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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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4,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,967
Reviews: 1,816
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 357 | 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 UA8


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

A- Pour a rich, deep and nearly opaque mahogany. Two fingers worth of cocoa colored head which resembles the top of a root beer float.

S- Looks Say Stout ....Nose says IPA! Rich citrus hops with a pineapple backing.

T- Whoa... leads with heavy citrus hops and tropical fruit flavors. Moves to nicely roasted caramel and toffee malts. and finishes with resinous hops.

M- Nice rich and thick with fine carbonation bubble.

D- I love this beer and am extremely sad that its A) retired and B) I found it almost a year after its release. So much going on here its almost as if it starts and IPA then moves to a stout then back to and IPA. Never had something quite like this. I would highly recommend this and fortunately know a place that has a stash left!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 01:36:25 | More by UA8
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Wow. Dark. Real dark, with a massive sticky head of tan foam.

S - Fruity with green leafy hops. Light molasses and toffee maltiness.

T - Very bitter with tons of dark fruit and a solid toasty edge. Fairly sweet, but goes unnoticed under a big hoppy finish.

M - Slightly astringent with a heavy, creamy body.

D - Both a malt bomb and hop bomb at the same time. Just a bomb I guess. Just a big, bitter, malty, fruity, hoppy, badass beer

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 21:03:34 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of m1ked


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a pint from the growler. Modest tan head that quickly retreats to the edges of the glass forming a tan circle. Pours blackness, but when held up to the light the edges are a dark brown/ coca-cola color.

S- Sweet maltiness, with a touch a candy black licorice. Some very light smokiness and brown sugar. If I search for it I can appreciate some bitter hops lost in the mix. If I was blind smelling this I could easily mistake it for a b-wine.

T- How the licorice is really noticeable to me. Not in an overpowering way though. Not as sweet or smoky as the nose presented. More piney hops than the nose gave, but definitely muted compared to when I first had this guy.

M- This may be a consequence of the day old growler, but the feel is thin, but thicker than I recall with the release. Carbonation seems low.

D- This is not a sessionable beer for me, but a really unique, and excellent brew. I can't wait to try the 12th Anni. I also need to go by my spot and see if I can pick up some more of these.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2008 01:56:48 | More by m1ked
Photo of BeerSox


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into snifter.

Very dark mahogany hue, almost pitch black like a stout, with a tan one finger head that settles to a thin rim.

Very sharp citrusy hops on top of a slightly sweet viney hop base. A little bit of dark fruit in there.

The dark fruit is the main characteristic of the flavor, with the sharp hops only adding accents. A litte bit of spice is in there. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. The finish is the lingering dark fruit.

This is a pretty good beer; a good amount of complexity and well balanced. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 00:07:46 | More by BeerSox
Photo of atigerlife


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

Pours black with ruby highlights. Huge brown head. Good retention. Good lacing. Very nice to look at.

Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits and hops.

Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malts, woody, hops bitterness. Very intense flavors and a lot going on. Some other things going on here but can't quite place them.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. Delicious. Impressive and interesting. High ABV does limit the quantity that can be consumed.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 17:51:21 | More by atigerlife
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New York

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with a big tan head that leaves lacing

S - Has a strong pine hop scent backed by a sweet caramel malt nose

T - It starts off with the seewt caramel malt then finishes with the piney hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Yet another great beer from stone for a beer with near 9% abv its supper easy to drink what a great taste I could have drank it all night long Texas needs to get these limited releases so I can buy these

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 15:31:10 | More by armock
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in Week2 Powerball from LittleBreeze

This beer is the darkest IPA I've ever seen. Stone calls this an IBA or India black ale. It is a deep and dark brown color with a full slightly dirty tan head on it. This beer left creamy rings of lacing until the very last sip. The scents that dominate this beer lean heavily towards piney hops, loads of tropical fruit like tangerines, mango, and passion fruit with a touch of caramel waving from the back row. My brain is perplexed at something that looks like this beer but smells the way that it does. The flavor profile starts with heavy floral hops notes providing plenty of bitterness, but the malt begins to show its assertiveness with dark roasted malt and dark fruits (plums and raisins) coming to life as the beer warmed. The finish brings back those hops with plenty of citrus and pine and showing you what Stone Brewing is famous for. The mouthfull is a bit chewy and sticky, but yet the finish is actually quite creamy. The drinkability is quite nice on this beer since the alcohol was extremely well hidden on this offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 03:02:14 | More by TheodorHerzl
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber: Aroma is nice hop texture to it with some slight lemon zest scents and a light rind texture as well. The malt notes are very subdued because of the hops but are vaguely present within the aroma. Pours a dark brownish black yet somewhat clear with a thick fluffy off white head that lingers around for quite a while. Taste is very citrusy and definite big hop characteristics. The light malt textures show through on the back end of the flavor. Palate is bitter on the tongue and nice and long lasting. With light malt notes later on in the aftertaste. Overall, A very interesting brew to say the least. Big hop textures throughout and quite a good drink. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 20:00:40 | More by demitriustown
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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 10/29/07 with dfillius

Poured pitch black like a Coke, with a finger of milky-coffee-colored head. Delicious hops in the nose, lots of pine, with a bit of citrus that changed into a candied or dried pineapple smell as it warmed a bit.

