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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,006 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,006
Reviews: 1,817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 369 | 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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GJ40

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased in Seattle.

A - Deep and dark with only a tinge of light shining through. A moderate beige head. Not at all what I expected but very nice.

S - Fruity and floral with a hint of caramel and coffee. I expected roasted malt based on the color but there was very little (if any).

T - Not at all what I expected based on the color. Hoppy and fruity with some malt sweetness and a nice bitterness. I was very impressed by this beer.

M - Thick and creamy with a low to moderate carbonation.

D - Fantastic and flavorful yet quite drinkable. A nice new bottled offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 18:45:14 | More by GJ40
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btuthill

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a coffee-like color from a classic stone bomber. Doesn't look terribly thick. Great two finger frothy head follows the liquid down the glass. smell is hoppy - mainly grapefruit bitters - with some chocolate and licorice. taste is great - nothing like you'd expect from the color. tastes like a grapefruit heavy DIPA. the flavor is nice, but could perhaps use some age to chill the bitterness. mouthfeel is perfect - smooth and velvety without being clingy or cloying. drinkability is perhaps limited by the ABV and the overprevalence of bitter hops.

nice beer. thanks to cdviking for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 01:38:02 | More by btuthill
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours near opaque, but actually very dark cola color when held to light. Off-white head dissipates quickly with a thin rim lace.

Nose is a mixture of light fruits, perhaps tropical in nature, and a sweet roasty-doughy component that almost reminds me of a fresh batch of donuts with chocolate icing.

Palate offers assertive grapefruity hops up front that bully the palate, with a malt in the background that has long ago submitted to the hop domination. Dark color somewhat betrays the flavor profile in the sense that if you drank it blind I suspect you would just wager that it is a DIPA. Finish is a little tart and the hops pucker the mouth a little too much.

Perhaps it needs age, for the drinkability suffers a little right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:14:37 | More by yemenmocha
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noknife83

California

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, dark coffee in color, with creamy light tan head. The faint smell of coffee, very strong taste. I'm glad I've only got one 22oz of these, I'm not eve half done with it and I can already feel it. After taste has a slight twinge to the tongue, hard to describe. A very good beer, I will definitely get it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:09:34 | More by noknife83
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jdoncbus

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber: poured 9 oz.'s into Sam Adams "ultimate beer glass." Dark color with reddish hues poking through and a cappuccino colored two finger head. A good amount of lacing sticks when swirled.

Dark roasted malt and rye on the nose, Raisins, pineapple, and apricot appear and creamy, faint coffee round everything out.

A very smooth beer that reveals some cocoa powder, dark roasted grain, coffee, and orange cream pop. A sprinkle of nutmeg and pine on the tail end. The mouth is left VERY dry and a controlled booze flows down the throat.

For some reason the term "porter on steroids" came to mind while sipping this beer. A complex and pleasing brew, I wonder if it would be served best in chilly to cold weather. Nevertheless, a tasty and fun beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 23:16:49 | More by jdoncbus
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bowersdm

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14oz or so poured into a weizen glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - wow, just wow. The color is a very dark brown, nearly black, but when held to the light, one can see that it's a very dark and opaque ruby-like color. A 3+cm head formed on the pour and here I sit two minutes later and it still hasn't dissipated at all. Update: five minutes later, the head is down to 1cm of stiff pillowy tan/light brown foam.

S - grapefruit, caramel and a hint of roasted barley. The hops dominate the nose and cover up all of the complexity that this beer has to offer.

T - the presence of hops is noted throughout the taste eventually disintegrating into a bitter grapefruit/herbal/green tea finish accompanied by rye and cocoa powder. it's a fairly weird finish and it is preceded by caramel, roasted barley, toffee, and a touch of chocolate. the hops are aggressive and ever-present, but the beer is still very well balanced.

M - on the thin side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation, if not undercarbonated. I prefer to have American Strong Ales and American Barleywines undercarbonated, so the mouthfeel would be perfect, except: I don't think it's the hops or the rye, but for some reason this beer leaves a slightly chalky feel in my mouth

D - very well put together beer. more drinkable than either Bastards and more complexity than other of those beers put together.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 06:04:11 | More by bowersdm
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle was opened to celebrate a personal achievement that I worked hard for. As I am rightfully proud of this achievement, this new offering from Stone seemed like the only beer to help celebrate that.

