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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,973
Reviews: 1,816
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 358 | 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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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

510th review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

**11th Anniversary Review**

Thanks Siggy125 for this extra!!

App- A wonderful cola brown with a two finger head that was super slow to recede. This is 4 years old. Could've fooled me.

Smell- A little faint roast, some dark chocolate, dark fruits and a unique hop kick. Just very aromatic and full on the nose.

Taste- A very big beer. Nicely sweet with a few layers of flavors. Nice dark malts with some chocolate and hops. No fade on this thing. Just very tasty.

Mouth- Very medium bodied and very carbonated. The feel is hops and some dark roast. Nice, just nice.

Drink- This was such a welcome extra and completely unexpected. I will have to have the SSR to compare recipes. If I had access to more 11, I'd be happy.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 03:51:49 | More by FosterJM
Photo of DavidST


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber, best by date of 09-08-11.

This beer has a nice look, its mostly black with some dark brown edges where the light gets through with a brown head which leaves good lazing and has good retention. The hops are the strongest smell with the roasted malts and some alcohol smells. This has a medium thickness. The taste is mostly of bitter hops, to a lesser extent there are some roasted malts and a molasses taste, but they are overpowered by the hops. Overall an excellent beer and one I'll continue to buy again, but from the few American Black Ales I've tried, I actually prefer Hop in the Dark to this one, I think its better balanced between being very hoppy and having flavorful roasted malts, still this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 18:45:11 | More by DavidST
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a Pilsner Glass.

Dark jet black color, tiny amount of light penetrates this beast. Brown head.

Smell, tiny hint of pine and citrus. Malt smell is noticable.

Taste is pretty uniform. Like a lighter arrogant bastard that is better balanced with sweet and bitter. Could have more flavor though, but it also helps with the drinkability.

Mouthfeel is laced by a hop aftertaste that is pleasant.

Drinkability is outstanding. Could go bottle for bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 09:16:35 | More by crazeguy
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a very dark brown with a nice 2 finger hazelnut head.

S - a strong hoppy presence up front developing into malts with coffee & chocolate in the background.

T - It has a full range of flavors. From coffee to chocolate to malts and ending with a hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. The dry finish leaves you wanting for more.

O - Black IPA's are a nice change of pace for me. This is the best one I've tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:47:14 | More by cvm4
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no date.

pours black, with a nice tall khaki-colored head. great lacing and head retention.

aroma is a nice mix of roasty malt and flowery hops. the taste follows, with a flavorful mix of dry malt and sticky hops. well balanced, but the hops linger.

lower carbonation, smooth. i polished off the bomber pretty quickly, easy to drink and no notice of the almost 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 02:57:14 | More by jmdrpi
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the B with Zapps. It's a stone show tonight with this offering, the ipa, and the 09 double bastard. Had the ipa plenty of times and the double bastard once so I went with a sample of the double bastard and a pint of the sublimely slef righteous. I had this pint for free as well as the rest of the meal. Zapps made the mistake of betting me on movie trivia. Yes, Benecio Del Toro was in the Usual Suspects. On to the review.

A - Dark brown with a reddish tint.

S - Hops, roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate.

T - Complex, hoppy, roasted malts, dark fruit, a malty sweetness, nutty.

M - Tight, well balanced, smooth, nice carbonation.

D - This one holds up well. Ive had it in a bomber. I'd have to say it's even better on tap with a bit of age on it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 02:34:22 | More by DNICE555
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: pretty much black. Head is the color of fresh espresso. Creamy and fluffy. Head drops to a spotty cap. Sheets of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell: Pine resin and some serious citrus. Black patent malt, chocolate malt, and some seriously roasted malts. Bitter chocolate and some dark cocoa as well. So chocolatey. Burnt in good measure. Mellow backing sweetness.

Taste: Creamy roasted chocolate. Big slap of oily pine with some grapefruit zest. Chocolate malts aplenty. Cocoa nibs and smooth milk chocolate sweetness. Burnt and then some. Black patent goodness. Hops are huge, but so are the malts. Aggressive but balanced for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild carbonation. A touch dry. Super smooth.

