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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,196 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,196
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 225
Gots: 456 | 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 doboy
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

A Black IPA? and a fine one at that! It pours as Black as the Ace of Spades, with a nice head, that reduces to fine lacing that holds for the entire beer. The aroma is sweet hops that strike the nose. The first sip gives wonderful mouthfeel as the hops explode in your mouth. The aftertaste was great, leaving you longing for the next sip. This was an exceptionally great beer that can only be improved by year round production from now till the end of time!

doboy, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of mdm4584
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

Bought a bomber at AJ's in Scottsdale, AZ.\

The brew w/o tasting has very hoppy IPA scent.

After pouring has a thick, long-lasting, lacy head. Piney, herby, citrusy dominates.

Pungent taste. Strong pine taste on tongue... almost overdoing it... almost.

Perfect for a hophead!

I think this is one of the most hop crazy beers I've had in a long time. Be wary!

mdm4584, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%

A- pitch black brew wearing a massive tan crown, outstanding retention

S- hops galore: citric, pine. caramel, big roasted malt aromas

T- roasted malts and citric/pine hops, grassy. outstanding balance of hops and malts, intense amount of flavor

M- medium creamy body, definite hop abuse, sticky film after

D- WOW, this beer is pure joy. This brew is the answer for us stout lovers who are also closet hop heads. I couldn't possibly recommended this brew enough

tonistruth, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Tolann
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

A - pours really black. It's nearly opaque, but shows a ruby hue when you hold it up to the light. Lots of thick head that is dark and foamy and leaves behind a nice lacing.

S - sweet hops. Very big hops nose. Theres a citrus I can't identify in there as well (I still suck at identifying this stuff)

T - Big hops hits the back of your tongue and you're then reminded by the sweet. Really nice! The bitterness hangs a bit. The sweetness doesn't hang nearly as much.

M - really nice and what's to be expected for this style. Not too fizzy, not too heavy. I nice medium bodied beer that rolls down your throat.

D - I wish I had more bottles!! A great IPA example! Love the hops, love the beer! This one is disappearing much too fast.

Tolann, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%

a: almost pitch black with dark brown highlights, thick brown head that settles to 2 fingers depth and thick lacing
s: mix of hops and roasted malts aromas, bits of chocolate
t: soft malty start and middle with hoppy backbone that becomes more dominant in the finish, strong roasted malts also in the finish with moderate alcohol warmth
m: creamy body, with moderate carbonation especially on the back
d: interesting mix of ipa hoppiness and stout roasted malts that packs a punch. not the best stone brew i've had but still enjoyable

belgbeerdrinker, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
4.43/5  rDev +5%

I fell in love with Stone beer after I had their IPA. When I buy a bottle of Stone, I know i'm going to get the following: a beautiful fragrance, a pleasant taste that lingers until the last droplet of beer goes down and a happy buzz.

I was more than excited to try this after my friend (Sloejams) told me about this.

Head: average head.

Aroma: very floral.

Appearance: very dark. looks thick.

Taste: solid. sweet and floral. the taste really sustains.

Mouthfeel: very full in my opinion.

Drinkability: Although I love stone beer, they are very strong in alcohol content. This was no different. I can only have a 22 of this beer otherwise it would be a little too rich for the stomach.

I loved this beer so much after I tried it, I ran into Whole Foods and bought a case at $4.49 per bottle. I cleaned out the case in less than 2 weeks.

Stone Brewing Company for President!!!

eatdrinknbmerry, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of mcgeesc
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance = nice dark color with frothy head that dissipated quickly.

Smell = awesome hoppy smell with a touch of sweetness

Taste = For it's dark color surprisingly hoppy with nice maltness, not overdone on either account.

Mouthfeel = slighly carbonated with lingering hops

Drinkability = 8.7% alcohol and comes in 1.5 pint bottles so not tooo many!

mcgeesc, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rocky beige head that is huge and retains very well while really lacing the pint glass

Smell: Grrrapefruit, big time, with a discernable whiff of molasses underneath

Taste: At first, there is a molasses-filled dark, bittersweet flavor but by mid-palate, the grapefruit wants to poke its head into the fold; after the swallow, their is a burst of grapefruit flavors, but the molasses holds its own to the finish (the warmer the beer gets, the more molasses appears in the flavor profile)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As the beer warms, it just gets better and better; a hopheads delight with a molasses twist

brentk56, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

Solid black color with a giant three fingers of sticky rocky beige head that last the duration. Big hoppy grapefruit and pine with an outstanding malt character of dark caramel, nutty malt and wafts of roasted coffee. Layers of malt character is evident; caramel, deep roasted grains, pumpernickel bread, and sour grains going into the finish, and roasted espresso. Beautifully balanced hops; mild pepper spice, pine, fresh raw hop oil, and a touch of mint starting towards the end. Fruity tartness mixed in for extra complexity. Sweetness from brown sugar and burnt sugars with hints of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and a thick creamy carbonation. Spicy, minty, some pine, charred malt, and espresso all in the finish. This beer is just wonderful, I’ve got to find more!

