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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
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5,298 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,298
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 231
Gots: 495 | 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 jneiswender
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served out of a bomber bottle into a tasting glass during the Roxbury Beer Festival. served cool.

a- dark garnet body and a tan head
s- varied, fruity hop, some grain and an interewsting hemp smell
t- fruit, grain, very slightg alcohol, resin
m- medium
d- very good, really exceeds expectations. i would drink this again.

jneiswender, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great black color, mostly clear, with a lingering swirling head and nice lacing.

I could smell the delicious hops even as they had just set my glass on the counter. Absolutely terrific, with lush smelling citrus and fruity hops, and a good malty backbone.

Taste is off the charts with deliciousness! Rich dark malts are balanced with oily, pungent hops, along with some piney grapefruit flavors. For a black ale, it's a lot like an IPA.

Feel is tangy and bitter, with a medium body and plenty of carbonation.

On tap this stuff is outstanding, just as it is in bottles.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The head atop the pitch black body is light tan and very sticky The head poured about three inches.

The aroma is hoppy first with sweet citrus; mostly grapefruit. Deep whiffs reveal a gentle bitterness from the roasted malts as well.

The taste is full of slightly sweet, chocolatey bitter citrus rind. The taste is a little on the dank side. The balance struck here is one that features the hops but still allows the chocolatey malts to provide a nice backbone.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy; this is dangerously drinkable.

I don't always drink Black IPA's, but when I do, I make it a Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale.

andrewinski1, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of FARGO619
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many many times. I'm finally getting around to rate it. It took me off guard the first time I tried it. Nice and hoppy.
A: Dark brown with light head went down fast. Lightly carbonated. Dark ruby light flowing through on the bottom.
T: Hoppy, sweet, bitter, and subtle floral hit the nose.
D: Easy to drink.
O: Overall it is a nice dark hop that is always good to just chill to.

FARGO619, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Iceman77
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few black ales before but this one is BLACK, maybe just a hint of amber around the edges where the light comes through. Pours with a fluffy three finger head that recedes slowly throughout the glass. The aroma is great, a ton of roasty malt up front with some hops hiding behind it. There's a lot going on in the flavor as well, where the hops take over a little bit more and there is a hint of sweetness as well. Very smooth on the mouthfeel, with a little bite of carb and bitters on the aftertaste. I think this is a great example of the style, and one of the best from Stone

Iceman77, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of surprenant1138
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep mahogany, almost black with about a half inch foMy dark tan head. Lacing retIns well and appears smooth. Aroma is of charred nuts, raisins, hops, slightly oaky and maybe a hint if smoke. Mouthfeel is of a medium body. Taste is of all the aromas, but more earthy and almost grassy. Excellent beer.

surprenant1138, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of BigDRS
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Admittedly, this is my first cascadian dark ale/american black ale/black ipa/whatever. Worth the hype.

A - Black. Solid black. Just a bit of light shines through the bottom of my glass, but that's it. I'm surprised at just how opaque this brew is. Head is tan in color and the initial two finger head dies down to a thick film that leaves a good amount of lace on my glass. This beer is awesome already.

S - Smell is intense. Lots of hops, burnt malt, and a bit of caramel. There is just a bit of some fruitness, mostly dark cherry, in the nose as well.

T - Hops dominate all the way through. The roasted malt flavor comes through initially and lets up to a caramel/molasses taste. Aftertaste is at first sweet and a few seconds later turns bitter. This beer is very rich and complex. Maybe Stone just brewed another amazing beer or maybe it's my first crack at the style, but this beer is awesome.

M - Mouthfeel has just the right amount of creamy/syrupy goodness. Carbonation level feels good to me.

O - If this is representative of the style then I'm hooked. The name of this beer says it all. Stone has never let me down and I doubt it ever will. Buy this beer and drink it NOW.

BigDRS, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of bluesplit63
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best from Stone so far.

Self Righteous Bomber.

Purchased from Nikki's Liquors. North Providence.

Pours a rich black with a thick light tan lace.

Hints of citrus and pine.

Smooth feel to the mouth with a light closing taste of alcohol.

8.7abv. Enjoy slow and steady.

bluesplit63, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours very dark brown w/ an awesome cocoa 2 finger head. Good carbonation and lacing. Great looking beer. Very dark- darker than I was expecting.

S- Sublime is fitting in the title. This beer is super close to a 5 on the nose. Very complex- there's a lot going on here, but extremely balanced. Very hoppy, but also very smooth, refreshing.. etc... Great smelling brew!

T- Love it. You get fruit, hops, pine, alcohol, malt, and some other traces. VERY smooth drinking, and really great tasting. Hops leaves a smooth bitter taste on the aftertaste. I do taste a little alcohol, but it's well hidden- more of a feel than anything. Nice.

