Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,804 Ratings
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94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,804
Reviews: 1,903
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 275
Gots: 742 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Photo of chicagoish
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

very tasty. Hoppy front with strong backbone. Great Balance. No overt alcohol taste even tho it's 8.70 ABV. Came in a very reasonably priced variety case way here on the east coast. Happy with this one

Photo of jthompson88
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Really enjoyable black IPA. Sets the bar high for others.

Photo of StoutdeSuite
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

I am not an IPA fan by nature - I gravitate towards the 'Dark Side.' This is the Skywalker of IPAs. Bringing the malty darkness akin to a Sith Lord with the tremendous zest of a good Jedi IPA... OK - done with the StarWars analogies. A very good IPA for us stout fans.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

First BA review in a few years! Dark ruby when held to the light with big sheets of thick lacing. Great aromas from this one, malty and dark roasted notes, slightly sweet and subtle vanilla. Soft on the pallet with a nice hop texture, finishing with a lasting dryness till the next sip. Very balanced BIPA, lending itself to the the hoppy side of the range. The strong ABV is controlled and not overpowering, but shows on the finish. I really like this offering from Stone and see it as one to judge others.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Stone Brewing Co.
Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
“Enjoy By” date of 10/20/2014 printed on bottle
Date Reviewed: September 7th, 2014
Glass of Choice: IPA Glass
12 fluid ounce bottle

Eyes: A dense tan head collapsed and left a good amount of sticky lacing. Dark brown body… coffee coloured would best describe this body as it had a translucent brown glow around the edges of the glass.

Nose: The hops hit the nose hard: primarily floral with minor herbal traces. Very subtle presence of toasted malts… subtle may be too generous of a description here.

Taste: An explosion of floral and herbal hop flavours hit the tongue right off the bat. A weak backbone of toasted grains and coffee made up the malts. The brewers over at Stone nailed the balance here… just the right amount of warm, toasty malts to showcase a very fresh and heavy hop flavour. Medium-bodied. Moderate-heavy carbonation.

Overall: Excellent black IPA. A real treat for hop-heads.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really am not a fan of black IPA's but this is one of the best it seems. The appearance was nice being very dark brown and a tan head that lasts a bit. The smell is full of hops but not much else it would seem. The taste though was very different. Starting out with a lot of floral notes in the beginning gave way to a semi sweet malt finish that I found very refreshing. Would highly recommend.

Photo of Act25
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing, must try beer. Best black IPA ever.

A: The head capped the beer and lasted for an hour as I let it come to cellar temp.
Bold, black body, creamy thick head like a stout.

S: Hops forward, but crazy original salt & sweet malts in the background. Prominent pine, charcoal, summer hay, herbs.

T: Earthier, but follows the smell profile. Deeply complex. Kind of like a strong ale or Belgian in the sweet malt backbone, but with more charcoal and chalk.

MF: Good body, then chalk-like crispness, dry finish.

Amazing beer, starts more amazing than it finishes. Compares well with Arrogant Bastard, which stands as an all-time fave.

Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Stone variety pack, poured into pint glass. Enjoy by 10/02/14.

Black body with reddish hints when held up against a light. Small tan colored head, well carbonated, and good lacing.

Faint sweetness on the nose.

Taste was very nice, sweet with only a very faint bitterness. Roasted malts come out at the end. (Similar pattern to Arrogant Bastard) Mouth was around medium.

I personally do not really understand Black Ales/IPA's, seems to me there are always much better options on either the IPA or stout side. This one seems to favor the stout side. Taste seem to improve as the ale warmed up toward room temperature. Overall, an enjoyable drink.

Photo of pda22
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be the best black IPA on the planet. Great dark appearance! The smell of roasted malts is phenomenal. Characteristically over hopped like many Stone beers but the Taste is a perfect blend of malt and hops. This could be my favorite Stone beer, and they have a lot of great ones!

Photo of righthereisay
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a variety pack in Bridgeville, PA.

Pours very dark, but not pitch black. The lightest beer that is called "black" I've ever seen.

First smell is of your everyday ipa. Nothing out of the ordinary. Hoppy/Citrus, blah blah blah.

I have to be honest I am not very found of this beer. I like Stone Brewery, I guess my expectations were too high. Piney, grapefruit, but just too bitter for me.

Mouthfeel. I don't know, a little watery to me. Just not very fond of it. I taste no alcohol.

Overall, I wouldn't purchase this as a case or a 6 pack. It was fine for a variety pack. Too much bitter after taste, and not enough flavor and poor mouthfeel.

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

A: Looks nearly opaque black underneath dim light, but some garnet hues make themselves known when held up to the evening sun. A large, frothy khaki head takes ages to deflate, and retains wonderfully and leaves large splotches of lacing down the glass.

S: Heavy hop aromas, with some grapefruit leading the way, as well as some herbal undertones. Roasted malts are weak, but come through offering some hints of bitter cocoa and black coffee. Definitely closer to an IPA aroma than anything dark.

T: Reminds me very much of Stone's IPA. Lots of citrusy flavor here: bits of grapefruit and orange. Balanced wonderfully by some darkly roasted malts. The bitterness from the hops is perfectly meshed with the bitterness from the roasted malts and black coffee profiles. Reminds me of a hybrid of Stone IPA and a good stout.

M: Medium body, nearing full, but not quite. Definitely on the heavy side from the malt presence, but remains quaffable enough to put this back with ease.

O: Do you ever find yourself getting mad at just how good Stone is at making beer? Because that was my emotion while drinking this. I'm waiting for the day when I find a bad Stone brew, but that day is not today. SSR Black IPA is just another example of why Stone remains one of the big names in the game. This beer is sure to please hopheads and stout drinkers alike, and provides a unique flavor profile that is sure to please anyone into unique brews.

Photo of hail_seitan
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Body is a rich, rosewood-color, with a foamy ivory head forming on top.

S - Pine resin, grapefruit, and hemp dominate. Some hints of mint and smoke.

T - A resin bomb for sure. Sticky hop flavors including pine, hemp, and grapefruit bombard the palate. The malt have tones of raisins and toast. The finish is all piney bitterness and a whiff of smoke.

M - The hop oils almost give the beer a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. The body is a bit hefty and the carbonation is fairly mild.

O - Very good black IPA. A lot more dank, piney flavors than most in the style, but the high ABV and smokey malt flavors make it work.

Photo of mthomp081
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of leantom
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Bloodreign
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Storri
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of SteveB24
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of RobbDogg
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of sanzenapocalypz
4.91/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of ThomP
3.06/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,804 ratings.