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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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5,717 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,717
Reviews: 1,884
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 258
Gots: 669 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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 patobandito
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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

The first thing I noticed about the self righteous ale is the strong, sweet smell. Definitely a delicious strong malty smell with a dark color to match. Exactly what I come to expect from the new breed that is an American Black IPA. The taste is hoppy and bitter as you would expect from a IPA, but also of lingering malts. A beer I could drink multiples of in a night an not be tired of.

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

Revisited this from the bottle after about a yea ror so. I had it on tap the first time, and rated it higher than I am now. Not sure if I liked it more because it was on tap, or because I hadn't experienced nearly as many beers as I have now. Regardless, this is still a very tasty brew.

Pours a near black tone which is almost completely opaque with a nice 2 finger medium tan head that has nice retention and leaves solid lacing behind. Smell is BIG grapefruit, with a bit of chocolate malt coming through in the form of bittersweet chocolate. DARK chocolate notes accent the bright grapefruit nicely. Wish there was a bit more lively citrus, but still very, very nice.

This brew is very good, and very interesting. After recently having sculpin and nelson for the first time, sublimely self-righteous is very interesting because the hop profile is so much different than those. The Chocolate malts really show the Deeper, heavier flavors hops can offer and proves that a heavy hop profile can accent the darkness of chocolate malts very nicely. Huge grapefruit notes poound the palette.

Photo of adam42381
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Enjoy by 11 09 10 etched in glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost coffee black with ruby highlights and a 2 finger foamy tan head. Looks like a stout. Excellent lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell: Piney hops with a hint of pineapple to go along with a background of roasted malt.

Taste: Extremely hoppy throughout but there are a few flavors poking through which make this quite complex. Citrus up front followed by a little roasted malt in the middle then a blast of bitter grapefruit at the finish. Aftertaste is lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Feels creamy and prickly at the same time. Hops are pretty sticky.

Drinkability: High drinkability. I wouldn't recommend pounding bomber after bomber but this is a beer you won't get tired of too quickly.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is my first experience with an American Black Ale (Black IPA) and I am not disappointed. Another great offering by Stone. I would highly recommend this. I'll be buying more of these.

Photo of rwf08
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this in the past but I didn't want to review it because of the style. Now that it is called a Black IPA I feel I can review it properly.

A: Pours a dark molasses brown. Not black but close. Some dark dark amber hues on the edges. Soft off white creamy head. Some good lacing too.

S: I close my eyes when I smell a beer and when I do it with this one all I smell is a piney IPA. There is a slight hint of roast but not much. Maybe toasted bread slathered in pine jelly. Awesomeness to say the least.

T: Creamy soft roasted grain with pine and grapefruit. I get faint dark chocolate with citrus in there but pine dominates.

M: Silky smooth, soft on the palate. Medium carbonation, and creamy as hell. So good!

D: I want more. I thought Hop in the Dark was best but I think this beer is way better! This beer is easy to get for me and I feel I have under-appreciated it!

Photo of megahurts4
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone Subliminally Self Righteous Ale

Appearance: Brown,medium head,and good lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Grapefruit bitterness, citrus fruits, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

If you like unsweetened grapefruit, you will most definitely like this beer. It is very bitter and hoppy. Oh, and one more thing, did I mention it was bitter?

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times. Took some notes last week at Sierra Grille, almost forgot I had them.

Pours just about black with a 2-finger tan head. Thick ring and slight cap retain, leaves nice walls of lacing on the glass.

Smell/taste - Huge grapefruit and pine, very hoppy. Backed by roasted malt/cocoa/some caramel, some earthy notes in the scent. Some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nice, creamy, decent thickness.

This is a good beer but a little typical-tasting coming from Stone in my opinion.

Photo of nickhiller
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pitch black with a thick tan head and lacing galore.

S: sharp, almost acrid, hops. They smell extremely fresh and strong and give off an almost vegetable or plant smell. A little bit of roast in there as well.

