Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,883 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,883
Hads: 5,812
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 279
Gots: 753 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,883 | Hads: 5,812
Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Stone variety pack, poured into pint glass. Enjoy by 10/02/14.

Black body with reddish hints when held up against a light. Small tan colored head, well carbonated, and good lacing.

Faint sweetness on the nose.

Taste was very nice, sweet with only a very faint bitterness. Roasted malts come out at the end. (Similar pattern to Arrogant Bastard) Mouth was around medium.

I personally do not really understand Black Ales/IPA's, seems to me there are always much better options on either the IPA or stout side. This one seems to favor the stout side. Taste seem to improve as the ale warmed up toward room temperature. Overall, an enjoyable drink. (668 characters)

Photo of pda22
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be the best black IPA on the planet. Great dark appearance! The smell of roasted malts is phenomenal. Characteristically over hopped like many Stone beers but the Taste is a perfect blend of malt and hops. This could be my favorite Stone beer, and they have a lot of great ones! (291 characters)

Photo of righthereisay
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a variety pack in Bridgeville, PA.

Pours very dark, but not pitch black. The lightest beer that is called "black" I've ever seen.

First smell is of your everyday ipa. Nothing out of the ordinary. Hoppy/Citrus, blah blah blah.

I have to be honest I am not very found of this beer. I like Stone Brewery, I guess my expectations were too high. Piney, grapefruit, but just too bitter for me.

Mouthfeel. I don't know, a little watery to me. Just not very fond of it. I taste no alcohol.

Overall, I wouldn't purchase this as a case or a 6 pack. It was fine for a variety pack. Too much bitter after taste, and not enough flavor and poor mouthfeel. (656 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

A: Looks nearly opaque black underneath dim light, but some garnet hues make themselves known when held up to the evening sun. A large, frothy khaki head takes ages to deflate, and retains wonderfully and leaves large splotches of lacing down the glass.

S: Heavy hop aromas, with some grapefruit leading the way, as well as some herbal undertones. Roasted malts are weak, but come through offering some hints of bitter cocoa and black coffee. Definitely closer to an IPA aroma than anything dark.

T: Reminds me very much of Stone's IPA. Lots of citrusy flavor here: bits of grapefruit and orange. Balanced wonderfully by some darkly roasted malts. The bitterness from the hops is perfectly meshed with the bitterness from the roasted malts and black coffee profiles. Reminds me of a hybrid of Stone IPA and a good stout.

M: Medium body, nearing full, but not quite. Definitely on the heavy side from the malt presence, but remains quaffable enough to put this back with ease.

O: Do you ever find yourself getting mad at just how good Stone is at making beer? Because that was my emotion while drinking this. I'm waiting for the day when I find a bad Stone brew, but that day is not today. SSR Black IPA is just another example of why Stone remains one of the big names in the game. This beer is sure to please hopheads and stout drinkers alike, and provides a unique flavor profile that is sure to please anyone into unique brews. (1,449 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark black, opaque like tar, one inch head, good lacing

S - molasses, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, hops

T - coffee, caramel, molasses, very malty, strong bitterness on the aftertaste, can definitely taste of the hops in the beer

M - thick, creamy

O - Delicious caramel and molasses. Perfectly balanced malt and hops. The bitterness of the IPA balances perfectly with all of the other flavors. This is an excellent beer. (429 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Let me just say that I was a little wary when I purchased this beer. I'm not very partial to black IPA's, as I've had bad experiences with them. Actually, I purchased this beer as part of a four-pack that had three other stone beers I absolutely love. Here goes:

A: Very good. Pours thick and pitch-black. Given the alcohol content and presence of roasted malt, this isn't surprising. I do take a little issue with the size of the head, but the lacing was rather good (good protein content).

S: Again, very good. Roasted malt predominated by cascade and chinook hops. Slightly imbalanced, as the hops predominate, but good nonetheless.

T: WOW. Simply brilliant. A great interplay between the hops and the malt. The first taste one gets is the deep, dark-roasted chocolate malt. Chocolate and coffee predominate. Then, the malt is taken over by the hops, which impart flavors of grapefruit, lemon and pine. After swallowing, the taste of the burnt malt lingers in the back of the throat. Delicious.

M: Gorgeous. Nice and thick. It glides down the throat creamily.

O: A great beer. It has restored my faith in black IPA's. A great balance between malt and hops. Nearly perfect. (1,181 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours black with a one finger mocha head and moderate to heavy lacing on the glass; mild carbonation.

The smell is heavy with floral hops, no real subtlety, just strong hops along with a roasted malt and burnt coffee backbone. There is also a pungent smell as well.

The tastes follows the nose with hops, then burnt coffee and roasted malts going back to hops. Not bad but not great considering all of the usual bragging that Stone does on their bottle.

