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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,230 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,230
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 230
Gots: 467 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

pat_usher, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

bmmortale, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of treyrab
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for offering this one to taste last night. Poured into two pint glasses...

A: This one really surprised me. It looks like a stout with how black it is. When held up to the light there is only a faint hint of brown. This is truly remarkable for a strong ale. The head starts off small, but bellows from beneath into a monster that laces and sticks around quite a bit.

S: The smell is straight fresh hops. Smells like cluster hops, but of course that could be because I was reviewing this while brewing with cluster hops. Anyway, the hop presence in the smell is remarkable, but other than that only slight caramel can be discerned.

T: The taste was great too, but again, straight fresh hops. The hop profile is amazing, but there are only slight other flavors in the beer. Some caramel and a touch of roast perhaps can be picked up, bit it is mostly all hops...fresh hops, not bitter.

Overall, this was one hell of an interesting strong ale. Very freshly hopped and another great offering by Stone.

treyrab, Oct 31, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

C2H5, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

EigenBeer, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of phisig137
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep brown, with slight ruby highlights around the edges. 2 finger head has good retention, and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aroma is deliciously hoppy, not that you'd expect much else from Stone. Big time west coast citrus hops are backed by and ever so slight chocolate malt aroma. Not in the sweet way at all, just like dry bitter cocoa.

Flavor is much the same. Nice slightly sweet amber malts up front, with a good amount of cocoa hints. Followed by a smooth wave of hop flavor. All the usual suspect "C" hops seem to be present, yielding a very left coast flavor profile. Finish is bitter, but not searing. Mouthfeel is moderate and sticky. Drinkability is good.

Definitely an odd duck. Chocolate IPA perhaps? I'm a bit torn on this one though. I applaud Stone for their originality in this one, but I'm also a little disappointed. While it's not a earth shattering as the Stone 10th, it's still a damn fine beer. I'll be picking up a few more to drink, and a few more to cellar, just out of curiosity.

phisig137, Sep 21, 2007
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Poured into a globe glass.

A= Nice dark malty colors. Tan nose, with little head retention and minimal lacing. Good looking beer.

S= The nose off the bat is high of hoppy bitterness. As it mellows down, the hint of roasted nuts comes through.

T= The complex flavors of this beer range from bitter to bold. the mix of hops and malt has really been achieved in this stone brew.

M= When first served, the feel was that of an IPA. As the ale warms, it gained a chewiness to it.

D= Very drinkable, I could have this one everyday, or use it as a nice afternoon relaxing beer.

Overall= Overall, I am very pleased with this beer, malt monster with hidden bitterness. . . how Stone.

GDBEERMAN, Apr 25, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

lic217, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

beerme626, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ColdOneKev, Jun 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Evarigan, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

GaryMarkle84, Oct 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

GOBLIN, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tbeer40, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

DrStiffington, Jul 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Punisher, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark black with red hues and two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted forever. Fantastic lacing.

S: Resin hops. Chocolate. Very nice, but somewhat mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Burnt notes, chocolate, coffee, hops. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Somewhat thin.

O: This is a really interesting beer. Tastes like an IPA/stout.

SolipsismalCat, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jl28r1, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

YamagamiTravis, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

J_Dub, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

s1ckboy, Mar 15, 2013
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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.

ZethOfTheNorth, Sep 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very dark brown with visible carbonation.
S: Very earthy hop aroma, no apparent roasted scents.
T: Dark earthy hop taste backed by a nice malt base. A well balanced beer.
M: Move over Newcastle, this beer is smooth like no other.
D: One more please..

tlazaroff, Feb 27, 2011
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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