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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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5,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,003
Reviews: 1,817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 368 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of cpetrone84


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-very dark, cola like, brown color that is transparent but lets just a little light through giving off red hues. the head is a thick creamy khaki color that has decent retention and leaves huge lacing on the glass

S-big sweet malt, caramel and brown sugar, hints of hops, grass clippings, citrus, and pine

T-the taste is quite different, there is a lot more going on. there is some oak, burnt wood, dark chocolate, hints of licorice; a light citrus hop comes in at the end but a smokey wood flavor accompanies and dominates it.

M-full end of medium body, extremely creamy, very smooth, a good bit of carbonation, and slick on the back of the throat. very interesting!

D-very interesting taste to this, very dark malty, almost smokey. some hops but very faint (lots of age mellowed those out i'm sure). great mouthfeel, complex but nice!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 01:00:26 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Wildman


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an almost pitch black but with some light barely getting through. If formed a huge foamy medium tan head and formed circular lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, hops, pine and grapefruit. The flavor was of malt, hops, grapefruit and a hint of chocolate. The body is medium light and the finish reflects the astringency of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 02:17:30 | More by Wildman
Photo of laituegonflable


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, mostly black, with a slight cedar-reddish tinge up to the light. Head is lovely, beautiful even. Dense mother-of-pearl bubbles around the edge with larger bubbles on top, leaves some waves of sticky lace behind. Off-kilter sense to the top, just wonderful.

Smells tasty. Roasty and darkish but some wonderful sweet and spicy hop aromatics. Dark chocolate with blackcurrants, figs and a lot of tasty floral hops. Slight cola tinge to it, giving slight anise aroma. Dark, fruity, mysterious. Wunderbar.

Taste is very very decent indeed. Dark and roasty with cocoa-rich chocolate upfront. Develops some spice notes on the mid; carraway, star anise and some minty characters as well. Slightly metallic on the back, but also some pleasant hop notes, wood and a slight espresso coffee burtness on the very back. A little off-balance at times, but the flavours are all very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full enough, thick enough, a bit of heat adds harshness though and it's all a bit too dry for my liking at the back.

Tasty beer, with pleasant characters. A bit of a falter towards the end adds a touch too much robustness, but overall a very tasty brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:33:19 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of brewcrew76


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlindPig for this one.

A - Deep brown, black with bright ruby highlights that can be seem without even holding the glass to the light. Big 4 finger rocky tan head

S - Pungent piney hops with some floral and earthy hops mixed in followed by a big kick of sweet caramel.

T - Piney and floral hops, orange marmalade followed by a touch of chocolate and a slightly roasty, bready malt, raisins and a lingering fruity bitterness. Very well balanced without the sweet caramel in the aroma. Interesting blend of dark fruits and hoppy fruits.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Touch of alcohol but it blends nicely. Dry, spicy finish.

D - My first black IPA and while the aroma was somewhat standard Stone hoppy IPA style the taste was a nice change from a regular IPA. I can't wait to try more beers similar to this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 00:26:37 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of aforbes10


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't drink a lot of Stone these days...at first i went through their offerings eagerly, enjoying the hops and aggressive flavors. But lately, its been a bit of an afterthought brewery for me...no real reason why, it's just gotten lost in the shuffle. So its nice to have a reason to go back, and an anniversary beer is a good reason (esp. since we missed out on stone's 10th here in South Bend). Pours very dark, black with hints of red. Rocky head settles in the glass to a whipped look. Knowing it's an IPA and seeing that its black like this kind of gives me the willies. Odor is all hops. Fresh and aggressive U.S. hops with definite grapefruit and grass character. Smells awesome. Taste is more of the same...a hop bomb riding on a thick sticky malt backbone. Bitterness trends towards the extreme. Finish leaves me with grapefruit pucker and sticky malt on my lips.
So its another big beer from Stone. The color is what makes it different, more than anything else. Might buy one more to cellar so i can see what lies beneath the hops, but only if i happen to encounter it in a store again before it gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 15:36:13 | More by aforbes10
Photo of perrymarcus


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber served in a snifter glass.

pours a translucent cola-brown, sits an opaque almost black... creamy/foamy khaki head demonstrates great retention and lacing. damn respectable presentation.

nose yields an aromatic bouquet of hops - pine, floral, a touch of citrus - with a noted, if subdued, malt character in the background.

flavor profile follows the nose. big hoppy presence with the aforementioned pulling through - notably pine - and a touch of roasted, maybe caramel, malt. moderate to heavy bitter presence that presists through the finish - slightly more so than i'd like, but still very tasty overall. were it not for the color you'd be hard pressed not to mistake this for a DIPA.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. nothing too spectacular on that front. i'm going to pick it up a bit in the drinkability department because ultimately i think this is a really enjoyable brew, though falls short of world class. most do; nothing to be ashamed of.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 05:37:25 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of PEIhop


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My amazing wife gave this to me as part of a Valentine's Day gift....Sweet!

