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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,121
Reviews: 1,820
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 224
Gots: 422 | 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 Tolann


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

A - pours really black. It's nearly opaque, but shows a ruby hue when you hold it up to the light. Lots of thick head that is dark and foamy and leaves behind a nice lacing.

S - sweet hops. Very big hops nose. Theres a citrus I can't identify in there as well (I still suck at identifying this stuff)

T - Big hops hits the back of your tongue and you're then reminded by the sweet. Really nice! The bitterness hangs a bit. The sweetness doesn't hang nearly as much.

M - really nice and what's to be expected for this style. Not too fizzy, not too heavy. I nice medium bodied beer that rolls down your throat.

D - I wish I had more bottles!! A great IPA example! Love the hops, love the beer! This one is disappearing much too fast.

11-10-2007 02:32:46 | More by Tolann
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Black with brown highlights, tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Pine, citrus rind, grapefruit, candied fruit, rye bread.

T: Grapefruit, pine, marmalade, dark caramel, toffee, rye bread, hint of lightly roasted coffee, good bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a dry finish with hop and a little roasted acidity.

D: Quite drinkable.

05-05-2008 23:56:52 | More by Derek
Photo of KidsDoc


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

bomber poured into my San Diego representative "Green Flash" pint glass

Pour was amazing (on the second pour) with an amazing flow of slowly settling tan/espresso head and dark, nearly opaque body - loved watching this one settle into the glass

Aroma was initially hop forward but nice citrus nose. I lost this along the way and only got glimpses after the first few big breaths. Roasted malt predominated the aroma thereafter.

Taste was complex and highly entertaining. First sip was like the nose up front - big citrus hop presence that then became just a small component. What impressed me was the increasing roast/chocalate malt flavor on the backside that tasted like a smooth porter in the finish. This really was a 3-part taste (after the first two sips that were mostly getting used to the bitter hops). Right as you start the sip it was more sweet with some chocolate detected - the middle was dominated by hops but still well blended, citrus was most of what I got here and still sweet but sticky; then the finish was full on roasted malt and excellent

Mouthfeel was very interesting. only downside was a bit much on carbonation for me. Otherwise it was biting when it needed to be and so smooth on the finish.

Great offering from Stone. Such a nice beer to sip on. This will be a go to for me in the future if I really want a good mix of hop and malt that you can really focus on either flavor and enjoy it all.

06-30-2011 18:06:47 | More by KidsDoc
Photo of DefenCorps


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Split this tonight with a couple of friends as a part of a Stone mini-vertical with the 11th-13th. My favorite of the night.

The pour is gorgeous, black with a dense dark brown head with great retention and lacing. On the nose, the hops are still so fresh! Yes, it's been in a 40 degree fridge for a while, but the piney hops with a little bit of fruit character (apricot and peach) really works well with the deep, roasted malt character with coffee and chocolate. Great balance. On the palate, the flavors are replicated, with a surprising amount of hops present, with pine and a little citrus before a gorgeous wave of dark chocolate, coffee and a little sweetness come in. In some ways, almost stout like. Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a long finish with a great balance between hop and malt bitterness, this beer is fantastic. I'd drink a lot more, but I have just one bottle left...

09-11-2009 03:06:58 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of TheOtherMike


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

I had no idea that this would be essentially black given the dark brown bottle. Giant head. I had to pour it slowly with multiple pauses to allow the head to settle. Thick sticky lacing clung to the glass.

The taste was a full spectrum from roasted malts, coffee, to spicy hops. Very unique. This is not typical of my preferred brews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. I probably went through about five 22 ounce bottles until I could find no more.

07-05-2010 21:52:56 | More by TheOtherMike
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours opaque dark brown, a twinge of light at the edges, with an ample head that dissipates quickly into a thin layer of foam leaving some lacing.

Pleasing aromas of roasted malt, preserved dark fruit, chocolate syrup, and hops.

Similar tastes as in the nose, sweet at first, chocolate then a bit of a burnt edge to the malt, with a dry super hoppy bitter finish that goes long. It has a momentary belgian ale flavor at first, then kicks in like a Harley with the hops, giving the taste buds an enjoyable ride.

Body is medium with good carbonation, providing a mildly creamy mouthfeel.

Alcohol is evident, tasting stronger than its percentage. This is a tasty and drinkable brew in moderation.

