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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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5,515 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,515
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 234
Gots: 532 | 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 MarsMoose
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at my local liquor store and thought it looked interesting. Went in with no idea of what it was supposed to be.

I found a dark beer, appearing black in the glass but actually a brown with no visible particulates. I found a somewhat persistent frothy white head with the slightest of brown tints. I took a whiff and a got a noseful of hops, yet was not offended. It seemed to me like it smelled oddly familiar. Up-front hop bitterness in the taste seems to overwhelm the slightly roasted-tasting malt, but after about 1/4 of the glass I became accustomed to the bitterness and it was quite pleasant to drink. It was also about this time that I realized that this beer is a less-intense Arrogant Bastard. I should of guessed that from the name, but I guess I'm just a dumb bastard. ; )

MarsMoose, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of scooter231
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I forget about this beer style quite a bit, which is crazy considering Arrogant Bastard (and oak aged, and double) is one of my favorite fall-backs, and the Utopias I had once pleased me to the tips of my toes. When I picked this up I had no idea what it was- I just saw Stone, and Self-Righteous, and I was sold. If I hesitated at all, the long, verbose description would have pushed me over anyway.

SO! Pours a dark chocolate, nearly motor oil but not quite, and no light is getting through this sucker. Tan, poofy head that looks creamy and leaves nice lacking and some pretty designs on top. So far, I am pleased.

Smells chocolatey and sweet, but it's not cloying. There's some smokeyness, almost like burnt yoohoo. Caramel comes through, as well as some roasty toasty malt smells. There's something slightly burny and off-putting about it (can we say alcohol content?) but I forgive it.

Oh man, does this taste good. It's bitter up front, with some chocolate, caramel-y, light brown sugar in the middle, finishing with some definite roasted biscuity flavors. It's like Arrogant Bastard's slightly less flavorful, less brash, more sophisticated little brother (or sister, or whathaveyou.) It's tasty if you don't want to get punched in the taste buds like AB does.

Mouthfeel is a little weak, a little thin, but hey, can't have it all! Overall this is, indeed, self-righteous and I enjoyed it. If you want to introduce AB to someone, and you're not sure how they'll handle it, start with this guy.

scooter231, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

via trade from jessethehutt

pours dark brown with a good 2 finger tan head that left notches of lacing down the glass

smells of pine hops with hints of roasted malts

taste is great - you get the signature stone west coast hops upfront pine cirtus grapefruit but after that you get chocolate burnt malts some coffee

mouthfeel - a full bodied beer very smooth and creamy

drinkability - a perfect wintertime dipa hybrid - i just wish stone had distribution in IL.

jsh420, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of kbeals
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber received in a trade with bkrefetz.

A- Gentle pour into a snifter glass reveals a black liquid with some light red hues when held up to the light. A generous two fingers of tan, foamy head adorn the top leaving excellent lacing.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, oak and a bit of roasted coffee. A hint of licorice is also noticable. Surprisingly, there's still a bit of a hoppy, fruity aroma that comes through even after the 2+ years this beer's been sitting.

T- Pretty much all the aromas come through in the taste. A good portion of bourbon, oak and vanilla comes through. Also present is the hops. It's not a punch in your face, but it is definitely there. A bit of a bitter, roasted finish.

M- Thick, velvety smooth, very little carbonation. No real complaints here.

D- This is the only area that takes a hit. While the beer is really good, it is just so sweet and high in ABV that it's tough to drink this one. A definite sipper, that's for sure. One glass is more than enough.

Overall, a great beer. Definitely reminds me of some of the barleywines that I've had, especially Behemoth.

Thanks again Brett for this fantastic brew!

kbeals, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a large wine glass from a capped 22 oz. bottle. Deep brownish/black on the pour with ruby highlights and with an inch of glistening tan foam. Nice clear body. Retention is fairly strong, maintaining a quarter inch cap for a while before surrendering to just a light ring.

Rich pine and citric hops on the nose and caramel notes of decent depth, opening to some toasted flavors and a light coffee bean, coupled with a hint of smoke. Not very volatile overall however, becoming a bit hard to gather without a fresh spin.