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a deep, rich, leathery black with minimal lacings and a small carbonated head.

S - Due to the color, I wasn't expecting the abundant hop presence in this ale. Along with the hop presence, dark fruit and hints of chocolate permeate throughout.

T - The initial wave is dominated by the "pineyness" from the hops and a secondary wavy leaves hints of chocolate and plum/dates.

M - Full-bodied with a very appealing creaminess.

D - This ale was extremely enjoyable (shared with my wife) because of the unexpected hop presence. Extremely well-crafted ale with high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:03:06 | More by PEIhop
Photo of nomomentwasted


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Stone Brewing on-tap 6/14

Appearance: Dark. Nearly black. It looks the part of a stout for sure, much darker than the Arrogant Bastard and much more like that of a porter. Pours with decent head and lacing, with the head diminishing fairly rapidly.

Smell: Piny, smoky, and slight hop aroma. Nothing over the top, but gives a pretty fair interpretation of what it's going to taste like.

Taste: Smoky and dark, with the alcohol coming early and fading pretty quickly, leaving a porter-y coating flavor. Slight citrus, maybe grapefruit, with an earthy flavor to it. Not too complex, but consistent from the first sip to last.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Darker flavor, but not too alcoholic. Really nothing to criticize, just wished for a bit more crispness.

Drinkability: Similar to the Bastard for sure, but drinks slower due to the ABV. Although it feels closer to a 7 when drinking, it catches up as you go along. Good for a bomber, but not a whole lot more for a session, just a little too filling.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2009 02:53:37 | More by nomomentwasted
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Between this and the Cali-Belgie, Stone has really outdone themselves as of late...This beer looks like a nice stout when poured, thick and creamy with a tan head that sticks and stays.

The smell and taste are a mix between a stout and an ipa, I love it...this hoppy stoutiness...not in the ways of ris's, a whole new style, where the hops take front seat and the malt sits only slightly behind them, excellent.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with just enough bittering to wipe away the cloying...excellent. Drinkability is quite nice as well, this bomber went fast.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 01:56:13 | More by grayburn
Photo of BMan1113VR


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely fragrant beer. Port and whine aromas mixed with pine, flowers, rasberry and cherries, and molasses. Pours very dark brown, if not black, with a small off-white head. Excellent lacing. Initial flavor is sweet burnt molasses and over the course of the long finish, it ends with a bitter salty taste, as well as some nutty malts being present. There is also an alcholic presence on the tounge in the finish. Great smelling "Black IPA", but I have had better from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 16:36:41 | More by BMan1113VR
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

an outstanding big black ipa that sort of straddles the line between styles. pours a gorgeous looking thick dark chocolate color with an almost nitro-tap looking head on it, all creamy and white and lasting and foamy and yummy. smells great! lots of hops synergizing with very dark roasted malts to produce an exceltionally rich bitter character that radiates in both the nose and in the flavor. there are also subtle hints of vanilla, sweet spices, and wood in the flavor. feel is awesome, thich and velvety. full bodied but sessionable, with a very well hidden 8.7% abv. in the end i dont know why i looked at this one on the shelf for so long before picking it up. i loved every drop and will almost certainly purchase this again. really really good stuff here, not like any other black india pales out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 18:33:04 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of chrisbru

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very dark with a nice, think light-colored head. Color is a nearly opaque black, with a hint of amber and transparency near the top when held to the light.

S: Delicious smell, with hops being the most prominent. There is also some citrus and a hint of grapefruit and sweetness.

T: This is a wonderful tasting beer - It's been about two years since I had it for the first time (I moved back to Iowa and it just today was distributed) and it remains as good as I remember it. Very hop-forward with some malt follow-up. There are several other flavors present as well, possibly floral and pine.

M: The mouthfeel is great, with a forefront of bitterness and a great aftertaste. It makes me want another drink before I put the glass down. It feels medium to light, despite its dark appearance. Very pleasant.

O: Overall, I really enjoy this beer. It's much more hop-forward than I remembered or anticipated when I purchased it, but that was a pleasant surprise. This is one of those beers with enough complexity that I am confident I will discover more flavors as I come back to this beer over and over again. At 8.7%, the booziness is present but more subdued than I expect for a beer of this gravity.

Being my first Stone beer in nearly two years, its too early to say how it stacks up with the rest of their lineup. However, the price is great ($10.99 for a 4-pack) and I imagine this will become a part of my regular drinking lineup.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 20:07:21 | More by chrisbru
Photo of jera1350


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid black in color with a thick cap of creamy taupe colored foam that sticks around the inside of the glass.

