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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
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5,088 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,088
Reviews: 1,819
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 222
Gots: 408 | 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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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint.

A - Almost black with a one finger tan head that sticks around for a while. When held up to the light I see some ruby flashes and can just barely see through to the other side of the glass. It leaves a nice tiered lacing down the glass.

S - Floral hops and roasted malts. No need to look any further because they meld perfectly and nothing more is needed.

T - I get citrus and piney hops which are met quickly by the malt. Some molasses, spicy notes, and sweetness on the tail end, but mostly a tug of war between the bitter hops and toasted malts. It is a stale mate that demonstrates perfect balance. I get more and more orange as it warms. Truly delicious.

M - Carbonation is just right; combines with the thick body to give a creamy feel. Just slightly tingly on the tongue but extremely smooth.

O - American Black Ale is one of my favorite styles and this is the gold standard in my opinion. I often find beers of the style to either favor the roasted and smoked or IPA side of the style, but this one is so perfectly balanced that I have no complaints. Stone sometimes underwhelms me, but this is an amazing beer.

02-10-2012 04:40:00 | More by NoLeafClover44
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lhaqq

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Nearly opaque black with a generous dense dark tan head. Looks almost like a nitrogenated stout.
S: Lots of hops initially though the smell still is subdued. Pine and a bit of maltiness.
T: Most of the taste seems to be a floral hoppy bitterness. Begins, though, with some bittersweet chocolate and light roast coffee. But there is a big grapefruit finish that was unexpected.
M: Enjoyably lighter than expected from the taste and abv.
D: Refreshing and can't taste the high abv.

07-26-2009 03:38:54 | More by lhaqq
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured a nice dark almost black color from a 22 oz bomber with ABV on the label. Nice two finger head that dissipates ever so slowly, leaving behind a nice lace.
Aroma is a nice blend of hops with a fruity (apricots, and some raisin) aroma.
This ale is a wonderful assault on the palate. Nice bitterness of the hops up front with hints of sweetness and finishing again on a nice bitter note. However, the bitterness of the finish has a caramel/cocoa like flavor.
An excellent example of how I would want my black ale/IPA to be. Excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.
Absolutely worth a try and highly recommended.

04-09-2011 03:10:32 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Lunch

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, Maryland (12/10/09) into a goblet at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a very dark brown to almost black with a slight ruby hue when held up to the light. Capped with a one finger head which dissipate slowly leaving excellent lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: At first whiff this reminds me of a Black IPA since grapefruit and other citrus flavors come to the surface first followed by at hint of roasted malt (coffee, perhaps) and smoke.

T: The Black IPA theme continues onto the palate in the form of a citrusy hop that is primarily made up of grapefruit and orange. This is followed by coffee and an underlying roasted malt with some smokiness. The finish is quite bitter leaving a grassy flavor coating the palate.

M: Medium-bodied with a slick feel, but at times it seemed a little thin with a slight separation in the flavor profile.

D: Excellent drinkability as this beer has some interesting flavors that work quite well together and the alcohol is completely masked. This beer has quite a bitter finish that may not appeal to some, but i loved it.

Overall I find this beer to be a very well-crafted ale from Stone and one that certainly needs to be tried before it is all gone. Recommended.

12-11-2009 14:46:53 | More by Lunch
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brantadid

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured almost black with a tall white head which diminished to a thin white head. Excellent lacing.

Hoppy nose with a slight malty smell. Very floral.

Bright, fresh hops on the front and mid palate with hoppy and malty finish. Very long finish. Tobacco also appeared on the back palate with a very refreshing bitterness.

Very well balanced and then I realize that this is an IPA. The darkest I have ever had.

The 8.7% alcohol is well masked. Just another great beer from Stone.

10-24-2007 01:24:26 | More by brantadid
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irishking1977

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Menacing, black liquid with a copious tan head that holds it's own, while leaving massive rings of lacing. Wow. Looks like an amazing stout. Whatever it is, it looks fantastic.

S: Ahhh. Fresh, clean hops aroma. Malt background subdued, but it's there nonetheless.

T: An insane (in a good way) cavalcade of hops, malt and mild sweetness/bitterness combination. Near perfection. This is what a beer is supposed to taste like.

M: This is probably one of the most balanced beers I've had. Chewy, oily, somewhat creamy, and mildly bitter. This one can certainly cause palate exhaustion because of it's intense taste and feel, but during the drinking process, most beer drinkers won't care. Simply a pleasure to consume.

D: Palate exhaustion is possible with this one, so it's not exactly a session beer in the truest sense of the word. Still, drinking a few bombers of this one wouldn't be so bad, would it?

