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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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4,917 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,917
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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Photo of oldsailor


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark, smooth body and just enough head to make this a very good beer. At first try I was surprised by the hoppiness of the beer as it's not a taste I typically attribute to dark black beers. Quality of the ingredients definitely shows in this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 03:24:08 | More by oldsailor
Photo of mrnobody

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours pretty much black with a finger of mocha head; dissipates but leaves some lacing.

S: I'm getting a strong hops smell here...just like sticking your face in a bag of hop pellets. This smells very fresh.

T: Very complex tasting: the fresh hops are definitely there but also licorice, dark fruit, coffee and chocolate.

M: Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium with a perfect level of carbonation that does not get in the way.

D: The alcohol is nowhere to be found. This is a great beer. I'm not sure that Black IPA works for me as a style but this transcends the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 02:03:58 | More by mrnobody
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sublimely Self Righteous Ale pours a dark brownish amber. Off white head and lace stickage. Smells of piney hops, some malt, and earthy/woodsy elements. In the flavor, dry hoppiness and some light citrus and pine notes. Sweet caramel malt backing and some booziness. Nothing exciting, more raw and strong flavors. Overall, more of a strong ale than a black ale, would like a more pronounced roasted malt flavor and less booze. Nonetheless this is an ass kicker.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 05:02:29 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of arkurzynski


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

Pours black with brown hues around the edges. Excellent fluffy brown-tan head that persists. Aroma is straight west coast hops - pine, resin, mild floral. Flavor is excellent - brief roasted malts, coffee, toffee, followed by that great bitterness. Both aspects are extremely smooth and meld together like a piece of art. I could drink this one all day long. Medium body, great mouth feel. Extensive hop and malt bitterness on the finish. Lacing up and down the glass. About as good as it gets!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:05:56 | More by arkurzynski
Photo of nova009


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A- pours black with a slight red tint, half finger tan head disappears a lot more quickly than i would have liked, decent sticky lacing clings to the glass

S- citrus hops, bitter grapefruit notes, slightly piney notes too, slight roasted malt, the citrus really seems to dominate this

T- bitter hops attack the palate from the start, the taste is reminiscent of grapefruit rind, slight roasted malt flavor toward the end

M- medium body, smooth and coats the palate fairly nicely, pretty solid balance of carbonation, finishes slightly dry with some lingering bitterness

D- a solid black ale/ipa, i wish there had been a little more roastiness but its not a huge issue, all around well done

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 23:25:29 | More by nova009
Photo of MichaelLynBryant


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt hidden behind hop bitterness. Roasty taste, with hop oils residual. Full, creamy mouthfeel similar to a dry stout. Bitter front end plows over the creaminess with each sip. Hint of alcohol warmth is good indicator for non-info'd drinkers.

On draft, this is one of my favorite beers. From a bottle, it continues to live up to its worth.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 01:21:37 | More by MichaelLynBryant
Photo of nimrod979


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

Pours a murky brown almost black with a thin beige head. Sweet roasty caramel malts as well as a load of piney, citusy hops. Pretty complex malt versus hops but the flavors really compliment each other. Great smooth body and soft carbonation. Long bitter finish. Delicious

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 21:55:37 | More by nimrod979
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 11 March 2011
Glass: Standard pint glass
Type: On-tap, 12fl oz

Drank on-tap at Gilly's in Rockville, MD to celebrate my new job offer. Taken from notes:

Appearance: Black in color, beige head, strong 2-finger head, stays strong for very long. Rather sticky lacing. Perfect appearance.

Smell: Rather fresh pine hops! Grapefruit heavy on the back end of the aroma.

Taste: Super-fresh pine with slight bitter citrus at the end of the taste. Malts are pale and provide a great backbone for the fresh hops. Bitterness is moderate in taste.

Mouthfeel: Delicious hop resins and bitterness are sooo fresh. Bitterness is pleasant and sticky.

Drinkability: Very drinkable....a real palate buster (in a good way). You won't want to spoil your palate with another beer after this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 01:05:17 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Photo of perrymarcus


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 05:37:25 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Deep cola.

S - Beautifully flora. Light citrus hops. Rich malt backbone.

T - Woody hops up front with some deep toast and rye bread. Great balance.

