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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,909 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 4,909
Reviews: 1,813
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 208
Gots: 329 | 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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JizackFH

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This pours a very dark brown color, with a huge than head. The head left some lacing on the glass as it fell.

S - The smell is very citrusy. There are notes of hops, pine, chocolate, and coffee. It smells like a good blend of an IPA with dark malts.

T - The taste follows the nose. It has dark roasty malts, and a nice bright hop flavor. The hops are the dominating flavor, but the dark malts definitely makes their presence known. The finish has some roastiness and a touch of alcohol presence.

M - It has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a silky feel to it.

D - The drinkability is good. It goes down easily, and has a lot of flavor. This was my first black IPA , and I think it is a good and interesting style. I can't wait to try some more. As for this beer though, I would pick it up again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 07:40:08 | More by JizackFH
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imagese

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This should be the benchmark for all black IPA's/CDA's

A- dark dark ruby with a two finger tan head that sustained a thin head that laced the whole glass

S- this is the best part of this phenomenal beer. Bold piney hops just assault your sinuses followed by a sweet hint of chocolately malt

T- awesome hop slam to the front of the tongue, followed by a great stout-esque sweep across the back.

M- perfect carbonation accents the high IBU of this beer. The bitterness lingers in your whole mouth and makes you crave that next sip

D- very drinkable for a rather high ABV and IBU. I've downed several bombers in a session.

If you're lucky enough to find the double dry hopped version of this on tap, drink as many as you can. Rare you find something that makes a perfect beer "perfecter"!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 03:37:33 | More by imagese
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a rather thin, but increasingly black color with 3 fingers of huge beige head that fills the Duvel tulip. Nice, thick sheets of lacing.

S: Juicy grapefruit and piney hops with a faint touch of chocolate on the end.

T: Nice bitterness upfront - pine mainly with hints of citrus. Not near as much hop flavor as the smell leads on. Chocolate malt rounds out the flavor defining this one as a Black IPA.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body - a little creamy on the finish. Hops are sticky and resinous.

D: Dangerously drinkable given the ABV. Great beer overall and another solid selection from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 23:22:29 | More by kirkpjr
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chalsk

New Jersey

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

Pours a black brown color with a caramel colored head. Looks like an IS but has an aroma of a DIPA, grapefruit and pine. There is a very subtle roastyness to it, but very distant. Tastes like a DIPA. Sweet up front, then hit with the harsh hopiness. A resinous brew. If you look for it, you can taste hints of the roasty malts. But I have had DIPA's that are more malt forward than this brew. Excellent beer. You will notice the maltiness kick up as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 01:59:24 | More by chalsk
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my DFH snifter... A pitch black liquid pours from the bottle producing a finger thick creamy off white head with nice retention and moderate lacing

S- Not overwhelming but nice... smells mixed grapefruit and floral with a bit of sugary malty sweetness

T- Starts with a hint of sweetness before the dryer coffee flavor takes over. Finishes with with a nice citrusy hop bite. Not a hint of the 8.7% abv

M- Light/medium carbonation with medium body

D- I hear so much hype about Stone beers and for some reason without trying many of them, feel like its overdone... this one definitely lives up to the hype. A delicious Black Ale worth trying

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 04:17:31 | More by bbeane
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fourplayed

California

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

Very dark reddish notes in black, 1 finger chocolaty brown head with some med lacing.

smells of Pine Hops, dark roasted sweet malts, dark fruits, raisings, prunes, rich!!

taste of bitter chocolate then big earty and pine hops, dark fruits, malts lend some mild sweet notes, alcohol more present as it warms. nice complexity.

full body, good zesty carbonation start to finish, good hop bite and dry finish, medium alcohol warmth.

A bold brew with big hops, full bodied and bold. Good complexity. This one get's your attention.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 18:54:58 | More by fourplayed
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bierkoning

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a bomber poured in a mug, black as night, wonderful lacing.

I'm a big fan of Stone as a general rule, but this Black IPA is outstanding!

All the wonderful look and mouthfeel of a top-notch stout, but through some sort of magic it still has the fire and bite of a world class IPA!

