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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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5,005 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,005
Reviews: 1,817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 369 | 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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Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

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

Pours a midnight-dark red, sort of cola colored with a foamy tan head. Tons of hops in the aroma, like a DIPA, also a sweetness like brown sugar, with some piney hops. The taste turns to citrus, sugary grapefruit, a bit more unbalanced towards the hops, but not negatively so. Definitely a big brew for the hopheads.

A bit darker than the 13th anniversary in taste and appearance, but this brew follows along that line and should appeal ton anyone who likes that or any of Stone's hoppy goodness.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 06:50:42 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of tonistruth


4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pitch black brew wearing a massive tan crown, outstanding retention

S- hops galore: citric, pine. caramel, big roasted malt aromas

T- roasted malts and citric/pine hops, grassy. outstanding balance of hops and malts, intense amount of flavor

M- medium creamy body, definite hop abuse, sticky film after

D- WOW, this beer is pure joy. This brew is the answer for us stout lovers who are also closet hop heads. I couldn't possibly recommended this brew enough

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 04:05:10 | More by tonistruth
Photo of NickyDee21


3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

10-12-2013 15:04:59 | More by NickyDee21
Photo of lic217


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-02-2013 22:23:48 | More by lic217
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-14-2013 22:02:39 | More by allstar255
Photo of JBogan


3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one fills the glass with a nice dark brown, almost black hue with a solid off white creamy head which leaves plenty of sticky lacing in it's wake. An attractive looking brew.

Smells of grapefruity hops, dark chocolate and burnt molasses. Interesting mixture.

Taste is along the same lines as the aroma, along with a hint of roasted nuts and maybe a slight bit of toffee. The beer opened up quite a bit as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was very good. Smooth and creamy, somewhat on the thicker end of the scale.

A well done brew by the folks at Stone. This is not my favorite style, but is a beer I'd consider having again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 00:00:25 | More by JBogan
Photo of Skye1024


4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-27-2011 19:21:26 | More by Skye1024
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-13-2012 22:27:23 | More by mweso2000
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-17-2011 19:33:07 | More by csiewert
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-29-2014 16:59:06 | More by Furley80
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

02-04-2012 04:15:24 | More by n00blar
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-18-2013 23:01:07 | More by sunofneurot
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-18-2013 20:31:16 | More by atoulouk
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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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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-10-2013 02:43:56 | More by Luk13
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New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Nearly pitch black brew with two full fingers of tan head sits in the snifter. Nice lacing rings are left behind.

S - Great citrus aromas with some grapefruit/orangey aroma floating around. Some tea like aroma is there too.

T -Wow, some bitterness and alcohol meld with the fruit and lead the way over some dark malt flavors. A little bit of chocolate flavor makes a nice, albeit brief appearance. Alcohol is definitely evident into the finish over those fruity tastes. Very interesting.

M - Nice medium/slightly heavy body with just the right carbonation for this unique brew.

D - So one of a kind. I'm loving it and I want more after every sip.

Notes: India Dark Ale???? The bottle states that the brewers kept everybody "in the dark with this IPA" and it really is like a hybrid of a few possible dark beer styles and an IPA. I guess Strong Ale is the only classification that makes sense but this beer has many characteristics of a barleywine, IPA, and even some stout and/or porter like traits. I guarantee some will love this and some will hate it, but everyone who appreciates craft beer should try it. Me, I'm a fan. I'll have to grab some more.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 01:34:58 | More by EStreet20
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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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-17-2013 05:13:17 | More by dailyminefield
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-07-2013 01:52:57 | More by Tracker83
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-18-2012 13:03:11 | More by YamagamiTravis
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-10-2013 18:20:43 | More by Thishops4u
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-04-2013 23:36:00 | More by mrchrisray
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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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-15-2013 04:46:22 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-12-2014 05:06:33 | More by ShepardCommander
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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