Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,883
Hads: 5,812
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 279
Gots: 753 | FT: 7
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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 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)

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

Appearance - Poured a quick 2 fingers of rich tan/mocha head, body appears to be opaque, but when held up to a light is a tranparent, and the deepest dark red garnet I've ever seen. Lots of carb activity within the body, creating a lingering rocky 1 finger cap, lacing is a thickly lined foam that coats the inside of the glass.

Smell - Big citrus nose of orange peel and red grapefruit, semi-sweet roasted malt, rich soy sauce, some slight floral and herbal hops, very light sweet basil.

Taste - Wow - begins with big citrus hops of lightly candied orange peels and big red grapefruit flavors which are quickly joined with flavors of unsweetened molasses, touch of soy sauce - then some toasted pumpernickel crust, then the hops return with a mouthful of citrus piths and dried peach pits, and some bitter florals and herbs.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel on this due mostly to the bold flavors (almost rich feeling) that fill the mouth. Carb is lower side of medium and is silky smooth foam across the center of the tongue but ends in bright, sharp edges over the sides. Some light heat remains in the throat after each quaff.

Overall - I've had black ipa's in the past where it seemed like a mediocre ipa was "blackened" in the hopes of improving it, not the case here. This feels alot more like a fantastic ipa that has been enhanced with complimentary flavors of roast, soy sauce and a whiff of molasses. A wonderfully complex and balanced black ipa/ale. Must try! (1,472 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass. 7/14/14 freshness date. 8.3 % abv.

Appearance- Quite dark and opaque. Nearly black with a monstrous brown-tinted head that lasts. Not unlike a stout.

Smell- Intense fresh aroma of pine. Citrus is prominent as well with hints of orange peel. No shortage of smell.

Taste- Much the same profile as the smell, keeping up with the superb freshness. Elements of pine and an earthy malt flavor are made much apparent at first. This is followed by a grapefruit blast of hops. The bitterness afterwards is right on par with this generous hopped beer. Perhaps a slight roasted malt tone but this was easily passed by the pine/grapefruit transitional blast, if there was some roasted flavor. This was not indicative to the look.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy thick and creamy in texture, this was aided by the super high carbonation.

Overall- I was impressed. This is a strong yet smooth hop bomb. Easy drinking and packed with flavor. Possibly one of the biggest heads of all my bottle pours. I never had an ale so dark. What an awesome, heavy brew. (1,064 characters)

Photo of OldRickSputin
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice smell. The bottle cap has more aroma than some glasses full of other beers!

Maybe I'm just not a fan of this style but the the aftertaste of this beer is too acidic and lingering. Everything else seems fine but the taste gets worse as it lingers around.

I have no desire to drink another bottle.

This was very close to being a drain pour as I was in the mood for something more substantial.

Again, maybe this just isn't my preferred type of beer. (456 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very crisp hop blast. Crisp and dense smelling is the best way I can describe Stone's IPA's. It smells fruity and I can get some orange smells in there as well as the typical flowery hoppy smell and some sweet roasted malts. Smells awesome.

You get the hop crispy bite as soon as it hits your tongue and it evolves into an orange hoppy flavor and then a crisp bitterness with the sweet dark roasted malts melding with the bitterness its amazing.

Amazing hoppy herbal flavors in this one just bursting with flavor. Can't even taste the alcohol wow. What a great beer perfect score for this one. (595 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
2.6/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark black with a minimal head. The head dissipated immediately.

S: Dark fruits, figs, slight chocolate and musty overtones. Some hop notes too.

T: Smoke, and some fruits. Astringent after taste that is not pleasant.

M: Smooth but with a bit of a carbonated edge to it.

I am pretty surprised by this one. I haven't had a lot of Black Ales, but I love Southern Tier Iniquity. The astringent aftertaste on this one makes it so I won't have another in the future. (503 characters)

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