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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,662
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 247
Gots: 604 | FT: 7
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I've had this one a few times and now just getting around to reviewing it. Before I even poor the beer I can smell that west coast dry hopping. Pours black with a two finger light tan head with spotty lacing all around. Again crazy west coast piney hop aroma. Multi layered hoppiness, a little piney and floral, a good bit bitter with a lasting sharp after taste. Full body and rich without tasting like a hoppy porter. Well carbed and well rounded and easy to drink to boot. at 8.7 abv there is not hot flavor and no sign of the booze.

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

Drank on 4/19/10

A- creamy 1/4" off white head on an espresso colored opaque brew. Head receeds leaving whispy multi-tiered halos.

S- fruity hops with a hint of malt sweetness. Light refreshing fruit aroma of a much lighter beer.

T- chocolate & roast malt flavors with a delicious hop flavor interweaving. Nice hints of coffee and malty sweetness. Fruity & citrus hop flavors come through well.

MF- nice med. Bodied ale with a good mouth coating. Nice bitterness reminiscent of SNPA. Light carbonation feeling.

D- delicious, with quite an intoxicating effect after the first pint. I love the roast malts and biting hop flavor.

Photo of RMI15
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopefully another great beer from Stone

A- pours real dark like a stout, but not as thick - nice foamy mocha head

S- smell is hoppy when poured, but then turns to a to a hoppy, malty, very slight carmel sent

T- taste is great with a more hoppy favor when first opened then turns to a hoppy brown ale, toasted nut flavor? - really smooth - first Black IPA I've tasted

M- full flavored - first taste is different from the last in my opinion

D- sit back and enjoy just watch the higher alcohol content - nice dark beer for this time of year

Stone makes great beers - period.

Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovey black colour and an excellent light-brown head. The smell is delicious: mostly of citrussy hops. It has a malty flavour up front which is quickly overtaken by the hoppiness. Very nice. It feels great in the mouth but afterawhile the aftertaste builds up too much.

Photo of ncfranklin
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Black IPA, from one of my favorite breweries. Let's see how this goes....

A : Black, with just a small brown tinge. A nice finger thick brownish head, with some sticky lacing that's quite frothy.

S : Hops and roasty coffee swirled together. Picking up pine and a burntness. This is just... odd smelling. If you like IPA's and Stouts, imagine the two together and you'll get pretty close.

T : Big bitter up front, almost overbearing. Pine and burnt quality to it. Fades into a malty coffee, but still with a hop underlayer. Finishes with a bite, more roast.

M : Medium bodied, with a good tinglyness. Somewhat like the more medium bodied stouts, but with no creamy quality.

D : A unique brew, that is a rage on the senses. A bomber of this is all ones palette could take. Bonus points for being unique. Overall, I like it, but it isn't something i'd have often. I just simply prefer more direct styles.

Photo of revolt914
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at the local store in Aurora, IN Pour House. Sampled a lot of Stone and thought I should try this as well.

A: Very dark in color, very big head on the pour but goes down to a nice sticky lace around the glass.

S: Iimpressive black IPA. Massive floral and citrus hops, it combines with a toasty malt caramel as well.

T: The smokey malt just takes over there is some lasting brown sugar at the end of this drink.

M: Creamy when you first start drinking but good spice as well.

D: Stone makes some solid brews but this just isn't something that I liked all that much... it was good but not great, still a good beer though and enjoyed the full 22oz bomber.

Photo of climax
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black like a stout, could definitely fool ya, with a nose this full of hops. The head was massive and receded two a constant finger of lumpy foam.

Roasty notes from a stout or porter seemed to be at the forefront, while the hops made up the backbone, stinging the nostrils to let me know it's not kidding. Interesting, and a certain joy to whiff. Very sharp grapefruit and tropical citrus showed off the muscle, and lesser notes of clove, bubblegum, and alcohol lurk within.

What a flavor explosion! It starts out with an assault of hops, slightly soapy, but none too harsh. Perfect. Yea, I had it at a 4.5, but I gave in. This is excellent. Grapefruit, floral notes, and bubblegum flavors at the beginning made it seem like a typical Imperial IPA. Then the sweet and roasted flavor of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and a bitter coffee finish took over.

There was maybe a bit more body than a strong IPA, but this is no thick brew. It's incredibly smooth, and the carbonation is spot on IMO. It finishes surprisingly clean, and not too dry. Sublimely easy to drink, with righteous flavor, Bravo Stone.

Photo of msmezher
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sublimely Self-Righteous was my first beer on cask, and while I really liked it, it didn't floor me as being incredibly good. It poured a solid black, with a light foamy head that lasted several minutes of sipping. The beer had a fairly light body with a malty taste and a strong hoppy finish. Slight chocolaty and roasty flavors were present, but nothing overall that greatly impressed me, although I might have enjoyed this over Deschutes Hop in the Dark Cascadian Black Ale.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Bomber into a pint glass. Beautiful black body with khaki colored head. Looks like a porter, but by no means does it smell like one.

