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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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5,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,010
Reviews: 1,817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 370 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-07-2012 02:12:59 | More by Pugs78
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-07-2012 01:25:20 | More by cisteve
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-06-2012 02:12:49 | More by mscott1975
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-04-2012 17:50:35 | More by H0rnedFr0gs
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-04-2012 03:44:35 | More by rinhaak
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-04-2012 01:35:28 | More by Falcone
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-03-2012 21:03:25 | More by LemanD
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-03-2012 19:34:20 | More by dac0152
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-03-2012 03:55:57 | More by Roger415
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New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -58.5%

04-03-2012 02:13:22 | More by Mudawg
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-03-2012 01:53:07 | More by mikepcarney
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-02-2012 16:40:45 | More by getbehindthemule
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-02-2012 06:06:17 | More by twizzbeatz
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West Virginia

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

22 oz bomber served in a pint glass, the artwork is awesome!

A - Dark obsidian with little light on edges with a 2 finger fluffy ecru head with excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Rich pungent malt with molasses, raisins, a bit of floral hops and some brown sugar.

T - Very richly sweet malt and molasses sugar with dark fruits to follow then very well complementing floral and piney hops with a crisp bitter finish. A nice bit of EtOH throughout.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy, creamy.

O - Such a neat style, one of the first I've tried and I really like the black ipas. This is a standout beer and one of my favorite from Stone. This was my sublimely awesome 100th review!!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 20:46:37 | More by williamjbauer
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-01-2012 18:42:41 | More by bowlerjoe2
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-01-2012 00:57:34 | More by LenFL
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-31-2012 21:47:45 | More by psychotia
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United Kingdom (England)

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Just for the hell of it, I'm reviewing the UK-only cask version of this beer, which (to add to the fun) was available on gravity dispense from a cask mounted on the bar. That won't happen often.

This brew (part of the Wetherspoons fest) is UK-brewed by Stone and is significantly moderated down to 5% from the normal strength. Still, it retains the essence of the original with a massive hop punch involving a piney overall taste, coupled with an understated coffee/roast presence and a long bitter finish. Very bitter.

Appearance was naturally flat, with a small cream-coloured head lasting reasonably well on top of the blackness. Aroma was all wet hop impact.

Mouthfeel...er...not the brewer's fault, but that presence on the bar counter, with only a thin jacket for "cooling"...meant the beer was virtually room temperature, much too warm for any beer, never mind a black IPA. However (making imaginative adjustments for the heat), I'm giving high marks for the beer that lurks within the warmth, which is a bitter hop delight. If it had been on hand-pump, they would have needed a crowbar to prise me away.

Serving type: cask

03-31-2012 17:20:56 | More by Lockbreeze925
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a black, dense, heady brew. When held to the light, it's a blackish-brown, and nearly impenetrable. The smell is fantastic...very malty, with a dark fruit and yeast scent. Vanilla, toasted wood, and stone fruit. The taste is sweet with a lot of hop bitterness. Malt forward. Soft and very drinkable. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 02:22:03 | More by Suds
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: 3/4" diminishing creamy light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts and citrus and grassy hops.

T: Slightly bitter, grapefruit, grassy and some pine flavours with a caramely and biscuity malt finish.

M: Creamy medium viscosity with a delicate carbonation and a long finish.

O: A different beer, in that strong flavours and delicate touches are combined.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:42:27 | More by DaftCaskBC
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-30-2012 18:51:17 | More by JstnP
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this beer is seriously dark, pitch black. If you shine a light into it you can see the unfiltered hops and malt.

S- Hops. Malt follows. Fruity and bready almost combining. Simcoe hits me especially..( brewed an all simcoe IIpa today so that may be why)

T - I have only had a few black IPA's, but this would definitely top my list if Stone would call it one. Hops straight forward with strong malt backbone, citrus, melon, coffee, and some caramel, all combining nicely.

M - very dry, gone almost as soon as you sip it, alcohol very present

O- Once again Stone has made an incredible beer. The best Black IPA I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 04:18:53 | More by TheBlueWaffle
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-30-2012 03:44:30 | More by shagal
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-29-2012 18:15:10 | More by gleemonger
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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