Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 5,090 | Reviews: 1,819 | Display Reviews Only:
4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
On tap at BSP 05/14/09. Blackish pour into a pint glass, with an unusual striking sandy tan head. Speckles of sand on top of the perfect 1" froth. Gorgeous contrast of color.
Pungent pink grapefruit on the nose, with a touch of charcoal smoke.
Massive grapefruit up front, which rides all the way through. Very nice malt flavor in the middle and back. Scotchy malt, smoke while possessing a mediciny bitterness. Bright, floral hop bouquet throughout. Somewhat tart and bitter finish.
I had 3 pints and could have had 3 more easily. Exceptional flavor & drinkability...so damn unique.
05-16-2009 11:50:03 | More by RustyDiamond
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle in to my Duvel tulip. Black color with a quickly rising creamy 2 finger head. Much lacing was left down the glass as I drank.
The first thing I noticed about the aroma was hops and citrus, followed by rye & peat?
The flavor was strong up front hops, followed by an oakiness, finishing with bitter delicious hops and a citrus-like glow in the mouth.
Mouthfeel was slick and rich.
Drinkability was decent, strong in the ABV so I couldn't drink much, but really enjoyed this one. Almost a cross between Hop Rod Rye and Double Bastard? As usual, Stone is awesome.
05-15-2009 18:29:01 | More by BeTheBall
4/5 rDev -5.2%
A- Great dark black with finger of head. Stellar lacing too.
S- This has quite the hop kick, for something I was expecting to be more malty and chocolaty. I'm excited to taste this.
T- The hop taste is great, with a roasty malty coffee blend to it as well. I'm getting a sort of spicy herbal taste to this, which is standing out for me. A slight chocolate taste is finally coming though the more I drink this.
M- Medium to thicker mouthfeel, good carbination too.
D- Very drinkable, I wasn't expecting all the hops, even though I've had the 11th anniversary ale, which was a while back though.
05-14-2009 03:50:51 | More by Wetpaperbag
3.73/5 rDev -11.6%
Poured into a pint glass to a head that was decent (slightly off white color) that died down to a ring around the glass with very little lacing. Dark, black cherry red color to the beer. Very brief malt sweetness then a big burst of bitterness. I almost want to say that too much Black Patent malt or something was used and it got that typical burnt flavor that results. Pretty big hop presence but it wouldn't be a Stone beer without that. Not bad, but probably wouldn't purchase it again unless I intended to age it for a year or so to see if it mellows.
05-13-2009 01:13:35 | More by imaguitargod
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
Finally got my hands on one of these. I've been looking forward to this for months.
A: Pours dark brown, looks almost like a stout. I had about one finger of tan head with little retention, good lacing.
S: Citrus, lemon, pine, floral, grassy, big hop aroma. Like an IPA!
T: Hops, roasted malts, citrus fruits: grapefruit, lemon, great bitterness, coffee?, a little boozy.
M: Sort of thick.
D: Wow, this is my new favorite style. What is it? An IPA? Stout? Strong Ale? A mixture of everything? Stone never ceases to amaze me. As far as drinkability, wouldn't be able to have too many in one sitting, but is definitely delicious.
05-09-2009 20:54:24 | More by Lepley
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
Split a bomber of this with Kels on 5/4/09. Very nice beer and yet another great offering from Stone.
Appearance: Deep dark brown (near black) with just a little violet-amber shining through when held to the light; nice 1 1/2 finger head that is tan and thick and looks chewy; oily residue holds a slight lacing to the sides of the glass; solid retetntion of the head as well.
Smell: Strong presence of bitter and earthy hops; a dark toasty malty mix balances the scent out; some stronger hints of citrus (orange peel and grapefruit) starts to come through as it warms a bit.
Taste: An amazing blend of bitter, earthy and citrusy hops that are balanced out with the dark toasty malts (just like the smell); very faints hints of a bittersweet chocolate comes out as well, but it's more bitter than sweet; faint vapor of alcohol that really isn't overpowering and fairly well masked.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, milkshake-esque; mouth tings and warms from a moderate carbonation and alcohol; palate is left fairly sticky once everything has gone down.
