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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,083 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,083
Reviews: 1,819
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 221
Gots: 406 | 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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3.45/5  rDev -18.2%

I found this still on the shelf at a shop in Ypsilanti when I was up for the summer beer fest.

Poured into a nonic pint.
A- Pours with almost no head rising up. What does bubble up gathers into a brown pillow in the center. The beer is very very dark brown. Its like a porter or stout. There are some garnet edges but mostly its all black in the glass. No lacing not great head retention.

S- Now-a-days XI is smelling quite like some Belgian strong darks. Malty, caramelly, dark fruity.

T- Up front its similar to some Belgian strong darks too. Comes in malty smooth, woody, raisin-y and chocolaty. Whats left of the hops comes in at the finish with a very piney profile. The hop bitterness lingers.

M- Medium high carbonation, medium full body. Id assume when this was new having more bitterness would make it seem less smooth, but after 2 years its almost creamy.

D- Good drinkability. Low bitterness, just enough to create complexity.

In all this was a pretty sweet little secret I found up in Ypsi.

07-28-2009 03:56:19 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Large head, slowly works down to around one finger, while it is mostly miniscule bubbles, you get oddly sized larger bubbles here and there and the head does dimple in spots, almost sheets of lacing down the sides, thick and clingy, light brown in hue. Completely and I mean completely black in color, you'd think it was a stout by looking at the glass. Then you smell and, wham, the hops slap you upside the head, all pink grapefruit, pine needles, tropical pineapple, guava, papaya, nectarine fruit, the floral side the weakest hops element, yields to burnt biscuits, lightly roasted coffee beans and peat moss. In the mouth it's full-bodied, muscularly sinewy and gets right up in your face. While there's no getting around that pink to white grapefruit, pine sap, licorice and bitters, here there's more equanimity shown towards the roasted malts and toasty dough elements, blends in coffee bean, hard toffee and a nip of butterscotch. The carbonation more prickly than anything else, fits in with the overall tingle. Balance for Stone is a high wire act blindfolded, but this one comes about as close as the brewery can get. More than any of the flavors you feel the energy bristle through each sip.

07-28-2009 02:36:11 | More by farrago
Photo of oxnard111


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very very dark brown. Cannot see through liquid what so ever. 1 finger medium tan head. Head is thin in consistency.

S - Sweet caramel and vanilla, maybe even an almond extract type smell. Woodsy/earthy/burnt smells. There is some other smell in there that I just can't identify but can be detected on the exhale.

T - Strong barley. Wood tastes with a bitter aftertaste. Seems like the hops would have been more detectable when it was fresher but has been bottled for almost 2 years so they have lost some of their potency.

M - Very thick almost chewy. Very low carbonation.

D - This a pretty strong brew. Alcohol taste is pretty apparent. This almost seems like a desert beer. I could imagine having this with a ice cream covered hot cookie desert.

07-28-2009 00:22:54 | More by oxnard111
Photo of beerorRIP

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

snagged a bottle when i was out at the blue point beer dinner night @ spinnerstown inn.

poured from the nicely graphic'd bottle to an AB pint glass: a not so hard pour yields a very black body (only slightly ruby on the edges) topped with a 2 finger-light tan head. the head does receed, but leave some nice sticky lace behind. can't see through the blackness.

smells like a stone brew for sure. lots of hoppy smells (aka citrus and some pine) and some touches of roastiness. interesting for certain.

tastes stoney. hop flavor and bitterness are abundant. but there is a malt backbone that is present and shows itself with a touch of roasted flavor. not an overpowering coffee or such like from a stout though. it's a peculiar taste, and i like it. i can't quite explain it all, but the taste has a mesh to it that is nice.

medium bodied, and a tiny bit oily on the tongue. carbonation is there, but not creamy like you might expect.

drinkable for certain, and with the interesting taste it presents (compared to the usual stone lineup around here) i could have more than one easily. but it's not to be found in NJ for the most part.

07-27-2009 00:44:40 | More by beerorRIP
Photo of froghop


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

pours a jet black with a large khaki head, and great lacing.

smell is faint at first, dark fruits, hops, and some sour malt in the back.

taste is strong, dry, dark fruits, touch of chocolate, a little caramel, sour malt, lots of hops, a little licorice, a tad bit of citrus, and a woodiness, end is dry and very bitter.

07-26-2009 23:57:45 | More by froghop
Photo of altctrlsdelete

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -19.9%

Pitch black with a tan head, half an inch tall and persisting. Craters and bubbling on the surface, slowly dissipating to a quarter of an inch.

Biscuity nose, minimal if any hop notes that I can detect. The roasted malts are on full display here.

