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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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5,298 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,298
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 231
Gots: 495 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of tobyandgina
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 fingers of light brown head. Dark brown body, non-transparent.

Pine oil aroma with hints of celery(?) and possibly leather(?)

Good lacing. Great hop flavor - pine oil hops and some apricot with a touch of pepper.

Thin, slick mouthfeel.

Great offering from Stone.

tobyandgina, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of TheBierBand
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009-10-28 Stone Sublimely Self-Rightious Ale

S: 4.5
T: 4.0
MF: 4.0
D: 4.0

Poured from the 22 oz silk screened brown bomber ($6.99 at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield (Cincinnati), OH) into a pint glass. Th ale was a cola brown with a light beige head of 1" tight, long-lasting foam.

The nose was definately hoppy... some citrus with some coffee background.

Taste: Hops hits you right away.... this is a good one for the "hop heads". Citrus and pine hops taste and a bit of toasted malt back it up. Let this warm to to fully appreciate the subtile characteristics of this brew. Slight caramel candy sweetness in the background for balance.

MF: Creamy and smooth. Somewhat thick and chewey.... not overly so.

Drinkability: Good stuff. Remember to serve it on the warmer side (I'd suggest low 50's F) to get all you can get out of this powerful ale. I'll definately look for this one again.

TheBierBand, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is jet black, with a big creamy caramel head, and no real sign of carbonation.

Aroma: A raging battle between malts and hops, one moment there is the signature resinous piney hops we've all come to expect from Stone, then there is a heavy sweet roasted maltiness. Chocolate and coffee, then citrus, and grapefruit...very complex.

Taste: The taste is much the same as the nose, it's a back and forth battle between the ingredients. Roasted malts, chocolate, and a subtle oat cake taste, which is slowly overpowered in the middle by a bitter fruity pine, and then the finish is a smooth bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and heavy; with a wonderfully smooth finish.

Drinkability: This is a class act, incredibly flavourful, and smooth as silk. A hard beer to describe, the best thing to do is to try it for yourself.

PartyBear, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of TKCastle
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark rich color with a 3 finger head. Left nice lacing on the rim.

S- A beautiful citrusy bouquet of lemon and tangerine with a Cardamom after smell.

T- Smooth overwhelming bitterness followed up by hints of chocolate finishing with citrus goodness.

M- Heavy with little stickiness but not to oily.

D- The heavy presence of bitterness only allowed smaller drinks at a time.

TKCastle, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Surprisingly very dark beer, almost no light getting through akin to a stout. Pours with a healthy light brown head. Leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big hops in the smell, that's something that's not surprising... actually smells more like an IPA. Mostly piney, slightly citrusy hops are dominant. The malts take a backseat.

T: Wow, huge on the hops again! But unlike the smell, the piney hops are more balanced by the roasted malt that gives off a coffee quality in the finish. There is also a very slight smokey flavor in the aftertaste. Reminds me alot of a Black IPA, very similar to Southern Tier's "Iniquity".

M/D: Definitely a full-bodied beer, but goes down easy. The 8.7% ABV is hidden very well, pretty drinkable.

TheViolator666, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark beer leaving great sheets of sticky lacing around the entirety of the glass. I'm not surprised to smell the big hops in the nose. With Stone they do it big with hops in almost all beers they brew. Very complex and dark for a Stone release with bunches of prunes and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is silky, creamy and complements the bitter finish letting the character of this beer linger on the palate. Get one if you see it!

natelocc787, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Burger Bar in Vegas. Let's just say they know how to serve their beers as this was served in a goblet. +1 for that.

A dark brown/burgandy pour with a nice beige head with staying power.

Dark fruits and a sticky sweet candy-like aroma.

The taste has coffee characteristics and a light hoppiness. A pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable.

Overall I love the bottle look and was very anxious to try this. The Stone peeps did a great job and all I can say to end this review is....righteous.

kaseydad, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of chuckd123
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA. Poured into a tulip glass, and to me (admittedly the bar was dimly lit) it had an almost opaque blackness to it, but held up to the light it seemed to have strong hints of brown in it. Big tan sticky head that lasts too, impressive.

The smell and aromas coming out of it have you blinking and looking at the blackness again, just not what you expect this beer to smell like. Hop heavy, with a nose of grapefruit and some pine overtones in there too. Very much a hopped up IPA.

Drinkability is very good, I had two of them over about an hour to hour and a half, like any 9% brew I'm not looking to slam down 7 of them in a night, but I went back for seconds without giving it another thought.

I'm a big IPA fan, and love hopped up monsters, and like most of Stone's brews (admittedly not a big fan of any iteration of arrogant bastard) and this is a great beer. Just not sure what to call it -- I've had a black IPA before, maybe that's the best description of it really. Very different, very unique, and very much worth trying if you can.

chuckd123, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is dark black. A tight brown head forms from moderate carbonation. As head falls away lacing is left on the sides of the glass. As the beer is drank, the head becomes more diffuse and remains as a thin layer on the top of the beer.

