Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,597
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 239
Gots: 568 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of heysuz
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Intro: 64 oz. growler poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Little to no head that dissipates quickly however when swirled some head remains, jet black color, opaque, little carbonation and no lacing and very oily.

Smell: Slight smell of dates, figs or raisins with an alcohol odor as well.

Taste: Strong and bitter with a subdued unsweetened chocolate with prominent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Leaves dryness in the back of the mouth but at the same time there is a motor oil consistency to the feel.

Drink: Seems to be a sipper and not a beer that improves with warming, better served cold. The taste is almost too bitter to be enjoyed.

Conclusion: I will be the first to admit that I am a card carrying full-fledged hop head and this beer may not be my cup of tea. The main objections to this beer are the bad mouth feel, the coating and aftertaste. After further contemplation, I think maybe my growler came from an old barrel that was nearly empty. My experience just doesn't come close to what I read about this beer.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was feeling self-righteously sublime with a glass stein.

Appearance- Atop the opaque and cola-colored body sits a two-finger width band of mocha. The pillowy foam has a rather cratered cap rife with big bubbles. Retention is pretty decent, still a good finger-width wad after a few minutes.

Smell- So much pine and resin present on the nose being squeezed by plenty of citrus aroma. The citrus is more tangy than sour, more on the grapefruit end of the spectrum, rather than lemon or lime.

A burnt quality wafts through momentarily, about as much of the dark malt that I am sensing.

Taste- Neither end of the malty and hoppy spectrum ever takes complete control of the palate over the entirety of the drink. The malt backbone is still coming across mostly as roasted, with a slight vegetal tang.

And the citrus blends so well into this offering. Again, more grapefruit, maybe even star fruit and orange coming through. Piney and resinous characteristics are far in reserve and are most noticed in the finish. A nice little kick of bitterness is present too. Well done.

Mouth feel- I hope you like them dry because this one really sucks at the cheeks. The hop bitterness really sticks to the sides of the tongue the more you drink.

The body is not all that hefty, but still a decent medium feel with an easy swallow. It could have been heavier than this and I would have been really happy with it.

Overall- Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale is a beer that demonstrates how well this style can be crafted. The blend of dark malts and hops produce a combination of flavors so well balanced it is as if they could not have existed apart from one another before this beer existed.

Despite a mouth feel that does not quite do the beer justice, I would seek this one out again gladly.

Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of zenwatts
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of falconxman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of JLapadura
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of beermanbrian
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black in color. Nice fine foamed tan head that you would expect on a stout. Smell kills the idea that this is a stout right away. Big floral hops smell that just blows me away. This has to be one of the best smelling beers ever. Some sweet malt comes through in the background but it is really the floral smell that stands out. Taste is hoppy up front and then big malts kick in. Very sweet followed by a mild bitterness. Solid chewy mouthfeel that lets you know there something behind this one. Once again a solid beer from Stone.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with not as much head as I normally get out of Stone. I was expecting something almost spilling over the sides. A small amount of lacing.

The nose is deceiving in a way. At first you get the standard toasty stout smell but the hops that shine through make this really stand out.
Citrus chocolate dipped grapefruit

very hoppy with orange citrus and grapefruit that has a good spice going on. Toasty as well but its all about the hops in this. Stone usually dominates when it comes to hops characteristics.

Smooth texture and drinkability.

Photo of BierJager89
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy light mocha head.

N: Nose is dominated by orange and pine, but malt, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee make an appearance as well.

T: Roasty in the beginning, followed quite quickly by pine and orange, ending with coffee and roasted malt in the finish, though pine shows up strong in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy, full bodied and smooth. Mouthfeel is perfect.

O: More pine than I like. Nose is much better than the taste. Still recommended, especially if you like their taste in hops (I personally don't, though I love Enjoy By IPA).

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of sfprint
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger rootbeer head, very dark cola color, rising carbonation not visible through the darkness. Looks like a soda minus the carbonation.
S: IPAish, floral fruity hops, slight heaviness beneath that.
T: Porterish, but also IPAish, in fact I would say it's a direct cross between the two styles, however more on the IPA/DIPA side. The porterishness of it is like. There's definitely a coffee ground quality in there, but not particularly heavy like most porters are. Has the body resembling more of a DIPA. Mild bitterness. Interesting style, I wouldn't have thought of it. It's good but I can't say I love it.
M: a hair astringent, medium-heavy body, mild but sharpish sting.
O: Interesting and good, but not my style.

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Photo of gopens44
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black as night with a generous mocha colored head.

S - Straight up hop goodness that takes the shape of grapefruit with barely present earthy notes.

T - Super fantastic fun time taste power! Grapefruit on top of oaked mmonshine that gives way to a smooth oakey finish.

M - A little more carbonation than I expected, but it's all good. A touch of burn throughout with a moderately heavy aftertaste.

I challenge Stone to make a beer that doesn't make me happy. This beer delivers very well. Perhaps the hoppiest Cascadian I've had yet!

Photo of paresis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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