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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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1,891 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,891
Hads: 5,854
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 291
Gots: 778 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Black Ale | 8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of charlzm
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second bottle, consumed 05/14/08.

Dark brown pour with reddish highlights. Three finger light tan head sprung up with little encouragement. Reduces to one finger soon. Strong lacing.

Aroma is strong spicy and grapefruit hops. Slight grassy note.

Rich roasted bready and chocolate malt flavor. Very smooth, slightly chewy body. Hop bump at back end mainly for bittering but there's a hint of citrus and pepper. ABV is noticeable but does not interfere with flavor. Not terribly complex, but tasty and unusual.

It appears six months of aging have not significantly changed this beer.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:

Bottled, consumed on 11/2/07.

Cola colored pour, modest tan head with excellent retention and plenty of bubbles. Smoky, piny aroma: reminds me of a robustly hopped porter in the nostrils. Nicely chewy in the mouth. When served cold, hops are assetive in this beer, easily the strongest flavor. There are some faint suggestions of bread and honey mixed in there, but this is a hophead's brew. As it warms, balance appears, allowing a stronger malt profile to emerge. Reminds of pumpernickel bread or a dash of mocha. Strong as it leaves the mouth with a lasting bitter finish.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, pours a dark, dark mahogany, very dark, with a nice bubbly sandy tan head and quite some bit of lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is different... has a certain character that reminds me of Darkness... different styles, sure, but thats what it reminds me of. A very nice floral hoppiness, some lovely chocolates are surprising, and.. a bit of sweet malt hiding in there?

The taste is though. Hopping comes on sweet and floral at first, a bit of citrus, rides out into a bittering and ends with a rind-ish drying, puckers up ever so slightly. Not a tongue lasher for sure, but no doubt this is a Stone. Underneath, there lies some tiny treats, roasted grains and some of those mysterious chocolates in the nose. Not overly complex, but nonetheless delightful. The mouth is rather smooth, the carbonation mellow, slightly warming, good body. Overall, I'm glad I got a few bottles of this.

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Photo of JDV
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a big tan head in a tulip. Smell is quite hoppy and some dark malt notes in there as well. Or maybe that is just my eyes projecting that on what otherwise is very IPA like. Taste is strong, bitter, and hoppy. Some dark roast flavors show up, but mostly what you'd expect from a strong rich heavy IPA. Light alcohol presence, but this is still nicely drinkable.

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Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in early October for $4.99.

Beer poured brown with ruby undertones when held up to light. Nose is citrus rind that is quite pungent. Taste is resiny grapefruit hops with a hint of chocolate malts that linger in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty creamy. Overall drinkability is good. This is a hop bomb with an unusual twist of having chocolate malts that make this an interesting beer. Recommended to hop heads!

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Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had big expectations and the beer was not up to them. Pours a real dark brown with very limited light getting through. Average tan head with decent retention and ok lacing. Smell was weak. I probably drank it too cold but the taste went from being very mild to a a mixture of styles as the beer warmed up.

There were elements of a RIS, Belgian Ale and bitter hoppiness in the taste. Rather than calling it complex, I would say that it was all over the lot...trying to please everybody without making a stand on style and taste.

Mouthfeel was rich and Drinkability improved as the beer warmed. This would not be a beer I would seek out again if I was looking for a high octane sipper. Not bad but not great either.

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Photo of reeder
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, unexpected dark color. A respectable tan head lasts for a while then fades away.

Warm hoppy flavors on the nose. Almost a barley wine type scent.

Interesting flavor. Like a really bitter stout. The hops are definitely there, but not the standard citrusy hops such as in the arrogant bastard. The taste evolves until there is a lasting malt at the end.

A little too carbonated. I'm definitely going to hang on to one of these for a while to see if it settles down a bit.

Overall, actually a pretty drinkable beer. A respectable attempt at an unusual style. I would like to see Stone investigate this a bit more.

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Photo of giblet
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark opaque brown. wonderful smell and fullness. excellent carbonation and head. very creamy head with tremendous lace. rich body and taste but not overpowerfully full. i drank a 22 oz and did not feel bloated and full.

yet another masterpiece from Stone. this company is certainly in my top five brewers that i have had the pleasure of enjoying!!!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for $6 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a dark brown with little head but decent lacing. Hoppy aroma. Flavour is nicely hoppy with some lasting bitterness. Well balanced with a decent malt backbone. However, not all that different from a "normal" IPA. Good, but not extraordinary.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours like a stout, dark with several fingers of light mocha head. Against good lighting, the bottom of the glass (a Stella Artois gold-rimmed thing that looks like a wine glass on 'roids) shows burgundy highlights and good clarity. As the head falls back, lacing forms like tree rings as a batter-like plug in the middle is going nowhere.

Aroma - piny hops have a low but somewhat intense role. They are mixed with a sweet graininess that struggles for identity among the cones. As soon as I think I smell something akin to cocoa or cola, it's gone.

