Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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Reviews: 1,883
Hads: 5,813
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 280
Gots: 754 | 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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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

I have been patiently waiting to snatch this one up for some time. The price is always right on these Stone bombers, so I waited until the funds were low and needed a new brew.

A deep red full bodied ale that barely allows any light to pass through her. A near brown head forms lacing all the way down the glass. I poured the brew quite aggressively and the thin cap of head is all the remains after the large bubbled cloud has quickly gone. The smells and aroma are pleasant but not what I was expecting from Stone.... is that too meant to be sublime? I was waiting for a punch to the nostrils with hops and grain. I was quite delighted by the taste however. Near 9% ABV and the most I get is notes of coffee and sharp hop bitterness that clings to the back of the tongue long after the sip has passed. The is a very simple tasting brew to me. Dark roasted flavors come to mind with each taste, but the hop bitterness dominates. (972 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of pine resin, grapefruit, and roasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma with a sharp bitterness that hides most of the malt character. There is also a harsh alcohol heat in the finish that is unpleasant. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could drink again. (470 characters)

Photo of Aenema
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with a 1.5 finger tan head that leaves some splotchy lacing.
Smell - Piney hops, hint of malt.
Taste - Pine/resin, little bit of both caramel and sweet chocolate malts.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation.
Drinkability - Enjoyable beer and the ABV is not distracting. (309 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass. 7/14/14 freshness date. 8.3 % abv.

Appearance- Quite dark and opaque. Nearly black with a monstrous brown-tinted head that lasts. Not unlike a stout.

Smell- Intense fresh aroma of pine. Citrus is prominent as well with hints of orange peel. No shortage of smell.

Taste- Much the same profile as the smell, keeping up with the superb freshness. Elements of pine and an earthy malt flavor are made much apparent at first. This is followed by a grapefruit blast of hops. The bitterness afterwards is right on par with this generous hopped beer. Perhaps a slight roasted malt tone but this was easily passed by the pine/grapefruit transitional blast, if there was some roasted flavor. This was not indicative to the look.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy thick and creamy in texture, this was aided by the super high carbonation.

Overall- I was impressed. This is a strong yet smooth hop bomb. Easy drinking and packed with flavor. Possibly one of the biggest heads of all my bottle pours. I never had an ale so dark. What an awesome, heavy brew. (1,064 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with a thick tan head

S-smells much like an IPA. Weedy hops, pretty good. Strong scent. 

T-comes in with a very bitter taste of citrusy hops and just a touch of roasted grains. Almost exclusively an ipa. Not much darkness in the taste at all. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a watery finish

O-This really is an ipa with a dark color. It's possible that due to that, this is one of my favorite black ales out there. It's drinkable and tasty and not at a terrible price. (489 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a go cup in front of Sydney's in New Orleans while dodging tourists who kept saying, "Man that's a big bottle!"

A: chocolate brown heading towards black. Tan, 2.5 finger head that lingers. Self-righteous lacing.

S: Piney, floral hops rush up the nostrils with just a hint of malt.

T: Pow, there go those Stone sublime hops, overwhelming the malts. More swallows blends the taste towards a 2/3 hops, 1/3 malt tango. Great for hopheads; a bit much for me and way too much for the wife.

M: light to medium with arrogant carbonation. Smooth and rich.

O: I really prefer Levitation, since I'm a malt lover. But SSR is a great stepping Stone before the explosive taste of Ruination. (694 characters)

Photo of Dulliwhig
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

A - Dark chocolate brown like a tootsie roll with a thick and creamy dark tan head that leaves spotty lacing

S - Piney hops and semi-sweet bready malts.

T - Intense pine and citrus hops with a chocolately roasted malt and bitter ashiness. Mouth puckering and almost overwhelming flavor.

M - Moderately thick and chewy, average carbonation.

D - Not something that I could drink a whole lot of. (446 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a generous two finger tan head. It is very dark in color. Very little light around the edges. It isn't quite black but it's as close as your gonna get.

The aroma is fresh grapefruit. The taste goes right along with the smell. It is a pretty intense grapefruit taste. I expected some more of the roasted malt to come through but the hops mutes that aspect. I just get a hint of roasted malt in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium. I am a little disappointed with this one. I've had other "black IPA's" that have been hoppy with porter or stout characteristics. This just tastes like an IPA. I prefer the melding of styles with my "black IPA's". (680 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Finally tracked one of these babies down thanks to alphaking.

A - Just as the description claims, pitch dark, I wasn't sure what I was getting into at first, but I couldn't wait. Thick foamy head, excellent lacing and retention.

S - Strong smell of hop notes and a sweet scent that reminded me of cherries.

T - Very potent bitterness with a floral aftertaste, decent complexity, but it cannot mask the alcohol, which is why I didn't rate it higher than a 4 in this department, it's punch is reminiscent of malt liquor.

M - Full bodied IMO and very sharp, with a little bit of lingering.

D - Hard to put down more than one or two I think, but an excellent ale none the less. Here's to Stone for another excellent brew! (723 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby. Almost black. Thin cola colored head that leaves nice amounts of lace.

Aroma: Bready malts, cocoa nibs and juicy hops.

