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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,587
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 237
Gots: 560 | 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 BeerManDan
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a medium amount of tan foam and a fair amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell of hop's with a hint of roasted malts was evident on the aroma. The taste was of a bitter hoppy flavor with a mild sweet roasted malt flavor also. There might just be a touch of chocolate, but, more of a roasted malts flavor. Nice balance of soft bitter/sweet on the finish of the American Strong Ale.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, released 9/10/07, sampled six months after that; brewed to 20.5 plato with "lots" of IBUs. It's a few shades away from pitch black, with a few dregs, three full fingers of khaki head and some nice lacing. Little sweet in the nose, with fruity alcohol, pine and citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit). Roasty and quite hoppy on the palate, with coffee, crystal malts, and medium to high bitterness. I can already taste some age on this one. The body is smooth, a little prickly, with a dry, roasty/chocolate finish. A pretty decent beer, unique and a pleasure to try. I'm picking up the black IPA thing, but I could stand for more hop flavor to help it along.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Down Town Johnny Browns.

Pours a dark black but not viscous like a stout. Nice light tan head that stayed the entire time. Lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells of dark malts but alot of the hop smells are absent. You can smell it a little but not much.

Tastes smooth. Almost like a cask ale. The bitter malts combined with the hops taste very good. With the fading of the hops it is actually still quite a good beer.

Mouthfeel is really smooth and low carbonation. Almost none but it goes well with the beer and tastes almost like it is on cask. Tasty.

Overall a very tasty brew that I would try again for sure just to see how it is aging.

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

Poured from bomber into my Stone RIS Tulip. Pours brown and slightly transparent but sits in the glass almost black. Hold it to the light and a bit of reddish brown comes through.

Smells of big citrus hops right off the bat, grapefruit, like their Ruination IPA, and with a little agitation I get some toasted chocolate behind caramel malt.

Got this in a trade so who knows how it was stored and what it went through en route from Cali to Jersey. I also burnt my tongue on some pizza earlier which may affect my palate, but as you can see, I am not a patient person. Taste was definitely full blown double IPA from the start, as I keep drinking the dark malt starts coming though but its still all hops front to back, start to finish. Actually come to think of it, there is more bitterness in the mouth than actual hop flavor.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Sometimes IPAs, even for a hop head like me, get to be a little much but this dark malt is a great balance. Definitely a unique brew and I'm definitely looking forward to Stone's new Sublimely Self Righteous Ale which is apparently the same recipe but hopefully a little more fine tuned which would make this beer a favorite.

Photo of drtth
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lightly chilled and poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This beer is from a case purchased in Dec of 07 and so has been aging gracefully in the basement since then. (This case replaced the one that did not survive long enough to be aged :-)

Appearance: Dark, dark, brown, almost black like a stout. The head disappears quickly leaving some lacing and a small rim of bubbles around the glass. There is also a spotty film of small bubbles on the surface.

Smell: Dark, almost burnt caramel and chocolate malt smell. Not much citrus from the hops left to speak of even though this was a hop bomb when it started out, rather the grapefruit smell of the hops has been dominated by that of the various dark roasted malts.

Taste: the floral, citrus notes of the hops has been moved into the background by the bitterness from the dark roasted malts. The flavor is rich and strong, like strong dark chocolate, but there are hints of sweetness. The finish or aftertaste, which goes on and on, is that of almost burnt malt mixed with dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Thinly carbonated, medium bodied with a smooth feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable as a when it was new this beer is still highly drinkable even as the hops have faded to allow the strong rich dark malts to come forward.

Note: 10 Jun, 2010
I first reviewed this beer when it was the 11th Anniversary Ale. Tonight I finished my last bottle of that brewing. It is still just fine but I'm not convinced it would have held for too many more months in the bottle. The dark roasted malts now give it a slightly bitter, almost burnt taste but there is definitely some bright citrus flavor from the hops floating around in there in the background. All in all I'm quite pleased with how well this bottle has done despite the fact it was not cellared under ideal conditions.

Photo of Pagzzz
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, purchased from beverages 4 less in Santee. Sampled in Stone IRS tulip glass.

Appearance: Inky black with slight auburn hue right around the edges. Looks like an RIS. Tan head builds, dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing. crystal clear (what I can see)

Aroma: Big citrus hop aroma. Blind, smells of Ruination but with a slight burnt caramel hint. Citrusy hops, some pine notes. Definitively IPA characteristics, but just a little roast or chocolate character (de-husked black malt must be used). Little more ester character than other Stone IPA's, slightly English-like. No diacetyl.