M- Velvet. That's the perfect word to describe the feel. It's not heavy feeling by any stretch, but exactly right. Very balanced feel to this beer, nothing reaches out and grabs you, and the total package is outstanding.

O- This is one of my favorite Stone beers so far. Very unique, very smooth, and very enjoyable. If you haven't had it yet- go pick some up, it's definitely one I'll get again and again.

jayhawk73, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of BrainDad
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopcat in GR. Except for the bitter element of the hops being a bit too harsh, this is an exemplary Black IPA. The nose is what really gets me. It has that rich, earthy, citrusy hop aroma reminiscent of Founder's Double Trouble (as a reference).

Color is a rich, ruby black. Seems a bit thin on the tongue at first but really rolls off nicely. A nice head to start with good lacing as I work down the glass. I could really drink a lot of this on a hot summer day. That's where the bitterness really pays off!

BrainDad, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fell in love with this one the second I opened the bottle. The beer poured out as a dark black color with a generous brown head on top. The lacing looked pretty impressive as well. The smell of the beer was fully loaded with citrusy hops and roasted malts. The taste was a collision of the two battling it out. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall it's a wonderful beer, I strongly recommend it!

Knapp85, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost but not quite black, but certainly opaque with a 2 and half fingers width of khaki colored head that dissipated very slowly leaving at least a half finger widths throughout most of the drink. It leaves some of the heaviest lacing I have ever seen.

S: Predominately hoppy aromas of the pine and citrus variety. No real malt characteristic, just hit your nose hops. Not a very complex aroma, but very inviting if you are a hop lover like myself.

T: First sip is a very well balanced blend of roasted malts and hops. This beer is not particularly complex, but it doesn’t have to be. The simplicity may be what makes it so damn good. It is just an excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Some very subtle burnt malt flavors with hints of caramel, but the balance between roasted malt and piney hops with a strong hop bitterness on the aftertaste certainly predominates. The ABV is masked wonderfully, with no overpowering alcohol characters. Hop flavors definitely are the mainstay of the drink, but are by no means overwhelming. If you consider yourself a hop head, you will almost certainly enjoy this beer.

M/D: Perfect amount of carbonation, relatively smooth and very easy to drink. Leaves the mouth feeling somewhat dry, but not to a fault. It is very drinkable considering the ABV, heavy stout-like appearance, and dominating hop flavors.

O: This beer is deceiving in that judging by its appearance you would expect a more stout-like drink with a certain heaviness and stronger malt characters. But in reality its more or less a great, hop-heavy ,IPA that happens to look like a stout. Overall this is an excellent beer. I admittedly am not that familiar with black IPAs, but I can’t imagine one being much better than this. I recommend this beer to all those who love hops and to those who are interested in this beer style. I will certainly drink this beer again.

zac16125, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of mryuk
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown with a bit of amber and 2 fingers of head.

smell is piny hops with subtle malts.

taste is hoppy and bitter start to finish.

mouth is medium thick with good carbonation.

overall extremely good. surprisingly not malty for how dark it is. extremely good hoppy flavor.

mryuk, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK, so I bought into the hype. I had to make a selection, so why not get on my way and take the bottle OT Stone that everyone has been talking about...

Visuals: poured freely into a La Trapped goblet... a rich two inch tan head forms like cream over pitch black ale. Not as viscous as the Sam Smith RIS enjoyed the other night, but my taste buds are already preparing for a luxuriously silky ale with dark fruit and roasted flavors. Head subsides, w/o long, into a hair-thin head.

Aroma: Father, I have a confession. I know this beer is supposed to LOOK one way and ACT another, but that luscious looking beer I just poured has me hankering for big roasted and dark fruit aroma!

Talk about identity crisis!!! it might look like Guinness, but it smells like a glass of fresh-squeezed Grapefruit juice.

"Cha'lie Murphy, what did the glass of Stone day to the nose?

SMACK, Bitch!"

Flavor: It's marginally more complex than your standard IPA. In truth, any extra complexity is lost to the gritty hops... juicy hops are in turn overwhelmed by booziness. It finishes dry, but is actually chew deeper in. The coarseness isn't so much in the finish, so I'm not struggling to finish the bottle, but it becomes nondescript.
Ok, it is dark. Then either make OT a classic lean IPA or gimme something interesting to work with: premium base malt, toasted malt, dark fruits, roast/smoked/astringent character.

I like my IPA to be West Coast. Malt character belongs elsewhere. This beer is so big it has to be malty. There's such a thing as too much. I found it here.
Plenty of alcoholic burn that just doesn't work in a hop-centric beer.

Mothfeel: chewy - not just because of caramel malts... It's nor THAT sweet.... dry finish, but not lean or crisp enough.

I get it, the discrepancy between the appearance and taste are meant to make your head spin... in reality the conflict comes between the attempt to make an IPA and something too boozey and one-dimensional.