True to style, the nose offers up some light roasty malt and coffee notes with grassy and herbal hops. A nice little blend.

Tastes much like an extremely hopped smoked porter. Toasty malt with some light smoke and coffee bean. The hops are also there in almost equal part. There is hop bitterness with some earthy and piney notes. Pretty damn complex.

Really nice mouthfeel. The carbonation is outstandingly creamy and soft. The body is smooth and about medium in heft. Lightly dry finishing.

This is a complex and excellent example of this new style. Not the best I've had, but certainly an appropriate and enjoyable example that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 21:25:23 | More by jera1350
Photo of TheViolator666


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Surprisingly very dark beer, almost no light getting through akin to a stout. Pours with a healthy light brown head. Leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big hops in the smell, that's something that's not surprising... actually smells more like an IPA. Mostly piney, slightly citrusy hops are dominant. The malts take a backseat.

T: Wow, huge on the hops again! But unlike the smell, the piney hops are more balanced by the roasted malt that gives off a coffee quality in the finish. There is also a very slight smokey flavor in the aftertaste. Reminds me alot of a Black IPA, very similar to Southern Tier's "Iniquity".

M/D: Definitely a full-bodied beer, but goes down easy. The 8.7% ABV is hidden very well, pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 00:23:41 | More by TheViolator666
Photo of dasenebler


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber, this strong ale pours a dark garnet hue, translucent on the edges. Really nice tan head and fantastic lacing.

Nose is pretty darn hoppy, though I'd imagine it's even more fragrant when really fresh. Spicy and floral. Touch of dark chocolate.

Flavor is nice, with a very hop-forward character. I could swear there's some Chinook in there. Acidic, roasted maltiness provides a nice counterpoint. In terms of flavors, I get a woodsy, spicy hoppiness, some dark fruits, anise, chocolate, and bit of alcohol. This beer is almost like a Black Double IPA. Pretty interesting. Mouthfeel is a high point. Slick, chewy and creamy without being heavy or ponderous.

Overall, I was happy I picked this up and will look for it again when it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 01:25:45 | More by dasenebler
Photo of popery


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown to black liquid with a creamy mocha head. I like a dark hoppy beer. It's not just another amber IIPA.

S: Good, strong aroma. A mix of German malt and strong hops.

T: Well, it's got that Stone bite. Depending on my mood, this could go a half point higher. Their house yeast is an interesting beast. The hops blend with the german dark malt to produce a spicy, citric flavor that is both intriguing and assertive. The simcoe hops lurk in the mix, and I might slightly prefer a bit more malt and some different hops to mix with the simcoe, but I admit that I'm on board the simcoe bandwagon right now.

M: Wonderfully creamy and lush. It has the feel of a schwarzbier or something but the flavors of a Stone brew. Just great.

D: Very good drinkability. Little alcohol comes through. I'm beginning to prefer hoppy beers with a little bit less bite than Stone provides, but beers like this will bring me back around to the Stone kick-you-in-the-face hop style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 05:07:52 | More by popery
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very deep brown, near black, 2 fingers of tan head, good lace left behind. Smell is very hoppy, lots of citrus, grapefruit, pine, malty, some roasted qualities, bittersweet chocolate notes. Taste is fairly roasted, coffee, bakers chocolate, nice hop presence, some alcohol points, citrus in aftertaste, long roasted finish. Lightish mouthfeel, med body, medium carbonation. Well balanced and enjoyable, very nice black ale, hits the mark for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 15:48:14 | More by peensteen
Photo of kflorence


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Brewery in Escondido, CA.

A: Poured a dark, opaque black in color with a nice half inch of thick, creamy off-white head atop that lasts for a long time and leaves tons of lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Tons of pine and citrus hops, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Potently potable!

T: Dense on the palate with predominant notes of pine hops, roasted malts and coffee with some dark chocolate. Finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness. As advertised in the aroma, this one packs a huge hop punch (like all Stone brews), though it remains fairly balanced without becoming overly bitter.

M: Pretty thick and heavily bodied with ample carbonation and an oily, syrupy and chewy quality on the tongue. A good amount of substance for the style without being overly thick and remaining fairly drinkable.

O: Lots of flavor and a high dosage of hops are sure to make this a pleaser. Very enjoyable on tap or in the bottle, though I would say on tap the hops come out a bit more and it tasted a lot more fresh and poignant. Very enjoyable, but I don't think I could drink more than one as it fills you up quickly. If you like dark, roasted brews and are a fan of hops, this one is for you. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 21:59:19 | More by kflorence
Photo of Trappissed


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite an intense brew. Huge amounts of dark roasted malts. Gives off a coffeeish flavor. Of course, it also comes with big hops, both citrus and pine. Maybe just a little more citrus. Fairly bitter. Dark fruits, mainly prunes. Not exactly amazing, but somewhat interesting and unique. I would say pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 09:28:03 | More by Trappissed
Photo of kzoobrew


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is a deep mahogany, could certainly be mistaken for black in a low light area. Massive head measures three full fingers after the pour, slowly works its way back. Plenty of heavy lacing left clinging to the sides.