Overall: This is one of the better approaches to the "Black" IPA. Massive flavor but manages a balance. I set this as the benchmark for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:06:13 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with some dark brown highlights around the edges of my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. This beer has a light tan two finger head that sticks around untill the beer is empty. There is a lot of carbonation and there is a wonderful lacing left down the sides of my glass. This is a very nice looking ale.
I am picking up a variety of aromas from this ale but I really have to agitate it for them to show. The aromas that I'm getting are mostly malt based with some yeasty notes coming out as well. I'm picking up caramel, roast, and raisins.
The flavor of this beer is a little more complex than the aromas where I'm getting both malt and hop flavors. First I get the roasted malt and caramel flavor which is followed by a light citrus hop flavor. The finish is one that really reminds me of my morning coffee.
Sublimely Self-righteous is a medium bodied beer. It's mouth coatingly smooth up front. It's intensity picks up midway and on the finish where I get roastiness, citrus, and coffee. It leaves a significant aftertaste as well.
This is a quality ale. The great thing is that it's now being sold in 4 packs as opposed to the 22oz format. I'm a fan of Stone and will continue to support them by purchasing more Sublimely.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 20:38:40 | More by JCaweinstein
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought that this brew was extremely interesting style. So I had to try the stone take on it. Again Stone tends to take their hops seriously I figured a black IPA form them would be one to try.

Bottle pored into a stone IMP pint glass produced a gracious two finger off white to brown head on top of a dark brown body. The head turned into a nice lace that followed the body of the brew down the glass.

There is a huge hop nose on this brew you just can't get past it. This wasn't to much of a shock coming from stone. Big old grapefruit with a tad bit of roast in the end. The flavor was interesting to say the least. You get a good bitter hop flavor with a slight roasted bitter coming thru in the end. That basically sums it up.

I finished the bomber with no problem, and enjoyed every drop. I would buy it again for a hybrid style, I think it is worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 17:44:41 | More by joepais
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into goblet

A...almost pitch black with a quickly receding light brown head. Great lacing.

S...lots of pine and grass. Smells a bit like being in the mountains.

T...getting mostly the roasted malt right up front. A bit of black coffee and then the bitterness of the hops fight for your attention.

M...nice carbonation. Feels a bit heavy on the mouth. A full bodied brew.

O...nice winter beer for us hop heads. The only thing I didn't like is it seems like hops used may not be just right to compliment the malt. Something seems ever so slightly off. I bet this will go great with a maduro cigar. I will try that combo tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:33:18 | More by Hopheadjnr
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- On the heavy side but not super thick, the head is impressive and left allot of lacing. It looks black but when you hold it to the light you get a reddish brown hue. Very pretty looking beer!

B- All kinds of stuff happening here, I smell bitter hops, citrus notes, some type of floral something or rather (sorry), molasses, barley, and semi coffee smell. Bitter hops will dominate your nose.

T- You can't put this into a category, you get a sweet brown ale flavor for a fraction of a second then B00M! You're slapped in the face by bitter hops, I love IPA's, this flavor sorta has that taste profile but yet you get a sweet taste in there as well.

M- On the thick side and semi creamy.

D- Overall a solid brew from Stone, what they were going for? I'm not sure, but they managed to break the mold on beer categories and put out a special ale (that's what they call it) and it works very very well. IPA lovers take note.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 15:38:21 | More by Mayhem976
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a medium amount of tan foam and a fair amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell of hop's with a hint of roasted malts was evident on the aroma. The taste was of a bitter hoppy flavor with a mild sweet roasted malt flavor also. There might just be a touch of chocolate, but, more of a roasted malts flavor. Nice balance of soft bitter/sweet on the finish of the American Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 00:26:25 | More by BeerManDan
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a brandy snifter.

A: A huge pale brown frothy head that settled on top of this deep and dark liquid with a good amount of lacing. An awesome looking beer!

S: Strong hop character with hints of dark charred malts.

T: A lot of burnt malts backed up with a nice kick of hop bitterness. The darks malts seem to bring out the bitter flavors.

M: A full body beer that I felt could have used more carbonation and less cotton mouth feel.

D: This is a pretty good beer....one of Stone's better beers. Alcohol is hidden decently as well.

Overall: Like I said before, one of the best beers to come out this Escondido brewery. A very hoppy beer that is easy to drink and full of flavor. An excellent beer and a must try as well. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 07:09:49 | More by OlieIPA
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark color with ruby hues when held to light. Mostly opaque. Two fingers egg-shell white head with excellent retention and mountains of lacing with each sip.

Aggressive aroma of piney hops and rye.

Pungent hop flavor of herbs, pine and spices dominate the palate and compliment the rye bread malt character. Although weak, the roasted malt still provides a satisfying character hinting at wheat toast. Drying finish with lingering hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Just enough malt texture to keep things interesting.

