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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,336 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,336
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 232
Gots: 508 | 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 mltobin
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Moan and Dove.

Appearance is a dark brown with a one finger tan head, which leaves some nice lacing. The smell is sweet with grapefruit, quite a punch of hops, toffee as well. Upon sipping this black ipa from Stone, the same flavors from the nose are there & in a very balanced fashion. I also tasted some chocolate and coffee in the finish. MF is medium, smoother than I expected going in. Drinkability also gets a thumbs up with this beer, another winner from Stone.

mltobin, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT. All beers served in 16 oz mason jars.

Pours dark black, wisps of off white foam, but otherwise very clear. Smell and taste are roasted, get the sensation of a stout with a little more IPA hop backbone. Residual bitter. More stout than IPA though. Good beer, full of flavor.

KTCamm, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. Very dark with reddish hints. Tons of hops on the nose. Piney and grapefruit primarily. Hops hint first on the tonue. Pine first and foremost and then lots of citrus/grapefruit. Pretty impressive how hoppy it is given the darkness. Light and highly drinkable

Urbancaver, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's funny, I must have picked this beer up and then put it back down for some reason and not purchased it. I thought that I had it, and went to review it one day and I could only find a bottle of the Imperial Russian Stout. Well, I felt denied, so I was at Spec's yesterday and saw it...and picked up a bottle. Now that I have conquered the hard part...acquiring the beer...let's give it a go...

Appearance: Pours as dark as it could be...well, not really, but there is no light passing through it even from the corner of the glass. There is a thin tan head of small bubbles that is standing for quite some time, so there must be quite a few bubbles rising to maintain it. There is some pretty serious lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by hops with American citrus abound. There is a decent amount of malt in there, but you have to concentrate to get through the hops. There are some toasty and slightly nutty notes in there to give the malt some backbone. You can pick up the "chalky" aromas that you get from dry-hopped beer, but I am not sure that this is dry-hopped. It may just have a S**t-load of hops and that is the aroma that is lingering after fermentation. Either way, the hops are really generous to say the least.

Taste: The flavor is also seriously hoppy, but there is enough malt in there to give some balance all the way until the finish. The hops win out in the conquest for control of the finish, but the malt doesn't give up easily. It doesn't take long for there to accumulate a decent burn on the back of the throat that I think is a combination of Alcohol, hop bitterness, and dark grains...but it is a bit much to linger after only a couple sips. The mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. The beer is solid, but is pretty well attenuated and leaves the palate pretty dry and acidic.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, but like so many of the West Coast brewers, this beer is just way too out of balance for my particular taste. It has some significant malt, but at 8.7%, how could you not? This beer is a hop-monster, which for some people is the "nectar of the Gods", but I prefer my nectar to be drinkable sip after sip. This beer gets rough and ugly on the palate after a few sips, forcing you to take a drink of water to "reset" your palate. That is a bit much for me. This beer is OK, but I don't think that I would drink it again...especially not a whole 22oz bomber by myself like I am tonight.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark, dark brown on the verge of black with a rich mahogany one finger head that laces the glass. It barely allows any light to pass through it and is medium in body. The aromas are surprisingly very hoppy upfront with a good amount of charred malts in the back. The flavor is hoppier than anticipated as well. It has a very sharp and distinct pine/citrus hop profile right out of the gate. It finishes with a load of dark roasted malts, on the verge of tasting burnt. It's good but the charcoal flavor keeps me from scoring it higher. It drinks pretty full in body and the flavors become more bold as you continue to drink it. It's a good beer but like a lot of Stone's darker beers, I don't consider it to be overly drinkable. Something about their aftertastes just throw me off.

aasher, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown color with mahogany highlights and a toffee colored cap of very frothy foam. Several sheets of lace on the glass, but otherwise unremarkable.

S: Sublime, indeed. Gobs of tropical and citrus fruit melt into a sweet brown sugar and light chocolate backdrop. An explosive and robust aroma.

T&M: A pithy, bitter grapefruit flavor and notes of resinous pine feature strongly here. A hint of chocolate malt and some slight sweetness follow near the back end, though the finish is long and relatively dry. Body and feel are very enjoyable. It drinks like a standard IPA, not a bigger beer.

D: Solid flavor, medium-light body for the style, solid drinkability. There's a touch too much dry bitterness for me to drink more than a bomber.