Coffee and roasted malts carry forward to the flavor. Bit of cherried caramel and some hop spice and bitterness are evident. Smell and taste seem reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard in many ways, with more roast and a bit of char in the flavor yet quite similar in hop structure. A bit harsher on the palate than AB.

Carbonation is light making for a smooth and slightly viscous feel. Not quite enough to be syrupy in nature, but still a dense offering from Stone given the malt body and the ABV. Slightly dry and astringent in fact on the finish from the roasted malts, keeping the feel and drink in check.

I've had this on tap a few times and I recall notably more balance and depth. I find the flavors from the bottle to be a bit too distinct, particularly with regard to burnt coffee flavors. Beer needs to warm up to fully appreciate.

HalfFull, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black, like an RIS, but with very little head retention. What little head there is is a dark off-white color that leaves a lot of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Surprisingly, this smells like a tasty IPA: very strong hops and sweet citrus, especially grapefruit.

T/M: More surprises; tastes like a cross between a stout and IPA: A medium to full body with a good amount of dark, roasted malts is prominent up front. This transitions to a bitter hops finish with lingering notes of dark chocolate and espresso. A great array of complex flavors here. Some booze is apparent in the flavor, but not much.

D: A complex and smooth offering from stone. A nice palette of flavors that seamlessly mix the desirable aspects of two distinct styles of beer into one. A fine sipper to be enjoyed over the course of an evening. Try a bottle for yourself and see if you are worthy!

MrDanno96, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours nearly black with a thick tan head. Very good head retention a d lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy, much like a DIPA. It's citrusy with grapefruit and orange but the dark malts also come through with a slightly sweet presence. Taste also has the citrusy hoppy flavor, but the dark malts come through more in the taste. There is a slight sweet caramel and chocolate flavor going on, it's nearly hidden behind the hops though. This takes on more properties of a DIPA but there is still that dark, sweet, chocolate and roasty flavor going on in the background that adds to the complexity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, a very complex and tasty beer that I really enjoy every time I buy it.

billab914, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of WBCFM
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Currently, this is my favorite beer of all time. I first tried it when I visted San Diego and went to the Stone Brewery in Escondido. WoW!

At first, the smell of hops takes you over like a drunk girl takes over a conversation at a party.

But your first sip is something enitrely different. Its malt, and citrus and almost stout -like.

Yet the finish brings you back to that hops taste that you were expecting at first sniff. This is listed as an American Strong Ale, which I guess is fine, but lately a few breweries have been releasing what they call "black double IPAs", and I would put this up against any of them any time.

WBCFM, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of boogyman
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour is beautiful. Color is dark as an imperial stout. Almost no light penetrates it. Head is a off white cream color and the bubbles are very small and the head looks thick and creamy and sticks around and the lacing looks to be very sticky.

S- I can smell both a decent malt and a nice floral scent from the hops. I can smell everything from dark caramel to roasty malts. Then comes the citric fruit like lemon, orange and grapefruit. The nose has a lot going for it.

T- Wow... Right off the bat I can already tell this one one great brew. It is pungent on the malt side like ABA but has enough hops to relate to Ruination IPA. I get all the best aspects of a strong malty beer like dark fruit and roastyness but also a very awesome bitterness and citric flavors on the back end. This is definitely one of the best tasting strong ales I have had.

M- Goes down as smooth as a stout but leaves a bite similar to a good IPA. This is definitely one of the most unique brews I have had in a long time. My brain still can't decide weather I am drinking an IPA, strong ale, or stout.

D- Definitely have no problem putting this beer down. Has a bit of every aspect I look for in a good beer and I will definitely be picking this one up again as long as I can get my hands on it. Stone, you have yet to disappoint!

boogyman, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Lynux
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crap man, this is good beer!

Nice dark brown color with a creamy beige head. Looks just like a porter.

Smells wonderful with a fruity hop bouquet up front and some roasty aroma in the finish. Smells simply sublime.

Nice fully body with some malt sweetness then a kick of American hops. Firmly bitter finish with some roasty flavor from the carafa.

Man, this beer rocks.