Appearance: Nice bitter hop presence noticed first and then some alcohol, which is quite noticeable and actually, a little overbearing and scathing in this beer. Covers up a lot of what I was expecting in the hop department. There's some hop juiciness noted, but not a lot. Chocolate is distant. Decent flavor, but not great.

MF/DK: Medium bodied and light=medium to medium bodied. A bit of spiciness from the alcohol and a long lingering astringency from the alcohol. Fair, but not one I'll be tapping again soon. (660 characters)

Photo of Walken
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone: Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, Black IPA
22 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, very dark brown with an off-white head that's flat with some bubbles, very clingy, very very clingy, so much stickage.
Odor: Woof woof arf. Intense pineapple, grapefruit rind and waxy floral aromas sit over a backdrop of faint, pumpernickelish dark malt, kind of reminiscent of a shwarzbier, my guess is Carafa Special, but I'm not sure.
Consistency: Light to medium body, walking the edge of the spectrum towards the latter. Carbonation lends an element of creaminess, dark malt astringency is notably missing, which furthers my guess that there's some Carafa Special coloring this beer up.
Taste: Chinook herbal/waxy bitterness hits quick and carries the rest of the flavors along. Hints of dark roasted coffee poke through here and there, hardly making a dent in the hop flavor, though it lingers and intensifies a bit in the finish.

I'm not a big fan of the way the harsh, herbal bitterness of Chinook meshes with the dark malt character in this beer, but when all is said and done, it's still a hell of an ale. (1,127 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pitch black with a thick tan head and lacing galore.

S: sharp, almost acrid, hops. They smell extremely fresh and strong and give off an almost vegetable or plant smell. A little bit of roast in there as well.

T: dry, hoppy, bitter and extremely alcoholic--in fact too much alcohol on the front for my taste buds--it kind of takes away from the other flavors. Scorching alcohol burns down to the core, probably good on a bitter cold day. Speaking of bitterness, there's a lot of that on the finish as well. I'm not getting much in the way of complexity though and barely any malty sweetness.

M: well carbonated and pretty dry for how full bodied it is.

D: pretty good. The only other CDA I've had is the Deschutes Hop in the Dark, which I liked a lot, so I'm definitely into the style. The Deschutes version was more complex I seem to remember, and not as relentlessly bitter and alcoholic. Still I'd certainly have another if offered. (943 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, Sam Adams pint,

Pours out an dark red tinted brown, not unlike a Porter, with a nice sustained head that imitates same. There are large streaks of lace on the glass.

Tropical fruit hop aromas abound. Some pine and stale lemon zest can also be found. I could smell the pineapple/pine combination as soon as the cap was cracked.

The roast and hops form an intriguing one, two combination. SHAH! BLAMMO! That colorful tropical fruitiness floods up the tongue, fooling one into believing this is a 'normal' IPA. All of a sudden the roast falls heavily, to linger on supported by citric hop bitterness.

Unobtrusive mouthfeel, the good weight and and tamed carbonation do not distract from the interesting and tasty flavor.

As this is my first 'Black IPA'/'Cascadian Dark Ale', there is a definite novelty. I like it, but wouldn't drink more than a bomber at a time even without taking the alcohol content into account. (936 characters)

Photo of techfed87
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, strong head. Color is pitch black dark. Smell is a bit hoppier than I expected it to be.

First sip is a nice pairing of dark, charred malt flavor and hop bitterness that gives the beer a body and flavor that matches its color and smell in intensity. Aftertaste is a smooth as well, allowing the flavor to dissipate over time.

A very good beer, you should try it! (379 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour rocks on! This stop pours a dark amber-/garnet- tinged black-brown topped by about a finger-and-a-half of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises lime, pine, blackened pretzel, light roasted malts, light char, orange zest, and very light coffee. The taste holds notes of pine, roasted malts, light char, light vinyl, lime peel, mint, and balsa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very solid CDA, though I think the roasted elements were left in the oven just a bit too long (or something like that, anyway). Otherwise, good stuff. (661 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black in color--no light shines through. Nice, tight beige head. Spotty lace.

Very strong grapefruit hop aroma. Reminds me of Double IPA. Given the darkness of the brew, I'm surprised not to smell any burnt or roasted malts.

Tastes like super-hopped IPA. Relatively thin body. There's a mild level of roasted malt in the aftertaste, otherwise it is all bitter, bitter hop. (381 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black that shows some red highlights when held up to the light. Two finger head that dissipates, but never goes away, laces the glass all the way down. Aroma is hops citrusy, piney, grapefruity hops with a faint biscuit/caramel malt in the background. Taste is more of the same bitter hops. Another great offering from Stone. (338 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Two fingers of tan head on top of a with a jet black. Great lacing as well. The head does die down quicker than I expected.

S: Crazy citrus dominates the aroma. Hard to smell anything else with the overwhelming hop aroma. Finely hints of some roasty notes with a little bit of chocolate.

T: The tastes starts out with a citrus hop flavor, but is quickly joined by chocolate notes and hop bitterness. Definite sweetness and a bit of cocoa flavor. Initially the strong flavors make the beer seem like it is slightly lacking in complexity, but it really develops as you get more used to the bold flavors and uncover the more subtle ones.