Solid black ale. Classic Stone brewing hop character.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 16:38:01 | More by bnes09
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Beer is dark and murky brown, nearly opaque, with a generous one-finger head of dense, mocha colored foam that seems to hang around for quite awhile before leaving a nice cap of residual bubbles. A generous amount of fine lacing gathers around the meniscus and clings to the inside of the glass.

Nose is dark roasted malts and chocolate. I'm not getting very much hoppiness, but this beer is 11 months old at this point, so I wasn't expecting much. Smells more of a porter or stout than a "Black IPA," but it's still quite pleasing.

The taste to me is very much along the same lines as the nose: more of a Baltic Porter or Imperial Stout than the style that the bottle advertises. The hop bitterness does show up much more in the taste than on the nose, and provides a nice, long finish to compliment the big malt and chocolate flavors. Alcohol becomes more noticeable and a bit of a molasses flavor peeks out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, and slightly viscous.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I'm guessing that the year of age really toned down the hops, as I will reiterate one final time that to me this was more of a porter or stout (and one of the better ones at that) than an IPA. It loses points because of this, but in and of itself it's a very enjoyable beer. The alcohol will catch up with you after a little bit, so one bomber was plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 01:13:10 | More by Phillyduke
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, black from a distance and is completely opaque. A half inch tan creamy head sits on top and lingers with excellent retention and falls leaving some fine lacing behind.

Aroma is quite pleasing. A gentle floral note up front, with darker malt tones behind it. Dark fruits, sugar, spice, and mollases.

Taste is not quite as good as the aroma lead me to believe. Slightly floral still, but with those bigger malt tones brings up the rear. A bit of chocolate, slightly bitter, with some dark fruit. Rather boozy actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine and gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Decent flavor and moderate alcohol make this brew fairly easy to consume, but slightly limit it as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 17:44:09 | More by Goliath
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured black as night with a finger of head and left lots of blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: I got some nice piney hops at first whiff with caramel malts that are kinda roasty. It also seemed to have a little citrus notes with faint underlying booze aromas.

T: upfront was a blend of chocolate and piney hops with a good malty backbone that had grapefruit to enhance the bitterness. There was a little dark fruit presence with slight booze notes .

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but piney hop bitter finish.

D: overall the beer was quite delicious and drank good but to be honest it taste very similar to other stone brews I've had in the past, there is some type of signiture flavor in most of their brews that I can't pin point; oh well.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 07:48:58 | More by Gobzilla
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really sure how I've gone this long without reviewing this!

A: Stone never really does disappoint me in this category. The color is about the darkest brown you can imagine. 3+ fingers of a light tan, fluffy head. Great retention and nice lacing. All kinds of bubble sizes. Just a beautiful beer that I can't wait to drink... again!

S: Oh man this smells like a hop bomb (that I know it is). Lots of citrus, just pure... dank hops. There are some sweeter notes from a roasty malt presence too. Almost burnt coffee-esque. A great aroma that is so inviting.

T: Huge, huge hops. I mean slap you in the face hops. Really resiny... piney hops. Some citrus too. The malts come to play in a smokey, roasted malt sort of way. Some coffee. Just a hint of the coffee. But it's really hard to taste anything but those hops. Hugely bitter finish. Lots of heat from the alcohol, but it's totally welcome!

M: I'm totally digging this mouthfeel. It's so smooth and has great body. It's not nearly as slick as I would think, given the hops.

O: A solid beer in this category. Definitely not much in the way of balance. But that's ok, because it's damn good. I'm frequently at a toss up between the well balanced American Black Ales or the hop heavy ones. This is one of my favorite hop forward ones.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 04:58:56 | More by tony223366
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very black. When the light hits it just right, there is a tint of red on the edges. Toffee colored head, small amount with lacing that disappears rather quickly.

S: Malty smell with a touch of dark chocolate and toasted coffee beans.

T: Good taste. Has initial taste of malt and chocolate followed by a hit of pine and floral hops. A little too strong of the pine taste in the finish but overall, I good beer.

M: Good mouthfeel. Medium in thickness and stays on your tongue long enough to enjoy and get a good impression of the beer.

O: Overall this is a decent beer. I would buy it again but am not thinking I would ever crave this beer and have to have it now.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 22:55:05 | More by TVolt1
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, black body with light reddish brown head. Leaves nice lacing and sticks around for quite a while in all it's beautiful creaminess.

