Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,602
Reviews: 1,859
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 239
Gots: 568 | FT: 6
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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 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%

Photo of gonzo000
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a. Was not expecting a black ale - deep and dark with a two inch head on the pour. (new bottles specify black ale)

s. Smells like a sweet ale. Malt and hops with sugar or molasses (color might be bringing me to molasses).

t. Sweet tasting ale. Quite nice. Alcohol hidden well, as is the case in most stone products.

m. Very nice, good carbonation.

o. Very enjoyable. The light feel of this black ale is surprising.

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.

Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Fathead's served in a stemmed tulip like glass.
Black,opaque had just a tan ring of foam around the inside of the glass when served to me.

Intense hop nose,complex, Very piney,leafy with a strong minty/evergreen aromas with a sight sweet malt note. The hops were overpowering hard to smell anything else.

Very piney taste,resinous/leafy, tons of hops and intense bitterness. Very dry,astrigent slight sweet maltiness buried under the hops. Couldn't taste any alcohol either. Would have expected more maltiness with the dark color,really got fooled there.

Very thick,full and syrupy. Rough drinkability,unbalanced would have like some maltiness in there,maybe with some aging. A sipper for sure,just one at a time please. If you a hophead enjoy it now,if not might want to sit on this one a bit.

Photo of Theniz
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Washuffizi98
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Punisher
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours near black in color, pours with a two finger creamy head that is mocha brown which lingers nicely and leaves a ton of lingering lacing
S: nice citrus hop notes up front, very slight caramel malts slide in at the end
T: nice citrus hop notes initially, very fresh, then the malts kick in really nicely towards the end which helps to really even it out, very yummy
M: smooth with very gentle carbonation, slight kick at the end, very creamy
O: a great balck ipa really delicious and well balanced, everything i had hoped this brew would be, ill pick it up again in a heartbeat

Photo of JandJMD
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown to almost black. Medium to big, frothy, tan colored head. Lacing and retention are both very good. Hints of light peek through the almost impenetrable brown to black body. A beautiful beer.

S- Bang baby! You know she's a black IPA with hop aromas like that. Mostly pine hop scents with a hint of resin flavor. Not too overpowering. Hints of the darker malts are in there, but mostly covered up by the hops.

T- Starts with a bang of hops mixed almost evenly with dark malt flavors. Tongue immediately is met with burnt flavors and hops bitterness. These flavors mix very well throughout the drink, except for the very end. The drink finishes with a slight, almost chemical-flavored bite. It's not too distracting, but it's not among the better flavors of this beer. Aftertaste is mainly of the burnt malt flavors and lingers only a little while.

M- The weight of this beer is a mix between a porter and an IPA. Slightly thicker and less carbonated than an IPA, it is very drinkable. No alcohol is detectable, and the burnt flavors and the hops don't really destroy the palate. Rather gentle on the palate as far as Stone brews go.

Overall, this is a pretty good example of a style that I am discovering that I like. Not quite as Wookey Jack from my memory, but the mix of hops and dark malts is superb except for that slight finishing flavor. Wish these weren't $8 a bomber.

Photo of PeteRiz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

Photo of Lukebell15
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
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.

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,602 ratings.