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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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5,001 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,001
Reviews: 1,817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 368 | 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 Phillyduke


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

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Beer is dark and murky brown, nearly opaque, with a generous one-finger head of dense, mocha colored foam that seems to hang around for quite awhile before leaving a nice cap of residual bubbles. A generous amount of fine lacing gathers around the meniscus and clings to the inside of the glass.

Nose is dark roasted malts and chocolate. I'm not getting very much hoppiness, but this beer is 11 months old at this point, so I wasn't expecting much. Smells more of a porter or stout than a "Black IPA," but it's still quite pleasing.

The taste to me is very much along the same lines as the nose: more of a Baltic Porter or Imperial Stout than the style that the bottle advertises. The hop bitterness does show up much more in the taste than on the nose, and provides a nice, long finish to compliment the big malt and chocolate flavors. Alcohol becomes more noticeable and a bit of a molasses flavor peeks out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, and slightly viscous.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I'm guessing that the year of age really toned down the hops, as I will reiterate one final time that to me this was more of a porter or stout (and one of the better ones at that) than an IPA. It loses points because of this, but in and of itself it's a very enjoyable beer. The alcohol will catch up with you after a little bit, so one bomber was plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 01:13:10 | More by Phillyduke
Photo of Goliath


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

Pours a very dark brown, black from a distance and is completely opaque. A half inch tan creamy head sits on top and lingers with excellent retention and falls leaving some fine lacing behind.

Aroma is quite pleasing. A gentle floral note up front, with darker malt tones behind it. Dark fruits, sugar, spice, and mollases.

Taste is not quite as good as the aroma lead me to believe. Slightly floral still, but with those bigger malt tones brings up the rear. A bit of chocolate, slightly bitter, with some dark fruit. Rather boozy actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine and gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Decent flavor and moderate alcohol make this brew fairly easy to consume, but slightly limit it as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 17:44:09 | More by Goliath
Photo of zerofear13

New York

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

Grabbed this bottle from American Beer Distributors in Brooklyn. They actually have a really good selection of Stone, which surprises me that many other places don't. I know I'm on the east coast, but I feel like if you're going to order a million Belgian beers, Stone isn't so hard to deliver.

Poured out very black, although I wouldn't say jet-black like many other reviewers. I'm sure I've seen darker, sludgier-looking stouts and porters. Foamy, tan-colored head. Smelled of roasted hops and chocolate like porters, but also had some citrus and fruit notes like an ale. Taste was very mixed. On the one hand, there were the tang and fruit notes; on the other, there was the roasted flavor. Interesting mix, but a good balance between the two, in my opinion.

Great beer if you can get your hands on a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 00:40:04 | More by zerofear13
Photo of JoeMayo


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last time I went to Whole Foods, this was still on shelves. I hope its still there...I've only had two and they were so wondeful!

A- Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass and wait...I'm so confused? I smell IPA but I see a stout. It's black as night with a tan head...looks good, but certainly not the golden IPA stone usually does!

S- Smells like an IPA until the very end. Very hoppy, citrus (grapefruit), a little piney, and floral, but all the way at the very end I get an odd sweetness of caramel!

T- This may very well be my favorite IPA because it has some interesting aspects of a stout. The flavors of the smell come through again, hops, grapefruit, and pine, but then the fun happens! A slight maltiness comes through at the end with notes of caramel, chocolate, and caramelized sugar.

M- It's a happy mix between the creaminess of a stout, and the crispness of an IPA.

D- Good, but a little strong and a little astringent. It needs to be sipped, which works to the drinkers advantage because the malt comes through more as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 21:35:51 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of WillieMoe


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

A- Well this one pours out thick and absolutely pitch black. I mean there is no light getting through there. The head is light brown and fluffy.

S- Although the look makes it seem like this is no doubt a porter, the smell begs to differ. The smell is a nice mix of citrusy and pine hops, balanced well with the malt. If you blindfolded someone and had them smell it, I'm guessing they would not be able to correctly describe the appearance. Might be the most glorious smelling brew in existence, but then again, I am sometimes prone to the most outrageous hyperbole of all time. I would be remiss to add that there is also a hint of sweet chocolate in there as well.

T- Glorious! Oh, wait, you want me to elaborate? The initial taste is an explosion of hops, like the kind you only read about! The malt is there, but does not show itself until this bad boy warms up a bit. This is a very complex brew. Look of a porter, smell and taste of a DIPA? They know what they are doing out there in Cali.

As I read my notes, it just makes me sad, that it is retired. It was gosh darn delicious. Couldn't spend a whole night drink it (well, it would be a short night if I did), but good for one or two.

This is one of my favorites, and u

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 16:25:55 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of ghostwalker


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

22 oz bomber purchased at Red Wagon Wine Shop, MI.

Appearance is deep, dark chocolate brown/black with a creamy finger of tan head.

Nose is rich yet tangy malt with a citrus blast.

Flavor begins with a tart maltiness with a piney hop finish. Reminds me of the Rogue Blackened Brutal Bitter homebrew kit I made last year. Are these Amarillo hops? I think they may be involved in the alchemy somewhere. It's an interesting brew, I have read that this is described as a black IPA, seems apt.

Mouthfeel is creamy with an aspirin chalkiness on the finish.

I like it, but it's less than highly drinkable, one bomber will go down well.

An interesting brew. I like what Stone does with their anniversary beers, but the 10th may always be my favorite, too bad that didn't age well.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 00:18:42 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of RedChrome


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

A very dark body reminiscent of India Ink. White and frothy inch high head faded over four minutes, Too dark to not any bubbling. Thick lacing rings.

An almost bourbon sweet malt body. A very nice hop finish has a quite distinct citric presence. Lemons and apricots. A hint of sharp alcohol.

Sweet light coffee taste on the tongue. A very light citric hop quality without any true identifiable taste. Malt has abit of a roasted characteristic.

Nicely thick beer. Carbonation effect doesn't overwhelm. Flavors cling to the top of the mouth.

A very nice beer. Great as a beer to go with balsamic marinated grilled provolone. Cheers to the folks at Stone for making it to eleven. Another quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 02:57:11 | More by RedChrome
Photo of Biggness

New York

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

This beer pours a beautiful black/opaque with a lovely tan head, about 2 fingers. The smell is nice with hints of nuts, chocolate and malts. The flavor is very nice as well, I don't get any nut flavor from the smell but I do get some chocolate, caramel and toasted malts. The flavors mesh very well together my only complaint would be a with the mouthfeel after I swallow I get a dry feeling in my mouth, the beer feels wonderful in my mouth but once it is swallowed its not the greatest mouthfeel. It is certainly a well crafted beer, but not something I could see myself drinking all night but one or 2 bombers would be nice :D

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 20:58:58 | More by Biggness
Photo of jdaelhousen


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark color with a good amount of head (about 1/2" after pour). Head disappates slowly and leaves a spotty, tan lace around the glass.

Aroma is highly complex and has hints of pineapple, mango and other fruit aromas.

Has a light mouthfeel to the body, with an initial flavor of light malt flavor combined with moderate hop taste. Has a very complex blend of fruit, just like the aroma. Fruit notes present are mango and pineapple, and these are very noticeable in the aftertaste as well.
Overall, a very unique beer from Stone. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 23:08:17 | More by jdaelhousen
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
Photo of armock

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
Photo of bbothen


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
Photo of brewcrew76


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
Photo of TasteTester


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
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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