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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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BA SCORE
94
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5,667 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,667
Reviews: 1,870
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 247
Gots: 616 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sublimely Self-Righteous, perhaps at this point a staple of the style, is a rich-looking beer that's pretty close to black but with some lighter brown highlights. It grows a creamy head just over a finger tall that leaves patchy lacing that's just as creamy sticking to the glass.
Well, it's Stone, so I can't say I'm surprised at how hoppy it is; maybe the first time out of the bottle, but I know what to expect and have come to love from this brewery. Big, oily resinous piney hops are huge, with some roast giving a bit of char. It's about the right ratio of hops to malts, and definitely done big. There's plenty of grapefruit and citrus zest for added bitterness, though there's a hint of caramel or toffee as well. The aroma and flavor are similar, with the exception that the aroma more strongly showcases the pine and the flavor more the citrus, but each has both powerfully.
The body is medium, going neither to bright and soft or too rich and thick, having elements of each and offering some dryness from the bitter element and the char while remaining almost juicy despite it. Bitterness lingers in a full finish.

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3.42/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It starts off in a very dark black color with a tan head.

The aroma isn’t very strong, but with a roasty malty with a bit of pine. Deep rich hops with a bit of gentle roasty malt.

It tasted more like a strong ale or stout than anything. It was a bit flat, with a bit of creaminess to the body. And then hits with a bit of roasted malty and peppery finish. It even has a slight licorice flavor to it and then hits with an alcohol bite. It's generally just a spicy and very bitter Chinook tasting beer without much complexity.

I'm re-reviewing this with a bottle that is about 5 weeks old and it's still very "flat" in the aroma and flavor. I've had it two twice about this date and it still does not stand up as a great beer for me.

The worst Stone beer I've had.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of the BIPA, never really got into the trend of the style but I was clearly surprised by this ale.

When I poured it, it was a clear pitch dark beer that formed a nice foamy head that slowly let herself die slowly on my glass.

The smell was hoppy but with a shy hint of caramel, not very distinctive nothing to throw me overboard, but it is the taste.

Taste wise, it is the hoppiness and bitterness hitting you, but well balanced with hint of bananas and spices. Nothing is very too strong, it is well balanced. The aftertaste is bitter and round in mouth.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,667 ratings.