The mouthfeel is thin and creamy, which might be strange for an IPA but that is how it feels. Some hop oil is left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is not a bad IPA but not great. Stone over-hypes themselves by doing their usual bragging on the side of the bottle but this brew does not live up to the hype. Strong hops with no subtlety, roasted malts and burnt coffee. I would still say give it a try; I know that Stone is a popular brewery and you just might like this offering more than I. (972 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. Enjoy by 09/03/14

A- Pours a dark roast coffee, some light is coming through, probably the lightest black IPA I've had. Head has a slight brown tint to it.

S- Huge hops, it's got that smell you get from opening a bag of hops, got that sort of Fruit Loops type of aroma to it, must be dry hopped heavily. Dankness, citrus, tropical notes of passion fruit and pineapple.

T- Again huge hop flavors of dank pine, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, a lingering bitterness that is higher than in other black IPAs such as NightTime. Not really getting a lot if any roasted flavors, which is good but it seems like if your gonna make a black IPA you'd want the roasts to show up at some point. I think NightTime has a better roast presence.

M- Medium, similar to most IPAs.

O- I've passed over this beer for far too long and I will do it no more. The aroma on this beer is huge but it is slightly more bitter than I would like but that's nitpicking. For awhile I thought this beer was just a German style black ale but boy was I wrong. Also they could amp up the roast presence ever so slightly and it would probably be the best black IPA out there. But I really dig the hop profile on this one, it might be coincidence that I find NightTime to have a very similar hop profile, or maybe not. (1,348 characters)

Photo of Bloodreign
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is great beer. It looks like a stout and tastes like a IPA. Superb hoppy biter taste. Full feeling. Pleasent taste from lips to throat. It does have very little head when poured from the bottle but i would drink this beer very often. Stone as usual hits it out of the park. (279 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque black, 2 finger off white head that settles into a thin crown on top. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Dank floral/piney hop aromas. Roasted malts with some chocolate.

T: Big roasted malts, piney hops, citrus zest and sweet chocolate.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Bitter, somewhat dry finish with a faint presence of alcohol.

O: A very good, drinkable, complex beer. Malt and hops do a good job of working together without overpowering the other. Will definitely drink again. (516 characters)

Photo of Storri
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from a bottle into a Nonic Pint glass. Poured out a nice deep black with some red tinge when held up to a light source. Finger and a half mountainous head that laced thickly throughout the entire session.

S- Smelled extremely floral with just a touch of biscuit.

T- Extremely floral and hoppy, as these beers are known for. It started out with a not unwelcome extreme floral and slightly citrus bitterness, and ended light and bready.

M- Sharp mouth feel that tingles on the tongue and smooths out for a nice finish.

O- A pretty alright, almost outstanding beer. I will say this was the second time I tried the beer after letting my tastebuds mature quite a bit. The first time I tried it I found it absolutely horrendous and overly bitter. This second time I found it much more satisfying. So if you don't like it the first time around, perhaps wait a few months or a year (if you were new to beer) and try it again. (932 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

simplicity and intensity are this beer's strong points. the beer is black as night with a thin layer of white head, aroma contains classic malt notes with a burst of hop resin and a hint pf alcohol. the taste os very hoppy, and malt notes of coffee and caramel are very present, slightly boozy in the finish. full bodied with light carbonation.

overall; you have to like strong, intense, slow- sip beers to appreciate this brew. if you are that type of drinker, or if you are a fan of black ipa's at a lll, you will love this beer. (533 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark, nearly black with a thin head, but does have good lacing in the pint glass. Smells of sweet malt. A pleasant combination of malt, and faint coffee with just enough bitterness to remind you of an IPA. For me, there is not enough distinguishable fruit, and a lack of hop presence. A solid ale but not for me on a regular basis. (342 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice: color is black, no edge transparency; head is tan, fine bubbles with a a solid 1 inch head on the pour with nice lacing.

Smell is a nice blend of bitter hops and roasted and black malt: hops are earthy, light pine, hint of lemon; malt is roast and some other sweet malt flavors but not a syrupy caramel flavor.

Taste is where this beer hits its stride: great roast flavor upfront, some lighter sweetness follows and is overtaken by the hop bitterness; hop flavors are earthy, light pine with some lemon, all similar to the aroma.

Mouthfeel: its bitter and not overcarbonated, so there is some bite but its great for a beer of this style with the large hop and roasted malt quantities.

Overall, a great beer with well done qualities. (759 characters)

Photo of sanzenapocalypz
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- poured out of a brown bottle, this beer pours an opaque black color. not much lacing to see, not that you would even be able to see it, honestly. not much head, I have some light bubbles sitting on the top, nice ring around the outside of the tulip shaped glass.

Smell- I smell a dark sweetness at first. I get hints of a caramel coffee. Smells SO TASTY. DEAR LORD. I get a bit of like a chocolate malt almost, and the hops are present as well, but fairly well hidden in the smell IMO. Definitely smells more like... molasses, if anything.

Taste- YES. The hops really come out in the flavor. definitely a good bitter taste at the beginning, but finishes with a crisp, sweet coffee/chocolate/molasses taste. I cant put my tongue on exactly what it tastes like, definitely a complex taste for a dark IPA.