Taste - what is this, a chocolate IPA? Roasty sweet malts, chocolate coming through briefly. The hops blend in there, starting sweet and citrusy, and keep on coming. The full bitterness is not over the top, but very nicely done. The hops stop short of palate scorch, I appreciate that. A bitter dryness on the swallow, grapefruit rind primarily. A roasty malt reprise every once in a while but not always, a orangey citrus finish occasionally, but not always. Finishes with a kiss of abv warmth.

Mouthfeel - smoothness was noted on the first sip. Solid body and moderate carbonation keep the show rolling.

Drinkability - makes me wish I had six more. Best hopper I've had in a while.

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Photo of srroos
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle cellared since release, poured into a pint glass.

Opaque black with a very large brown head. Settled down to a cap with lots of lacing. Smells hoppy like an IPA but sweet. Taste is dark and sweet malts, with lots of bitter hops. Mouthfeel is full, but well carbonated. Drinks very well, went though the whole bomber before I knew it. I'll be looking for more of this.

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Photo of steelcutoats
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer sitting in my parent's basement refrigerator for 3 months and couldn't wait to open it. When I got it home I popped it open and poured it into my tasting snifter. There was good carbonation and a nice vanilla head. The aroma was full of hops, lots of hops. The color was a dark as Stone's trademark ARROGANT BASTARD. There was also a good amount of lacing on the inside of the glass. The taste was bitter from all the hopping, but there was also a mellow smoothness.

Stone Eleven isn't as bad-ass as DOUBLE BASTARD, but it does have a remarkable quality that lends itself well to the Stone Brewing Co. lineup. It is definitely a recommendable brew, so drink up.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is very dark with red hues and very good carbonation. The head is bif and bubbly light tan and leave good lace.

The smell is plenty hoppy, light notes of citrus and pine about a this earthy base and lots of malt. The malty aroma is quite good, dark roasted bread and some chocolate notes.

The taste follows, a huge in your face earthy hops is very bitter is easily covers what might be a great tasting malty brew. The malt notes that get through are hard to detect but seem to include black bread toast and chocolate and some dark fruits. I think this is a case of too big too much even though I am a fan of big beers and this. Too be sure, the brew does not disappoint. It is a great tasting brew in it's self. One just wonders what they are missing under all the hops.

The mouthfeel is very good, typical of a big brew, Great body and very good carbonation. not too sticky of heavy.

The drinkability is also very good. A very solid brew.
Prosit, MK

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 22 oz bomber courtest of Stewdawg in week 2 powerball.

A - pours a deep dark ruby, a light tan head tops this puppy and sticks moderately well.

S - chocolate, citrus, piney hop, pretty big floral notes as well, slight coffee hint in there, ethanol heat, fuckin' awesome

T - piney, malty, sweet malt undertones, slight ethanol, chocolate

M - good carbonation balance, lingers well between sips.

D - 8.7% kind of stumps it, but I love it, makes me want a fresh 10th.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DrJay for bringing some of these up!

Pours a hazy dark orange/brown, thick off white head forms, settles slowly dropping a nice lace ring, good retention. Smell is nice, chocolate and toffee, solid roast, lots of pine and floral hops, roast, grapefruit, nice balance with the malts and hops. Taste is similar, caramel and chocolate, roast coffee, light alcohol, nuts, oranges, grapefruit and floral, solid bitterness, excellent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, bit of warmth. Very good beer! Thanks Jay.

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Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with many red highlights. A large off white tannish head of 3 inches if poofy and holds great retention. Not one centimeter of the glass is clean of lacing, producing large bubbles.

Hops emerge out immediatley. Thick with grapefruit and other citrus goodness. Than a bit of a rubbing alcohol aroma is detectable that slightly deters from this beast. Dark roasty carmelized malts with hints of mollasses and floral esters.

Very nice balanced beer here. I think I would actually prefer this with age as one thing I've noticed with all Stone beers is that they all seem to blend into each other when young. Not sure if they only use one predominant hop or malt in everything or what? Burnt malts and blackerry flavors are than overwhelmed with citrusy hops on the middle and chalky bitter finish. Some alcohol shows through in the mouth and throat but evens out in the chest. One of the better Stone beers I've had of late and nearly on par with Stone's 10th. This one had wonderful ageability even with the demise of the hops.

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark black, leaning a bit to the brown, with only a slight bit of off-white head, which swettles to a thin ring around the top.

Citrusy hops are dominant in the aroma, with some piney hop back to it. Roasted malts sit down deep, and only come out with a big whiff.

The taste is all citrusy hops off the bat, maintained throughout, with some piney, woodsy hops and a bit of an almost salty, slightly bitter caramel aftertaste. There's a hint of bitter chocolate, but merely a brief hint.

Pretty decent amount of carbonation with a medium body.

Overall, a somewhat drinkable brew. Definitely worth a try for the uniqueness of the brew, but not something I'd look to as a daily drinker. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass a dark black with deep brown hues on the edges as well. An inch of creamy light tan foam sticks to the top and leaves sticky lacing down the glass. Aromas begin with dense hops right off that bat. Citric, grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas weave into pine notes as well. Roasted malt with some toasted bread and a very light smoky quality. A small dollop of cocoa to top it off. Interesting? Yes. Good? Yes!

