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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,099 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,099
Reviews: 1,819
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 223
Gots: 412 | 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 titosupertramp


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Black, coffee colored with thick, tan head that slowly dissipates. Persistent lacing.

S: Piney and citrus notes dominate in a good way. Mild roastiness is present as well. Pleasant.

T: Nose comes through in the taste as you'd expect. Roastiness comes through more in the taste than it did in the smell. A little chocolate here as well. Mild licorice as it warms.

M: Chewy and full. The hops leave a dry finish. Excellent.

D: The in your face hops and high ABV, which is slightly noticible, make this an enjoyable sipper.

This is the best black IPA that I've had so far, but having Upland's Komodo Dragonfly recently, the gap has closed.

12-11-2010 01:59:04 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of fatmcq


4.93/5  rDev +16.8%

I usually buy these in 22oz bottles, but I filled up the 2-liter growler at the Stone brewery last weekend, and I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Dark. Very Dark. With a reddish tint. Great lacing and 1 finger of thick head that is almost slimy (in a good way).

Smell: Like Christmas. Douglas fir. Earthy and hoppy, with a sweetness like chocolate.

Taste: BANG! Tastes just like it smells... and more! Earthy, piney, bittersweet, grassy, citrus and toffee. Absolutely amazing.

Mouthfeel: Wow. Thick, without being syurpy. Looks and smells like a heavy beer, but drinks with medium weight. Carbonation is perfect. Even 36 hrs after cracking the growler open, it still felt fresh.

Drinkability: EXCEPTIONAL. Everything about this ale is right. Taste, smell, appearance, and feel are all amazing. This might be the IPA in which I compare all others from now on.

12-10-2010 04:28:02 | More by fatmcq
Photo of swede96


1.75/5  rDev -58.5%

Shared a bomber bottle with my brother that he bought. Interestingly, as he was shopping for a craft beer, he was told by the clerk if he like Coors he would like this beer????

The brew poured up a beautiful black body with a 2 finger off white head that was a beauty to behold.

It went quickly down hill from there as I noticed an off colored smell coming from the glass that resembled rotting grapefruit...

Citrus and hop taste, with a sickly sweet flavor of licorace, that for me was hard to get down. The finish had a strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel was like a thick coating on the roof of the mouth that stayed with me for the remainder of the evening.

Again for my uncultured taste the drinkability was poor at best, as the mix of sour grapefriut and sweet licorace was too much for my palate. In all fairness, and seeing how well liked this beer is, the bottle was most likely way past its prime. Oh yea....if you do happen to like Coors don't buy this beer thinking you will like it.

12-10-2010 00:15:25 | More by swede96
Photo of SteveO1231


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Picked up a fresh 22oz. bomber from Harvest Wine & Spirits in W. Hartford, CT.

Interesting label, no date indicated.

Pours a dark black with the slightest mahogany highlights and a tan head, super thick like whipped egg whites. Great lacing.

Incredible aroma, super hoppy, funky... columbus? Some piney hop resin behind all that a bit of roasted malts, espresso, bittersweet chocolate and toffee.

Pretty thick full-bodied beer, almost fluffy with a syrupy slickness to it.

Some malty sweetness that develops into fruity mid-tones, dried fruits, hops and roasted malt give a sweet-tart similar to cranberry. Tastes a bit like a barlywine IMHO. Really powerful flavors on the back end, large roasted espresso flavors with some serious grapefruit peel. Each sip leaves the palate pretty wrecked.

This beer really should be a sipper at a whopping 8.7% ABV. It's very aggressive and complex. Super hoppy and roasty at the same time. I'd expect nothing less from Stone.

- Cheers!

12-08-2010 22:55:21 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of bump8628


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Almost black with a light tan head that showcases big bubbles before fading to a sudsy ring.

Huge pine with raw citrus and tropical fruits in the background. Hops cover up any distinctive malty flavors that would normally be detectable, but there is a general "maltiness" that is softening the roughest edge of the hop bitterness before a dusting of dark cocoa powder dries out the finish.

All about the hops and not so much the roasted malts, which is how I like this style. The best Cascadian Dark Ale I've tried to date.

12-08-2010 17:19:38 | More by bump8628
Photo of abrand


3.63/5  rDev -14%

23 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass shared with a friend.

The Sublimely Ale pours a deep brown almost black color. Nice tan colored head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Aromas are coffee, malts and slight hints of raisins and prunes. Taste is pretty hot and almost too alcoholic. The alcohol overpowers a lot of the other flavors on the quaff. A nice hop finish rounds out the taste. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability is mediocre. I think this will do really well with a little age on it.

