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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
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5,306 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,306
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 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
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a deep ruby color showing highlights throughout. Foam is thick and creamy, tan colored and displays good retention and lacing.

Nose is west coast hops at their finest...citrus grapefruit with lemon and orange peel. Not much else can overcome these cones, but there is a touch of roasty grains and fruity yeast esters. Smells very delicious, one of the best smelling beers I have had in a while.

Hmmm, taste is way more complex and interesting than I thought it would be thinking of some black IPAs I have had in the recent past. Heavenly roasted malt mixes with a very nice hop flavor. Bitterness is there, but not over the top in any way. Bit of wintergreen mintiness comes in and is followed by an almost chocolaty malt flavor. Very smooth for a black IPA and has a nice creamy mouthfeel. ABV is well hidden but still lets you know it is up there. I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would, and definitely would encourage any good beer lover to try it.

twiggamortis420, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of gopens44
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black as night with a generous mocha colored head.

S - Straight up hop goodness that takes the shape of grapefruit with barely present earthy notes.

T - Super fantastic fun time taste power! Grapefruit on top of oaked mmonshine that gives way to a smooth oakey finish.

M - A little more carbonation than I expected, but it's all good. A touch of burn throughout with a moderately heavy aftertaste.

I challenge Stone to make a beer that doesn't make me happy. This beer delivers very well. Perhaps the hoppiest Cascadian I've had yet!

gopens44, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque mahogany brown in color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded quickly, but left good lacing sliding down the glass. Looks like a stout, but then the sweet hop aroma comes through like an IPA. This is a good identity crisis since the beer looks good and smells good, even though the look and smell are two different beer styles.

Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, sweet roasted malt, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, caramel, syrup and some wet wheat bread. Very sweet, pungent and hoppy nose overall that gives off whiffs of barrel aging and light alcohol, almost like a rum or bourbon with hops in it. It's actually a very pleasant aroma that just reeks of a smooth drink.

A smooth drink this is indeed: tastes pretty sweet up front with sweet roasted malt and caramel mixed with the floral and citrus hops, followed by pine cones, grapefruit, orange peel, coriander, toffee, faint brown sugar, mild hop spices, roasted grains, a hint of pepper, and maybe even some cocoa or chocolate. This is complex and pretty well balanced for an overall sweet beer, which has enough hop and citrus flavor to even things out. The aroma is hoppy, but the taste is dominated by sweetness mixed together with a variety of hop sensations; this is a really nice mix.

Mouthfeel is smooth a creamy with a stout like feel on the tongue, a medium to heavy body that shows both the hops and malts present, with very light to no carbonation and a slight hoppy bitter spice pucker to finish it off. The finish is on the bitter side and as dry as chalk, which was very nice and to my liking.

Drinkability for me was very high. An excellent beer that gets better as it warms and is well rounded with a nice level of alcohol, so that one 22 oz bomber is perfect for an evening of enjoyment and a decent buzz. I highly recommend this beer, which I enjoyed immensely. I'm a big fan of Stone Brewing and this beer did not disappoint.

6/8/2012-had an aged 11th Anniversary Ale from September 2007 and it was even smoother than the other bottles I've had, it aged very well. The flavor and nose were full of sweet oaky notes and vanilla, with hints of smoked peat moss, molasses, brown sugar and booze like rum or bourbon. The sweetness ruled the taste, but there was still a lingering smoky bitterness after each sip that left cocoa, toffee and dark chocolate notes. The aging tamed the hops but really brought out the rich malty flavor, which to me was a very welcomed change. This beer still throws a punch as one bomber got me banged up. If you are storing one of these then I suggest cracking it open as it was excellent.

CHickman, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of troysoy2
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer of the new year. And it's pitch black as midnight. Half finger of light tan head, quickly diminishes, but leaves patchy lacing and a frosty covering the whole way down.

I smell dark chocolate, lots of it. Burnt malty goodness. Interestingly enough, there are also bready, lighter malts in the smell. Either that, or it's a generous hop aroma playing tricks on my mind.

