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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,122 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,122
Reviews: 1,820
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 224
Gots: 423 | 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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crazyfoMostout

Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%

650 ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.
A: has a dark cola appearance when held to direct light. Thin off white head with 2 finger lacing.
S: Smell of roasted coffee and pine dominate strong alcohol burns the nose slightly

T: Again, roasted coffee,dark malts, piney hops, a subtle sweetness, followed by a bitter hop finish.

M: medium carbonation with a smooth slightly creamy finish.

O: IPA's typically don't have much appeal for me. I am a stout lover to the core, but I find this one to have just enough stout characteristics to have some merit. I also had this on tap recently, and found it to be very drinkable. The ABV is very deceptive. Definitely a good gateway beer for those who loves stouts but are having trouble with IPA's.

06-17-2013 00:28:18 | More by crazyfoMostout
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Marty91

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-16-2013 22:24:52 | More by Marty91
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-16-2013 15:28:47 | More by TheBeeraholic
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anson42

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-16-2013 01:25:47 | More by anson42
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stogirelli

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-16-2013 01:24:25 | More by stogirelli
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ColdOneKev

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-15-2013 15:59:02 | More by ColdOneKev
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BWH999

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-15-2013 02:25:35 | More by BWH999
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tdatt43

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-15-2013 01:38:59 | More by tdatt43
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ZEB89

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-14-2013 23:52:32 | More by ZEB89
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ACB

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-14-2013 22:35:15 | More by ACB
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andysc83

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-14-2013 20:37:49 | More by andysc83
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ZachKelly

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-14-2013 18:36:19 | More by ZachKelly
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Addison

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-14-2013 18:27:16 | More by Addison
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Muggins25

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-14-2013 15:11:14 | More by Muggins25
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-ronin-

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-14-2013 01:51:12 | More by -ronin-
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ThreeKingdoms

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Reviewed 6/13/13,

L: Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter; nearly pitch black, with a hint of ruby color when held up to light. around a finger of tan head, with great lacing.
S: I first pick up coffee, and roasted malts dominate.
T: picks up where the nose left off...plenty of roasted maltiness--toffee and biscuit, and some caramel. this taste is promptly followed by the hoppy bitterness. a pleasant lingering bitterness in the aftertaste
F: Moderate carbonation, and nice and thick on the mouthfeel--nice :)
O: a great balance of roasted malts and hops; just what I'm looking for in BIPAs, good stuff! I'll definitely drink this again

06-14-2013 01:35:08 | More by ThreeKingdoms
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-13-2013 23:56:07 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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Ilafan

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-13-2013 21:57:40 | More by Ilafan
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-13-2013 21:09:43 | More by doremite
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pajonkunz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-13-2013 16:54:40 | More by pajonkunz
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praxis16

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-13-2013 02:29:24 | More by praxis16
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AltBock

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

22oz. bomber bottle with a cool silk screened label of the stone gargoyle standing up like he's ready to fight. His wings are wrapped around him and his devil's tail has swung to the front. This gargoyle means business. The back of the bottle has the usual Stone novel on the back. They'll give you the history of the beer, but they won't put a bottled date on the bottle. I'm sure they could slip a vintage year into the novel. How old is it? I don't know.

When poured into a Cigar City pint glass, this west coast black IPA was surprisingly an all black color. The beer coming out of the bottle looked like it was going to pour a dark cola brown. Nope, not this beer. I've had a few Black IPAs and this one is the blackest one I've had so far. It had a decent sized initial head of foam on it. It was about half an inch in height and dirty white in color. This head of foam quickly faded away, but it managed to leave behind a medium sized string of rings and a small number of tiny blots of lace. Damn this beer is black!

If I was given the job to describe the beer in just one word, I would be forced to say "roasted." It wasn't pits of hell roasted. That's too much, but you're not too far off. The aroma was very roasted with roasted malts, a splash of roasted coffee beans, a dab of dark chocolate, some minor non roasted citrus notes, and a hint of roasted piney hops to finish this beer up. Very good and very roasted!

I couldn't describe the taste of this beer in one word. It would be too hard. I need any extra word. I'm going to use the words "well balanced." It was roasted, but yet hoppy at the same time. Kicking off the taste of this Black IPA was the roasted malt. You knew this taste was going to show up first. Following the malt was some minor roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes. Once the taste got these elements out of the way, in comes the roasted yet bitter piney hops. I detected a few citrus notes in this part of the taste, but they were very subtle. The taste was roasted and bitter at the same. That why I was forced to use the words "well balanced." Like the aroma, it was very good, very roasted, and slightly bitter.

This was a medium bodied Black IPA with good carbonation, and an aftertaste that was more roasted then bitter. The bitterness was getting to the level of the roasted level, but it was cut short. It was still very good. The aftertaste contained more roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and piney hops. The beer's roasted dryness is the only thing that will stick around.

To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from this beer. Since its from Stone Brewing, I knew it wasn't going to bad. I didn't think it was going to be this good. In the end, this beer was very roasted and very well balanced. Would I drink it again? Yeah, I would.

06-13-2013 00:44:24 | More by AltBock
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-12-2013 17:26:21 | More by JMUbrewz
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Irish0480

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-12-2013 14:56:33 | More by Irish0480
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SanDNigel

California

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

Growler into stubby tulip
A- Dark brown to almost black with a nice tan tight head
S- All I can think to start off is sweet grape juice, then after the head disappears it turns to sweet hops (I guess Chinook mostly) with a solid dark roasted malt backside. So uniquely sweet and hoppy.
T- The way the hops play off the darkness is fruity in nature. The alcohol is hidden deep inside this flavor forest. Blueberry, concord grape juice, with a sprinkle of citrusy-pine and chocolatey-coffee. Nothing I've had that really truly compares.
M- Heavy bubble in the 1-10, 10 as the largest bubble, 3 range. Not quite teeny tiny, but small and tight. Surprisingly refreshing.
This is a really good beer. Not one I would like to drink every day, but sparingly it stands out as a true champion of beers; all beers. It's not quite inside any true style (I don't think), it kinda stands on it's own on many levels. If you haven't tried it, you most definitely should. But don't be afraid to leave this one for later in the night. It will not be pushed around by others.

06-12-2013 06:23:04 | More by SanDNigel
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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