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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,978 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,978
Reviews: 1,816
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 361 | 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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bird22

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-03-2014 00:21:27 | More by GOBLIN
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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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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-23-2013 15:46:52 | More by ToddThompson
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-15-2013 04:46:22 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a thin, tan-colored head, which slowly receded to a collar. You have some little touches of lacing throughout. The body was a very dark garnet color, with no visible carbonation. Although any carbonation could easily be obscured by the dark color itself.

S- On the nose you're getting an incredible bouquet of hops... high alpha acid... citrus and tropical-fruitlike hops. There's some faint indications of pale and stewed malts in the background; but this is very much a hop dominant nose.

T- In the mouth, the hops are even more dominant. The pale and stewed malts appear right up-front, but are immediately overtaken by bucketloads of high alpha hops... which are bitter like citrus zest and citrus pith throughout the finish. The lingering hoppiness on the tongue is a little weaker than the midpalate suggested. Overall good flavor.

M- A medium body. Not much viscosity there... but a nice soft carbonation. There's a bit of astringency there, presumably from the hops.

D- Still quite drinkable, despite its unbalanced hoppiness. The alcohol is very well hidden throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 00:41:25 | More by jgasparine
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-16-2013 20:54:04 | More by kayrex
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BarrelO

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 12/18/09.

Black body with a chalky white head that leaves some lacing. Glorious hoppy, grapefruity, piney aroma. Taste continues to bring the hoppiness. If you've had a Stone beer before, you know what you're in for in that regard. Just a hint of roastiness in the finish. Mouthfeel isn't nearly as thick and syrupy as most IPAs. In all, I like this a great deal. It's different enough to be distinctive, but it manages to retain all the features of a great IPA. Stone's braggadocio is kind of grating at times, but I'll put up with it if they continue to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 23:13:50 | More by BarrelO
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a 24 oz mug. Awesome bottle. So far, it's my favorite.

Pours a very dark brown, practically black. A finger of light brown foam retains well and leaves behind some nice lacing.

If you had no prior knowledge of this beer, you'd be absolutely floored by the aroma. Huge burst of west coast hops, plus bitter ground coffee and roasted barley. Tons of citrus. Amazing aroma.

The taste to me doesn't seem to follow the nose at all. There's a big piney hop character, rather than the citrus I had been smelling. An absolute in your face, aggressive bitterness. Six months ago, I would've hated this. This is more bitter than any beer I've tasted so far, moreso than Ruination. 13th Anniversary is in the fridge, so I'm interested to see how the bitterness compares. There's the aforementioned pine hop bitterness, then a chewed up coffee bean bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted barley that borders on harsh.

The texture is nice. It's got the body I'd expect from an IPA. Surprisingly smooth. There's a nice creaminess. Well done. The alcohol isn't present in the taste, but just as a warming sensation on the way down.

This one toes the line between bitter and unpleasant. Had Stone made this any bigger, I don't think it would work out at all. It's definitely a beer that grows on you. Those first few sips are almost overwhelming. I know they already used the "You're not worthy" line for Arrogant Bastard, but it's more applicable here. All in all, this is a pretty bad ass beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:37:47 | More by Gyle41386
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brauseboof

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-13-2012 23:57:19 | More by brauseboof
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jewellrunner

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

11-21-2012 03:40:06 | More by jewellrunner
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BBM

New York

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

Pours a deep russet with a surprisingly foamy head, and web-like lacing around the glass. The aroma is almost pure citrus and pine hops with just a hint of alcohol.

The initial wave of cascade hops and earth are very up front and raw. Then the roasted malts and smoky wood flavors come through, not only balancing the beer, but continuously assaulting the taste buds. Many times brewers try to balance beers with lots of hops and the end result is disjointed and overly sweet. That doesn't happen here; everything is kept in delicate balance, although delicate is the last word I would use to describe the taste itself. There is an oily resin left in the mouth, and the finish is smooth and dry.

There's a lot to like about this beer, and I'm glad I tried it. One thing you can always count on from Stone is a finely crafted and interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 14:29:20 | More by BBM
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-18-2012 13:03:11 | More by YamagamiTravis
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-15-2013 00:54:55 | More by afinepilsner
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sunofneurot

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-18-2013 23:01:07 | More by sunofneurot
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-24-2013 18:39:42 | More by BEERschlitz
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Chuffbomb

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-23-2014 15:38:09 | More by Chuffbomb
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slowdaddy

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-18-2012 14:46:21 | More by slowdaddy
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JandJMD

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-13-2013 23:32:12 | More by JandJMD
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azorie

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

11-15-2013 12:37:02 | More by azorie
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tapman

Illinois

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

For review #300 I picked a goodie.

Looks like a stout or schwarzbier; color is a super dark brown, not black IMO. Head is medium sized, sticky, tawny colored bubbles. Head lasts for-ev-er and looks almost nitro-infused. Really looks like a draught dry stout. YUM.

Smells like a hoppy wet dream. Piney, grapefruit zest and grassy, super west coast, but not too much malt in the nose. I maybe get a little bit of astringent roastiness.

Here is the malt, in the flavor. Malt is like charred, smokey BBQ flavor, and contrast the bright hops while at the same time balances the flavor by not being over- or under-powering. Hops are similar to the nose, but with more pine. A strong bitterness in the finish.

You expect a syrupy mess and get an IPA type of consistency. Fun to drink since your brain is constantly warning you to chew the beer, but unnecessarily so.

A great brew! Unique in that it balances contrasting flavors better than many others balance complimentary ones. I want to try the Amarillo hop edition!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 06:24:25 | More by tapman
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-12-2012 05:48:11 | More by StubFaceJoe
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown practically black with a huge unmovable head that last. Thick crusty lace.

Nose: Piney hops, sweet cherry soda pop,

Thick body. Unexpected hop explosions, mixes well with some sweet dark malts. Not roasty. Finishes with a long lingering piney hop bitterness.

Very drinkable and actually not outrageously priced as some other specialty brews seems to be. Highly recommended.

Review from notes: drank during the Pitt-Baltimore game a few weeks ago. Go Lers.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 13:49:21 | More by beerphan
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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