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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

4,969 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,969
Reviews: 1,816
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 357 | 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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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Has a large tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves impressive lacing.

Smell: Cascade hops almost completely dominate, giving it a very grassy, earthy smell. Slight bready smell in the background.

Taste: Hops overwhelm at the front. As it develops, it gets slightly more malty. Tastes like a slightly maltier DIPA. Very tasty. Leaves an earthy, piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and reasonably well-carbonated.

Drinkability: A damn fine beer and another win from Stone. While I don't think most people could handle more than one of these at a time, it is definitely still a world-class brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 00:13:56 | More by wahhmaster
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atoulouk

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-18-2013 20:31:16 | More by atoulouk
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Morakaton

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

11-19-2013 05:28:10 | More by Morakaton
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JamesMN

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque black with some maroon hue when held up to the light. Thin tan head with good lacing.

Aroma: A little bit of the wet dog odor you get with some kinds of hops. Some dark malt and milk chocolate. The hops really stand out here the most.

Taste: Intensely bitter with hop flavors of grapefruit and pine. This is a fresh bottle and it really does the hops justice. The malt presence is almost overshadowed by the hops but it is there, especially in the aftertaste. Black coffee, dark malt, and just a hint of baker's chocolate. I'm sure as the hop flavor fades over time the beer will balance out but for now it is great even without much balance. No hint of the 8.7% ABV. Almost juicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good effervescence. Above average drinkability. There is even a bit of a creamy/smooth texture.

Final Thoughts: Another great hoppy beer from Stone. They get bonus points for adding a 'best by' date on every bottle which assured I got fresh beer. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 23:06:09 | More by JamesMN
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple bottles of this while I was in Boston for work. With first pour, I knew this was an entirely different beer than one normally gets their hands on. I recently brewed a double black IPA and thought it was wonderful, but it pales in comparison to this. This is, undoubtedly, an Imperial Black IPA. The unbelievable hop powerhouse aroma unleashes itself immediately. Massive pine and grassy overtones explode in the nose. Sticking your head in a bin of freshly picked hops is comparable to this smell. Jet black body with beige head. Lacing was intense and carbonation was lively. The taste was all IPA from beginning to end. Wonderful hop presence throughout with a warming alcohol taste. Maltiness is there but well hidden behind the hops. Sharpness is intense but very enjoyable. The high abv is hidden behind the IBUs. This is a wonderfully crafted beer that hop heads need to try. I would love to know how they managed to get the dark body without the roasted bitterness. For my Black IPA, I cold steeped de-bittered black malt for 2 days. This a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 00:35:04 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had an on-tap "shorty" at the Yard House in San Antonio, TX.

Dark black with a little light coming from the edges. 1/2 inch brown fluffy head. Decent lacing down the sides.

Big hops nose. Grapefruit/citrus. Malty, caramel, chocolate sweetness in the background.

Flavour matches the aroma. Powerful hops balanced out by rich chocolate, roasty malts.

Pretty oily mouthfeel with light carbonation but the hops can be a little scouring on the tongue.

My first Black IPA. Loved every minute of it. Well worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 06:13:36 | More by Noxious26
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Finally tracked one of these babies down thanks to alphaking.

A - Just as the description claims, pitch dark, I wasn't sure what I was getting into at first, but I couldn't wait. Thick foamy head, excellent lacing and retention.

S - Strong smell of hop notes and a sweet scent that reminded me of cherries.

T - Very potent bitterness with a floral aftertaste, decent complexity, but it cannot mask the alcohol, which is why I didn't rate it higher than a 4 in this department, it's punch is reminiscent of malt liquor.

M - Full bodied IMO and very sharp, with a little bit of lingering.

D - Hard to put down more than one or two I think, but an excellent ale none the less. Here's to Stone for another excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 03:10:04 | More by PhageLab
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chumba526

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color is midnight black it pours with a two inch dirty brown head.
It smells of toasted Smokey hops, hints of grassy citrusy, herbal hops. I almost smell a bit of a rosemary flavor.