More roasty, solid malts in the mouth, with more of a hop balance with a very bitter aftertaste. Dry finish. It seems, dare I say, simple to me, with up front roastiness and a simply bitter finish. Maybe an undertone of sweetness to go with that, perhaps a hint of fig. I feel like I'm missing something, but it seems straightforward.

Slight carbonation and a solid feel. Not too thin and not overly viscous. Some spiciness from the hops is present here too.

The alcohol is carried well, but overall I find this somewhat disappointing. There's just not enough that I'm able to appreciate going on in this brew. I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again.

Same style as Arrogant Bastard? Really? I don't see it. This is closer to a porter by my taste.

07-26-2009 20:54:07 | More by altctrlsdelete
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3.1/5  rDev -26.5%

Poured black with a toffee colored head. Nice lace, with a respectable head that stayed with the beer.

Citrusy aroma, pungent guava & some toasted flavor. Aroma of roasted coffee and

Taste is slightly acrid. Reminiscent of roating coffee beans. Many contrasting flavors here. Licorice notes Warming alcohol.

Medium bodied beer with a woody finish. Also finishes with a slightly bitter and vegetative clinginess
Really interesting beer. Not sure if I would seek this one out again, but none the less it had a very unique taste. Kudos to Stone for taking it out of the box yet again.

07-26-2009 20:02:36 | More by deanhead
Photo of Brad007


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown two-finger head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of floral, citrusy hops with grapefruit standing out the most for the hops. There's also a nice hint of sweet malt that seems a bit roasty as well.

Taste is full of floral, grapefruit-like hop character that dominates at first. It's followed by sweet malt with a hint of raisin and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness and sweetness that seem to coat the mouth. Alcohol is present but feels muted just enough, though it coats the throat with warmth.

Interesting beer that has many different flavors to contemplate. Worth a try but make sure that you sip it.

07-26-2009 04:22:09 | More by Brad007
Photo of lhaqq


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Nearly opaque black with a generous dense dark tan head. Looks almost like a nitrogenated stout.
S: Lots of hops initially though the smell still is subdued. Pine and a bit of maltiness.
T: Most of the taste seems to be a floral hoppy bitterness. Begins, though, with some bittersweet chocolate and light roast coffee. But there is a big grapefruit finish that was unexpected.
M: Enjoyably lighter than expected from the taste and abv.
D: Refreshing and can't taste the high abv.

07-26-2009 03:38:54 | More by lhaqq
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a Lowenbrau mug.

A- Pours a jet black reminiscent of a stout or porter. There is a nice dirty white head that does not stay around very long. A fair amount of cling present but again nothing over whelming. Not what I was expecting when I poured an American Strong Ale but then again I have had a rather limited experience with this particular type of beer.

S- The first note I get is grapefruit, this beer almost knocks you over with the citrus smell. That smell is combined with a chocolate and coffee backbone. There also notes of hops and some caramel?

T- The big hop presence in the taste is quite suprising given the appearance and smells. I expected the hops after gettting a good whiff from the nose but not to the extent that the taste offers. The hops seem to be balanced with coffee and citrus. This a great flavor combination that masks the overall strength the beer possesses.

I nice beer, but what else would you expect from a brewer like Stone? Once again this company does not disappoint serving a very good and rather strong beer. This has been a welcome addition to the Imperial IPAs that I have been ravenously consuming this summer. I will certainly be picking this up again and storing a few in the cellar to see what age does to it.

07-24-2009 22:48:53 | More by cbros
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Pours with a massive, chunky tan head, which soon settles to a nice coating with splochy lacing.

The first smell I pick up is toasty chocolate, with more and more pine coming out. I can just pick up a hint of citrus.

Wow. This one is different. First I pick up a burnt, bitter chocolate, then the hops start to come through. There is definitely grapefruit on the finish.

This one finishes smooth and clean. There is a noticeable lingering bitterness. The body and carbonation are just right.

This is one of the most interesting beers I've tasted in a while.

07-24-2009 02:49:58 | More by jbhuxley
Photo of HeyItsChili


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours Coca-Cola brown/black with garnet highlights and a globby, creamy khaki head.

S - Heavy on toasty malt, faint cocoa, coffee, chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, faint dry bitter chocolate, piny hops, sort of an odd caramel foamy finish.

M - Fluffy, fizzy, medium bodied.

07-23-2009 02:58:26 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Found this on draft at the mandalay bay burger bar after they disappointed me with not having deschutes mirror mirror. Worth it, however. Didn't get the chocolate as much as expressed but an excellent double ipa with some maltiness. Great on draft in a goblet.

