Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 5,131 | Reviews: 1,820 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev +5%
A - Poured a very dark brown from the bottle, but in the glass it is as good as black. Only on the edges do you get a very dark caramel color. Nice head that settled down pretty quickly.
S - The color had me ready for roasted malt and chocolate, instead it is all hops on the nose. Sweet and citrus, would not be surprised if they dry hopped with some Ahtanum in there.
T - Nice bitterness but not as much as I was expecting from the aroma, a nice surprise! Not picking up much roast at all but plenty of chocolate and dark caramel malts which give it some nice fruit flavors. Definite hop presence, lots of citrus and fruit...didn't taste as pine to me as many say here. Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo is my guess for what is in there. They did some great late hop additions here, lots of flavor without a big bang of bitterness.
M - Good...not spectacular, would like a little more body, but it is good.
D - This is a good beer and good beer is drinkable! Really, even with the higher alcohol, it finishes clean and can easily enjoy a 22 oz. bomber or a couple 12 oz. or pints. Complex but not tiring.
09-24-2009 00:02:44 | More by steelerguy
3.73/5 rDev -11.6%
Served in straight pint glass. The bartender had a rough time with this beer, it seemed way over carbonated, and after much pouring off of foam I finally got my beer. Poured a slightly translucent black, with touches of brown on the edges, and had well over an inch and a half of dark khaki colored head that had very good retention and lacing.
A surprisingly neutral and balanced aroma greeted the nose. Nice mixture of malt and hop, with just a touch of roast. The first flavor across the tongue is that roast we found at the end of the aroma. The roast sticks around and covers the expected malt taste and mixes with a bite of hops at the end.
The body is full and just a little sticky. Drinkability is very nice but I think I'd get bored if I had more than 2 in a row. Overall, a decent beer worth trying.
09-23-2009 21:33:33 | More by beertunes
4.6/5 rDev +9%
Pours a very dark brown almost black with a nice thick off-white head, lots of lacing.
Amazingly complex smell, intense aroma of pine needles and citrus fruit, strawberries and a hint of dark malts and coffee, one of the best smelling beers my nostrils have ever had the privilege of sniffing.
Tastes like it smells, some coffee and dark fruity malts and intense piney hop finish, this is a hop bomb for sure with a nice malty body to balance it out.
Smooth thick mouthfeel and highly drinkable, especially for the aclochol. I don't know what kind of beer this is, it's more like a dark imperial IPA, possibly the best stone beer ever.
09-21-2009 03:40:24 | More by GodOfBeer
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, but there's also some roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit noticable. The beer tastes pretty much just like the aroma. It's mostly hoppy, but there's enough malt in there that you can taste those flavors too. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat creamy and coating, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is great, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy it again in the future.
09-19-2009 21:30:49 | More by bluejacket74
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
Dark brown with a tan head showing some good retention. Lots of hop bitterness on the aroma with some pine and citrus note taking the lead. Citrus again on the palate with orange/lemon peel type bitterness that's backed by a subtle malt sweetness. Definitely hop-forward, but it shows a considerable amount of balance despite being less than subtle. Sounds contradictory I guess but it's a unique beer to be sure and while not the greatest stone offering it's definitely a good beer that deserves a try.
09-18-2009 23:58:46 | More by apbarwood
3.8/5 rDev -10%
Poured a dark brown with a two finger head with good retention. The aroma was a musty bitter, sorry, can't do any better than that. The taste was bitter citrus/pine needles. A little bitter for me, but not bad. The feel was full bodied with more than sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good, especially if you are into hops. Not a lot of difference as it warmed up, still a good beer.
09-18-2009 20:19:50 | More by kegger22
4/5 rDev -5.2%
I was surprised to see that this beer poured a dark brown color. Had a medium head that fell quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops - almost all citrus - with just a touch of dark malty sweetness in the background. The flavor was much the same, a touch of malty sweetness, but a ton of citrus and floral hop flavors and a lingering bitterness. The body was medium and the drinkability was good.
09-15-2009 15:04:41 | More by clvand0
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured dark into a tulip leaving the aroma of hops from the light brown head.
A great beer! Well balanced with a very nice smooth mouthfeel. The hops and malt combine to make a wonderful combination of flavors that are just about perfect for a strong ale. It's like Arrogant Bastard refined but on steroids. Stone strikes again and we are the lucky ones.