Pours a super ultra uber dark brown, or, okay, black. Head is a half-inch of toasted brown foam and thins rather quickly leaving a few wild lace streaks on the glass.

Aroma is tremendous. Apparently Stone either haven't heard about the hop shortage or are holding some in reserve. This nose is intensely hoppy, with that ultra-clean and super-fragrant character that reminds of SurlyFest or Gumballhead. You know--dryer sheets. Maybe a grainy character similar to rye in the background, but it's pretty much hop-forward. Also: this does NOT look like it smells and vice versa.

The flavor is equally tremendous, and more complex than the nose. The rye element comes out stronger (not sure if they actually used rye) with a bitterness like astringent black tea while the hops intermingle with everything else. But they're they're, and they mean business. Rind-like pucker in the finish. What adds extra dimension to this beer is the subtle layer of black licorice and chocolate--as in fine Belgian chocolate--that lays on the tongue as the sips accumulate.

Texture is on the light-medium side, having presence and a little stick while remaining unobtrusive. And with the near-demonic boldness of the flavor, you wouldn't want a huge chewy feel. I wouldn't anyway...

Basically, Sublimely Self-Righteous is like one huge industrial-sized sheet of Bounce flapping in the wind, one end of the clothesline hung on a pine tree and the other on a lemon tree. With a burning rye field nearby and a chocolate factory across the street. Hung by you as you munch on black licorice nibs. This is my kind of beer and I hope they have the good sense at Stone to offer it year round. Mold-breaking, even having a transcendental element in its uniqueness, but seriously quaffable, which is really what counts most.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 22:19:44 | More by Metalmonk
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Saw a bottle of this at the newly-established Hop City in Atlanta and snatched it up immediately. Pours a deep brown with a modest head and lacing on the glass. Looks almost like a stout. Smell is alcohol, hops, spices and maybe a little bit of dark fruit. Taste is very complex...dark fruit, slightly bitter, spices, relatively smokey. Bitter aftertaste lingers with this one. Silky smooth mouthfeel. I can easily drink this 22 bomber on my own. Another fanastic offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 23:17:20 | More by jdubjacket
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer. Pours with a nice tan head that demonstrated excellent retention and leaves behind some spotty lacing... Does eventually fade to a thin film atop the beer. The beer itself is a chocolate brown color. Slightly transparent on the edge when held to the light.

Aroma is very interesting and fresh. Citrus and fresh hop aroma dominates. Slight alcohol and a touch of green grass or something fresh and green.

Taste is very interesting. I've had this described as a black IPA... That's an interesting description given the assertive hop profile. What's funny is that I taste green as well as detect it in the aroma. Not sure how to describe it further. Not bad... Just fresh/green. Initial Alcohol bite that fades and turns into some fresh hop bitterness. Just behind this is some roasted charcoal or ash flavors. Then some fruit and definitely grapefruit notes. Then lingers with some nice hop bitterness.

Certainly interesting.

Fairly light bodied despite the dark appearance. Low carbonation and rather silky in the mouth.

Nicely drinkable and an interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 22:28:28 | More by Reagan1984
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cavedave

New York

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The look of it is menacing somehow, in the way of a beautiful temptress offering dark pleasure, hiding danger. Thick, alive, mahogany-red, opaque, somehow glowing despite the opacity. A dark, dank head of close-knit lather. It leaves shaving cream peaks and valleys on my stemless wine glass.

The aroma is thick, silky, enters my nose like a waft of citrus perfume, lemon balm candy, with spicy herbal edges. My fourth sniff reveals a new bottom of mysterious fragrance that I find incredibly seductive. Can't wait for a sip.

Woahh, what an unexpected jolt of herbal goodness. It is a lightning bolt of intensity, immensity, and complexity. The thunder of the bolt rolls across tongue and mind beneath booms of bourbon, citrus, burnt caramel, currants, raisins, hints of chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, through it all the faintest promise of sweetness which sustains the flavor, and ends in a charge of the dry brigade, floral, dark, bitter, and long. I haven't been this blown away by a first sip in some time. Five sips later I'm now into the rhythm of the brew, some vanilla popping in, what a blend of flavor, what an amazing jazz piece of complex virtuousity. Feels like seeing Dexter Gordon at the Vanguard in the old days. Tastes so good it takes you to a new place. Am I crazy? Is this as good as it now tastes? Man, that sounds crazy, but this stuff has done it to me. O'kay, another big sip. This is one of the best beers I ever tasted. I love all of Stone's stuff, maybe I am a Stone pimp, oh well, I call 'em as I see 'em. Just try this and tell me I'm wrong. What a fucking deliciously complex, pleasingly delicious beer that is absolutely deliciously delicious.

