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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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5,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,227
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 230
Gots: 466 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Thehuntmaster, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

gtermi, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -5.2%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Innocentexile
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into Stone pint glass

A-pitch black. can't see any color even when up to the light.

S-hoppy way up front, recoiled a bit at first sniff. also got a citrus in there somewhere. chocolate or vanilla scent too

T/M-whoa. Creamy start with a bitter finish. along the way is a roasted malt and pine flavor. deliciousness all the way. not alot of carbonation which makes for an easy drink

O-El Delicioso. I really dig this one. awesome for my first black ale

Innocentexile, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip.

A: i would call this pitch black. brown tinted white head with some retention and nice looking lacing.

S: the first trip to the nose yields floral american hop aromas. my guess would be cascade or centennial. warm vanilla notes meet a subdued roast as the nose turns to the malty side.

T: start is juicy. citrus flavors. the hops quickly meet malt and the tail-end turns to a bitter roasted malt as well as lingering hop bitterness. a very rich, roasty body here. each sip reminds me of that.

M: pretty low-key, almost creamy, carbonation on a full body./ seems to work pretty well.

D: tasty and probably the most well-known aba. good balance and showcase of roasted malts and american hops.

Jimmys, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a 2mm thick, tan head that stays the same throughout

Dark hops upfront that are quickly followed by some mild malt notes and tropical fruit aroma that lingers on the nose. It is a rather fruity smelling dark IPA.

Some dark hops and malts, the hops being stronger. The same tropical fruit taste from the smell. There are hints of spice towards the end too.

Medium bodied & with minimum carbonation, the beer has a bit of a kick to it and has a dry finish that lingers in the after taste. The drink is smooth & good on the palate.

I found this one a nice introduction to the Black IPA style of beer and rather enjoyed this one although it didn't really blow me away in any respect but still a nice, solid dark IPA.

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flyingpig, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a beautiful creamy tan head that is three fingers and sticks around. Nice lacing.

The aroma is strong hops, citrus and pine with some earthy elements. Hiding deep underneath is are some chocolate and caramel notes.

Dark caramel, toffee and chocolate notes are completely dominated by citrus and piney hops with some earthy notes.

A little thin, but smooth

Easy to drink, enjoyable, a little off balance.

JayS2629, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour rocks on! This stop pours a dark amber-/garnet- tinged black-brown topped by about a finger-and-a-half of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises lime, pine, blackened pretzel, light roasted malts, light char, orange zest, and very light coffee. The taste holds notes of pine, roasted malts, light char, light vinyl, lime peel, mint, and balsa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very solid CDA, though I think the roasted elements were left in the oven just a bit too long (or something like that, anyway). Otherwise, good stuff.

TMoney2591, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of TTAmod
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surely this ale is too magnificent to be decanted into a simple pint glass. This great brew requires something more...say...a carefully crafted silver-rimmed chalice. Yes, that may suffice. Needless to say, even this glorious piece of glassware is not worthy enough to hold the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

A: This grand elixir was not pleased with its housings within the chalice. It wanted to escape...badly. Small spheres raced to the surfacing, begging for release. In the process, they formed a thick, but quickly dissipating beige head. What was left of the makeshift crown, however, was radiant lacing that continued to persist after death.

The swarthy fluid absorbed all light. Even when held up to a source of luminance, it was opaque.

S: The scent of hops is quite intense, as it should be.

T: The hops assault the taste buds with grapefruit and pine. Roasted malt quickly rushes to defend, but ultimately loses. There is a war being fought in your mouth when you imbibe this great drink. The only victor...is you.

M: What can you expect when a conflagration is created by the artillery fired from both sides of this epic battle? Thick. Yes.

O: Quite an excellent brew. A bit more focused and balanced than the Escondidian. I'm quite jubilant that they continued to brew this great drink.

TTAmod, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed November 5th 2011. Poured a 650 mL bottle into a JFF is my BFF novelty pint glass.

A: Pours a nice tan two fingered head. Solid black with red shadings around the edges. The head looks beautiful and hopefully it is long lasting.
This does lace like I hoped.

S: Strong hop smell with a very odd citrus smell to it. I think the odd citrus smell to me is simply a very strong earthy feel. Some minor malts. At minimum this beer has some interesting smells that are purely positive.

T: The hops of this just punch me in the face. Minor alcohol hits at the very end at the swallow. The bitterness stays nicely on the tongue after the swallow.
As this warms up the hops aren't as aggressive which is nice.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium as well. This also has a creaminess which is quite nice.