Drinkability: Not too bad here - I give it a 4. A bigger beer, for sure, and something to sip on as it's a little heavy, but it tastes wonderful and has great balance.
05-09-2009 00:02:15 | More by bamadog
4.22/5 rDev 0%
I was excited to split a bomber with bamadog this evening. We hadn't seen in anywhere in the Cincy area until we stopped in at the Root Cellar a few days ago. Worth the trip. Review is on a pour into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours super dark brown with ruby red highlights that are only visible in the completely unclear liquid when held to the light. 1 1/2 finger tan head fades to a thick, smooth skim, leaving behind tremendous rings of soft lace that slide down into the beer throughout the drink.
Smell: Very forward aromas of grassy hops, slightly sugary candied orange rind, sticky breadiness, yeast, burnt malts and a slight earthiness that reminds me of tea.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Full of grassy hops, really bitter, earthy, soil-like profile, super-roasted and burnt malt character that reads slightly like bitter roasted coffee or chocolate in the taste, and bitter orange rind. The alcohol comes across moderately, growing stronger in the aftertaste as it hangs around in the stickiness. Feel is moderate and mouthfilling thanks to good carbonation.
Drinkability: Medium - the taste is really nice and complex with a good feel, and the alcohol isn't so overwhelming to warrant low drinkability.
05-05-2009 04:39:28 | More by kels
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured into a "Stone" pint glass
Dark plum with a big, two-inch head
Wonderfully surprising aroma of citrus and piney hops with very subtle chocolate? coffee?
Taste-Wow! Unexpected grapefruit citrus and hops melded with a stout-like bitterness and complexity. Fantastic flavor that has my tastebuds enraptured! This is what a "dark" IPA must taste like!
Overall, outstanding offering from the beer gods at Stone Brewing. This is a limited edition ale so go get some before they disappear! Go now!!
05-04-2009 18:59:19 | More by hosehead83
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev -5.2%
22oz Bomber poured into a red wine glass.
A- Dark brown, with hints of red around the edge. A finger of beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.
S- Dried fruits (figs, raisins and plums), floral hop upfront, chocolate malt and espresso backing.
T- Assertive hops upfront with caramel notes, coffee/dark chocolate following that up. Kind of like a well hopped stout... American stout?
M- Medium body, with light carbonation and a slight oily finish.
D- Not really a session beer, its big, and bold.
This is a pretty unique beer as far as I'm concerned. IPA style hop flavour meets porter/stout characteristics. Its a big beer in ever sense of the word. I will buy this again.
05-04-2009 01:37:50 | More by Tmappin
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
05-03-2009 18:45:14 | More by GJ40
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
05-03-2009 01:38:02 | More by btuthill
3.8/5 rDev -10%
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.
05-02-2009 03:14:37 | More by yemenmocha
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
05-02-2009 02:09:34 | More by noknife83
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
05-01-2009 23:16:49 | More by jdoncbus
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
05-01-2009 06:04:11 | More by bowersdm
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
04-30-2009 22:19:44 | More by Metalmonk
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
04-29-2009 23:17:20 | More by jdubjacket
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
Fairly light bodied despite the dark appearance. Low carbonation and rather silky in the mouth.
Nicely drinkable and an interesting brew.
04-29-2009 22:28:28 | More by Reagan1984
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
04-28-2009 23:01:39 | More by cavedave
4.78/5 rDev +13.3%
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
04-26-2009 03:05:03 | More by AlexCuse
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
04-25-2009 17:50:26 | More by Pencible
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-25-2009 04:17:56 | More by erikm25
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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
04-25-2009 01:33:09 | More by wchesak
4.83/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
04-24-2009 02:45:52 | More by jsp2
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-24-2009 02:31:23 | More by glid02
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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