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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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5,515 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,515
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 234
Gots: 532 | 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 Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Dirty Frank's on 7/30/10

Reviewed as a Hoppy Cascadian Porter...Meh, I'm just going with American Strong Ale on this one.

Dark hued. Lighting makes it tough to tell, but it appears to be brown with a few ruby highlights. 1/8th inch head has retained well thus far. Good retention & great, solid lacing.

Has a dank, hoppy aroma reminiscent of a Cascadian Dark Ale. Floral & citric notes. Lemony pine-sol. Roasted dark malts in the back.

Tastes very dry with a slow moving bitterness. Quick hits of citrus zest add a semblance of spice. Roasted dark malts are equally dry; actually seems to have hints of cocoa & coffee grounds.

Full bodied with a decent amount of grit. Carbonation is fairly smooth. It isn't boozy, but has a weird, numbing effect. Roasted residuals linger with a long lasting, dry bitterness.

This is a weird one - smells like a CDA, tastes like a hoppy porter. Therein lies the conundrum. Good, not mind-blowing. I did this review while drinking the first 2/3rds of the glass. The last bit still had enough strength to cut through after eating some of Dirty Frank's excellent hot dogs.

Ryan011235, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of ebby82
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black into a snifter with a very nice two finger head. The smell is very hoppy and instantly recognizable as a Stone beer. The hop aroma reminds me of their other IPA's. There is also a slightly alcoholic astringency to the smell.

The taste is smooth and hoppy. I think what distinguished this from one of their regular IPA's is its smooth character. The alcohol is also evident, although not overwhelming, in the taste. The mouthfeel is light, although the alcohol tastes can linger in the back of the throat. This ensures that it's a sipper, and that I don't really want to drink more than one in a sitting.

A very well made and interesting beer.

ebby82, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a stout- black with some cola hints coming through and a small brown head that dissipates quite slowly and doesn't really leave behind lace.

Smell: Very rich malty aroma- chocolate sweetness with some fruit and alcohol notes.

Taste: Begins with fruit smells and sweet coffee flavors, giving way to piney and bitter hops. Finishes with bittersweet chocolate and alcohol notes. Leaves behind a coffee/chocolate taste in the throat.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with relatively heavy carbonation and a sticky alcoholic finish.

Drinkability: This is another big winner from Stone. However, I don't see too much of a difference between this and their IRS, except that the IRS seemed sweeter with a lower hop profile. Still a very good brew and an enjoyable sipper.

Mosstrooper, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Save-On, a great beer store in Mentor Ohio. Totally black pour with nice two-finger caramel colored head with great lacing. Very unuasual, unique earthy nose that's half stout, half IPA. Initially it almost reminds me of soy sauce, with just a touch of black licorice. Lots of malty burnt toffee as well as some subdued citrusy hop notes. Really unique taste that's much like the nose. All the best characteristics of a stout perfectly matched and balanced with the best of an IPA. Subtle roasty, chocolate and coffee matched with bitter, hoppy, citrus, and sweet malts to balance it all out. Mouthfeel is also part creamy stout, part bitter hop bomb. Extremely drinkable for such a big beer. Very complex and unique beer that stands out and defies classification. Can't wait for round 2 if I can find it again...

beerdrifter, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of vdread
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this stuff pours black as night. i can't even see sunlight through the glass. the head is great and leaves elaborate lacing.

the smell is heavy with hops. juicy grapefruit comes to mind. there is a hint of rich chocolaty malt. most definitely pungent and strong hop domination here.

oh wow. i have to admit, the alcohol hits me in the mouth first, followed by a sweet, licorice-like malt and aggressive, juicy hops that also have an earthy note. roasted and coffee tastes are strong as well. it's rich, smooth, creamy while at the same time abundantly bitter and resinous with hops.

mouthfeel slightly creamy, perfectly carbonated, and a little dry at the end.

i believe this was a very fresh bottle. i don't have the words to properly describe this beer experience. it's fucking amazing.

vdread, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review taken from VIP tasting seminar at the Columbus Beer Fest.

After having just tasted the Founder's El Diablo del Noche I was expecting a lot from Stone's new black IPA. Unfortunately the balance and finesse was lacking in this brew.

Poured very dark like a mocha porter. Smelled almost entirely of fresh strong hops. There were the normal oily hop notes and mild citrus aromas of massive amounts of dry hopping. I personally didn't detect any roasted malts here.

The taste is of a pure and utter hop bomb. My first thought was - "my god this is hoppier than Ruination!" If I remember correctly the Stone rep claimed that they don't like to release the actual number of ibus on this one because once you get to a certain point most palates can't tell the difference anyways. In any case, this is to this day the hoppiest beer I have ever tasted.