O: This is a solid beer which I would have again, but not for awhile. The hops are just too dominating without letting it's other subtle taste out.
When you let this beer warm a bit it does make it a lot more drinkable and thus a lot more pleasurable. My recommendation is to let it warm up a bit before consuming. After it warming up a bit it was delicious beyond my expectations, but cold not no so much. Another Victory for Stone.

TheAlamoWrocker, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tightly bubbled tan head lingers mightily on top jet black black ale that is completely opaque. One of my very favorite beers in the nose: roast and bready malt base that supports a clean and crisp hop spice. The nose continues into the taste and matches exactly. No surprises, but maybe that's what disappoints some, but I like the roast and spice in perfect balance. Bit more roast in the taste than the nose. My wife is not a hop head at all, but likes this beer because the hops blends and compliments so well into the sweet malt roast. Incredible beer that is one of Stone's best.

FightingEntropy, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of generalnotsew
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am usually not a fan of the style but have heard good things from others that aren't fans. Pours black as night but the head shrinks fast and is a bit thin. Smell is sublime. Sweet tangy grapefruit with a touch of caramel malt and toffee. The main reason I usually don't like the style is because the chocolate malts overpower the rest but seems more into the IPA zone. The citrusy notes come through as more of an orange/lemon zest and this beast is bitter as hell! Very clean and easy drinking. I think I finally found one in this style I finally like. Carbonation is spot on as well as the downplayed alcohol although there is a touch of heat. Being only a month old probably helps too.

generalnotsew, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of jvillefan
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a dark dark brown with a small light brown head that lingers only for about a minute.

S: The smell has strong hops and malts. There is an alcohol smell that is in the background in the aroma.

T: Good. There is heavy malt and hops that balance each other out perfectly. There are caramel tones to the flavor that come through nicely.

M: Very good. The strong malt makes this beer very viscous. This minimal carbonation allows the flavors in the background to take their time coming out.

O: Very good. You need to have this beer. This beer (or its 15 anniversary edition that is better) are the bench marks for black IPAs.

Review Addition on 1/28/13: I had an 11th Anniversary bottle version of Sublimely Self Righteous and the Hop character carried surprisingly well over the last 6 years. The review is otherwise similar.

jvillefan, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of sfprint
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger rootbeer head, very dark cola color, rising carbonation not visible through the darkness. Looks like a soda minus the carbonation.
S: IPAish, floral fruity hops, slight heaviness beneath that.
T: Porterish, but also IPAish, in fact I would say it's a direct cross between the two styles, however more on the IPA/DIPA side. The porterishness of it is like. There's definitely a coffee ground quality in there, but not particularly heavy like most porters are. Has the body resembling more of a DIPA. Mild bitterness. Interesting style, I wouldn't have thought of it. It's good but I can't say I love it.
M: a hair astringent, medium-heavy body, mild but sharpish sting.
O: Interesting and good, but not my style.

sfprint, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass. Color was dark black. Maybe an inch of head. Lots of lacing on the sides. Lots of film on the sides that stayed throughout.

Immediately smelled citrus and fruity hops. Pine and caramel in there as well, albeit weak.

Smooth, malty hops in the taste. Citrus is involved, but not as much as the smell. Bitter aftertaste.

Medium body. Lively to fizzy carbonation (above average). Smooth feeling.

Not a bad beer to end the night. Would definitely give it another chance.

BucannonXC5, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of rightbrained
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this delicious beer on tap and in the bottle. First time was on tap at the Yardhouse in Denver. I recall the hops exuding the floral, citrus goodness much more than the bottle experience. Not to worry though, the bottle is good in it's own right. Either way, you can't go wrong. I'll review the bottle only because its in front of me.

A: nice, thick, dark, roasted color. Decent head, but nothing crazy.

S: Mmmm... I smell malty deliciousness with a nice hop character. I can't smell it without wanting another sip.

T: Damn good. Malt and hops come together to make a balanced, slightly more malty than hoppy (but still hoppy - and not over the top), delicious brew. Goes down clean with a nice smooth aftertaste considering what it is.

M: thick and a little on the heavy side, though not too bad. After awhile, you will feel like you've been drinking something very sweet (and dare I say, almost tannic? Could be the reviewers disposition of course - I am puckering a bit after a few of these)

O: What can I say. On tap, more of a black IPA flavor and smell. In the bottle, not feeling black IPA as much, but still damn good. Like I said, either way you won't be disappointed. The beer is strong and full of flavor. It got me interested in Stone again (not a dig on Stone, they know what they're doing and produce good beers. However, its been awhile since I sought them out). Nice work!

rightbrained, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of bljebd
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great black ipa...best thing ive had from stone brewery.(its about time with all the hype)...not going to go in detail too much on this one...look good...feel was great...smell hits your nose hard with a smooth finish on the palet...you gotta try it for yourself...caution---hop heads only...(and maybe some stout lovers)

bljebd, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 10/11 from a bottle with a best-by date of 12/11.