Aroma is strong with pine-like hops. There isn't much else I'm able to pull out. I would expect some malt / roast character but the hop aroma pushes it all out.

The taste of the beer is really interesting. There is a lot of backend bitterness from the hops but its balanced well with the roast character from the dark malts in the beer. Not a lot of front end sweetness to speak of. A full bodied beer, a great feel and high drinkability.

drabmuh, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been awhile since I've had this one.

Appearance - Very dark, black practically. Held up to a light and nothing gets through. Two inches of mocha-colored head with nice stiff head. Looks very good.

Smell - Surprising amount of hops right up front. Lots of pine and some grass. Citrus comes in as well. There's a dark roasted malt quality lingering somewhere.

Taste - Up front it's love. Nice hoppy bite. Very aggressive. But the follow is a tough malt roast aspect, with some smoke. Definitely some coffee tones. Tastes burnt, honestly. It also lingers.

Mouthfeel - Luscious and creamy.

Drinkability - The lingering burnt flavor is off-putting, honestly.

This is a very interesting beverage. I love half, and don't care for the other half. Frankly, it's a little jumbled and incoherent. Overall, it's interesting but doesn't excite me.

callmescraps, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark like Coca-Cola with a superb, beige crown that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S - Improved as it warmed. Burnt molasses, oak, leather, hops, more hops, and coffee. Wow! :)

T - Delicious ale. Has a hop kick across the spectrum but the underlying smokiness is impressive. Tastes very much as it smells; complex offering but there is some heat to the finish that detracts a bit. NOT for food.

M - Refreshing, assertive creaminess.

D - The alcohol is there for sure so I'd recommend this whole-heartedly, only well after a meal in the Autumn chill. Let the ale warm up a bit.

pinotboy007, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of HiAIPA
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22oz. bomber, this unique black IPA was a bitter bomb from start to finish. The cooked roasted profile hits you on the nose, with chocolate malts and broasted grains. With good head and a nice quaff, an IPA porter hybrid comes to mind. The flavors tilt to the bitter side of IPA-land, with roasted dark nuts and barleycorn leading the pack. Overall a good, distinctive IPA, but a little bitter for my bulls-eye.

HiAIPA, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Mayhem976
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- On the heavy side but not super thick, the head is impressive and left allot of lacing. It looks black but when you hold it to the light you get a reddish brown hue. Very pretty looking beer!

B- All kinds of stuff happening here, I smell bitter hops, citrus notes, some type of floral something or rather (sorry), molasses, barley, and semi coffee smell. Bitter hops will dominate your nose.

T- You can't put this into a category, you get a sweet brown ale flavor for a fraction of a second then B00M! You're slapped in the face by bitter hops, I love IPA's, this flavor sorta has that taste profile but yet you get a sweet taste in there as well.

M- On the thick side and semi creamy.

D- Overall a solid brew from Stone, what they were going for? I'm not sure, but they managed to break the mold on beer categories and put out a special ale (that's what they call it) and it works very very well. IPA lovers take note.

Mayhem976, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out thin yet dark. Once settled, the body is nearly opaque; only a faint glow of brown shows through the bottom of glass. The head is creamy, sticky, and light brown. Lots of lacing. Nice retention. Looks yummy.

Smell: Tons of oily, citrusy hops combined with roasted malt and black coffee. Pine and light cream float throughout, but it's the aforementioned flavors that really stick out.

Taste: Roasted malt, black coffee and loads of oily, piney hops. Lots of bitterness. I really dig the combo.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, resinous, and bitter. Nice dryness on the back end - not too light and not too strong. Moderately carbonated and creamy when swished. Feels like the ideal combination of an Irish dry stout and an intense IPA.

Drinkability: This beer has a ton of character. Very unique and very delicious. It can be slow-going at times due to the high bitterness (combo of roasted malt and hops), but I would buy this beer all the time if I had the chance.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale poured the color of mud with a short head that died quickly. It left a good amount of lace.

This is a dark moldy cellar of an ale. Although it was less "dark," and more balanced, than the color suggested, the smell and taste were still dominated by earthy moldy pine, with a hint of citric sweetness. The feel was thick and aggressive, with tons of bitterness. For me a glass was perfect, but an entire bomber was too much.

MetalHopHead6, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of DogFood11
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the mood for a big beer to end the night. Stone has been a consistent winner for me so in the glass it goes. Dark body with some deep ruby red around the edges. Spider web lace.

Screw categories and trying to place this somewhere its just good. It has a fresh kendling type aroma and it translates to a nice but guarded smoked edge. Hops create a great sticky resin that lays back and gradually takes over 3/4 way through and lingers until the next pull.

