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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,213 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,213
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 229
Gots: 460 | 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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Photo of Gobzilla
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.

Gobzilla, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of tony223366
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.

tony223366, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of TVolt1
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.

TVolt1, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of dwilson01
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.

dwilson01, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
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.

allengarvin, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of sonicdescent
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.

sonicdescent, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of weazal
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.

weazal, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of RedChrome
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.

RedChrome, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of regspeir
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.

regspeir, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of GarrettMD
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours a dark dark red, looks black, but under the right light you can see a nice red hue. 1 finger thick foamy head that stays around a while. Lacing is great.

S - Smells of piney hops, some citrus, but not much.

T - Starts with a sweet caramel malt taste, the piney and citrus hops follow that up. A slight roasted character is there as well as some chocolate/coffee undertones. I don't agree at all with some of the other reviewers, the malt and roast character overpower the hops, but that's not a bad thing. it's a very drastic difference when your nose is in the glass smelling nothing but hops when they aren't the prominent flavor in the beer.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, very smooth with no noticeable alcohol burn. Finish brings back the hops but keeping them balanced with the roasted malts. The initial taste is very spicy from the hops at the start of the sip, but that fades very quickly as the malts take over.

D - Very drinkable given the high ABV. Not overly hoppy, so it goes down easy.

I will definitely be getting this one again.

GarrettMD, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of treyrab
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for offering this one to taste last night. Poured into two pint glasses...

A: This one really surprised me. It looks like a stout with how black it is. When held up to the light there is only a faint hint of brown. This is truly remarkable for a strong ale. The head starts off small, but bellows from beneath into a monster that laces and sticks around quite a bit.

S: The smell is straight fresh hops. Smells like cluster hops, but of course that could be because I was reviewing this while brewing with cluster hops. Anyway, the hop presence in the smell is remarkable, but other than that only slight caramel can be discerned.

T: The taste was great too, but again, straight fresh hops. The hop profile is amazing, but there are only slight other flavors in the beer. Some caramel and a touch of roast perhaps can be picked up, bit it is mostly all hops...fresh hops, not bitter.

Overall, this was one hell of an interesting strong ale. Very freshly hopped and another great offering by Stone.

treyrab, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of msmezher
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sublimely Self-Righteous was my first beer on cask, and while I really liked it, it didn't floor me as being incredibly good. It poured a solid black, with a light foamy head that lasted several minutes of sipping. The beer had a fairly light body with a malty taste and a strong hoppy finish. Slight chocolaty and roasty flavors were present, but nothing overall that greatly impressed me, although I might have enjoyed this over Deschutes Hop in the Dark Cascadian Black Ale.

msmezher, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 11th Anniversary comes in the typical dark bottle with a gargoyle delivering the brew with no freshness date. It pours a lovely black hue with a huge billowy foam head that lasts and lasts. After drinking the 22oz I was wishing for the pillow of foam to lay my head down.

The aromas from the ipa/porter/stout is a strong pine tree smell. It has a hoppy ipa flavor with a malty overtone and an alcoholic taste. The mouthfeel leaves the hoppiness on the tip of your tongue with a thin body the eels down your throat. I found this to be a money beer of this broad style.

cswhitehorse, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap, city beer store, sf, ca. This is a dark brew, near black russett brown with haloed edges of caramel/ruby. Aromas are of a hoppy IPA but also there is some roasted and chocolate maltin there as well. This is kind of a cross between death and taxes and racer 5. The malt background is nice and the hoppy/piney/citrusy middle smooths out into a chocolate caramel coated hop finish of roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and helps this beer achieve a solid drinkability level. Nice one.

francisweizen, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of billshmeinke
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint glass. Review from notes taken over the weekend.

Black with hints of ruby towards the edge of the glass. Light khaki 2 finger head. Lots of lacing. Good retention, a layer of foam hangs around forever.

Smells fruity, real fruity (sweet pineapple/apple juice). Dank and piny as well. Mostly hop aroma. A sweet roasted malt background in the smell too.

Taste follows smell. Sweet roasty malts. A bit chocolatey and earthy. Bitter resin, pine, and pineapple hops. Interesting combination of flavors.

Mouth feel is full bodied with small bubbles. Well carbonated.

Quite drinkable. Tasty and well masked alcohol.

This is basically a black DIPA, and reminds me a lot of Sublimely Self-Righteous. Kinda wish I'd tried them back to back.

billshmeinke, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of DIM
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This one is pitch black and pours with a big white head.

s: Grapefruity hops with a bit of pine and lemon dominate here. There is a bit of brown sugar caramel sweetness as well.

t: This a pretty good tasting IPA. It has a nice citric hop bite and just enough brown sugar sweetness to provide some balance.

m: Decent body and good carbonation.

d: Like I said earlier, this is pretty good, but aside from the novelty of a black hoppy beer, I'm not sure what the fuss is about.

