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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,501 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,501
Reviews: 1,849
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 233
Gots: 528 | 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 86sportster883
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a dense tan head and ruby highlights when held to the light. The hops on the nose is powerful and reminded me of the Amarillo hops I used in a recent homebrew. This is one interesting double IPA with a massive resiny hop bitterness in the finish. 90 IBUs completely hides the 8.7% abv, but even for the hop head that I am, I suggest drinking it on the cold side. Up front, there is a much better balance as a hint of roasted maltiness briefly rises above the piney, oily hop bitterness. A true hop head's beer, but I seem to remember it being a little less over-the-top when I had it on tap as the 11th Anniversary Ale at Stone, Escondido.

86sportster883, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After 18 months under good conditions in my underground beer lair, this is still an outstanding beer. It could probably have taken even more time.

Pours thick brownish-black with a huge torrent of carbonation and a lively head. The head falls fairly quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is plummy and strong, with a little hop fruitiness.

The flavor is rich and plummy, with a little oak-like woodiness and a deep, coffee-ish bitterness developing on the tongue. It has a roasted character, but not like a roasted malt - more like a slow roasted beet, given time to develop its sugary nature. There is toffee and caramel, but light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is zippy and carbonated. The beer is far lighter on the tongue that you expect from a beer this rich.

This is a worthy and highly drinkable strong ale.

Seanibus, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Dark brown from the bottle, jet black in the glass. Huge, fluffy tan head is thick and shows good retention. Spots of lacing left behind in its wake.

A: Big citrus & piney hops, roasted bready malt, caramel, and a wee smidgeon of booze.

T: This is outstanding! Big citrusy hops backed by a very sturdy backbone of roasted malt. Creamy caramel mixes in to add a nice touch of sweetness to offset the high bitterness. Sublte chocolate also comes out on the back end, along with a much more pronounced bready malt in the finish. Alcohol is minimal, and contributes to the taste instead of getting in the way.

M & D: Full-bodied, thick and viscious, a bit chewy yet deceptively smooth. Excellent drinkability, was wishing I had another halfway through the bomber.

Notes: Is it a Black IPA? Is it a very hoppy American Strong? Seems like a hybrid between the two. Who cares, though, it's fantastic! So glad this is available year-round! Highly recommended

sweetbrew82, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Tdizzle
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours brownish-black with molasses hues at the bottom of my glass. The billowy, sand colored head sticks around for a good while before settling down to a thick layer that sits atop the beer for its duration. Some spotty and streaky lacing is left behind.

S- Bam! Heavy notes of grapefruit, pine, and pineapple flood the nasal passages. There's just a hint of dark, roasted malts and cocoa powder lurking in the background. A good swirl presents another rush of clean citrus rind bitterness.

T- Intensely bitter, but the dark malts impart a deliciously smooth quality to the taste. The hoppy bite really kicks into overdrive on the dry and slightly warming finish. Again, the malt profile gives the lasting bitterness a slight coffee aspect.

M- The mouthfeel is full-bodied and velvety-smooth with tiny carbonation bubbles that seem perfect for this beer.

D- I was able to finish an entire pint but that was all I needed. This hop bomb packs a wallop in the flavor department. The 8.7% ABV is well-hidden.

A truly awesome beer.

Tdizzle, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of FrndthDuvel
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from South Bay.
Pouring agressively into a Duvel tulip, the beer produced a 2 fingered, gorgeous tan head. A deep rich black,I did not notice ruby highlights as some have mentioned. Great lacing.

Smell is piney with citrus notes in a BIG
way,the first clue that this is just not an 11th Anniversary pulled from the cellar.

This beer is all about the hop freshness for sure,but they are embraced with the smooth malt backbone that tastes familiar. As it warms a bit more complexity comes out, a bit of coffee here, a bit of chocolate and perhaps dark fuit there, but then the HOPS take over again and prevail above all other contributions. The roasted malt sweetness tries to suck you in and make you forget this is an IPA of sorts, albeit a black one pushing the boundaries. But the sweetness lasts only for a short period,never overpowering the soul of this beer which is the hops. The hops are never far from the experience that is Stone Sublimely.