M - Smooth with a bitterness that doesn't overpower.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 03:19:23 | More by vfgccp
Photo of jettjon


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a wine goblet, dark, nearly opaque brown. Firm pour yields a towering head of brown foam with great retention and clingy lace. Precipitating carbonation keeps the head solid straight down to the bottom of the glass. Great looking brew. Nose is complex with sharp hops-citrus and floral; some malt but no discernable alcohol; floral character overall. In the mouth, it's bitterly hoppy up front with a nice burnt toast malty character behind it. Strong hops presence with a bit of sweet malt for balance, finishing on a bitter, acrid note. Very nice flavor profile. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, very smooth, with light carbonation, complementary of the flavor. Drinkability is very good; a bit stout for mass consumption but definitely an enjoyable sipper. Overall, this is a complex and delicious brew and a nice departure from standard "orange" IPA's. I'd definitely try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:40:06 | More by jettjon
Photo of BrewsCrewSA


3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black, as the style would suggest. Tan head retains extremely well.

Hops overwhelm the bouquet. Smells piney, woodsy, almost like a natural fir.

Extreme flavor - hops, hops, hops, alcohol, hops. Really, there's nothing more to it, which is why I wouldn't classify this beer as extraordinary. I can see already a few sips in, how this could get redundant almost. It's like biting copper.

As the heaviness will eventually settle in, the acids kind of wear the palate out. It's extremely flavorful, it blasts the tastebuds, so again, I marked it kind of low in this respect. It offers nothing but the same flavor over and over, there's almost no complexity in my opinion.

High in alcohol and volume, I wouldn't expect more than one would not suffice, unless you're a hophead and you'd like to get tanked. Not my cup o' tea.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 01:48:04 | More by BrewsCrewSA
Photo of heysuz


3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Intro: 64 oz. growler poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Little to no head that dissipates quickly however when swirled some head remains, jet black color, opaque, little carbonation and no lacing and very oily.

Smell: Slight smell of dates, figs or raisins with an alcohol odor as well.

Taste: Strong and bitter with a subdued unsweetened chocolate with prominent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Leaves dryness in the back of the mouth but at the same time there is a motor oil consistency to the feel.

Drink: Seems to be a sipper and not a beer that improves with warming, better served cold. The taste is almost too bitter to be enjoyed.

Conclusion: I will be the first to admit that I am a card carrying full-fledged hop head and this beer may not be my cup of tea. The main objections to this beer are the bad mouth feel, the coating and aftertaste. After further contemplation, I think maybe my growler came from an old barrel that was nearly empty. My experience just doesn't come close to what I read about this beer.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2011 19:51:29 | More by heysuz
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No need for you to read this, just go pick up a bottle now.

Pours very dark brown with orange highlights around the edges. Big thick foamy head. Huge lacings stick out from the side of the glass. Fantastic retention.

Close your eyes and you're smelling a big IPA. All brash hops. Loads of citrus, grapefruit juice, with a touch of pine.

Hops up front. Again, big citrus fruit all the way through. Transitions to a nice piney lasting bitterness. Like with the aroma, you could easily mistake it for a DIPA. Nonetheless, caramel malt is there. Interesting flavour mix with the bitter hops, together they give off flavours of really excellent dark chocolate.

Medium body. Nice and smooth going down. Not overdone, perfectly drinkable.

A fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 21:35:13 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of metter98

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is nearly black in color--some amber is visible but only near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has good retention properties--it died down very slowly and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is well balanced between flavors of roasted malts and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer goes down very easily; I could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:55:28 | More by metter98
Photo of chilly460


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Excellent expanding tan head billows forth from the mahogany highlighted black depths of this beer. Decent lacing and head retention.

S- Very strange pulling out pure citrus hops goodness from this black beer. My first "Black Ale", didn't know quite what to expect but this is nice.

T- About what you'd expect from the appearance and aroma. Big citrus hops profile up front, grapefruit and lemons. The midrange is where you get just a bit of that roasted goodness, the hops still carries most of the flavor the roast is there and makes for a different beer.

M- Light to medium body with decent carbonation, IPAish.

D- I liked it as my first dip in this style, easy drinking for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 22:32:28 | More by chilly460
Photo of kagent777


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was obtained through a trade with geryeb624, thanks!!

Bomber with no sort of bottling date, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Not quite black, more of a dark brown. Pours with a nice viscous splash that settles into a thin cream colored head that leaves little lacing.

Smell: Bittersweet malts that smell of chocolate and a hint of vanilla. I also note some pine like resinous hops. Probably the most intense aroma from a beer I have smelled, yet. This smells (bourbon) barrel aged.

