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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,582 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,582
Reviews: 1,856
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 237
Gots: 560 | 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%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had many times before, first review of it
Bomber to snifter, best by 10/27 date

Beautiful bottle work with a signature long narrative on the back.
Pours pitch black with a finger of a light brown head. Excellent lacing, great retention

Aroma of coffee, hops, and chocolate. carmal malts shine through with a hint of aocohol

Taste is very bitter, strong hops, coffee, toffee, and the caramel malt all blend together well. Hints of vanilla come through on the after taste. Very good

The feel is probably my favorite part of this beer. Very creamy and smooth, goes down quite easy. Little carbonation to get in the way of the taste

Over all this is the beer getting me interested in black ipas. One of my favorites, will continue to be one of my regular pick ups

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of EzraAtom
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Best by 6/20/13
Poured into the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada IPA Glass

Appearance: Pours a super dark brown, almost black until the light hits it and some nice ruby highlights appear on the outside edges. The beer has a gorgeous, 2 to 3 finger khaki head that has amazing head retention and plenty of lacing.

Aroma: Huge, dank hops right upfront; grapefruit, pine needs, peach and even some hints of lemon zest. There are some notes of chocolate, vanilla and slightly roasty malts that lay just under the mountain of hops in the nose.

Taste: A pungent explosion of grapefruit and pine as soon as the beer touches your tongue. The oily, resinous hops sustain until about the middle of the taste and the rich, lush and very chocolate forward malts kick in and mellow out some of the harsh, very bitter hops in the off dry finish. Long, lingering notes of baker's chocolate and bitter citrus are left on your palate. The is a light alcohol presence that becomes more apparent as the beer warms, but it intermingles well with the bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and has a full, somewhat creamy body. Moderate to high carbonation, which is very appropriate for the style.

Overall: The quintessential black IPA. I remember first trying this black IPA several years ago and being absolutely blown away, because not only did it possess the bright, hop forward and citrus-y flavor profile of an imperial IPA, but it also had the appearance and chocolate-y and slightly roasty malt characteristics of a great and smooth porter. Nowadays, it seems like more and more Black IPAs forget to include the chocolate roastiness of Porters in their taste. Sublimely Self-Righteous certainly doesn't succumb to this pitfall and definitely earns it's namesake year after year.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty clear dark dark brown beer with a half inch of mocha head. Wow super hoppy nose. Citrus grapefruit and pine. Some sweet caramel malt comes through as the beer airs out.

This is one of the most deceptively colored beers. Really tastes like a standard double IPA than a black IPA. Deep roasted malt comes through a touch in the beginning of the sip but huge resinous hop presence comes through almost instantly. Despite the massive amount of hops and big bitterness pretty good balance, a bit of detectable alcohol. Touch of malt but this beer is a big hop show case. If you love double IPA's you'll love it because big pretty good tasting and pretty standard. However for such a dark beer the malt really doesnt play as much of a role as you expect it. Good but I was expecting much more, especially at the price.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of 916tmcmanus916
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SineWaveFL
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of brentusaurus
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into duvel tulip

A: Pours a nice brown, nearly black in the glass. Nice tan head with decent lacing, this is one of the best things I love about Black IPAs.

S: Roasted malt, citrus and pine

T: Much like the nose, deep malt toastiness with orange citrus that shines, great flavor combination

M: Great body, bitterness not too high, nice creaminess, another thing I love about the black IPA style, and stone doesn't disappoint

Great beer, one of my favorite Black IPAs, definitely the benchmark for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of lillieja
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a slight amber hue. Meduim head.

Smells of roasted malts and chocolate followed by the piney hops.

Tastes like it smells, roasted malt and hops.

Full body with medium carbonation.

I love this beer. Certainly my favorite black IPA I have had to this point. I will drink this again often.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,582 ratings.