Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,805
Reviews: 1,903
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 277
Gots: 747 | FT: 7
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Photo of garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample #2 from the recently purchased in MN Stone beers.
Begins with a fresh hop fragrance the grows in citrus to tart and sour and full on grapefruit. Slight oily quality as well. Hard to pick up the malt character but more hints of roast.
Black body that show red highlights in the light (also clear). Dark head that settles slowly without ever completely leaving.
At first a nice malt character with a sweetness up front with roast and the roast reappearing at the finish with a dryness. But in time the malt flavors get overwhelmed by the hop flavors and especially the hop bitterness. Seems like lots and lots of cascade with a full-n grapefruit flavor. Bitterness is extended in the long finish. There are other hop flavors intermixed but too often over powered. At a couple of points a mild alcohol taste appeared.
Smooth carbonation with a moderate body.
Boy there are some nice flavors here, but my palate was overwhelmed too often.
Beergoggles noted regarding the text on the bottle, "blah, blah, blah get on with it".

Photo of JDV
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a big tan head in a tulip. Smell is quite hoppy and some dark malt notes in there as well. Or maybe that is just my eyes projecting that on what otherwise is very IPA like. Taste is strong, bitter, and hoppy. Some dark roast flavors show up, but mostly what you'd expect from a strong rich heavy IPA. Light alcohol presence, but this is still nicely drinkable.

Photo of callmemickey
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body with a darker off white head that approaches a soft sand-khaki. Spotty lacing remains as the head slowly subsided.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, pine, fresh grass, and bark.

T: I am really not sure what the appeal is with these "black IPAs." The nose hinted at a harmonious marriage of darker roasted, toasted, and earthy malts with earthy, resinous, pine hops. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't really come together as well. The malts used here added a bit too much sweetness and contrasted a bit harshly with the hops which sliced their way forward, but with a bit inconsistency.

When dealing with IPAs/dIPAs I like to think of malt as a canvas and the hops as paint. A quality canvas is necessary for the paint to adhere to, standout from, and leave a lasting impression. That said, the malts don't need to be bland, boring and hidden. But the canvas can't be full of ridges and valleys that alternately shed and pool the paint. Here the malt did just that, spiking out at times with too much malt, and at times just assaulting with bitter hops.

All said, it wasn't unpleasant. Just a tad frustrating with what "could" have been done here.

M: Medium bodied. Prickly carbonation. A bit of excess sweetness in the finish that could have been more crisp and defined.

D: A good, style-bending beer. Not sure if the experiment works for me in the long run though.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Black IPA pours a very dark black with a tan colored head. Certainly has the black part of Black IPA completed. Wonderful webbing and rings of sticky lacing.

Smells very hoppy and very much like an IPA. Looks can be very deceiving.

Tastes of resinous hops. Very bitter, but the grapefruit, piney, and grass flavors are lacking and leave mostly a bitter flavor. Fortunately, there are some caramel malt flavors that jump in.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation serves to enhance the biting hop flavors. Drinkability is high for the abv, but the hops are a little out of whack for me and hurt the drinkability a bit.

More of a Double Black IPA than the Black IPA name it has earned. It is reminiscent of a Black Ruination, but slightly lacking.

Photo of Internatbrewlove
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This black ale pours a dark toffee color with a fine generous head. The aroma is one of citrus and malt. The taste is a mixture of chocolate, coffee, and very dominant Cascade hops. Definitely a "hop slammer's" beer. If you love strong hoppy beers this one is well balanced with malty undertones.

BTW, this beer tastes uncommonly good with peanuts!

Photo of kmpitz2
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. The beer pours a deep deep brown color with a light coating of tan head over top. There is a mild stream of carbonation in it, and clarity is hard to gauge due to the dark color of the brew. Good looker here. The aroma is interesting. There is a nice pungent hop that is coming across very earthy and piney, though I imagine that fresh it was more brilliant. There is a strong malt backbone in there, with a good bit of bready and melanoidan toastyness. There is a hint of anise spicyness as well. It is an interesting mix. The flavor brings an initial hop that is slightly citrusy and earthy, this is followed by a peculiar malt flavor. I get bready and molasses qualities with an infusion of spicy anise. The hop bitterness really hits along with the sharpness that gives me a molasses. I find the bitterness to be a little too harsh for my liking. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick, with a light carbonation. It has a bit of slickness to it. Overall, I think the flavors clash a bit in here. I find the hop bitterness to linger a bit too strong on my tongue. This one is certainly good, but I think it is a little too forceful and slightly unrefined overall to me.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's funny, I must have picked this beer up and then put it back down for some reason and not purchased it. I thought that I had it, and went to review it one day and I could only find a bottle of the Imperial Russian Stout. Well, I felt denied, so I was at Spec's yesterday and saw it...and picked up a bottle. Now that I have conquered the hard part...acquiring the beer...let's give it a go...

