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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,196 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,196
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 225
Gots: 456 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of babaracas
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a very dark brown with light khaki head, one fingers worth sticks around, spotty lacing. Smell: seriously hoppy.. pine, earthy, pineapple juice, a little citrus rind. Mildly sweet brown sugar. Taste: floral, piney, grapefruit, dark brown sugar and a little powdery milk chocolate. Light roasted astringency in the end of the sip along with some nice citric bitterness. Medium bodied and exceptionally creamy in the face of a piney, dry finish. A good-great dipa with something extra, will be returning to this one.

babaracas, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of mwa423
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%

A - Pours black as an imperial stout with a finger of head that refused to die. It stuck to every inch of the glass. Very impressive.

S - Very hoppy in the traditional Stone style with hints of malt to back it up

T - Arrogant bastard on pcp, a sharp hop taste with heavy hop and malt aftertaste. I ned to get more of this!

M/D - Mouthfeel is excellent for a ber thisstrong in the mouth, there are very light aftertastes which make this dangerously drinkable.

mwa423, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of dondeez21
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Picked up a bottle from Johnathan Rons in Brielle NJ. Word is the beer was just released in Nj only a week or 2 ago.
A: Dark Brown almost looks like cola. A thick tannish bubbly head.
S: Smells like Simcoe hops. Very much like pine needles.
T: First taste is of pine. The Simcoe hops are the strongest flavor in this beer. Very slight malt flavor.
M: Medium body with medium carbonation
D: Very good beer but also very rich and hoppy. Dont know if I would be able to drink more than a bomber in a sitting.

Edit: I ate a peanut butter cookie and then drank another glass. Once the peanut butter cleaned my palate alot more of the fruity side of Simcoe came through. Very solid beer that goes well with christmas cookies.

dondeez21, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Had On-tap at the BStore. Served in a pint glass.
Looks like cola with a sticky mocha head. Dark but slightly translucent. Very deeply colored considering its a strong ale... looks closer to a porter.

Nose is smoky pine, juniper branches, and earthy funky hops. Interesting and delicious.

Nice solid taste of stark hop juice. Slight green/raw coffee flavor. Like a strong IPA.

Foamy mouth feel. Good drinkability. Overall unique and good.

shivtim, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of singlebarrel
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Got's me this bad-mamajama in a 22 oz bomber from the local delight-spot.
a very promising look to it. Pours a menacing dark with a tan,seemingly long lasting head clinging to the side of my glass.
Smells of pine, pine, piney hops yet I detect some maltyness and that signature stone aroma.
Woa. That is somping special. Roasted malts up front, dueling with said piney tasting hops. They each demand your attention yet melt together seemlessly as they wash over my pallet." You got porter in my IPA" "you got IPA in my porter...the arguement continues. No lingering alchohol note. I'll have another please.

singlebarrel, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.22/5  rDev 0%

another awesome beer from a trade with augustgarage. Thanks again!

A- BLACK, khaki head, 2 fingered in my Chouffe tulip. Lacing is strange, as the top of the beer has none but the sides are fire-extinguisher thick.

S- Deep, dark malts, roasted coffee and chocolate (bitter bitter chocolate), and hops by the boatload. Aggressive hops, nothing subtle about this one.

T- Wow. So this is a black IPA? I'm picturing a forklift dropping 500lbs of hops into the wrong batch of beer. Except it works. Really well. These hops are crazy... Pine, all pine. The malts go toe to toe with the hops, and are very dark, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Wow. This one throws me for a loop. A mash-up of styles that is fantastic.

M- Rich, thick, bitter, scathing, a workout for the tongue.

D- Moderate. Strong in body, flavor, and ABV. But I love it. This one demands your respect, and its sheer monumental flavor won't let you enjoy it any way but slow. A sipper, and a great beer. I wish this one got regular distribution in RI, cause I'd buy a case or three.

ShogoKawada, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of deruiz10
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Two-finger head is tan and very creamy, retains throughout the drink and leaves a great webwork of lacing.

S - Toasty malts, slight brown sugar sweetness, and a whopping helping of hops. Anyone who's had some of the other strong Stone brews knows the distinctive, juniper berry-esque hop smell that characterizes these beers. There is remarkably little alcohol to be detected.

T - Toasted earthy malts, some dark chocolate bitterness, molasses. Also a big hop presence which is citrusy and crisp, though less bitter than other Stone brews. These hops are more subdued and serve to mask the alcohol, though it's still there if you look for it. Finish has a mild hop bitterness, with a slightly sweet and sour undertone as the body fades away.

M - Creamy yet relatively high in carbonation, keeps it from feeling too weighty.