DIM, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of bceagles39
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the big bottle at home, May 21, 2010.

Pours a deep chocolatey brown with a good tan head. Awesome tan lacing.

Smell the hops right away, then some maltiness.

Tastes nutty and woody, flavor of the hops more on the back end. Not a lot of bitterness.

Creamy mouthfeel, was highly carbonated as well.

Long finish. ABV feels about right on this one. Kinda looks like a stout, smells like an IPA and drinks like a really good brown ale.

bceagles39, May 22, 2010
Photo of drewbage
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into ye old standard american pint glass.

Big bright piney hop aroma that rides over the odd black beer with it's light brown head.

Flavor is front loaded with a resinous bitterness that runs frontwards and backwards rough shod over any other flavor except some small amounts of sweetness that hangs around the edges.

Not bad, but wow this is a bit tough right now.

drewbage, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of drxandy
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from the cellar to tulip glass on 02/07/09, pours a nice opaque black, slight hints of red in light, tan head eventually fades to lacing.

smells of deep malt, creamy, faded hop presence is still lively, barley, alcohol heat

taste is surprisingly of hops right off the bat, the way the hops have faded is excellent, thick delicious grapefruit citrus, piney, excellent weight, roasty malts follow through and have blended smoothly and creamily, slight cocoa/coffee, bready, very slight sweetness rounded out by the oily hop bitterness. Age hasn't really changed this brew all that much so far from fresh other than put the hops down a touch, now it drinks like a delicious barleywine

mouthfeel is oily and bitter, excellent flavors and weight, extremely drinkable, alcohol is noticeable but isn't overpowering

can't wait to see this as a regular release, it's too good to leave as a one time brew

drxandy, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow! black in the middle and ruby on the edge with a great big tan head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. smells of piney hops with a hint of malt and some coffee/toffee/chocolate in the background. hops overpower, but there's definitely something else. tastes the same. the piney hops are way way up front, but there's a nice backbone that includes sweet malt and some other stuff like coffee and chocolate. medium to full body with a slight bitter/alcohol kick. super fun to drink, but potent. a stoutdoubleipa. congratulations stone. hope to enjoy 11 more years with you.

timtim, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle. I bought it because the name sounded good. Oh yeah, Stone is usually good too.

Poured a very dark body; might as well call it black. Off white head: a big one. Nice lacing.

Nose is hops.

Taste is in your face hops. Very piny and strong and I think some oak. AS it warmed up, there may have been some vanilla in the back ground but the hops overpowered it.

Mouth feel is nice as well. Just the right carbonation.

If you're a hop head, this is for you. Really strong hop presence and bitter. Well done.

daledeee, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of zerofear13
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this bottle from American Beer Distributors in Brooklyn. They actually have a really good selection of Stone, which surprises me that many other places don't. I know I'm on the east coast, but I feel like if you're going to order a million Belgian beers, Stone isn't so hard to deliver.

Poured out very black, although I wouldn't say jet-black like many other reviewers. I'm sure I've seen darker, sludgier-looking stouts and porters. Foamy, tan-colored head. Smelled of roasted hops and chocolate like porters, but also had some citrus and fruit notes like an ale. Taste was very mixed. On the one hand, there were the tang and fruit notes; on the other, there was the roasted flavor. Interesting mix, but a good balance between the two, in my opinion.

Great beer if you can get your hands on a bottle.

zerofear13, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/6/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with a huge gorgeous tan head that looks like a milkshake and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus hops and sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, light citrus hops, alcohol, and lots of sesame and wheat cracker as the beer warms. Nice and rich palate. Excellent and quite drinkable.
8/5/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of atrus138
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I missed out on this one, but was delighted to find them in abundance at my local liquor store one day. Poured this from a bomber into a pint glass. Looks pretty much like a good porter or stout should. Black, with at least a two-finger head that retained itself very well. Edges are ruby red when held up to light. Lacing sticks on the glass all the way down. Huge hop presence in the aroma. However, there is a solid dark malt presence. Pretty complex. Taste is very hoppy, of course. However, there is a solid malt backbone that makes this fairly balanced considering the huge hop presence. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, almost syrupy. Actually, "creamy" is the word that comes to mind. Carbonation is moderately high. Alcohol is a bit on the high side, but still drinkable, especially if you give this beer the time and respect it deserves.

atrus138, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of vobr0002
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark black color with a caramel colored head that lasts on top of the beer.

S- citrus hops, then the roasted smell comes through to finish. Hint of chocolate smell.

T- a smooth roasted chocolate flavors then followed by a blast of hops. A bit more pine flavor on the taste than on the smell. Lasting bittetness.

M-medium high carbonation level with a slightly creamy feel.

O- I like this beer a lot. Has a very unique profile that leaves your mouth wanting more of the bitterness.

vobr0002, Jul 19, 2011
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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