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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,593 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,593
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 236
Gots: 561 | 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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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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

Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale pours a coal body that turns dark mahogany when held up to strong light. The sticky, craggy head rises slowly and falls even more so.

The nose is an enticing mix of roasted grain, dark dried fruits, and resinous and grassy hops.

The first sip explodes on the palate. Up front there are nearly bitter roasted malts, followed by earthy and resinous hop-flavors. Thick molasses, herbs, and pine come to mind. As the aroma hop flavors begin to settle, the bittering hops begin to show themselves, recalling to the fore the roasted malt flavors that had since receded a bit. As these flavors withdraw, the alochol, whose characters are nicely integrated here, slowly creeps up to round out the beer's flavor. It brings with it the sweet flavors of dried fruit (prunes and unsulphured apricots come to mind). It also calls back the grassy hops and roasted malts, complementing the former with floral notes and balancing the latter with sweetness.

As the beer lingers on the palate, bitterness and roasted flavors begin to take over. At first I detected very little citral flavors. But as the beer's bitterness and sweetness develop, and as the dominant grassy character of the hops gives way to citral and floral notes, the beer's aftertaste changes from one of grassy herbs and dark dried fruit to fresh grapefruit.

Some have called Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale's flavor muddled. I disagree. Though they are many, the beer's flavors mingle well and complement each other. I would not call this beer balanced, but that's okay. Some beers challenge the mind and palate. There is balance and counterpoint among this brew's complex flavors, which take time to develop and never rest. Sip slowly and watch the colors dance.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty and citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Had it at a tasting.

Pours heavy dark brown with a good amount of head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Decent amount of carbonation as well.

Smell : Well very unlike a black ale, hugely filled with hops, floral and piney. A little bit of roasted malt, coffee, porter type of smell.

Taste: Here lies the magic. The bitterness is not at all felt but you know it is bitter, very bitter. Hops are huge. All sorts of taste, very complex, yet delightful. It has a lot of piney, spicy, citrusy, floral taste. A little amount of porter like taste and some grapefruit. Awesome.

Medium to full bodied beer. A good presence in the mouth. Mainly, a bit oily of course but good feel, nonetheless.

Sublime, it truly is. Stone, as usual, never disappoints. Not only that, it over delivers all the time. Excellent stuff there. Highly recommended for hop heads for winter drinking.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,593 ratings.