D - A great sipper for the strong beer drinker who's not afraid of some hops, this is a great addition on the mellower side of the Stone lineup. It's pretty well-balanced and not overbearingly heavy, but you'd be wise to take her slow.

deruiz10, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Goblet on tap at Cole's in Buffalo, arrives an almost black color with a finger of eggshell head that leaves some light lacing down the glass.

Nose is aggressive, loads of biting pine resin and hints of citrus, a faint roast note and some booze.

As big as this beer is, it all comes together and pleases the palate. Loads of hops come mostly in pine and citrus waves, a touch of roast, a faint sweetness detected, perhaps even a touch of floral hopping, not as much booze as initially expected but a bit there in the finish. This is a hop delight but with enough malt to seem slightly balanced. Nice carbonation helps pull it all together. Enjoyed this one! Very well done, though the ABV keeps me from going back too many times!

ritzkiss, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of jampics2
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Dark black pour into my snifter from a 22oz bottle, a recent batch - this arrived in town the day before my pour. Eggshell head, looks great.

Citrus nose, pineapple, pine, dank, stinky hops dominate the scents I'm detecting.

Taste is awesome. Dank pineapple tinged bitterness followed by a nice chocolate roast. Such a great mix of two flavors that are difficult to make jive together the right way. I loved this as the XI Anniversary and love it even more as fresh SSR.

Mouth is lively, nice on the tongue but a bit prickly in my throat. Nice thick body.

Graded on a curve for it's strength and dominant, ruinous hop taste, this "luscious velvety hop bomb" may be the best black IPA ever.

jampics2, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Drew966
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale was served to me in a pint glass, the beer was a dark brown or possibly even black color with a tan head. This beer smells and tastes like cat piss, and I mean that in the best possible hop loving kind of way. To be a touch more serious, hops dominate the aroma and the flavor with strong grapefruit notes. A very good beer, recommended.

Drew966, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours an awesome slick looking black. A friend of mine described the smell and taste as a black grapefruit smoothie, which I find kind of perfect really. Big hop nose, tons of grapefruity hop resinous smell. On the tongue its got plenty of bitterness to satisfy or scare, just a delicious mix of hops. I loved this beer as the anniversary and this was my first beer when I visited Stone (it still hadn't hit shelves here in VA). I'd buy a couple cases right now if someone here had it.

tattooedtolley, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Yesac
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

on tap at The Brick Store Pub

a- dark ruby color. tan head that fades to a thin layer. sloppy lacing on the glass.

S- fresh piney hops and booze.

T- this reminds me of a arrogant bastard ale but with more hops. Along with the smell.. delicious wet piney hops up front that create a bitter middle with a boozy finish. not the most complex brew but a nice nice mix of strong hops and booze.

M/D- thick bodied, slighty sticky on the back of the palate. Booze is present with bite but isnt totally overbearing. medium carbonation.

Yesac, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of javincik
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

22 oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe glass

A-Pours nearly black in color. Nice tan head which dissipates slowly and lingers on the surface. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-One word: hops. While stout like in appearance, the smell resembles an IPA. Big dose of citrusy hops with pine and some roasted notes just peeking through. Also getting some grapefruit in there.

T-Definitely hop forward. Getting grapefruit and some pine notes at the start. Some roasted, burnt flavors try to come through in the middle before a long bitter finish. Finish left me wanting another sip.

M-Medium to heavy bodied. I found the carbonation just about right. Bitter finish left me wanting to coat my tongue again.

D-For a nearly 9% brew, it's pretty high. Alcohol becomes slightly noticeable as it warms, but nothing that would put me off.

Overall a very solid beverage. The transition from start to finish is great. Probably not worth the trouble of trading for it, but definitely something to pick up if easily available at a nearby store.

javincik, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a deep brown almost black color with a tight light brown head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Very stout like in appearance.

Smells of a big dose of west coast hops with some subtle roasted malts.

Tastes of the hops upfront with a solid malt backbone. The hops are citrus and pine with a crispness to it. The malt is also prevalent and has the roasted coffee flavors with some molasses. Some dark fruits also come through as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy with a solid amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Lunch
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, Maryland (12/10/09) into a goblet at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a very dark brown to almost black with a slight ruby hue when held up to the light. Capped with a one finger head which dissipate slowly leaving excellent lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: At first whiff this reminds me of a Black IPA since grapefruit and other citrus flavors come to the surface first followed by at hint of roasted malt (coffee, perhaps) and smoke.

T: The Black IPA theme continues onto the palate in the form of a citrusy hop that is primarily made up of grapefruit and orange. This is followed by coffee and an underlying roasted malt with some smokiness. The finish is quite bitter leaving a grassy flavor coating the palate.