Mouthfeel is awesome, just right clinginess, just right carbonation, just right acidity, sustains a long finish that is a joy.

Drinkability is extremely, dangerously, I-can't-say-it-strongly-enough superlatively wonderful. Between a very, very mild alcohol presence, and a flavor which nearly matches what my current fantasy beer would taste like, it is most perilously, marvelously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:01:39 | More by cavedave
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AlexCuse

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was doing some spring cleaning tonight, and this included going through all the beer in my pantry and trying to organize it. I bought a case of this last February after having the extremely rare pleasure (for the east coast anyways!) of having it on tap.

I was never too impressed with the bottle after having it on tap, but it was still a very solid beer. I probably hadn't had one for about 6 months, maybe longer. The time has treated this beer extremely well.

Hops have mellowed considerably, but there is still a nice grapefruit-like smell with a hint of pine. It takes me back to the time I had it on tap the second I smell it.

The mellowing of the hops have really helped it to get some balance, actually bringing the taste closer to what I experienced when I had it on tap. Its' hard to explain but in the bottle they never really seemed to mesh. Until now. Between the rich dark malts, the abundance of fruity flavors, and that intoxicating aroma, it is almost overwhelming to drink. Almost ;)

The alcohol taste remains pretty strong, but at 8.7% that is hard to avoid.

Mouthfeel is about the same, but the improved balance has really let
Like a fine wine, this is getting better and better with age. If you get a chance to drink it, don't let the age turn you off. Even though its' getting old, it still won't disappoint! I don't even have a basement either, I bet this would be even better if it had been sitting in ideal conditions.

Now, time to go drink the other half of the bottle :D

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 03:05:03 | More by AlexCuse
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Pencible

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nearly opaque ruby with tan head. It smelled like pine and copper hops and honey malt with some roasted barley and a bit of lavender. It tasted like pine and floral and copper hops, with lots of roasted barley and some bitter coffee. It was slightly thick with mild carbonation, and a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very unique beer! I love the concept and execution. This is what a black and tan (or porter?) should be. It was very clean and easy to drink, with great taste and pretty good body. It hid the alcohol very well, and was fantastically well constructed. Quite original and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 17:50:26 | More by Pencible
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erikm25

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours a dark brown, like a coke, but with subtle ruby highlights. Nice medium foamy sized head with minimal retention. Regardless of the retention, there was sticking and spotty lacing all around the glass. This is a serious looking beer. While this doesn't belong here the appearance and graphics on the bottle continue in typical Stone fashion. If I had an old school 70's van one contender for the graphic art would be the Stone demon throwing down with Iron Maiden's Eddie.

S: Talk about smelling nothing like the look may suggest. Sharp citrus and pine hops with a faint backdrop of maple wood and chocolate. Grapefruit with peppery and casual vanilla hints. Spruced and roasted. Faint garden and floral aromas. All around complex.

T: Sweet candy malts blended against freshly squeezed citrus. Creamy caramel balanced against lemon zest and bitter pine tastes. Spiced citric mangoes and roasted grapes. Resinous sugars and burnt toffee oranges. As this warms the tastes become a little more pronounced and separates out but still seem perfectly entangled.

M: Perfect carbonation with a medium mouth feel. Drinks smooth and despite its intimidating color it is pretty refreshing. But this still has some serious weight and bite as you move through the bottle.

D: I really love how this seems to walk this blurred line between a strong ale and a double IPA. Probably worth cellaring a few as well and at $6.99 it is worth it. This is a very drinkable beer but so far, in my personal experience, that goes without saying with Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 04:17:56 | More by erikm25
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wchesak

South Carolina

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

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Chalice from a bomber

A - black with the slightest hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass, poured a good 2 finger head that was tan and fluffy, already leaving great lace

S - great hops smell - citrus/piney, pepper, maybe grass, hints of wood and pale malt

T - sweet, fruit candy like start that is immediately taken over by the hops that are more piney here, the end reminds me of a high quality whiskey with the oak and alcohol

M - good carbonation and medium body, definitely smooth

D - was going to just drink half and then recap it, but I decided I wanted to keep exploring this beer, esp when it warmed, a good sipping beer but one you just can't stop sipping, Stone owns the American Strong Ale category

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 01:33:09 | More by wchesak
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jsp2

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a wine glass. Jet black, with thin white foam. Aroma of hops, wood, vanilla, barley, and faint fruit.

