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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,009 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,009
Reviews: 1,817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 370 | 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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stogirelli

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-16-2013 01:24:25 | More by stogirelli
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

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

Sampled from a 22 ounce bomber poured into my Duvel tulip glass on 11-29-07. This review was enter from copious notes taken during quaffing.

A-Poured nearly pitch black, almost no light enters the glass. there was a slight appearance of brown around the edges. Did not pour extremly thick though. Head was tan and about 2 inches in height from moderately aggressive pour. Retention was good and lace left after the head did fall was phenominal.

S-Malts hit 1st for me, caramel, molasses and toasty bread. The middle to end of the nose brings a hop feild on harvest day, pine hops, green hops and hnt of citrus hops. Alcohol in the nose as well after it begins to warm.

T-Big and bitter piney hops right in the front on the tongue. carmel malts and roasted barley come in in the middle. Some dried pit fruit can be noticed in the middle as well. A hint of unsweetened choclate and espresso shows as well.

M-medium body with a mouth coating creamy texture.

D-The drinkability is pretty good, but the bomber is certainly enough for one sitting. Overall, I thik this is a little hot and bitter right now. I think this one would benefit from sometime in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 17:19:25 | More by jackorain
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-29-2013 04:07:59 | More by hansgruber
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter

pours a black with a tan head, not much lace.

smells a bit like chocolate with a dark mix of fruit, but not anything special.

taste was a bit upsetting, bit piny with chocolate/coffee medium feel, but not great after taste,

was kinda of upset with this beer, not going to repurchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 01:30:28 | More by Anthony1
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle bought for $5.79. Best by 11/10, so this should be pretty fresh.

A: Very black, dramatically so. Disappointingly small head that's gone almost immediately. Like many IPAs, doesn't appear very carbonated.

S: Full, fantastic pine and citrus hop aroma. Despite its appearance, I don't get a trace of roasty smells, just hop glory.

T: Wonderful. Pine and soft tangerines. Significantly bitter. Very long taste.

M: Heavier than Stone IPA, but not the heaviness of, say, a porter. A bit of a prickle also.

O: This is unlike any other beer and is remarkably affordable given its quality. In a lineup that ranges from good (porter, pale) to incredible (IPA, IRS), Sublimely Self Righteous is maybe Stone's apotheosis.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 15:32:15 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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Domvan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-28-2014 16:48:30 | More by Domvan
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danielharper

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a thick brown bubbly head that remains on the top of the beer for some time. Some lacing. Slight reddish tinge on the bottom of the glass. Great presentation. Smells strongly of fresh hops, high alpha acids, with a strong citrus note underneath. Hints of sweet nutty malt underneath, with some sweetness coming to light as the beer warms.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma but somehow... off. First of all, there's a strong alcohol astringency on display here that overwhelms the rest of the palate, making it hard to get the complexity of the flavors. There's still that nice alpha hoppiness, some notes of citrus and a whole lot of sweet malt, but it gets overwhelmed by the "heat" of the flavor and just turns into a bit of a mush. It reminds me a bit of an American-made Weizenbock in flavor, hoppier than a traditional German, but the alcohol just overwhelms in the end. It's still good, but a bit one-note.

Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick, with moderate carbonation and heavy hops. Somewhat syrupy on the tongue.

Overall I don't have much more to add here. This is a good beer, one it might be interesting to age, but it doesn't quite hit that elusive sweet spot for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:45:59 | More by danielharper
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-08-2013 21:15:28 | More by dcguitar
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Tumble

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-07-2012 21:12:41 | More by Tumble
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lpayette

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-25-2013 22:08:35 | More by lpayette
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dbc5

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-14-2013 19:48:21 | More by dbc5
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sailorastro

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-15-2011 14:06:41 | More by sailorastro
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blabaer

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-24-2014 08:11:12 | More by blabaer
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-15-2013 15:59:02 | More by kjfinnerty
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Westuh

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-26-2013 00:38:23 | More by Westuh
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thereal_adam

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-04-2014 01:33:38 | More by thereal_adam
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willjschmidt

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 02:44:36 | More by willjschmidt
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at deepellum in alston. After trying the bottled version I preffer it.

When you pour it it sure looks like a stout, but that wouldn't be true. It's got a dark black body with a thin reddish brown head and nicely carbonated.

This is one of my favorite smelling beer's. Hoppy and fruity and a little floral.

It taste's like it smells. Very hoppy, bitter, a bit malty and something floral still sticks out.
Leaves a great after taste.

Mouthfeel is about average, very drinkable to anyone that enjoys a hoppy bitter beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 23:48:19 | More by Stockfan42
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-03-2012 06:31:45 | More by shockrocker65
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rootbeerman

Virginia

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

poured into two glasses.

A: pours dark brown, with a light brown single finger head, that settled to a thin layer that laced the glass well.
S: hoppy, like many on stones strong ales.
T: good and bitter, with dark roast malt sweet and bitter chocolate
M: medium carbonation, light in the mouth
D: drinking it faster than i thought i was, if i can find a bottle ill get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 02:19:26 | More by rootbeerman
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Atron67

Wisconsin

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

Update: new tasting 0n 4/21/09 --> actually in great condition right now. good moment to drink. oxidation probably can fill out a bit more too before starting to go downhill, so dont worry yet about this beauty

A- poured a dark dark brown, with a fluffy tan head on top, the head slowly faded over a couple minutes, but still left pretty good lacing on top as well

S- massive delicious maltiness, good floral hops dark fruits?

T- heavy maltiness on the first sip, turns into a nice bitterness that isnt that sharp, but still strong in the hops, really smooth finish which is surprizing, pretty damn delicious

M- pretty haevy body, medium carbonation, flows over the tongue well, fades pretty quickly

D- more!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 00:59:33 | More by Atron67
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TubaDan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-14-2014 20:35:53 | More by TubaDan
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-26-2014 17:12:47 | More by cbnz
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-05-2014 13:49:11 | More by discharmingly
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Casey10

Maine

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at bootleggers in Thopsham, ME. Glad to see this there as was a nice tasting beer. If there was ever a beer that could be clasified as black IPA this would be it. Dark black and lots of hops this beer has it and should be a must have for anyones portfolio.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:54:27 | More by Casey10
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,009 ratings.