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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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5,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,299
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 232
Gots: 495 | 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  rDev -5.2%

GregT, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Black with some brown around the edges - creamy, off-white head - very sticky lacing, sheets that fade to small spots

Smell: Roasty and hoppy - coffee, dark chocolate, chocolate malts, and some dark fruits - plenty of hops, with a lot of citrus (mostly orange and grapefruit), and some resiny pine - lightly sweet

Taste: A marriage of chocolate malts and hops - roasty malts, with lots of dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and chocolate malts - fleshy citrus, with some pith, and some pine - lots going on here, some semblance of balance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: A standard

So much roast. It's like an unsweetened chocolate bar, with West Coast hops. This is not the most extreme (I'm looking at you, Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA), but it's beyond solid.

angrybabboon, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: pretty much black. Head is the color of fresh espresso. Creamy and fluffy. Head drops to a spotty cap. Sheets of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell: Pine resin and some serious citrus. Black patent malt, chocolate malt, and some seriously roasted malts. Bitter chocolate and some dark cocoa as well. So chocolatey. Burnt in good measure. Mellow backing sweetness.

Taste: Creamy roasted chocolate. Big slap of oily pine with some grapefruit zest. Chocolate malts aplenty. Cocoa nibs and smooth milk chocolate sweetness. Burnt and then some. Black patent goodness. Hops are huge, but so are the malts. Aggressive but balanced for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild carbonation. A touch dry. Super smooth.

Overall: This is one of the better approaches to the "Black" IPA. Massive flavor but manages a balance. I set this as the benchmark for the style.

Goblinmunkey7, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of SirHefeweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

SirHefeweizen, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ambruns1979, Jun 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Cowcakes, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Axnjxn
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a snifter

dark brown, almost black pour with a nice head that quickly dissipates. smell is big on roasty malts with a very nice hop aroma on the back end. the taste grows on you. sweet up front, bitter finish. hops are blended perfectly. a lot of flavor here. great. medium bodied with mild carbonation. a hard style to do but stone nailed this.

Axnjxn, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

sammo, Jun 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Czar_chasm, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

dmsohyea, Jun 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

aszatk01, Jun 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

v161, Jun 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Fahz, Jun 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Focusf111, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

viettran07, Jun 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Danobold, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

lmz3000, Jun 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Tron, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at Yardhouse Hallandale Beach.
400th review :)
Pours an almost pitch black with thick off white head and sticky lacing. Malty hop aromas...slight chocolate malt notes. Taste is very hop forward and bitter but is well balanced with the roasted chocolate malts. Very thick and malty but bitter hoppy at the same time. Its basically a dark DIPA. Its the first Stone I actually enjoy and well worthy of #400!

DrinkSlurm, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of ms11781
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 06/25/2011. Enjoy by 08/10/2011 etched on bottle. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours an extremely deep brown with lighter brown hues out of the bottle but looks solid black in the glass. A one and a half finger tannish head settles in to a creamy looking tan foam cap and leaves great lacing down the glass.

Big hop aroma in the nose. Nice citrus notes. The grapefruit presence is huge. There is definitely some pine as well. There is just the slightest amount of dark malt detected, which is surprising given the appearance. That just goes to show the amount of hops that are present.

The taste is where the hops and malt come together nicely and present more of a balance, relatively speaking. Huge citrusy hops, grapefruit again, play well off a great roasted malt backbone. The citrus and dark malt seem to present in almost equal quantities before an enormous, bitter, piny stickiness takes over and the hops dominate once again.

Medium carbonation with a fuller body (think as close to full while still being on the medium side of the line, not really thick or anything). Pretty full mouthfeel for such a hoppy beer. Bitterness sticks to the tongue and lingers before it dries out completely.

Excellent take on a dark, hoppy beer. If it wasn't for the fuller body it would almost seem like a borderline DIPA with coloring added. The hop and malt characters are in near perfect complement to each other.

ms11781, Jun 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

kwa357, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Troville1990, Jun 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

schnarr84, Jun 17, 2012
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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