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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,230 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,230
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 230
Gots: 467 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick creamy and dense coffee-colored head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and lace with nice coating on the sides of the glass. the body was dark black and impossible to see through.
s - pine, muted citrus tones, with a light chocolate malt underneath that really comes through as it warms.
t - dry and citrusy hops at the beginning with a sweet coffee and chocolatey finish. with each sip you get the hops on the front of the tongue and a roasted malty taste on the back.
m - creamy and smooth.
d - considering stone's big hop presence this just begs to be quaffed. easily drinkable and really goes down smooth.

GPHarris, Oct 02, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

KnowYourCraft, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

barnzy78, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bowlerjoe2, Apr 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

tdmccarthy, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Bartender leaves a one inch tan head that dissipates very slow, leaving thick rings of lacing. Pours a very dark brown, and leaves huge rings and walls of lacing all around the glass.

Smell: Caramel, and some big, piny/grapefruit hops. The deep, almost barleywine caliber malt has a nutty character to it. Smells like a really good porter, plus some almost DIPA strength hops.

Taste: Wow, on tap this beer is amazing. It's so rich and creamy, like a beautiful stout with some piny, fruity hops thrown in. Not much bitterness from either the hops or malt at first. This malt flavor is exquisite; cocoa, chocolate chip cookies, balanced by a big hop presence that mysteriously doesn't clash with the decadent, creamy malt flavors in the slightest. That big hop bite yields a nice citrus, tropical fruit aftertaste, blending beautifully with the rich malt.

This flavor gives me a whole new perspective on the "black IPA" idea; it asks, "what if a world class stout were hoppy enough to be a double IPA?" Sublimely Self-Righteous is the answer: a generous barrage of cookie dough, roasted malt, and big, clear hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. About as smooth as Fritz and Ken's, an excellent beer whose highest point was its silken mouthfeel. Subdued carbonation, silky cookie dough, and a prickly hop bitterness. Excellent.

Drinkability: If black IPAs are inherently experimental, this experiment is a resounding success. After discovering how amazing this beer is fresh on tap, it would take a lot of convincing for me to order anything else.

I really can't get over how impressive Stone Brewing Co. is. Just when I think I'm giving them too much praise and credit, they deliver a beer that surpasses my expectations of them (this happens consistently). Sublimely Self-Righteous works my brain by giving me a whole new take on the so-called "black IPA" (it doesn't have to be a malty IPA, it can be a perfect stout with overdrive hops!), while delivering a simply fantastic beer regardless of style. If this beer were called "Stone Stout" or "Stone Barleywine", it would be scoring A or above from me.

Pahn, Jun 06, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bullywee, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

59rockabilly, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

enulcwww, Sep 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The dark color of this strong ale belies the hop kick it brings. Very tasty, excellent mouth feel..velvety...nice aroma. But still very drinkable, not heavy tasting...even on a warm summer evening. This is definitely a benchmark example of this style.

BlueCat1, Aug 31, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

astronautjones, Apr 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

BlackDrongo, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

laxer8811, Feb 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bestpoop, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Fizerfury21, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ahbithwabm, Apr 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

LukeK, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JDD419, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

indiana, Jun 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

NvMyBeer, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ebin, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

schnarr84, Jun 17, 2012
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4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Dark like flat soda, with almost no bubbles coming up from underneath, but a thick fluffy head with a combination of small and medium bubbles. Good lacing down the glass.

First thing in the nose is the hops. Piney, resiny type hops, which I typically don't like as much as the citrus hops, but they are perfect for the match with the sweet chocolatey malts on the back.

Flavor is mellow and smooth unlike many in the style. The alcohol is pretty well hidden given ABV and the telltale bitter finish is there. Sweet on the front of the tongue and bitter on the back, a perfect match. Smooth and creamy as well.

A great, enjoyable offering from Stone that is better than many Black IPAs / Black Ales I have tried.

Labeorphile, Dec 20, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,230 ratings.