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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
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5,662 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,662
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 246
Gots: 603 | 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

No notes at this time.
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Supadup21
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- poured into a dogfish head chalice. This brew has a very dark/black appearance similar to a stout or a porter. Almost no head.

S-- smells like a Stone IPA and a malty porter. Strong hoppy smell at first w/ malt and caramel notes that follow

T-- I think a couple of other people have already mentioned it, but this brew is like an IPA & a porter had a baby! Very drinkable, absolutely cannot tell that it's 9% abv... Almost as good as their escondidan imperial black IPA.

M -- not too much carbonation, but didn't bother me. Had a nice coffee-type bitterness/bite

O -- I have never had a brew from that has been average. They are one of the best breweries in the U.S. This is another example of why... Unique hybrid that satisfies both your IPA & stout/porter cravings. Really solid brew.

Photo of Kirby
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of stover4
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Someone said it best, "looks like used motor oil" lol, but don't let that deter you. The head could use a little help, but everything else is quite delightful.

As with all stone beer, you'll taste some hops, but there is something about this one that merges flavors into something truly special. This is the type of beer you savory as it warms up a bit. It's no wonder they serve it in a brandy snifter type glass. It's the fine cognac of stone's beers, and if you've tried their beer you know they don't mess around.

This beer was not going to be sold to the masses originally, but the employees loved it so much they had to share their passion with everyone. Thank you Stone Brewing, truly a work of art.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The beer pours a deep and dark chocolate brown. Very little head forms that is a dark tan. The beer also leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell:
I smell hints of dark chocolate mixed with roasted malts. The hops are a nice citrus smell that balances out the malt.

Taste:
I get nice mix of roasted malts with citrus hops. In addition to the roasted malts, the beer also has a slight dark chocolate taste to it. The aftertaste mainly consists of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel:
A dry feeling with little carbonation.

Overall:
A very good beer and the best American Black Ale that I've had for a while. Personally, I wish that this came in a 6-pack.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours near black in color, pours with a two finger creamy head that is mocha brown which lingers nicely and leaves a ton of lingering lacing
S: nice citrus hop notes up front, very slight caramel malts slide in at the end
T: nice citrus hop notes initially, very fresh, then the malts kick in really nicely towards the end which helps to really even it out, very yummy
M: smooth with very gentle carbonation, slight kick at the end, very creamy
O: a great balck ipa really delicious and well balanced, everything i had hoped this brew would be, ill pick it up again in a heartbeat

Photo of sneth019
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of donmonkey1
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown,almost black. Nice frothy tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Citrusy pine hops.

Taste: Blended pine needles

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lack of carbonation.

All I can taste is the hops, and I'm not a fan of these particular hops. That doesn't take away from the fact that this is a quality beer, but I don't care for it much. As a side note, this was first brewed in 2007 as the Stone 11th Anniversary Ale.

Photo of xHopHeadx
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Marti403
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review done from notes - Had on tap at Indiana Brewers Guild Winterfest. (1 of only 2 beers stone had on tap that night)

A - Looks like used motor oil, dense dark black color with a thin dark brown head. You can still see some carbonation bubbles rise up the side.

S - Nice aroma, some hop forward characters with lots of different malts ligering leaving hints of coffee chocolate and a bit of sweet caramel. Also a strong piney hop flavor leaving giving this a full balanced aroma.

T - Spectacular! I've never had such a dark beer have so much hop flavor it. All the hops completely overpower any chance the malts had to make this a sweet beer. The strong piney hops give this beer such a unique flavor, its very refreshing.

M - I was expecting a much thicker feeling taste. This poured pretty heavy, but as I drank it I realized the viscosity was actually pretty thin. Still had a good amount of carbonation making for a drinkable, refreshing beer.

O - Overall a world class beer, Not a perfect 5 but close.

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,662 ratings.