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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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94
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5,192 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,192
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 224
Gots: 455 | 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 berley31
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, light tan head that diminished to about 1/2-finger and stayed there. Body is almost black, with ruby highlights here and there, and mostly opaque.

S: Aroma of citrusy, piney hops... touch of sweetness and just a hint of roastiness, but the hops easily dominate.

T: Great-tasting beer... it starts off sweet with an almost toffee quality to it, with a bit of roasted flavors coming through... but a small amount, really. Hop flavor of citrus and pine is high, with moderate-high hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied at least, with moderate carbonation.

D: With everything going on, it's still a fairly easy-drinking beer, dangerously so for almost 9% ABV, and I'd easily get it again.

berley31, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Pours a dark black with ruby overtones. A nice finger of tan foam tops it off and leaves lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

S: Upon cracking the bottle, you're assaulted by the smell of hops, hops, and more hops. Poured into a glass the hops come through. As it warms hints of chocolate and a bit of sweetness creep into it.

T: Wow. Just wow, wow, and wow. This is an amazing beer. It's rich and complex and has more flavors than I think I could try to describe. Naturally the hops hit you up front, in the middle, and leave a great bitter aftertaste. However, mixed in there you also find hints of chocolate abound. Calling it a chocolate IPA as others have is quite appropriate.

M: A bit thicker than an IPA, but smooth as velvet. Lightly carbonated and a great feel going down.

D: I wish they would make this a standard release. This is damn good and I can see myself drinking many, many more of these while I can get my hands on it. Once it's gone, I'm gonna miss this one.

YonderWanderer, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of digr
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

digr, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

From a 22oz bottle...

The look is pitch black. Has a large bubbly light brown head. Looks like a stout more than anything. Absolutely opaque. Contains a thick swath of lace as it is emptied.

The smell is of a citrusy IPA, with bitter, woody hops. No stout smell at all. There are magnificently complex hops here (grapefruit, pine, other citrus) with mild dry-English malt thrown in. It's perfect. A real bouquet. Hops are oily and rich. It's a traffic-stopper. Has a hint of dark chocolate.

So it looks like a stout, smells like an IPA. What next?

The taste is major bitter hops, but with a unique burnt coffee malt. Like an India Pale Porter/Stout. Oily bitter hops and dry bitter malt both fight it out. Hops come out strong, and malt takes the later rounds. Rich malt steps up as it warms, with hops as an accent more than anything. It evolves with the temp change.

Thick, smooth, oily feel. Dry roasted malt finish. It's motor oil. Overall it's a big, thick, oily, dark, hoppy, nutty, roasted brew. Too big for all night long, but absolutely perfect for one bottle's worth.

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williamherbert, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of mobud
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Really dark brown with very little lght passing thru. Short cream colored head that stays thru most of the sample.

S- Overpowering grapefruit hops aroma. Light pine underneath.

T- Very strong grapefruit that is riding on top of a good malt base. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, but I knew it when I finished the beer.

M- Medium heavy.

D- A very good beer. Shame it is not offer regularly and shame it was not available in DE when it came out. Luckily, I got mine at the source. Another enjoyable beer experience from Stone.

mobud, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured into a Shiner Bohemian Black Lager pint and this brew poured up a midnight brown color with a 1 finger light tan head with nice heavy lacing clinging to the glass.

The aroma is of dark malts and heavy American hops.

The taste is heavy of the roasted malts, with a nice dose of bittering hops that are not overpowering, but cut through the malt sweetness perfectly. A nice balance of malt and hops, neither one dominating the other.

At 8.7% abv., the alcohol is well hidden both in the mouth and in the throat by this well balanced ale.

This is a great cold weather sipper to me. It might be a great brew any other time of the year, but for me, now; it is the 1st week of December.

I'll give this left coast brew a hard fought but well deserved A !

RedneckBeerz, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Mistofminn
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

About a month ago, I sent an email to Stone to inform them of a possible infected batch/small scale problem. I bought 2 bottles of Stone IRS in Hudson, WI. One turned out to be infected and the other was perfectly fine. I sent this email with no other intention of informing the brewery of a possible problem if they had other complaints.

Come yesterday, Friday the 15th, I recieved a box in the mail from Stone. Inside was a replacement bottle of Stone IRS, and a gift bottle of Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale! I was shocked and very pleased and here is my unbiased review of it! Thanks a bunch to Stone and specifically Mitch for making this possible.

