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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,197
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 226
Gots: 456 | 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 drseamus
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark with a mocha colored head. The head was pretty thick at first but never disappears completely.

S: Citrusy grapefruity hops.

T: Mostly those citrus hops are back. There is a high amount of bitterness in addition to the flavor. It is a pretty powerful beer. If I closed my eyes before I drank it, I would have expected it to be amber.

M: Medium to heavy. Not at all what the color leads you to believe.

D: Not bad at all, just very weird. Style guidelines be dammed.

drseamus, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with mahogany hued edges and a two finger, stiff tan colored head that resists fading. 3D lacing follows in its wake. The smell is akin to an aggressive Double IPA. The aroma is primarily a grapefruit hop. Full bodied, the mouth feel is well carbonated, but primarily conditioned to the grapefruit character. Full flavored, the taste is a fruity grapefruit hop with an understated sweet malt thing. An excellent drinker - the 8.7% ABV is REAL. I WOULD HAVE DONE THIS ONE FOR "X"...come on!!! an India Black Ale (IBA)..WOW!!! Scoring points for imagination...is this 20/20 hindsight?

jjayjaye, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bomber to the Abita pint glass, after sitting the bottle about 30 minutes on the counter. Should be around 50 degrees by now...

A: Deep, rich brown pour, tinged heavily with ruby when held to a strong light...very, very dark otherwise. Topped with a long-lasting light tan head - fizzy and frothy at first, creamy and thicker as it wanes. Beautiful sticking lace, gathered in wide bands.

S: Citrus hops, lots of mandarin orange and grapefruit. Backing of sweet caramel malts - smells like a good hop-filled West Coast IPA. Expected this to hold more steady than it did, fading rather abruptly.

T: First sip was a bracing jolt of pithy, bitter grapefruit without much grain or sweetness coming through. As my tongue gets used to the hard hoppiness, hints of caramel develop and more tangy/spicy citrus-ness subsides...a little. A deeply toasted malt finishes each sip.

M: Spicy hops and bittering right down the center of the tongue, lingering on the back. Some cheek swelling and even some puckering. I'm finding some alcohol heat, too. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation.

D: A very pretty beer to look at and an intriguing style: a dark (black?) IPA. Nice aroma and flavor, but really needs to calm it on the aggressive hopping for my tastes. I'm all for big beers with heavy doses of hopes (though not my personal favorites), but balance is important. I just don't find this beer balanced...yet. Given some time, that may change...which I is why I've decided to cellar a few bottles for later.

Happy 11th Stone!
PS: Nice read on the back label about the 'growing pains' of opening the new Bistro...

msubulldog25, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of westweasel
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a Sam Adams tasting glass.

The beer poured out a dark brown (definitely brown, not black) with about a 1/8 inch tan head. Lots of lacing was left all along the glass. The smell was all about piney and lemony hops. Certainly unusual for a beer of this color.

You would certainly expect some roastiness in here and there is absolutely zero! If you close your eyes this tastes exactly like an orange hued - copper colored DIPA. There is a strong lemon/grapefruit/pine hop bite at the end of the swallow. There is also enough malt backbone in there to stand up to it, even if there isn't much flavor in the malt.

The mouthfeel is medium with some high carbonation. This is very drinkable and interesting. It's not everyday you run into something this dark that tastes like something much lighter.

westweasel, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the beer filled my glass I was surprised by its color. The color is black. A black IPA? Yes, this Stone IPA is black as a moonless night. The smell of this IPA is great. It's like walking into a produce department and condensing it into this 22oz bomber. Orange, grapefruit and even raisins take this IPA to the bank. This one of the best IPA's I've tasted, period.
The mouthfeel lasts so long I needed a glass of water to try Brainzilla's beer.

Overall: GET THIS BEER!! Better yet grab a case if you can!

iconoklaztor, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, dark blue and grey colors on the screenprinting. Usual long description on the back seems to imply this is a dark IPA.

Appearance: Pours very dark brown/black, with some ruby around the edges. Nice tan colored head with great retention.

Smell: Strange - with the dark color I was expecting roast or chocolate malt aroma, but it is all hops. Lots of citrus.