12-08-2010 02:34:24 | More by abrand
Photo of OakedCanuck


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Reviewed this a while ago but just getting around to entering it in.

22oz poured into cervoise.

A - Standard black, off white to light tan rocky head, great lacing.

S - Very roasty initially, like roasted grains. You definitely pick up on the citrus hops, grapefruit, some lemon.

T - This beer slaps you in the face. Huge hops, citrusy grapefruit, orange and lemon zest as well as the pine. Then you pick up on the distinct grainy roasted malt that has sweetness to it. Also some licorice and maybe molasses.

M - This beer is pretty chewy, resiny, bitter. Medium weight.

D - I think this beer is awesome and probably the best example of this 'emerging' style. Stone at it again, well done.

12-06-2010 19:28:07 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Gorgeous beer. Pours almost bible black with a frothy lasting head that births large and small bubbles as it "works".

Hits of hops and malt in the nose- maybe a hint of toasted oats?

The flavor is sublime. A strong stance ale -- almost a stout-- maybe a stout but it doesn't have the malty underpinnings of a stout. Bitter hops slathered with toasted malt. But in the end after some consideration the over-all flavor isn't that complex.. maybe it's the mouthfeel that keeps me going...

A long long lasting finish and hangs around with a hops flavor reverb bouncing off the walls.

A sublimely enjoyable mouthfeel-- it's a coating not a beer!

Drinkability-- even with a higher ABV there is enough "body" to this beer so I could see myself having emptied several 22 oz bottles and being welded to my seat but in beer heaven.

12-06-2010 00:00:26 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of bosox941827

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

22 oz bomb poured into imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as tasted.
A - Dark as night, w/just a tinge of red around the edges; thin white lacing hangs around down the glass
S - Roasty chocoloate malts, mixed with a pronounced bitterness; interesting for sure
T - Porter at the start with all that comes with that; chocolate roasted malts with just a bit of sweetness. Bitterness is hinted at in the beginning, but really announces itself mid-palate and hangs around for quite a while at the end, very pleasantly. WAY at the end, the chocolate malts make a reappearance, blending nicely with the lingering bitterness. Can't taste the 8.7% ABV at ALL - pretty amazing.
M - Smooth and silky.
D - Not knowing the ABV, you would think this was a 5% beer based on taste along. This is AMAZINGLY (and scarily) drinkable. Great balance in this beer.
Black IPA is one of my new favorite styles and this is a fantastic example. Another hit from Stone, a brewery that can really do no wrong. Will definitely be picking this one up some more.

12-05-2010 21:41:19 | More by bosox941827
Photo of cdbooth219


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Bomber poured into Sam Adam's Glass

A: Pours a deep black color, allowing no light through it. Forms a nice 1.5 finger tan head that dissipates slowly leaving some very good lacing.

S: Lots of hops, with floral, piney, and grapefruit notes prevalent. Behind that is lots of dark malts, with chocolate, coffee and licorice notes.

T: Starts of very hoppy with all of the nice floral, pine, grapefruit, and citrus notes. Then comes all the malts. Bitter chocolate, burnt coffee and toast, and licorice. Finishes with licorice and a bit of mint flavor. This has a very complex profile.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The hop oils coat your tongue on the way down.

D: The abv is hidden well. It goes down very easy, but i definitely wouldn't drink more than one bomber of this. Its a sipper for sure.

Overall, this is another amazing offering from stone. This is definitely the best black ipa i've ever had and i will be picking up another bottle in the near future.

12-05-2010 15:16:31 | More by cdbooth219
Photo of mjsheehan08


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: Pours a black sludge with a 1.5 inch head that dissipates quickly. Lacing stays consistent through the beer experience. When the glass is held up to the light, some reddness is seen.

Smell: Smells sweet and fresh, with piney, floral hops, but is juxtaposed with dark, almost burnt malts and dark chocolate. A really interesting whiff that I'm hoping it is replicated in the taste

Taste: The hops in this cascadian hit first, and they are dry and delicious. A very fresh taste, that develops into the darker flavors beautifully. The middle has hints of dark chocolate and roaster barley. The taste ends up with some dark licorice. Alot of complex flavors that really work well together.

Mouthfeel: a poppy mouthfeel, with a snappy feeling in the back of the mouth as it goes down, coats the tongue even after it goes down.  

Drinkability: Not a huge ABV, but Stone hids it well. There are so many different flavors at every turn in this beer, that I wouldn't want to drink a lot of them, I would just want to dedicate some time to drinking one.

