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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,738
Reviews: 1,888
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 266
Gots: 698 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 5,738 | Reviews: 1,888
Photo of pinotboy007
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark like Coca-Cola with a superb, beige crown that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S - Improved as it warmed. Burnt molasses, oak, leather, hops, more hops, and coffee. Wow! :)

T - Delicious ale. Has a hop kick across the spectrum but the underlying smokiness is impressive. Tastes very much as it smells; complex offering but there is some heat to the finish that detracts a bit. NOT for food.

M - Refreshing, assertive creaminess.

D - The alcohol is there for sure so I'd recommend this whole-heartedly, only well after a meal in the Autumn chill. Let the ale warm up a bit.

Photo of HiAIPA
3.29/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22oz. bomber, this unique black IPA was a bitter bomb from start to finish. The cooked roasted profile hits you on the nose, with chocolate malts and broasted grains. With good head and a nice quaff, an IPA porter hybrid comes to mind. The flavors tilt to the bitter side of IPA-land, with roasted dark nuts and barleycorn leading the pack. Overall a good, distinctive IPA, but a little bitter for my bulls-eye.

Photo of Mayhem976
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- On the heavy side but not super thick, the head is impressive and left allot of lacing. It looks black but when you hold it to the light you get a reddish brown hue. Very pretty looking beer!

B- All kinds of stuff happening here, I smell bitter hops, citrus notes, some type of floral something or rather (sorry), molasses, barley, and semi coffee smell. Bitter hops will dominate your nose.

T- You can't put this into a category, you get a sweet brown ale flavor for a fraction of a second then B00M! You're slapped in the face by bitter hops, I love IPA's, this flavor sorta has that taste profile but yet you get a sweet taste in there as well.

M- On the thick side and semi creamy.

D- Overall a solid brew from Stone, what they were going for? I'm not sure, but they managed to break the mold on beer categories and put out a special ale (that's what they call it) and it works very very well. IPA lovers take note.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out thin yet dark. Once settled, the body is nearly opaque; only a faint glow of brown shows through the bottom of glass. The head is creamy, sticky, and light brown. Lots of lacing. Nice retention. Looks yummy.

Smell: Tons of oily, citrusy hops combined with roasted malt and black coffee. Pine and light cream float throughout, but it's the aforementioned flavors that really stick out.

Taste: Roasted malt, black coffee and loads of oily, piney hops. Lots of bitterness. I really dig the combo.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, resinous, and bitter. Nice dryness on the back end - not too light and not too strong. Moderately carbonated and creamy when swished. Feels like the ideal combination of an Irish dry stout and an intense IPA.

Drinkability: This beer has a ton of character. Very unique and very delicious. It can be slow-going at times due to the high bitterness (combo of roasted malt and hops), but I would buy this beer all the time if I had the chance.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale poured the color of mud with a short head that died quickly. It left a good amount of lace.

This is a dark moldy cellar of an ale. Although it was less "dark," and more balanced, than the color suggested, the smell and taste were still dominated by earthy moldy pine, with a hint of citric sweetness. The feel was thick and aggressive, with tons of bitterness. For me a glass was perfect, but an entire bomber was too much.

Photo of DogFood11
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the mood for a big beer to end the night. Stone has been a consistent winner for me so in the glass it goes. Dark body with some deep ruby red around the edges. Spider web lace.

Screw categories and trying to place this somewhere its just good. It has a fresh kendling type aroma and it translates to a nice but guarded smoked edge. Hops create a great sticky resin that lays back and gradually takes over 3/4 way through and lingers until the next pull.

Brilliant and once again Stone keeps the price sane. Price per value is off the charts.

Photo of discovolante65
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston MA.

A murky brown with well over an inch of caramel/tan colored foam. Lots of carbonation. Nice lacing, fairly good head retention.

Smells like a hopped-up wee heavy for some reason. Lots of floral/piney citrus hop smell backed up by roasted malts and a little peaty/earthy aroma.

Ok, definitely a good malt balance in this, but I was way off in the wee heavy impression in the smell. The hop profile is wonderful. Good citrus, piney bitterness that lingers and co-mingles with the malt very nicely. Slightly meaty as well. Carbonation adds to the enjoyment of the flavor profile very much so.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with an incredibly perfect amount of carbonation.

I remember commenting to my party that this seemed to be a differently hopped version of AB.

Drinkability is up there. I enjoyed this with sirloin tips and it really made me happy.

Photo of steelerguy
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown from the bottle, but in the glass it is as good as black. Only on the edges do you get a very dark caramel color. Nice head that settled down pretty quickly.

S - The color had me ready for roasted malt and chocolate, instead it is all hops on the nose. Sweet and citrus, would not be surprised if they dry hopped with some Ahtanum in there.

T - Nice bitterness but not as much as I was expecting from the aroma, a nice surprise! Not picking up much roast at all but plenty of chocolate and dark caramel malts which give it some nice fruit flavors. Definite hop presence, lots of citrus and fruit...didn't taste as pine to me as many say here. Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo is my guess for what is in there. They did some great late hop additions here, lots of flavor without a big bang of bitterness.