Taste: Mmm .. hoppy, just a bit of darker malt flavors in the finish. Lots of citrus hops up front, and then the finish is a bit of dark fruit, and some roasted taste.

Overall impression: Very good combination of malt and hops - I like this one a lot. Reminds me a lot of the Avery New World Porter, which is another dark IPA. I'd love to see this one on a regular basis, but I won't be holding my breath.

rowew, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black color with a huge tan head.

S: The aroma on this one if fascinating. The complexity in the nose hints at what is in store for the taste. The smell is primarily that of wonderfully fresh hops: citrus, pineapple, and a bit of pine. But wait, what is that? Some aromas normally associated with that of a stout show up as well; a bit of espresso and even some chocolate.

T: This has got to be one of the more difficult beers to describe that I've ever tasted. It has amazing complexity and layers of flavors. The primary flavors are that of an excellent IPA. Citrus, tropical fruits and delicious piney oils. The IPA part of this beer would alone make it worthwhile. However, there is something much more lurking in this brew. Hiding underneath the IPA lies the flavors of a dark stout. Some espresso, slightly sweet molasses, even some chocolate. I drank two glasses of this beer at two different temperatures and it drank like two totally separate beers. The first glass was rather cold and drank like an IPA, the second glass the brew was quite a bit warmer and at this temperature the dark malt flavors dominated. A truly unique and fascinating beer.

M: As good as the smell and taste of this beer is, the mouthfeel might be the best part. It's creamy and smooth yet not all that full-bodied for such a dark beer.

D: A very drinkable beer for how dark is it. A simply delicious, complex, and fascinating beer. Stone Brewing is awesome. They are constantly pushing the boundaries of craft brewing and turning out consistently unique and outstanding beers.

willjschmidt, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of onthefarside
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the great pleasure to try this beer on tap last night at Mahar's in Albany. Curious about the type of beer this was, I was told it was an Imperial Porter by the all knowing bar-keep.

A: Served in a 20oz glass with 1 cm of head about, not much. Was a very very dark brown or black, couldn't tell with the dim lights.

S: Smells like every Stone beer, hoppy and alcohol"y".

T: This beer has a nice one two punch on the tastes a nice flavourful malt up front with nice complexity and then a nice crisp hops twinge to hide any trace of alcohol, couldn't taste it at all. But this is definately a sipper.

M: Nice feel, not too watery, good to swish it around and let it cover your mouth.

D: I didn't know the abv at the time of drinking this beer, knowing stone tends to up the abv, i thought it was about 5-6 but i'm suprised to find it near 9! Unknowing, I could drink 3-4 and wonder why i felt strange. Over all a great beer from Stone again and it will please people who like their IPA and Bastard Ale. I felt like it was a mix of the two almost.

onthefarside, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - pitch black color with a huge tan head that had plenty of staying power, leaving sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S - hop scents, pine and citrus fill the nose, but if you sniff real hard you can smell some roasted malt.

T - delicious brew, strong hop flavor upfront, roasted malt flavor hits briefly before the bitter hop flavor kicks back in on the finish. Alcohol is only slightly detectable after it warms (drink up, buddy!).

M - full bodied brew with a great amount of carbonation (hop burps, baby!).

D - at close to 9% abv, the drinker should know his limits, but if you drink this one cautiously, you can enjoy it all night.

Final Note: I love what Stone has done here.
This brew is a wolf in sheep's clothing...
a black sheep that is!

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a complete black with an impressive 2 finger brown head. While pouring, I initially smelt dark chocolate, but when I put the bottle down and took a whiff of this beautiful liquid in my glass, I was greeted with an extreme flowery hopnose that sent me towards heaven. Taste is solid chocolate with such an extreme hopbite it's out of this world. The hops literally assault and pillage your taste buds. Insane hopbite!!! This brew only gets better as it warms, woody/earthy tones mingle with citrus making this an extremely unbelievable brew. Mouth feel is good as well, drinkability is pretty solid as too. I wouldn't suggest slamming too many of these or you might not taste any thing else for a few days! Hats off to stone for this impressive anniversary brew.