04-22-2010 23:05:57 | More by irishking1977
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jeffjfindley

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Whoaaah. Black, with a breath of red transparency when held in front of the light. Head is splendid, and posesses enviable stamina. Leaves fine, feathery lacing. Smell is an absolute killer, exhibiting massive complexity in the malt. It has a sharpness to it that is reminiscent of cedar. Also evident are espresso and an absurd abundance of humulus lupulus. The flavor is equally massive and impressive, very woody, and with a great finish, that thankfully lingers until the next magnificent swig. Mouthfeel is layered, with great viscosity.

This year's VE scared the hell out of me. This beyond reaffirms my tremendous faith in this finest of breweries.

09-22-2007 03:53:29 | More by jeffjfindley
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

A- Very dark brown with a slight reddish tinge. Almost black, but not quite. Nice inch or so of light tan head.

S- Ahhh, now that's the stuff! Amazing hoppy aroma. Strong Simcoe aroma comes through with sweet citrus and floral notes. Only the slightest hint of roasted malt is detectable, but it's certainly there and adds complexity to the smell.

T- It's not particularly sweet, surprisingly enough. It starts out kind of tangy and citrusy before taking on stronger flavors of pine and coffee. The hops and the roasted malt complement each other quite nicely. Alcohol peeks through from time to time. The bitterness is substantial and is joined on the finish by a somewhat astringent roastiness. I suspect my palate is ruined for the rest of the evening.

M- Medium-full body with a fairly low carbonation level that suits the beer just fine.

D- After drinking one, it seems pointless to drink another because I probably won't be able to taste it. But that one sure was nice.

I've pretty much run out of things to say about Stone, so I won't even bother. Just know that this beer lives up to the brewery's lofty standards. If you like big IPA's and are a fan of Stone's beers, then you have to give this a try. But you already knew that, didn't you?

10-16-2007 22:21:02 | More by vtfan77
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

pours a barely translucent brown/black with a nice sized tan head that sticks around a while and laces really well.

aroma is very heavily piney. some fresh cut grass, cigar smoke, some dark chocolate and a hint of sweetened dark fruits come through as well.

taste is a bit stronger in the malts than the aroma indicated. some burnt coffee, smoke, and bakers chocolate give way to a very grassy, piney and earthy hop profile that lingers a bit. an IPA hop profile with a roasty stout malt profile- opposite ends of the spectrum, but they work beautifully together. bitterness and some citrus also appear as it warms and push the hops to the forefront once again, as some drying cocoa powder finishes this one out.

medium bodied with a pretty high carbonation level. creamy yet dry on the swallow.

oh so smooth. this one goes down easily with no indication of the 8.7% ABV. not traditional at all, which may throw some people off, but it works for me. This one will be copied and imitated over and over again.

07-22-2010 04:20:22 | More by silentjay
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Can you imagine a better way to spend a Friday night than with family sipping this beer? Actually, anywhere sipping this beer is an excellent place to be.

This is a really good black ale. The coloring is very dark with a creamy foam. On the pour you get a decent amount of the foam, but the carbonation held well in this beer.

This is a really good smelling beer. I could just smell this beer, but I know it tastes good... so why would I do this?

The coffee is present in the beer, but it is not overwhelming. Also in there is a decent amount of hops. The hoppiness is never a surprise in a Stone beer. I savor each sip of this excellent experience.

Thank you for another great beer to review, Stone.

07-29-2011 23:35:17 | More by ummswimmin
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a deep brown color with a full, persistent head. Aroma has a bunch of citrus hoppiness in there along with some nice roastiness that pushes through once you expect the hops. taste is all IPA at first, then a bit more of a dry chocolate malt flavor comes through. The malt sweetness seems to build as you drink, and the hop flavor also becomes more sweet and less bitter. Really an enjoyable beer. Mouthfeel is solid, maybe just a tad heavy for the workout the flavor gives you. Drinkabiity is also very good. Something interesting that I'd like to see more examples of in the future.

01-04-2008 22:28:13 | More by aaronh
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SanDNigel

California

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

Growler into stubby tulip
A- Dark brown to almost black with a nice tan tight head
S- All I can think to start off is sweet grape juice, then after the head disappears it turns to sweet hops (I guess Chinook mostly) with a solid dark roasted malt backside. So uniquely sweet and hoppy.
T- The way the hops play off the darkness is fruity in nature. The alcohol is hidden deep inside this flavor forest. Blueberry, concord grape juice, with a sprinkle of citrusy-pine and chocolatey-coffee. Nothing I've had that really truly compares.
M- Heavy bubble in the 1-10, 10 as the largest bubble, 3 range. Not quite teeny tiny, but small and tight. Surprisingly refreshing.
This is a really good beer. Not one I would like to drink every day, but sparingly it stands out as a true champion of beers; all beers. It's not quite inside any true style (I don't think), it kinda stands on it's own on many levels. If you haven't tried it, you most definitely should. But don't be afraid to leave this one for later in the night. It will not be pushed around by others.

