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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,716
Reviews: 1,883
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 258
Gots: 665 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
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 Mistofminn
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About a month ago, I sent an email to Stone to inform them of a possible infected batch/small scale problem. I bought 2 bottles of Stone IRS in Hudson, WI. One turned out to be infected and the other was perfectly fine. I sent this email with no other intention of informing the brewery of a possible problem if they had other complaints.

Come yesterday, Friday the 15th, I recieved a box in the mail from Stone. Inside was a replacement bottle of Stone IRS, and a gift bottle of Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale! I was shocked and very pleased and here is my unbiased review of it! Thanks a bunch to Stone and specifically Mitch for making this possible.

Pours a dark dark brown color. In the glass it looks nearly black and when held into the light surprisingly litle color comes through. It's nearly opaque, like a stout. Nice one finger tan head is produced with great retention and some of the best lacing I've ever seen. There is more left over foam than glass, literally.

The nose is very hoppy, this bottle must be fairly fresh. Citrus and grapefruit characters come out, along with a faint piney and resiny hop character. A huge caramel malt backbone is also very prominant. As it warms it becomes an entirely different beer, with smokey and roasted characters coming out in full force. It has a roasted-marshmellow like smell, or burnt sugar, that when coupled with the nice hop presence makes this a very enjoyable beer to smell.

The taste starts out with a in-your-face hop character, spicey and resiny, bitter and dry. It mellows, only for a second, to allow the characters of the malts to shine, if only for the briefest moment. Then, after the swallow, the lingering bitterness comes and takes over again. The burnt and roasted characters found in the nose are nowhere to be found in the taste, but thats fine with me because I think they work much better in the nose and would be out of place here in the taste department.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, with a smooth and crisp texture. Slightly over carbonated in my opinion, but it doesn't necessarily take away from the beer. It anything it amplifies the tastes.

Drinkability is fantastic. I had this pegged as a sessionable beer, but momentarily forgot that Stone made it (I kid I kid). The nearly 9% ABV is completely hidden amongst the layers and layers of flavor and complexity. This is a fantastic brew.

As far as Cellaring outlook, I personally feel this was meant to be enjoyed fresh when possible. The hop character make this beer it's own, and make it extremely enjoyable. I can't imagine this beer being better after loosing it's hop characters.

I don't think that Mitch and Stone could have sent me a better brew. This is fantastic. As a "sub-style," Black IPA's always strike a cord with me, and this is a particularly great one.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque copper brown color with one finger of tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Lots of pine, citrus and mango hop aromas, good sweetness underneath.

T: Leads with pine and caramel, then the pine carries through as the sweetness fades in the middle but returns on the finish. Very nice. There's also a bit of coffee, and after a while, the alcohol starts to poke thru on the finish, too.

M: Medium mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

O: A great beer, wish Stone would distribute locally. Meanwhile, road trips can bring it home. Delicious stuff.

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.

Photo of vfgccp
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Deep cola.

S - Beautifully flora. Light citrus hops. Rich malt backbone.

T - Woody hops up front with some deep toast and rye bread. Great balance.

M - Smooth with a bitterness that doesn't overpower.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Dixonian
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this delight many times both on tap and bottle in various glasses. I should preface by stating I'm a huge fan of stone in general (as are many) and this is one of my favorites from them.

Pours almost jet black with two wonderful fingers of khaki colored head-leaves significant lacing. Pine and grapefruit hop aroma as well as flavor. Near perfect use of hops in my opinion-not too much of any one flavor. Coats my entire mouth and just the right carbonation. The almost 9% abv is hidden well-could get in trouble quick slammin it back.

One I've gotten more times than I can count-so glad its here to stay in my area. I love this beer!

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.

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!!

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.

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

Photo of Popp24
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Coffee espresso look to it.

S - Roasted flavors and subtle hop aroma.

F - Nice roasted flavors with a nice hop after taste.

M - Very nice. Smooth as silk.

O - This is a very tasty black IPA and one of my favorite's for the style now.

UPDATE: 9/4/12 - I have drank this beer a few more times since this review; once on tap and a couple bottles. I really like this beer a lot more than my original review and it is probably one of my favorite black IPA's now. I have updated my scores and review accordingly.

Photo of vtfan77
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Photo of errantnight
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my favorite Stone beer?

That's a bit strong... but man can they work those hops.

Pours jet black with a deep tan head that's frothy, thick, and lasting. In the light there's a bit of a ruby hue.

Smell is all hops, with a muted tangerine must funk and a solid rich malty background.

Tastes much the same, with a rolling malty middle and overwhelming hop presence, just a suggestion of roast in amidst the bready malt.

Perfect full mouth, creamy and just effervescent enough.

This beer goes down far too easily, and I kept going back to buy more whenever I saw it... it's not drinking quite as well as it was when fresh, and I can see it starting to go down the 10th Anniversary Road towards an off-Barleywine... but the malt here is more solid, and while it won't be as good, it may hold up over the long run in more interesting ways...

If there's still any left out there, snap it up!

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

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.

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

Photo of Jnila93
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stockfan42
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at deepellum in alston. After trying the bottled version I preffer it.

When you pour it it sure looks like a stout, but that wouldn't be true. It's got a dark black body with a thin reddish brown head and nicely carbonated.

This is one of my favorite smelling beer's. Hoppy and fruity and a little floral.

It taste's like it smells. Very hoppy, bitter, a bit malty and something floral still sticks out.
Leaves a great after taste.

Mouthfeel is about average, very drinkable to anyone that enjoys a hoppy bitter beer.

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.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark black with red hues and two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted forever. Fantastic lacing.

S: Resin hops. Chocolate. Very nice, but somewhat mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Burnt notes, chocolate, coffee, hops. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Somewhat thin.

O: This is a really interesting beer. Tastes like an IPA/stout.

Photo of ldsms
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,716 ratings.