I’m digging this from the get-go. What a surprise—a hoppy, dark beer… Funny thing is, I knew what I was getting into (a Cascadian IPA) because I’ve had this beer before—when it was called Stone 11—but the hop aroma still took me off guard. The beer itself pours a lot like a foamy cola. It’s dark dark dark brown, with a good half-inch of loose, bubbly foam lingering atop after a few minutes and a vigorous pour. Think pine more than citrus, with just a hint of dark roasted malt on the nose. Some grapefruit. Smells wonderful. Tastes fantastic, surprisingly full-bodied but not heavy (and distinct enough for me to not raise my ever-present questions about the black IPA style’s similarities to a hoppy porter). Bit of a resiny chew to this, enough to let the flavors linger but not to the point where I find it disagreeable. Hops mix with a little roast in a wonderfully delicious combination.

elNopalero, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of BeerT3ch
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer! The unique name fits it's character. Stone Brewery strikes again! Deep/Rich in color, perfect exagerrated biterness, small head, but heavy lacing, malty and all around well balanced. Two of these you will be alright! lol. (Don't Drive)

BeerT3ch, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured the bomber into a pint glass very freely.which resulted in a two finger mocha colored head that dies down rather quickly but leaves tons of lacing behind. taste and smell are one in the same with this beer. both consist of roasted malts, pine and citrus hops. the only difference between the two is that the nose would suggest tons of bitterness from the hops, however the roastieness from the malts balance this one out. mouthfeel was not what i expected. there is a nice smooth creamyness to this that was unexpected. but there was a slight bitter dryness that reminded me this was a stone ale not a porter.

match1112, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of zbellino
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorites, and really the perfect execution of this style.

A - Black with good brown depth that carries through the rich head. It laces like a sexy black boot sticking to the sides.

S - It gets on you really quick with a pine aroma and the smell of roasted malt goodness. I love that the hops leave a small citrus aroma in the nose.

T - The showstopper. Prettymuch delivers the same toasted goodness, arromatic juniper flavor, and citrus, but with very subtle cream hints.

M - It holds up well. It is a great balance between half and half and whole. It walks a tightrope well.

O - Can't say enough. Get this one if you (still) haven't had it.

zbellino, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Intrinsic
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is such a dark beer I almost thought I was pouring a coffee, minus the steam. The head is a creamy looking medium brown colour; one of the darkest I've seen. Retention is ok, but nothing too crazy.

Faint hints of hops are mingled in with the distinct coffee smell of SSRA; but it's more complex than that. There are other smells I can't quite put my finger on that make this very appetizing.

The taste is a heavyweight battle between some very bitter hops and the dark malty coffee flavour. They work very well together because it's a fair fight.

Mouthfeel is good, very dry, very creamy. Even though its not my favourite type of beer, I really appreciate it. Overall its very well done.

Intrinsic, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are some beers you try once and remember forever, even though you know you will never try it again. Until SSR was re-released, that was Stone XI for me. A transcendental experience during my senior year of college, I finally get a chance to sit down and review this beer. To this day, this is a measuring stick for Black IPAs, or Ales, or whatever they are called now.

The body is very porter-like. Deep garnet-hued brown during the pour, but black once it all gathers in the glass. The head that forms is about 1 cm thick, and creamy, fine, and fluffy. It leaves thick rings of sticky laced foam all over the sides of the glass.

The aroma is full of pine, but there is also a good dose of grapefruit and under-ripe oranges that give a very tart and unpolished citrusy character to go along with the dark roast malts that balance out some of the bitterness. The flavor is more bitter, with the pine coming through more than the grapefruit. You would almost forget that this wasn't a traditional IPA, except that instead of sweet caramel in the background, there is a hint of acrid roast instead.

Creamy and full on the palate, and it leaves a sticky resinous film after the finish. A little bit of warmth as the beer approaches room temperature, too. I like this one a lot. Very happy this wasn't a 1-and-done but instead is now a standard offering.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of mikeborglum
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured in pint glass: burnt malt aroma, resin, chocolate, citrus; pitch black, with frothy brown head and good lacing; very bitter, medium sourness, like pineapple and grapefruit with some syrup; full body, creamy, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish, maybe the finest brew I’ve had.

mikeborglum, Oct 06, 2011
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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