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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,304 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,304
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 232
Gots: 495 | 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 DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 23, 2007
Photo of mjurney
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of thehooksman
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap and served in a small strong ale goblet

Appearance is dark, dark brown. Not quite fully black as you can get some light through it. It has good clarity and about half a finger of tan foam that lingers and coats the glass.

The hop aromas are piney and peppery with a hint of orange peel.

The flavor backs up the nose well and reminds of a hoppy brown ale or black IPA

You would expect it to be fairly bitter but the mouthfeel is rather medium and smooth with justenough tingle from the carbonation. The higher abv is also well hidden in the mix.

Definitely a solid black ale. But it's Stone so why would I expect anything other than excellence?

thehooksman, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of mudbug
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice fluffy tan head, nice looking stout.
Then the aroma, WTF is this? Hops, piney, grapefruity flowery... Oh my, this aint no stout! then the taste. sweet maltiness mixed with pine boughs.... I'm getting confused here! A dryness sets in, hey, thats not allowed in a black beer! This stuffs refreshing!
Stone is making all our beer conceptions unworthy... again.
BRAVO!!!

mudbug, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of scott
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

V.07

I could immediately tell this meant business when I began pouring. A great sticky/fluffy head with excellent staying power floats atop this dark beauty. Ruby highlights accent the most remote areas. I truly enjoy Stone's beer when it comes to aromatics; I can drink it with my nose. Bright, snappy, bold, enveloping. Hugely floral. When I close my eyes, I'm breathing in the 10th.
Dramatic changes occur when it hits the tongue. I like this, but give me a moment to figure this one out. Malt & molasses diligently try to fend off grapefuit rind & bitter hop with billy clubs. It's kind of messy, and maybe not as spot on focused as I would expect, but far from ingenious. I want to say this is a blended offering (10th & ?). This has presence, and it will hold your attention, as most Stone products do. I highly recommend you run out to try one for yourself, because the only way you'll be disappointed with this product is if it never touches your lips.

scott, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of rwf08
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this in the past but I didn't want to review it because of the style. Now that it is called a Black IPA I feel I can review it properly.

A: Pours a dark molasses brown. Not black but close. Some dark dark amber hues on the edges. Soft off white creamy head. Some good lacing too.

S: I close my eyes when I smell a beer and when I do it with this one all I smell is a piney IPA. There is a slight hint of roast but not much. Maybe toasted bread slathered in pine jelly. Awesomeness to say the least.

T: Creamy soft roasted grain with pine and grapefruit. I get faint dark chocolate with citrus in there but pine dominates.

M: Silky smooth, soft on the palate. Medium carbonation, and creamy as hell. So good!

D: I want more. I thought Hop in the Dark was best but I think this beer is way better! This beer is easy to get for me and I feel I have under-appreciated it!

rwf08, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of jfdean
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled across the Sublimely Self Righteous one day at my local beer store and was instantly intrigued by the black color of the so called American Strong Ale. Upon purchasing, some rapid cooling and then a satisfying uncapping; the beer poured a thick almost creamy black with a thin dark tan head. After taking a sip I was hooked.

So imagine my shock and joy upon having Sublimely appear on tap at a bar near me. When delivered it had all the velvety appearance of the bottled version and more. The aroma coming off the glass is something akin to a IPA surviving a very mild lumber yard fire (primarily ceder and oak, maybe some pine) fire; with just enough heat and smoke to darken and roast without driving off the hops. The tap better preserves the roasted character of the beer and the subtle hop aroma while enhancing the mouth feel. As with the bottled version this beer is very drinkable and something I recommend to people new to beer and more seasoned drinkers alike.

jfdean, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a tan head.

S: Theres some citrus nose with some dry pine and a touch of smokiness. The nose is sweet overall.

T: The flavor is a huge dry roasted malt bill, some dry chocolate with some citrusy hopping and sticky pine. Theres a definity pine sticky resin character to the palate with a great roasted malt presence that is deep and very rich. Definitly tastes like they combined their arrogant bastard and smoked porter recipe. Typical Stone hopping with Chinook with some new Amarillo lemon hops used to give it a distinct citrus/lemon hop flavor. A good combination of malt and hopping and very well balanced. There was a nice lingering bitterness from the hops that hung around for a little bit as well.

M: the mouthful was full with a nice dry roastedness.

D: very good drinkability for its abv. could easily drink in multiples, very smooth palate going down, and nicely hidden alcohol.

beerthulhu, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. Nice large sticky peanut butter colored head. Good retention.
One of the best smelling beers my nose has ever had the pleasure to whiff. Earthy floral hops. Smells like perfume or something.
Very interesting taste profile. I've really come to like heavy hopped roasted malt beers, and this is the best one I've had. Also chocolate covered cherries. A bit of alcohol burn at the end but it only adds to the beers character.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit syrupy.
Wonderful beer. Nice one to sip as a nightcap or enjoy while watching a movie.

wcudwight, May 19, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 7/23/14

Pours a dark brown approaching black color, decent sized light tan head, fades at a decent rate but leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass and a creamy looking cap sticks around to a long while.

Smell starts with a good hit of piney hops with the dark roasted malt taking the back seat in the nose.

Taste actually goes the other way around now with the roasted malt backbone starting first, it's very roasted with a burnt bitterness to it, the bitterness is compounded with an aftertaste of piney hops, dark bitter chocolate lends a slight but fleeting sweetness, throughly thick and creamy as if it's a milk stout, definitely one of the fullest bodies for a black IPA I've had.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 21, 2014
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,304 ratings.