Mouthfeel was hot and prickly from the hop bitterness.

Drinkability was really low. I would struggle through a whole pint of this I fear, and I love IPAs. If you want a hop bomb then this beer is for you. If you want something with the complexity that a black IPA would suggest then I would recommend trying something else.

Spider889, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Rhino in Missoula. Saves me from lugging that particular bottle back across the border...

This beer appears a solid black, with mahogany edges, and one finger of thin creamy beige head, which leaves a wall of lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates. It smells like a creamsicle - orange hops and milky caramel malt. The taste is creamy grain, a bit of booze, and woody, weedy, and piney hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, and zingy, and it finishes with a sweet creamy hop flourish.

A strange textural mixing - tangy and creamy. Sure works in this case, though.

biboergosum, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with huge tan head. Lots of lacing and great head retention. Smells of huge hops, citrus and pine, with some roasted malt. Lots of bitterness, with the roasted malt, a little bit sweet taste. Huge flavour to this. Rich and a little bit creamy, but not as much as some stouts. A very nicely done Cascadian Dark Ale or Black IPA (or whatever you want to call it).

kwjd, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of my top 2 and I am not going to say which is first,I guess it all depends on which one i am drinking at the moment ;)
A-poured from a bomber into a stone pint glass,black as night no light shines through with a nice fingers width creamy tan head.
S-smells of hops and slight malts with a pininess a bit floral as well.
T-OMG I just had a black IPA explosion in my mouth hoppy up front nice bitterness mellowed by some toasty malts finished with a nice roasted coffee aftertaste this beer is exquisite.
M-medium to heavy but that being said the lingering taste is phenomenal..
D-I could drink this beer forever and not be disappointed!!!

Prost!

drinkiusmaximus, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
2.98/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At first glance this beer seems very inviting. It has interesting aromas, a lovely dark color, good head retention, etc. Just what a porter or stout should look like. Then, I tasted it.

First the nose. Dry, rich, malty and the floral notes of the dry hoping coming through. Seems interesting.

The first flavors I noticed were the Amarillo hops, which I like. Floral, citrusy, yet mild. Not necessarily for a beer like this. Then I was blasted with the overly piney taste of the Simcoe hops. Normally, I love Simcoe hops. IN AN IPA, or something of that sort! Meanwhile, as I'm fighting my way past the spruce tree that just entered my mouth, I start to notice thick rich chocolate malts breaking through. Wow! Pine, Citrus and chocolate malts.

As for the mouth feel, it seemed okay, but I was to busy trying to process why a brewer would combine citrus+pine+chocolate.

Definitely not one of the better Stone beers I've enjoyed.

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of xmorgan
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought it at BEV MO, 1 PT 6 OZ.

This is a beer that is big, bold and powerful beer.

I mean it is just like stone, this is not a bodybuilders beer, it is a powerlifter beer, strong and bold as hell, and not worried about it's waistline our how it looks in speedos. This beer does not care if you like it or not, it is taking your girlfriend home with it. The next day she will call this beer an $$$hole and crawl back to you, but late at night when the moon is full and she is ovulating, she is gonna think about this Sublimely Self Righteous Ale and moan in pleasure.

Such a big taste, it lingers and lingers in your mouth. It is hoppy as hell and bitter, but you can dive in and get the malt. It is like a double IPA/Stout.

Malty,Piney and powerful.

xmorgan, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/1/2010

Poured into my Stone IRS snifter. The beer is very dark brown with a monstrous frothy two finger beige head with excellent retention and scattered lacing.

The aroma is pine resin, grapefruit rind & flesh, and earth (damp forest soil, mineral, desperation). Malt exhibits a moderate roast and a slight toast that compliment the hop profile nicely. Light chocolate notes are evident as well.

The flavor displays an upper moderate level of bitterness up front with aggressive pine resin and grapefruit rind notes. The light roasted malt profile is a welcome addition to the lupulin onslaught. The finish is aggressively hopped with big alcohol notes, a light roast/toasted malt profile, and lingering pine and grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky. Carbonation is at a moderate level. Great mouthfeel.

A very nice Indian San Diego Dark Hoppy Pale Ale.

HopHead84, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of mjurney
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Deep dark brownish-red color, see through. Awesome creamy head, lacing looks great on the glass.

Smell:
Strong piney hops in the nose, earthly, robust, touch of burnt toasted malts. Smells really great!!

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Piney hops up front, a little citrus and floral, along with semi-burnt toasted malts. Some earthly in the middle, I could detect some touch of dark fruit and pepper. Dry finish with nice roasted coffee aftertaste. Chewy/creamy mouthfeel, carbonation feels nice on my tongue. Nice warmth feeling from the alcohol.