DrinkinBuddy, Sep 23, 2007
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 gubbt
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, dark brown with a thin tan head. Just by pouring I might think this was a porter or stout.

Aroma is pretty incredible. Right away you get hit with tropical fruit: mango, papaya, pineapple. In the back when you take a deep sniff there is a hint of roastyness.

Up front, as it warms, you get a small hint of chocolate sweetness, but this is buried by the juicy, fruity hops. You encounter the tropical fruityness once again with a big papaya/mango finish with enough bitterness to keep you interested again and again. I can't really pick up any roastyness from the malts as others have....

Body is fairly full, probably from the large amount of barley used. Nice.

This is a very unique beer. The flavor reminds me a lot of Ruination. Don't let the dark color fool you, this baby is a full flavored double IPA with lots of juicy hops. Highly recommended.

edit: towards the end there was a papaya like "funkyness" in the finish that might have been the roasted malts coming through. I didn't find it that appealing and the bomber was hard to finish....

gubbt, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of bassmantin
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. I've never seen this dark a color from an IPA, and if the head weren't so big and light, I might think this were a stout or porter. One smell, however, quickly dispells any notion that this is anything other than a top-notch IPA. The dominant smell is grapefruit, and it is fantastic. I'm eagerly waiting for the head to die down; it's taking a few minutes, but I know this is going to be fantastic.

The taste is remarkably well-balanced. There is a nice malty sweetness up front and enough hops to secure the finish. This brew definitely does not leave you hanging. There's a nice little alcohol kick at the end. Highly recommended. Another great offering by Stone... although the bottle literature is a little less arrogant than I expected.

Update: I just drank this reissued as Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale. My initial review stands except my comment about the bottle literature. They redeemed themselves with the reissue!

bassmantin, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, clear, with ruby/mahogany highlights. Fine, tan bubbles clung in sheets to the sides of the glass and formed a tight cap. Good head retention with spotty lacing throughout. Intense pine resin and grapefruit rind aroma up front, fruity citrus and a hint of sweet cocoa fill in the background. Very floral and fragrant. Solid bitterness, not overpowering, that tends to linger. Sweetness is just enough to provide some balance and has more of a chocolate/cocoa character than stright-up caramel, but the hops are still front and center - mostly grapefruit flesh fruitiness and a bit of pine. Light alcohol flavour in the finish, along with mild warmth. Medium bodied, a bit chewy with creamy carbonation. Very nice texture. This is great stuff, worthy of an anniversary celebration. The darker malts, even though they're fairly subtle, really pull things together and create a nice counterpoint for the hops.

DrJay, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with red highlights. Nice tan head. Plenty of retention and lacing.

Smell: Hops, grapefruit, pineapple, a little caramel malt, maybe some prunes.

Taste: Caramel malt with a bit of chocolate and coffee notes. The fruity hops are presnt mid sip and the coffee finishes it off. A little pine in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: POUR ME ANOTHER!

stereosforgeeks, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I've been waiting for a beer like this, to come into my life. A dark IPA? Has anyone done this? Pizza Port it looks like, but not to this extent. Maybe a southern california thing?

You can smell this beer coming a mile away. After pouring I smelt the cap and then immediately was beat up by the smell of coffee malt, citrus, and straight up hops.

Looks like a cross between old rasputin and saranac black forest. Lacy white frillies follow this beer down the pint glass.

This tastes out of this world. First taste is all over the place, malts, hops, a shot of alcohol, not much carbonation, but somewhere inbetween cask and high, if that makes any sense.

This beer keeps on keeping on, flavor explosions of chocolate, citrus, grain alcohol keep coming at you in different order with every sip you have.

Finsished strong, the gift that keeps on giving.

The 10th anniversary gave you a warm streak down the middle of your body, this one's warms it all over.