Flavor: Firm, bold american hop bitterness dominates the taste. Sharp roasted malt flavor suggested, but not featured. Slight caramel or molasses character, but not overpowering. Drinks like a big IPA, showing very few dark roast characteristics. Much like a Schwarzbier emulates a Pilsner, but looks like a Dunkel. No diacetyl. Malt is overpowered by hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body that finishes quite dry. Alcohol is evident, maybe a little hot, but it's young. This could definitely get interesting after a couple of years. Could use a touch more body to bring out malt character for some balance.

Overall, a very interesting beer with IPA-centric qualities and some subterfuge thrown in with the dark appearance. Not super drinkable, but given high hopping rate and big alcohol character, it isn't meant to be a session beer.

Photo of drxandy
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from the cellar to tulip glass on 02/07/09, pours a nice opaque black, slight hints of red in light, tan head eventually fades to lacing.

smells of deep malt, creamy, faded hop presence is still lively, barley, alcohol heat

taste is surprisingly of hops right off the bat, the way the hops have faded is excellent, thick delicious grapefruit citrus, piney, excellent weight, roasty malts follow through and have blended smoothly and creamily, slight cocoa/coffee, bready, very slight sweetness rounded out by the oily hop bitterness. Age hasn't really changed this brew all that much so far from fresh other than put the hops down a touch, now it drinks like a delicious barleywine

mouthfeel is oily and bitter, excellent flavors and weight, extremely drinkable, alcohol is noticeable but isn't overpowering

can't wait to see this as a regular release, it's too good to leave as a one time brew

Photo of paytoplay
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at O'Briens SD. Funky, blast of hops on the nose. A bit of sweetness, very complex, herb and vegital. Extremely long length. Color was black with a brown standard type cask head. Hops really dominate and the malt create a unique brew. Much different from the 11th bottle enjoyed a week prior. Interested to see how current bottles compare.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle for $5.99 (I think) at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. Purchased in Jan 2009 and consumed in February of that year.

Pours a black black opaque black like the finest of inky beers, but a brown hint comes through when seen in partial reflection. A nice moderately frothy brown head sits atop this pretty beer.

Aroma is strongly hopped IPA style, grassy and pine resin playing off each other- not much citrus, just a touch. Solid malt base is there too to offset the hops.

Flavor is at first the solid rich toasty roasty chocolate-caramel malts, almost a bit ashen, and then a rush of hops bitterness and an alcohol burn end. The ash notes are stronger (much stronger) in the aftertaste.

A solidly built beer, quite a hop lover's delight. I personally wish it were a bit more fruity and less ashy, but that is a minor compliant in the presence of a well-built taste sensation. It's probably more "in style" (whatever that means) with the darkness of this beer.

Photo of PatronWizard
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A gift from OlieIPA who took pity on me for the swill the current economic crisis has forced me to drink. Thanks, you bastard, now I owe you another one!

Pours a rich deep deep ruby-brown. Very dark. Huge mocha head of beautiful mushmellow. A damn fine looking beer indeed. Maybe even perfect, as in 'cannot be improved.'

Smell is awesome. I know right now that this is gonna be great. Big pine and citrus hop blast of mouth watering aroma. Very clean. Very crisp. Not as strong as it could be, but all business.

Taste is simply delicious. Hops run the show. Bossing around the stray malt flavor that tries to get outta line. I can almost get a hint of ... chocolate? Maybe something else, then the hops finish the battle with a tangy grapefruit bitterness. Yum.

I can't believe how smooth this is. Carbonation is almost completely unnoticeable. Slick, goes down like a two dollar whore.

Since I love high ABV to begin with, I know I could drink this yummy stuff all night long (all night), all night long! Easily 3 or 4 bombers if I had 'em.

I'm a big fan of the 11th, but only had it a year old. This fresh stuff is divine. One of my personal favorites ever. I can say no more: this beer is awesome.

Overall: any time

Photo of OlieIPA
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a brandy snifter.

A: A huge pale brown frothy head that settled on top of this deep and dark liquid with a good amount of lacing. An awesome looking beer!

S: Strong hop character with hints of dark charred malts.

T: A lot of burnt malts backed up with a nice kick of hop bitterness. The darks malts seem to bring out the bitter flavors.

M: A full body beer that I felt could have used more carbonation and less cotton mouth feel.

D: This is a pretty good beer....one of Stone's better beers. Alcohol is hidden decently as well.

Overall: Like I said before, one of the best beers to come out this Escondido brewery. A very hoppy beer that is easy to drink and full of flavor. An excellent beer and a must try as well. Cheers!

