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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,671
Reviews: 1,870
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 248
Gots: 623 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint.

A - Almost black with a one finger tan head that sticks around for a while. When held up to the light I see some ruby flashes and can just barely see through to the other side of the glass. It leaves a nice tiered lacing down the glass.

S - Floral hops and roasted malts. No need to look any further because they meld perfectly and nothing more is needed.

T - I get citrus and piney hops which are met quickly by the malt. Some molasses, spicy notes, and sweetness on the tail end, but mostly a tug of war between the bitter hops and toasted malts. It is a stale mate that demonstrates perfect balance. I get more and more orange as it warms. Truly delicious.

M - Carbonation is just right; combines with the thick body to give a creamy feel. Just slightly tingly on the tongue but extremely smooth.

O - American Black Ale is one of my favorite styles and this is the gold standard in my opinion. I often find beers of the style to either favor the roasted and smoked or IPA side of the style, but this one is so perfectly balanced that I have no complaints. Stone sometimes underwhelms me, but this is an amazing beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gigantic head with huge tan bubbles and perfect retention over midnight black beer - no light comes through even if you hold it right up to a light bulb. Lacing clings to the side. Amazing looking beer.

Smell is bright orange citrus hops backed by pine hops. I dig. I dig a lot.

Taste is darker and maltier than the smell, with a unique, powerful blast of roasted malts blended with orange/pine hops. A very American West Coast in-your-face beer with such overpowering malts and hops. Like most Stone products, a beer drinker's beer, not made for the masses whose thirst is quenched by bland highly carbonated, slightly metallic, light beers.

Alcohol? What alcohol? The strong flavors mask the 8.7%. Beware. The one downside here is drinkablity - both because of the high alcohol content and the overwhelming flavors. I wouldn't consider it a session beer.

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3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black as coffe. Thin spiderwebbed lacing hangs around.

S: chocolate tone with hints of pine.

T: a malty smooth transition to a bitter "Stone" bite.

M: overbearing carbonation then ending sharp and dry.

O: not my favorite Stone creation, but it's no doubt another unique creation for the lineup. They call it an ale, I call it a bitter porter.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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