BamaBeerBuff, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of mckeowbc
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown that looks black in the glass. If you hold it up to the light you can see just a hint of light coming through around the edge of the glass. An ample amount of light brown silky head tops the beer. The head lasts a long time and leaves nice lacing as you drink the glass.
S - The smell is lightly hoppy with a hint of sweetness.
T - The taste is heavy and complex. There's a bit of sweetness that greets you first and as you swallow you start picking up the bitter chocolate and coffee notes of the roasted malt. The hops add some overtones that are hard to pick out on their own but lend to the overall character of the beer.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy and what you'd expect from a big dark beer.
D - The flavors are all in good balance without any rough edges. Great beer to drink.

mckeowbc, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of SFrankBrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost black with some lacing that hangs around down the glass. Roasty malts - like a porter, pretty much - with a hint of the hop assault. Black IPA is a perfect description of this beer. The hops are prominent and persistent throughout the palate. Upfront, the first impression is of a porter, with the chocolate/roasted malt flavor. Then the hops come in and dominate; the dry hopping is especially prominent in this one. The hop flavor in this beer is AMAZING-seriously like having a glass of fresh hops. This is a thick, velvety beer and the lingering hop taste does have a tongue-drying effect. Overall, a fantastic beer.

SFrankBrew, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a definite black with a thin foamy tan head and lots of lacing.
S- Smell is definitely hop forward. A rich hop bouquet of pine and mint. Just a touch of citrus. Enough of a burnt malt presence to bear note.
T- Immediate pine presence. Mellows into more of a minty flavor. Some burnt malt in there. Don't fool yourself into thinking it's balanced. Don't fool yourself into thinking it should be.
M- Just a touch above medium bodied. Slightly below medium carbonation.
D- A definite hop lovers beer. A bit too in your face for me to want to drink a great deal of it in a night. But I dug it. Merited another purchase.

jsprain1, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Black/brown color with an off white billowing head. Overall it has good head retention with great lacing.

S: The nose is really interesting, the hops rear their head only to be pulled back back a supreme malt presence. It tends to hint at spices that probably aren't there as the two foes dance, citrus and roasted malt.

T: The hops show up first, citrus, herbal, bubble gum. They quickly give way to the malt body, which is quite significant. Roast dark malt roars into the picture as the beer finishes dry and deliciously bitter.

M: Luscious and full bodied it tickles the palate with light carbonation.

D: Crazy drinkable. I just finished some home brew that clocked in at 190 IBU's before this and the beer still held up hoppy. Cheers to Stone!

Neffbeer, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a large goblet. Pours nearly black with a decent amount of an off-white head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

At first smell you get a nice sweet and roasted malt aroma before being taken over by piney hop aromas of the northwest US.

It's definitely got a strong hoppy taste, but the malts do make a nice appearance. You get a nice sweet molasses, chocolate and toffee taste at first that gives way to roasted bitterness and finally gives way to a beautiful piney and citrus hoppiness.

It's got nice carbonation and mouthfeel and has good drinkability.

3rdRowTailgater, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Two fingers of tan head on top of a with a jet black. Great lacing as well. The head does die down quicker than I expected.

S: Crazy citrus dominates the aroma. Hard to smell anything else with the overwhelming hop aroma. Finely hints of some roasty notes with a little bit of chocolate.

T: The tastes starts out with a citrus hop flavor, but is quickly joined by chocolate notes and hop bitterness. Definite sweetness and a bit of cocoa flavor. Initially the strong flavors make the beer seem like it is slightly lacking in complexity, but it really develops as you get more used to the bold flavors and uncover the more subtle ones.

M: Decently thick with a somewhat creamy feel. The carbonation is acceptable. Hint of chalky

D: The strong flavors, thick body, slightly chalky feel, and higher alcohol make this a harder to drink beer. Maybe part of the problem was that while I loved some components, the overall beer was more of a mess than a thing of beauty. I honestly needed someone to split the bomber with me, because this beer is not tame enough for a 22 oz.

OnThenIn, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of HopMasterFlex
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a go to beer for me. When the 11th anniversary came out I must have drank 20 bottles. It was my first time with a black ipa and frankly I never looked back. Though I feel the 11th was better than the sublimely I was still stoked to have it available year round. It bours black with a root beer hue. The head is an inviting tan. Smell is pure hops and I love it. The subtle toasted malt are present as well. This beer is the definition of an iba. The color is black bit it drinks like an ipa. Super hoppy and delicious. Nothing bad to say about this other than the smaller batch of the 11th was better. I still have 4 bottles of the 11th and I drank one the other day. The profile is completely different as you'd expect. The piney hop flavors are gone and the malt flavors are huge, it's almost choclatey. It is a completely different beer but still delicious!