07-22-2009 23:07:06 | More by Backer2004
Photo of weeare138


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Appears a dark, near black with a fluffy beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap of suds. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, espresso, and a huuuge amount of pine and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, caramel malt up front followed by a gigantic bitter dryness during the swallow.

07-20-2009 20:33:41 | More by weeare138
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

22oz from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $7.

A: Dark brown, verging on black with a cream colored head about and inch thick, excellent lacing and really great head retention. Nice looking beer.

S: Extremely hoppy, big blast of citrus in the nose, which is a little shocking considering the color of the beer, in fact, all I can smell is a huge hop presence. Nice.

T: Wow, one of the most shocking flavors I've had in a beer, coffee and grapefruit rind. This is an odd one, hop flavored coffee anyone? Really potent and bitter, both from the hops and from the dark malts at play here. Malt bill is fairly subdued, but the dark roasted/coffee presence is about the only thing going on in that department. Very interesting.

M: Quite thin, medium carbonation, and quite dry, surprisingly no booze in the mouth on this one, even though it weighs in at 8.7.

D: Just a little too out there for me, the flavors pull my tongue in so many directions, not to mention the amount of hops has pretty much decimated my tongue, that this is an enjoyable beer, but is hard to drink. A lot going on, really tasty, but definitely a one and done beer for me. Will seek out again.

07-19-2009 02:59:32 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Pours a very very dark brown, almost pitch dark, with a nice creamy very light brown head.

S - A strong maltiness comes through along with some piney hops.

T - This bottle has aged a few years now and the hops have become somewhat muted from what they were at bottling, but there is still a pronoucned piney hop flavor to go along with the malt backbone. Also, just a touch of smoke comes through.

M - A full bodied creamy beer.

D - It has a strong alcohol note, so it can be a bit of a sipper, but I still wouldn't mind two of these back to back.

Overall, a really good beer. I'm a fan of India Brown Ales and this beer twists that style up a notch.

07-18-2009 03:33:42 | More by bdevilbullet
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

650ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.com

Poured a deep black colour. Light tan head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thickish covering... lots of sticky lacing most of the way down the glass...

Aroma - Juicy tart fruits (orange zest, pears, lemons) followed by sweet (and maybe slightly toasted ?) malts, light chocolate and coffee notes, faint brown sugar traces, strong piney resin and citrus hopiness, raw nuts - pistachio, some rubberiness, honey, cut wet grass / hay...

Taste - Tons of piney, grassy and citrus hop bitterness blast the tongue... juicy tart fruits (strong grapefruits, lemons, pears, bitter oranges), nice caramel malts and notes of floral honey balance out the hop assault, some chocolate hints, quite herbal, some liquorice, light roastiness...

M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through... full bodied... a bomber of this is a bit much due to the hop assault

Overall - An excellent and slightly bizarre ale - a bit like a blend of Schwarzbier and DIPA... well worth a try..

07-15-2009 11:11:32 | More by mdagnew
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours jet black with a booming, fluffy light-tan head that never fully dissolves and creates a dense layer atop the glass. The aroma is filled with sticky, resinous hops and has some hints, although very subtle, of chocolate. Flavor is piney hops and sweet malt upfront and is accompanied by some touches of roasted malt and dried fruit. Its a medium bodied beer that is sticky and has a good amount of carbonation. Out of all the "Black" IPA's that I've tried this one certainly sets the bar. I had no idea what this beer looked like before I poured it into my glass and was surprised it was as black as it was. The aroma is purely delicious.

07-14-2009 04:59:12 | More by DiabolikDUB
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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

22 oz. bottle from Belmont Station into pint glass.

Pitch black brew, tan two finger head with significant lacing-this looks good..Chocolatey, roasty malts predominate in the nose and beginning of the taste, with a dry hop finish. More of sipper than quaffer, one bomber is sufficient, thanks. I certainly like this more than Arrogant Bastard and hope Stone decides to brew on a regular basis. A nice example of the style, most certainly worth seeking out.

07-14-2009 03:36:58 | More by jdense
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

22 oz bottle purchased at Green's on Ponce and poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

A: Pours what appears to be black, but on closer inspection you see its a really dark brown with amber highlights around the edges when held up to the light. It has a nice large frothy small bubble head that leaves ring after ring of lace as the beer is consumed.

S: Just like in my tap experience with this one, I do not really pick up much in the way of hops in the aroma. However, they do seem a little more prevalent in the aroma than the tap pour did. Also, the malt sweetness is not so forward in the nose as the tap version.

T: Just like the tap version, the initial sweetness is quickly washed away with a load of hops which leaves quite a bitter after taste. The after taste is very similar to what I get when I drink a black up of coffee.

