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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,720
Reviews: 1,884
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 259
Gots: 670 | FT: 7
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black, opaque, with a massive 4+ finger mocha colored head. Retention is excellent with a thick cap remaining. Abundant lacing.

S - Heavy on the hops. Lots of pine and some sweetish fruits. Quite herbal and floral with little bits of citrus and apple.

T - Pine, flowers, and a touch of fruit comes on first with a minimal sweetness that lasts but a second. At this point, I'm not sure whether or not some malt is trying to pull through, but I'm leaning towards not. Spicy grapefruit peel character ushers in the beginning of the bitterness, followed by earthy tones. After some sort of burnt sugar finish, the bitterness is almost staggering as it lingers and lingers for several minutes along with evident alcohol flavor.

M - The mouthfeel on SSR is great. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Everything slides down quite smoothly begging me for another sip.

D - Decent stuff, but somehow unoriginal. The bitterness is pretty rough but the mouthfeel provides a great delivery of the flavors at hand. For such a black beer I would expect more malt presence which hinders the brew a little. Still, a solid offering from Stone.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a dark translucent brown color with about an inch of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor consist of lemon peel/rind, orange, roasted grains, caramel/molasses, fruity plums, raisins. The ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with more than adequate carbonation. Very nice, coming along quite well.

Photo of foxbat2500
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark blackish red. Looks and smells like a stout, but the head is not creamy.

Smell has a coffee like richness. Not over powering. Nice

Taste, very enjoyable full range of flavor. For sure its a blend of worlds here. A taste not quite stout, not quite IPA.

Very interesting brew from a great brewery.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served a black, nearly opaque body with a thin ecru head that leaves sticky lacing. Plenty of roastiness, pineapple, dark roast coffee in the nose. Flavors explode on the tongue. Sweet up front ,then hoppy tropical fruit, followed by a bitterness that says "I am righteous & here to stay!" Solid mouthfeel on the lushly full not thick side. A one and done due to the abv.

Photo of Goldopelgt
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a jet black with a nice tan head...decent retention and lacing left on the glass...

S- Lots of piney hops and dark fruits...some maltiness and smokiness too...distinctively Stone, if you know what I mean...

T- Just like it smells...smacks you in the face with hops and bitterness...very unique and difficult to describe...almost as if you combined a good black ale with a DIPA and a stout...delicious!

M- Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation...dry, but lingers on the palate...

D- Another great offering from Stone...a very unique, and very tasty brew thats worth a try and probably a re-vist or two...

Photo of grayburn
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Between this and the Cali-Belgie, Stone has really outdone themselves as of late...This beer looks like a nice stout when poured, thick and creamy with a tan head that sticks and stays.

The smell and taste are a mix between a stout and an ipa, I love it...this hoppy stoutiness...not in the ways of ris's, a whole new style, where the hops take front seat and the malt sits only slightly behind them, excellent.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with just enough bittering to wipe away the cloying...excellent. Drinkability is quite nice as well, this bomber went fast.

Photo of OldeEnglishD
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a mug. I was really excited to try this beer as I missed out on it when it was released as their 11th anniversary beer.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black like coffee. A nice 2.5 finger head of tan that has serious staying and lacing power.

The smell is heavy grapefruit and pine, with just a touch of coffe/chocolate in the background.

The taste hits in almost the same order, citrus up front, with pine and earthiness next, followed by a hint of chocolate and coffe. It finishes bitter on the back end. As the beer gets warmer, the bitterness is not as harsh at the end.

This beer is heavier in the mouth than ABA, but not as thick as a Guiness.

This is a sipping beer that I do not feel I could drink more than 1 or 2 of in a night, but I sure as hell would enjoy those 2!

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.

Photo of Dank0814
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just to preface, i'm a huge IPA fan, and this does not disappoint.

Color is very dark, almost that of a stout, with a ruby color on the edges.

Smell is very heavy with hops. Not wuite what would be expected from the color, but definitely what i was looking for.

Tastes amazing. Rich hop flavor, with a strong malt finish. Not too heavy, but just enough to have you asking for more.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected as well. Not heavy at all, but has the same of any other pale ale i've had.

This beer is way too easy to drink. Goes down smooth for how dark and rich it is. I can see myself getting lost in a case for a weekend....

A definite must for any IPA drinker. Recommended by my beertender since he knew how big of a hop head. Busted one out that night and I bought them out. Enjoy!!

Photo of saintwarrick
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight-dark red, sort of cola colored with a foamy tan head. Tons of hops in the aroma, like a DIPA, also a sweetness like brown sugar, with some piney hops. The taste turns to citrus, sugary grapefruit, a bit more unbalanced towards the hops, but not negatively so. Definitely a big brew for the hopheads.

A bit darker than the 13th anniversary in taste and appearance, but this brew follows along that line and should appeal ton anyone who likes that or any of Stone's hoppy goodness.

