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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,591 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,591
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 236
Gots: 561 | 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 atigerlife
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby highlights. Huge brown head. Good retention. Good lacing. Very nice to look at.

Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits and hops.

Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malts, woody, hops bitterness. Very intense flavors and a lot going on. Some other things going on here but can't quite place them.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. Delicious. Impressive and interesting. High ABV does limit the quantity that can be consumed.

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

I reviewed the Twelveth Anniversary last night, Ive let this bottle age a year before partaking,so here goes.Pours out an imperial stout blackness capped by a brownish tan effervescent cap of GBD( Belgian-Dubble like deliciousness.
Smells of bitter chocolates, bitter orange, coffees, evergreens, malts, molasses, grapefruits, sweet malt sugars,citric tangic hoppiness adds to the sugar malt background, delicatley yet perfectly balanced between malts, sugar and citric hops.
Taste is bitter citric fruits, followed by a tangy hop bite, malts add mouthfeel yet finishes with a tannics spiced hop bite. Flavor it long and lingering, every sip is a new experience of an overwhelming senstion of malty hop balance of perfection. mouthfeel is over whelmingly delicious, every sip is completley satisfying, yet all I want is more.
as a side note, in comparison from the 11th anniversary to the 12th, it was really interesting to see the difference a year makes. One year "overload with hops", next year hops are precious cargo. How the market controls what we consume, yet it is beautiful to see how true masters such as Stone adapt and overcome the obstacles thrown at them. Congratulations Brewmasters!!! please continue!

Photo of einman
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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

From a bottle to a glass mug...
Pours black, almost opaque with a fluffy two finger head, left nice lacing.
Smells like sweet grapefruit and floral hos.
Tastes sweet and has a citrusy-piney bitterness, with a hint of wood.
Feels very dry, and gets smoother as it warms.
This is a top notch very enjoyable beer.

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of -NESTO-
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of blknikon
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Focusf111
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of alex_hart
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of CreekyJarls
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Bill235
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of NCSUdo
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of tayner.

A: Pours a thick looking opaque black under a tan head. Pretty good retention and some pretty good lace.

S: Hoppy. A lot of citrus but also some soft undertones of darker fruit. A nice creaminess hidden away here too. Seems to be a big malty sweetness underneath as well. Really a lot going here. Maybe even a hint of chocolate.

T: Big hop bitterness with citrusy tones. Nice sweet berry like fruitiness up front. Really well done. Finish is bitter and it sticks around.

M/D: Carbonation is just right, full bodied. Drinkability is fine on this one but it is definately a sipper. This is a damn fine beer.

Photo of mrchrisray
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of ali1987
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was feeling self-righteously sublime with a glass stein.

Appearance- Atop the opaque and cola-colored body sits a two-finger width band of mocha. The pillowy foam has a rather cratered cap rife with big bubbles. Retention is pretty decent, still a good finger-width wad after a few minutes.

Smell- So much pine and resin present on the nose being squeezed by plenty of citrus aroma. The citrus is more tangy than sour, more on the grapefruit end of the spectrum, rather than lemon or lime.

A burnt quality wafts through momentarily, about as much of the dark malt that I am sensing.

Taste- Neither end of the malty and hoppy spectrum ever takes complete control of the palate over the entirety of the drink. The malt backbone is still coming across mostly as roasted, with a slight vegetal tang.

And the citrus blends so well into this offering. Again, more grapefruit, maybe even star fruit and orange coming through. Piney and resinous characteristics are far in reserve and are most noticed in the finish. A nice little kick of bitterness is present too. Well done.

Mouth feel- I hope you like them dry because this one really sucks at the cheeks. The hop bitterness really sticks to the sides of the tongue the more you drink.

The body is not all that hefty, but still a decent medium feel with an easy swallow. It could have been heavier than this and I would have been really happy with it.

Overall- Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale is a beer that demonstrates how well this style can be crafted. The blend of dark malts and hops produce a combination of flavors so well balanced it is as if they could not have existed apart from one another before this beer existed.

Despite a mouth feel that does not quite do the beer justice, I would seek this one out again gladly.

Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of zenwatts
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of falconxman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,591 ratings.