M: Medium body with a very smooth and creamy feel. I do not recall it being this smooth on tap.

D: Judging it based on the style listing here, there are quite a few Strong Ales that are probably more drinkable. If you threw it into the DIPA category, I think the score might be a bit higher.

07-14-2009 02:16:08 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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3.65/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Lasered enjoy by date on bottom of 8/18/09. Was dark brown almost black in color with some mahogany edges against the light. Good lacing. It had a massive 3 finger than head that ever so slowly settled to a constant foam.

Being Stone, the aroma was heavy hops - floral and pine resin. Also had some darker fruit aroma in the back. Not much else could escape the hops. The taste was really good but definitely a hop attack. Tonuge is shredded barely a 1/3 of the way into it. I like bitter hops but this one just goes over the enjoyable line into the pain area. Makes it tough to finish since numb at the end.

Overall, a really good beer that definitely brings the hops. For me, this is a good sharing beer as it's painfully bitter after awhile. Glad I got to try it as I missed getting the Stone 11 (this is that just re-released and re-labeld) but one is enough.


07-12-2009 03:02:24 | More by TexIndy
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a bomber into a 24 oz mug. Awesome bottle. So far, it's my favorite.

Pours a very dark brown, practically black. A finger of light brown foam retains well and leaves behind some nice lacing.

If you had no prior knowledge of this beer, you'd be absolutely floored by the aroma. Huge burst of west coast hops, plus bitter ground coffee and roasted barley. Tons of citrus. Amazing aroma.

The taste to me doesn't seem to follow the nose at all. There's a big piney hop character, rather than the citrus I had been smelling. An absolute in your face, aggressive bitterness. Six months ago, I would've hated this. This is more bitter than any beer I've tasted so far, moreso than Ruination. 13th Anniversary is in the fridge, so I'm interested to see how the bitterness compares. There's the aforementioned pine hop bitterness, then a chewed up coffee bean bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted barley that borders on harsh.

The texture is nice. It's got the body I'd expect from an IPA. Surprisingly smooth. There's a nice creaminess. Well done. The alcohol isn't present in the taste, but just as a warming sensation on the way down.

This one toes the line between bitter and unpleasant. Had Stone made this any bigger, I don't think it would work out at all. It's definitely a beer that grows on you. Those first few sips are almost overwhelming. I know they already used the "You're not worthy" line for Arrogant Bastard, but it's more applicable here. All in all, this is a pretty bad ass beer.

07-12-2009 01:37:47 | More by Gyle41386
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North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

22oz bottle at Flying Saucer poured into a Duvel glass a nice opaque black with a nice frothy light-tan head that diminishes and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a subtle amount of black malts and crisp hops. Taste is very nice balance of black malts and citrus and pine hops. Very nice complex amount of flavors with bitter cocoa and espresso showing up nicely as well. The beer is medium bodied with the alcohol present, but somewhat hidden. I got to try 11th when it was a year old, and this one is certainly better fresh.

07-09-2009 22:51:29 | More by atsprings
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Consumed on 6/28 from a growler into a pint glass.
A: Pours out black and fairly thick looking. Good size head emerges from initial pour. Head texture is creamy and ivory brown in color. Head is pretty sticky but not much lacing is left on the glass as the brew is consumed. The head stays around for awhile and finally settles to a thin layer.

S: Mostly pine but some floral/grassy notes are there as well. Roasty notes very very faint (maybe be my mind playing a trick). Orange zest is also present in the smell.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell. Big pine taste upfront followed by a slight bitter finish. Grassy notes linger in the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't present when brew is cooler but as it warms up alcohol is more present.

M: Great mouthfeel, creamy but not thick. Good amount of carbonation but it doesn't take away from anything. No harsh alcohol taste when cold but as it warms, slight alcohol taste can be detected but by no means is it harsh.

D: This is a damn drinkable beer. The growler was gone all too quick, glad they bottle this. I really enjoy this beer, goes down smooth and overall just an amazing beer. If you loved the Stone XI fresh, you'll love this beer.

07-08-2009 21:16:48 | More by Swimsum
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

22 oz. Anniversary ale bottle. Dark brown/black pour. Frothy tan head. A little musty smelling, with piney hop and some roast and burnt malt. Taste has plenty of roasted malt, some dark chocolate. Very clean finishing with biter coffee, bakers chocolate, pretty dry. Medium bodied with good carbonation. I think 1 year of age would have been about perfect, this was just a little over. The 2 years really mellowed the hops, which was good for me. Good balance of malt, roast and hops. A real nice drinker, with only slightly high abv, which is not noticeable at all anyways. From what I understand this is now the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

07-07-2009 00:38:02 | More by Bung
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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