Photo of johntangus
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a duvel tulip glass.

nice tan head with tiny bubbles. laced down glass nicely. Very dark with coffee like color on sides.

Great hoppy smell - earthy pine and citrus. i'm actually drooling into the tulip glass as i'm picking out these aromas.

I've never had a beer quite like this. Being relatively noobish, i would've categorized this as some sort of Dark IPA - like a mix between a porter and an IPA. So much for boundaries.

Stone pulls off a seriously balanced beer. But you can tell it is definitely a Stone. Epic. Just when you are getting overwhelmed by the hop nose and front end, it mellows out into a toasty backend.

Great mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. I could see myself drinking a little too much of this in a session.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

Pours a deep, dark brown with very little ruby highlights around the edges. A large, dark khaki head fills the snifter and recedes very slowly. Loads of lace.

Aroma is of lightly roasted malt, toasted bread, dark fruits, and a good amount of citrus and pine. An overall earthy, musty aroma with a blend of dark and tropical fruits.

The flavors are similar to the aroma. Pine and grapefruit throughout with toasted bread an a musty quality. A small bit of chocolate and alcohol also poke through. Overall, very soothing, but a different take on the style. Hoppier and less boozey.

Medium body with good carbonation. Lacking some creamy, smooth qualities. A tad prickly.

I admit that I am a hophead, but I found this to be a little too hop forward for the style. The roasty notes were low in the mix and could really use a boost.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this still on the shelf at a shop in Ypsilanti when I was up for the summer beer fest.

Poured into a nonic pint.
A- Pours with almost no head rising up. What does bubble up gathers into a brown pillow in the center. The beer is very very dark brown. Its like a porter or stout. There are some garnet edges but mostly its all black in the glass. No lacing not great head retention.

S- Now-a-days XI is smelling quite like some Belgian strong darks. Malty, caramelly, dark fruity.

T- Up front its similar to some Belgian strong darks too. Comes in malty smooth, woody, raisin-y and chocolaty. Whats left of the hops comes in at the finish with a very piney profile. The hop bitterness lingers.

M- Medium high carbonation, medium full body. Id assume when this was new having more bitterness would make it seem less smooth, but after 2 years its almost creamy.

D- Good drinkability. Low bitterness, just enough to create complexity.

In all this was a pretty sweet little secret I found up in Ypsi.

Photo of farrago
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large head, slowly works down to around one finger, while it is mostly miniscule bubbles, you get oddly sized larger bubbles here and there and the head does dimple in spots, almost sheets of lacing down the sides, thick and clingy, light brown in hue. Completely and I mean completely black in color, you'd think it was a stout by looking at the glass. Then you smell and, wham, the hops slap you upside the head, all pink grapefruit, pine needles, tropical pineapple, guava, papaya, nectarine fruit, the floral side the weakest hops element, yields to burnt biscuits, lightly roasted coffee beans and peat moss. In the mouth it's full-bodied, muscularly sinewy and gets right up in your face. While there's no getting around that pink to white grapefruit, pine sap, licorice and bitters, here there's more equanimity shown towards the roasted malts and toasty dough elements, blends in coffee bean, hard toffee and a nip of butterscotch. The carbonation more prickly than anything else, fits in with the overall tingle. Balance for Stone is a high wire act blindfolded, but this one comes about as close as the brewery can get. More than any of the flavors you feel the energy bristle through each sip.

Photo of oxnard111
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very very dark brown. Cannot see through liquid what so ever. 1 finger medium tan head. Head is thin in consistency.

S - Sweet caramel and vanilla, maybe even an almond extract type smell. Woodsy/earthy/burnt smells. There is some other smell in there that I just can't identify but can be detected on the exhale.

T - Strong barley. Wood tastes with a bitter aftertaste. Seems like the hops would have been more detectable when it was fresher but has been bottled for almost 2 years so they have lost some of their potency.

M - Very thick almost chewy. Very low carbonation.

D - This a pretty strong brew. Alcohol taste is pretty apparent. This almost seems like a desert beer. I could imagine having this with a ice cream covered hot cookie desert.

Photo of beerorRIP
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

snagged a bottle when i was out at the blue point beer dinner night @ spinnerstown inn.

poured from the nicely graphic'd bottle to an AB pint glass: a not so hard pour yields a very black body (only slightly ruby on the edges) topped with a 2 finger-light tan head. the head does receed, but leave some nice sticky lace behind. can't see through the blackness.

smells like a stone brew for sure. lots of hoppy smells (aka citrus and some pine) and some touches of roastiness. interesting for certain.

tastes stoney. hop flavor and bitterness are abundant. but there is a malt backbone that is present and shows itself with a touch of roasted flavor. not an overpowering coffee or such like from a stout though. it's a peculiar taste, and i like it. i can't quite explain it all, but the taste has a mesh to it that is nice.

medium bodied, and a tiny bit oily on the tongue. carbonation is there, but not creamy like you might expect.

drinkable for certain, and with the interesting taste it presents (compared to the usual stone lineup around here) i could have more than one easily. but it's not to be found in NJ for the most part.