Pours a dark dark brown color. In the glass it looks nearly black and when held into the light surprisingly litle color comes through. It's nearly opaque, like a stout. Nice one finger tan head is produced with great retention and some of the best lacing I've ever seen. There is more left over foam than glass, literally.

The nose is very hoppy, this bottle must be fairly fresh. Citrus and grapefruit characters come out, along with a faint piney and resiny hop character. A huge caramel malt backbone is also very prominant. As it warms it becomes an entirely different beer, with smokey and roasted characters coming out in full force. It has a roasted-marshmellow like smell, or burnt sugar, that when coupled with the nice hop presence makes this a very enjoyable beer to smell.

The taste starts out with a in-your-face hop character, spicey and resiny, bitter and dry. It mellows, only for a second, to allow the characters of the malts to shine, if only for the briefest moment. Then, after the swallow, the lingering bitterness comes and takes over again. The burnt and roasted characters found in the nose are nowhere to be found in the taste, but thats fine with me because I think they work much better in the nose and would be out of place here in the taste department.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, with a smooth and crisp texture. Slightly over carbonated in my opinion, but it doesn't necessarily take away from the beer. It anything it amplifies the tastes.

Drinkability is fantastic. I had this pegged as a sessionable beer, but momentarily forgot that Stone made it (I kid I kid). The nearly 9% ABV is completely hidden amongst the layers and layers of flavor and complexity. This is a fantastic brew.

As far as Cellaring outlook, I personally feel this was meant to be enjoyed fresh when possible. The hop character make this beer it's own, and make it extremely enjoyable. I can't imagine this beer being better after loosing it's hop characters.

I don't think that Mitch and Stone could have sent me a better brew. This is fantastic. As a "sub-style," Black IPA's always strike a cord with me, and this is a particularly great one.

Mistofminn, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque copper brown color with one finger of tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Lots of pine, citrus and mango hop aromas, good sweetness underneath.

T: Leads with pine and caramel, then the pine carries through as the sweetness fades in the middle but returns on the finish. Very nice. There's also a bit of coffee, and after a while, the alcohol starts to poke thru on the finish, too.

M: Medium mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

O: A great beer, wish Stone would distribute locally. Meanwhile, road trips can bring it home. Delicious stuff.

AmericanGothic, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Very dark brown, clear, with ruby/mahogany highlights. Fine, tan bubbles clung in sheets to the sides of the glass and formed a tight cap. Good head retention with spotty lacing throughout. Intense pine resin and grapefruit rind aroma up front, fruity citrus and a hint of sweet cocoa fill in the background. Very floral and fragrant. Solid bitterness, not overpowering, that tends to linger. Sweetness is just enough to provide some balance and has more of a chocolate/cocoa character than stright-up caramel, but the hops are still front and center - mostly grapefruit flesh fruitiness and a bit of pine. Light alcohol flavour in the finish, along with mild warmth. Medium bodied, a bit chewy with creamy carbonation. Very nice texture. This is great stuff, worthy of an anniversary celebration. The darker malts, even though they're fairly subtle, really pull things together and create a nice counterpoint for the hops.

DrJay, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of mjurney
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance:
Deep dark brownish-red color, see through. Awesome creamy head, lacing looks great on the glass.

Smell:
Strong piney hops in the nose, earthly, robust, touch of burnt toasted malts. Smells really great!!

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Piney hops up front, a little citrus and floral, along with semi-burnt toasted malts. Some earthly in the middle, I could detect some touch of dark fruit and pepper. Dry finish with nice roasted coffee aftertaste. Chewy/creamy mouthfeel, carbonation feels nice on my tongue. Nice warmth feeling from the alcohol.

Drinkability:
Very drinkable.

mjurney, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

On-tap at Smokin' Joes.

A- Body is a nearly opaque black hue. When held up to the dim light some brown comes through around the edges. Served with a 1/2 finger or so off-white head which fades to a thin collar-traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- An assault of grapefruit and pine come through initially with a much weaker, but still present roasted malt backbone.

T- Like many stone brews the flavor upfront is big. It offers a lot of white grapefruit flavor with a substantial roasted malt backbone. The hops are definitely the highlight of the flavor-but the dark roasted malt backbone isn't hiding. The finish adds a good amount of refreshing pine-as the bitterness builds. The lingering hop bitterness is moderate in strength and does not become cloying- the roasted malt flavors linger for about the same amount of time but are slightly milder.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation with a medium to heavy weight, full, oily body.

D- In summary-This is a very hoppy black IPA-I wouldn't say its balanced-but the malt is not hiding. And with anything IPA I expect it to be very hoppy. This brew is pretty aggressive and very good overall. ABV is completely hidden by the flavors this brew exceeds my expectations for this hybrid style.