Photo of 86sportster883
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a dense tan head and ruby highlights when held to the light. The hops on the nose is powerful and reminded me of the Amarillo hops I used in a recent homebrew. This is one interesting double IPA with a massive resiny hop bitterness in the finish. 90 IBUs completely hides the 8.7% abv, but even for the hop head that I am, I suggest drinking it on the cold side. Up front, there is a much better balance as a hint of roasted maltiness briefly rises above the piney, oily hop bitterness. A true hop head's beer, but I seem to remember it being a little less over-the-top when I had it on tap as the 11th Anniversary Ale at Stone, Escondido.

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

After 18 months under good conditions in my underground beer lair, this is still an outstanding beer. It could probably have taken even more time.

Pours thick brownish-black with a huge torrent of carbonation and a lively head. The head falls fairly quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is plummy and strong, with a little hop fruitiness.

The flavor is rich and plummy, with a little oak-like woodiness and a deep, coffee-ish bitterness developing on the tongue. It has a roasted character, but not like a roasted malt - more like a slow roasted beet, given time to develop its sugary nature. There is toffee and caramel, but light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is zippy and carbonated. The beer is far lighter on the tongue that you expect from a beer this rich.

This is a worthy and highly drinkable strong ale.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Dark brown from the bottle, jet black in the glass. Huge, fluffy tan head is thick and shows good retention. Spots of lacing left behind in its wake.

A: Big citrus & piney hops, roasted bready malt, caramel, and a wee smidgeon of booze.

T: This is outstanding! Big citrusy hops backed by a very sturdy backbone of roasted malt. Creamy caramel mixes in to add a nice touch of sweetness to offset the high bitterness. Sublte chocolate also comes out on the back end, along with a much more pronounced bready malt in the finish. Alcohol is minimal, and contributes to the taste instead of getting in the way.

M & D: Full-bodied, thick and viscious, a bit chewy yet deceptively smooth. Excellent drinkability, was wishing I had another halfway through the bomber.

Notes: Is it a Black IPA? Is it a very hoppy American Strong? Seems like a hybrid between the two. Who cares, though, it's fantastic! So glad this is available year-round! Highly recommended

Photo of Tdizzle
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours brownish-black with molasses hues at the bottom of my glass. The billowy, sand colored head sticks around for a good while before settling down to a thick layer that sits atop the beer for its duration. Some spotty and streaky lacing is left behind.

S- Bam! Heavy notes of grapefruit, pine, and pineapple flood the nasal passages. There's just a hint of dark, roasted malts and cocoa powder lurking in the background. A good swirl presents another rush of clean citrus rind bitterness.

T- Intensely bitter, but the dark malts impart a deliciously smooth quality to the taste. The hoppy bite really kicks into overdrive on the dry and slightly warming finish. Again, the malt profile gives the lasting bitterness a slight coffee aspect.

M- The mouthfeel is full-bodied and velvety-smooth with tiny carbonation bubbles that seem perfect for this beer.

D- I was able to finish an entire pint but that was all I needed. This hop bomb packs a wallop in the flavor department. The 8.7% ABV is well-hidden.

A truly awesome beer.

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

Picked up a bottle from South Bay.
Pouring agressively into a Duvel tulip, the beer produced a 2 fingered, gorgeous tan head. A deep rich black,I did not notice ruby highlights as some have mentioned. Great lacing.

Smell is piney with citrus notes in a BIG
way,the first clue that this is just not an 11th Anniversary pulled from the cellar.

This beer is all about the hop freshness for sure,but they are embraced with the smooth malt backbone that tastes familiar. As it warms a bit more complexity comes out, a bit of coffee here, a bit of chocolate and perhaps dark fuit there, but then the HOPS take over again and prevail above all other contributions. The roasted malt sweetness tries to suck you in and make you forget this is an IPA of sorts, albeit a black one pushing the boundaries. But the sweetness lasts only for a short period,never overpowering the soul of this beer which is the hops. The hops are never far from the experience that is Stone Sublimely.

Very smooth mouth feel. A tongue swipe of the mouth produces sweetness, but then the hop goodness comes on again. I am going to have to try one next to an 11th, but I think the Sublimely in this fresh state, is going to come out well ahead for me and is going to be a current favorite for me for awhile I believe.

Photo of Dmann
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly awesome beer, the growler lasted but 2 hours before it was emptied! This is basically a re release of the 11th anniversary ale under a different name, and I'm glad they did this because the 11th was one of my favs and it is great to have it back!

The beer poured a very dark brown color with a great off white head and nice lace on the glass. My nose was quickly drawn to the scents of pine and pineapple and I could not wait to taste it. The flavor was event better than the smell with a bit of dark malt sweetness to start out with, followed by a very fresh, lightly piney and cirtusy hop blast, and rounded out by a touch of alchohol in the end. The perfect carbonation and smoothe, not too thick mouthfeel added greatly to my enjoyment of the beer. No, I do not think any improvements could be made on this one, but get it now while it's fresh! You will not be dissapointed!

