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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,231 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,231
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 230
Gots: 470 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of Lynux
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crap man, this is good beer!

Nice dark brown color with a creamy beige head. Looks just like a porter.

Smells wonderful with a fruity hop bouquet up front and some roasty aroma in the finish. Smells simply sublime.

Nice fully body with some malt sweetness then a kick of American hops. Firmly bitter finish with some roasty flavor from the carafa.

Man, this beer rocks.

Lynux, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of hrking
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this on tap at The legendary Herot in downtown Muncie. Nice beer from Stone that delivers your typical Stone hops but this one is not too in your face like many of their beers are. Maybe they have learned to tone down the hops just a little to k=make their beers more drinkable. Nice hop aroma with citrus hop flavors that lead you into a well balanced IPA. Nice product from these IPA masters..recommend

hrking, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown/black with a thin foamy tan head.

S: Pine/citrus hops. Burnt sugar/sweet malty aroma.

T: Follows the nose, heavy on the hops. Much more bitter than I would have expected, but the malt sweetness (toffee & brown sugar) help balance it out. Finishes really bitter.

M: Oily, slick, and chewy.

D: Good.

muttyd, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of sensorglitch
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - dark, blackish , good head

s - citrusy spicy

t - reasonable taste, citrusy, hoppy, sharp

M - decent

d - good

To be honest, this is a really mediocre , I was not impressed. Maybe i would have been a little more impressed by a beer from a lesser brewery, but this is by far a low point for stone.

sensorglitch, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of tonymoore
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap the first time I had it, and I thought that if God drinks beer this is probably the beer he drinks. Satan, too, if he has any taste (and I'll bet he does). It's black like Satan's soul, and the taste is unexpected because of it: It looks like a stout, but it's a huge hop wash across your tongue.

The head is like froth on a milkshake, and it's exceptionally white, especially in contrast to the beer itself.

I thought that the color was just a gimmick, but then I realized that what it adds is a psychological aspect that no other beer has (yet): It's like buying a black car. It's not any faster than a white car, but it feels like it might be, and it's a hell of a lot cooler; you just tend to enjoy it more. The color of this one adds some kind of layer that you only discern on a subconscious level.

I bought two cases and enjoy every bottle as much as the previous. if you can find it, it's worth the price.

tonymoore, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of wknight167
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours black with red highlights, a one finger tan head with medium holding power and solid lacing.

Nose- Initially I am reminded of an IPA. Citrus and floral hops dominate, but allow some caramel notes through. As the beer warms up a bit, it takes on more stout like characteristics, chocolatiness and roastiness.

Palate- There is a slight sweetness (possibibly a ton of light crystal malt) noticeable through out, despite the hop levels. They start off quiet, turn to floral, then the bitterness builds exponentially to a solid, but quick bite before dying off and revealing that the sweetness remains. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- The creaminess hides the full body. Medium carbonation.

wknight167, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of claminat420
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a dark color like a pepsi or coke.a solid two finger tan head. i don't see this everyday.

S- all my nose catches are fresh hops. slightly cirusy alil earthy.

T- well alcohol is well hidden. malts are hidden but you can find them behind the hop attack.

M- light bodied. carbonation is ok.

D- could slam a couple 22's no prob.

Overall- once i poured this dark brew i was worried it would be all malt but boy was i wrong. hops just take everything on this one and stone really knows how to dish them out. if you're a hop fan you don't wanna pass this one up!!

claminat420, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a complex, thick, cream-colored head. Only faint retention but very nice lacing dripping down the sides.

Big roast aroma with a sweet milk flavor. Very nice.

Hits with a lot of hop power. Roast malt comes into play mid quaff. The beer grows bitter with chocolate biscuits in the finish. Excellent.

Perfect body to balance the strong flavors.

Great drinker. Hides the alcohol very well for a strong ale. Tastes as much like a milk stout as anything else.

beer2day, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of mudbug
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice fluffy tan head, nice looking stout.
Then the aroma, WTF is this? Hops, piney, grapefruity flowery... Oh my, this aint no stout! then the taste. sweet maltiness mixed with pine boughs.... I'm getting confused here! A dryness sets in, hey, thats not allowed in a black beer! This stuffs refreshing!
Stone is making all our beer conceptions unworthy... again.

mudbug, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Soozy
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a reddish hue in the light. Has a thin mocha head. The smell of this beer is a complex mix. I can't really put my finger on it, but it has an intense grassy smell mixed with a pineapple citrus, maybe some lime. Overall, a great smell.

Tastes of a light burnt chocolate taste - not overpowering. A strong floral and grassy taste follows. Finishes mellow, smooth, balanced with the right amount of hops and a slight bitterness.

This beer has the taste and bitterness of a stout mixed with the aroma and taste of a grassy IPA.

Well balance, this is what experimental brewing is all about.

Soozy, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,231 ratings.