Fruity, piney nose matches the flavor. Hops with a familiar bite in the finish, but with a hearty malt backbone.

A beautiful beer. I will continue to seek out the style.

Photo of tylernim
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a nice size tan head. The head persisted for a while leaving a great ring the rest of the way (which was quite a while).

Hops and florals on the nose. Pretty overwhelming, and of course odd coming from such a dark offering. Hops upfront on the taste buds, followed by bitter malts and some smokiness. Alcohol warms. The flavor profile definitely mellowed out quite nicely as it warmed.

Medium to heavy body. Decent carbonation. Drinkability is alright for how overwhelming this can be.

Photo of wingman14
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a foamy mocha head. The smell is hoppy, a very inviting citrus hop bouquet, so weird to have a dark beer with such a great hop aroma, but also amazing. The taste starts with a huge hop presence followed with some great citrus flavor, followed with a small bitter malt aftertaste with the hops lingering. The mouthfeel is medium, almost heavy, a nice smooth beer with great balance in flavor. This one has great drinkability, nice powerful flavor, a great overall beer.

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

A- a total opaque with a mocha head of foam. Head does recide pretty quick

S- another impressive black ipa. Massive floral and citrus hops. Almost instantly, it combines with a toasty malt and caramel as well.

T- bitterness assaults the mouth with the prickliest of pine. Then rhe most smokey malt just takes over. There is some lasting brown sugar at the end

M- creamy and full bodied

D- stone makes a pretty good brew. The smoked malt is a little overwhelming for me, but its still a good brew

Photo of jdhilt
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a very good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Slight piney hop nose. Flavor is slightly more pine hops than caramel malt and with lingering piney aftertaste. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Delirium snifter

Appearance- Very dark brown, a little opaque around the edges. The head appears to be around an inch and dissipates rather slowly.

Smell- The scent of this brews brings the best of both worlds to one glass. At first you're hit with the floral and citrusy aromas of a great IPA, sniff further and you will experience a faint aroma of the toasted malt but it is very hidden.

Taste- The taste of this brew seems to follow suite with the way the scent took place. At first I'm hit by an abundance of flowering hops and citrus notes but underlying these hops lies a bitter and dry, yet satisfying malt flavor along side chocolate and coffee notes. Delicious brew style combinations make for a great tasting Black IPA.

Mouthfeel- Balance is achieved pretty nicely here but given the complexity of this ale, there is a lot going on. Carbonation mixed with the roasted malt tastes is a bit strange but still delicious.

Drinkability- The 22 oz bomber just isn't enough sometimes! Maybe a four pack would suffice. If i was in between meals I could probably tackle the four. Otherwise, sits a bit heavy and is pretty potent so be responsible.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle that spent a few weeks in the fridge

A - Pours a lovely dark brown -- nearly black -- with two fingers of beautiful tan head that is retained for ages and laces the glass perfectly. A sight to behold.

S - Grapefruit and pine hops and a hint of that great roasted malt. Also some cocoa aromas.

T - Immediately you taste the grapefruit hops and pine hops, followed by a gradual transition to lovely roasted malts leading to slightly chocolatey finish.

M -Medium, creamy body with nice carbonation. Leaves a slight dryness. A good feel overall.

D - One bomber is enough for me, but it went fast. Goes down smooth and makes you fall in love with it. It deserves its reputation as one of the best ABA/BIPAs in the world. Best served fresh, to allow the hops to pop a bit more.

Photo of curasowa
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with two fingers of head that faded slowly with nice lacing. The aroma is a mix of sweet molasses and toasted malt. The taste is thick, sweet and creamy at the front end, followed by a earthy bitterness and some slight astringency from the roasted malts. The finish is slow and lingering with some warming. Body is on the thick side of medium, and drinkability is very good given that its running 8.7%. Pretty tasty.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Very dark brown color with great 2 finger head. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving nice lacing.

Sharp aroma of grapefruit and hops. Smells like an IPA or DIPA, but with a touch of a dark raisin-like fruity aroma.

Sweet taste of hops is pleasant. Seems like a more darkly roasted flavor is in the background. Easy to drink and only a small presence of alcohol.

Tasty brew! Will easily be enjoyed by IPA lovers.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a nice tan rocky head that is nothing but a skim in the end. Some good rings of lace. Zero clarity.

Big pine and alcohol aromas. They didn't skimp on the hops, and the chemical alcohol gets right in your nose, but that is all I get. The charred malt is so faint that it could be imaginary.

Nice complexity. Strong hops up front. All pine and citric notes with an immediate switch to charred malt and alcohol, with bitter coffee and a diminishing long bitter finish. This is an astringent brew. The palate clears to a very dry light bitter pucker.

Fuller bodied with a nice carbonation prickle. Light tingle from the alcohol as well.

