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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,516 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,516
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 234
Gots: 531 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

cfrobrew, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ChicagoNick, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of NWer
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

NumberNone, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of mverity
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh, I don't care for this beer one bit. Too hoppy and the malt hasn't really developed much. Too smoky and roasty too. However, I sat on a bottle for like 6 months, and gave it another try, and holy crap it's amazing! It balances out so much better. The hoppiness dies down considerably, the smokiness too. The roasty maltiness tones down a ton too. Really smooths out and becomes extremely enjoyable.

mverity, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Close to opaque black with a mocha head. Head holds and laces nicely. The smell is a wonderous whiff of hops. Smells like fresh, resiny whole hops touched leather-based perfume.

Deep roasty malts and sharp, juicy hops dominate. This is hefty but well-balanced. There is a slightly danky, earthy, perfumey undertone to the composition of this ale -- it's quite nice. I don't know that I've ever experienced that note with a darker ale. Full-bodied yet smooth. Beautiful dry finish that borders on chalky, which ultimately leaves but one impression: lip-smackin' good.

I had a 21st Amendment Back in Black before this and, even though they are both classified as American Black Ales, the comparison is night and day.

This would be a nice pairing with a variety of beef dishes, and would probably be wonderful with nicely roasted lamb.

Zraly, Jan 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

bh123, Oct 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Andy_Luft, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of bluesplit63
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best from Stone so far.

Self Righteous Bomber.

Purchased from Nikki's Liquors. North Providence.

Pours a rich black with a thick light tan lace.

Hints of citrus and pine.

Smooth feel to the mouth with a light closing taste of alcohol.

8.7abv. Enjoy slow and steady.

bluesplit63, Jun 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

PeteRiz, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ColdOneKev, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of kegger22
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a two finger head with good retention. The aroma was a musty bitter, sorry, can't do any better than that. The taste was bitter citrus/pine needles. A little bitter for me, but not bad. The feel was full bodied with more than sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good, especially if you are into hops. Not a lot of difference as it warmed up, still a good beer.

kegger22, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of jpro
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a "special cask" (extra dry hopped with amarillo hops) sent by Stone to the Closed for Business birthday party in Charleston last week... from notes...

A: Black with some red around the edges; khaki head is small (cask), but leaves a lot of patchy lace.

S: Mindblowing... citrusy, grassy hops; tropical fruit is also evident in the hop profile; some malt sugary-ness in the background. But, oh so hoppy! Man, the amarillo dry hop on this makes for a delicious aroma!

T: Sweet, tropical fruit concentrate / hoppy nectar; some acrid bitterness on the finish; great stuff.

M: Medium bodied and super smooth.

D: Great drinkability considering the abv - there's almost no hint of it in the taste. I'm a big fan of the "regular" Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (which also utilizes amarillo hops, but not at this level!)... this version definitely takes it up a notch... great stuff! Not sure what the availability on this one is, but if I ever see it again I'll be sure to have a couple -

jpro, Dec 20, 2010
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours black with a tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The beer is opaque, but bubbles can be seen collecting on the underside of the head. The hop aroma of this beer is strong, but I can also pick up dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some mild sweetness in the smell. The taste follows the nose. The citrus hop flavor is intense, but I can also pick up the malty flavors as well as bitter chocolate and anise. The alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor. The body of the beer is medium to full with plentiful carbonation. The drinkability is very high for such a big beer. Overall, this is a most excellent beer that everyone should try once.

acevenom, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

MLaVioletteJr, Aug 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

beergod1, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Crimsontider22, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Neffbeer
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Black/brown color with an off white billowing head. Overall it has good head retention with great lacing.

S: The nose is really interesting, the hops rear their head only to be pulled back back a supreme malt presence. It tends to hint at spices that probably aren't there as the two foes dance, citrus and roasted malt.

T: The hops show up first, citrus, herbal, bubble gum. They quickly give way to the malt body, which is quite significant. Roast dark malt roars into the picture as the beer finishes dry and deliciously bitter.

M: Luscious and full bodied it tickles the palate with light carbonation.

D: Crazy drinkable. I just finished some home brew that clocked in at 190 IBU's before this and the beer still held up hoppy. Cheers to Stone!

Neffbeer, Feb 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

weaselchew, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ConradKenney, Apr 28, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep and dark mahogany brown, just shy of pitch black. A relatively thin tan colored head sits atop for quite some time.

Aroma is noticeably hoppy with big American hops showing off. No noticeable malt aroma at first, but becomes apparent as the beer warms.

This beer really falls in-line with many DIPA's, but with the dark malts to throw things off. Hop-forward with a strong bitter presence and flavors or citrus. A slightly sweet/toasted malt character can be detected, but its well hidden.

A lighter bodied feel than I expected, but thats not to say this is a light beer. It still packs plenty of punch and you can feel that in your mouth. Overall, this is a beer that pretty much defines the black IPA category. Who knew hoppy and dark could go so well together.

Kinsman, Oct 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

mobrockman, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

davegray, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Naugros
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Either really dark brown or black, but definitely opaque. A full, dense, frothy, tan head two fingers thick. Looks like a stout. Lace makes nice bands, measuring the size of each gulp. Yes, I gulp. This is a beautiful beer!

Might look like a stout, but smells like an IPA. Well, what did I expect from those hop-crazed maniacs at Stone? Hmm, pink grapefruit preserves spread on a piece of toast?

Wow! The boys from Escondido are nowhere near the bottom of their stash of hops. What a sucker-punch to the back of the throat! Hops heads will rejoice! You malt heads might enjoy as well, if you can get past all the puckering. The toast tends more toward burnt in the taste, but there's still sweetness. It's hard to figure out how to describe the sweetness since the bitterness pervades all the way up the sides of the tongue, encroaching on sectors that are traditionally salty and sweet. Perhaps it's figs, dried cherries or raisins, but surely dark fruit.

The bitterness really packs a wallop! Much too much of a wallop for a Belgian fan like me. I appreciate balance and this beer has a train-load of hops on one end of the scale and a goodly amount of malts on the other. Fifty tons outweigh 50 pounds.

The back of the bottle reads, self-righteously, that they "know their stuff" at Stone. Yes, they do. They brew great beers and also know that the prevailing trend right now is to the grapefruit bitterness of the many varieties of hops from the Pacific Northwest.

Naugros, Jul 06, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kirkse, Apr 07, 2012
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,516 ratings.