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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
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5,331 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,331
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 231
Gots: 506 | 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 charlesw
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty decent IPA, if I do say so. A bit dark on the color, but, still, very nice. Heavier in body and flavor than the arrogant bastard and lighter in body and bitterness than the double bastard. Reminds me, somewhat, of Rocket Red. Obviously, it doesn't taste like that, but the flavor profile reminds me of it. Pretty good. Almost 9%? No wonder I got toasted off one bottle (22oz)! You wouldn't know from drinking it...

charlesw, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy moly, this thing pour a deeeep mahogany brown, tan head rises like a mountain, only to collapse, leaving thick sheets of lace behind beautifully in my Cordendonk tulip.

The aroma is a surprising pine citrus , thick and juicy. Moves right into the quaff, juicy pine bubblegum. Smacks with citrus and a hint of chocolate malt in the finish. This is one loaded up brew, sips like a dream while watching football and working on some cheddar and crackers.

Vancer, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of DavidEddie
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to jjayjaye for this one!

Appearance - Black porter like in color. Thick off white head that won’t go away.

Smell - Tantalizing piney hops, chalky, and rich dark roasty malt.

Taste - Ruby red grapefruit, citrus, very pine like, big dark malt, flavors of smokey burnt wood.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth, creamy, nice hop bitterness lingers.

Drinkability - I love this beer! Goes down easy. Reminds me of a west coast DIPA mixed with a good porter. Highly recommended!

DavidEddie, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of djeffbee
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into my newly stolen Stone Smoked Porter pint glass.

Appearence - Dark ruby to black pour with a massive white-tan head that stays. Lacing remains on the glass throughout the session.

Smell - American citrusy (chinook? simcoe?)hops with a caramel and roasted malt aroma. Interesting, almost smells like a Barleywine.

Taste - Big hop bitterness, with a blast of roasted malt (almost espresso-like). Body is medium considering the color and malt presence.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, sick on the IBU's, huge IPA flavor with a porter-lie finish. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkabiltiy - Awesome brew, and a bit too easy to drink at 8.7%ABV - this one can get you into trouble (financially as well).

Another Stone Masterpiece.

djeffbee, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste this blindfolded than look at your glass. A heck of a double take will happen every time!

A - rich black brew with a solid dark tan head
S - A nice sharp blend of citric and piney hops overlay and almost overwhelm roasted malts
T- similar to the nose with a mid glass caramel malty body adding a nice rounding effect.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, solid catty hop aftertaste.
D - Hop heads now have a leader in the "dark" side of the color spectrum. A bit hoppy for me but a treat none the less.

barleywinebrewer, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*This is the 11th Anniversary with Chinook. I don't know why my separate entry was bunched up with the regular 11th Anniversary.*

I had this during the Stone 11th Anniversary event in Sept. I don't remember if this was on-tap or cask. And I assume the alcohol was the same. Mostly from my notes:

Very, very dark brown with a nice amount of foam and great lacing/retention.

Aroma is hoppy, pine/citrus but dark and smokey, very interesting. Some ash but not in a bad way, it works well.

Taste is very weird, different but tasty (I know, very vague). Big malt profile but hoppy as well. Some caramel and herb qualities. I remember this one being much like a tea bag, very herbal and "green", bold and daring. You could definitely taste the fresh hops. A bit of bitterness, just like the regular 11th.

Drinkability was very good. Doesn't really feel like a big heavy beer. One of the most unique beers I had in the festival and most unique beers up to this day.

seaoflament, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicely made 22oz bomber poured at 45F into a goblet.

Very dark for a strong ale, almost black with shades of brown with light. Has a nice creamy beige head.

The aroma is of piney, citrus and floral hops with an appetizing sweet character in the background. Flavors of ripe plums and caramel come out as it warms.

The taste again is strong of hops but is well complemented with a variety of dark roasted malts. The bitter hops really linger well throughout the finish. A well balanced medium body and a creamy mouthfeel make this beer quite drinkable considering it's complexity. This beer is a beautiful blend between a powerful IPA and a classic strong ale.

rye726, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of ncvbc, thanks again! (for some reason, this didn't make it to Redding...)

Pours a dark brown color, with a small but solid white head on top.

Aromas are very nice. Sticky resin like hops, with a hard candied like character to it as well.

Beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor, almost a bit burnt tasting. (in a good way, not a bad way) The finish is a lot like the nose, crisp, with a hard candied resiny hops bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice carbonation, and a good full feel in the mouth.

Drinkability is quite good. This is an interesting beer. Kudos to Stone for making this unique beer. Not my favorite Stone brew, but this is still tasty and well worth a try.

flexabull, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of dfillius
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Shared with Ksullnh

A: Pitch black. A moderate pour yields one finger of tan head. Head characterized by very tight bubbles. Looks like a stout, not a dark IPA.

S: I could smell it from a couple feet away. Amazing tropical fruit hop aroma! Dried pineapple, grapefruit, a little pine. I caught little whiffs of candied pineapple every once in a while.

T: Big bitter foretaste really bows out cordially to the sweet malt. Sweetness is just on the amazing side of cloying. Tangerine flavor is evident in the background - tastes like white fir needles. Delicious! Surprising that it tastes like a regular IPA since it is so dark.

M: Smooth and likeable, like a con man.

D: I want more! But it is 8.7%

dfillius, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of crazybrody06
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a 16oz snifter. Pitch black, big tan head, did I mention it was black?
Smell was hops, hops, hops, some sweet hints in the backgrounds.
Taste was perfect hops without the horrible bitterness of some very hoppy beers. Some sweet fruits chocolate.
Mouthfeel was full bodied, easy to drink, just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkablity surpised me, it took me about an hour to finish the bomber put I could drink more.
Overall a great looking beer, great hop flavor without the bitterness, decent drinkablity.

crazybrody06, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of doboy
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,331 ratings.