Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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94
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5,603 Ratings
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94
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Ratings: 5,603
Reviews: 1,859
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 239
Gots: 568 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of adman08
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours very dark brown, not quite black, with lots of very deep red. Lots of tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S-Sweet overall aroma. Very interesting, almost a Belgian Dark ale sweetness but very apparent citrus hop scent as well. Sweet aromas of dark sugar and dried fruit.
T-Taste matches the scent, lots of dried fruit sweetness and dark sugar along with a distinct citrus hop flavor. The balance is a little more to the hop side than the sweet.
M-Medium bodied and overall fairly sweet with lots of carbonation.
Overall, an outstanding beer. Basically a blend of the sweet flavors of a Belgian dubbel with a much higher hop bitterness. The choice of the more citrusy hops was a great idea because they blend well with the sweetness. It's basically an imperial black IPA. Really interesting and really good.

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a stein.

A-Pours a deep intimidating brown and a creamy light brown head with big bubbles that stay around.

S-Damn strong piney hops with slight hints of caramel malt and a smoky background profile.

T-First sip is a hit of hops that refreshes the palate and gives a bit of tart grapefruit. On the way down, a smoky malt really brings the flavor.

M-Each sip transitions from crisp to creamy and really satisfies.

O-I love the hops and for a dark ale it brings a lot of subtleties. I've seen other reviews describe it as a black IPA and it fits the bill. Good beer for a good price. Stone brewers have the right to be sublimely self righteous.

Photo of amart80
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of RedDeath987
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of GMBtheProfessor
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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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%

Photo of mtlasley
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep brown color pours from the bottle but becomes absolutely once it's in the glass and light isn't getting through this at all. Very deep and solid looking. It's almost a little intimidating. There's a great dark beige head that towers at three fingers. The bubbles are massive and they stick around forever. Looks great in the glass.

Smell: The hop profile is strong on top but this beer has got secrets. There's caramel, malt and a smooth breadiness that are lying just under the surface, playing over a strong smoke scent. Stone really knows how to make some aromatic beers and Self-Righteous teases the nose with the best of them.

Mouthfeel: Rich. There's a refreshing, crisp quality here that still manages to be creamy.

Taste: Hops hit first and refresh more than anything. I was expecting a much more bitter hop expression and while there's bitterness here, it's just smooth and clean. The tartness of them help hold the beer together. Lots of grapefruit and tangerine. A bit of lime is hiding in there too. As it passes the center of the mouth, the caramel, malt and smoke steal the show. Really, really well balanced. As it warms, I start to sense a coffee flavor. The beer ends as refreshingly as it began with a tart hop profile. Very enjoyable.

Overall: A well balanced but still hop forward black ale that surprises with it's complexity? Check. Decent price? Check. The fun of Stone brewery? Check. Another hit from Stone and another delicious hop-heavy black ale for the world.

Photo of BTFU
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of brotherloco
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of JimmyTango
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,603 ratings.