PittBeerGirl, May 26, 2010
Photo of mryuk
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

pours a very dark brown with a bit of amber and 2 fingers of head.

smell is piny hops with subtle malts.

taste is hoppy and bitter start to finish.

mouth is medium thick with good carbonation.

overall extremely good. surprisingly not malty for how dark it is. extremely good hoppy flavor.

mryuk, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Presentation: 1pint 6 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours a deep mahogany and opaque. Pours with ~3 fingers of thick, light brown head, which fades very slowly to a solid cap, leaving thick lacing as it recedes. Excellent retention.

S- Pine and grapefruit hopiness are strong from the outset. Slight roasty sweet notes begin to slip in behind the solid hops.

T- Solid hoppy pine and grapefruit flavors pitted against rich, roasted malty sweetness. Solid bitterness. Really interesting and enjoyable.

M- Moderate carbonation with a fairly full feel. Fairly creamy.

D- Excellent. Fairly high an ABV could render this one dangerous were I to have access to more than 22 oz. at this time.

Future outlook: Wow. Pretty pricey (~$9 /22 oz.), but I have to admit, it knocked my socks off. A super-hopped strong ale (black DIPA??), to be sure, and it worked. Extremely enjoyable, and something I won't hesitate to try again...I just wish it were cheaper!!

DoctorDog, May 31, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours very dark brown with a complex, thick, cream-colored head. Only faint retention but very nice lacing dripping down the sides.

Big roast aroma with a sweet milk flavor. Very nice.

Hits with a lot of hop power. Roast malt comes into play mid quaff. The beer grows bitter with chocolate biscuits in the finish. Excellent.

Perfect body to balance the strong flavors.

Great drinker. Hides the alcohol very well for a strong ale. Tastes as much like a milk stout as anything else.

beer2day, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of chilidog
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

I bought thisone upon its release, cellared it six months and very much enjoyed on MY, as I do every year with anniversary ale.

It pours a nice, rich dark brown. A good tan head forms, settles to a thin eighth inch film and dose leave some spotted and web lace.

The aroma takes the citric hop and pine route.

The taste follows with the hop up front with citric and pine notes.
The malt side got me. Sweet malts, roasted, unbuttered toast, coffee, chocolate and a sign of alcohol.

The beer feels on the mouth a dark roast, alcohol, with hints of a porter likeness. A slight warming feel as well.

Very much enjoyed this brew here in March, the weather was crap and the beer, its time at rest and the over-all result...It hit the spot!

chilidog, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of photomike
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Picked up this bottle from my favorite "we have old stock, but sometimes that can benefit you," store.

Interestingly, I had tried Sublimely Self-Righteous (the new name for this beer under regular production) prior to tasting this beer. With a year and a half on it, this is a VERY different beer.

Pours a beautiful opaque deep brown. Can't get ANY light though this one. 1.5 finger cappuccino head forms and develops little craters on top. Minimal retention and lacing is what separates this beer from visual perfection. A beauty nonetheless.

The smell, however: perfection. Unbelievably complex. Big, very sweet malt, brown sugar, dates, black coffee, licorice and alcohol. A huge whiff is intoxicating.

Taste is similarly complex and delicious. While my growler of fresh Self-Righteous was hop dominated, perhaps overly so, this aged version is extremely malty. I am surprised at how hoppy this remains after nearly two years, though. Very nice bitter, vaguely citrusy backbone and finish that plays nicely off of the malty sweetness. Licorice, raisins, and a hint of alcohol are here still too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. The carbonation is light, but perfect for the beer. A bit of a boozy burn.

Drinkability is high for a 9% brew. Drinks smoothly and easy, but you are definitely aware of the alcohol.

This is a GREAT beer, both fresh (as Sublimely Self-Righteous) and with age on it (as Stone 11th). In fact, I think I prefer this 11th. Time to throw some SSR in the cellar!

photomike, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a very dark red, almost black. Smell is extremely hoppy, I swear when I opened the bottle the sweet, sweet bitterness exploded out underneath the cap and my whole room smelled like hoppiness. Nice thick head in the glass, taste is medium to full bodied. Hop heads delight with some smokiness flavor coming through. Super creamy and somehow well balanced. Goes down way too easy for a 8.7% ABV. Fantastic beer, will definitely be picking this up again when I need a hop kick.