T: dry, hoppy, bitter and extremely alcoholic--in fact too much alcohol on the front for my taste buds--it kind of takes away from the other flavors. Scorching alcohol burns down to the core, probably good on a bitter cold day. Speaking of bitterness, there's a lot of that on the finish as well. I'm not getting much in the way of complexity though and barely any malty sweetness.

M: well carbonated and pretty dry for how full bodied it is.

D: pretty good. The only other CDA I've had is the Deschutes Hop in the Dark, which I liked a lot, so I'm definitely into the style. The Deschutes version was more complex I seem to remember, and not as relentlessly bitter and alcoholic. Still I'd certainly have another if offered.

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description and history of the beer as this is a remake of there 11th anniversary ale. The ADV is listed as 8.7% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has an opaque dark black color with a thick light tan head on top. The head is long lasting and makes for tons of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has solid roasted and toasted maltiness with caramel like sweetness backed up by equally solid citrusy hops.

Taste/Palate: Its deep maltiness sets up a firm base for the hops to work there bitter magic. From the base malt I get firm toasted and roasted character with loads of caramel like sweetness that weaves in and out of the dominate hops. The hops bring a big hit of citrus and pine like bitterness. Notes of grapefruit, lime, bitter orange and pine resin hang onto the tongue long into the slow fading finish. The big full body brings a heavy slow sipping and sticky texture with just enough carbonation to keep things from getting cloying.

Notes: This is another outstanding beer from Stone.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black in color.

S- Hops with a caramel chcocolate over tones.

T- Very good strong hop present like a single IPA with dark malts giving it a caramel chocolate background.

M- semi-dry bold hop flavors with chocolate malts giving it a good chocolate background.

D- My best Black IPA yet. I think the others I had the abv were low and the hops wasn't bold enough to catch but this does.


Photo of Kinsman
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep and dark mahogany brown, just shy of pitch black. A relatively thin tan colored head sits atop for quite some time.

Aroma is noticeably hoppy with big American hops showing off. No noticeable malt aroma at first, but becomes apparent as the beer warms.

This beer really falls in-line with many DIPA's, but with the dark malts to throw things off. Hop-forward with a strong bitter presence and flavors or citrus. A slightly sweet/toasted malt character can be detected, but its well hidden.

A lighter bodied feel than I expected, but thats not to say this is a light beer. It still packs plenty of punch and you can feel that in your mouth. Overall, this is a beer that pretty much defines the black IPA category. Who knew hoppy and dark could go so well together.

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

dark black body with a frothy light brown/tan head. when held against the light of a lamp, ruby red shimmered through the body. looks excellent. lacing is great too.

a beer that has the wonderful appearance of an imperial stout has the great aroma of an IPA. great combo. clearly a ton of cascade hops dumped in there. slight malt background too.

the citrus taste of hops with the backing of the coffee/heavy malt taste that some great stouts have.

the mouthfeel is solid. good carbonation.

for a big abv beer, this is unbelievably drinkable.

one of my favorite beers possibly.

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

Poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Easily one of the coolest-looking bottles on the shelves!

A - Black with a creamy, 2-finger mocha-colored head. Amazing retention and lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, pine resin and grapefruit pith.

T - Bitter grapefruit and pine resin give way to a solid, rich backbone of dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Very well balanced and I always love Stones hop choices. Delicious!

M - Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, perhaps the most drinkable Stone offering I've had yet...

Great beer, great brewery. I'm really starting to like these Black IPAs, especially ones done this well.

Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick creamy and dense coffee-colored head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and lace with nice coating on the sides of the glass. the body was dark black and impossible to see through.
s - pine, muted citrus tones, with a light chocolate malt underneath that really comes through as it warms.
t - dry and citrusy hops at the beginning with a sweet coffee and chocolatey finish. with each sip you get the hops on the front of the tongue and a roasted malty taste on the back.
m - creamy and smooth.
d - considering stone's big hop presence this just begs to be quaffed. easily drinkable and really goes down smooth.