Taste is incredible. Sweet/sour attack followed by herbal/piney hops, with almost a cherry, wood, bitter finish. Licorice is very present. There is almost a smokiness to the aftertaste. Hops are aggressive yet very balanced with other extremely prominent complexities. Unusual tartness. Unusual aftertaste. Both very nice.

Reasonable carbonation and well suited to sipping. Ridiculous flavor even for the high abv.

This beer delivers 110% on taste. The flavor is complex, delicious, and not shy, you get punched with it every sip. Unusually nice roasted barely flavor bitterness in the aftertaste of every sip.

I bought this beer simply because it said Stone on it and I am not only please I did, but I will be buying it again. More complex and pronounced than other examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 02:45:52 | More by jsp2
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glid02

Georgia

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

Had a glass of this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a color that's one shade away from black with dark brown highlights - I knew what this was going into it and was still surprised by how dark it was. Head is one-finger of light tan foam that recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops - more emphasis on the citrus than pine - and pale malts. I tried but could find no hints of roasted or even toasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front quickly give way to citrus and pine hop flavors. The ending is solidly bitter - the only hint of darker malts.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is very good. I had half a bomber and could easily polish off a full one.

Overall this beer is quite the conundrum - a dark IPA that's definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 02:31:23 | More by glid02
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photomike

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from my favorite "we have old stock, but sometimes that can benefit you," store.

Interestingly, I had tried Sublimely Self-Righteous (the new name for this beer under regular production) prior to tasting this beer. With a year and a half on it, this is a VERY different beer.

Pours a beautiful opaque deep brown. Can't get ANY light though this one. 1.5 finger cappuccino head forms and develops little craters on top. Minimal retention and lacing is what separates this beer from visual perfection. A beauty nonetheless.

The smell, however: perfection. Unbelievably complex. Big, very sweet malt, brown sugar, dates, black coffee, licorice and alcohol. A huge whiff is intoxicating.

Taste is similarly complex and delicious. While my growler of fresh Self-Righteous was hop dominated, perhaps overly so, this aged version is extremely malty. I am surprised at how hoppy this remains after nearly two years, though. Very nice bitter, vaguely citrusy backbone and finish that plays nicely off of the malty sweetness. Licorice, raisins, and a hint of alcohol are here still too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. The carbonation is light, but perfect for the beer. A bit of a boozy burn.

Drinkability is high for a 9% brew. Drinks smoothly and easy, but you are definitely aware of the alcohol.

This is a GREAT beer, both fresh (as Sublimely Self-Righteous) and with age on it (as Stone 11th). In fact, I think I prefer this 11th. Time to throw some SSR in the cellar!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 01:54:34 | More by photomike
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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

Served a dark, pretty opaque brown color, with an off white head of around a finger. Big aromas of citric and piney hops along with notes that remind me of a dry stout - lightly sweet, with some astringency.

The flavor is punishingly hoppy, with a lot of roasted notes as well. Mouthfeel is smooth, not terribly full; more like a double IPA than a stout. Great mix of notes, and a great beer to enjoy on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 19:44:03 | More by BretSikkink
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macktbone

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bomber courtesy of Monument liqour in Concord.

Pours a meduim thick head with heavy lacey retention and large bubbles. Could be a large head with aggressive pour. Dark mohagony color with red tinge along the edges.

Smells of cherries, hops, dark fruits and brown sugar. Woody aroma with candied figs.

Tastes like an oaky candied fruit with a nice hoppy finish. Has a medium malt backbone and a long lasting flavor.

Medium bodied and very nice texture that leads to its drinkability.

Very satisfying. Highly drinkable and has a lot of variance that keeps you mind and mouth guessing.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:34:38 | More by macktbone
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crazeguy

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a Pilsner Glass.

Dark jet black color, tiny amount of light penetrates this beast. Brown head.

Smell, tiny hint of pine and citrus. Malt smell is noticable.

Taste is pretty uniform. Like a lighter arrogant bastard that is better balanced with sweet and bitter. Could have more flavor though, but it also helps with the drinkability.

Mouthfeel is laced by a hop aftertaste that is pleasant.