Photo of froghop
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a large khaki head, and great lacing.

smell is faint at first, dark fruits, hops, and some sour malt in the back.

taste is strong, dry, dark fruits, touch of chocolate, a little caramel, sour malt, lots of hops, a little licorice, a tad bit of citrus, and a woodiness, end is dry and very bitter.

Photo of altctrlsdelete
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black with a tan head, half an inch tall and persisting. Craters and bubbling on the surface, slowly dissipating to a quarter of an inch.

Biscuity nose, minimal if any hop notes that I can detect. The roasted malts are on full display here.

More roasty, solid malts in the mouth, with more of a hop balance with a very bitter aftertaste. Dry finish. It seems, dare I say, simple to me, with up front roastiness and a simply bitter finish. Maybe an undertone of sweetness to go with that, perhaps a hint of fig. I feel like I'm missing something, but it seems straightforward.

Slight carbonation and a solid feel. Not too thin and not overly viscous. Some spiciness from the hops is present here too.

The alcohol is carried well, but overall I find this somewhat disappointing. There's just not enough that I'm able to appreciate going on in this brew. I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again.

Same style as Arrogant Bastard? Really? I don't see it. This is closer to a porter by my taste.

Photo of deanhead
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured black with a toffee colored head. Nice lace, with a respectable head that stayed with the beer.

Citrusy aroma, pungent guava & some toasted flavor. Aroma of roasted coffee and

Taste is slightly acrid. Reminiscent of roating coffee beans. Many contrasting flavors here. Licorice notes Warming alcohol.

Medium bodied beer with a woody finish. Also finishes with a slightly bitter and vegetative clinginess
Really interesting beer. Not sure if I would seek this one out again, but none the less it had a very unique taste. Kudos to Stone for taking it out of the box yet again.

Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown two-finger head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of floral, citrusy hops with grapefruit standing out the most for the hops. There's also a nice hint of sweet malt that seems a bit roasty as well.

Taste is full of floral, grapefruit-like hop character that dominates at first. It's followed by sweet malt with a hint of raisin and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness and sweetness that seem to coat the mouth. Alcohol is present but feels muted just enough, though it coats the throat with warmth.

Interesting beer that has many different flavors to contemplate. Worth a try but make sure that you sip it.

Photo of lhaqq
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nearly opaque black with a generous dense dark tan head. Looks almost like a nitrogenated stout.
S: Lots of hops initially though the smell still is subdued. Pine and a bit of maltiness.
T: Most of the taste seems to be a floral hoppy bitterness. Begins, though, with some bittersweet chocolate and light roast coffee. But there is a big grapefruit finish that was unexpected.
M: Enjoyably lighter than expected from the taste and abv.
D: Refreshing and can't taste the high abv.

Photo of cbros
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a Lowenbrau mug.

A- Pours a jet black reminiscent of a stout or porter. There is a nice dirty white head that does not stay around very long. A fair amount of cling present but again nothing over whelming. Not what I was expecting when I poured an American Strong Ale but then again I have had a rather limited experience with this particular type of beer.

S- The first note I get is grapefruit, this beer almost knocks you over with the citrus smell. That smell is combined with a chocolate and coffee backbone. There also notes of hops and some caramel?

T- The big hop presence in the taste is quite suprising given the appearance and smells. I expected the hops after gettting a good whiff from the nose but not to the extent that the taste offers. The hops seem to be balanced with coffee and citrus. This a great flavor combination that masks the overall strength the beer possesses.

I nice beer, but what else would you expect from a brewer like Stone? Once again this company does not disappoint serving a very good and rather strong beer. This has been a welcome addition to the Imperial IPAs that I have been ravenously consuming this summer. I will certainly be picking this up again and storing a few in the cellar to see what age does to it.

Photo of jbhuxley
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a massive, chunky tan head, which soon settles to a nice coating with splochy lacing.

The first smell I pick up is toasty chocolate, with more and more pine coming out. I can just pick up a hint of citrus.

Wow. This one is different. First I pick up a burnt, bitter chocolate, then the hops start to come through. There is definitely grapefruit on the finish.

This one finishes smooth and clean. There is a noticeable lingering bitterness. The body and carbonation are just right.

This is one of the most interesting beers I've tasted in a while.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours Coca-Cola brown/black with garnet highlights and a globby, creamy khaki head.

S - Heavy on toasty malt, faint cocoa, coffee, chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, faint dry bitter chocolate, piny hops, sort of an odd caramel foamy finish.

M - Fluffy, fizzy, medium bodied.

Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on draft at the mandalay bay burger bar after they disappointed me with not having deschutes mirror mirror. Worth it, however. Didn't get the chocolate as much as expressed but an excellent double ipa with some maltiness. Great on draft in a goblet.

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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