M: Decently thick with a somewhat creamy feel. The carbonation is acceptable. Hint of chalky

D: The strong flavors, thick body, slightly chalky feel, and higher alcohol make this a harder to drink beer. Maybe part of the problem was that while I loved some components, the overall beer was more of a mess than a thing of beauty. I honestly needed someone to split the bomber with me, because this beer is not tame enough for a 22 oz. (1,077 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Stone Brewing in Escondido, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thick two-finger head. Off-white color. Long retention. Dark brown color.

S- Caramel malts, darker spicy hops and roast barley.

T- Very strong flavor. Aggressive hops and roast malts. Bold taste. Bitter and beastly.

M- Chewy and well carbonated. Quite the feel.

O- This is a tough guy to drink quickly. Plan appropriately. (406 characters)

Photo of afausser
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely bubbly dark chocolate with about a finger for near mocha head, which is frothy and doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Looks kind of strange and reminds me of a soda pour.

Smell: The color makes me think I'm about to drink a RIS or something, so it's almost like this brew is playing mind games with me when I get to the nose. Quite aromatic and strong. Piney and a bit citrusy and quite light overall. Some definite sugar notes. smells cold and refreshing.

Taste: The taste isn't as good out of the bottle as it was on tap. That said, it's an interesting brew. Chewy and sticky, with maple, pine sap, and caramel. The bitter hops really bite quite a bit. Pairs well with cashews.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is tricky. This brew seems pretty undercarbonated. That said, I can't really think of what would happen were the carbonation higher. I think the brew would become overly abrasive. That said, the bubbles that are present are pretty big and result in this strange type of foam. It's not frothy, but it lingers well past the sip and really affects the brew. I think that if the bubbles present were finer and crisper, all the other elements of this brew would be elevated quite a bit. As it stands, it's this odd mix...maybe I got a bad bottle?

Drinkability is low for the style. I'm not impressed, which is frustrating because I remember it being pretty decent when I tried it as a sample on tap. (1,438 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black with a creamy head. Smells hoppy with lots of pine and citrus. Taste is a murky mix of dark malts and hops. Very bitter with some grassiness. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Not overly drinkable, this is something you have to take your time with. (285 characters)

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque black with a touch of reddish brown. Huge head like an IPA. Head is dark brown.

Aroma is very hoppy with a touch of caramel. Citrus like ruby red grapefruit flesh, orange rind, lemon and lime juice.

Taste is very hoppy with notes of caramel. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't much roasted grain flavor. To me, it was missing bitter chocolate/acrid coffee tastes BUT... BUT.. it was a very satisfying beer nonetheless. I could easily mistake this for a pale IPA in a blind taste test simply because the hops are the star of the show. The color makes it look maltier than it actually tastes. I bet this would age like a nice barleywine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied (Definitely not RIS thick but thicker than ruination). Nice carbonation keeps the palette lit up.

Drinkability: This is a big beer but it drinks very smoothly. (863 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black (obviously since it's a black IPA) with a fairly thin, tannish oily head that forms to about half a finger and then dissipates to a bubbly surface layer. Some lacing remains on the glass, which is nice.

Very aromatic. Dark roast coffee along with an earthy & cascade hop. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

Sipping is much more hoppy than I originally expected. Lots of dark roasty malt but not as chewy as expected. A nice bit of burnt coffee hits on the finish w/ a bit of the alcohol coming through subtly.

Body is not as chewy as I originally expected but nice balance and great taste.

I'm going to enjoy this one. It seems like a mix between almost an imperial stout and an IPA. Very nice brew. Cheers! (728 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark cola color with a little bit of transparency. Head is medium sized with a solid creaminess to it, an attractive pizza dough color.

S: Sprucy hops, licorice, caramel, black patent malt and some vinous qualities.

T: Starts with an interesting maltiness that walks the line between caramel and roasted barley at the tip of the tongue. Sprucy hops cruise in and flow from the front to the back of the tongue. Almost chocolaty but not totally, perhaps it’s the hops and malt that are reminding me of Andes candies. Definite coffee ground bitterness comes in after the swallow, as does some redwood abrasiveness. Finishes with tremendous balance of dark malts, bitter roasted barley and vibrant hops. Interesting beer.

M: Medium body, straight forward mouthfeel.

D: I’m not sure how I feel about these hoppy dark beers. Tasty but they aren’t one of my favorite styles…not yet at least. Regardless, this is a delicious beer with fantastic balance. (956 characters)

Photo of mstyne
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, so I drank half of my pint before I remembered that I was supposed to be reviewing this brew. That probably says enough right there.

Picked up a bomber from Beverage Mart on NY 66. No dating best I can tell. Pours an extremely dark, dark, red (had to hold it up to the light to confirm it wasn't ink black) with a decent 3/4" of head and good lacing.

Very nice hop aroma. Taste is smoky, with some cocoa/chocolate and wood notes. At 8.7 ABV, this will sneak up on you in a hurry. This is another delicious offering from Stone that I look forward to trying again. (570 characters)

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.