HopMasterFlex, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of irs
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love SSR, so this is a good exercise to try to force myself to be able to explain why. This bottle might have some age to it, but it still tastes great.

A: Black with with a thick tight head of resilient foam
S: Hops, chocolate, malt.
T: First chocolate, then grapefruit, sweet grapefruit, not just in the hop nose, but in the initial taste. Then hop bitterness, lots of it, great hop bomb there.
M: I don't know what to say besides, yum, it just feels great to drink it, smooth viscous, somehow light yet substantial.
D: I love to drink this stuff. And I can drink it until it knocks me down...

irs, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of KSac4115
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost completely opaque black/brown with a very minor brown foam head at the top. Lacing is immaculate.

Smells very hoppy as I have come to expect from Stone ales. A sweet malty smell is also detected. Very floral aroma that hits you even before you put your nose up to it. The scent already is getting that bitter bite into my mouth. My mouth is watering.

Exception taste and blend of flavors. Hops are very prevalent. Not at bitter as I had expected. There is a good sweetness to it too. Very well managed flavors and bitterness all around.

Incredibly smooth. Carbonation levels are perfect for the style of beer.

This beer is REMARKABLY drinkable for this imperial ale. At 8.7% one would expect a stronger bite, but instead gets perfect contrast of bitterness and drinkability. As a big IPA/ale guy this is right up my alley. So very smooth I'm pretty sure I could drink this all night if I had the cash.

Enjoy!

KSac4115, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.99 for a 22 oz. at a liquor store in Tampa. Poured into my trusty "Crab House" 16 oz. pint glass

Never tried this before but I am a big fan of Stone RIS so I'll give it a whirl. I did not care for the IPA that I had from them years ago so anything that said Ale I shied away from.

I am opening the 22 oz. bottle as I write this so I'll be typing as I drink it.

Nice frothy head about 1 1/2" and its staying around for quote a while here. Even when it dissipates it leaves islands of foam on the glass. Damn, this thing is dark far an ale. It's hard to tell with stone as their bottles are fo freaking dark.

D- Uh oh, smells pretty hoppy, not sure if I'm gonna like that. Roasted malt taste but the hops definitely come through big time. I gotta tell you, this is nicely balanced though. I had a Hopslam last night and though it is delicious for an IPA, I can only have 1 of them. This is pretty hoppy. Almost like a malty beast is trying to get out but the hops keep dragging it back in.

T- Really good actually despite the hoppiness to it. I bet you in a couple of years when the IBU's have been kicked down this thing would be damn good. Still, it's the style and i appreciate it.

Mouthfeel- very thick but not stout thick. A nice balance. I would have one of these again.

GO STONE BREWING!

sendsilk, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, mostly black, with a slight cedar-reddish tinge up to the light. Head is lovely, beautiful even. Dense mother-of-pearl bubbles around the edge with larger bubbles on top, leaves some waves of sticky lace behind. Off-kilter sense to the top, just wonderful.

Smells tasty. Roasty and darkish but some wonderful sweet and spicy hop aromatics. Dark chocolate with blackcurrants, figs and a lot of tasty floral hops. Slight cola tinge to it, giving slight anise aroma. Dark, fruity, mysterious. Wunderbar.

Taste is very very decent indeed. Dark and roasty with cocoa-rich chocolate upfront. Develops some spice notes on the mid; carraway, star anise and some minty characters as well. Slightly metallic on the back, but also some pleasant hop notes, wood and a slight espresso coffee burtness on the very back. A little off-balance at times, but the flavours are all very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full enough, thick enough, a bit of heat adds harshness though and it's all a bit too dry for my liking at the back.

Tasty beer, with pleasant characters. A bit of a falter towards the end adds a touch too much robustness, but overall a very tasty brew from Stone.

laituegonflable, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Buggabeer
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A Nice dark black in appearance with a red cast when held to the light. Poured with a 1 inch head that slowly disapated. Nice lacing around the glass.

S Very nice hop presence. Definite grapefruit aroma

T What an excellent choice for my B-Day beer Has a nice dark beer taste at first and a wonderful hop finish at the end. Perfect not overpowering

M I think it feels great in the mouth not over carbinated or flat at all very nice beer

D Can I have another PLEASE!! I think it is exceptional. Awesome beer.