05-21-2010 03:22:42 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of OldeEnglishD


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

22 oz bomber poured into a mug. I was really excited to try this beer as I missed out on it when it was released as their 11th anniversary beer.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black like coffee. A nice 2.5 finger head of tan that has serious staying and lacing power.

The smell is heavy grapefruit and pine, with just a touch of coffe/chocolate in the background.

The taste hits in almost the same order, citrus up front, with pine and earthiness next, followed by a hint of chocolate and coffe. It finishes bitter on the back end. As the beer gets warmer, the bitterness is not as harsh at the end.

This beer is heavier in the mouth than ABA, but not as thick as a Guiness.

This is a sipping beer that I do not feel I could drink more than 1 or 2 of in a night, but I sure as hell would enjoy those 2!

08-02-2009 22:21:43 | More by OldeEnglishD
Photo of brotherloco


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

22oz bomber. Enjoy By 06.14.12. Served in a tulip.

Pours solid pitch black with a big rocky three finger head of dark beige foam. Takes a long time to settle. Big chunks of lacing left in the glass.

Aroma of roasted and sweet malt. Dark bakers chocolate. Citrusy and piney hops are right there to back things up. Some earthy notes. A touch of booze.

Plenty of malt in the flavor. The dark chocolate experience continues with mild sweetness, roastiness, and bitterness. Earthy notes in the nose come through as a grassy flavor through the middle and finish. Hop bitterness contributes to the finish and lingers for a bit in the aftertaste. A little sting of alcohol but pretty well buried for a Stone brew.

Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Feels great and a dry finish leaves you wanting more.

05-04-2012 02:45:09 | More by brotherloco
Photo of mjsheehan08


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: Pours a black sludge with a 1.5 inch head that dissipates quickly. Lacing stays consistent through the beer experience. When the glass is held up to the light, some reddness is seen.

Smell: Smells sweet and fresh, with piney, floral hops, but is juxtaposed with dark, almost burnt malts and dark chocolate. A really interesting whiff that I'm hoping it is replicated in the taste

Taste: The hops in this cascadian hit first, and they are dry and delicious. A very fresh taste, that develops into the darker flavors beautifully. The middle has hints of dark chocolate and roaster barley. The taste ends up with some dark licorice. Alot of complex flavors that really work well together.

Mouthfeel: a poppy mouthfeel, with a snappy feeling in the back of the mouth as it goes down, coats the tongue even after it goes down.  

Drinkability: Not a huge ABV, but Stone hids it well. There are so many different flavors at every turn in this beer, that I wouldn't want to drink a lot of them, I would just want to dedicate some time to drinking one.

A really good Black IPA, maybe the best one I have ever had in that style.

12-05-2010 05:38:42 | More by mjsheehan08
Photo of IronLover


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Black in color with brownish hues on the edge of the glass. Poured with a thick beige foam with excellent staying power that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Black patent malt and citrus and resinous pine hop aromas. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel. Dark roasted and burnt malt flavors below intense bitter citrus and pine hop flavors. A nice combination of intense flavors with a delicate feel.

10-28-2012 19:19:53 | More by IronLover
Photo of NJBeerguy

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Leave it to Stone to create a complex beer of difference. I'm not sure it fits in a current category. Strong Ale, Old Ale well not that either. Stone calls it a Imperial BPA (Black Pale Ale). Well for me it poured beautifully, The thick tan head above a midnight black beer looked like the perfect stout(especially poured into a pint guinness glass), but the taste is anything but that similar to a stout. The head faded as the beer was drunk leaving a perfect lace ring to mark each sip's journey down the glass. I'm not sure I can describe all the flavors I'm tasting. First there's a strong flavor of roast coffee, and burnt malt, followed by a winey, nutty middle, that ends with the dry astingency found in this brewery most noted of hoppiest of beer like their IPA and Ruinnation. The winey flavor and the roasted hops converge to leave a long lingering aftertaste you will long remember. I had this beer in bottle and on draft within the last three days, the most notible different was the draft version had a very noticable alcohol burn, I'd even call it a rush of warmth that doesn't come through in the bottle. I still want to lay down a bottle of this complexed bottle of flavors for at 8.70% ABV the changes can only be interesting. Do pick up a bottle!

10-07-2007 00:53:59 | More by NJBeerguy
Photo of gwood


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

A - Pours VERY dark brown with nice bits of dark red/orange color that crop up in the light with a swirl of the snifter. This is damn near totally opaque...surprising really. Tan colored head had good retention and was interesting to watch with it's mix of large oblong and small tightly grouped bubbles.