06-12-2013 06:23:04 | More by SanDNigel
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MisSigsFan

California

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

Such an interesting beer. It has the hop profile of an IPA, but the malt profile of a porter or stout. Pine resin taste from the hops and a roasted taste from the malt. Also, a hint of chocolate or espresso as well. I would definitely have this beer again. Another great from Stone,

05-28-2013 03:39:24 | More by MisSigsFan
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

Bomber best by 8/13

Appearance: Jet black with a tan coffee colored head. Lots of it too. 3 fingers originally that diminishes over time but never disappears. Lots of lacing with chunks clinging to the glass

Aroma: Big hop aroma. Citrus and grapefruit. Grassy earthy undertones. Malt background is roasty and sweet. Espresso and chocolate.

Taste: Starts out floral and fruity. Then big bitter hop profile with lots of citrus. Slightly minty. The flavor is big but the bitterness isn't overpowering. Mellows out with roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste is grassy and piney. There is also a pleasant smoky undertone throughout. Complex and enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light considering how much is going on here. Slightly slick and coating

Overall: Excellent. Very well-balanced with big flavors and very drinkable. Not much bad you can say about this. Affordable and very tasty. Approachable for fans of west coast IPAs and darker beers alike

07-07-2013 20:19:52 | More by MistahBeah
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delta490

Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

A- a deep clear, ruby-tinted brown. The bottle only poured about 1/2 finger of tan head, but it had good retention and left some nice lacing on the glass.

S-deep malt, some pine hops, chocolate and anise are aromas I got at one point or another. Complex.

T- In a word, delicious. Matches the aroma in complexity and pulls it off beautifully. Burnt sugar and pine hops are the two big flavors but others dart around in the background.

M- full and enjoyable. A little oily, too.

O- a great complex ale. It doesn't fit into any one category but crosses types on multiple occasions.

11-11-2013 22:27:39 | More by delta490
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Crawfish61

Louisiana

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

22 oz bomber $6.50 Expiration 8/31

Appearance- looks like a porter or stout with a beautiful brown head.

Smell - Like grapefruit dipped in Chocoate

Taste- Pretty much like the smell. Very delicious and I wish I had another bottle

Mouthfeel- very creamy and soft

Overall- First American Black Ale. Just awesome. Really enjoying the whole experience. Will be buying this again. Really enjoyed it.

08-09-2013 23:14:11 | More by Crawfish61
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steelerguy

New York

4.43/5  rDev +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.

09-24-2009 00:02:44 | More by steelerguy
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babyhobbes

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5%

This beer is the darkest beer I've seen with virtually no chocolatey, roasted malt flavor. It's downright odd. The smell on this is subdued, not blasting me in the face with hopness. The hop aroma is there,somewhat sweet and citrusy but not as strong as I'd like. Taste is wonderful. It's bitter and sweet, well-balanced hops without the thick, crunchy taste and mouthfeel we've come to expect. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the nose as well as the taste. This is just a great beer and make me wish I had tried the rest in the series.

I think you should run out and buy a few of these.

10-21-2007 20:25:11 | More by babyhobbes
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Appearance - pours a very dark brew with a nice tan head that retains very well. Nice lacing to boot.

Smell - WOW! Smells like an absolutely amazing DIPA. Very piny, sweet malts, grassy, hops, hops, hops...extremely floral, grapefruit, tropical notes...absolutely intense!!!!

Taste - Again, WOW! Is this beer really dark?! lol Tastes like an amazing DIPA, again...Very piny, citrusy, tropical notes, great malt backbone to balance the extreme hop presence, tremendous depth...mild alcohol burn. Amazing.

Mouthfeel - Velvety, good body, active carbonation...nice.

Drinkability - This beer is so damn enjoyable, that alone makes me wanna drink more than only one bomber. The abv% obviously hinders how much one can drink of this gem of a beer, but boy, is it tempting.

09-19-2007 01:28:47 | More by Doomcifer
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Any ale called "Sublimely Self-Righteous" has a lot to live up to, even before the beer hits the lips. Thankfully, this one starts off with a mouthwatering aroma, full of sparkling grape, apple, and grapefruit notes, tempered by rosewater and confectioner's sugar, and grounded by a strong scent of toasted baguette.