Lynux, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of hrking
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this on tap at The legendary Herot in downtown Muncie. Nice beer from Stone that delivers your typical Stone hops but this one is not too in your face like many of their beers are. Maybe they have learned to tone down the hops just a little to k=make their beers more drinkable. Nice hop aroma with citrus hop flavors that lead you into a well balanced IPA. Nice product from these IPA masters..recommend

hrking, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown/black with a thin foamy tan head.

S: Pine/citrus hops. Burnt sugar/sweet malty aroma.

T: Follows the nose, heavy on the hops. Much more bitter than I would have expected, but the malt sweetness (toffee & brown sugar) help balance it out. Finishes really bitter.

M: Oily, slick, and chewy.

D: Good.

muttyd, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of sensorglitch
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - dark, blackish , good head

s - citrusy spicy

t - reasonable taste, citrusy, hoppy, sharp

M - decent

d - good

To be honest, this is a really mediocre , I was not impressed. Maybe i would have been a little more impressed by a beer from a lesser brewery, but this is by far a low point for stone.

sensorglitch, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of tonymoore
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap the first time I had it, and I thought that if God drinks beer this is probably the beer he drinks. Satan, too, if he has any taste (and I'll bet he does). It's black like Satan's soul, and the taste is unexpected because of it: It looks like a stout, but it's a huge hop wash across your tongue.

The head is like froth on a milkshake, and it's exceptionally white, especially in contrast to the beer itself.

I thought that the color was just a gimmick, but then I realized that what it adds is a psychological aspect that no other beer has (yet): It's like buying a black car. It's not any faster than a white car, but it feels like it might be, and it's a hell of a lot cooler; you just tend to enjoy it more. The color of this one adds some kind of layer that you only discern on a subconscious level.

I bought two cases and enjoy every bottle as much as the previous. if you can find it, it's worth the price.

tonymoore, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of wknight167
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours black with red highlights, a one finger tan head with medium holding power and solid lacing.

Nose- Initially I am reminded of an IPA. Citrus and floral hops dominate, but allow some caramel notes through. As the beer warms up a bit, it takes on more stout like characteristics, chocolatiness and roastiness.

Palate- There is a slight sweetness (possibibly a ton of light crystal malt) noticeable through out, despite the hop levels. They start off quiet, turn to floral, then the bitterness builds exponentially to a solid, but quick bite before dying off and revealing that the sweetness remains. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- The creaminess hides the full body. Medium carbonation.

wknight167, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of claminat420
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a dark color like a pepsi or coke.a solid two finger tan head. i don't see this everyday.

S- all my nose catches are fresh hops. slightly cirusy alil earthy.

T- well alcohol is well hidden. malts are hidden but you can find them behind the hop attack.

M- light bodied. carbonation is ok.

D- could slam a couple 22's no prob.

Overall- once i poured this dark brew i was worried it would be all malt but boy was i wrong. hops just take everything on this one and stone really knows how to dish them out. if you're a hop fan you don't wanna pass this one up!!

claminat420, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a complex, thick, cream-colored head. Only faint retention but very nice lacing dripping down the sides.

Big roast aroma with a sweet milk flavor. Very nice.

Hits with a lot of hop power. Roast malt comes into play mid quaff. The beer grows bitter with chocolate biscuits in the finish. Excellent.

Perfect body to balance the strong flavors.

Great drinker. Hides the alcohol very well for a strong ale. Tastes as much like a milk stout as anything else.

beer2day, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of mudbug
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice fluffy tan head, nice looking stout.
Then the aroma, WTF is this? Hops, piney, grapefruity flowery... Oh my, this aint no stout! then the taste. sweet maltiness mixed with pine boughs.... I'm getting confused here! A dryness sets in, hey, thats not allowed in a black beer! This stuffs refreshing!
Stone is making all our beer conceptions unworthy... again.
BRAVO!!!

mudbug, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Soozy
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a reddish hue in the light. Has a thin mocha head. The smell of this beer is a complex mix. I can't really put my finger on it, but it has an intense grassy smell mixed with a pineapple citrus, maybe some lime. Overall, a great smell.

