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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,193 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,193
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 225
Gots: 456 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

BTFU, May 07, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -12.3%

Appearance - Pours a near pitch black with light penetrating only the outer edges to reveal a reddish brown tint.The head is light tan and a good 2 and 1/2 fingers thick, excellent retention, resulting in an average, but sticky lace.

Smell - Hop forward, peppery spice and an orange citrus, along with notes of darkly roasted coffee malt. An enticing aroma, I just wish it was stronger.

Taste - Aggressively hopped. Predominately citrus, with a healthy, dark malt background. Coffee and a touch of sweet caramel. More dark malt character emerges as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Carbonation is right on the money.

Overall - Beautiful CDA (black ipa). Wonderful all around balance. I don't know what else to say, except I wish it was more affordable, as I'd drink it a hell of a lot more often.

Re-review 11/18/12- I had this on tap a few months ago and was disappointed ,and now I'm having it again from the bottle, and I gotta say it's just as disappointing. Too much bitter pine character overruns the entire experience. I don't know if the bottle I had initially was old and the hops had mellowed to the point that other flavors were able to shine through, or if there's been a change in the brewing process, but it's been a pure pine bomb the last few times I've had it. My score now reflects my latest assessment, which is far less favorable.

TheSixthRing, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jtd335, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Brewsed, May 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

theminutemen, May 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Jkirk790, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

innuendobrewskiman63, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dorf, May 04, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

22oz bomber. Enjoy By 06.14.12. Served in a tulip.

Pours solid pitch black with a big rocky three finger head of dark beige foam. Takes a long time to settle. Big chunks of lacing left in the glass.

Aroma of roasted and sweet malt. Dark bakers chocolate. Citrusy and piney hops are right there to back things up. Some earthy notes. A touch of booze.

Plenty of malt in the flavor. The dark chocolate experience continues with mild sweetness, roastiness, and bitterness. Earthy notes in the nose come through as a grassy flavor through the middle and finish. Hop bitterness contributes to the finish and lingers for a bit in the aftertaste. A little sting of alcohol but pretty well buried for a Stone brew.

Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Feels great and a dry finish leaves you wanting more.

brotherloco, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BeerBucks, May 03, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Almost black, moderately clear (too dark to tell really) and a great, sticky, lighter than expected head.

S: Citrus, dank, pine, floral, and carmel malts in that order. The black color seems to work its way into the smell by integrating with the base in a nice toasted sweet bread kinda' way.

T: Really great. THe hops are sticky and prickly. The malt is sweet enough to play off the hops in a grapfruit juice way before finishing pretty dry with a hint of warm toast to compliment the hint of booze.

M: Just like I like. Med and sticky.

O: My favorite “Black IPA” so far. Actually one of my favorite beers. None of the yuck-y cream cheese taste that seems to be ever present in hops in the dark and back in black, just smooth roasty malts and really big citrusy and floral hops. Hella!

JimmyTango, May 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

JohnBender, May 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

olympicgatorade, May 02, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

an outstanding big black ipa that sort of straddles the line between styles. pours a gorgeous looking thick dark chocolate color with an almost nitro-tap looking head on it, all creamy and white and lasting and foamy and yummy. smells great! lots of hops synergizing with very dark roasted malts to produce an exceltionally rich bitter character that radiates in both the nose and in the flavor. there are also subtle hints of vanilla, sweet spices, and wood in the flavor. feel is awesome, thich and velvety. full bodied but sessionable, with a very well hidden 8.7% abv. in the end i dont know why i looked at this one on the shelf for so long before picking it up. i loved every drop and will almost certainly purchase this again. really really good stuff here, not like any other black india pales out there.

StonedTrippin, May 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

doughanson78, May 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Beerislivingproof, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BillyTWilliams, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

beerscience, Apr 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

jcjerabek, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ImperialSnout, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

wiu992000, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Irrationalist, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

adamdd, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

sennin, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

justinlaz, Apr 28, 2012
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,193 ratings.