Murchmac, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like a porter; mostly black with a tan head. Smells like an imperial IPA, but with a faint roasted note hinting at Imperial Stout. Hops up front - Stone style. If I closed my eyes, the first few sips might taste like that of a fresh Ruination, but as the beer warms up in my mouth, the astringincy of roasted malts kick in, and I would have to open my eyes at this point. Now there is not a pronounced stout character as that would add too much malt to compete with the hops, so they have wisely chosen what kind and how much dark malts to use in order to achieve this. This will no doubt spark a new age of imperial Stout/ IPA hybrids (just three days before this was on the shelves in my area, I had tasted a bartender's blend of Old Rasputin and Two-Hearted Ale) and we will see who comes out with a more roasted version that still brings the hop aroma and flavor before it just becomes an Imperial Stout with too much hops. In the meanwhile it seems that Stone stands alone on a pedestal of glory here.

dedrinker, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of drumrboy22
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Westmalle chalice.

Dark brown color with a deep red around the edge. Light brown head that left lacing around the glass.

Aroma was not what I expected at all. Nice citrus aroma. Heavy grapefruit and floral aroma. Awesome.

Tasted like a DIPA with a strong malt backbone. Reminded me of Stone 10th a little bit. Long bitter finish.

Looks like a dubbel, but taste and aroma are all IPA. A great brew. Highly recommended.

drumrboy22, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoaaah. Black, with a breath of red transparency when held in front of the light. Head is splendid, and posesses enviable stamina. Leaves fine, feathery lacing. Smell is an absolute killer, exhibiting massive complexity in the malt. It has a sharpness to it that is reminiscent of cedar. Also evident are espresso and an absurd abundance of humulus lupulus. The flavor is equally massive and impressive, very woody, and with a great finish, that thankfully lingers until the next magnificent swig. Mouthfeel is layered, with great viscosity.

This year's VE scared the hell out of me. This beyond reaffirms my tremendous faith in this finest of breweries.

jeffjfindley, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of sinistermadman
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a nice creamy nut colored head. Excellent retention with a lacing that coats the whole glass. Nice roasted barley malt aroma with an undercurrent of fresh hops. Taste starts with a solid malt front and quickly melds into hoppy citrus bitterness. Quite creamy and hoppy. For my taste the hop/malt balance is perfect. Warming sensation from the alcohol, but not to an extent where it impacts drinkability, which is very good. Resinous, full mouthfeel, but not too overbearing. Overall a solid brew. Cheers.

sinistermadman, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of SwillBilly
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, black, opaque with just a bit of dark mahogany show around the edges. A thick, billowy tan head tops this dark brew, then fades slowly to a thin, but creamy toffee colored sheen.

Smell: Wow, big upfront citrusy hops, plenty of grapefruit rind, pine needles, and a touch of sweetened coffee. Faint hint of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: XI starts with a really nice malty sweetness with caramel and brown sugar overtones, slightly fruity, raisin like with a subtle roastiness. The middle is where things transition quickly to a full on hop assault. Big time grapefruity bitterness along with more pine needles. The grapefruity bitterness lingers long after the swallow, leaving your mouth dry and tempting you to take another sip. The very subtle roastiness of the dark malts also make an appearance in the finish as well. Alcohol is there as you can feel its warmth and flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly a rather moderate mouthfeel, looks definitely deceive. Dry in the finish and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: Another great anniversary beer from the folks at Stone. I thought X was a really good IPA (glad I have another bottle), but this black IPA is so unique. The ability to combine a big, hoppy, Double IPA with dark, roasty malts is something else. Doesn't come across as a hoppy Porter as you might expect from its appearance, but its a true, honest to god, big time West Coast DIPA. Plenty of of citrusy hops (dare I say Amarillo or Simcoe?) with a subtle roastiness and plenty of malt sweetness to balance things out. Being 8.7% makes this a sipping beer for sure, but man is it drinkable. The dryness in the finish begs you to take another drink. Definitely seek out and enjoy, highly recommended. A hop heads delight for sure. Glad I grabbed a couple of bottles. Can't wait to cellar and try again next year.

