Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,597
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 239
Gots: 568 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of Reveille1984
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- Bottle poured into a New Belgium glass. Dark with about an inch of brown head.

s- Huge burst of citrus hops in the nose with a touch of roastyness lingering in the background.

t- Strong citrus hops in the forefront, similar to the nose on the palate. Finishes out bold, bitter and dry. Very nice mix of strong hop flavor and dry, roasted smoothness.

m- Medium moutfeel, average carbonation. Par for the course.

d- Definitely a sipper, but that's not a bad thing with a beer this tasty. Definitely a tad high on the IBU's, but that's pretty much the standard with every Stone beer. A very unique mix of flavors and one of my favorites from Stone.

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

Serving: Bomber into a very, very tall glass.

A: Very, very dark brown. Opaque. Can't see through it. Poured a 3/4 inch of very thick head which has remained a while. Sticks to the glass with gobs of lacing.

S: Fairly strong piney, citrusy hops. Slight dark malt to it. Not what you expect when you pour a beer as dark as this.

T: Has toasted, chocolately dark malt character to it, almost towards a stout, but the hop profile is definitely an IPA. Aggressively bitter but not overly so, the malts are not overpowered. They mix great together here.

M: Feels great in the mouth.

D: This is a strong one, but very drinkable. I would drink them till I fell off my chair (slowly).

Photo of IHC
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark, very very dark.

Smell - You can smell the hops right off the bat and then a bit of sweet maltiness.

Taste-light taste of chocolate/roasted flavor and a boat load of hops. Definitely a slow drinking beer.

Mouthfeel- bitter all the way.

Drinkability - Not going to have more than 1 of these in a night, but one is all you need.

Photo of Barleythenred
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark like a fined stout

Smell: a combination of strong hops and malts throughout

Taste: Wow just wow looking at it you think malt but with taste here comes hops and hops and more hops

Mouthfeel: Bitterness to a cringe

Drinkability: slow and steady nothing too fast you might end up with a permanent sour face

Definitely a slow drinking beer but very enjoyable non the less if you don't like hops please steer clear of this one you might just throw it out

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

Had this from a cask at The Yard in Santa Monica.

Poured with a thick head. Very dark and murky.

Nose was very hoppy. citrus and malt

Taste was hoppy and bitter. Very smooth mouthfeel, but definitely a hoppy finish that lingers.

Very drinkable. Great in a small glass. Too much would definitely wear your mouth down. Great beer, though.

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

Consumed 1/8
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark brown with a two finger of light brown, sudsy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving one big sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a fantastic blend of roasted malts, and citrusy, piney hops.

T: Taste starts with light citrus hop notes with a blend of deep roasted malts. Toastiness comes through mingled with minor grapefruit. Charred malts and piney earthiness take the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice slight, oily feel.

D: Goes down easily, extremely tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick. This is easily one of the best Black IPA's that I have had thus far.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

So their 11th Anniversary Ale was arrogant enough to become year-round. Thin, tan lacing on top of a nearly pitch-black brew. Thick resin hop nose with hints of burnt malt, old school. Smooth, almost full-ish body. Oh mama, insane hop presence ... enough for a hophead to get their fix within the first sip. Spikes of charred malt poke through the thick blanket of hops. Warmth of alcohol plays well. We have no choice but to love this beer.

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

A- Very dark, almost black, with a creamy head that stays on the glass. Very good head retention

S- Resinous, piney and citrusy like no other "Black IPA" I've had. Very good dry hopping that comes through with the Simcoe and Amarillo smells you'd expect from a heavily dry-hopped west coast IIPA.

T- Like the nose, but with some of the carmel and roasted and darker malt flavors, but in the background enough to let the hops shine. This is clearly a hophead's IPA. It's the way I believe the style "should be", not a beer that really belongs in another category.

MF- Bitter finish, not mega thick. Not as creamy as some, but that's probably because Stone is highlighting the hops. One area that's pretty good but not perfect.

DB- This is too strong for a quaffer, to be sure. But is this style supposed to be sipped or quaffed? Still, it's one of the only areas I marked down a tad.

Other thoughts -- I'm an amateur all-grain homebrewer and admitted hophead, and am already thinking about how to clone this thing. It's that good! For those that think this style should be like a stout or porter - look elsewhere!

Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Otter Creek mug.

A: Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a nice frothy, two finger thick tan head. Leaves a bit of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Nice and hoppy scent complimented with some resins and pine scents. Once you've gotten passed the hops, there are some hints of citrus and maybe even some dark fruits.

T: Taste is just as you would expect from the scent, has a very hoppy and piny flavor up front, with the pines and bitters sticking around well after its pass through the palate. The finish has some roasted malt flavors hidden by the bitters.

M: Medium bodied, leaves the bitter flavor and resins.

D: This Black IPA has the most hop characteristics of the other that I have tried. It's definitely the most unique as well, not much roasted malt flavor, it's masked by the bitters and resins that are almost overpowering. This is a beer you must try, it's good but not great. As of right now, if you can get your hands on Element's Dark Matter, do it. That is by far the best Black IPA I've had so far.