Measuring this on it's style, I'm ok giving a beer that drinks like an IPA while looking like a Stout high marks for... well, looking like a Stout and not an IPA. That's not the same as tasting like an IPA and drinking like something fat and sloppy!!
Schwarzbiers and many exceptional Porters pull off being dark AND crisp/light-bodied. So why shouldn't an IPA? :-/

Overall: ranking it on its style I guess you can say Sublimely hits all the marks, but in reality this is a style that doesn't do much more than market American IPA's. So it plays a Mindfu**k, I'm not finding a palatable reason to get this beer again, or sponsor this style.

MONKandTUCK, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a dark purple color with a nice 1 inch tan head and some really good retention and some really cool looking lace

Smell: Floral aroma of the hops is kind of overpowering at first then the scent of roasted malts gently reaches up and taps you on the nose

Taste: Typical of stone brews at first taste you get the piney sting in the back of the palate from the hops. Then the sweet malts take over a bit and give the beer a nice balance it then finishes itself off with just a note of chocolate and coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some decent carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Very good black ale or black ipa or whatever the hell stone wants to call this thing. Bottom line is that it is a good beer that I will drink again when in the mood for a stone brew and I have no RIS around

DarthKostrizer, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I chose one of the most influential beers as my 20th review. This beer really opened my eyes a year ago. Poured a 22 oz bomber into my 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a gorgeous black, with a 3 inch light tan head. Crazy amount of lacing. Smell is heavenly. Piney, citrusy hops, with a hints of chocolate. It is amazing that they work so well with each other. The taste is similar, with some burnt malts & a hint of booze in the finish. Has a fairly thick body for such a easy drinking high abv beer. Plenty of carbonation. This is an amazing beer and did the same for black IPAs as Nirvana did for grundge music.

SawDog505, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of garuda
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle, best by dated stamped on neck

A - Black. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention and great lacing down the glass.

S - Juicy hops right from the cap removal, some grapefruit, with dark chocolate malts, a little roast, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T - Pine hops up front with some roasted and burnt malt, then bitter coffee and dark chocolate battle with the hops through the finish with dark chocolate ultimately coming out on top.

M - Medium to full body, low to medium carbonation level, creamy smooth across the palate, finishing clean and bitter.

O - I really enjoyed this one and it gave me hope for the style. I'd definitely get this again.

garuda, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to snifter.

A: I thought this beer was pouring dark brown but once I checked it against the light in the glass it was indeed black and opaque. Two-and-a-half fingers of soapy light khaki head adorns the top of this beer and sticks to the glass as I drink it down.

S: The citrus hops are bright and dominate the smell, followed by nice West-coast piney notes (reminds me of a Sierra Nevada pineyness). Behind that there are some nice roasted malts but they are buried and the hops really shine.

T: Hop-forward, again with citrus but the pine is preeminent here with some extreme dryness. There are some coffee and espresso notes underneath that blend with the hop bitterness and create some nice flavors.

MF: On the lighter side of medium bodied, feels wet and refreshing and finishing with that bitter hop dryness.

O: The best black IPA I've had, definitely hop-forward with roasted/coffee notes underneath which is how I would prefer a black IPA.

Scotchboy, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of MikeyMikee
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I did a side-by-side with a fresh self rightous and one that was about 9 months to a year old. I'll review the fresh one first and the aged one second. These are from my notes where I grade beer out of 100 so while the overall score is probably going to be a B or B+, Ill list their individual scores as I had them.

FRESH: 81/100

A- Very dark beer, kind of a DARK ruby reddish/copperish, not black though. An off white head.

S- Sharp citrusy hops with some floral notes and a very light roast as well. The smell is actually pleasant. There is also a semi sweet dark chocolate kind smell there as well.

T- Sharp citrus hops, very bitter but the roast flavor overpowers the hop flavor. If that makes sense? I guess thats the point of a black ale, bitter roastyness. The coffee is there, as is the chocolate. Alcohol is present too which normally isnt bad in stouts but doesnt fit into this style for me.

M- Bitter Hops that bite in the beginning and alcohol in the end. Carbonation stings a bit.

O- Not overwhelmingly drinkable, bu tI did enjoy it. Might have been a little too bitter and threw off the balance with the roast.

9 Months to 1 year old: 87/100

Completely different beer. Cellared at 55'F served at around 50'F.

A- This is a pretty dark beer, its about as close as you can get to opaque without actually being opaque. The head is a little darker than the fresh version, closer to brown.

S- Rich dark chocolate, coffee and espresso and some vanilla. Soft piney hops.

T- Light espresso, rich roasted coffee and semi sweet dark chocolate. The hops come through a bit but are mostly faded and there is a light biterness to it.