I like this beer, but it is one of the few that I wish I had less of. The bomber is too much for me. Maybe it is the strength of hops (duh, it is an IPA) or just the astringent nature, but by the time you are wrapping up the remainder (I have 1/3 pint left as I write), you are ready to move on. Hop heads will want to bathe in this stuff. Hop-appreciative folks will have respect for it but less affinity. Worth a try just the same. A very good, well made beer.

Photo of MNJR
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is dark brown, almost opaque with hints of orange-ish ruby red where light can get through. Head is rich tan and very impressive - whipped cream consistency. Immediate scents of dark roasted coffee, smoke, spice (black pepper), dead pine and an odd, sweaty B.O. "old tennis shoe" odor which detracts. The flavor is sharp and pungent, musty and rich with smoke and earthy basement flavors. The mouthfeel is very good, rich with a nice spiky carbonation. Drinkability is a bit low due to thick gunk collecting on the back of the tongue and throat. Not a true winner. Stone was over-hyped for introduction to my market (Chicago), and has turned out to be no big deal compared to Founders, Bell's, New Glarus and other reputable midwest brewers. Plus, the price is sky high and not justified. So they ship it from CA? Big deal. A good beer, don't get me wrong, but not "great," and not "sublime."

Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a goblet.

A - Visually meets the style description - very black, with only just a light hint of brown. Head formation is brown/mocha colored, well retained, 3-4mm. Looks light in texture.

S - Fairly pungent nose - surprising. Not roasted or malty, not overtly hoppy. An interesting floral if maybe sour note is present - could be from the hopping, or could be some oxidation.

T - Starts off as I expect, a nice smooth malt sweetness complemented by some very subtle roast flavors. That strange orange, maybe even sour note is present mid-stream. It seems almost intentional - but at times a hair too acidic to be the goal. Finishes with some astringency, burnt, chocolate, bitterness, but that interesting sour note lingers.

M - Solid body - creamy, but not thick. carbonation well complements the moderate body. FInishes with some lingering clinging burnt notes.

D - Not sure about the drinkability - moderate perhaps. ABV is up there, sneak as can be. The flavors are interesting, but can present a challenge for palette management - meaning can be overwhelming by the bottom of a bomber.

I was hoping for some help on the label on interpreting my senses - not much there. This beer is on my list of have agains to see if I can match age to the beer taste.

Photo of patobandito
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, slighly reddish brown with moderate-sized tan head. Aroma is an interesting combination of roast and sweet citrusy hops. Flavour has lots of character with strong citrusy hops, some dark fruit, roastiness and a hint of cocoa. Fairly bitter finish; medium+ body. Very nice.

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

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Pours a super black with a frothy, bubbly off white head. Copious amounts of lacing coat the glass while drinking, and a nicely retained layer of head remains through most of the beer.

S - Heavily roasted dark malts with a flair of hops and a touch of sweet.

T - Dark toasted grain leads into heavier roasted flavors. Sweeter malt slices through with caramel and molasses before a hop bite kicks in. Juicy, piny hops continue before a roasty, sweet, somewhat long finish with a hint of boozy warmth.

M - Heavier body, slightly creamy, dry tendencies during the finish.

D - Great flavor profile, and considering the 8.7%, this is especially drinkable.

More excellent beer from Stone, that's it.

Photo of Seebs847
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surprising offering from stone! Pours a deep black with a 2 inch tan, creamy looking head. Leaves incredible lacing down the entire glass. Has incredible hop flavor that quickly turns into incredible chocolate maltiness. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with an intense hop bitterness! Overall an incredible beer, very interesting as always with Stone! Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber

Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought that this brew was extremely interesting style. So I had to try the stone take on it. Again Stone tends to take their hops seriously I figured a black IPA form them would be one to try.

Bottle pored into a stone IMP pint glass produced a gracious two finger off white to brown head on top of a dark brown body. The head turned into a nice lace that followed the body of the brew down the glass.

There is a huge hop nose on this brew you just can't get past it. This wasn't to much of a shock coming from stone. Big old grapefruit with a tad bit of roast in the end. The flavor was interesting to say the least. You get a good bitter hop flavor with a slight roasted bitter coming thru in the end. That basically sums it up.

I finished the bomber with no problem, and enjoyed every drop. I would buy it again for a hybrid style, I think it is worth the try.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pint at Romans'.

A: Pitch black with a solid two fingers of light mocha hued head. Solid retention. Thick lace.

S: Bitter black coffee with a hint of citrus fruit. Moderate roast malt and touch of dark chocolate. Interesting for sure.

T: Again strong black coffee comes to mind. It has the hoppy kick of an IPA yet the dark malt blankets it with a smoothness. Leaving me with a tug of war in my mouth. Again unique.

M: Full creamy body. Low carbonation. Almost nitro feeling.

D: Overall an enjoyable beer. Nice to have something that's outside the usual spectrum of beers.

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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