09-13-2009 04:45:44 | More by jsapunor
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
Split this tonight with a couple of friends as a part of a Stone mini-vertical with the 11th-13th. My favorite of the night.
The pour is gorgeous, black with a dense dark brown head with great retention and lacing. On the nose, the hops are still so fresh! Yes, it's been in a 40 degree fridge for a while, but the piney hops with a little bit of fruit character (apricot and peach) really works well with the deep, roasted malt character with coffee and chocolate. Great balance. On the palate, the flavors are replicated, with a surprising amount of hops present, with pine and a little citrus before a gorgeous wave of dark chocolate, coffee and a little sweetness come in. In some ways, almost stout like. Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a long finish with a great balance between hop and malt bitterness, this beer is fantastic. I'd drink a lot more, but I have just one bottle left...
09-11-2009 03:06:58 | More by DefenCorps
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
This beer poured an almost pitch black but with some light barely getting through. If formed a huge foamy medium tan head and formed circular lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, hops, pine and grapefruit. The flavor was of malt, hops, grapefruit and a hint of chocolate. The body is medium light and the finish reflects the astringency of the hops.
09-11-2009 02:17:30 | More by Wildman
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
22oz. bomber into goblet on 8/31/09.
A - Poured a really dark brown/black body with deep ruby and burgundy highlights and a thick one-finger tan cap that deposited sticky, cake-like lacing all around the glass.
S - Pineapple. Wow! This emits a huge citrus aroma with some sweet malts and even a hint of chocolate and caramel in the mix. A subtle waft of alcohol is also apparent. Really surprised by the dominant (and pungent) citrus character.
T - As with the aroma, the citrus/pineapple character really dominates the initial flavor and is accompanied by a dark chocolate malt backbone. Flavor blends sweet and bitter notes quite artfully, while a hint of perfume also emerges in the backend. But make no mistake... this ale is sublimely citrusy!
M - Medium bodied with a creamy texture and subtle carbonation on the tongue. Closes with a long-lasting bitter finish on the palate.
D - Fantastic! Easily one of the best dark hoppy beers I've had. I was surprised to see this categorized under Strong Ale instead of IPA. Either way, this is an awesome brew with a huge pineapple character.
09-10-2009 22:38:02 | More by ffejherb
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear tulip glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.25.
A: Nearly black with ruby edges and billowing 2-3 finger off-white head with thick lace.
S: Fruity ale aromas are first, but they are overwhelmed by sharp floral, pine, and citrus aromas. Roasted dark malts mix in as well.
T: A great mix of dark, roasted malt, West Coast citrus and pine hoppiness, and typical ale fruitiness. Alcohol is well-hidden.
M: Smooth and coating with a medium-full body and pine and citrus hops tinged dark malt aftertaste.
D: A really good black IPA style ale. It provides a complex and interesting mix of aromas and flavors with signature Stone quality.
09-07-2009 03:48:39 | More by argock
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
Quite an intense brew. Huge amounts of dark roasted malts. Gives off a coffeeish flavor. Of course, it also comes with big hops, both citrus and pine. Maybe just a little more citrus. Fairly bitter. Dark fruits, mainly prunes. Not exactly amazing, but somewhat interesting and unique. I would say pretty good overall.
09-05-2009 09:28:03 | More by Trappissed
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
The Sublimely Self-Righteous pours BLACK as night with a very contrasting white head. It reminds me of that famous stout from Ireland but this one looks more vigorous and much more assertive.
The aroma from this beer was a shock to say the least. A beer this dark shouldn't smell like this, well maybe it should if its a "Black IPA". We are talking loads of hops, piney, marijuana-ey, grapefruity hops. It also has the familiar smell that makes me think Simcoe hops were a big addition to this beer. Yes, it has that astringent "cat pee" thing going on a bit, but don't think of it that way. Think of it as super fresh hoppy goodness.
One sip and again this defies the dark beer expectations that my mind has. No malty sweetness up front, this beer is all about hops. A ton of piney, evergreen flavor is the most prevalent. The astringent bitter hop flavor is tongue numbing but oh so good. There are some hints of bitter coffee and dark chocolate but mainly this is hophead territory.