Brilliant and once again Stone keeps the price sane. Price per value is off the charts.

DogFood11, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of discovolante65
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston MA.

A murky brown with well over an inch of caramel/tan colored foam. Lots of carbonation. Nice lacing, fairly good head retention.

Smells like a hopped-up wee heavy for some reason. Lots of floral/piney citrus hop smell backed up by roasted malts and a little peaty/earthy aroma.

Ok, definitely a good malt balance in this, but I was way off in the wee heavy impression in the smell. The hop profile is wonderful. Good citrus, piney bitterness that lingers and co-mingles with the malt very nicely. Slightly meaty as well. Carbonation adds to the enjoyment of the flavor profile very much so.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with an incredibly perfect amount of carbonation.

I remember commenting to my party that this seemed to be a differently hopped version of AB.

Drinkability is up there. I enjoyed this with sirloin tips and it really made me happy.

discovolante65, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of steelerguy
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown from the bottle, but in the glass it is as good as black. Only on the edges do you get a very dark caramel color. Nice head that settled down pretty quickly.

S - The color had me ready for roasted malt and chocolate, instead it is all hops on the nose. Sweet and citrus, would not be surprised if they dry hopped with some Ahtanum in there.

T - Nice bitterness but not as much as I was expecting from the aroma, a nice surprise! Not picking up much roast at all but plenty of chocolate and dark caramel malts which give it some nice fruit flavors. Definite hop presence, lots of citrus and fruit...didn't taste as pine to me as many say here. Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo is my guess for what is in there. They did some great late hop additions here, lots of flavor without a big bang of bitterness.

M - Good...not spectacular, would like a little more body, but it is good.

D - This is a good beer and good beer is drinkable! Really, even with the higher alcohol, it finishes clean and can easily enjoy a 22 oz. bomber or a couple 12 oz. or pints. Complex but not tiring.

steelerguy, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. The bartender had a rough time with this beer, it seemed way over carbonated, and after much pouring off of foam I finally got my beer. Poured a slightly translucent black, with touches of brown on the edges, and had well over an inch and a half of dark khaki colored head that had very good retention and lacing.

A surprisingly neutral and balanced aroma greeted the nose. Nice mixture of malt and hop, with just a touch of roast. The first flavor across the tongue is that roast we found at the end of the aroma. The roast sticks around and covers the expected malt taste and mixes with a bite of hops at the end.

The body is full and just a little sticky. Drinkability is very nice but I think I'd get bored if I had more than 2 in a row. Overall, a decent beer worth trying.

beertunes, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown almost black with a nice thick off-white head, lots of lacing.

Amazingly complex smell, intense aroma of pine needles and citrus fruit, strawberries and a hint of dark malts and coffee, one of the best smelling beers my nostrils have ever had the privilege of sniffing.

Tastes like it smells, some coffee and dark fruity malts and intense piney hop finish, this is a hop bomb for sure with a nice malty body to balance it out.

Smooth thick mouthfeel and highly drinkable, especially for the aclochol. I don't know what kind of beer this is, it's more like a dark imperial IPA, possibly the best stone beer ever.

GodOfBeer, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, but there's also some roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit noticable. The beer tastes pretty much just like the aroma. It's mostly hoppy, but there's enough malt in there that you can taste those flavors too. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat creamy and coating, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is great, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy it again in the future.

bluejacket74, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan head showing some good retention. Lots of hop bitterness on the aroma with some pine and citrus note taking the lead. Citrus again on the palate with orange/lemon peel type bitterness that's backed by a subtle malt sweetness. Definitely hop-forward, but it shows a considerable amount of balance despite being less than subtle. Sounds contradictory I guess but it's a unique beer to be sure and while not the greatest stone offering it's definitely a good beer that deserves a try.

apbarwood, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a two finger head with good retention. The aroma was a musty bitter, sorry, can't do any better than that. The taste was bitter citrus/pine needles. A little bitter for me, but not bad. The feel was full bodied with more than sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good, especially if you are into hops. Not a lot of difference as it warmed up, still a good beer.

kegger22, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see that this beer poured a dark brown color. Had a medium head that fell quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops - almost all citrus - with just a touch of dark malty sweetness in the background. The flavor was much the same, a touch of malty sweetness, but a ton of citrus and floral hop flavors and a lingering bitterness. The body was medium and the drinkability was good.

clvand0, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of jsapunor
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark into a tulip leaving the aroma of hops from the light brown head.

A great beer! Well balanced with a very nice smooth mouthfeel. The hops and malt combine to make a wonderful combination of flavors that are just about perfect for a strong ale. It's like Arrogant Bastard refined but on steroids. Stone strikes again and we are the lucky ones.

jsapunor, Sep 13, 2009
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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