On the tongue, the beer proves far darker, beginning with deeply-toasted grains, and descending quickly even further down the scale, adding chocolate malt, caramel, and marble rye tones, as well as brown sugars and hints of fig, vanilla, and roasted pecans. Grapefruit flavors and a noticeable buzzing on the tongue is the most direct evidence of hops for the main part of the mouthful, though a pine-and-grapefruit tinge becomes apparent late in the aftertaste, after the sugars and bitter, husky malt flavors have died off. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a surprisingly dark ale, replete with delicious bread and toasted nut/malt flavors, and begging to be sipped quietly in front of a roaring fire. Only a slight alcohol tinge--a result of the 8.7% ABV--mars what is otherwise an excellent beer. But even then, the alcohol is excusable and warming, much like a whiskey or cognac.

07-30-2011 02:15:04 | More by jondeelee
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Growler taken directly from the store where this was poured into a Unibroue snifter shortly after arrival.

Pours basically black with subtle signs of deep orange-red coloration around the edges. The tan head is moderate in size but long-lasting and leaves gobs of sticky lacing on the glass.

Plenty of hops in the aroma, as expected from Stone, with obvious pine and citrus aspects as well as some vague herbal notes. Enticing. A strong piney hop flavor dominates up front. Usually this would be followed by q quite bitter taste, or at least a very bitter aftertaste. Although there's an obvious bitterness and an IBU = 90, this beer starts bitter-sweet and keeps the bitterness under control all the way through. There's a solid dark malt component helping out with this, but clearly Stone extracted plenty of hop aroma and flavor without boiling all the bitterness out of the Chinook, Simcoe & Amarillo hops. The high ABV makes itself known in the aroma, after some warming, but remains fairly well hidden in the taste. Complex and rich, extraordinary balance and interesting, and wonderful flavor dynamics.

M: full bodied; about as creamy smooth as can be at ABV = 8.7%; excellent, medium carbonation.

O: an amazing beer and the cream of the crop in Black IPAs in my experience. In any case, a world class beer all hop heads should seek out.

09-19-2012 23:33:34 | More by chinchill
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5%

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a deep beige thick head that sticks to the glass in rings after each sip.
S- This beer has a pungent musty Northwest hops that comes through even during the pour. Wow. The roasted note of malt is a little hint in the big hop aroma and there is a green watermelon rind quality in the finish of the hops.
T- The green pungent pine flavor to the hops has a roasted note that blends nicely. There is a pine pungent finish with a minty quality and a pungent herbal hop flavor that lingers.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a slight slippery texture in the finish.
D- Although the bottle reeks of arrogance the beer inside is good. The big hop flavor has lots of nice depth with a little black malt for support. This is my first beer purchased in Chicago, would it taste better if I had to drive 2hr to buy it? Luckily I don't have to find out.

04-21-2010 22:41:36 | More by rhoadsrage
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vincicle

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +5%

This beer might actually live up to it's nihilistic name such is the depth and surprise of this dark yet hoppy creation. The smell is an intoxicating herbal hoppiness from the dry hopping as soon as you open it, and it pours a elegant dark black/brown with a full finger head. The nose is strong on hops but also has the notes of roasted coffee and burnt caramel. The taste is wonderfully floral at first and dissipates to a slightly bitter roasted maltiness with an alchoholic kick at the end. This is a beer that stays with you after you've finished as you reflect on, "just how good was it?" One of the better beers I've tried this year and a certain reccomendation for anyone who likes more experimental tastes.
Bravo Stone

09-29-2010 18:56:53 | More by vincicle
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5%

1 pint

Pours black with huge foamy tan head. Nose is citrus hops foremost, chocolate roasty malts apparant as well, auromas of a stout sutble. Taste is a complex blend of bitter hops and robust toasted malts. Dark chocolates combined with pine needles. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, dry in the finish. My first experience with a well recieved Cascadian Dark Ale. Honoured it was with Stone's self-proclaimed best. Great benchmark of an ABV, this bomber is goning to be perfect for the drinking session this afternoon. Cheers to great craft beer.

12-29-2010 18:53:51 | More by heebes
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nimrod979

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Pours a murky brown almost black with a thin beige head. Sweet roasty caramel malts as well as a load of piney, citusy hops. Pretty complex malt versus hops but the flavors really compliment each other. Great smooth body and soft carbonation. Long bitter finish. Delicious

03-13-2011 21:55:37 | More by nimrod979
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,088 ratings.