Would drink this beer any day.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 05:14:05 | More by bierkoning
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DmanGTR

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

Poured dark chestnut brown with an off white head. Beautiful garnet hues in the light. No lace. Very assertive citrus, less assertive pine, and finally, a light touch of coffee and roasted barley, which I can't quite comprehend with my nose at the moment. The taste, however, seems to put it back in place and is actually quite good. The grapefruit lasts throughout, but fades into pine in the finish, followed by a touch of astringent coffee-like bitterness. How odd. I could call this an India Porter Ale... or an IPA with an identity crisis? Whatever it may be, it fools me nicely and I'm having a blast enjoying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 07:07:56 | More by DmanGTR
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Anaz

California

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

I love this beer, and it's probably my favorite of the Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale type so far. The color is intensely black, fading to dark cola at the edges. The head is a huge coffee-and-cream beauty that resolves into generous lacing.

The bright citrus and resin aroma of the hops blend so well with the roasty coffee and chocolate aromas that it's amazing. This is where the style started to make sense for me, and the aroma of an IPA is supported and enhanced by the dark malt aromas very well.

The flavor is so like the aroma it's fantastic. The bright clean hops that Stone is so well known for mingle with the dark malt flavors, but are never overshadowed by them. The hops rule here, but the malt expresses itself nonetheless.

The rich, bitter mouthfeel finishes clean with at lovely citrus peel bitterness and faint toffee sweetness. There is a slight booziness that gently warms, but doesn't burn. This is a very drinkable beer for the ABV, it's so delicious that it's hard to stop drinking. I Love it, and am very glad that Stone has added this to it's year round releases.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 03:14:31 | More by Anaz
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

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

A: Really dark brown, almost back. Small darker tanned head, hardly any lacing.

S: Bright floral scent with hops and deeper notes of honey and caramel malts. Some chocolate and roasted coffee beans also. Tingly aroma of alcohol.

T: The smell follows the flavor. Huge floral hop flavor, burst of bitterness mixed with the sweetness of the honey and caramel malts. coffee and chocolate are definitely apparent. Enormous flavor. Heavy on the presence of alcohol, but it certainly fits.

M: Full body and on the stronger side with carbonation.

D: A lot of flavor to handle, utterly delicious. It's name says it all.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:50:37 | More by YouSkeete
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Duttonic

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 11/11/10, growler fill from Dancing Bear pub 11/09, served in a pint glass.

A- Jet black and shiny/oily. One finger tan head, ample lacing, and slow bubbles.

S- Alcohol, chocolate/coco nibs, crisp smell of hops, roasted malt, floral, and faint citrus.

T/M- Light/medium body, bitter and slight alcoholic finish. Extremely smooth texture, similar to chocolate milk, but tastes better.

D- This wasn't the first time I've had SSSRA, but it was the first time I've had it from a growler, let alone it was the first thing I put in my new Stone growler. This is one of my go to beers when I'm in the mood for a change up from the usual IPA. The richness of a complex porter or stout with the great flavor of a solid IPA combined seamlessly. Highly recommend.

Serving type: growler

11-17-2010 19:49:40 | More by Duttonic
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

appearance; very dark brown to almost black. When poured a little bit rough, a stiff tan head will form and dissipate slow, leaving great lacing, looks to me like the walls of a quarry.

smell; fir tree like resin and camphor, oh no not one of these over hopped crap-brews, that everyone seems to love, I hope. Some malt sweetness is present but mostly dominated by the hops.

taste; evergreen like hop bitterness that carries into the finish and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Look for fir trees, they have smooth bark and blisters, pop one of the blisters and suck out the sap, that's the main flavor of this beer. Yet some sweet malts are also there and try to round out the intense hops but fall short. Keeping the style in mind, this is quite a well made beer and the alcohol is well hidden but the balance is off and the hop bitterness hangs around too long after the beer is consumed.

mouthfeel; like velvet, really feels nice in the mouth with lovely and gentle carbonation. Almost perfect, well done here.

drinkability; a very smooth and crisp drink but the bitterness from the hops hangs around for too long and one is enough for me.

