Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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5,601 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,601
Reviews: 1,859
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 239
Gots: 568 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of spoony
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (the date code was smudged and illegible) into a nonic.

A-An aggressive pour produces maybe a half-finger of tan head that drops to a patchy cap after a minute. A stray bit of lacing remains on the glass. The brew is nearly black with only a speck of light getting through on the edges.

S-The smell is fantastic...for an IPA (or IIPA, I guess). Loads of tropical, citrus hop notes like orange, tangerine, and pineapple make me forget that the brew is basically pitch black. A touch of pine also pokes through. There is only a faint bit of dark, chocolatey malt underneath the hops to bring things back to reality.

T-The taste opens with the same citrusy, hoppy deliciousness as the smell, but it transitions to more bitter, earthy, spiced pine on the finish. Again, I could be drinking a IPA. There is a bit of dark malty fruit poking through the hops, but not much.

M-The feel is one of moderate heft, maybe a bit on the light side for the style, with medium carbonation that fits well with the flavor profile.

O-I should have expected a Black Ale from stone to pack loads of hops, but the tropical hop onslaught in this beer exceeded my expectations by a long way. The aroma is a real high-point. In fact, this is one of the better smelling brews I have tasted recently. That being said, I could have used a little more charred/chocolatey malts from this brew if I was going to judge to style.

Photo of dwren89
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pretty much jet black with thin tan head, opaque so no discernible clarity

Aroma: roasty and malty, slight alcohol note, a slight meaty/cheesy note

Taste: very malty and roasty, but with a cheesy like flavor that just doesn't seem to fit. I don't know I I have a bad bottle or what (the drink by date is not for another 6 weeks and I have stored it in my fridge since I bought it). Overall not bad, but I didn't get the citrusy flavors nearly as much as the other reviewers of this beer did, which makes some sense as cheesy flavors are a result of degraded hops.

Mouthfeel: thick, chewy, and full bodied, medium-low carbonation

Overall: I think I got a bad bottle of this beer, because every other Stone beer I've had has been great. This one just had a funk to it that was a little cheesy. Great roasty and malty flavors with some solid bitterness on the finish.

Photo of dbc5
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of SirVessa
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Javi_bobby
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ISmith87
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I've tried quite a few times, reviewing for the first time.

A - 4.75 - Great looking beer, dark brown/black/opaque with a light tan 2 finger head that sticks around for a while with some sparse lacing.

S - 4.50 - Citrusy/piney hops with a dark malt backbone and some hints of oats. Roasty/chocolate malts with a hint of coffee.

T - 4.50 - Citrusy hops are very intense with grapefruit/lemon/lime zest, some piney tones. Some roasted/chocolate malts but very in the background. Mostly hop flavor.

M - 4.75 - Great medium-high carbonation. Strong bitterness from the hops. leaves a nice bittery hoppy aftertaste. Slight hint of roastiness in the aftertaste.

O - 4.50 - Good beer, great black iPA, not as amazing as Stone's IPAs and Imperial Stouts. I'd probably say Wookey Jack is a bit better, with Dad's Little Helper (Rogue) and Dubhe (Uinta) being quite a bit below this.

Photo of GWhite
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Zorora
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Evarigan
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of thampel09
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of TravisR
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Trappist_Vince
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of tviz33
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of davegray
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Solid black with very good white foam. Decent lacing.

Smell: Strong pine and coffee. Very earthy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially lots of strong Cascade hops. Finishes with strong coffee. A bit too bitter, but very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp, rather medium-bodied for a black ale.

Overall Drinkability: I would have liked some more roasty notes in this beer, but it works as an IPA.

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2/5  rDev -52.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,601 ratings.