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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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5,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,294
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 230
Gots: 494 | 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 mverity
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh, I don't care for this beer one bit. Too hoppy and the malt hasn't really developed much. Too smoky and roasty too. However, I sat on a bottle for like 6 months, and gave it another try, and holy crap it's amazing! It balances out so much better. The hoppiness dies down considerably, the smokiness too. The roasty maltiness tones down a ton too. Really smooths out and becomes extremely enjoyable.

mverity, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of nabit
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

nabit, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of grumpygerman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

grumpygerman, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of DSkilling
5/5  rDev +18.5%

DSkilling, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated "Enjoy By" 10/24/2013, into a tulip.
Appearance - pitch black, a thick, meringue-like, tan head; rings of lacing!
Smell - brilliant hop forward in the nose, with some hints of some roasted coffee beans!
Taste - just great! Follows the nose, maybe a touch more of the roasted coffee bean than is present in the nose. The 8.7% ABV is hidden beatuifully!
Feel - complex like great black IPA's seem to be! Medium body, noticeable carbonation, hop forward, but terrific balance with the dark malts!
Overall - I could drink this everyday and not get tired of it, fantastic beer!

DenverHopHead, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of BrewSTL
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

BrewSTL, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of indiana
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

indiana, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

mrfrancis, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Groomsy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Groomsy, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of RichardMNixon
4/5  rDev -5.2%

RichardMNixon, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of OriginalHopHead
5/5  rDev +18.5%

OriginalHopHead, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of George1799
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

George1799, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of macher0
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I did not take notes on this ale so I'm going on memory. I was not impressed with this ale. It had a burnt taste and smell. it was not very smooth. I was Ok with the hops level, but was way too harsh. This was a very OK beer. I would like to try this again to see if I had a bad bottle.

macher0, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Two months past the best by date.

Pours an opaque onyx, impervious to light, with a frothy one inch beige head that slowly dissipates, leaving modest lacing.

Coffee, roast malt, and nutty notes are evident after the pour. Further investigation reveals licorice, resin, herbal and floral hops, and a generally earthy character. Grapefruit and fresh cut grass emerge.

Flavor is extremely grassy, minty, herbal, and earthy initially, with offerings of grapefruit turning chocolatey mid palate and finishing roasty, with hints of coffee, char, and significant hop bitterness. Huge flavors!

Body is moderate to slightly full, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Packed full of flavor, this brew is about as complex as they get. Most black ipas don't jive for me, as the roast malt character and citrusy hops often collide in a negative way, but not the case with this one. The bitterness is a touch more than I prefer.

barczar, Jun 28, 2013
4/5  rDev -5.2%

WOLFGANG, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of cackalacky
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

cackalacky, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Altenor
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of bird22
4/5  rDev -5.2%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Dreamer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Dreamer, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of jbaakko
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jbaakko, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -5.2%

tom10101, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of hellhammermario
4/5  rDev -5.2%

hellhammermario, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Cory-WC
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Cory-WC, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of BigBrewStu
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

What a great beer! Dark, a really dark tan color--almost black. Fair carbonation. Coffee fan? You will love this bitter beer! Feels creamy in the mouth, goes down smooth, but has an unexpected bitter finish. This beer is overwhelming, and pretty much dominates your palette. Do not start with this first unless you only plan on drinking this all night, or plan to move up to something even more rich in flavor.

BigBrewStu, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jlisuk, Jun 27, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,294 ratings.