Tasted of coffee in the front, but with sweet dark malty notes. The hop bitterness was a piney citrus flavor, a bit like the taste of white fir needles. A dry aftertaste, with slight bitterness and coffee flavors that reminded me of espresso.

The beer was quite smooth and easy drinkin' for a "Dark IPA" with the high ABV.

Excellent overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 00:45:54 | More by ksullnh
Photo of Crosling


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

Dark brown, with a full tan head. Ample aromas. Flavor combines dark fruits, light roast from the malt, with citrusy, rich hop flavors. I usually don't like big roast and hops, but this is different and in it's own league. Tastes similar to Double Bastard and Arrogant Bastard to me. Stone is right, the malt and hops are both well pronounced, but they don't clash at all. Very nicely balanced, as well as a "Black IPA" can be...this beer feels refined in every way.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 00:38:04 | More by Crosling
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass for a change.

A - Dark brown with a big 3+ finger head. Looks like a rootbeer float. Super sticky lace. Gonna have to scrub this glass.

S - Sweet fruit, chocolate malt, sugar, piney hops. Smells really nice.

T - Spicy piney hops with a nice rich chocolate/toffee malty backbone. Unique & delicious.

M - Medium, smooth, fairly carbonated. Sticky in the finish.

D - High. Let's go. Get me another.

This is a very tasty & unique brew. Props to Stone for their way of thinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 02:56:09 | More by bbothen
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlindPig for this one.

A - Deep brown, black with bright ruby highlights that can be seem without even holding the glass to the light. Big 4 finger rocky tan head

S - Pungent piney hops with some floral and earthy hops mixed in followed by a big kick of sweet caramel.

T - Piney and floral hops, orange marmalade followed by a touch of chocolate and a slightly roasty, bready malt, raisins and a lingering fruity bitterness. Very well balanced without the sweet caramel in the aroma. Interesting blend of dark fruits and hoppy fruits.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Touch of alcohol but it blends nicely. Dry, spicy finish.

D - My first black IPA and while the aroma was somewhat standard Stone hoppy IPA style the taste was a nice change from a regular IPA. I can't wait to try more beers similar to this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 00:26:37 | More by brewcrew76
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with the last review, I love this beer. Another great beer in the long line of the Stone Family.

A-Deep, dark, darker than the bottle it came in. Caramel colored head that was a finger or two tall. Lace that lasted top to bottom.

S-Alcohol, hops, caramel.

T-Great american strong ale. Nice hop lingering flavor. Not overpowering, but very much present.

M-Smooth, slightly sticky.

D-Could definitely have a lot of these, if i could only find more.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 03:10:20 | More by TasteTester
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow do I love this beer, I consider it my favorite beer and nearly perfect. I have had several before, but am just getting around to reviewing it. Too bad I only have 4 left after this one, it would be a real shame if Stone never brewed it again.

Very dark, nearly black with a nice tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is of piney hops, melon or tropical fruits, raisins, molasses, an almost woody or oak-like smell which is interesting since this beer is not oak aged.

The flavor is really complex, with too many flavors for me to separate, and simply delicious. There is a big hit of hop bitterness, yet the beer is very syrupy and coats the palate well. The alcohol meshes well with the other flavors and is well-hidden.

Honestly I remember the beer being hoppier the first time I tasted it, and I liked it a bit better then. There is still plenty of hop bitterness, but this beer has some age on it now and the hop aroma and flavor has started to mellow and fade a little. My score reflects to some extent my memory of the fresh beer. Still excellent now, but not quite as exceptional as it was. Who knows what it will become with even more age?

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 01:05:04 | More by Phenom
Photo of Franchise


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

This anniversary ale pours a dark brown with some lighter highlights leaving a thick tan head that softens and disappates while still sticking to the glass. The aroma is tropical fruit, pineapple, plums, oranges, tangerines, mango, passion fruit, crazy fruit sweet aroma.

The taste starts hoppy, spicy, strong grapefruit, with a lot of fruit esters, spiced hop profile but a nice malt caramel back drop that allows for balance and quite delicious. What a unique beer fruity, hoppy, dark brown and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 14:02:32 | More by Franchise
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to gkatsoris for this gem.

Poured from the bottle a beautiful dark red brown with a thick and frothy tan head.

The aroma is piney hops, sweet caramel malts, and dark fruits.

The taste is sweet and malty along with raisins, chocolate, and a piney and floral hoppiness. Finish is slightly bitter. At almost 9%, the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Medium bodied and mouthfeel, creamy, and moderately carbonated.