First sip brings a smooth roasted malt upfront that is quickly taken over by loads of hops. Citrusy grapefruit flavors mingle with pine resins and a tropical undertone. Midway through I get some toasted bread and a very faint smoky cocoa flavor. Flows down with a solid bitterness and lingering piney hop flavors. Overall, a tasty, unique brew!

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with a medium body. Good steady carbonation. This one really hits the spot. It seems to disappear from my glass and a bomber goes down without a problem with no hint of alcohol in the flavor. Overall, I really enjoyed the 10th Anniversary and I'm happy to say the 11th is just as tasty. Cheers to the continued success of Stone and thanks to warriorsoul for the bottle.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely fragrant beer. Port and whine aromas mixed with pine, flowers, rasberry and cherries, and molasses. Pours very dark brown, if not black, with a small off-white head. Excellent lacing. Initial flavor is sweet burnt molasses and over the course of the long finish, it ends with a bitter salty taste, as well as some nutty malts being present. There is also an alcholic presence on the tounge in the finish. Great smelling "Black IPA", but I have had better from Stone.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I need a hop fix... and don't want to dive into recent trades or too deep into the cellar.. so I picked out a 11th and am hoping for the best. I haven't had one of these in a couple of months and noticed then, the hops were definitely dying down.

22oz picked up at a variety of places around Boise in the $5.50 range... poured into a shaker pint.

Looong lasting lite tan head leaves crusty lacing for the entire glass.... color of the brew reminds me of a schwarzbier.. near black but still walnut and dark ruby highlites show when held to a light.

Aroma is certainly more subdued than fresh.. but still reminiscent of a big grapefruit and piney DIPA. Black coffee/with sugar notes are more prevalent than before.

Flavor is abundant citrus .. dark roasted malts are only available on the end of the palate and the finish.. even then, the hops are the heavy hitters... Very smooth from front to back.. the hops resins add nicely to the palate.. Doesn't taste as dark as expected.. just enough interesting espresso/chocolate components that drives everything home.

This brew is going to age very well... don't let the naysayer change your mind .... it may go through a significant muddy period like the 8th, but ultimately, the 11th will be fantastic... I will not drink another for probably 6 months... ooh my.. I have another glass.. cheers. Galt.

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Photo of jwolfie70
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have had several bottles of this beer. It is definitely changing with age, and is getting mellower. When first released the beer was very raw, with hops overdominating and destroying. The beer is mellowing nicely and the roasted malt qualities are starting to poke through. Definitely still a hop bomb. I am interested to see where this beer will go.

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Photo of Monsone
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received from mikesgroove

A - Pours a dark, brown/amber with a nice foamy off white head. Leaves good lace on the glass. Does not look like most beers it tastes similar too. Not sure where to go with this...

S - Smells of piney hop resin with a very slight maltyness in there.

T - Pine and grapefruit hop flavors. High bitterness. A backbone of roasty toffee type malt flavors keeps it in check.

M - Medium bodied and crisp carbo

D - Pretty drinkable for the alco and bitterness.

Overall, this was an enjoyable beer. Bitterness was balanced enough to enjoy it. Full flavored. Good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A black IPA, hmm, let's see what this is all about...

Rich, pungent hops are the name of the game here. Heavy astringency, oily hop mouthfeel and a bright citrusy character that is quite delicious. What else does one expect from Stone? There is a bit of balance, though: some nice, heavily toasted caramel and a definite chocolate note too.

Though Stone's attempt at to make this beer so "unique," it's well above average as IPA. Rich, hoppy, and very delicious. And, admittedly, the heavy roast and chocolate is interesting.

Highly recommended...

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Photo of far333
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished chestnut colored with the huge foamy and dimpled inch high head that most Stone beers seem to have.

Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar and hops.

Rich flavors of dark malt, roasty flavors, brown sugar and citrusy hops. Interesting mix of rich dark malts alongside bright tangerine hops. Hops morph to grapefruit rind and add a piney bitter finish.

Full mouthfeel, rich and creamy.

Very drinkable, I'm enjoying this one.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone - 11th Anniversary Ale
September 2007
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a deep & dark brown with an incredible head on top. Excellent trails of sticky lacings that decorate the glassware.

Whiffs of hop bombs & roasting brown sugar.

Yowza...what a delicuous beer, flavors of brown sugar, pie crust and light chocolate with a significant hop snap on the finish. We're talkin' real hop bitterness on the finish.

This beer looks great and tastes great. Not used to the brown-esqe ale from this brewery, but enjoyed just the same.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a dense tan head, the head is very pillowy.
the aroma is wondefula seamless mix of hardy malt and intense hops, the aroma reminds me of a barley wine, pungent, spicy, citrus with caramelized malt to put a smile on your face.

the flavor is tremendously awesome full frontal hops exploding in your mouth, intense malt, caramelized malt, toffee, with a hint of cocoa and coffee, a firm bitterness, resinous, mouth coating hops, lingering spiciness.

this is a great beer, i will be buying more.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.