The taste starts as expected by the smell with a Smokey toasted slightly caramel malt flavor and moves in to a rich citrus grassy hop flavor. Even with the strong citrus grassy notes of the hops the nice Smokey flavor is still noticeable. The beer has a very nice blend of malts and hops. You can clearly taste both the malts and the hops. The taste ends with duel flavors of bitterness and toasty malts. The Bitterness lingers on the palate for quite a while. The medium carbonation makes the beer quite smooth.
Overall probably the best black IPA beer I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 22:22:49 | More by chumba526
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lic217

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-02-2013 22:23:48 | More by lic217
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allstar255

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-14-2013 22:02:39 | More by allstar255
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mrchrisray

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-04-2013 23:36:00 | More by mrchrisray
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is black as Darth Vader's Suit's Ass blasting through the galaxy like a fuckin' Dark Lord. It's got a hypnotic, spiderweb style foam canvassing itself across the plain. The foam looks like coral sitting on top of somehow liquid coal.

It tastes great, just hoppy enough where you know it's beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:18:35 | More by DerekQXQX
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A black IPA, hmm, let's see what this is all about...

Rich, pungent hops are the name of the game here. Heavy astringency, oily hop mouthfeel and a bright citrusy character that is quite delicious. What else does one expect from Stone? There is a bit of balance, though: some nice, heavily toasted caramel and a definite chocolate note too.

Though Stone's attempt at to make this beer so "unique," it's well above average as IPA. Rich, hoppy, and very delicious. And, admittedly, the heavy roast and chocolate is interesting.

Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:48:38 | More by arguemaniac
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photomike

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from my favorite "we have old stock, but sometimes that can benefit you," store.

Interestingly, I had tried Sublimely Self-Righteous (the new name for this beer under regular production) prior to tasting this beer. With a year and a half on it, this is a VERY different beer.

Pours a beautiful opaque deep brown. Can't get ANY light though this one. 1.5 finger cappuccino head forms and develops little craters on top. Minimal retention and lacing is what separates this beer from visual perfection. A beauty nonetheless.

The smell, however: perfection. Unbelievably complex. Big, very sweet malt, brown sugar, dates, black coffee, licorice and alcohol. A huge whiff is intoxicating.

Taste is similarly complex and delicious. While my growler of fresh Self-Righteous was hop dominated, perhaps overly so, this aged version is extremely malty. I am surprised at how hoppy this remains after nearly two years, though. Very nice bitter, vaguely citrusy backbone and finish that plays nicely off of the malty sweetness. Licorice, raisins, and a hint of alcohol are here still too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. The carbonation is light, but perfect for the beer. A bit of a boozy burn.

Drinkability is high for a 9% brew. Drinks smoothly and easy, but you are definitely aware of the alcohol.

This is a GREAT beer, both fresh (as Sublimely Self-Righteous) and with age on it (as Stone 11th). In fact, I think I prefer this 11th. Time to throw some SSR in the cellar!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 01:54:34 | More by photomike
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-09-2014 14:55:59 | More by billhelm
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JRBecks

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-12-2012 16:56:29 | More by JRBecks
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blabaer

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-12-2014 05:06:33 | More by ShepardCommander
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mwa423

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black as an imperial stout with a finger of head that refused to die. It stuck to every inch of the glass. Very impressive.

S - Very hoppy in the traditional Stone style with hints of malt to back it up

T - Arrogant bastard on pcp, a sharp hop taste with heavy hop and malt aftertaste. I ned to get more of this!

M/D - Mouthfeel is excellent for a ber thisstrong in the mouth, there are very light aftertastes which make this dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 05:22:07 | More by mwa423
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bird22

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-28-2013 04:17:04 | More by bird22
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Mojo

Alabama

4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip glass

This is almost just exactly perfect. It pours up a deep ebony black with a generous foamy tan head, good retention, and lacing just about unlike any ever seen before for this style. The smell is a powerful and satisfying dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Taste is an initial malty sweetnesss giving way to a big coffee taste of a finish, well balanced. Mouthfeel is very thick and lucious. Almost just exactly perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 04:18:05 | More by Mojo
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mrcraft

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-23-2014 01:09:43 | More by mrcraft
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-11-2013 19:44:33 | More by TheMrFarnham
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Tracker83

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-07-2013 01:52:57 | More by Tracker83
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Evarigan

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-13-2013 03:27:26 | More by Evarigan
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,969 ratings.