Appearance: Pours as dark as it could be...well, not really, but there is no light passing through it even from the corner of the glass. There is a thin tan head of small bubbles that is standing for quite some time, so there must be quite a few bubbles rising to maintain it. There is some pretty serious lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by hops with American citrus abound. There is a decent amount of malt in there, but you have to concentrate to get through the hops. There are some toasty and slightly nutty notes in there to give the malt some backbone. You can pick up the "chalky" aromas that you get from dry-hopped beer, but I am not sure that this is dry-hopped. It may just have a S**t-load of hops and that is the aroma that is lingering after fermentation. Either way, the hops are really generous to say the least.

Taste: The flavor is also seriously hoppy, but there is enough malt in there to give some balance all the way until the finish. The hops win out in the conquest for control of the finish, but the malt doesn't give up easily. It doesn't take long for there to accumulate a decent burn on the back of the throat that I think is a combination of Alcohol, hop bitterness, and dark grains...but it is a bit much to linger after only a couple sips. The mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. The beer is solid, but is pretty well attenuated and leaves the palate pretty dry and acidic.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, but like so many of the West Coast brewers, this beer is just way too out of balance for my particular taste. It has some significant malt, but at 8.7%, how could you not? This beer is a hop-monster, which for some people is the "nectar of the Gods", but I prefer my nectar to be drinkable sip after sip. This beer gets rough and ugly on the palate after a few sips, forcing you to take a drink of water to "reset" your palate. That is a bit much for me. This beer is OK, but I don't think that I would drink it again...especially not a whole 22oz bomber by myself like I am tonight.

Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. The bartender had a rough time with this beer, it seemed way over carbonated, and after much pouring off of foam I finally got my beer. Poured a slightly translucent black, with touches of brown on the edges, and had well over an inch and a half of dark khaki colored head that had very good retention and lacing.

A surprisingly neutral and balanced aroma greeted the nose. Nice mixture of malt and hop, with just a touch of roast. The first flavor across the tongue is that roast we found at the end of the aroma. The roast sticks around and covers the expected malt taste and mixes with a bite of hops at the end.

The body is full and just a little sticky. Drinkability is very nice but I think I'd get bored if I had more than 2 in a row. Overall, a decent beer worth trying.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Let this one warm up to cellar temps before even thinking about diving in, it gets really weird lower down.

Pours black with a thin fluffy tan cap that sticks around. Looks like a stout, but doesn't move like one - less viscous. If that makes sense.

Nose is floral, massively full of citrus (grapefruit, oranges), piny, some licorice and dark fruit underneath.

Taste - whoa. Wow. This one is interesting. Big time hop presence leads to massive resiny pine hops up front, surrounded by a chocolaty, roasty malt body, some caramel, with some star anise notes around the edges. Finish is massively piny, bitter. This is like an Imperial India Schwarzbier. Only an ale, which totally throws everything off with my analogy. Personally, I think a little bit of time to let the hops settle down would do wonders for this one, as they're just a bit out of control right now, but man does this one have a lot of potential. Still, way too much piny hop bitterness in its current state.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lighter than expected, crisp carbonation while still a bit creamy. Overly bitter on the lingering finish.

A really interesting beer, but I'd have a hard time drinking a lot of this. Wow.

Photo of imaguitargod
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass to a head that was decent (slightly off white color) that died down to a ring around the glass with very little lacing. Dark, black cherry red color to the beer. Very brief malt sweetness then a big burst of bitterness. I almost want to say that too much Black Patent malt or something was used and it got that typical burnt flavor that results. Pretty big hop presence but it wouldn't be a Stone beer without that. Not bad, but probably wouldn't purchase it again unless I intended to age it for a year or so to see if it mellows.

~Jonathan Passow

Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Beachwood BBQ, the re-release of Stone 11th,

A: Pours black, with a creamy off-tan head, good retention. Soapy lacing.

S: Not getting huge notes here, light scent especially for a cask offering. Some chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate hits immediately, but is soon overwhelmed by sharp pine needle bitterness that sticks and tingles on the tongue. Roasted malt is an undercurrent, though the hops tend to dominate much more than I remember in the 11th, perhaps it is due to the serving style.

M: Smooth, relatively light-bodied/light carbonation from the cask. Sticky resin with a long aftertaste.

D: An interesting beer to have on cask, another solid offering from Stone, a tasty imperial pint to be had if this beer is found cask-conditioned.

Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Lasered enjoy by date on bottom of 8/18/09. Was dark brown almost black in color with some mahogany edges against the light. Good lacing. It had a massive 3 finger than head that ever so slowly settled to a constant foam.

Being Stone, the aroma was heavy hops - floral and pine resin. Also had some darker fruit aroma in the back. Not much else could escape the hops. The taste was really good but definitely a hop attack. Tonuge is shredded barely a 1/3 of the way into it. I like bitter hops but this one just goes over the enjoyable line into the pain area. Makes it tough to finish since numb at the end.

Overall, a really good beer that definitely brings the hops. For me, this is a good sharing beer as it's painfully bitter after awhile. Glad I got to try it as I missed getting the Stone 11 (this is that just re-released and re-labeld) but one is enough.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - chocolate and coffee life in color, nice froathy light brown head, nice lacing left on glass.

S - Some carmel/sweet malty notes then finishes off with good hoppy notes.

T - Nice earthy flavor, bittersweet like dark chocolate, mild caramel flavor, then finshes off with a good lingering hoppy bite.

M - Low/mild carbination, nice creamy feel, medium bodied, bitter dry lingering after taste.

D - Good dark ale, more hoppy than the appearance and smell make it out to be. Stone hits another home run on this brew.

Photo of MacDomer
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to PretzelCity for hooking me up with this in a trade - thanks a lot!

22 oz. bomber poured into my Duvel tulip. Looks nice - it's pretty dark, if not black, but I see some light coming through the edges. The head is pretty pillowy. Some light tan lacing clings to the glass. The nose made me say wow right away. Not so much a "this is great" wow, but a "this is interesting" wow. There's pine and citrus, and orange, some fruity sweetness, and then comes in the roastiness at the end with coffee tones, and light caramel malt. When I taste it, I can tell that it's not fresh (which I wasn't expecting of course), but it still is pretty hoppy. It's a bit sweet, prickly, with some grassiness, then comes in the roasty chocolate character - it's quite interesting. I'm not sure if I'm really into it, but it sure is fun to try. Pretty good overall, quite unique. I was thinking that I'd pick up a Sublimely Self Righteous if I come across one, since I'm really curious to try this one fresh.

Photo of DackAchan
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Good appearance. Pours dark with a nice one finger mocha head that laces slightly.

S- Decent smell, can smell the hops in it.

T- Good taste, wonderful hops taste. Slight lemon taste to it with a bitter aftertaste.

M- Decent mouthfeel. Slight bite, heavy body. can feel the alcohol as it goes down.

D- The drinkablity is down because of the high alcohol content and the bitterness. But, if you like IPAs, this is a good one, but not as good as Ruination.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow! A very tan almost a stout-like head. The head abruptly took off as I was pouring it. The body is almost opaque but has ruby red entwined with the darkness.

A fruity pine smell that is very strong. The aroma is really amazing. The smell of citrus hops and malt is very pronounced... It's in your face!

A bitterness of hops and pine in the beginning then an almost sweet roasted malt and a bitter backbone as it finishes. I taste grapes, pineapple, some roasted malts. There is a slight taste of a boozy taste but nothing extreme. It's quite different tasting but good.

Medium body, you can tell the body is thicker than average Ales when the beer hits the lips. Lightly carbonated.

I don't think I can have another one, it's a little too heavy. The smell of booze towards the last third of it is getting extremely more pronounced.

Overall, not a bad beer. If I saw it on tap I would order one immediately, just to see if their is a taste differential.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

Aroma is piney, roasty and a slight whiff of alcohol.

Flavor is piney up-front, with some citrus, chocolate and dark fruits lurking around.

Finish is long and piney, but there is enough malt balance to keep it from drying out.

This should age well.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served a opaque brown with a foamy light brown with very good retention.

S - Served pretty cold, so I let it sit for a while. Finally some roasted malts, nuttiness and bitter hops finally come through.

T - The taste is similar, but the bitter hops kind get in the way of the dark malts and roasted flavors.

D - Good carbonation and a medium to heavy body with a bitter finish.

O - A hoppy dark ale. Mission accomplished.

Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep and dark like a stout or coca-cola with its red-tinged hue. Head is big and fluffy and the lightest brown around, but lingers until it settles nicely on top of the brew. Lacing is quite thick and prominent.
Smell is bitter hops with a roasted note. There is a weird plastic-like bitterness mixed with lemon and its rind coming through as well.
Taste is pine and citrus to start then melds into a woodsy tree bark feel. Roasted hazelnuts with a bit of toffee and alcohol are present on the lips before more pine, orange and bittersweet lemon oil approaches.
Mouthfeel is smooth and fatty, kinda like bacon, and carbonation is light. It goes down quite easily and doesn't seem to be 8.7% like the label says, but when it is all finished the head and body will definitely experience the alcohol.
A solid brew with interesting flavors and roast. It's hard for Stone to do wrong.