Photo of MCfunkyJ
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours: black/brown with a thick tan head

Aroma: pine, coffee

Taste: very strong and a small bit of bitterness

Mouthfeel: full-bodied, strong and a tad bit bitter but still smooth

Drinkability: this a super dark IPA and in a way reminds me of the Old Gaurdian but not such a strong Alcohol taste as the OG.
Going back to buy the store out.

Serving type: 22oz bottle

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dark and lovely ale poured a slow but solid two finger head with good retention. The nose had strong grapefruit and coffee aromas. The mouthfeel was silky for a well hopped brew. The taste was like a roller coaster of flavors. The smooth chocholate and coffee taste takes center stage then the big citrus hops try to peak thru the murky flavors of all the malts. This beer was darker than most Indian brown ale's I've tried. Thanks to Stone for pushing the envelope.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Stones. A little more accessible that the Bastard beers from Stone, yet is has a character of its own. Pours extremely dark for an ale. Great head and retention. Aroma is very Stone, as is the taste. Hoppy and thick - lots of layers to the flavor. Fruits, figs, then some smokey dark woody notes. Very pleasant and smooth taste and feel. 55 degrees is best for this beer, similar to the Bastard beers. This has become something of a regular for me - luckily I bought a case a while back. I'm looking forward to the Self-Righteous Ale so I can get a case of that. Man I love Stone!

Photo of cproioi
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark reddish-brown with a tan head layers the top. The aroma is made up of citrus, spicy and resiny hops with a dark biscuit malt backbone. The taste follows the aroma with a slight alcohol taste as the beer warms. Very dry finish wonderful beer. One of my favorites from Stones.

Photo of ruckzuck
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very dark brown with a nice khaki head. My first thought after reading the back of the bottle was "WTF!? IPA's don't look like this!?" =)

S - soft citrus and piny hop aromas waft into the nose at first. Definitely some toffee and caramel going on from the roasted malt

T - oh wow! The nose is very pleasant, but it didn't tip me off to the (comparative) flavor bomb about to hit my palate. Delicious! Loads of delicious citrusy hops fill the mouth. Further savoring reveals the roasted malt characteristics coming through in all their glory. There's a great taste of bitter dark chocolate that comes through, and the whole thing finishes with a bitterness that only an American IPA could have

M - solid bodied and smooth. Delightful as it goes down

D - I wasn't sure what to expect of this when I opened it, but I am not disappointed! A lovely beer that I'm glad I got a chance to sample (we only got Stone in GA back during the Fall). Will totally enjoy finishing this bomber. Stone really are one of the best and most consistent breweries around. Keep it up dudes, and let's get more of your awesome beers to GA already!

Photo of SShelly
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22.

Pours black like an RIS with a thick 3" offwhite head that sticks around for a minute or two.

Lots of hops in the nose, citrus, citrus citrus, i love it!

Flavor starts out with a citrusy bitterness that coats the mouth, has a nice strong malt backbone behind the hops, finishes a touch to the malty side and leaves the mouth with a light citrus hop coat. medium-light mouthfeel, the only thing I would change.

This is the rebrew of one of my favorite beers ever, 11th anny stone, and it delivers, hits well across the taste buds and leaves you wanting more. Mitch, please please please brew this more than once a year!

Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bomber with a black, blue and silver silk-screened label featuring a S-R Gargoyle and the usual blurb. It pours a dark ass black of a brown, with a tight, thick and creamy 1/2" cocoa colored head. Lots of thick sheet type lace that eventually disappears back into the brew.

Certainly smells a lot different than it looks...hopbomb right hook to the nostrils and then a left jab. Pine, citrus and spruce set the stage for this ale. A slight roasty malt in the far background.

The taste is hoppy as hell from start, to finish, with pine-o-plenty and loads of citrus. Make no mistake, this is a strong hop ale of the IPA type...more hop than strong, the alcohol gets burried deep in the forest. Medium plus body with a bitter, sappy finish. Quite refreshing and drinkable. If you like your beers dark and hoppy, this is a must try.

Photo of MisterClean
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone night at the Grad in Davis:

A - Dark lack pour with a 2 fngered head. Dissipates to 1 fingered head and sticks around. Beautiful lacing.

S - Dark roast coffee. Wish I could smell more, but no.

T - Dark roast coffee and light alcohol.

M - Very smooth, little aclohol in the mouthfeel.

D - Good, but needs more hoppiness and flavor.

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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