Note; I'm trying to be nice and keep the style in mind, but in general, I hate IPAs of all kinds. However this one was not so bad and I could certainly appreciate the bitterness. I'll never be a hophead but this was a fine drink to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 17:53:57 | More by Sachsenfreude
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grittybrews

Washington

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

Poured a deep cola black into a tulip with two fingers of dark khaki head (good retention and lots of clingy lacing). Strong hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit with just a touch of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Wonderful balance of toasty bittersweet chocolate and coffee malt up front with a touch of caramel sweetness. Subsequent blast of hops with grapefruit and citrus peel. Long finish with an equally pleasant balance of sweet and tart that becomes steadily more bitter as the beer warms.

Full flavored and very easy-drinking with a well-masked alcohol presence. Wish I'd tried this one sooner...!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 05:57:43 | More by grittybrews
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alexpkoehler

California

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

This was like an American take on a Theakston Old Peculier for those of you familiar with that particular Yorkshire ale. It is rich dark smooth and malty without ever being heavy. An awful lot of brown-ish head when you pour this into the glass that takes a while to dissipate (probably has something to do with it coming from a bottle and my walking it home from the store.) I will definitely have some more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 04:41:15 | More by alexpkoehler
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Thin Brown head. opaque

Smell: Excellent citrus hop aroma. Very appetising.

Taste: I really don't know how to take the acrid bitterness of the roast malts combined with bitterness from the hops. It is definitely a different beer from that regard. Otherwise, the flavor is very well balanced with hop and malt bitterness hitting you up front equally, and finishing with great hop flavor and malt balance at the end. Actually it is a very well balanced and multi-layered beer, even though it is a new breed for me to drink. Me likey...

Mouthfeel: Slightly puckering. Moderately heavy beer.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure. Complex and layered, this is a very fine beer deserving of accolades.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:13:00 | More by Squelch
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no date.

pours black, with a nice tall khaki-colored head. great lacing and head retention.

aroma is a nice mix of roasty malt and flowery hops. the taste follows, with a flavorful mix of dry malt and sticky hops. well balanced, but the hops linger.

lower carbonation, smooth. i polished off the bomber pretty quickly, easy to drink and no notice of the almost 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 02:57:14 | More by jmdrpi
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, light tan head that diminished to about 1/2-finger and stayed there. Body is almost black, with ruby highlights here and there, and mostly opaque.

S: Aroma of citrusy, piney hops... touch of sweetness and just a hint of roastiness, but the hops easily dominate.

T: Great-tasting beer... it starts off sweet with an almost toffee quality to it, with a bit of roasted flavors coming through... but a small amount, really. Hop flavor of citrus and pine is high, with moderate-high hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied at least, with moderate carbonation.

D: With everything going on, it's still a fairly easy-drinking beer, dangerously so for almost 9% ABV, and I'd easily get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 17:56:47 | More by berley31
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herman77

Minnesota

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

Review from notes on 11/12
A: Pretty much black, a touch of brown to it. Smaller light tan head. Okay lacing.

S: Floral and citrusy hops. A little bit of toasted malt, coffee and bitter coco, but the hops are the main smell here.

T: Slightly toasted malt up front with a little bit of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of coffee.The citrus and pine hops come after this and they come on stronger than I was expecting. I was expecting more malt and less piney hops. Reminded me off their IPA a bit. Still good though.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation that is a bit tingly

D: Good drinkability. Split a bomber with some family members, but I could of had a bit more. ABV is hidden very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 17:10:02 | More by herman77
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Leviathan

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone rarely disappoints and this beer is no exception. Picked up this bomber several weeks ago and forgot about it in the fridge. Got home from the golf course today and found it behind some Williamsburg Ale Works...

Appearance is dark brown/black with a nice white head when poured into a pint glass. Smells like roasted, malty deliciousness...

The taste is like a strong ale bordering on stout-like proportions. This beer is well balanced with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and hops coating the palette. The beer laces nicely down the glass and leaves a nice crisp hop aftertaste.

I've always been a fan of Stone and will definitely throw this beer into the rotation now that the weather is cooling down. At nearly 9%, a few of these will have you melting back in your chair...