M- Great carbonation, mouthfeel is still a little thin but has a semi velvety feel to it. Just short of ideal. The bitterness is mostly faded and the alcohol burn/warmth is gone.

O- Very drinkable, much closer to a stout at this point. Its a completely different beer than a fresh selfrighteous.

MikeyMikee, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a tumbler.

Great light cocoa brown chocolate like head that is foamy. Cloudy dark brown body with red character. Just like it's bottle cousin, some good lacing while drinking too.

Hop citrus orange and grapefruit but muted, seems oily, sharp but still tiny and muted, I'll say it's slightly bigger than out of the bottle.

Taste is a little more varied briefly, first a quick sugar of milk chocolate disappearing with hop and grapefruit bitter. Aromatics of oil and citrus fruit on the finish, extremely fruity it never lets up.

A little more dynamic, but mostly just more powerful on tap and still a good example of this style. Can't go wrong with it at all.

smakawhat, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of MikeM40
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. This brew pours a near black and creates a huge foamy light tan head that last forever and leaves tons of lacing. Aromas of bitter hops,pine and citrus fruits,particularly grapefruit greet the nose. First sip reveals a surprising roasted malt character that is nicely balanced by bitter hops. Also hints of bitter coffee,chocolate and more citrus. This beer has a very usual flavor profile but the flavors work together amazingly well. Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium and there is a definite creamy quality to this beer. The finish is long and quite bitter and any hint of alcohol taste has been completely masked. This is a very interesting brew which manages to blend flavors you would not think would go together,and does so very well. An interesting ale I would gladly enjoy again. 

MikeM40, May 28, 2011
Photo of djsmith1174
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Stone brew...finally

A - Nearly black with a long lasting head

S - Roasted malts and hops. Little bit of dark fruit.

T - Initial hop bite that I would expect from a Stone brew, but in conjunction with roasty malt. Sweet dark fruit in the middle.

M - Nice medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Really goes down well.

O - Not being as devout of a hophead, I went after this Stone offering first. I'm sure pleased that I did. What a great mix of flavors in this complex brew. Will have another in the future.

djsmith1174, May 28, 2011
Photo of Gehrig
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at The (Brilliant) Blind Pig.

Deep black ale with dark ruby trim when held to the light, with two fat fingers of creamy, light tan foam. Excellent duration, ample lacing, and a terrific looking beer. The aroma is magnificent, lush with citrus smell, pine, chocolate and caramel malts. Orange, pineapple, and some lemon fill the nose, making this a surprisingly hop-forward Black Ale with ample malt, as the taste attests. Exceptional smell, nothing short.

The taste is magnificent, very well-rounded, and packed with rich, durable flavors. The first part, especially given the hop content, is surprisingly malt heavy, loaded with chocolate with a hint of roasted coffee bean. Citrusy hops and some pine emerge with a little warmth, adding some sweetness. Fabulous, all the more so because, combined with some appreciable hop grit, this is is eminently smooth, creamy, amply effervescent, and thoroughly enjoyable. This doesn't allude to 8.7% ABV whatsoever, too easy on the palate, too accessible, too good. Amazing.

Stone arrived in East Central Champaign with much fanfare and advanced advertisement, with bars such as The Pig, Crane Alley, Seven Saints, and others conducting tap takeovers filled with Stone offerings. I had enjoyed Stone's delicious wares before, so I was prepared for their craft goodness, but Sublimely Self-Righteous was a breed apart. One of the very best veers around, this is first rate Black Ale/Black IPA.

Tremendous, a privilege to have tasted and enjoyed. I gave this a good go for a dozen pints/bomber bottles soon after it was introduced.

Gehrig, May 27, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown/black with two fingers of dark tan head that left decent lacing.

Smell: Citric hop, roast malt and a trace of semi-sweet chocolate.

Taste: Citric and resin hops right in the face then heavily roasted almost burnt malt, a hint of semi-sweet bitter chocolate and dark fruit plums or cherries. The burnt character is is cleansed by another washing of citrus hops for a dry and mildly bitter finish. Body is medium with decent carbonation.

This is an excellent American Black Ale.

JackieTH, May 26, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

510th review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

**11th Anniversary Review**

Thanks Siggy125 for this extra!!

App- A wonderful cola brown with a two finger head that was super slow to recede. This is 4 years old. Could've fooled me.

Smell- A little faint roast, some dark chocolate, dark fruits and a unique hop kick. Just very aromatic and full on the nose.

Taste- A very big beer. Nicely sweet with a few layers of flavors. Nice dark malts with some chocolate and hops. No fade on this thing. Just very tasty.

Mouth- Very medium bodied and very carbonated. The feel is hops and some dark roast. Nice, just nice.

Drink- This was such a welcome extra and completely unexpected. I will have to have the SSR to compare recipes. If I had access to more 11, I'd be happy.

FosterJM, May 24, 2011
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,298 ratings.