Buggabeer, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of BenjieK
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black, brown highlight in the light. Nice tan head. Beautiful lace. Gorgeous.

S: Sweet dark malts and grapefruit and pine. Great west coast hops.

T: A little sweet at first, almsot milk chocolate, with a great hop punch that is mostly grapefruit.

m: Maybe a little heavy on the carbonation, but good.

D: Very rich, but considering ABV, very drinkable.

BenjieK, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Pardishcreel
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

When you first pour this bee it is dark when held up to light you can see a hint of red but it looks black without light. The head is a thick strong one that stays around for awhile.
The smell is that of an ipa surprising for the look of the beer that the malts do not show up in the smell.
The taste is that of a hoppy ipa, but with a sweeter finish. If you like hops but the lasting bitter in your mouth this beer is for you.
Not somthing I could drink everyday because of the bitterness, but a great on occasion beer.

Pardishcreel, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Boitnott
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Bells small tulip glass. The appearance is literally black with almost no light coming through. There are some brown accents and the head is finger deep and cream colored. Lacing is good and lasts.

Smell is of rich black malts, with some floral hops present. Not as strong as I would have expected, but definitely not a let down. Some roast smell also comes from the beer.

The nose has a strong hop presence which is surprising to me because this usually comes out in the finish. The finish has a strong black and brown malt flavor. The roasted barley adds a bit of savory flavor, which goes very well with the equally hoppy finish.

Overall the carbonation and ABV goes well with the flavors, but maybe slightly over carbonated. The full body makes this very strong but the bitter finish balances this out nicely. This beer would go well with a grilled steak. Stone never fails to impress and this one just keeps that trend going for me.

Boitnott, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in the US and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a dark, but tempered deep brown colour, with a frothy and voluminous head of light cocoa-coloured foam. Some sudsy speckled lacing. Body looks surprisingly light, but overall, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is fresh and sharp with big American hop characters. Forget the appearance, this is all about the IPA aroma dry-hopped West Coast goodness, giving lots of Cascade-like citrus and fruit characters. Once it warms, it does start to give off slight hints of chocolate and dark malt as well, which provide an interesting, but dichotomous counter to the hoppiness. But there's no doubting what is king: it's hops all the way.

Taste is also, surprisingly hoppy, with only light caramel chocolate characters coming in at the very end once the hops eventually grant them a fleeting audience with your tastebuds. Rather, there's big hp bitterness throughout, leaving hop oil residue and crisp biting bitterness throughout most of the length of the palate. The chocolate and darker characters only deserve a mention as the palate as a whole dies out.

Feel is rather light, but this just underlines its true nature as an IPA, not a dark ale.

A very strange and one might say extreme example of the IBA style. It's a wolf in sheep's clothing--an IPA masquerading in the guise of a dark beer. The hops almost perfectly mute everything but the colour.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of rfabian
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a firm tan head with lots of lacing. The appearance is very dark and clear. The aroma is =wow= citrus hops, cocoa and coffee. The taste reflects the aroma with lots of bitterness and dark roasted malt. The feel is medium bodied with a nice clean finish.

This is an excellent dark ale. A once in a while beer that smacks you in the head and wakes up the taste buds.

rfabian, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of lbaker
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(a)- Pours very dark/black. Small amount of head, little carbonation, neat tan color. My first black ale, quite similar to a stouts appearance. Poured in sniffer (4/5)

(s)- Cocoa, if there was a chocolate flower this would be it. Smells great. (5/5)

(t)- Amazing taste. So much to take in yet the balance is there. Rich and malty, yet without the weight of lack of depth in taste like some stouts. (4/5)

(m)-Great mouth fell. Little more pop than the usual Stone line.(4/5)

(d)- This beer isn't exactly a sniffer, but it isn't something you'd be ordering a pitcher of either. Its intended to be bought and enjoyed in 2 sniffers, like im doing now. I'll definitely pick this one up again. (4/5)

lbaker, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Stockfan42
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at deepellum in alston. After trying the bottled version I preffer it.

When you pour it it sure looks like a stout, but that wouldn't be true. It's got a dark black body with a thin reddish brown head and nicely carbonated.

This is one of my favorite smelling beer's. Hoppy and fruity and a little floral.

It taste's like it smells. Very hoppy, bitter, a bit malty and something floral still sticks out.
Leaves a great after taste.

Mouthfeel is about average, very drinkable to anyone that enjoys a hoppy bitter beer.

Stockfan42, Jan 27, 2011
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,336 ratings.