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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,918 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,918
Reviews: 1,814
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 210
Gots: 332 | 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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crobinso

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-11-2011 22:34:15 | More by crobinso
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uziangis

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-11-2011 18:51:20 | More by uziangis
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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-11-2011 16:48:00 | More by alamode
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.9%

12-11-2011 14:54:16 | More by jenray
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randalem

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-11-2011 07:23:38 | More by randalem
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-11-2011 05:19:25 | More by CarolinaKev
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-11-2011 03:23:41 | More by AlaskanYoung
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marct

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-11-2011 00:01:09 | More by marct
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sgobee

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-10-2011 23:48:53 | More by sgobee
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tbizzle0

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-10-2011 22:16:50 | More by tbizzle0
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Rckmo10

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-10-2011 04:56:38 | More by Rckmo10
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and long black IPA, a delight.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen printed label with the gargoyle depicted in profile pushing out chest and blending the wings with the background of the brew name. Back offers a relatively typical tongue-in-cheek overblown narrative with the occasion of the brew, intent, and main characteristics. Shows 8.7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with a rich brown creamy head, fair retention, surface memory and good lacing.

S - Nice nose with a rich resinous hoppy sense throughout over roasted malty notes.

T - Nice roasted flavors, dashes of chocolate and coffee, flowing under a long range of resin and a pine hoppiness. Slight herbal touch….

M - Medium-full body, with medium carbonation, nice smooth flow with a lingering bitter touch in the finish.

O - Rich offering in the form of a black IPA, well worth the try.

Notes: I´m simplifying and probably need to do a side by side taste, It reminds me quite a bit of their anniversary ale with a softer edge, not meaning that this one is short of character, quite the contrary. Regretting the times I overlooked it, that is for sure. This is a really nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 13:35:31 | More by Daniellobo
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-09-2011 04:16:36 | More by rab53
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tonyclifton36

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-09-2011 03:24:03 | More by tonyclifton36
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-09-2011 02:26:08 | More by CGMLS3
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quine

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-08-2011 21:07:05 | More by quine
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DIPAbrewer

Delaware

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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MarkBlackout

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is sort of a lesser cousin to the Stone 15th Black Ale. That said, it can't be faulted at all; it offers more drinkability than the 15th, and somewhat less of a medicinal aspect. What can I say, I love both. Stone has defined Black IPA, in all its contradiction as a term, they bring the intense hop and roasted malt together perfectly in both cases. I had the 15th when it was just a week or so old, and I have never experienced such a fresh hop blast. Again, this is similar, but less hi-test and in your face. But not much, at all. I'm glad this is becoming a regular offering. Herbal hops with a touch of a medicinal aspect, which is rare and appreciated. Kick ass brew from a kick ass brewer. Get it if you can handle it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 17:58:16 | More by MarkBlackout
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kornkid8600

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-08-2011 06:58:45 | More by kornkid8600
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gizmodave

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-07-2011 21:42:37 | More by gizmodave
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-07-2011 20:59:06 | More by tclapper
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jriggins6

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-07-2011 19:11:18 | More by jriggins6
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mutd8710

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-07-2011 15:09:19 | More by mutd8710
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jkanavel

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Bottle Shop on Lower Greenville.

A: Dark black with a tinge of red around the edges when held to the light. Mocha brown head. Head retention was pretty amazing. More on that later.

S: chocolate malt, dark roasted malt, grapefruit, big grassy hops, citrusy hops, spicy hops, all kinds of hops. malt on malt on malt.

T: Thick mouthcoating waves of malt yet very dry. Malt flavors tempered by citrusy bitter hops all over the tongue. Very hoppy, but not very spicy like the nose would lead you to believe.
This is one of the cleanest tasting beers I've ever tried. I let it open up for a while and the initial onslaught of hops and rich malt was blinding, once this breathed a little bit, it was greatly subdued and balanced.

M: Smooth, but with a good deal of snappy carbonation.

O: I let this beer rest for about three hours and when i came back, there was still head floating on top of it, and lacing all the way down the glass.

Another great offering from Stone. This might become a standard in my collection.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 07:19:59 | More by jkanavel
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Butzen

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

... Black, with a big, bubbly, light-brown head that settles in for the ride. The smell is smoky and earthy, with fresh, green plant aromas meeting campfire smells -- it's like the smell of nature living and nature dying in one wonderful pour. It's a very visceral and slightly disconcerting aroma, and one you'll want to spend some time with. You get a big whiff of hops right away, with pine and grapefruit (probably from the Simcoe hops) and oranges (probably from the Amarillo) and mint (beats me) showing up, but it's clear there's something dark and different in this beer, as well. It's exciting.

The taste is smoother than the inner thighs of a well-traveled cowboy. The hops show up to play, but they're kept in check by the rich chocolate and espresso flavors from the malt. This is a big beer, at 8.7 ABV and 90 IBUs (most American IPAs are 40 to 70 IBUs), but if I didn't know that, I could drink a lot of this, quickly, before it caught up to me. (I may or may not have done that anyway.)

The hops actually seem kind of restrained in the taste, which doesn't sound like Stone, but as I said, this is a super hoppy beer (evidenced by a faint numbness in the mouth after a few big swallows) -- it's just got a bunch of roasted malt character, too, to keep the hops from freaking you out. The malt and hops hook up again in the finish with quenching pine and charcoal notes.

Read the full review at http://vittlesandbrews.blogspot.com

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 04:20:57 | More by Butzen
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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