cabsandking, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of YankChef
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass. September 2007 on the front

Appearance: Very deep dark black colored that is completely opaque. It has the appearance of a really dark porter almost with a 1/2-3/4 in. thick head that is offwhite and creamy. Lacing instantly sticks to the glass, doesn't look like an IPA... at all.

Smell: Incredibly strong aroma first of hop oils and fresh hop leaves. That gives way to an incredibly juicy aroma of peaches, mangoes and juicy fruit bubble gum. Strong aromas of rose water and toffee.

Taste: Upfront there is a quick almost overbearing sweetness that is very fruity and juicy, but this sensation is very, very quickly smashed to pieces by intense bitter hops that tingle around the outside of the mouth. There are multiple layers of flavor that includes toffee and toasted malt upfront with a bit of stone fruit that fades into a very dark malt almost stout like flavor. It then finishes with HOPS that just assault your palatte.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Medium high bodied and very creamy for a IIPA. Low carbonation, this beer is all about the richness.

Overall: WOW!! Stone really innovates with this one and messes with your head. Looks like a porter and tastes like a whack in the face IIPA. Enjoy this beer while it's still around. Ill be said to see it go

YankChef, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an incredible looking near-black with faint garnet highlights. Creamy, khaki-colored, two finger head that leaves gobby sheets of sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Hops and brown sugar dominate this one with a touch of chocolate and roasted malt as well.

T: Grapefruit hop flavors explode all over this one! Along with the major citrus is a seething undercurrent of brown sugar or molassas, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

M: Very bitter and spicy. I found an interesting chocolate aftertaste in the finish as well. The hops grab ahold of the tongue and just refuse to let go!

D: Drinkable to the max. What a surprisingly dark treat.

GbVDave, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

22oz Bomber

September 2007

Recieved from the excellent trader known as errantnight. Thanks for looking out Derek. A black IPA? This should be interesting. Stone's 11th Anniversary pours black with some faint garnet highlights along the bottom and up the sides of the glass. A two finger beige head formed on the pour that does not disappear. This head sticks around throughout the glass and leaves big sticky patches as the beer disappears. Really good looking brew.

The nose starts, continues, and ends in hoppy goodness. There's not a whole lot of malt coming through but what does comes in the form of sweet caramel. There's also hints of caramalized-to-slightly-scorched sugar in there. Who cares about the malt right? The hops are where it's at with this beer. Brown sugar coated grapefruit pushes through quickly and leads throughout. My mouth waters as I smell this beer.

This beer tastes just like brown sugar coated grapefruit from the second it hits the tongue till the swallow. That sweet caramel and lightly scorched sugar trys to work through the grapefruit but falls far short. As a matter of fact this beer tastes identical to the way it smells. This beer will do a number on the tongue. You will be numb by the end of a bomber...After this beer gets closer to maybe 55 a mild bittersweet chocolate character comes through that adds a nice depth.

Medium body with a light creamy mouthfeel. I can't believe the weight (or lack there of) of a beer with this high an abv. Good lingering bitterness on the swallow sticks around until the next sip.

This beer is going down far to easy and far to quickly. Amazingly easy to drink for a high abv like this beer has. I would only drink one bomber at a time for the simple fact that your tongue takes a beating and I'd feel like I wouldn't getthe most out of the second bomber.

Another great beer from Stone. I don't think these guys do anything wrong. A black IPA is a cool concept that I hope to see again in the future. Keep it up over there at Stone. I have yet to not be crazy about any of your brews.

joe1510, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Looks like root beer, smells like hops. Nice fluffy tan colored head that sticks around for a good while. Good lacing. Aroma is mosty piney and sappy with nuances of caramel and suggestive chocolate. Some leafy suggestions as well. Very hoppy with bitterness throughout, yet some malty sweetness comes through, too. Pretty balanced and drinkable. The roasted malts make for an interesting twist on what would be, typically, an imperial IPA. Kind of feels like an "imperial stock ale". I like it, it reminds me of of an ale I brewed 10 years ago, except the Simcoe hop was not around then and Cascades were used and I, accidentally, used a bit too much chocolate malt in the grain bill. Anyhow, Stone's 11th is an agreeable ale worth checking out.

crookedhalo, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a very dark, almost black color. Small head settled fairly quickly. Aroma is chock full of citrusy hops. Flavor is also tilted towards citrus flavors, with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, maybe even some peat somewhere in the mix. Initially the mouthfeel seems a bit harsh, but that fades very quickly to a full boddied brew with a slightly fizzy finish. Another well rounded offering from Stone. I'm not sure if this beer is trying to be a dark IPA, or a very hoppy porter, but whichever it is, it does it quite well.