What can I say, this beer is great. Call it a Black IPA or an American Strong Ale or whatever you want. Its a big, gutsy beer that will blow you away and wash clean any assumptions you might have about dark beer.
09-03-2009 15:05:52 | More by indiapaleale
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
A - Dark Opaque liquid pours to create a 3 cm brownish head with fairly large bubbles. Bubbles slowly pull back, but remain for quite some time.
S- Interesting. Strong mix of hops and mouth watering malt.
T - much like the smell, balanced mix of warm malty goodness and strong hop flavor. Slight bitterness from the darker grains in the malt bill. Lacking the sometimes burnt flavor from dark / stout like brews.
D - If you like dark beers with full flavor, not too sweet and not too strong, then this is a beer for you. The 8.6 ABV is extremely well hidden. Not a weak beer, quite a lot of flavor. But a nicely balcend beer that I would hesitate to call a stout.
This was goes nicely with a full flavor meal, say steak and a nice slice of fresh summer tomato. Oh, and it goes well with Blue cheese ;).
Find this beer if you can.
09-01-2009 02:38:41 | More by digr
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Got this at Abraxas (Miami Beach) on Saturday Night as my second beer of the night. From the look of it I knew I was on to something... The hoppiness was unexpected and it packed quite a punch. After the first sip my first comment was "Whoah!!" which caught the attention of the bartender. The hops sucker-punched me as it was again totally unexpected yet very pleasant.
A very dark beer, I held it agaist several light sources to no avail. Very nice perfume, piney and citrucy except you're too busy salivating to the hoppy bitterness to notice during the first few sips. Once you catch up to this brew you start to fully enjoy it. The flavor masks its alcohol content and at 8.7% be mindful you might not want to have too many of these unless you've got a designated driver.
08-30-2009 06:19:51 | More by brewtalizer
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
On draft during this weekend's Stone orgy @ Abraxas.
Pours a "thin black" - while the color is similar, you can tell it's not a stout, as it does not pour like black oil. Thin head.
Aroma is hugely redolent of skunky, sticky bud if you ask me. Hugely hoppy, very fresh, quite similar to rubbing a fresh hop cone in your hands and sniffing.
With a smell like that, you *know* what it is going to taste like. The first glass of this is shockingly bitter. Not unenjoyable, but very bitter, so much that I didn't really notice much else. The second glass, I noticed a pleasant citric sweetness beginning to creep in. For such a dark beer, I don't get much roasty character at all, which is fine with me here. This beer is all about the hops - at least if it is fresh.
Mouthfeel is full and sticky. Extremely-hopped beers make me thirsty, and this is not an exception.
I'd say it's pretty drinkable as things like this go - hell, I had 3 of them, I must have liked drinking it.
08-29-2009 20:05:55 | More by Patrick999
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
Lucky enough to have this on-tap at the Trolley Stop. Poured into a pint glass.
A- Had a dark black appearance with two fingers width of cream/tan colored head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.
S- Bouquet of citrus hops and fruit. I'm getting some pineapples and oranges mixed with a faint hops character and a bit of roasted malt.
T- A lot like the aroma. The hops are not really present, but give off a tremendous citrus, fruit punch flavor. Underneath this are some chocolate and roasted malts that give it an interesting twist.
M- Medium to heavy bodied. Plenty of carbonation and pretty smooth.
D- This was a slow sipper for sure.
This is an exceptional beer, especially for those that love the combination of juicy fruit hops and roasted malts. For me, I typically don't like to mix the two, but this one worked out to say the least.
08-29-2009 16:10:46 | More by rhinos00
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
Split a bomber of this with a friend.
Poured into a tulip glass revealed a intensely dark brown body with a nice ivory cap, with moderate lacing.
Good God! The aroma is intense! Multitudes of hop goodness with ample amounts of molasses and dark fruits to reign in this bad boy of a beer from being a complete hop bomb! This must be the most unique aroma of any beer I have encountered to date. Might even oust Pliny The Elder.
Taste was on par with what I was expecting. Big flavors of bitter chocolate with an assortment of citrus fruits, and brown sugar, accompanied by big pine resinous notes to finish it all off. This beer demands your attention with every sip to truly appreciate it.
Mouthfeel was big. Thick and viscous.