M - Good...not spectacular, would like a little more body, but it is good.

D - This is a good beer and good beer is drinkable! Really, even with the higher alcohol, it finishes clean and can easily enjoy a 22 oz. bomber or a couple 12 oz. or pints. Complex but not tiring.

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

Served in straight pint glass. The bartender had a rough time with this beer, it seemed way over carbonated, and after much pouring off of foam I finally got my beer. Poured a slightly translucent black, with touches of brown on the edges, and had well over an inch and a half of dark khaki colored head that had very good retention and lacing.

A surprisingly neutral and balanced aroma greeted the nose. Nice mixture of malt and hop, with just a touch of roast. The first flavor across the tongue is that roast we found at the end of the aroma. The roast sticks around and covers the expected malt taste and mixes with a bite of hops at the end.

The body is full and just a little sticky. Drinkability is very nice but I think I'd get bored if I had more than 2 in a row. Overall, a decent beer worth trying.

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown almost black with a nice thick off-white head, lots of lacing.

Amazingly complex smell, intense aroma of pine needles and citrus fruit, strawberries and a hint of dark malts and coffee, one of the best smelling beers my nostrils have ever had the privilege of sniffing.

Tastes like it smells, some coffee and dark fruity malts and intense piney hop finish, this is a hop bomb for sure with a nice malty body to balance it out.

Smooth thick mouthfeel and highly drinkable, especially for the aclochol. I don't know what kind of beer this is, it's more like a dark imperial IPA, possibly the best stone beer ever.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, but there's also some roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit noticable. The beer tastes pretty much just like the aroma. It's mostly hoppy, but there's enough malt in there that you can taste those flavors too. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat creamy and coating, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is great, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy it again in the future.

Photo of apbarwood
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan head showing some good retention. Lots of hop bitterness on the aroma with some pine and citrus note taking the lead. Citrus again on the palate with orange/lemon peel type bitterness that's backed by a subtle malt sweetness. Definitely hop-forward, but it shows a considerable amount of balance despite being less than subtle. Sounds contradictory I guess but it's a unique beer to be sure and while not the greatest stone offering it's definitely a good beer that deserves a try.

Photo of kegger22
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a two finger head with good retention. The aroma was a musty bitter, sorry, can't do any better than that. The taste was bitter citrus/pine needles. A little bitter for me, but not bad. The feel was full bodied with more than sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good, especially if you are into hops. Not a lot of difference as it warmed up, still a good beer.

Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see that this beer poured a dark brown color. Had a medium head that fell quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops - almost all citrus - with just a touch of dark malty sweetness in the background. The flavor was much the same, a touch of malty sweetness, but a ton of citrus and floral hop flavors and a lingering bitterness. The body was medium and the drinkability was good.

Photo of jsapunor
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark into a tulip leaving the aroma of hops from the light brown head.

A great beer! Well balanced with a very nice smooth mouthfeel. The hops and malt combine to make a wonderful combination of flavors that are just about perfect for a strong ale. It's like Arrogant Bastard refined but on steroids. Stone strikes again and we are the lucky ones.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this tonight with a couple of friends as a part of a Stone mini-vertical with the 11th-13th. My favorite of the night.

The pour is gorgeous, black with a dense dark brown head with great retention and lacing. On the nose, the hops are still so fresh! Yes, it's been in a 40 degree fridge for a while, but the piney hops with a little bit of fruit character (apricot and peach) really works well with the deep, roasted malt character with coffee and chocolate. Great balance. On the palate, the flavors are replicated, with a surprising amount of hops present, with pine and a little citrus before a gorgeous wave of dark chocolate, coffee and a little sweetness come in. In some ways, almost stout like. Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a long finish with a great balance between hop and malt bitterness, this beer is fantastic. I'd drink a lot more, but I have just one bottle left...

Photo of Wildman
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an almost pitch black but with some light barely getting through. If formed a huge foamy medium tan head and formed circular lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, hops, pine and grapefruit. The flavor was of malt, hops, grapefruit and a hint of chocolate. The body is medium light and the finish reflects the astringency of the hops.

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

22oz. bomber into goblet on 8/31/09.

A - Poured a really dark brown/black body with deep ruby and burgundy highlights and a thick one-finger tan cap that deposited sticky, cake-like lacing all around the glass.

S - Pineapple. Wow! This emits a huge citrus aroma with some sweet malts and even a hint of chocolate and caramel in the mix. A subtle waft of alcohol is also apparent. Really surprised by the dominant (and pungent) citrus character.

T - As with the aroma, the citrus/pineapple character really dominates the initial flavor and is accompanied by a dark chocolate malt backbone. Flavor blends sweet and bitter notes quite artfully, while a hint of perfume also emerges in the backend. But make no mistake... this ale is sublimely citrusy!

M - Medium bodied with a creamy texture and subtle carbonation on the tongue. Closes with a long-lasting bitter finish on the palate.

D - Fantastic! Easily one of the best dark hoppy beers I've had. I was surprised to see this categorized under Strong Ale instead of IPA. Either way, this is an awesome brew with a huge pineapple character.