Taste: The interplay of the various types of bitterness is what is most interesting here. There is the significant roasted malt bitterness that manifests itself as coffee or chocolate like. On the other hand, the bitterness from the hops also fights for your attention.

Mouthfeel: I am thankful that the body is not as thick as the smell (and pouring) would suggest, that would be too syrupy. The body is actually closer to the middle of the spectrum. The carbonation gives this beer a sense of levity as well.

Drinkability: Wow. This is a very complex beer. I am enjoying it very much, but it is so complex that I would not reach for another one after I finished the first. That, and it will never be shipped to Utah.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 04:35:24 | More by kagent777
Photo of gatornation


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap

A- served in stone pint glass it was dark black/brown with a really fresh tan 1 finger head loads of sticky lacing as i drank this one

S- was some cocoa ,chocolate, some toffee, citrus hops

T- was outstanding it had some roasted malt with toffee ,mix in some creamy chocolate,some floral citrus hops,, a little fruit wow so fresh so tasty

M- is is full but its easy to drink with lots of stout tastes mixed with an ipa

D- so easy to drink this high ABV black ipa its stouts flavors mixed with citrus hops makes for an outstanding brew

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 22:25:36 | More by gatornation
Photo of goalie33

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip. No freshness date on the botte.
A) Black beer with a large, creamy tan head that sticks around for a while. When held up to the light, there are some reddish hue around the edges of the beer. Leaves lots of lacing in the glass.
S) Big citrusy hop notes upfront with some underlying roasted malt.
T) Very interesting beer. It's an IPA whose malt backbone is roasted like a stout or a porter. Pine and grapefruit hops with a sweet, roasted malt backbone that has traces of licorice and dark fruit. Slight bitterness on the aftertaste.
M/D) medium to full body, very smooth feel in the mouth. Does not have the drying affect on the palate that many West Coast IPAs have. Very drinkable beer, but far from sessionable, especially at 8.7% abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 21:59:23 | More by goalie33
Photo of notchucknorris


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost black in color. Nice mocha colored head tops it off.

S: Hops and a bit of coffee.

T: Slightly sweet from the malts upfront and then it gives way to a nice hoppy but not overly bitter finish. Hops are somewhere between citrus and floral and pleasing to the palette.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 01:35:31 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of McNealc31


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

Pours dark as a stout with a slightly off-white creamy, rocky head. Several different hops in the nose. Lots of hops in the flavor with the charred and roasted flavors finally in the finish. Lemon and grapefruit start, then the roast, followed with a familiar hop pummeling.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:52:23 | More by McNealc31
Photo of colforbin73


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

Pours a thick creamy black with a nice full tan head. Minimal lacing as it goes down. You expect this to be a luxurious gooey tasting beer so the first surprised is the plentiful Hop Aroma as well as taste. Sure enough it is chock full of the high alpha acid varieties, CHINOOK, SIMCOE and AMARILLO. This one would not be out of place in the Stone Bastard series... thick and rich with the unexpected hop punch. EXCELLENT Beer! I would definitely pick one of these up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:43:42 | More by colforbin73
Photo of StoneTSR


3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter, the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale was almost black in color, but it had an odd transparency and some light was able to shine through the glass. A pretty standard, but nice white, fluffy head rested on top.

SMELL: Sweet, spicy aromas combined with a berry-like smell.

TASTE: Very malty, spicy with some anise-like notes. A strong taste with a dry, hoppy finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and creamy, but not mouthcoating at all. Goes down easy.

OVERALL: Interesting and different beer. The Sublimely Self-Righteous is very easy to drink, but also a nice alternative to the ordinary. I will drink this again, but it probably isn't something I would make a part of my standard rotation.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:06:12 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black, about a finger of tan head, Bit of lacing as well.

S-I think a bit of everything, chocolate, as well as coffee, hops and malts.

T: Taste as the nose, perfect blend, great bitterness that gets taken away by the malts.

M: Medium, great combination of everything.

D:Very drinkable, great great brew, would love to have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 02:48:16 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of brew3crew


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

Part of the stone tasting at jungle jims with Greg Koch

A-very black with almost no head
S-nice and hoppy...
D-this beer is delicious. Well balanced with a nice hop profile. Really good
M-crisp and clean.
d-very drinkable. This is one of my go to brews!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:10:46 | More by brew3crew
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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