M: Medium-bodied with a slick feel, but at times it seemed a little thin with a slight separation in the flavor profile.

D: Excellent drinkability as this beer has some interesting flavors that work quite well together and the alcohol is completely masked. This beer has quite a bitter finish that may not appeal to some, but i loved it.

Overall I find this beer to be a very well-crafted ale from Stone and one that certainly needs to be tried before it is all gone. Recommended.

Lunch, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a black color with a bit of redish brown hues around the edges when held up to the light. Thick tanned head pours more than a finger full and laces all around the glass and has some lasting retension. Aroma is strikingly citrusy with a fresh hop smell. Some burnt malt subtleness is evident in the background. Hops really prevail in the nose. Taste is hop forward with citrus bitterness but burnt grains and a little bit of chocolate/coffee character fills in as well before the bitter finish that lingers. Light carb and medium feel. As it warms the alcohol becomes a bit more evident in the taste but I am not complaining, this is a fine beverage.

stakem, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of biophiliadude
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Tap to pint.

A: Jet black, brown at the bottom. 1/2 inch head.

S: Hops, coffee, grass.

T: Malts, cake, coffee.

M: Bitter end, smooth start. Classic "better have another drink to get these bitters off my tongue" beer!

D: High. I could do these multiple times and finish off with a smoother RIS. A hoppy, dark beer. The taste truly is "sublime". Score another one for Stone!

biophiliadude, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of alkemy
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours black as night with a tight tan head. This really looks like a stout or porter. It does not, however, smell like one. Hops are strong with pine and grapefruit. The grains seem only to be present in a slightly burnt aroma. It was odd drinking a beer with this appearance/taste combination. Alcohol is really not noticeable...very drinkable. The grapefruit is probably the strongest taste with the pine then blending in. That burnt taste lends itself to a hint of coffee for me. Very good.

alkemy, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of DannyS
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a bodum double-walled glass.

A - Pours a clean, pitch black with an inch or so of tan head hat dissipates into a very thick foam collar, with long, sticky tendrils of lacing.

S - Kinda weird and musty on the nose, with some raisin and licorice amongst the must odor.

T - Starts of with a bit of hop bitterness (seems coffee-like at times), with pine and citrus backing it up. Licorice, dried fruit, and oak mingle as one sips, with an almost slightly minty aftertaste and a dry finish.

M - carbonation is minimal and the body is medium-heavy. Close to an impy stout in its feel.

D - The ABV is high and the booze can get to you if you're soloing this bomber. That, combined with the bitterness, make this a clear sipper. I'm already feeling it and I'm not even halfway through the bottle. Phew...

Overall - If this beer truly is self-righteous, it kinda lacks the quality to back it up. It's definitely not bad, and I'd drink it again if offered some, but you'd expect a beer with a name like this to be way better than just good. It definitely looks pretty and gets you buzzed quick, but the flavor could definitely be more balanced. Then again, since when has Stone Brewing been about balance?

(Note: I drank this too cold. It gets better with a little time to warm up to cellar temp.)

DannyS, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of BrewitYerself
4.22/5  rDev 0%

Very dark brown, dense 1 finger light tan head. Lacing about 1/2 way.

Some hops and dark fruit on the nose. Pine and licorice. As it warms, I'm picking up some fusels, moderate esters, maybe some sulfur (although maybe that's the smelly drunks sitting next to me).

Citrus, pine, and herbal notes upfront. Biting bitterness, fades sharply to dark fruit, orange and grapefruit, coffee and espresso. Lots of herbal-piney hops mid-palate, with a bready, toasty, pithy, grapefruit, herbal finish. There is a lot going on here. The progression is truly amazing, every moment is better than the last. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Nice dark malt and ester profile. Finishes fruity, bittersweet, and pithy.

Good mouthfeel, too much carb, but moderate chewiness, excellent progression.

Very good overall, finishes a little too sweet. I want another one, but the selection is too good. Hop aroma and flavor are very fresh, a little skunky, in a good way (some of you will know what I mean).

BrewitYerself, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into a dogfish ale glass.

The beer is black to the eye, the head is thick.

The smell is strong and alluring, hops flow out the glass. In fact, the smell is noticeable from the time the bottle is open. It is, perhaps, the best part of this beer.

The beer is all about hops, the dark color does nothing to change the IPA nature of this ale. The hops are strong and aggressive, though there is a slight burnt taste that compliments the finish.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, slightly creamy though not over filling. In general, if one is to give it a body, it is medium.

