dark ale. Mission accomplished.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 21:13:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle bought a year ago. So most likely the 2011 version

A - Pitch black, not much lacing. But a creamy, tan lace coating left on the top of the brew looks nice

S - Hoppy pine notes, and something sweet. Very well balanced nose. Smells delicous

T - Delicious! A very hoppy black ale. Not enough though to be considered a black ipa. Sweet hoppy ale

M - Creamy, full bodied, well carbonated. Great mouthfeel

O - Great. Like any Stone brew, very hop forward. But well balanced, and tasty. Well done! Heres to 11, and 111 more!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:39:55 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though enjoyed many times the past 2-3 years this review was taken October 31st, 2012.

22 oz brown bomber style bottle with quality label screened on the bottle. This label is pure Stone B.C. Badass Gargoyle with some nice art and an arrogant description on the back. What more could a man want? Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - Shade of black in color with highlights of Ruby red to brown gushing through on the edges. Big tan head sits atop this black ipa with layers of sticky lace splotched to the glass as the liquid gets closer to the bottom.

S - blackest of malts in the front of the aroma followed by a floral and citric hop Profile. Some roastiness to the scent.

T - Roasted black malts with a small hint of vanilla. Dark fruits deep within. Hop character is big Citrus and grapefruit. Alcohol spice Paired with everything else makes a pretty complex but balanced flavor. Bitter finish.

M - Pretty full in body and smooth mouthfeel. It coats the mouth nicely and has some alcohol warming to the finish. I found myself thirsting for the next drink. Quite tasty.

O - this is the best black ipa I've ever had and probably the first I actually seeked out to try. Stone sets the bar for this style and everyone else follow in line. I'm sure there are some good black IPAs out there, but I can't imagine any being better than this. A few may be equal, but for me this is the standard for American Black IPAs and is already becoming a classic for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 15:18:57 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of Broden


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep black beer with a beautiful tan head. Head dissipates but lingers throughout. Beautiful beer.

S- Smell is to die for. Some roasted coffee like notes, a little chocolate, and other roasted malt rests beneath a beautiful hop aroma that just blows me away. Seems to be a perfect balance of hops and roasted malts.

T/M- Taste is equally impressive with the perfect balance of hops, and roasted malts. Extremely easy to drink with a medium body, and a very nice finish.

O- Amazing beer. Definitely my favorite easy to come by, drink any time beer. Possibly one of my favorite beers overall. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone, especially any one looking to explore the black IPA style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 05:33:44 | More by Broden
Photo of DRyan


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

Poured into a Ranger Creek tulip from a bomber

A: Looks like a heavy porter or a stout, but with some of the most beautiful head I've ever seen on a beer. It's a very lightly tan head that sticks around forever and laces immensely.
S: Doesn't smell at all like it looks. While it looks like a porter or a stout, it smells more like a pale ale or an IPA. There is a definite citrus lean to the nose, and very little of the roasty malt scents I was expecting... a very nice surprise.
T: The taste is again surprising, as it does not taste like a black IPA like it pretends to be. There is a malt heaviness to it, but there is not that roasty feel that you would expect from something this black. Again it seems more like a pale ale than anything, but this is far from pale! It's a conundrum of a beer for sure.
M: Smooth, velvety, it coats the tongue without being thick or chalky.
D: For a nearly 9% beer, this goes down almost too easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 01:59:12 | More by DRyan
Photo of M_C_Hampton


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

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark dark brown almost black with a 2" light tan head that is thick and lingers leaving great lacing, clear

S: has an amazing floral nose of hops blended with coffee, caramel, dark fruits, prunes, raisins, cherries

T: taste is very pleasant and follows the nose, bitter sweet, hops and grapefruit blended with sweeter dark fruits, bitter up front, sweet in the middle, dry finish, missing some malt flavors though

M: I expected this to be thicker., medium with lower carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: this is a well made beer with terrific flavors, well hopped with dark fruit sweetness for balance, an excellent black ale

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:43:39 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of DAllspaw


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

Pours a very dark, almost black with inch of deep mocha head. Smell is very malt forward with chocolate and other roasted notes, with some definite pieny hops. Taste is substantial, really nice body to this beer and great balance of raosted malts and piney hops with a very creamy and somewhat sweet finish. Great finish on this beer actually makes you want more.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:38:38 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of JamesMN


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque black with some maroon hue when held up to the light. Thin tan head with good lacing.

Aroma: A little bit of the wet dog odor you get with some kinds of hops. Some dark malt and milk chocolate. The hops really stand out here the most.

Taste: Intensely bitter with hop flavors of grapefruit and pine. This is a fresh bottle and it really does the hops justice. The malt presence is almost overshadowed by the hops but it is there, especially in the aftertaste. Black coffee, dark malt, and just a hint of baker's chocolate. I'm sure as the hop flavor fades over time the beer will balance out but for now it is great even without much balance. No hint of the 8.7% ABV. Almost juicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good effervescence. Above average drinkability. There is even a bit of a creamy/smooth texture.

Final Thoughts: Another great hoppy beer from Stone. They get bonus points for adding a 'best by' date on every bottle which assured I got fresh beer. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 23:06:09 | More by JamesMN
Photo of rtig


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

Pours almost black with a nice Lacey head

Emits a nice citrus aroma

Great hoppy taste that finishes extremely well

Mouthfeel sets the standard and really makes you want to keep coming back for more.

Overall, Stone has set the bar for black IPA's. I think this is one of the best beers on the market as it is so well rounded in all categories and is worthy of its namesake.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 00:06:13 | More by rtig
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pure pure black with a nice off white foamy head. This is what a dark beer should look like.

The smell is citrus hops,very fresh lemon and grapefruit.

The taste like the smell has the citrus hop flavours with a slighty malty finish. Extremely well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied,slight syrupy with low carbonation.

This really an excellent beer, the hops taste so fresh and so well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:20:25 | More by Dave1999
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4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened the bottle expecting good things, and it didn't disappoint.
Forget bouquet and think bucket. Black India Pale Ale and the 'pail' is the measure per bottle for the hops. Pine, passion fruit, cocoa, bergamot orange, lychee, fruit cocktail, peach, grape, muscovado, demerara, blackstrap molasses.
In short,
Need I say more?

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 18:21:20 | More by BeerGogglesReviews
Photo of warrenout330


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A- pours pitch black, nearly no light through it... big khaki colored head... stays around for most of the time ... very sticky lacing

S- piney sap.. roasted barely, sweet caramel malt

T- sweetness up front... bitter sappy middle... to a faint roastyness... lingering bitterness

M- medium to thinner body, almost watery in some aspects... lower carbonation ... lingering dryness

O- stone is never a disappointment... this is a great beer... possibly a good session beer... even though you might make it to 6 on these hahaha

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 07:01:54 | More by warrenout330
Photo of Murrhey


3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Stone Brewing in Escondido, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thick two-finger head. Off-white color. Long retention. Dark brown color.

S- Caramel malts, darker spicy hops and roast barley.

T- Very strong flavor. Aggressive hops and roast malts. Bold taste. Bitter and beastly.

M- Chewy and well carbonated. Quite the feel.

O- This is a tough guy to drink quickly. Plan appropriately.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2012 04:33:41 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Homerb3


5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome! By far the best imperial IPA I have ever tasted.

Pitch black in color.

The smell of floral wafts as its poured.

Nice thick rich head. Extreme lacing.

Very hoppy blend that compliments the hints of chocolate.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel, with a little touch alcohol on the end.

All around solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 12:54:30 | More by Homerb3
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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