Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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Reviews: 1,883
Hads: 5,812
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 279
Gots: 750 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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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. (1,251 characters)

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. (380 characters)

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. (682 characters)

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 (1,010 characters)

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. (473 characters)

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. (545 characters)

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. (1,044 characters)

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. (717 characters)

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. (1,196 characters)

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. (476 characters)

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. (1,352 characters)

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. (352 characters)

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. (620 characters)

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... (550 characters)

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. (430 characters)

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. (558 characters)

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. (509 characters)

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

I had a bottle back in September when it was first released. I enjoyed but felt it was young, I was fortunate enough to find a few still available at a local brew store.

Poured from the bomber into a Brooklyn Flute the appearance is as the marketing speak indicates, pitch black. A pretty tannish head sits on top of this porter/stout looking beer.

The sight deceives the aroma. A big whiff of tangerine and grapefruit hops hit the nose and keep coming. There is a malt layer beneath but not the expectation of beer that is this dark. Much more caramel sweet and light faint milk chocolate. I rarely try to name hops that are not called out by the brewer, but I cannot imagine this beer is not finished with a ton of columbus for the aroma. Clean, nothing off, big and bright and inviting.

As when I first had this I am still marveling at how they get this color and the taste profile is that of a double ipa, a nice rich malty backbone to carry those tasty citrusy and slightly piney hops with a bang of very clean bitterness in the finish. There are some touches of chocolate tastes in the middle, but clean caramel maltiness is predominate in the malt profile.

Really outstanding, clean well crafted, carries a near 9% abv with pride.

Stone should consider moving this into regular production. (1,302 characters)

Photo of chileman13
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-poured a cloudy dark toffee brown with 1/2 finger head that broke to a ring.
a-Hopsy is the word yet a balance malt could be detected.
t- strong alcohol hops and barley. Very complex and tasty.
m- medium creaminess with great carbonation.
strong alcohol aftertase.
this aint your daddies buttwiser.
I would drink tis again and again. (335 characters)

Photo of ziggy13
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this guy once again here late in the season. Loved it the first time and loved it again.

A - Very, very dark, almost stout-like. Some dark reds shing on the bottom. Nice tan head which dissipated quickly. Lacing, however, was excellent.

S - Full of floral west coast hops. Hits you smack in the nose. Smells like a double IPA.

T - Of couse, at first taste you realize its a little more complex than that. Waves of hops and chocolate malts flow simultaneously over the palate. Its citrusy, flowery, and spicy all in one. Actually finishes tart and piney. Fantastically complex and diverse. Obviously many varieties of hops were used in this one.

M - Medium body. A little chewy. The beer coats the palate and lingers for a while.

D - Obviously its tough to drink a few of these, but one is just enough.

Fantastic brew and I can't wait till next year's offering. Cheers! (880 characters)

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a bomber into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a dark brown with about inch of creamy head.

S- Sweet malt and citrus. Lots of hops in this.

T- HOPS! Lots of hops in this. Very cirtusey with notes of grapefruit and lemon. I am not usually a fan of hops but this is pretty good.

M- Good carbonation for this beer.

D- I just opened a bomber so we will see if I get through that. I think that I would drink this again. I am not a huge hop-bomb fan so it isn't my favorite though. Very odd that it is so dark. You don't get many dark malt notes in this. Seems like the color doesn't influence the taste at all. (627 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a tan head.

S: Theres some citrus nose with some dry pine and a touch of smokiness. The nose is sweet overall.

T: The flavor is a huge dry roasted malt bill, some dry chocolate with some citrusy hopping and sticky pine. Theres a definity pine sticky resin character to the palate with a great roasted malt presence that is deep and very rich. Definitly tastes like they combined their arrogant bastard and smoked porter recipe. Typical Stone hopping with Chinook with some new Amarillo lemon hops used to give it a distinct citrus/lemon hop flavor. A good combination of malt and hopping and very well balanced. There was a nice lingering bitterness from the hops that hung around for a little bit as well.

M: the mouthful was full with a nice dry roastedness.

D: very good drinkability for its abv. could easily drink in multiples, very smooth palate going down, and nicely hidden alcohol. (930 characters)

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

Obtained from PHawk in our massive Darkness trade.

Poured into my Aventinus glass.

A: pours a dark ruby brown and quickly forms a big, khaki head, lacing everywhere, looks great

S: almost all hops, but a deep, dark citrus thanks to the huge malt back

T: hop bite up front, but an intriguing almost sweet red berry in the middle, which tapers into an oaky finish.

M: smooth, a little less carbonation than I was expecting, slightly creamy, but still bitey from the hops

D: very hoppy, yet the intense malt backbone compliments it very well. A very unique "IPA" that is a sipper but quite delicious. Had to save some of mine for the next night. (648 characters)

Photo of elmore
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this on from Grapes of Mirth in Columbus, OH about 3 months ago. Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. A one finger, off white head with moderate retention, which left some decent lace.

Described as an IPA on the bottle. The darkest pale ale I've ever seen, which wasn't a huge surprise as the last sentence of the description on the back reads "Pitch dark". Dark black. Nearly opaque - has similar appearance to a porter or stout. Carbonation not real active.

Hops dominate the nose. I can detect more dark malts and hints of carmel than the typical IPA. Hops are definetely the dominate taste, but not overpowering and are well balanced by the dark malts. Docked a few points for drinkablity, because this is just such a big beer.

Creamy, dense, chewy mouthfeel with a bit of oily hops. Moderate carbonation.

This beer is big in every way - malty, hoppy, high ABV. Although called an IPA on the bottle label. BA lists it as an American Strong Ale. I really appreciate beer like this that are hard to put in a single catergory. To me seems to have the strong hops prescence and mouthfeel of an IPA with the dark carmel malts of a porter or stout. (1,174 characters)

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

Pours a very dark, almost black body, with a big frothy tan head. Nice rentention and generous lace left behind.

Hoppy aroma - bright with lots of citrus and grapefruit. Some malt sweetness lies in the backround.

Powerful blast of hops kicks things off. Very citric with a touch of pine. Sweet maltiness comes in to add a little balance. Mild roast and brown sugar. Alcohol shows just a bit, adding some spice and a little heat towards the end of the bottle. Hops are definitely the showcase here, powerful but not harsh. Damn tasty and very refreshing.

Medium bodied, crisp, and prickly on the tongue. Very drinkable - could be a session beer if it wasn't for the high ABV. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

I enjoyed getting a hop fix from a dark beer. Great brew - more then just a gimmick. (797 characters)

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.