Photo of hrking
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this on tap at The legendary Herot in downtown Muncie. Nice beer from Stone that delivers your typical Stone hops but this one is not too in your face like many of their beers are. Maybe they have learned to tone down the hops just a little to k=make their beers more drinkable. Nice hop aroma with citrus hop flavors that lead you into a well balanced IPA. Nice product from these IPA masters..recommend

Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a goblet.

A - Visually meets the style description - very black, with only just a light hint of brown. Head formation is brown/mocha colored, well retained, 3-4mm. Looks light in texture.

S - Fairly pungent nose - surprising. Not roasted or malty, not overtly hoppy. An interesting floral if maybe sour note is present - could be from the hopping, or could be some oxidation.

T - Starts off as I expect, a nice smooth malt sweetness complemented by some very subtle roast flavors. That strange orange, maybe even sour note is present mid-stream. It seems almost intentional - but at times a hair too acidic to be the goal. Finishes with some astringency, burnt, chocolate, bitterness, but that interesting sour note lingers.

M - Solid body - creamy, but not thick. carbonation well complements the moderate body. FInishes with some lingering clinging burnt notes.

D - Not sure about the drinkability - moderate perhaps. ABV is up there, sneak as can be. The flavors are interesting, but can present a challenge for palette management - meaning can be overwhelming by the bottom of a bomber.

I was hoping for some help on the label on interpreting my senses - not much there. This beer is on my list of have agains to see if I can match age to the beer taste.

Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a large wine glass from a capped 22 oz. bottle. Deep brownish/black on the pour with ruby highlights and with an inch of glistening tan foam. Nice clear body. Retention is fairly strong, maintaining a quarter inch cap for a while before surrendering to just a light ring.

Rich pine and citric hops on the nose and caramel notes of decent depth, opening to some toasted flavors and a light coffee bean, coupled with a hint of smoke. Not very volatile overall however, becoming a bit hard to gather without a fresh spin.

Coffee and roasted malts carry forward to the flavor. Bit of cherried caramel and some hop spice and bitterness are evident. Smell and taste seem reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard in many ways, with more roast and a bit of char in the flavor yet quite similar in hop structure. A bit harsher on the palate than AB.

Carbonation is light making for a smooth and slightly viscous feel. Not quite enough to be syrupy in nature, but still a dense offering from Stone given the malt body and the ABV. Slightly dry and astringent in fact on the finish from the roasted malts, keeping the feel and drink in check.

I've had this on tap a few times and I recall notably more balance and depth. I find the flavors from the bottle to be a bit too distinct, particularly with regard to burnt coffee flavors. Beer needs to warm up to fully appreciate.

Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT. All beers served in 16 oz mason jars.

Pours dark black, wisps of off white foam, but otherwise very clear. Smell and taste are roasted, get the sensation of a stout with a little more IPA hop backbone. Residual bitter. More stout than IPA though. Good beer, full of flavor.

Photo of JustinQ
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing co. Sublimely Self Righteous Ale/Stone 11th Anniversary

3.99 for a 22 oz bottle



Appearence: Deep Black center with red coloring coming towards the ends of the glass. nice 2 finger head, slightly off white.



Aroma: Smells malty more then hoppy as i expected. I get the smell of simcoe hops, how they smell when they are added to the boil.

Taste: Very hoppy with a roasty brown ale type finish. Almost a coffee like taste from the roastiness. If i were to pin point a hop I would say chinook though I may be wrong.

Mouthfeel: Well Carbonated. Classic feel of ripping the enamel off your teeth. Somewhat numbing to the tastebuds



Overall: Surely a Sublimely self righteous ale. Great Brew, If I were the one to make the call to bring this brew into the year round schedule I would have done the same. GREAT BREW

Photo of ghostwalker
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber purchased at Red Wagon Wine Shop, MI.

Appearance is deep, dark chocolate brown/black with a creamy finger of tan head.

Nose is rich yet tangy malt with a citrus blast.

Flavor begins with a tart maltiness with a piney hop finish. Reminds me of the Rogue Blackened Brutal Bitter homebrew kit I made last year. Are these Amarillo hops? I think they may be involved in the alchemy somewhere. It's an interesting brew, I have read that this is described as a black IPA, seems apt.

Mouthfeel is creamy with an aspirin chalkiness on the finish.

I like it, but it's less than highly drinkable, one bomber will go down well.

An interesting brew. I like what Stone does with their anniversary beers, but the 10th may always be my favorite, too bad that didn't age well.

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,805 ratings.