S - Straight out with citrus hops. Some very slight notes of caramel as it warmed a bit.

T - I served this one too cold to start with and paid the price initially. Acidic hops hit the palate first and foremost but the finish didn't linger as long as expected relative to the hop blast. A bit cleaner/dryer than expected (again a bit to do with it being too cold I think). As the beer warmed alcohol peaked through at times along with slight caramel malts and figs at the finish.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body - a bit more than expected.

D - Good overall. Not TOO heavy.

09-26-2007 06:27:11 | More by gwood
Photo of grag


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

My first review on a beer that I had about a year ago so this is all from memory and a fond one at that.

Serving from a bottle poured into a snifter. This was (and is) a memorable beer. Dark in appearance. The thing that surprised me and made me fall in love with this beer was after the first sip. The initial flavor was dark chocolatey with a bit of hops to boot and then the aftertaste... Resin toffee candy. I love that candy and to have that in a beer, just lovely.

Sorry not much flowery description here just my impressions on a beer that sets a certain standard for others like it.

07-02-2011 20:27:28 | More by grag
Photo of Tomhet


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Stone's 11th anniversary ale that was so good they kept it in constant rotation as one of their most easily obtainable beers. Thank God for that.

Appearance is nearly pitch black with a faint trace of ruby surrounding the body when held up to light. A mildly aggressive pour yields a one-finger mocha/copper head and lacing that sticks around for a bit (strangely enough, the last few times I've had this, I've gotten a much bigger head despite the same general pouring strength; whatever). Aroma is one of very aggressive pine hops with a quite robust earthy tinge. It logically follows that there's some lemon peel and other quite acidic citrus notes just waiting to be found.

When it comes to taste, this is the real deal. The front is dominated by the aforementioned pine hops that bite the tip of the tongue, but the middle of the sip reveals a very creamy, slightly waxy mouthfeel that brings out a really balanced malt profile which eventually coalesces back with the hop profile near the end until a wonderful finish of dark chocolate gets the last word. Medium carbonation provides a nice bite and meshes perfectly with the slightly roasted, chocolatey finish. An absolutely stellar example of balance and linear taste progression from these arrogant bastards.

01-05-2013 06:17:39 | More by Tomhet
Photo of DoubleJ


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

They had quite a bit of this at the BevMo in Brea and hearing the good reviews of this beer on this site, I grabbed one. Purchased at $4.49, on to the beer:

This is a totally different kind of IPA. It's dark, nearly black in appearance. The piney and esters of an IPA are there in the flavor, but you can't really taste any raw hops, and for good measure is kissed by some cocoa. The checker at the store said he didn't like IPA's, but he really enjoyed this offering. This isn't an aggressive beer like some of the other Stone products, but a rather mellow beer that won't tax your palate too much.

09-28-2007 17:19:21 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of elgiacomo


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

22oz bottle, best by June 23, 2010.

Served cool into a Duvel tulip. Pours very dark brown with a large dense & foamy light brown head. Maintains a nice cap and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Aroma is an initial smack in the face of citrus and tropical fruit hops, a bit of pine, earth, funk as well, but there is this underlying roasted malt underneath, continue to inhale and the chocolate aspect really begins takes shape. Not only is the aroma very pleasant, but is quite strong as well.

Flavor follows suit, heaps of hop bitterness, pine and citrus, contrasted with a lot of rich chocolate malt in the middle, some caramel, anise, toffee, alcohol. Big and bold.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, starts out soft on the palate, finishes with a little prickly carbonation.

I'm really digging the contrasting chocolate and big bitter hops coming outta these Black IPAs and this one just might be my favorite of the style. Good stuff, hope it becomes more readily available...

04-30-2010 03:32:01 | More by elgiacomo
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Finally! I can get my hands on some of this in my home state. 22 ounce bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Black in color with little light shining through. Head is an inch thick, light tan, and is showing no sign of disappearing. Lacing is sticky, and dries on the glass with artistic form.

S: Somewhat faint, but piney, resinous hop aromas are dominant with just a bot of roasted character in the backround.

T: This brew's got it all! Roasty malt notes, with some coffee and chocolate up front, along with a hint of dried dark fruit. Hops kick in with a blast of citrus, pine, and even a hint of clover. Finish is bitter, and long-lasting, but not overwhelming.

Notes: SSRA is a treat by any means. It's medium body and robust flavor, along with a creamy mouthfeel make it a beer that is not only very tasty, but extremely fun to quaff. Well done! I will be buying this one many times over.