oriolesfan4, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured into a "Stone" pint glass
Dark plum with a big, two-inch head
Wonderfully surprising aroma of citrus and piney hops with very subtle chocolate? coffee?
Taste-Wow! Unexpected grapefruit citrus and hops melded with a stout-like bitterness and complexity. Fantastic flavor that has my tastebuds enraptured! This is what a "dark" IPA must taste like!
Overall, outstanding offering from the beer gods at Stone Brewing. This is a limited edition ale so go get some before they disappear! Go now!!

hosehead83, May 04, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

On draught at Vintage Estates in Boardman (1 of 7 kegs in the state I understand). Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium and lasting tan head. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a cross between an Imperial IPA and a roasty Porter. Loads of citrusy hops in the nose, with a full roasted malt undertone. Other aromas like pine and toffee are present as well. Rich and bitter with a full array of citrusy and piney hops flavors. Toasted malt and chocolate flavors are found too. Slow alcohol burn through it all. The finish is long and bitter with a tasty grapefruit hops finish. Excellent overall. Once again Stone manages to do something unique and enjoyable.

Dogbrick, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Very dark. Not quite pitch black as you can observe tints of brown on the edges in the light but very dark and opaque. a good 2 finger thick creamy head with huge lacing!

S: Very noticeable citrus and pine hop tones with roasted malt presence.

T: Hops hit immediately with a very nice presence. Citrus and Pine deliver with medium bitterness. Roasted and chocolate malt deliver as well with a very nice complex yet not overly aggressive flavor.

M: Great carbonation with subtle warming notes of the alcohol.

D: Extremely drinkable!

Overall this is a great brew to represent the style. I will continue to enjoy it as long as it's available. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-15-2011 16:43:52

hopfacebrew, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of stoutfiend27
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

bomber started off by pouring into a 10oz glass

a-cola colored with cola elements...light head khaki colored..beautiful lacing...excellent carbonation...

s-floral piney hops..caramel and slight toffee on the nose..smells bitter like fresh cut grass..

t-piney and grassy up front...nice malt...roasty and bitter chocolate in the middle...finishes hoppy and dry...bitter..

m-slick and oily..excellent level of carbonation...resiny and sticky..

d-seriously dangerous...abv well hidden...goes down smooth..not overwhelming at all

stone has been hit or miss with me in bomber form..but i understand what tall the rave is about with this one...its almost perfect...a little cleaning and this one would be a 5 all around...will seek more of this out...glad its available here

stoutfiend27, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a very dark brown with light khaki head, one fingers worth sticks around, spotty lacing. Smell: seriously hoppy.. pine, earthy, pineapple juice, a little citrus rind. Mildly sweet brown sugar. Taste: floral, piney, grapefruit, dark brown sugar and a little powdery milk chocolate. Light roasted astringency in the end of the sip along with some nice citric bitterness. Medium bodied and exceptionally creamy in the face of a piney, dry finish. A good-great dipa with something extra, will be returning to this one.

babaracas, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of BBQSteve
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured into a stem bubbly white head immediately.

Hop smell up front but not in taste.

Great mouthfeel medium heavy.

Early notes of molasses then malt and hops and a bit of sour.

Glad I tried it. It is readily available and it will be on my list again in the future but no hurries.

BBQSteve, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of hail_seitan
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%

Served from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Body is a rich, rosewood-color, with a foamy ivory head forming on top.

S - Pine resin, grapefruit, and hemp dominate. Some hints of mint and smoke.

T - A resin bomb for sure. Sticky hop flavors including pine, hemp, and grapefruit bombard the palate. The malt have tones of raisins and toast. The finish is all piney bitterness and a whiff of smoke.

M - The hop oils almost give the beer a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. The body is a bit hefty and the carbonation is fairly mild.

O - Very good black IPA. A lot more dank, piney flavors than most in the style, but the high ABV and smokey malt flavors make it work.

hail_seitan, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Apellonious
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%

1 pt 6 fl oz bomber from Brawleys lured into a tulip glass. I like the fact that I tried to type "poured" and it got spell checked into "lured". Enjoy by 2.15.04.

A - Almost jet black, with ruby/brown highlights. Half finger head that moves to a thin but sturdy lace.

S- Fantastic. Your eyes do not prepare you for the smell. Orange , grapefruit, maybe fingers of raspberry. Lightly toasted malts.

T - More of the same. Strangely delicious. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Can not detect the 8.7%.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on. Slightly creamy with low but present carbonation.

O - I can see why it was one of Stone's favorites. Give it a go.

Apellonious, Feb 01, 2014
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,192 ratings.