BigJTrucker, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of delicious
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Opaque, warm black body beneath a dense and tall mocha-cream colored head.
Prominent, fresh, citrus hops stick in the nose like pine sap, with a backing of faint syrupy sweetness like the sugar smell you get while making cotton candy.
This beer fills the mouth entirely. Up front it's bitter and citrus, and that bitterness lasts and lasts. As the temperature rises, the hops get more piney, a roasted chocolate sweetness comes through, and an alcohol warmth starts to appear.
It's a great looking and great tasting beer, and I really enjoyed the dichotomy between the black body and strong hop character.

delicious, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
4.6/5  rDev +9%

Very dark indeed. Color is ruby brown, almost black aside from the red/purple-ish glow around the edges. Head is great looking. Its big and fluffy, oily, bubbly and color is an orangy beige. Retention is good too. Aroma is pleasing. Pine woods, leaves, orange skins, and a touch of apple, pinapple, dank fruit sweetness. Not done yet. Hop and malts are everywhere, delicately. Molasses blends great with the citrus all along with robust black chocolate. Flavor is delicious but I can't stop smelling this. I find it hard to believe that the sniffability is the only thing slowing down my drinking. Its extremely balanced. The flavors match the aroma - preeecisely on. This is not an extreme beer, but everything within that boundary....which I probably can't define.

All in all this is another great Stone offering. Happy 12th! They have to start distributing to NC so I can buy their awesome beer constantly.

tastybeer, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of wedge
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

A perfect, thick frothy tan head sits atop a nearly black liquid with deep mahogany highlights. The aroma is hoppy, but amazingly balanced: pine, fruit, and a hefty dose of chocolate and dark bread. The flavor starts out with a very resinous, fresh hop quality, yet again has a balancing sweet dark maltiness. Simcoe comes through the strongest with the characteristic piney-citrus flavors, though the sweet chocolate and coffee malts put up a good fight. Very smooth and bitter mouthfeel, a little short of full in body.

Wow, what an interesting beer. Extremely well balanced all around - hoppy and bitter, but not too over the top. Excellent and very well crafted.

wedge, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of theformula
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a black, inky body into a tapered goblet, w/ some ruby tones when held to the light. Looks like an RIS, wow. A big tan head quicky forms with excellent retention. Lacing is sticky all the way around the glass. This is a DIPA? Start the revolution!

Pure, unadulterated hops. Massive aroma of citrus, pine and not much else. Those west coast hops have a slight "cat pee" scent, seriously. But it's inviting, not a turn off. Maybe a little charcoal in there but very faint if so. Just a little spicy alcohol as well.

Medium bodie w/ a crisp, moderate carbonation level. M.F. is very full, soft and incredibly smooth. Very nice.

Beautiful, intense and resinous hops. It's strange drinking a pitch black IPA...
Huge grapefruit, lemon, piney hops, very green and grassy which hang around through the finish. An understated yet balancing malt backdrop wraps it up nicely and is lightly sweet and sugary, very similar to Ruination. Some pepper and spice also are biproducts of the hops. Only a subtle, gritty charcoal-esque flavor gives a way the dark malts and a decent, spicy alcohol note makes it warming and more complex.

Stone's done it. A bold, strictly hoppy "DIBA" or whatever, yet not for novices as the alphas are high on the scale here. Great bitterness, very assertive. I'd gladly drink again and will, I bought up plenty (and thanks to trades).
An awesome beer, and drinks pretty well for the ABV.

Highly recommended for the advanced hophead.

theformula, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Had this on tap at the brewery the day it came out and again repeatedly in the bottle. Its still young enough that theres no noticeable difference between bottle and keg at this point. All I know is that I still have 1 case left, 6 bottles for me and 6 for trade.

Anyway, the beer pours a nice dark brownish color and in the light it has some redness to it. The head is thick and creamy and slightly tan. The beer smells wonderful. Its loaded with tons of simcoe hops, which is one of my new favorites as I'm boycotting cascade until they come down in price. These hops impart some piney smells. Theres also some chocolate and a little fruitiness present.