Drinkability:
Very drinkable.

mjurney, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured black as night with a finger of head and left lots of blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: I got some nice piney hops at first whiff with caramel malts that are kinda roasty. It also seemed to have a little citrus notes with faint underlying booze aromas.

T: upfront was a blend of chocolate and piney hops with a good malty backbone that had grapefruit to enhance the bitterness. There was a little dark fruit presence with slight booze notes .

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but piney hop bitter finish.

D: overall the beer was quite delicious and drank good but to be honest it taste very similar to other stone brews I've had in the past, there is some type of signiture flavor in most of their brews that I can't pin point; oh well.

Gobzilla, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of bheilman
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker than anything I've ever had from Stone minus their imperial stout. I was expecting a little lighter color. It's nearly porter in color, but a little bit lighter, sort of red. The head was nice and stayed around for a while. The taste was good with a bitter old ale flavor. It reminds me a bit of the german alt style. It is a little fruity with hops but mostly exhibitsa solid malt flavor; caramel, raisin, with a bite of peppery spice. There is very little hops in the scent. It barely has any scent at all, but definitely more malt than hops. The aftertaste is good, and the beer is smooth. I would not guess the alcohol content as the bite is minimal compared to some beers over 8%. Not my favorite Stone, but worth a try, especially if you like this style.

bheilman, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of elliot23
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber emptied into my largest snifter.

A. Pours very dark with a hint of caramel brown on the outside. A soft creamy white/brown head. Light with decent retention.

S. Smells of chocolate, pine tree, malts, alcohol. Very nice.

T. Very roasty toasty malts. Some real bitter chocolate. Reminds of a stout to some extent. A nice bitter finish... almost of espresso. More hops.

M. A long bitter aftertaste of hops and burnt coffee.

D. Not the easiest of beers to throw back, but a bomb... no problem. But one is enough. Lots of alcohol.

elliot23, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of denflyr
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz Bomber bottle into a pint glass...

Nearly completely black with a nice foam head on it. Residual foam has stayed present even some 20m minutes after pouring and drinking most of the bear!

Nice dark roast/caramel nose from the malt and as is trademark from Stone....a super hoppy nose! Hard to define the hops for me, but I do get the ever present citrus type notes.

The taste is very nice! Not overpowering to me, but you sure can tell that this beer has flavor to last! Obviously a good bit of roasted flavor and a nice nutty flavor as well.

Great carbonation and a great mouthfeel!

I could drink a lot of beer, aside from the higher ABV. This is a style that I like...be it called a strong ale or a CDA in the new parlance!

denflyr, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, two goblets (wifey).

A deep dark brown, with a nice tan head. Head stays as a thin layer throughout the drinking experience.

Interesting chocolaty nose that really melds well with the spicy hops. Mild levels of roasted malt are involved here. Promising to say the least. The taste is a veritable plethora of experiences. Roasty, coffee and chocolate up front, but quickly overcome by a strong bitter hop bite that digs in deep. Sweet dry bitter and warm...yes they all battle it out but it does dry out in the finish with the bitter hop bite lingering on the tongue for a bit.

Nice big body, smooth and so drinkable. Love this beer!

ZimZamZoom, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of bogus564
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass...

Looks like a can of Coke was poured into a tall glass - head lasted about a minute and a half, dissolving into a lace that stayed on the glass.

As dark as this is, I was expecting a malty smell. Wrong. I'm getting a very hoppy smell. Don't get me wrong, the malty aroma is there, but rather faint.

Drinking this ale, I'm hit with pine and grapefruit tastes. If I had to guess what kind of hops were used for this, I think I'd go with Centennial; I could easily be wrong, but it's hoppy, and it's tasty. I also get some raisin behind the hoppiness. Delicious.

I had to give mouthfeel a 3.5 because the hops stay in your mouth forever. Other than that, nicely done.