Very smooth mouth feel. A tongue swipe of the mouth produces sweetness, but then the hop goodness comes on again. I am going to have to try one next to an 11th, but I think the Sublimely in this fresh state, is going to come out well ahead for me and is going to be a current favorite for me for awhile I believe.

FrndthDuvel, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Dmann
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly awesome beer, the growler lasted but 2 hours before it was emptied! This is basically a re release of the 11th anniversary ale under a different name, and I'm glad they did this because the 11th was one of my favs and it is great to have it back!

The beer poured a very dark brown color with a great off white head and nice lace on the glass. My nose was quickly drawn to the scents of pine and pineapple and I could not wait to taste it. The flavor was event better than the smell with a bit of dark malt sweetness to start out with, followed by a very fresh, lightly piney and cirtusy hop blast, and rounded out by a touch of alchohol in the end. The perfect carbonation and smoothe, not too thick mouthfeel added greatly to my enjoyment of the beer. No, I do not think any improvements could be made on this one, but get it now while it's fresh! You will not be dissapointed!

Dmann, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of MCfunkyJ
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours: black/brown with a thick tan head

Aroma: pine, coffee

Taste: very strong and a small bit of bitterness

Mouthfeel: full-bodied, strong and a tad bit bitter but still smooth

Drinkability: this a super dark IPA and in a way reminds me of the Old Gaurdian but not such a strong Alcohol taste as the OG.
Going back to buy the store out.

Serving type: 22oz bottle

MCfunkyJ, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dark and lovely ale poured a slow but solid two finger head with good retention. The nose had strong grapefruit and coffee aromas. The mouthfeel was silky for a well hopped brew. The taste was like a roller coaster of flavors. The smooth chocholate and coffee taste takes center stage then the big citrus hops try to peak thru the murky flavors of all the malts. This beer was darker than most Indian brown ale's I've tried. Thanks to Stone for pushing the envelope.

athensbeermaster, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Stones. A little more accessible that the Bastard beers from Stone, yet is has a character of its own. Pours extremely dark for an ale. Great head and retention. Aroma is very Stone, as is the taste. Hoppy and thick - lots of layers to the flavor. Fruits, figs, then some smokey dark woody notes. Very pleasant and smooth taste and feel. 55 degrees is best for this beer, similar to the Bastard beers. This has become something of a regular for me - luckily I bought a case a while back. I'm looking forward to the Self-Righteous Ale so I can get a case of that. Man I love Stone!

prsguitarsr4me, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of cproioi
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark reddish-brown with a tan head layers the top. The aroma is made up of citrus, spicy and resiny hops with a dark biscuit malt backbone. The taste follows the aroma with a slight alcohol taste as the beer warms. Very dry finish wonderful beer. One of my favorites from Stones.

cproioi, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of ruckzuck
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very dark brown with a nice khaki head. My first thought after reading the back of the bottle was "WTF!? IPA's don't look like this!?" =)

S - soft citrus and piny hop aromas waft into the nose at first. Definitely some toffee and caramel going on from the roasted malt

T - oh wow! The nose is very pleasant, but it didn't tip me off to the (comparative) flavor bomb about to hit my palate. Delicious! Loads of delicious citrusy hops fill the mouth. Further savoring reveals the roasted malt characteristics coming through in all their glory. There's a great taste of bitter dark chocolate that comes through, and the whole thing finishes with a bitterness that only an American IPA could have

M - solid bodied and smooth. Delightful as it goes down

D - I wasn't sure what to expect of this when I opened it, but I am not disappointed! A lovely beer that I'm glad I got a chance to sample (we only got Stone in GA back during the Fall). Will totally enjoy finishing this bomber. Stone really are one of the best and most consistent breweries around. Keep it up dudes, and let's get more of your awesome beers to GA already!

ruckzuck, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of SShelly
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22.

Pours black like an RIS with a thick 3" offwhite head that sticks around for a minute or two.

Lots of hops in the nose, citrus, citrus citrus, i love it!

Flavor starts out with a citrusy bitterness that coats the mouth, has a nice strong malt backbone behind the hops, finishes a touch to the malty side and leaves the mouth with a light citrus hop coat. medium-light mouthfeel, the only thing I would change.

