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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,714 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,714
Reviews: 1,883
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 257
Gots: 663 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle and a pint glass.

A: Deep ebony with a touch of red along the edges. Very dense head with excellent retention and some pretty good lacing too.

S: Hops upon hops. Largely floral, but also a bit piney and citric with the smell of ripe grapefruit. I'm not really picking up any malt in the aroma.

T: Rather bitter. The hops display the same characteristics as in the aroma, but are a bit more balanced. The roasted malt manages to pull through and interweaves very well, albeit very subtly. Slightly chocolaty.

M: Medium body, extremely smooth. Hop resin sticks to the palate.

Overall: As expected, it's amazing. This may be my new favorite from stone.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into tulip. Opaque black in color with 2 fingers of tan head. Moderate lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops

T - Rich dark chocolate, coffee, cream, caramel, roasted nuts, bitter hops

M - Smooth, creamy, bitter. Easy to drink.

O - The best Black IPA I have come across yet. A perfect balance of hoppy and dark, roasty, chocolatey flavors.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber served in a snifter glass.

pours a translucent cola-brown, sits an opaque almost black... creamy/foamy khaki head demonstrates great retention and lacing. damn respectable presentation.

nose yields an aromatic bouquet of hops - pine, floral, a touch of citrus - with a noted, if subdued, malt character in the background.

flavor profile follows the nose. big hoppy presence with the aforementioned pulling through - notably pine - and a touch of roasted, maybe caramel, malt. moderate to heavy bitter presence that presists through the finish - slightly more so than i'd like, but still very tasty overall. were it not for the color you'd be hard pressed not to mistake this for a DIPA.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. nothing too spectacular on that front. i'm going to pick it up a bit in the drinkability department because ultimately i think this is a really enjoyable brew, though falls short of world class. most do; nothing to be ashamed of.

originally reviewed: 03-11-2011

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,714 ratings.