Photo of vincicle
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer might actually live up to it's nihilistic name such is the depth and surprise of this dark yet hoppy creation. The smell is an intoxicating herbal hoppiness from the dry hopping as soon as you open it, and it pours a elegant dark black/brown with a full finger head. The nose is strong on hops but also has the notes of roasted coffee and burnt caramel. The taste is wonderfully floral at first and dissipates to a slightly bitter roasted maltiness with an alchoholic kick at the end. This is a beer that stays with you after you've finished as you reflect on, "just how good was it?" One of the better beers I've tried this year and a certain reccomendation for anyone who likes more experimental tastes.
Bravo Stone

Photo of Fish113d
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black (obviously since it's a black IPA) with a fairly thin, tannish oily head that forms to about half a finger and then dissipates to a bubbly surface layer. Some lacing remains on the glass, which is nice.

Very aromatic. Dark roast coffee along with an earthy & cascade hop. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

Sipping is much more hoppy than I originally expected. Lots of dark roasty malt but not as chewy as expected. A nice bit of burnt coffee hits on the finish w/ a bit of the alcohol coming through subtly.

Body is not as chewy as I originally expected but nice balance and great taste.

I'm going to enjoy this one. It seems like a mix between almost an imperial stout and an IPA. Very nice brew. Cheers!

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

Hard to believe now that I almost didn't buy this. It pays to ignore the packaging.

A bold blackish looking beer. Superficially appears like a porter though it obviously isn't. The raw resiny nose was somewhat intoxicating and the head billowing and frothy. Body was big and firm and not ridiculously heavy though still totally dominant and demanding. Bizarrely lusciously lewd to taste. Would never have believed the degree of balance here either.

That was a hell of a thing.

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

A: Thick, rich foam with some stubborn stuck-on lacing. Color is a nearly opaque black-brown with reddish highlights.

S: Strong malt presence with a hint of coffee as it warms, piny hop aromas, floral, and a hint of something like baby powder.

T: Roasted malt, dates, pine hop presence, citrus (orange juice), with some alcohol kick.

M: Good carbonation with a boozy kick.

D: This is my first taste of this style, and enjoyed it. I will definitely be back for more.

Photo of callmemickey
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body with a darker off white head that approaches a soft sand-khaki. Spotty lacing remains as the head slowly subsided.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, pine, fresh grass, and bark.

T: I am really not sure what the appeal is with these "black IPAs." The nose hinted at a harmonious marriage of darker roasted, toasted, and earthy malts with earthy, resinous, pine hops. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't really come together as well. The malts used here added a bit too much sweetness and contrasted a bit harshly with the hops which sliced their way forward, but with a bit inconsistency.

When dealing with IPAs/dIPAs I like to think of malt as a canvas and the hops as paint. A quality canvas is necessary for the paint to adhere to, standout from, and leave a lasting impression. That said, the malts don't need to be bland, boring and hidden. But the canvas can't be full of ridges and valleys that alternately shed and pool the paint. Here the malt did just that, spiking out at times with too much malt, and at times just assaulting with bitter hops.

All said, it wasn't unpleasant. Just a tad frustrating with what "could" have been done here.

M: Medium bodied. Prickly carbonation. A bit of excess sweetness in the finish that could have been more crisp and defined.

D: A good, style-bending beer. Not sure if the experiment works for me in the long run though.

Photo of BigBlacke
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Where do I start. This might be a biased review seeing as SSRA is one of my favorites.

Appearance is a dark dark opaque blackness. A 1 inch frothy head leaves an random lace pattern.

Smell is of a pine cone sitting in roasted malt with a distinct alcohol note. Absolutely exciting to the taste buds.

Taste goes hand in hand with smell. Roasted malt with a huge smack of piney hops. Alcohol is not well hidden in this one. Absolutely tears up the palate with greatness!!!

Mouthfeel packs a punch sharp pine and alcohol bite that leaves and aftertaste for days.

Drinkability is high if you are into this type of beer. Take a black butte, infuse it with Ruination, and you have SSRA. Get one and bask in its glory.

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

From a bottle to a glass mug...
Pours black, almost opaque with a fluffy two finger head, left nice lacing.
Smells like sweet grapefruit and floral hos.
Tastes sweet and has a citrusy-piney bitterness, with a hint of wood.
Feels very dry, and gets smoother as it warms.
This is a top notch very enjoyable beer.

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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