What a nice strong ale from Stone. No surprise, I'm never disappointed with their products. Easy to drink and enjoy for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 20:31:33 | More by Monkeyknife
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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another limited release! I guess that these are to make up for all of the canned swill that I was downing for a while.

The pour produced a finger's worth of light brown head with good retention. The color was cola-like with ruby highlights. The nose had a malty sweetness to it, underlain by hops. The mouthfeel was medium with a licorice-like bitterness on the tongue. The finish had a chocolaty taste, but also smoky with a bit of bitterness. Mole, anyone?

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 22:13:08 | More by woodychandler
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. Nice large sticky peanut butter colored head. Good retention.
One of the best smelling beers my nose has ever had the pleasure to whiff. Earthy floral hops. Smells like perfume or something.
Very interesting taste profile. I've really come to like heavy hopped roasted malt beers, and this is the best one I've had. Also chocolate covered cherries. A bit of alcohol burn at the end but it only adds to the beers character.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit syrupy.
Wonderful beer. Nice one to sip as a nightcap or enjoy while watching a movie.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 02:49:48 | More by wcudwight
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Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, roasted malts, some fruit and a touch of chocolate.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with good complexity. There's the good floral hops bitterness as well as the hearty roasted malt character with mild flavors of dark fruit and chocolate in the background. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, excellent representation of the "Dark IPA" sub-style, this is yet another very good beer from Stone that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 23:53:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New Jersey

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

Dark brown body with ruby highlights, topped by a hefty dentable microbubbly coffee ice cream colored head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is an interesting mix of pine, orange, and roasty coffee. Not as agressive as I would have thought though.

Taste begins like a sweetish stout, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Then the juicy fruit arises, oranges, grapefruit, and a hint of apricot. A crest of bitterness at the swallow which drifts into the aftertaste.

Smooth, medium plus mouthfeel, Chewy even. Excellent drinkability, no sense of alcohol, and the bitterness is not excessively abrasive.

Another winner from Stone that I wish I had picked up more of when i was released. A mistake I don't intent to repeat with XII.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 04:15:11 | More by RonfromJersey
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4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

first off, dark imperial IPAs are great in my opinion!

pours up black black black with deep crimson edges. brown tinted off-white head. nice lace retention. aroma is straight forward roasted malts, floral hops, subtle chocolate. tastes is so bold! starts with floral hops and finishes with spicy hops. roasted malts, subtle coffee. full bodied, medium carbo, delicious! fantastic beer!

this is definately one to go down in the books

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 06:22:45 | More by stumac
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Black with brown highlights, tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Pine, citrus rind, grapefruit, candied fruit, rye bread.

T: Grapefruit, pine, marmalade, dark caramel, toffee, rye bread, hint of lightly roasted coffee, good bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a dry finish with hop and a little roasted acidity.

D: Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 23:56:52 | More by Derek
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Youngs DCS glass
Poured a tan 3 finger substantial head.
Color is dark, almost like a stout.
Aroma is raisins , roast malts, hoppy, citrus
Silky mouthfeel,
Roast, burnt toast on the back of my palate. I find this beer hard to classify. In some respects it's like an RIS , with the aroma and the roasted malt feel. I can also detect some Arrogant bastard lineage in this , esp. in the mouthfeel / drinkability. It has the same aftertaste as AB.

This is a very fine beer. Stone, you haven't let me down yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 23:36:43 | More by JonathanL7890
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep rich red,

Scents of grapefruit and formidable roasted malt sweetness paired with a very nice hop bouquet... the smell is nicely balanced on the entire palate.

The taste is excellent... the hops are present with strong grapefruit flavor, but nicely balanced, preventing any overwhelming bitterness... the malt is slightly caramel and roasted, but not overpowering... balancing well, the beer is malty, and hoppy, the two characters accenting, not bogging each other down... for some reason, this beer reminded me of a nice breakfast of buttered toast... sweet grain flavors balanced by the smooth tangy oily-ness of the hops... I may be crazy... but some of the spiciness of the hops seemed to me as slightly gingery?

A heavy beer at 8.7 percent... but interesting and not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 03:50:25 | More by PBBC
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip

A- black, opaque with tints of reddish brown on edges with less concentration, sticky 2 finger head recedes to cap, single top ring of consistent lacing.

S- malty, caramel, american hops/piney/citric. Very pleasant and nothing overpowering, in balance and melded well to the point that I'm content that I can't tease out everything.

T- Malt sweetness mixes and recedes into a sharp finish of piney hop bitterness which lingers, very well balanced and tasty.

M- carbonation contributes to creamy feel, full bodied, very pleasing.

Overall, stone's done it again. Like the arrogant bastard/double bastard, this beer is really good. Totally unexpected color, but that actually added to the score for me, and the aggressive-yet-balanced hopping of the beer is really pleasant to take in. Heck of a beer and gladly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 06:58:13 | More by ABCJiugui
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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