Stone hid the alcohol extremely well in this beer. Huge marks for drinkability as it did not become cloying or repetitive. I wish Stone could make this a seasonal beer.
08-25-2009 05:58:14 | More by Foxtrot
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
Picked up a bomber of this at Julio's the other week. Figured that a rainy New Hampshire afternoon was a good time to sit down and crack this guy open.
Poured into a pint glass leaving a big foamy tan head that maintains pretty well throughout the drinking of this brew. The head leaves a nice amount of lacing hanging above the dark brown, almost black color of this beer. Looks amazing. This has got to be one of the darker ales I have ever had that wasn't classified as a porter or stout.
As I bring the glass close, my nose is hit with the strong and luscious smell of hops. Most likely a blend of hops, with warrior hops being the dominant aroma. However, this isn't an IPA, but Stone does like their hoppy ales. Citrus and pine notes mingle as well
After drinking this delicious brew for awhile my impression is that this is a darker, slightly more burnt and somewhat smokey version of the Arrogant Bastard. I taste well roasted dark malts, chocolate malts and a little bit of smoked malt coming through. These flavors are followed by some pleasant hop bitterness that rounds off the overall taste.
The alcohol is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is thick and creamy. I think I could drink this beer all day. It is smooth, yet packs just enough hop bite to make it interesting. Keeps pulling me back in. Nice work Stone.
08-23-2009 22:27:49 | More by sisuspeed
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours dark and opaque into a pint glass with appreciable chocolate-tinted head. Smells floral and very hoppy with the hops' characteristic citrus afterglow. This one really smells like it tastes. An over-the-top hop flavor prevails with refreshing lingering bitterness and hints of something richer and more roasty underneath. The carbonation is rounded and underlines the hoppy bitterness. Very smooth, very drinkable despite the intense bitterness. There is a lot to the body of this beer, but it's not chewy. Overall enjoyable, the body does a lot to curb the hoptensity and make this one a delicious beer.
I'm not a hops person, but I can see this beer being high marks for whoever is. Tastes like Stone met their mark here.
08-23-2009 22:26:08 | More by abuliarose
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
A -- Absolutely beautiful pour. Black beer with a lovely creamish-coffee thick 2 finger head. Nice lacing as well
S -- I tried my best not to read any of the reviews on this nor did I read the back of the bottle. The way this poured I expected a heavy malt, coffee stout. Imagine my surprise when the nose was filled with a hop explosion of pine and citrus.
T -- Incredible. Big ups to Stone for this one. It's like an IPA-Stout hybrid on the palette. Hops kick in right off the bat and continue to scream all the way down but lurking in the background is a fantastic coffee/chocolate malt that leads to an incredible balance. I'm not sure if the malt is as present as I think, as this is rather bitter, or if it's the appearance playing tricks on me.
M -- very heavy with mild carbonation.
D -- With how smoothly this goes down, and sporting an 8.7ABV, this could be trouble.
08-22-2009 23:25:58 | More by mmmmmbeeer
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Completely opaque black with a beige head that has good retention.
S - Aroma isn't very powerful. Some roasted malt. A bit of hops. Just underwhelming.
T - The hops and malt kind of hit at the same time. They mix fantastically. Bitter and roasty. It's just amazing.
M - Good body and carbonation.
D - I could drink this all day and night.
08-22-2009 22:02:50 | More by infestaxion
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
The beer poured well. The head kept longer than I could wait to drink it. This beer had one of the most intense and pleasing aromas of a beer in a long time. Mouthfeel was pleasingly thick with a slight bite at the end. taste suggested dark burnt candy, rasins and coffee. could feel the alcohol warmth after first sip (gulp). very good beer, but could drink this all night.
08-22-2009 19:21:52 | More by Elric14
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Appearance - a dark deep brown with a light tan head served in an arrogant bastard stemmed glass, looks pretty damn good.
Smell - strong floral notes, very similatr to a Pliny.
Taste/ Mouthfeel - a very smooth, boozy citrus taste, extremely easy to drink considering the 8.7% abv. It finishes with some faint hoppy notes long after you take the last sip.
Drinkability - these kinds are beer are trouble because they go down so smooth and have that flat like finish that you end up pounding a few and find yourself a bit loaded, but well worth it.
08-22-2009 05:57:40 | More by chickencoop
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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