There's so much going on in the taste.... It's like a good burnt, roasty German beer that fell into a giant vat of American hops. Smooth, chocolatey goodness in the center, drying, drying hop bitterness on the finish. Warm alcohol. Resiny, very West Coast, very Stone. Delicious. I will gladly spend the rest of my night sipping and exploring the intricacies of this brew. Happy New Year, peeps.

troysoy2, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of gatornation
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap

A- served in stone pint glass it was dark black/brown with a really fresh tan 1 finger head loads of sticky lacing as i drank this one

S- was some cocoa ,chocolate, some toffee, citrus hops

T- was outstanding it had some roasted malt with toffee ,mix in some creamy chocolate,some floral citrus hops,, a little fruit wow so fresh so tasty

M- is is full but its easy to drink with lots of stout tastes mixed with an ipa

D- so easy to drink this high ABV black ipa its stouts flavors mixed with citrus hops makes for an outstanding brew

gatornation, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to crack this brew open after hearing the news that no harm has come to the brewery during the horrible fires in SD (my fingers are still crossed). Damn, this was a great brew.

Poured part of a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance - In the glass it was nearly opaque, while being very translucent around the perimeter of the glass. It produced a 2 finger off-white head.

Smell - It smelled like a roasty (stout-ish) IPA. The notes were of roasted malt, pineapple, pine, grapefruity citrus and caramel. Delicious.

Taste - This beer was not devious at all with its flavor - it smelled almost exactly like it tasted. There was a strong roasted malt presence, along with fruity pineapple and grapefruit citrus, all intermingled with caramel sweetness. Yummy hops, as to be expected from these guys. The ABV on the other hand, is always devious with Stone - they mask it perfectly. They are the masters of deception in that arena.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Near perfect carbonation level. Goes down smooth. Pretty much common place with Stone.

Drinkability - Near perfect. The ABV is so well hidden, I didn't even notice it until I was done with the beer. The flavor and smell just make me go in for more.

I am pretty sure that someone else on the site mentioned this, but it was like they took the best parts of their AB, SP, and IPA and mixed them together. Man, it is a shame that this is a one time thing. I would definitely buy this all of the time. This was a wonderful experiment.

Hope you have AT LEAST 11 more anniversaries, Stone. You guys are incredible. I just wish they offered your entire line-up in Texas.

MiguelMandingo, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stout like in appearance with a nice thick creamy head that settles to a good size with soem lacing.
aroma: ctirusy floral-y piney hops over a layer of chocolate covered wood. notes of a rye-like character (think founders black rye for reference). molasses and caramel show up in small amounts, but a soft powdered cocoa vaguely woody chocolate that verges on cake-y dominates the malt side of things. hops run the show though. tremendous complexity, yet so clean and soft, not subtle, but pleasantly balanced. superb nose.
the taste is loaded with hops of the floral piney variety. they wash over the tongue and touch all other flavors experienced. they verge on minty. citrus is there but, not the greatest of the hop flavors. chocolated and caramel malt balance some but not much. bits of anise here and there. again rye bread fades in and out like i mentioned in the nose. nebulous dark fruitiness hovers towards the finish. i'm leaning towards 5 for flavor, but maybe it's not perfect.
the body is full and has a moderate carbonation. cloys a bit on the finish. though it doesn't feel like it should. nothing severe enough to complain or even critique over.
good drinkability, does a good job cleaning up after itself for a probably substantial malt bill. the total package is excellent though and if i had to give it an overall score it would probably be higher than how these ratings add up. expertly crafted. if i had a vote for one of stone's one shots to become a regular, this would be it.

kmo1030, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A-Pours out deep,deep,jet-black with only the slightest hint of light permeating it.A dense,creamy,camel tan head of 3 inches sat atop it and showed good retention before smearing the inside of the glass with extremely sticky,sheets of lacing.

S-Big punch upfront of orange zest,stonefruit and pine with supporting notes of semisweet chocolate and slightly burnt toast.Beautiful blend of fruity sweetness and Dark chocolate/dark roast tang on the nose.

T-Initially,aggressive citric hop sweetness and bitterness take the lead but these are supported by lightly charred malts,sweet chocolate and some dried fruit flavors.At one point this totally reminded me of an orange Tootsie Pop.

M-Medium/full body with good carbonation,a nice lingering oily character and great roasted malt qualities.

O-This is a truly exceptional brew and a definite repeater!

StlHopHead77, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of thydarkprevails
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a duvel tulip.
Dark brown with a 2 inch tan head that recedes to an inch and is foamy. Lacing is sticky. Aroma is toasted barley, citrus, coffee, and light floral notes. Taste is of toasted barley and light bittersweet chocolate. There is a bitterness that is dark coffee mixed with grapefruit. This beer is a malt and hop bomb. Mouthfeel is medium and a slight bitterness lingers. This is only my second BIPA but I think it will be one to judge others against. Very good.

thydarkprevails, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the brewery today after some munchies at the bistro.