Smell is very hop forward, I also get some chocolate and caramel malts there which add a burly backing of body to the bitter hopping that is asserting itself.

This beer is classic stone in flavor, the hops aren't floral and refreshing, they are bitter and wooded. The malt adds a nice thick grainy flavor to it, like dark rye bread sweetened with molasses and dark brown sugar. It's intense and pungent, in your face in the hop flavoring. It's balanced by a calmer thick smooth body that adds bulk and a great feel to the brew.

I recommend this brew to anyone who is an IPA fan, reminds me of a stone styled hop in the dark by Deschutes. A dark bodied malty sweet ipa instead of a lighter floral fruit-sweet ipa. A great contrast between the two styles and further defines the limits of what dark brews can taste like and what hoppy brews can look like.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 04:13:57 | More by dwilson01
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark pour, opaque except when held to bright light; it presents a nearly inch-thick head of tan foam on top. The nose is really dominated by hops, earthy and resinous, though lurking underneath is some roasted malt. The flavor, likewise, is mostly hops. There's a good quantity of black patent malt as well, and a touch of roast, but typical of Stone, the emphasis is on the hops. The finish is dry, of course.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 12:54:05 | More by allengarvin
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Someone sent this to me as an extra..any time before July of this year I unfortunately didn't keep any kind of record of trades, but thank you and cheers to whoever that was.

Stone and I have a love and hate relationship. Sometimes I will have a bottle and think it's the greatest thing going. Sometimes I will have that same beer and wonder what the hell I was thinking. Sometimes I start to think that every one of their beers is a slight variation on their IPA. Sometimes Smoked porter bitch slaps me into realizing that isn't completely true. Here is a beer, Stone XI, that I know nothing about going in other than what's written on the bottle, which describes something of a black IPA. Since this bottle has sat a while, I'm sure most of the hops have faded. Let's see what we have.

Appearance is going to be difficult to rate to style but it is attractive to me. A very dark brown liquid and a very nice thick brown head that leaves excellent lacing.

Scent is a little worrying. Citrusy hop hits you and doesn't let go, maybe a tiny bit of wood though that could be my nose playing tricks on me. While I am of the "keep your hops out of my dark beer" school, I can't knock it for that preference, and on it's own merit, it is a good smell. If this were a simple IPA, I'd give it a 4, so that's what I will go with here.

Taste is going to be tricky with no real reference point so this is going to be completely subjective with the understanding that this is going to be less hoppy than it was intended to be since it has sat for a while. Interestingly enough there is still some hop character and it isn't malty enough to make me disgusted (a la Gonzo). The hops are definitely diminished so this has something of a slightly hoppy barleywine character, but this plays the crystal pepsi trick..if it was golden, I'd tell you it was an IPA that sat a bit too long. 4.0

Mouth is medium in body and relatively high in carbonation, goes down pretty quickly with a little sticky aftertaste. I like it.

Stone has a winner here, call it the summer beer for stout lovers. You can have your refreshing hoppy taste and have people still think you are drinking a stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 20:54:13 | More by sonicdescent
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Dark, sweet roasted notes boldly contrasting against bright, pine-y floral hops. Not unlike the distinct smell of weed :o Strong, potent, and intriguing.

T: Full bodied and sweet upfront. Three quarters through the hoppy bitterness starts to breakthrough and explodes with full blown, tongue-cripplingly effect. Hours later the bitterness does not leave your palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 05:25:01 | More by weazal
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark body reminiscent of India Ink. White and frothy inch high head faded over four minutes, Too dark to not any bubbling. Thick lacing rings.

An almost bourbon sweet malt body. A very nice hop finish has a quite distinct citric presence. Lemons and apricots. A hint of sharp alcohol.

Sweet light coffee taste on the tongue. A very light citric hop quality without any true identifiable taste. Malt has abit of a roasted characteristic.

Nicely thick beer. Carbonation effect doesn't overwhelm. Flavors cling to the top of the mouth.

A very nice beer. Great as a beer to go with balsamic marinated grilled provolone. Cheers to the folks at Stone for making it to eleven. Another quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 02:57:11 | More by RedChrome
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a large off-white head, good retention and lacing. Nice carbonation. Nose is an IPA - hops, citrus, pine with some roasted malt undercurrent. Taste surprises. The pine and bitterness are there, but so is some coffee and chocolate. Medium body. The finish is some bitterness but not overwhelming. There is also some alcohol warmth. This beer was a nice surprise and I will be seeking it out, when available.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 18:40:53 | More by regspeir
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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