Tastes of a light burnt chocolate taste - not overpowering. A strong floral and grassy taste follows. Finishes mellow, smooth, balanced with the right amount of hops and a slight bitterness.

This beer has the taste and bitterness of a stout mixed with the aroma and taste of a grassy IPA.

Well balance, this is what experimental brewing is all about.

Soozy, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with light khaki head, one fingers worth sticks around, spotty lacing. Smell: seriously hoppy.. pine, earthy, pineapple juice, a little citrus rind. Mildly sweet brown sugar. Taste: floral, piney, grapefruit, dark brown sugar and a little powdery milk chocolate. Light roasted astringency in the end of the sip along with some nice citric bitterness. Medium bodied and exceptionally creamy in the face of a piney, dry finish. A good-great dipa with something extra, will be returning to this one.

babaracas, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of mwa423
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black as an imperial stout with a finger of head that refused to die. It stuck to every inch of the glass. Very impressive.

S - Very hoppy in the traditional Stone style with hints of malt to back it up

T - Arrogant bastard on pcp, a sharp hop taste with heavy hop and malt aftertaste. I ned to get more of this!

M/D - Mouthfeel is excellent for a ber thisstrong in the mouth, there are very light aftertastes which make this dangerously drinkable.

mwa423, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of dondeez21
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Johnathan Rons in Brielle NJ. Word is the beer was just released in Nj only a week or 2 ago.
A: Dark Brown almost looks like cola. A thick tannish bubbly head.
S: Smells like Simcoe hops. Very much like pine needles.
T: First taste is of pine. The Simcoe hops are the strongest flavor in this beer. Very slight malt flavor.
M: Medium body with medium carbonation
D: Very good beer but also very rich and hoppy. Dont know if I would be able to drink more than a bomber in a sitting.

Edit: I ate a peanut butter cookie and then drank another glass. Once the peanut butter cleaned my palate alot more of the fruity side of Simcoe came through. Very solid beer that goes well with christmas cookies.

dondeez21, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had On-tap at the BStore. Served in a pint glass.
Looks like cola with a sticky mocha head. Dark but slightly translucent. Very deeply colored considering its a strong ale... looks closer to a porter.

Nose is smoky pine, juniper branches, and earthy funky hops. Interesting and delicious.

Nice solid taste of stark hop juice. Slight green/raw coffee flavor. Like a strong IPA.

Foamy mouth feel. Good drinkability. Overall unique and good.

shivtim, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of singlebarrel
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got's me this bad-mamajama in a 22 oz bomber from the local delight-spot.
a very promising look to it. Pours a menacing dark with a tan,seemingly long lasting head clinging to the side of my glass.
Smells of pine, pine, piney hops yet I detect some maltyness and that signature stone aroma.
Woa. That is somping special. Roasted malts up front, dueling with said piney tasting hops. They each demand your attention yet melt together seemlessly as they wash over my pallet." You got porter in my IPA" "you got IPA in my porter...the arguement continues. No lingering alchohol note. I'll have another please.

singlebarrel, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another awesome beer from a trade with augustgarage. Thanks again!

A- BLACK, khaki head, 2 fingered in my Chouffe tulip. Lacing is strange, as the top of the beer has none but the sides are fire-extinguisher thick.

S- Deep, dark malts, roasted coffee and chocolate (bitter bitter chocolate), and hops by the boatload. Aggressive hops, nothing subtle about this one.

T- Wow. So this is a black IPA? I'm picturing a forklift dropping 500lbs of hops into the wrong batch of beer. Except it works. Really well. These hops are crazy... Pine, all pine. The malts go toe to toe with the hops, and are very dark, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Wow. This one throws me for a loop. A mash-up of styles that is fantastic.

M- Rich, thick, bitter, scathing, a workout for the tongue.

D- Moderate. Strong in body, flavor, and ABV. But I love it. This one demands your respect, and its sheer monumental flavor won't let you enjoy it any way but slow. A sipper, and a great beer. I wish this one got regular distribution in RI, cause I'd buy a case or three.

ShogoKawada, Dec 23, 2009
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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