Sublimely is enjoyable and worth a try. However, it is a strong ale that is not meant to be consumed often, it's flavors are to strong to have a high drinkability (and here I will insert that drinkability to me is being able to consume more than one or two in a row).

ianjsullivan, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of jdflyer06
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

I was excited to try this since the XI was one of my favorite Stone releases. It's supposedly the exact same thing. God I hope so...

A: Pours a rich dark color but a slight ruby color comes through when held to the light. A creamy head that needs an aggressive pour to keep a one finger head up, dissipating and leaving a thin head for the remainder.

S: Smells of roasted and caramel malt with a nice bit of floral hop aroma and slight citrus notes. Toffee and raisin notes, maybe some coffee but not overly present.

M: Plenty of carbonation and a fairly thin body, which gets thicker as it warms and the carbonation mellows out. Some chalkiness on the palate and a bit of alcohol warmth.

T: The hop bitterness hits you up front, followed by a good bit of roasted malt. Smokey, but not overpowering. Some sweetness as it warms. It's IPA character holds up, even under the weight of the roasted malt notes and coffee undertones.

D: I probably wouldn't want to have more than one bomber of this, although I could see myself content with it on certain occassions. It's fairly light but does leave your mouth pretty dry. Not sessionable, but one bottle goes down pretty easily.

jdflyer06, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Dijeriduster
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Caught this on tap at Stone in a growler - quite diff from the bottle I tasted a month back...

A - Very dark black ale, but kinda full like a stout or porter. Good creamy head more typical of a pale ale.

S - Amazing hop profile - this is one of Stone's hoppiest. Malt character is sheltered by the bittery hop tones but its still there. Just a hint of roasted grains here - typical for a black ale.

T - Very hoppy beer. Like VERRRRY hoppy. You don't see it coming even after the strong hop smell. I found this to be almost overwhelming vs. the bottle where the hops are a little more subdued. Malt character comes in the middle - with hops dominating the start and finish.

M - Fabulous. Good carbonation supports the grain profile well, until the hops come crashing in.

D - Pretty high for a beer with this much hops. If this were a IIPA and not a black ale I'd say it would be hard to drink. But with the masterful grain profile it really becomes a fabulous drink. I can serve this to folks with an aversion to high alcohol, high hop IPAs and have them smiling...and asking about other hoppy non-IPAs

Dijeriduster, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass.

A: A jet black color with no light filtering. A one finger light brownish head lays atop with nice full glass lacing as you drink this beauty.

S: Wow, holy freaking hell. I do NOT remember such fresh citrus smells on the bottle version, nor on the 11th Anny. Fresh citrus with some deeper pine hops and a nice dark roasted sweetness.

T: Amazing. Citrus just pops on the draft version with huge amounts of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple. Leads into some darker earthy piney hops flavor that gets paired with the bready sweet but dark malt. Notes of coffee, chocolate and some spicy flavors shoot in, but the hops pound them down and shine at the finish. Creamy smooth hops finish with a warming alcohol flavor that just seems "right".

M: Full, coating, smooth and some alcohol that is very welcomed.

D: Awesome for this high abv beer. Damn how it's drinkable.

Overall this is hands down my favorite Stone beer ever. Every time I taste it I get blown away. Award winning, awesome, give me more. Love it.

Kadonny, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Served on tap @ the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 11/9/09. There were a lot of great beers to choose from on tap here but I wanted to try one of my Stone favorites right there at the source.

Pours black, with the just the tiniest bit of ruby coming out along the bottom, and a 1/4 finger of creamy mocha colored froth. Retains with a soft and creamy look, just completely coating the sides of the glass with thick rings of lacing. The aroma is fresh and floral in the nose, with a nice hard edge of spice and pine to it. A blast of citric hops rolls in next, backed by a nice crunchy mix of coffee and roast, as well as some softer cocoa and toffee character. This sits with a bit of heft in the nose as well. Smells like a dark Porter oozing with American hop attitude.

The taste is pretty spot on with the aroma, as heavy rich notes of chocolate roast and coffee flavor are right at the forefront of this. Luckily, they are more than an equal match for the aggressive resinous bite of the hops, which is just dripping with juicy & bright citric character. This is overall very roasty, bitter, and intense, with burnt notes that really hang around for a while. The mouthfeel is medium to maybe a bit fuller, with a sharp prickly nature that matches up well with those bold hops. There is some heft here to the body but the alcohol is kept to a minium in the taste, allowing it's presence to just add even more to the overall bigness of this beer.

Hands down on of my favs from these guys and probably my favorite example of the "Dark IPA" style. I've really enjoyed this out of the bottle several times but it seemed just so much more intense here on draft. Great stuff!

Kegatron, Dec 01, 2009
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,196 ratings.