03-30-2011 04:32:38 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of coldriver


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

A - pours a lovely dark opaque with nice head and lacing

S - slight alcohol (in a positive way) with the requisite roasted malt undertones for the style

T - bitter hops hit the front of the tongue and resin hangs on towards the back. Dark IPA or light stout? Either way I love the blending of this style. The best of both worlds.

M - resinous hops really hang with a subtle warming from the alcohol.

O - gotta say this is one of my favorite styles and this is no exception. I've heard some complaints about chalky mouthfeel with this style - that's what makes it great. The bitter and resinous hops hang on the tongue for an eternity. Great example of the style.

07-30-2011 00:01:55 | More by coldriver
Photo of PeterIngemi


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from 22oz bottle into my duvel snifter

A- looks dark amber brown/ almost black while pouring, settles into black darkness with a nice two finger slightly tanned head. Nice lacing all the way down.

S- subtle chocolate and toasted Malts and of course some piney/ citrusy hops. Smells delicious, but not as deep as I expected.

T- taste follows the nose pretty closely except the hops are more in the fore-front. The blend of citrus and pine work very well with the roasted malts in the background. Delicious

M- medium for the style, with light/medium carbonation and a beautiful finish, bitter and piney, but not lingering
Leaves your mouth just right, not
To dry or two wet, just a beautiful balance a bit of chocolate begins income through in the finish as it warms

O- An awesome beer, one of my favs from Kane of my favorite breweries! A true bench mark for the style, more of an ipa then anything, not too stout or porter like, dances right on the line. Truley awesome.

01-22-2012 22:12:43 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of bump8628


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Almost black with a light tan head that showcases big bubbles before fading to a sudsy ring.

Huge pine with raw citrus and tropical fruits in the background. Hops cover up any distinctive malty flavors that would normally be detectable, but there is a general "maltiness" that is softening the roughest edge of the hop bitterness before a dusting of dark cocoa powder dries out the finish.

All about the hops and not so much the roasted malts, which is how I like this style. The best Cascadian Dark Ale I've tried to date.

12-08-2010 17:19:38 | More by bump8628
Photo of JoelP63


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

08-20-2014 06:16:37 | More by JoelP63
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

A: 3/4" diminishing creamy light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts and citrus and grassy hops.

T: Slightly bitter, grapefruit, grassy and some pine flavours with a caramely and biscuity malt finish.

M: Creamy medium viscosity with a delicate carbonation and a long finish.

O: A different beer, in that strong flavours and delicate touches are combined.

03-30-2012 23:42:27 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of ArrogantB


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

I already knew this was going to be a dark IPA but it sure is black. Smell is initially fruity out of the bottle and reminiscent of the vaunted 10th. Second smell from the glass is chocolate and hops! This one is weird, has a chocolate taste, some hops with fruitiness and roastiness at the end. Good stuff and makes me want to revisit Avery’s 14th anniversary ale. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy but I am not sure that I could drink more than one bomber. For some reason the chocolate and hop combination makes me think of chocolate mints.

09-12-2007 14:54:23 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of jroberts8811


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City, MO. Poured into tulip

A-pours dark brown/black - cannot see through it. Head is minimal, to be expected with this ABV. tan/off white with great lacing.

S-smells of lime, hops, citrus, malt, brown sugar, dark fruit.

T- Bitterness from the hops ar the star. malt undertones, coffee, chocolate notes. Smoky/peat notes

M- medium bodied, somewhat sticky/resinous.

O- Great overall. well executed, though it's not my favorite style. Really big, bold flavors you'd expect from Stone.

07-26-2013 18:04:03 | More by jroberts8811
Photo of Seanibus


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

After 18 months under good conditions in my underground beer lair, this is still an outstanding beer. It could probably have taken even more time.

Pours thick brownish-black with a huge torrent of carbonation and a lively head. The head falls fairly quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is plummy and strong, with a little hop fruitiness.

The flavor is rich and plummy, with a little oak-like woodiness and a deep, coffee-ish bitterness developing on the tongue. It has a roasted character, but not like a roasted malt - more like a slow roasted beet, given time to develop its sugary nature. There is toffee and caramel, but light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is zippy and carbonated. The beer is far lighter on the tongue that you expect from a beer this rich.

This is a worthy and highly drinkable strong ale.

01-27-2009 22:08:34 | More by Seanibus
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