A really good Black IPA, maybe the best one I have ever had in that style.

12-05-2010 05:38:42 | More by mjsheehan08
Photo of CaptainIPA


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

An aggressive pour yields a dark chocolate hue with a massive tan head with decent retention. Aromas of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple and pine, with subtler notes of chocolate and coffee.

Opens with a wallop of bitterness and a pronounced fruity, floral and herbal hop character. Juicy grapefruit and resinous pine meld with caramel, brown sugar and dark roasted malts. High ABV announces itself with a slow burning presence. Well balanced with a medium body. Suggestions of dark chocolate and coffee emerge. Notes of rich molasses and sharp licorice surface before finishing with a lingering blast of bitterness that numbs the back of tongue.

Sublime? Indeed. Self-righteous? Uh...it's brewed by Stone. Nuff said.

12-05-2010 04:09:51 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of machostacos


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from chilled bomber into tulip glass. "Best enjoyed by" date is: 8/31/10 - wish I would have noticed that when I picked up this bottle. Alas.

A: Pours a very rich practically-black brown, with slight ruby highlights peeking around the edges when held up to a light. A small soapy tan head forms, though doesn't last long, leaving little lacing.

S: Surprisingly enough it's retained a lot of fresh hop character (though I'm sure it's not nearly as impressive as it would be fresh); lots of pine, resin, and the classic Simcoe cat-urine-ammonia aromas on the nose, with a hint of citrus (grapefruit mainly - maybe a tiny bit of pineapple, though it could all be in my head.) A rich roasty and chocolaty aroma pulls up the rear. Smells great even though it is a bit past its prime.

T: Wow. A harmoniously cacophonous tug-o-war between a rich stout and an IPA all the way. Strong chocolate character shows first, wrestling with the strong pine and resin flavors from the hops, back to a toasty, slightly smoky char from the roasted malts, giving way to a delicious blend of sweet and bitter from both the malts and hops. Finishes long, dry, and quite bitter. Both characters are at war, yet equally share the spotlight without one side really overpowering the other. A fantastic balance between opposing styles.

M: Pretty much exactly what I was expecting; medium body with lively carbonation. Quite literally what you'd expect to achieve by pouring a stout into an IPA, though maybe a touch on the thin side.

D: Though delicious, this isn't the most drinkable beer. It's quite bitter with a long finish, has lots of flavors going on that get a tad cloying after a while as they don't really evolve (each flavor profile is easily identifiable and sticks out from the others), and it has a restrictive ABV of 8.7%. I managed a bomber by myself, but that was certainly plenty. I would pick this up again in a heartbeat (especially a fresh bottle), but I'd want to share a bomber with a friend.

12-04-2010 08:50:46 | More by machostacos
Photo of hopstradamus


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

A. Deep, dark, and enticing, with perhaps a dark chocolate hue. The fluffy head is dingy, almost dusty looking, it lasts a while and slowly fades to reveal better than average lace.

S. The nose is piney, almost grassy at first followed by sweet caramel malt and a hint of vanilla.

T. This beer tastes like an epic battle between malty and hoppy. The hops are piney and a little floral, with a sharp bitterness. The malt is sweet and smooth with hints of coffee, burnt sugar, and a little mint.

M. Average mouthfeel and good carbonation help to accentuate a well balanced beer. This is an excellent hoppy beer as well as an excellent malt-forward beer. The dichotomy of the two is what sets this one over the top.

D. An excellent beer that would be one of my go-to beers if not for the high ABV. Still an excellent choice!

12-03-2010 21:04:44 | More by hopstradamus
Photo of decafron


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

a - deep dark sludge with a beautiful huge head. lacing seems to be everlasting. can't wait to dive into this.

s - bright citrus hops lead with a wallop of chocolate malt on the finish. smells as good as it looks...

t - this where this ale really explodes! a perfectly balanced marriage of cocoa and piney hops. it's subtle and huge at the same time...easily the best thing i've tasted from stone.

m - the perfect amount of bitterness, carbonation, and hoppy resin. not a hint of that high alcohol which could be a blessing or a curse.

d - holy crap...where have you been all my life? black ipa's are easily my favorite style of the last couple years and SSR is exceptional. i'm not the biggest fan of stone so i usually walk by them when i'm making a purchase. this beer has given me a new found respect for them. BUY THIS NOW!

12-03-2010 03:43:10 | More by decafron
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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


5/5  rDev +18.5%

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"!!!

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


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

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


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


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

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


4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

11-19-2010 02:50:37 | More by YouSkeete
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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