Photo of Rjhami
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Leaves a creamy head with lacing sticking some and also disappearing quickly elsewhere.

S - Piny, hoppy resin that is clean and crisp with a roasted finish.

T - The hops standout with the bitterness you would expect in an IPA. Finishes with roasted malt and the balance seems to fight itself a bit. Burnt toast character also present.

F - More like a Porter than IPA, fairly thick and not as much carbonation. Leaves a dry finish.

D - The dry finish and slightly uneven balance limits the desire for another right away. Still this is an intriguing style and Stone has a good handle on it as usual.

Served from 22oz bomber to mug.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is my first review of a black IPA. 22oz bomber poured into chalice. "Enjoy by 2/24/12."

A- Very nice dark mud/black color with a thick khaki head

S- Hops attack! Floral, grapefruit, and pine shine strong. Subtle chocolate notes are present. Dark fruit esters also contribute... almost similar to a quad in a unpinning way.

T- Kind of awkward and mismatched. A bit too light on the malts... I was hoping for a darker, hoppier arrogant bastard actually. It is however very good and the only example of a black IPA I've ever tasted so I will take it easy for now. This may actually taste a little better and balance out more even if it sits a few months past its prime.

M- Very flavorful and kind. The hop bitterness is always welcome and the roastiness is great too, as it kind of sticks around.

D- Drinkability is kind of poor due to the lack of balance... this however may just be indicative of this 1st BIPA review. Alcohol isn't too bad and it is kind of warming!

Photo of wvsabbath
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

APpearance - Black, dark tan, very massive 3 inch creamy head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Hops, malts, a semi smoked spice. Grapefruit, some alcohol too.

Taste - Dark malts mixed with spicey hops and spices. Has a kick to it for sure. Does have a coffee flavor hidden in there.Very well balanced. Not real bitter since the malts and barley mellow hops out. Really diffrent and tasty.

Mouthfeel - Its bold, strong and coats whole mouth but doesnt wreck palette. Its pretty thick and chewy with the aftertaste. I taste hops big time with the swallow.

Drinkabilty - I would give it a higher rating but it is 8.7%. I had no problems drinking the 22oz, and actually would have loved another one but its strong enough that i woulda been in trouble. This is the best black ipa ive had so far, its very well balanced and a real pleasure to drink. Stone nails another one!

Photo of sprucetip
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Black, active, dense and fluffy tan head with good retention. Thick lacing early hangs around for quite a while.

More floral but also fruity and piny hops dominate, smoothly though, with moderate boozy esters, and played out on top of a sweet and roasty base..

Definitely more "IPA" than "Black", but roasty character is undeniably present in the background. Piny, and citrusy hops are prominent and sharpen through the swallow, and linger. Roasted grains and malty sweetness support all of this nicely and add depth.

Well carbonated, strong warming, rich, full body, medium viscosity. Some drying before the lingering bitter finish.

This easy sipper is wicked tasty and helps to define this emerging style. Very complex and interesting beer. It is not bashful in its use of hops, but moves methodically toward an IPA/Stout hybrid.

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

Have had this one a few times, found one four months before the freshness date and was obligated to get on here and review it. I remember it being pretty awesome.

A- Black with a tiny hint of brown around the very edges with a gigantic creamy-frothy head. Retains for almost as long as it takes me to drink the pint. The whole glass ends up coated in thick lacing.

S- Hoppy up front, like I remember a good Stone brew being. Nice citrus/tropical fruit, tons of pine like a Christmas tree and some darker fruit notes. Slight roast and caramel in the very background.

T- Like the nose but a bit more balanced. Some sweet caramel malt with a slight roast profile mixes with the huge pine and citrus zest hops Stone is known for. Very flavorful.

MF- Oily moderately thick body with lower carbonation than I would have expected. I wish it was a bit creamier rather than oily. Very bitter finish.

DB- Just a bit too hoppy in the taste, the aroma is very good though. The mouthfeel is really the only thing that falls short here. Very piney and bitter, starts to wear me down. Very strong beer.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Heavy complex toasted malt,tart citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer that I have additional bottles to try the next three years.

Photo of zhanson88
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: This Black IPA pours out a dark brown color with a couple fingers of light brown, slightly dirty looking head. Retention is pretty good and lacing is nice.

Smell: Roasted dark malts, a bit of caramel, and plenty of citrus and piney hops. Seems pretty spot on for the style.

Taste: Of course there is plenty of roasted and dark malts up front, with some caramel as well. On the back end there is plenty of citrus and piney hops. Usually I am a big fan of Stone's hop profiles, but this one doesn't do much for me.The flavors really seem to clash a bit.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is between light and medium bodied, and pretty smooth drinking. Overall this is a good example of of a Black IPA, but the flavor profile is just a bit off. Still, not a bad beer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at the Stone Brewery into a pint glass. The beer is a dark brown, glassy, thick coloring, almost black in the depths. The beer has a 1 inch creamy, thick, tan head. The nose is hop heavy, with grapefruit and resinous forward notes, followed by a solidly smoked and roasted note that helps to balance it. The taste is hop forward, very bitter and resinous, and these characteristics are enhanced by the roast and smoke characters. The hop-heavy feel continues into the finish, where there is more of a citrus hops linger, but still plenty of bitterness. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, despite the boldness of the flavors. This is a big beer, with very heavy characteristics. Damn tasty, and not for the faint of heart.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with not as much head as I normally get out of Stone. I was expecting something almost spilling over the sides. A small amount of lacing.