A: Pours a super dark almost black color. More of the darkest brown the spectrum can go. Addorned with a gorgeous 3-4 finger high mocha tan fluffy head that left a veiny web of lace.

S: Smell is full of fantastic fruity citrus and mango hop aromas.

T: Great bitterness full of juicy sweet citrus and resinous pine flavors that are backed up with these slight roasty and nutty malt flavors that leaves hints of coffee on the tongue. Delicate yet complex balance here that is just so good. Slight warming on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is such a great light to medium body that is creamy and rich in texture. Nice peppery bitterness and a slight ABV warming to it.

D: A very tasty beverage that is incredibly hoppy and light in body despite its appearance. The hops and balance really have me on this one. Very surprising and always a pleasurable brew.

I got to experience this brew at the 11th Anniv. release before I had ever even heard of the Black IPA or Cascadian Style Dark Ale. I was immediately taken by the hoppiness and that great balance or marriage of dark roasty malts here. Glad they decided to make it a regular. One of my fav Stone offerings so far.

Nugganooch, May 19, 2011
Photo of brewtalizer
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Abraxas (Miami Beach) on Saturday Night as my second beer of the night. From the look of it I knew I was on to something... The hoppiness was unexpected and it packed quite a punch. After the first sip my first comment was "Whoah!!" which caught the attention of the bartender. The hops sucker-punched me as it was again totally unexpected yet very pleasant.
A very dark beer, I held it agaist several light sources to no avail. Very nice perfume, piney and citrucy except you're too busy salivating to the hoppy bitterness to notice during the first few sips. Once you catch up to this brew you start to fully enjoy it. The flavor masks its alcohol content and at 8.7% be mindful you might not want to have too many of these unless you've got a designated driver.

brewtalizer, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a thick two finger head that produces some thick lacing.

Smell: big malt sweetness, brown sugar, prunes, grapefruits, and a huge hop presence that leaps out of the glass. Soft alcohol tones are also picked up.

Taste: this is a bold brew. Huge malt profile produces a nice sugary sweetness, but the pine resin, grapefruits, prunes, and soft bitter chocolate tones balances this out wonderfully. Alcohol levels provide a warmth in the throat and belly.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is very long as the strong malt and big hop bitterness wraps itself around the tongue and doesn't leave for minutes. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: definite slow sipping beer, but extremely satisfying on a flavor front. This could be considered a meal if one had an empty stomach. The alcohol does come through as you finish the bottle, so more than the one bomber bottle would be dangerous. Awesome beer.

Gavage, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of projectflam86
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a vintage Stone tasting.

A- Pours deep amber/brown with a thick 2 finger creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Barley any light is visible through this one.

S- Lots of grapefruit and pine in the nose with floral and other citrus scents (orange peel, pear, resin). A generous amount of malt sweetness is present as well.

T- Bitter grapefruit hops are strong initially with a more earthy pine, resin and hop oil taste throughout the middle. A very noticeable malt sweetness helps to balance this well. Lots of roasted malt flavor in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- Big and bold with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

D- This brew is really complex with a great flavor and feel. Alcohol isn't very apparent and the hop profile is still intact even after a year or so of aging.

*Update*

Had on tap as well at a DFH vs. Stone tasting. The hop bitterness has held up quite well and imparts a nice citrus feel with a roasted finish. Superbly drinkable.

projectflam86, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Stoneman78
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of this "Black IPA" soon after the Festival.
A- Pours a dark brown/black with some dark garnet edges, head is brown/tan with a creamy texture that dissipates very slowly, nice dark lacing throughout
S- Nose is distinctly "Stone IPA" with big bold swaths of pine and citrus hops cutting through the olfactory senses, some sweet malts along for the ride in the background and modest alcohol presence that will not be overlooked (I also caught a bit of smoke, vanilla, and wood as it warmed up)
T- Initial taste hits you with a strong push of grapefruit/pine hops and a bit of vanilla and slowly transitions to some sweet malts, finish is lasting and characterized by dry bitterness and alcohol warming down the throat
M- Medium/full bodied ale with smooth and slick mouthfeel backed by a good amount of carbonation
D- Getting close to 9% abv means you have to watch yourself with this beer, the aroma carries more alcohol presence than the actual flavors, but this specialty release deserves to be enjoyed slowly (not in mass quantities), I am glad I have a case of this gem, if I can be so bold, I am imagining the 11th as a combination of Oaked Arrogant with 10th Anniversary punched up by a heavy dose of dark, sweet malts... Anyone with me on this one?!?!?

Stoneman78, Sep 17, 2007
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,306 ratings.