Photo of argock
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear tulip glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.25.

A: Nearly black with ruby edges and billowing 2-3 finger off-white head with thick lace.

S: Fruity ale aromas are first, but they are overwhelmed by sharp floral, pine, and citrus aromas. Roasted dark malts mix in as well.

T: A great mix of dark, roasted malt, West Coast citrus and pine hoppiness, and typical ale fruitiness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Smooth and coating with a medium-full body and pine and citrus hops tinged dark malt aftertaste.

D: A really good black IPA style ale. It provides a complex and interesting mix of aromas and flavors with signature Stone quality.

Photo of Trappissed
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite an intense brew. Huge amounts of dark roasted malts. Gives off a coffeeish flavor. Of course, it also comes with big hops, both citrus and pine. Maybe just a little more citrus. Fairly bitter. Dark fruits, mainly prunes. Not exactly amazing, but somewhat interesting and unique. I would say pretty good overall.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Sublimely Self-Righteous pours BLACK as night with a very contrasting white head. It reminds me of that famous stout from Ireland but this one looks more vigorous and much more assertive.

The aroma from this beer was a shock to say the least. A beer this dark shouldn't smell like this, well maybe it should if its a "Black IPA". We are talking loads of hops, piney, marijuana-ey, grapefruity hops. It also has the familiar smell that makes me think Simcoe hops were a big addition to this beer. Yes, it has that astringent "cat pee" thing going on a bit, but don't think of it that way. Think of it as super fresh hoppy goodness.

One sip and again this defies the dark beer expectations that my mind has. No malty sweetness up front, this beer is all about hops. A ton of piney, evergreen flavor is the most prevalent. The astringent bitter hop flavor is tongue numbing but oh so good. There are some hints of bitter coffee and dark chocolate but mainly this is hophead territory.

What can I say, this beer is great. Call it a Black IPA or an American Strong Ale or whatever you want. Its a big, gutsy beer that will blow you away and wash clean any assumptions you might have about dark beer.

Photo of digr
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark Opaque liquid pours to create a 3 cm brownish head with fairly large bubbles. Bubbles slowly pull back, but remain for quite some time.

S- Interesting. Strong mix of hops and mouth watering malt.

T - much like the smell, balanced mix of warm malty goodness and strong hop flavor. Slight bitterness from the darker grains in the malt bill. Lacking the sometimes burnt flavor from dark / stout like brews.

D - If you like dark beers with full flavor, not too sweet and not too strong, then this is a beer for you. The 8.6 ABV is extremely well hidden. Not a weak beer, quite a lot of flavor. But a nicely balcend beer that I would hesitate to call a stout.
This was goes nicely with a full flavor meal, say steak and a nice slice of fresh summer tomato. Oh, and it goes well with Blue cheese ;).

Find this beer if you can.

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

Got this at Abraxas (Miami Beach) on Saturday Night as my second beer of the night. From the look of it I knew I was on to something... The hoppiness was unexpected and it packed quite a punch. After the first sip my first comment was "Whoah!!" which caught the attention of the bartender. The hops sucker-punched me as it was again totally unexpected yet very pleasant.
A very dark beer, I held it agaist several light sources to no avail. Very nice perfume, piney and citrucy except you're too busy salivating to the hoppy bitterness to notice during the first few sips. Once you catch up to this brew you start to fully enjoy it. The flavor masks its alcohol content and at 8.7% be mindful you might not want to have too many of these unless you've got a designated driver.

Photo of Patrick999
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft during this weekend's Stone orgy @ Abraxas.

Pours a "thin black" - while the color is similar, you can tell it's not a stout, as it does not pour like black oil. Thin head.

Aroma is hugely redolent of skunky, sticky bud if you ask me. Hugely hoppy, very fresh, quite similar to rubbing a fresh hop cone in your hands and sniffing.

With a smell like that, you *know* what it is going to taste like. The first glass of this is shockingly bitter. Not unenjoyable, but very bitter, so much that I didn't really notice much else. The second glass, I noticed a pleasant citric sweetness beginning to creep in. For such a dark beer, I don't get much roasty character at all, which is fine with me here. This beer is all about the hops - at least if it is fresh.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky. Extremely-hopped beers make me thirsty, and this is not an exception.

I'd say it's pretty drinkable as things like this go - hell, I had 3 of them, I must have liked drinking it.

Photo of rhinos00
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to have this on-tap at the Trolley Stop. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Had a dark black appearance with two fingers width of cream/tan colored head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Bouquet of citrus hops and fruit. I'm getting some pineapples and oranges mixed with a faint hops character and a bit of roasted malt.

T- A lot like the aroma. The hops are not really present, but give off a tremendous citrus, fruit punch flavor. Underneath this are some chocolate and roasted malts that give it an interesting twist.

M- Medium to heavy bodied. Plenty of carbonation and pretty smooth.

D- This was a slow sipper for sure.

This is an exceptional beer, especially for those that love the combination of juicy fruit hops and roasted malts. For me, I typically don't like to mix the two, but this one worked out to say the least.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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