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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,507 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,507
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 233
Gots: 530 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

seplo, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

falconxman, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

zenwatts, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are some beers you try once and remember forever, even though you know you will never try it again. Until SSR was re-released, that was Stone XI for me. A transcendental experience during my senior year of college, I finally get a chance to sit down and review this beer. To this day, this is a measuring stick for Black IPAs, or Ales, or whatever they are called now.

The body is very porter-like. Deep garnet-hued brown during the pour, but black once it all gathers in the glass. The head that forms is about 1 cm thick, and creamy, fine, and fluffy. It leaves thick rings of sticky laced foam all over the sides of the glass.

The aroma is full of pine, but there is also a good dose of grapefruit and under-ripe oranges that give a very tart and unpolished citrusy character to go along with the dark roast malts that balance out some of the bitterness. The flavor is more bitter, with the pine coming through more than the grapefruit. You would almost forget that this wasn't a traditional IPA, except that instead of sweet caramel in the background, there is a hint of acrid roast instead.

Creamy and full on the palate, and it leaves a sticky resinous film after the finish. A little bit of warmth as the beer approaches room temperature, too. I like this one a lot. Very happy this wasn't a 1-and-done but instead is now a standard offering.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with my brother.

The look is dark brown with a thick thick tan head

The aroma is hops citrus spice love it

The beer starts with a sweet malt it quickly becomes light in the tongue but hops take over a slight roast and citrus pair to a dry finish leaving a big bitter on the tongue

bishopdc0, Feb 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

gshak, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Westuh, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

dt_gbpackersfan, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

In_Control_Mike, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

bmmortale, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

tylerstravis, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

superdoopersauce, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

IanSpindler, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Sturmthis, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BcOneSeven, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Fathead's served in a stemmed tulip like glass.
Black,opaque had just a tan ring of foam around the inside of the glass when served to me.

Intense hop nose,complex, Very piney,leafy with a strong minty/evergreen aromas with a sight sweet malt note. The hops were overpowering hard to smell anything else.

Very piney taste,resinous/leafy, tons of hops and intense bitterness. Very dry,astrigent slight sweet maltiness buried under the hops. Couldn't taste any alcohol either. Would have expected more maltiness with the dark color,really got fooled there.

Very thick,full and syrupy. Rough drinkability,unbalanced would have like some maltiness in there,maybe with some aging. A sipper for sure,just one at a time please. If you a hophead enjoy it now,if not might want to sit on this one a bit.

jcdiflorio, Oct 17, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

brauseboof, Dec 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Pellinore1, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours near black in color, pours with a two finger creamy head that is mocha brown which lingers nicely and leaves a ton of lingering lacing
S: nice citrus hop notes up front, very slight caramel malts slide in at the end
T: nice citrus hop notes initially, very fresh, then the malts kick in really nicely towards the end which helps to really even it out, very yummy
M: smooth with very gentle carbonation, slight kick at the end, very creamy
O: a great balck ipa really delicious and well balanced, everything i had hoped this brew would be, ill pick it up again in a heartbeat

BigPlay1824, Feb 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

cfrobrew, Oct 30, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark. Indistinguishably dark. Nice head. Tight foam settles in beautifully. A good looking beer.
Complex taste and flavors blend very smoothly in the palate leaving a pleasing aftertaste. Very smooth.
This is worth seeking out if you feel worthy.

NWer, Oct 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

mythaeus, Jul 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Nordbier, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

NumberNone, Mar 01, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,507 ratings.