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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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Reviews: 1,888
Hads: 5,845
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 290
Gots: 777 | 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 1,888 | Hads: 5,845
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served a opaque brown with a foamy light brown with very good retention.

S - Served pretty cold, so I let it sit for a while. Finally some roasted malts, nuttiness and bitter hops finally come through.

T - The taste is similar, but the bitter hops kind get in the way of the dark malts and roasted flavors.

D - Good carbonation and a medium to heavy body with a bitter finish.

O - A hoppy dark ale. Mission accomplished.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Bistro Double IPA fest. Even though it is the same recipe as 11th anniversary, I thought this one was lacking compared to the 11th I had recalled. By lacking, I mean, just really really good instead of fantastic.

Black IPA, hopped very well, obvious dry hopping, hides the high alcohol quite well. I can't wait to try the bottled version. Some say don't age, some say age. . . I dunno, I'm still holding bottles of both version, we'll see this Christmas. You don't really taste the alcohol, but it hits you by the end of the bottle.

Anyways, if you see it, check it out. Right up there with Laughing Dog's black IPA's when uber fresh if you ask me.

EDIT: Well this was definitely a drink fresh beer. You can't really taste any of the darker malts used, but if you age it, the hops fade and some of the astringency comes out of it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate hop aroma with a resiny, grapefruity character, malt nose is low to moderate – hints of chocolate and faint toast. Brilliant chestnut under a 2” light tan foam cap. Enters creamy with traces of coffee to chocolate but no burnt roast. Medium high bitterness – grapefruit rind mellowed by malts with some bitter support from darker malts. Medium body, slight astringency in the finish. Hop driven, lingering bitterness.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber - from Bessette's in Canton NY

Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, chocolate, coffee, grapefruit/oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of hops mixed with some citrus notes and some chocolate and coffee. There is also some malts and just a touch of smoke. It ends with a hoppy and juicy aftertaste.

Overall - Definitely my favourite American black ale. This bottle was almost a year past expiration and it still had a great hoppy/citrus flavour. Can't wait to drink it again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, but there's also some roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit noticable. The beer tastes pretty much just like the aroma. It's mostly hoppy, but there's enough malt in there that you can taste those flavors too. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat creamy and coating, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is great, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy it again in the future.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.26/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe, couldbe be black, but is more of a blackish brown color with garnet highlights. Two finger, sandstone head that recedes to a nice film of foam througout all 22 ounces.

Pretty aggressive hop aroma. Grapefruit zest to the point of atringency in the nostrils. Gives me the same feeling as spicey Chinese mustard in the sinuses. I like that in my mustard, but not in my beer. I can barely smell a dark roasted malt at all.

The same aggressive, biting grapefruit and lime zest bitterness up front and the middle. Whatever roasted malts are detected towards the finish of the flavor profile, seem to exacerbate the hop bitterness of this brew. I don't detect the abv. but I wonder if that adds to the increases the effect of the hops bitterness.

Astringent and bitter is all I can come up with for the palate. I was expecting a little more fr this beers palate and flavor.

Still a sipper for me. I like bitter beers, but this just didn't sit so well for me.

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

Very dark brown colour with a medium foamy light tan head. Good head retention. Nice lacing.

Dense, piney aroma with a touch of malt. Good.

Slightly sweet malt with no real dark malt character. A hint of caramel. Moderately-high bitterness. Piney hop character. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A solid, well structured beer.

A really nice Black Ale. Lots of flavour with a great hoppiness. Solid.

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Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a super dark brown, almost black color that actually cascaded for a few moments too. Produced a great light brown head that stuck around for awhile before leaving big clumps of lacing behind as it dissipated.

(S)- A light roastedness of bread and nuts with a piney lemon and lime citrus background. Weird and different, but good.

(T)- Pretty much like the smell. A good roasted profile with a bread, nut, and molasses character. Combine that with a crisp yet citrusy lemon and pine bitterness that meshes into the darkness within.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Roasted like a stout or porter, but crisp and with a hoppy citrus bite like an IPA. An interesting yet different beer unlike most in the style.

(D)- An interesting beer for the style. Malty, yet heavily hopped which I appreciate. Tastes good and is easy to enjoy. A relative easy drinker with a tamer ABV level than usual. Another solid beer from one of my more favorite breweries.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this on tap at the Hop Devil in Manhattan several months ago, but finally got around to trying a bomber over the holidays. It pours black with a tan colored foam but smells like a strong IPA, grapefruit citrus dominating. The taste is mainly hops, I don't get much of any roasted malt that other reviewers have mentioned. Very good as Stone always produces good IPAs.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black almost like an imperial stout with fluffy white head.
S - Very faint coffee and chocolate with very strong almost overwhelming hop profile. Dangerous.
T - Oh damn! The hops were too much for me! I really couldn't taste anything but buckets of hops. Defiantly a sipper.
M - Very harsh yet enjoyable beer.
D - Man I may have to have this again but I am pretty sure its the hoppiest beer I ever had from Stone. They are know for angry beers and this one had some good rage.