This is the rebrew of one of my favorite beers ever, 11th anny stone, and it delivers, hits well across the taste buds and leaves you wanting more. Mitch, please please please brew this more than once a year!

SShelly, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bomber with a black, blue and silver silk-screened label featuring a S-R Gargoyle and the usual blurb. It pours a dark ass black of a brown, with a tight, thick and creamy 1/2" cocoa colored head. Lots of thick sheet type lace that eventually disappears back into the brew.

Certainly smells a lot different than it looks...hopbomb right hook to the nostrils and then a left jab. Pine, citrus and spruce set the stage for this ale. A slight roasty malt in the far background.

The taste is hoppy as hell from start, to finish, with pine-o-plenty and loads of citrus. Make no mistake, this is a strong hop ale of the IPA type...more hop than strong, the alcohol gets burried deep in the forest. Medium plus body with a bitter, sappy finish. Quite refreshing and drinkable. If you like your beers dark and hoppy, this is a must try.

scottoale, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone night at the Grad in Davis:

A - Dark lack pour with a 2 fngered head. Dissipates to 1 fingered head and sticks around. Beautiful lacing.

S - Dark roast coffee. Wish I could smell more, but no.

T - Dark roast coffee and light alcohol.

M - Very smooth, little aclohol in the mouthfeel.

D - Good, but needs more hoppiness and flavor.

MisterClean, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at Stone Night this beer was a nearly opaque dark brown with some very deep mahogany hues visible against bright light. The head was tan, one-finger thick and retained well as a thick collar that left lacing in broken sheets. Good looking for sure, if it were a lady, I'd be picking her up. The aroma was intriguing, like an IPA gone evil, to further the metaphor, the lady with torn fishnet stockings and red, red lipstick. Big floral hops, rich malts and a depth of spiciness. The flavors were equally complex, deeply floral hops, balanced with robust malt, elements of pine, caramel sweetness in the middle, hints of mocha and milk chocolate. The punchy 8.7% was well concealed and I had to give it high marks for being both impressive and unique. The mouthfeel was very creamy, the body full and the carbonation perfectly smooth. An unusual treat.

thekevlarkid, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Brewsmith
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 1L growler fill at the brewery. It's interesting how this beer has changed over time. Just in the last 6 months a ton of the hop character has started to fade since the last time I tasted this beer. It's closer to a strong brown ale now than it's former dark IPA self. It still has a good strong hop profile, but it is mellow and round with the malt. Don't expect this beer to slam you over the head with hops, but expect a big malty beer that is still fairly bitter.

Brewsmith, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this stuff. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a creamy off-white head. Cascade hops, some resin, dry pine needles, some earthy leaves and wood. Clean, dry hop bite. Roasty, burnt coffee-like maltiness mixes well. This is the first time I have ever had such a blend. Kind of like an over-hopped porter or a black IPA with malt and coffee. Worked out nicely.

magictrokini, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of nd5282
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A relatively muted after taste for an IPA. However, the mellow easy going character lead to the subsequent enjoyment of a few other pints. Bitterness factor is minimal and overall flavor versus drinkability ratio is superb. I personally bought multiple bottles to cellar and failed miserably at being patient.

nd5282, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of EGledhill
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of every BA's favorite gutter slut, patronwizard. I gotta admit though, I owe him for this one. I wasn't too big on Stone after the few brews I tried from them. but this one completely redeemed Stone for me. He's still a big bag of douche, but he makes some solid recommendations. On with the review.

A. Brownish/dark red body with a thin white head that fades to the sides and leaves a little lacing the whole way through.

S. Smells of hops, citrus,piney, descent sweet malt, coffee and chocolate. smell was way more than I was expecting out of this.

T. like a hop kick to the jaw. I can't believe how well the hops has held up in this. A year later it's still banging fresh. Citrusy, slight piny taste. Malts pull through in a big was too with a coffee and chocolate taste. Is it good? Fucking right it is.