I'm surprised that an ale this dark was so hoppy - that said, I could definitely have more than one at a time. It went quite well with my grilled cheese sandwich.

bogus564, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of cokes
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The darkest of ruby hues. Virtually black unless back-lit. A pillowy, moderately thick rise of buttercreme suds sticks around a bit before sagging into the ooze, and it laces well even afterward.
The aroma is largely pine. Char, ash, cocoa, and coffee gain traction over time. There are some interplay moments that suggest spearment, vanilla,black cherry and burnt peach. Those are the most interesting, but also the most repressed.
My first impression is probably my most accurate: This tastes like someone extinguished a cigar and/or dumped spent coffee grounds into a pint of Ruination. The roasty, smoky, ashy, blackness of this beer is at odds with the singularly piney bitter aspects of the hopping. There are teases of earth, black cherry, caramel, toast, wintergreen. But at its heart, it's char and pine. And nothing else matters.
The blanketing body is lightened by the steady trickles of CO2. The build could hardly be more appropriate.
But this doesn't do a thing for me. Out of whack, off-balanced, and simple-seeming to boot.
I love hoppy porters and stouts when there is some sense of cohesion between the big malt and hop flavors, but that's altogether absent here.

cokes, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a barely translucent brown/black with a nice sized tan head that sticks around a while and laces really well.

aroma is very heavily piney. some fresh cut grass, cigar smoke, some dark chocolate and a hint of sweetened dark fruits come through as well.

taste is a bit stronger in the malts than the aroma indicated. some burnt coffee, smoke, and bakers chocolate give way to a very grassy, piney and earthy hop profile that lingers a bit. an IPA hop profile with a roasty stout malt profile- opposite ends of the spectrum, but they work beautifully together. bitterness and some citrus also appear as it warms and push the hops to the forefront once again, as some drying cocoa powder finishes this one out.

medium bodied with a pretty high carbonation level. creamy yet dry on the swallow.

oh so smooth. this one goes down easily with no indication of the 8.7% ABV. not traditional at all, which may throw some people off, but it works for me. This one will be copied and imitated over and over again.

silentjay, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice bubbly tan head sits atop the dark opaque beer.

Smells were earth, burnt caramel, pine, and grass.

The taste was decent. I'll be flogged for this I'm sure, but I'm generally not much of a Stone fan. I like their IPA, but that's pretty much the only one I come back to from time to time. This beer was no exception. It had a nice burnt caramel malt and molases taste, and a dry lingering bitterness. But the rest of it reminded me of every other Stone brew I've had. In a way that's good due to brand recognition in the taste, but in a way it's also bad. It feels tired and uninspired to me. I'd like to see Stone (and a few other breweries out there) mix things up and experiment with more than just the malts. It seems to me (and I'm going just on taste, not on recipes) that this brewery and a few others stick to the same hop and/or yeast formulas.

There, I guess that's out of my system. I like their IPA a lot though. This... Meh. It's not by any means a bad brew, it's not something I would deter anyone from trying, just not something I'd go back to since I feel like I can pick up just about any Stone brew (barring their RIS) and get the same taste. I like it their IPA the best.

This review is all over the place I think I'm gonna leave it at that.

donteatpoop, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured very dark with a one-finger head

S - smells of dark fruits, caramel malt, and some grassy hops

T- taste follows the nose. There are some dark fruits with caramel malt backbone that are pushed aside to make room for the grassy and grapefruity hops.

M - medium body that goes down smoothly

D - this was an all right beer. I guess I wasn't expecting the hops aspect of the beer, which was fine, but it caught me off guard. This isn't the best Stone beer I have had, but it was still pretty decent.

birchstick, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of AdamGarcia
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in Chimay goblet.

A: Pours nearly black, a very dark brown. Nice creamy, khaki colored head looks good but lacks retention. Sticky bits of lace cling to the glass.

S: Really intense fresh pine aroma. Hidden behind the piney hops is a nice chocolately roasted malt scent.

T: Fabulous balance of flavors. Coffee and bitter chocolate. Creamy sweetness. Slight citrus and strong pine. Citrus becomes more prominent and the beer warms. Bitterness from the malt and hops comes together in the end to dry everything out. Lingering cocoa powder in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Carbonation fits. Could stand to be a little more viscous.

D: Finishing a bomber is no problem. Very interesting flavors. Alcohol warmth nowhere to be found.

SSR is listed as a Strong Ale here, but I'm sure most will agree that this fits into the new sub-genre of Cascadian Dark Ale or India Black Ale or Black IPA. Whatever it is, I like it. I'm really looking forward to more brewers making beers like this one. I think Deschutes Hop in the Dark is a little better, but since I can't get it in PA, SSR will be my go to in this class.

AdamGarcia, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought one of these heading down to the family camp in Texas... hadn't seen this Stone offering in LA yet. My best choice of glassware was an oversized wine glass, but I figure that should work well for this style.

The beer poured a dark, dark brown with a really creamy off-white head. Looks more like a stout.

There's a fantastic hoppy aroma, smells like a pine forest!

If there was one term I'd use to describe this, it would be like drinking a fresh Christmas tree. My friends that I let try it were overwhelmed by the hops, but I loved it.

Great beer!

theboozecruise, Jul 16, 2010
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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