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 23:44:19 | More by Leviathan
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infi

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, shared with BA r0nyn.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Dark blood-red liquid when held towards the light, but barely allowing any to pass. Light-mocha colored bubbly head that measures to easily around 2 fingers. Low head retention period with some nice amounts of lacing on the glass. You would think this was a porter in the glass from a distance. Black IPA's are a new novelty to me, so smelling this was a nice experience. The black aspect really shone through with the toasted aromas from the malt barley, while the -IPA aspect gave way to some nice citrus infusion. Overall, the aromas carried more of the hoppy presence.

Taste was basically drinking a love baby from a porter and IPA. It began with great toasted malt flavors with bold amounts of caramel sweetness. Then it all ended with a fresh hop pineyness and bitterness, which lingered for quite a while on the palate. Not one taste of the alcohol either. Amazing balance, great transitions, no overpowering flavors - just smooth.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, just like a porter. Small tactile bubbly mouthfeel. Very, very, very drinkable. Incredibly flavorful and easy to drink. I could see why the XI anniversary was so highly requested. This is a badass beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 23:26:00 | More by infi
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r0nyn

New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass. Courtesy of and split with fellow BA infi.

Pours a dark, dark ruby reddish brown into the glass with a lightish-hued head that rises to about an inch before slowly subsiding and leaving some seriously sticky lacing. The edges are reddish, giving the brew a very porter-ish look. Smell has lots of hops, which is to be expected, but also some substantial malt and barley scent as well. There's an ever so subtle wafting of caramel and chocolate on the back end. Quite interesting.

Taste definitely follows up on the nose, with a nice opening salvo of hops and palate-cleansing bitterness which rides with you throughout the entire sip. But then the roasted malts come out to play and give this beer quite a bit of balance with some notes of chocolate and sweet candied caramel. The dichotomy of bitter hops and sweetish malts is framed extremely well in the flavor profile of this brew. Not too much of an alcoholic twinge at all. Aftertaste is lingeringly bitter, but that's not too much of a bad thing. Mouthfeel is creamy with just a little bit of effervescence from the carbonation. Medium body with a slight chewiness at the end.

Drinkability is really quite good. There's a very good balance to this beer and while I'm definitely not a hop head, even I can appreciate how well the bitterness goes with the malts and sweetness. Very well done and I definitely have to give props to Stone for crafting yet another winner in their long line of top notch brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 16:03:14 | More by r0nyn
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I've had this one a few times and now just getting around to reviewing it. Before I even poor the beer I can smell that west coast dry hopping. Pours black with a two finger light tan head with spotty lacing all around. Again crazy west coast piney hop aroma. Multi layered hoppiness, a little piney and floral, a good bit bitter with a lasting sharp after taste. Full body and rich without tasting like a hoppy porter. Well carbed and well rounded and easy to drink to boot. at 8.7 abv there is not hot flavor and no sign of the booze.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:24:25 | More by pmlondrigan
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evansrdbrew

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 4/19/10

A- creamy 1/4" off white head on an espresso colored opaque brew. Head receeds leaving whispy multi-tiered halos.

S- fruity hops with a hint of malt sweetness. Light refreshing fruit aroma of a much lighter beer.

T- chocolate & roast malt flavors with a delicious hop flavor interweaving. Nice hints of coffee and malty sweetness. Fruity & citrus hop flavors come through well.

MF- nice med. Bodied ale with a good mouth coating. Nice bitterness reminiscent of SNPA. Light carbonation feeling.

D- delicious, with quite an intoxicating effect after the first pint. I love the roast malts and biting hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 17:40:02 | More by evansrdbrew
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RMI15

New York

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

Hopefully another great beer from Stone

A- pours real dark like a stout, but not as thick - nice foamy mocha head

S- smell is hoppy when poured, but then turns to a to a hoppy, malty, very slight carmel sent

T- taste is great with a more hoppy favor when first opened then turns to a hoppy brown ale, toasted nut flavor? - really smooth - first Black IPA I've tasted

M- full flavored - first taste is different from the last in my opinion

D- sit back and enjoy just watch the higher alcohol content - nice dark beer for this time of year

Stone makes great beers - period.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:35:35 | More by RMI15
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovey black colour and an excellent light-brown head. The smell is delicious: mostly of citrussy hops. It has a malty flavour up front which is quickly overtaken by the hoppiness. Very nice. It feels great in the mouth but afterawhile the aftertaste builds up too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:06:58 | More by vandemonian
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