The taste follows suit. The malt presence is powerful enough to smell just like it tastes. Its half IPA and half brown ale. I'd like to see how the malt/hop balance changes with age but for now its great. Has a nice and heavy body to it with about the right amount of carbonation.

This is a dangerously drinkable beer.

t0rin0, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown color with a nice huge, pillowy, off-white head. Tons of resin and pine with a touch of citrus in the nose. A little bit of licorice and chocolate is also there following the hops. A very subtly carbonated beer brings forth a freshly hopped beer rounded out by lots of caramel and chocolate malts. The finish is quite bitter and dry with the hop flavor carrying through. This is an exquisite beer, I'm glad to enjoy it at this date as any more aging would kill the fresh hop flavor. This style seems to be a trend with Avery's Anniversary beer and perhaps started by DFH India Brown Ale. I love hops and chocolate malts, and I love them together. Great job Stone.

dreadnatty08, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of nlmartin
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

This beer was served in a Imperial Nonic. The beer was moderately chilled.

Appearance: The beer pours a delightful chocolatey color. The head of the beer has a pleasing cocoa brown colortion. The head never truly dies down. Thick streams of lacing cling to my glass.

Smell: Pine needles and citrus waft above a sea of vanilla and chocolatey maltyness.

Taste: This beer starts with a very pleasing pine oilyness. The pine gives way to grapefruit citrus. The chocolatey malty backbone of the beer peaks out like an atoll in the ocean. There it is no it has gone under. Well played Stones.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium plus body. The carbonation is well done. The flavors last a long while. This was a very satisfying and great tasting beer. I expected nothing less from Stones. Thanks to Stones Brewing for a most excellent beer drinking experience.

nlmartin, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Dark dark chocolate brown with lighter edges. Tall, thick, glass-crawling, light cocoa brown head. Big citrus, pine, and scotch-tape hop nose. Roasted barley and coffee underneath with some dark fruits. Roasted malt and coffee up front; quickly followed by big, juicy pine and citrus hops. Flashes of fig and plum sweetness before numbing hops take over. coffee bitterness in the slightly warming finish. Interesting combination of roasted malt and assertive IPA-ish hops. Delicious. Medium-full body with a slightly oily feel. Another delicious Stone Anniversary ale and an interesting one at that. Happy 11th and keep the good brew coming!

alexgash, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a 3 finger creamy billowing head that STICKS around. Dark dark brown that lets little light through. This looks perfect!

Smells of fresh floral pine hops. Very floral. Smells spicy too. Very fresh hop smelling.

I would call this taste... " A very sweet hop bomb." Wonderfully oily pine hops that are very bitter balanced by extremely sweet malts. I big brew that delivers!

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy from the excessive malts that are ment to balance this hop bomb. A little to overcarbonated for me.

Another awsome west coast type beer from Stone. Loved this sweet hop bomb. Am I becoming a hop head?

Notes: The darkest IPA I have ever seen/smelled.

Trueant1, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Two fingers of creamy, tan head remain on the top for a good long while. Nicely balanced aroma of dark malt and assertive floral hops, with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit, and a hint of grass.
Palate is quite complex - a sharp hoppy bitterness comes through up front, yielding to a rich malty character on the swallow. The hops come through again on the finish, leaving a pleasant bitter finish. Flourishes of brown sugar, dark fruit, balsamic vinegar, and potent, grassy hops come through at various points.
Body is nice and creamy, more like a stout than a strong ale. Nevertheless, it fits the big malt profile and high abv of this beer quite well. Although it runs a touch strong for everyday or session drinking, this is a very drinkable ale. Hail to the folks at Stone! I look forward to what they come up with during the next 11 years.

ElGordo, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.6/5  rDev +9%

I picked up a couple bottles of this while I was in Boston for work. With first pour, I knew this was an entirely different beer than one normally gets their hands on. I recently brewed a double black IPA and thought it was wonderful, but it pales in comparison to this. This is, undoubtedly, an Imperial Black IPA. The unbelievable hop powerhouse aroma unleashes itself immediately. Massive pine and grassy overtones explode in the nose. Sticking your head in a bin of freshly picked hops is comparable to this smell. Jet black body with beige head. Lacing was intense and carbonation was lively. The taste was all IPA from beginning to end. Wonderful hop presence throughout with a warming alcohol taste. Maltiness is there but well hidden behind the hops. Sharpness is intense but very enjoyable. The high abv is hidden behind the IBUs. This is a wonderfully crafted beer that hop heads need to try. I would love to know how they managed to get the dark body without the roasted bitterness. For my Black IPA, I cold steeped de-bittered black malt for 2 days. This a superb beer.

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 02, 2007
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,196 ratings.