SwillBilly, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of alphaking
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best beer i have ever had. I love double simcoe and thought it was perfect on tap, but this is pure excellence. The smell is definitely fresh simcoe hops, and I have to stop to smell every time I go for a taste. The taste is perfect. There is a strong dark chocolate taste, and bitter like unsweetened chocolate chips, but goes very well with this. There is a lingering and pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste that seems like a perfect balance of dark chocolate and fresh hops. I can't get enough of the fresh hop taste. The chocolate taste really reminds me of FFF Alpha Klaus, but the overall flavor is definitely DIPA. After smelling this when I first poured it, I thought for sure there is no way it will taste as good as it smells. I was very wrong. I picked up two cases of this and have already called to set aside a third. Hopslam and Un-earthly will always have a special place in my fridge, but this stuff is hoppier, and just plain delicious. This brew has impressed the shit out of me. Excellent job with this one Stone.

alphaking, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of thepitch
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed a beer in a while. Nor have I had a Stone Anniversary Brew since number X. Here it goes.

Bought the beer at Whole Foods in Brentwood. You can always count on Whole Foods for some good beer. Not a revolutionary selection, but they've always got some good old stand-bys when I am in the mood to achieve some beer flavor satisfaction. On a relative scale (and by this I am comparing L.A. to the Bay Area) it is nice to have somewhere to go for good beer in this land of Corona and Stella Artios.

Nice Appearance, pours translucent black with plenty of copper and burgundy when held up the the light. Beautiful, well balanced head, with light tan lacing but it definitely doesn't linger.

Hoppy, iron laced, rusty full bodied and hoppy aroma. I'm getting a floral hoppy smell and prelude to nice and unique character.

Great taste, notes of coffee, malt and finishes with a strong but harmonious bitterness that makes you thirsty for more. Lots of hops including hop bitterness in addition to the hoppy floral flavor. Tastes like a stout IPA.

Overall, a Great beer. I like it. My only criticism (and I don't trust critics) would be to increase the malty body which will bring out the sweetness of this beer and also increase the aftertaste's staying power.

thepitch, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep brown, with slight ruby highlights around the edges. 2 finger head has good retention, and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aroma is deliciously hoppy, not that you'd expect much else from Stone. Big time west coast citrus hops are backed by and ever so slight chocolate malt aroma. Not in the sweet way at all, just like dry bitter cocoa.

Flavor is much the same. Nice slightly sweet amber malts up front, with a good amount of cocoa hints. Followed by a smooth wave of hop flavor. All the usual suspect "C" hops seem to be present, yielding a very left coast flavor profile. Finish is bitter, but not searing. Mouthfeel is moderate and sticky. Drinkability is good.

Definitely an odd duck. Chocolate IPA perhaps? I'm a bit torn on this one though. I applaud Stone for their originality in this one, but I'm also a little disappointed. While it's not a earth shattering as the Stone 10th, it's still a damn fine beer. I'll be picking up a few more to drink, and a few more to cellar, just out of curiosity.

phisig137, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of jakon
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle purchased for $5.49 at Orenco New Seasons.

Pours coffee black with a substantial tan head that recedes slowly while leaving a wash of sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma is brightly hoppy. Huge citrus character. Based on aroma alone, this most closely resembles the Summer Yulesmith. My first impression upon tasting is that this beer could possibly age quite well. There is plenty of malt lying just below the surface of all that hop presence. Like a furious undertow waiting to drag you out to sea as if to prove it's just as powerful as a towering wave. As it is, there is just a ton of flavors vying for my taste buds' attention. Tough to pick them out singularly, but there is definite chocolate, roasted coffee and fig presence to go along with those great hop characteristics that we all know so well. Together, these flavors combine to produce a pretty strong bitterness. Despite the intense battle going on between so many different strong flavors, this brew finishes pretty clean. Mouthfeel is dialed in just right. It's slightly thick and a bit oily, and the carbonation is ratcheted down a notch or two. Very smooth on the tongue with just enough bite to satisfy. Fits the flavor profile nicely. Overall, I really like this beer and am impressed by Stone's apparent eagerness to step outside the box and put out something so unique. Not sure I like this one quite as much as last years anniversary ale, but I'm excited about seeing what will happen to this one over time. I plan to put at least 6 of these away and won't check on it for another 6-8 months. I see great potential and think it might be even better once some of these background players step to the front of the stage.

jakon, Sep 20, 2007
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,197 ratings.