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Photo of claspada
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of strong piney hops and roasted malts with hints of caramels and toffee, however the hops dominate the nose.
The tastes begin with full flavored maltiness with flavors of burnt brown sugar, light coffee/toffee and caramel maltiness but the hops creep in and steal the show to this beer's detriment. The intense hops flavors of pine and grapefruit are just not melding with the dark malts. I do not enjoy the roast mixed with pine.
Overall the stickiness and resiny qualities dominate the mouthfeel and linger far too long for such a dark beer. I have had good, bad and average Black Ales. Unfortunately this is in the bad dept because the hops are just too dominating.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A almost black body with a quickly dying tan head and minimal lace. Intense hoppy smell but there is a noticeable aroma of roasted and cocoa malt. Like a hoppy coffee stout this beer has a medium body that is smooth and a tad creamy with a mixture (heavier on the former) of roasted coffee and chocolate malt (gives a lil' bit of sweetness) and citric hops. Also a minor note of black cherry and other plush fruit. Easy to drink ale that is meant to relax w/ after dinner.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a color that's one shade away from black with dark brown highlights - I knew what this was going into it and was still surprised by how dark it was. Head is one-finger of light tan foam that recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops - more emphasis on the citrus than pine - and pale malts. I tried but could find no hints of roasted or even toasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front quickly give way to citrus and pine hop flavors. The ending is solidly bitter - the only hint of darker malts.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is very good. I had half a bomber and could easily polish off a full one.

Overall this beer is quite the conundrum - a dark IPA that's definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, sweets, hops and pine. Very aromatic.

T: A well-balanced taste of malt, pine resin, west coast hops, and a little caramel. Sort of similar to an IPA, but has a very particular character.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Very drinkable and well made.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a dark brown with decent head. Almost two fingers of light tan head rises, lasting a couple minutes. The lacing is pretty solid.

The aroma is pretty light giving off a nice smooth hoppiness.

The taste is super hoppy from start to finish with a very bitter finish. There is slight earthniess to this that separates it from being an ipa, a nice change of pace.

Overall, pretty decent. Its an ipa that isn't. If your an ipa search this out.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 22-ounce bottle a sparkling deep brown, the head a crown of light chocolate, creamy and long lasting, after its final demise the lace forms a thick blanket to cover the glass. Nose has a profound hop floral spiciness at the front, backed by the sweet malt, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate, mouth watering. Start has a nice malt sweetness; hop bitter bite to the back, top is moderately full in feel. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops potent and spicy; the alcohol warms the tummy while the aftertaste continues the hop spiciness.

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Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Two months past the best by date.

Pours an opaque onyx, impervious to light, with a frothy one inch beige head that slowly dissipates, leaving modest lacing.

Coffee, roast malt, and nutty notes are evident after the pour. Further investigation reveals licorice, resin, herbal and floral hops, and a generally earthy character. Grapefruit and fresh cut grass emerge.

Flavor is extremely grassy, minty, herbal, and earthy initially, with offerings of grapefruit turning chocolatey mid palate and finishing roasty, with hints of coffee, char, and significant hop bitterness. Huge flavors!

Body is moderate to slightly full, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Packed full of flavor, this brew is about as complex as they get. Most black ipas don't jive for me, as the roast malt character and citrusy hops often collide in a negative way, but not the case with this one. The bitterness is a touch more than I prefer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Looks like almost stout like in coloration. Only some light can penetrate this beer. A night bubbly tan head sits on top and slowly fades leaving lacing galore.

S-I have had a few black IPAs before but this one takes the cake in the smell category. Big, big hops are dominant. But the rich dark maltiness of the beer is quite evident as well. Definately the most hop foward Black IPA atleast in the nose department.

T-I find it to be maltier than the nose. But don't be fooled, this one is hopped quite thoroughly. The citrusy hop blast really wallops the tongue. The dark sweet malts are awesome here too however. Roasty and rich, very nice.

M-Pretty thick. Nice oily way about it. Sticky. Medium-heavy. Not overly carbonated.

D-The high alcohol is masked so pleasantly you can't stop yourself here. Very drinkable.

Stone aces it again.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes: 1/22/2011

A: mild hoppiness with predominantly floral hops scents, sweetness attributed perhaps to toffee

Ap: black with a faint reddish hue, 1 finger mocha colored head, nice ringed lacing down the glass

B/T: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp

Af: floral hop notes, hints of chocolate on the backend

O: nice balance of chocolate and hops, easily drinkable.