The nose is deceiving in a way. At first you get the standard toasty stout smell but the hops that shine through make this really stand out.
Citrus chocolate dipped grapefruit

very hoppy with orange citrus and grapefruit that has a good spice going on. Toasty as well but its all about the hops in this. Stone usually dominates when it comes to hops characteristics.

Smooth texture and drinkability.

Photo of dismal
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black (or extremely dark brown) with red highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Nice big light tan head that has great retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. I've never had a black IPA before so I keep thinking more of a stout smell and taste and I keep getting thrown a good way though. The smell was very hoppy way more hoppier than I expected actually. Mainly citrusy. A little bit of malt in the background which gives it a slight roasted smell. The taste is similar, very hoppy with a slight roasted bite in the background. Nice and bitter, ends with a faint coffee/roasted malt finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average and smooth, like a step below creamy. The ABV on this one isn't terribly high so finishing this is no problem. I'd actually take another. My first black IPA and it's pretty great and another great beer from Stone. Will definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of therica
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= dark chestnut brown to black depending on the lighting, big slushy tan head like a rootbeer float.

S= dry roasted dark malts, nice northwest hops, hint of chocolate and occasional smoke and nut notes at some temperatures, complex.

T= dry, with rich dark roasted malts, light hints of caramel sweetness to balance, very bold. Occasional licorice notes. A bit too dry-bitter for my preferences but not too far overdone.

M= very dry with bitters remaining, some toffee hints and dark malts.

D= probably too strong for session, came in a large 22oz bottle and at 8.7% ABV it's probably going to decrease one's capacity. Also somewhat filling. Dryness might get in the way with some foods, or most foods. Maybe good with anything smoked or grilled.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off WOW.

Pours a solid black with mostly white with some tan head. the head fades quickly (probably because its a shocking %8.7 but leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell isnt over powering but of a nice toffee pine.

The taste is fairly bitter but off set by a roasted coffee. The alcohol at first isnt present but then I started noticing it the more I drank.

Great beer!

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

Appearance: Extremely dark ruby red/brownish color, brown head, some sediment. Nice head and lacing.

Aroma: Very nice floral and pine, very hoppy, a little citrus. Some roast and coffee notes come though.

Taste: Nice strong hop bite, pine, grapefruit, spice, with some citrus flavors and dryness. Some roast, coffee, and dark chocolate notes from the malts. Hops dominate this brew, but the sweetness from the malts is noticeable. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Nice carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very well brewed Black IPA. Nice juicy hop flavor with some stout/porter characteristics. Stone is a very consistent brewery and this brew lives up to the high standards they set.

Photo of heebes
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint

Pours black with huge foamy tan head. Nose is citrus hops foremost, chocolate roasty malts apparant as well, auromas of a stout sutble. Taste is a complex blend of bitter hops and robust toasted malts. Dark chocolates combined with pine needles. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, dry in the finish. My first experience with a well recieved Cascadian Dark Ale. Honoured it was with Stone's self-proclaimed best. Great benchmark of an ABV, this bomber is goning to be perfect for the drinking session this afternoon. Cheers to great craft beer.

Photo of fsimcox
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an 8oz tulip glass.

Poured a deep, dark black. Big tan fluffy head that dissipates surprisingly quickly to a thin tan layer! Very nice lacing down the entire glass.

Smells of hops, some grapefruit and a hint of roast malt. Very nice, and not overpowering.

Creamy hops up front, with a slightly bitter finish, some grapefruit at the end, and a hint of grapefruit aftertaste. Some carbonation in the back.

Mouth feel is creamy. With an all around hop presence.

Overall a wonderful IPA well worth a second glass.

Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely love the bottle...

A - A mammoth billowing and cascading medium brown colored airy head with a rocky batter like top settles at slightly more than three fingers worth before displaying excellent retention... A great deal of lacing clings to the glass... An opaque flat black to the naked eye, but some minor notes of red hue can be detected when back lit...

S - Hoppy citrus notes can be detected well before bring one's nose over the glass... Grapefruit... Pineapple... Oranges... Some faint piney hop notes... A touch of roasted malts... Very appealing...

T - Hop forward to say the least... Mostly citrus, with a touch of piney hops... A quick hit of roasted malts before the hops reassert themselves... Perhaps a some faint chocolate notes on the finish as well...

M - The creamy lushness of the foam touches the lips first... Medium bodied, yet still airy and light... Very light carbonation... A strong hop bitterness lingers in the throat and on the back of the tongue...

D - Wow, this is a great brew... If it were not for the color and faint roasted malt components this would compete for prominence about IPAs and DIPAs... With the black color and faint roasted malt component, this becomes a highly memorable and enjoyable brew... The only things keeping this being a "5" in this category are the 9% ABV which is hard to hide and the hop assault that leaves the tongue blistered and battered...

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,597 ratings.