Mouthfeel- medium body, goes down smooth, I would say this is a bit silky or creamy? mild carbonation.

Overall- this beer rules. Stone Brewery's fancy wording on the bottle does it justice. This is the kind of complex beer you can tell they made repeat batches with its recipe for a damned good reason. Overall, this beer just tastes fantastic, is pretty easy to drink, and not SO bitter where a regular beer drinker who is into craft brews wont find it a chore to finish the pint. A TON of hops at the beginning, but it doesnt leave you with an overly sticky/bitter feeling in your mouth. There is a great and complex flavor to the beer and makes you want to come back for more. (1,499 characters)

Photo of ThomP
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours real nice, Dark Body with a tan foamy head, nice. However I found this beer to be cloyingly sweet and not enough hop presents for an IPA in my opinion. I would expect something on the level of the regular IPA at least. I prefer other offerings from Stone, I lived just a "Stones Throw" away in Escondido, for a while. Now in Texas I find this and am left wanting, wanting a really high hopped IPA. (403 characters)

Photo of Ohiolager
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (black IPA)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. Enjoy by date printed on the neck.

Pours pitch black. No light comes through the glass. A nice two and a half finger mocha colored head, that lasts a while. Gives way to sticky lacing all over the bulb of the glass.

The aroma is amazing! Sweet stout like malts, with a huge hoppy burst. Smell is very inviting.

Taste is amazing too. Starts out hoppy with a nice IPA taste. Ends sweet and smooth with stout like qualities. This is a top quality brew!

Mouth feel is excellent. No complaints at all. Nice carbonation. A hoppy bitter bite clings, and ends smooth and a carmel stout like feel.

Overall Stone cant brew a bad beer, they just cant! Every brew they make is outstanding. This is an IPA to remember that's for sure. Every time i see a stone brew i have not had yet I am quick to snag it up. (907 characters)

Photo of fields336
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, enjoy by 7/10/14

A: dark black, opaque with a couple fingers of mocha, khaki carbonated head. Nice looking beer. Nice gobs of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Piney citrusy hops and some dark and milk chocolate, definitely some latent malts, some roastiness, and a slight sweetness. so hoppy and so chocolately.

T: big coffee and piney and grapefruity hops hit at the front of the palate, milk chocolate in the middle of the tongue. Ligering hops and a slight sweetness stay as an aftertaste. There is a roasty and almost smoky note to it as well. This is an extremely complex and tasty beer. As it warms, more toasty and chocolate notes are present.

M: medium bodied, creamy but finishes bitter and slightly dry. Whets your palate for more.

O: black IPA's not one of my favotie styles by any means, but this is just a phenomenal brew. (866 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black in color and poured a frothy and delicious two finger head when poured from a 12oz btl.

Tastes of licorice, wood, licorice, and booze. No complaints here.

Perfect balance of hops and malts. Could not get this down my throat quick enough. Slight licorice bitterness, but the malts counteract it perfectly.

Mouthfeel is silky, rich, and boozy, a definite keeper.

Overall this is one of my favorite versions of a black IPA. Just Simply Great. (449 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly opaque brown black, almost 1 inch head that falls to about 1/4" and lasts. Lots of lacing.

Smells of sweet roasted malts with a hint of hops.

Tastes of dark malty sweetness up front, citrus hops come in and there is a hint of the alcohol at the finish.

Medium body and mild carbonation makes this almost creamy.

Overall, great black IPA, I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this one is tasty. (412 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale

Bought as a single for $2.99/12oz. Enjoy by 5/16/14.

It’s a black IPA without the deep dark flavor or aroma profile or is it a hoppy stout. Stone does a great job imparting great hoppy aromas to their brews and this beer does not disappoint. One of the best in this category. 4.5

A – A hazy reddish brown during the pour but opaque black in the glass with a one-finger light brown fluffy head. Head died down to a constant thin layer. Good lacing. 4.5

S – Sweet, blossom, a bit of spice. 4.75

T – Semi-sweet start, herbal/peppery bitterness with some roastiness in the finish. A bit of alcohol heat. 4.5

MF – Medium bodied with a dry finish. Smooth start with a sharp carbonation in the finish. 4.5 (749 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Creamy tan head and beautiful dark dark red body.

S - Sweet roasted malts with some hops

T - Um.. yum! Sweet malt and roasted caramel underneath with a bevy of hop and citrus IPA characteristics.

M - Smooth upfront and carbonated later with a bit Alcohol at the end.

O - Really enjoyable and not everyday flavour. Down to have one of these whenever the opportunity presents itself. (390 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a. Was not expecting a black ale - deep and dark with a two inch head on the pour. (new bottles specify black ale)

s. Smells like a sweet ale. Malt and hops with sugar or molasses (color might be bringing me to molasses).

t. Sweet tasting ale. Quite nice. Alcohol hidden well, as is the case in most stone products.

m. Very nice, good carbonation.

o. Very enjoyable. The light feel of this black ale is surprising. (418 characters)

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.