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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, $7.49 at the liquor stop in Highland, IN. purchased within the last month or so in between 3F and ND

I believe Stone 8th anniversary was one of the first beers i ever rated and i've had them all since

appearance: pours nicely into a bell's tulip glass...dark as night body with huge foamy tan head and great retention. For some reason this wasnt what i expected to pour out of the bottle, but looks can be deceiving

smell: the aroma is a full on blast of hops - highly bitter, west coast pine, plum and other dark fruit, molasses, lots of sweet malts...very intriguing - seem impossibly hoppy for a beer so dark

taste: hops come through the pipeline immediately in large doses, heavy pine presence makes this a candidate for a nice holiday beer...thick molasses malts, heavy bitterness, alcohol seems to bite stronger than 8.7%...another winning anniversary effort

mouthfeel: wonderfully smooth with a bitter hop current and moderate alcohol buzz

drinkability: a sipper for sure

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this tonight with a couple of friends as a part of a Stone mini-vertical with the 11th-13th. My favorite of the night.

The pour is gorgeous, black with a dense dark brown head with great retention and lacing. On the nose, the hops are still so fresh! Yes, it's been in a 40 degree fridge for a while, but the piney hops with a little bit of fruit character (apricot and peach) really works well with the deep, roasted malt character with coffee and chocolate. Great balance. On the palate, the flavors are replicated, with a surprising amount of hops present, with pine and a little citrus before a gorgeous wave of dark chocolate, coffee and a little sweetness come in. In some ways, almost stout like. Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a long finish with a great balance between hop and malt bitterness, this beer is fantastic. I'd drink a lot more, but I have just one bottle left...

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Photo of ccrida
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic, Stone's 11th Anniversary is black with a very large, thick, rocky tan head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is overwhelmingly sweet, citrus hops, grapefruit to the extreme. Smells fine, but really more like grapefruit juice then beer, although with enough sweet malt and alcohol to make the difference clear.

Taste is pretty good but rather unusual. Basically a big porter with a huge charge of citrus hops. The hops are so citrusy that they're more akin to the sourness of, again, grapefruit. There's a bit of astringency from the black malt as it warms. The finish is a bit boozy, with just enough bitterness to let you know your actually drinking beer. Lots of flavors, but they seem very disjointed, lacking synergy. I think I'd really like this better if they went with EKG or another English or Noble hop, rather then the PNW "C" varieties, but still, it's quite nice. Funny how thinking outside of the box ceases to be so when you do it the same way every time....

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a suprisingly light, yet not thin body.

Drinkablity is about average. The booze is certainly there, and I'm not to fond of grapefruit juice, even if it is as sweet as this. However, like most Stone brews, that second half of the bomber goes down way to quick! Still, I couldn't really take to big of a swig, that weird sweet and sour combo was just too much. I had this right when it came out, and this one tastes about the same, maybe a hair sweeter, but I think the store kept it chilled the past 3 months, as the hops are still in full effect. I'm gonna cellar one just to see what happens in about 2 years. Sure the hops will fade, but dark beers really develop well in my experience, and I expect a whole new animal by then.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 8.7% ABV, Enjoy by 10 14 10 -RE-REVIEW of an oxidized bottle.

A - Even better looking than last time. A moderate pour creates cascading and a four-finger tan head with phenomenal retention and epic lace coating the glass. The beer itself is a black clear mahogany color with slivers of ruby showing through.

S - Light notes of coffee poke through a heavily hopped aroma full of resin and citrus. Once again the hops come out full-force up front then fall away leaving a lightly oxidized-like cardboard-like aroma with the malts. Toasted amber and black patent nose. Not anywhere near as bad as my last experience but the hops seem to fade out far too quickly allowing imperfections to shine through.

T - Little amounts of cocoa and coffee give a sense of depth to this hop monster. Lots of American hops with lots of resiny hop oils take over and linger through the duration of the tasting. There is an interesting quality to this beer that makes it very bland feeling while hinting at depth. In the end it just seems to be all bittering hops and not a lot of flavor.

M - Tons of bitterness that really leaves it unbalanced on the palate. Lots of oily resin on the finish. Smooth and medium-bodied, the alcohol isn't tasted at all but it's felt in the retro nasal breathing and warming sensation.

D - This bottle needs to be split a few ways for me to drink it, otherwise it'll just demolish one's taste buds. Again, it's far better than my last experience but I'm still not all that impressed. It seems to be a flat-out bitter bomb with hops masking everything else. The taste lacks some good depth that's found in so many other Stone brews. By far, it's one of my least favorites from a brewery I love.

On a side note, thanks to Stone rep Aaron Tyrell for all the contact on the bad bottle issue. Hearing from reps or brewery employees about quality issues, or any other issue for that matter, means a lot to me an other beer geeks.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Pours a super black with a frothy, bubbly off white head. Copious amounts of lacing coat the glass while drinking, and a nicely retained layer of head remains through most of the beer.

S - Heavily roasted dark malts with a flair of hops and a touch of sweet.

T - Dark toasted grain leads into heavier roasted flavors. Sweeter malt slices through with caramel and molasses before a hop bite kicks in. Juicy, piny hops continue before a roasty, sweet, somewhat long finish with a hint of boozy warmth.

M - Heavier body, slightly creamy, dry tendencies during the finish.

D - Great flavor profile, and considering the 8.7%, this is especially drinkable.

More excellent beer from Stone, that's it.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,888 ratings.