M. Mouthfeel is solid. slightly sticky, not too thin.

D. hell yeah it has drinkability. This has everything I like in a beer, booze, hops and chocolate.

Like I said, I have a new found faith in Stone that Stone 12 killed. I hope a year in the cellar calms the 12 down

EGledhill, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dec 1, 2007
Stone XI is a solid black ale with red highlights. It has a creamy tan head with oily bubbles. Great retention and lacing. It has an aroma of licorice and medicine. It almost smells like seawater. There is salmiakki and something leafy in the nose. It's medium-bodied and a bit sharp with a gritty finish. The roast really comes out in the flavor, along with a bit of chocolate. It's quite bitter! It tastes like Christmas trees. It's bold and flavorful and has good balance. It's almost like... an imperial porter? Good stuff!

yesyouam, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of LilMatrix
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a dark brown that lets little to no light through. A thin tannish head

S - Smells like it tastes: roasted malts, slight hops, toffee.

T - The malt is up front with caramel, toffee, and slight coffee notes. Transitions to a hoppy back end that's not too overpowering. Not overly complex, this beer is mostly malts.

M - Medium body beer with thin finish.

D - A decent beer from Stone; there is better out there, I'm not overly impressed with this one. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these but this beer is definitely worth a try.

LilMatrix, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pure Luck, LA 12.29.08 - $7 for 10 oz

Piitch dark in the chalice. Brilliant looking - full frothed head, lacing everywhere. Just looking at it you'd reckon you're dealing with a Trappist quadruple. But that couldn't be further off. It's the roasted malt and caramel flavors of Arrogant Bastard meshed wit h the hop bang of an IPA. You get some caramel in there too, which i very unique with all them hops bouncing around. There is a big hop presence, but not as far as Ruination.

I guess this is Stone 11th Anniversary re-released. I'm happy as that was a favorite of mine and now that means this is too. Hopefully it will be around for some time.

sloejams, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of davexisxrabid
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Waited about a year to drink this brew...

Poured a nice dark brown color in the light, almost black when it sat there in my glass. Tiny head fizzled out almost immediately. The slick brew did leave lots of lacing on my glass during the drinking period.

Aroma was of floral hops and a scent that was reminiscent of soy sauce.

Interesting dark malty flavor like unsweetened dark chocolate and hoppy bitterness. The hop bitterness was not too prevalent but noticeable.

The lingering bitterness was a bit excessive, maybe due to roasted malts providing a dry flavor and the hops. Not much alcohol present in the aftertaste or lingering on the taste buds.

Good drinkability for a bold, full bodied brew but the rich flavors would keep it from being a session beer for me.

A good beer but falling short of what I would expect from Stone.

davexisxrabid, Dec 29, 2008
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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(NOTE, may 2010: the entry for stone 11th anniv. ale has been merged into this one. the following review is for the original 11th anniv. ale)

(originally tasted during the first week of dec 2008, but retired beers were temporarily un-reviewable at the time.)

brought a bottle with me here to beijing earlier in the year, and had been in the fridge ever since the late spring of 2008, before the weather got even the tiniest bit warmer.

poured into tulip.

almost pitch black. amber-brown tones are visible only under direct intense light. great foamy head that slowly fades to a thin wispy layer and ring. nice rings of lace.

piney, fruity and citrusy immediately upon pouring and instantly waft out from the glass, perceptible even though it's a couple feet away from my nose. roasted and caramel malts, approaching chocolately in character. heavy on caramel and rich toffee scents, with hints of coffee. otherwise, quite clean (and free of phenols).

flavor is a sublime balance of caramelized, roasted maltiness and piney/citrusy american hops, which also stay grassy and herbal in the back. more reminiscences of coffee and a hint of cocoa. resinous, bitter hop freshness persists throughout, but syrupy malts still peek through - even in the hoppy, resinous finish.

feel is smooth and substantial, like a light syrup. gentle to moderate carbonation provides counterbalance to resinous texture.

the boldness and high alcohol probably limits drinkability, but i'd be hard pressed to stop ;-)

an amazing brew. i'm so happy that stone will be re-releasing this as a semi-regular offering in the future.

(NOTE, mid 2009: when i was writing my tasting notes by hand, i had no idea at the time that the re-release would include the word "sublime" in the name. it really was just THAT good!)

tai4ji2x, Dec 28, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/6/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with a huge gorgeous tan head that looks like a milkshake and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus hops and sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, light citrus hops, alcohol, and lots of sesame and wheat cracker as the beer warms. Nice and rich palate. Excellent and quite drinkable.
8/5/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,501 ratings.