The nose reveals a large dose of west coast hops. Very strong citrus aroma even in a slightly older bottle. Slight roasted character underneath, the hops simple over power. Definitely the most hop driven "Black IPA" when it comes to the smell.

The taste reveals much more balance than experienced in the nose. Citric hops with a piny bite provide the strong handed bitterness. Chocolate, roasted malt and just a touch of java provide balance. The flavor is much less hop forward than the nose, still certainly worthy of the Black IPA tag.

Medium bodied beer delivers and exceptionally smooth and creamy texture. Carbonation is on the lower end but very appropriate. Very good beer all around but it is the mouthfeel which stands out.

Very balanced while delivering strong flavors and hiding the booze. SSRA drinks much easier than it should and it tremendously enjoyable. My only requests is 6 packs and more distribution.

Thanks to CaveDave for the pleasure of enjoying this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 23:44:59 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of AAG


4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a large cold bottle into a stein...this beer is definitely self-righteous!

Appearance - Extremely dark black; opaque; light, tan fluffy head; started about two fingers in depth and decreased to a finger but frothed nicely throughout the length of the beer. Very attractive appearance; my mouth is watering.

Smell - Sugary, malt-like, liquor-smell.

Taste - Tremendous surge of bitter hops on the first sip; really packs a punch; charcoal, burnt taste midway through; hops maintained their kick throughout but smoothed out nicely; thick hops malt; tremendous.

Mouthfeel - Bitter (not for the feint of heart) yet comfortable and smooth in its own way...

Overall - This is a tremendous ale; if you like a strong, hoppy beer this is the one for you; Stone proves why it is a hop-heads fantasy. I strongly recommend this one and will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:33:42 | More by AAG
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New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear really dark brown and settles in the glass very black below a big tan head that's takes it sweet old time to recede into what I assume will be a lacing at sometime in the future.

Light roasted dark chocolate malt aroma with some citrus, I think it leans toward grapefruit, the aroma is pretty subdued but kinda worth stopping before you drink to search it out.

More roasted dark chocolates dominating the taste with some light almost sweet citrus hints coming through, once again I think they lean towards grapefruit but not really sure, nor care.

Drinking this beer as well as it's aftertaste you kinda get the feeling with it's milkiness that you are drinking a melted candy bar. I feel that I've taken a Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate bar and melted it in Stone Smoked Porter swirled it around and drank it down.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:05:59 | More by LXIXME
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pure Luck, LA 12.29.08 - $7 for 10 oz

Piitch dark in the chalice. Brilliant looking - full frothed head, lacing everywhere. Just looking at it you'd reckon you're dealing with a Trappist quadruple. But that couldn't be further off. It's the roasted malt and caramel flavors of Arrogant Bastard meshed wit h the hop bang of an IPA. You get some caramel in there too, which i very unique with all them hops bouncing around. There is a big hop presence, but not as far as Ruination.

I guess this is Stone 11th Anniversary re-released. I'm happy as that was a favorite of mine and now that means this is too. Hopefully it will be around for some time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 19:02:33 | More by sloejams
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- light tan head with thin bubbles, light lacing with no retention; beer is dark-stained mahogany
S- Piney is prevalent with light Citrus
T- There is a great sweetness from the malt, almost a light milk chocolate flavor and maple syrup on the beginning with an abundance of hops on the aftertaste: pine and grapefruit predominate the pallet with a slight caramel on very end of the finish.
M- Very creamy with a very light carbonation; very silky small bubbles, the taste of the hops cling the the palette long after its gone.
D- For 8%, this beer is a tad strong on the alcohol flavor, but still extremely tasty. Just not drinkable as for the percentage.

(two person review)

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 13:26:46 | More by pourmeup


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a globe glass.

A= Nice dark malty colors. Tan nose, with little head retention and minimal lacing. Good looking beer.

S= The nose off the bat is high of hoppy bitterness. As it mellows down, the hint of roasted nuts comes through.

T= The complex flavors of this beer range from bitter to bold. the mix of hops and malt has really been achieved in this stone brew.

M= When first served, the feel was that of an IPA. As the ale warms, it gained a chewiness to it.

D= Very drinkable, I could have this one everyday, or use it as a nice afternoon relaxing beer.

Overall= Overall, I am very pleased with this beer, malt monster with hidden bitterness. . . how Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 13:37:00 | More by GDBEERMAN
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,003 ratings.