Drinkability is outstanding. Could go bottle for bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 09:16:35 | More by crazeguy
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Rayek

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer looks great. Deep walnut is only a few shades lighter than black. Nice clarity and moderate carbonation from fine bubbles. Tan cap starts strong, retains well, and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: A ton of sweet pink grapefruit, a small amount of pine and a hint of charred oak if you hunt for it. Certainly not as complex as I had hoped.

T: The pink grapefruit theme continues. Its strong citrus presence dominates everything else. Bitterness isn't overwhelming. But hop flavor is still the hallmark of this beer. A hint of baking chocolate and burnt wood hides out way in the back. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body is oily and sticky at the same time. Carbonation could stand to be a touch lower.

D: This beer just didn't do it for me. The sweet grapefruit theme dominates everything, and creates a rather one-dimensional experience. I'm a big fan of Stone, but I have to say that I'm disheartened by this release. It's a decent beer nonetheless. And I'm glad I tried it. It's just that in my mind, Stone has done better work than this.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 00:53:47 | More by Rayek
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oelergud

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard 22oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap sporting the Stone Gargoyle.
The label is silk screened as always showing a new gargoyle in profile.
Opaque black body with a tan half creamy and half airy big bubbled head that has great retention and good lace.
Delicious hoppy and bittersweet chocolate scent, very inviting. Nuts, earth, mulch and vegetable.
The flavor is amazingly hoppy with a malty chocolate bean character. The aftertaste is never ending and strong with plenty of resin hops, mulch malts with chocolate bits and nuts.
Full body with good coating and a very dry finish.
Excellent drinkability. Very much true to the style and an absolute pleasure to drink.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 00:42:24 | More by oelergud
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twelvsies

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a balls-to-the-wall Stone beer. I guess I should expect nothing else from them, but yeah this one is particularly ass-kicking. I was almost confused at first - the beer pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown color yet with a big fluffy head - but at a whiff it smells much like a sappy pine-riddled IPA. Lots of hops in the nose, but digging deeper you'll find a nice mellow chocolate character. The taste too is all hops up front. Really brashly bitter. Yes please. Resin and pine. Once your palate has been smacked around by the pine and resiny hop attitude you notice the whole roasty, chocolatey, rich underbelly of this beer. Real dry and puckering on the palate, but with a rich creamy finish. A little bit of heat perhaps. So much going on in this beer, quite a hybrid of styles. Wicked good.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:06:21 | More by twelvsies
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SFBeerGuy

California

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

Poured form a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A- Looks along the lines of a stout in color but with a livelier head. About a 3/4 inch tan layer of foam which quickly dissipated leaving behind faint but familiar light bodied, IPA style lace.

S- Decadent! Hop heads be warned! Wonderfully sweet and floral hop aroma signature of California with a minute backend of dry, dark malt. Some grassy notes detected as well which seem a bit out of place for such a dark ale.

T- Upfront bitter dark chocolate malt and burnt caramel quickly overpowered by an intense, traditional hop profile. First two sips opened the door for its hidden subtleties of spice and fruit. Third sip left a desirable hop spice on the tongue and lips.

M- Dark chocolate and hop spice dance on the tongue long after the sip. Pleasant carbonation complements the flavors and makes this beer very drinkable.

D- Heavier than an IPA in body and comparable to a stout or porter in color, this ale might seem like a challenge by looking at it but it has a crisp, refreshing carbonation that rounds it out and makes it extremely drinkable. Try with a heavy meal of grilled steak or pork or on its own for Jebus sake. This beer is absolutely worthy of the Stone catalog!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 03:30:50 | More by SFBeerGuy
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Psilo707

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very, very dark appearance on this 2009 Self Righteous Ale by Stone. Took me by surprise! Head & Lacing were both fairly voluptuous and expected. The scent is one of strong cocoa, and I can already tell this one is going to have the standard Stone BITE to it once ingested. A bit of hazelnut and walnut aroma swirl around the top as I get ready to drink.

Tastes just like it smells... delicious! This Stone Ale is set apart from the rest by it's secondary lingering aftertaste and mouthfeel. It has a very citrus-like appeal to it, without it being considered fruity in any way. A complex swirl of tastes and analyzations go through the head as it travels down the mouth and through the body.

With the 8.7% rating, the taste and drinkability are both very high on this. It's a very complex brew. Not to mention the creamy, thick mouthfeel that begs to stay on your tongue for longer than necessary.

Another great release from Stone. This brewery just doesn't stop coming with the heat.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 03:21:35 | More by Psilo707
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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