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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,209 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,209
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 227
Gots: 458 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Andy_Luft, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of nickhiller
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pitch black with a thick tan head and lacing galore.

S: sharp, almost acrid, hops. They smell extremely fresh and strong and give off an almost vegetable or plant smell. A little bit of roast in there as well.

T: dry, hoppy, bitter and extremely alcoholic--in fact too much alcohol on the front for my taste buds--it kind of takes away from the other flavors. Scorching alcohol burns down to the core, probably good on a bitter cold day. Speaking of bitterness, there's a lot of that on the finish as well. I'm not getting much in the way of complexity though and barely any malty sweetness.

M: well carbonated and pretty dry for how full bodied it is.

D: pretty good. The only other CDA I've had is the Deschutes Hop in the Dark, which I liked a lot, so I'm definitely into the style. The Deschutes version was more complex I seem to remember, and not as relentlessly bitter and alcoholic. Still I'd certainly have another if offered.

nickhiller, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of hansgruber
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

hansgruber, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of kayrex
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kayrex, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of n00blar
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

n00blar, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

allstar255, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Bobhoya
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Bobhoya, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of JamesMN
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.

JamesMN, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Screper, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Tumble, May 07, 2012
Photo of CanuckRover
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No need for you to read this, just go pick up a bottle now.

Pours very dark brown with orange highlights around the edges. Big thick foamy head. Huge lacings stick out from the side of the glass. Fantastic retention.

Close your eyes and you're smelling a big IPA. All brash hops. Loads of citrus, grapefruit juice, with a touch of pine.

Hops up front. Again, big citrus fruit all the way through. Transitions to a nice piney lasting bitterness. Like with the aroma, you could easily mistake it for a DIPA. Nonetheless, caramel malt is there. Interesting flavour mix with the bitter hops, together they give off flavours of really excellent dark chocolate.

Medium body. Nice and smooth going down. Not overdone, perfectly drinkable.

A fantastic beer.

CanuckRover, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “ENJOY BY” date is “12/28/12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is very dark brown leaning toward black. Two fingers of dense, cappuccino-colored head dissipated very slowly.

Smell: Lots of west coast citrus and pine; mostly grapefruit but there is also tangerine and orange. Very invigorating. Dark chocolate and sweet caramel are also present. There are also faint roasted malts and molasses.

Taste: It offers a very strange and tasty flavor experience. At first it seems the hops are about to slam my taste buds. But just about the time I expect them to become overwhelming, they are balanced by the dark malts. Everything plays a minor role: hop citrus, pine, and the dark malts. The mouthfeel is much like I expect from a pale ale, and a slight, boozy sting is pervasive. As it warms, the hops leave an earthy, grainy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is something I will definitely drink again.

TheQuietMan22, Oct 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mweso2000, Apr 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dataylor21, Jan 28, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to have this on-tap at the Trolley Stop. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Had a dark black appearance with two fingers width of cream/tan colored head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Bouquet of citrus hops and fruit. I'm getting some pineapples and oranges mixed with a faint hops character and a bit of roasted malt.

T- A lot like the aroma. The hops are not really present, but give off a tremendous citrus, fruit punch flavor. Underneath this are some chocolate and roasted malts that give it an interesting twist.

M- Medium to heavy bodied. Plenty of carbonation and pretty smooth.

D- This was a slow sipper for sure.

This is an exceptional beer, especially for those that love the combination of juicy fruit hops and roasted malts. For me, I typically don't like to mix the two, but this one worked out to say the least.

rhinos00, Aug 29, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Tracker83, Feb 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

lgmol, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of kguard
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I disagree on the type as a black ale. It's a black IPA.
Looks like a thin oatmeal stout.
Smell gives the secret away. Caramel malt and lots of fruit hops. In fact a lot of hops.
Fruit forward hoppiness, lightly toasted malt, finishing with a nice grapefruit bitter finish that lingers.
Mouthfeel is a bit less carbonation than a standard IPA. Slightly chewier than most IPA. Still, I don't feel I'm eating a small meal.
Really suprised by the fruitiness of this beer. Having a black "ale" that brings the hops and fruits to the table like this is just awesome. Love it.

kguard, Oct 28, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 ounce bomber poured into my Duvel tulip glass on 11-29-07. This review was enter from copious notes taken during quaffing.

A-Poured nearly pitch black, almost no light enters the glass. there was a slight appearance of brown around the edges. Did not pour extremly thick though. Head was tan and about 2 inches in height from moderately aggressive pour. Retention was good and lace left after the head did fall was phenominal.

S-Malts hit 1st for me, caramel, molasses and toasty bread. The middle to end of the nose brings a hop feild on harvest day, pine hops, green hops and hnt of citrus hops. Alcohol in the nose as well after it begins to warm.

T-Big and bitter piney hops right in the front on the tongue. carmel malts and roasted barley come in in the middle. Some dried pit fruit can be noticed in the middle as well. A hint of unsweetened choclate and espresso shows as well.

M-medium body with a mouth coating creamy texture.

D-The drinkability is pretty good, but the bomber is certainly enough for one sitting. Overall, I thik this is a little hot and bitter right now. I think this one would benefit from sometime in the cellar.

jackorain, Mar 14, 2008
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3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter

pours a black with a tan head, not much lace.

smells a bit like chocolate with a dark mix of fruit, but not anything special.

taste was a bit upsetting, bit piny with chocolate/coffee medium feel, but not great after taste,

was kinda of upset with this beer, not going to repurchase.

Anthony1, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Act25
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing, must try beer. Best black IPA ever.

A: The head capped the beer and lasted for an hour as I let it come to cellar temp.
Bold, black body, creamy thick head like a stout.

S: Hops forward, but crazy original salt & sweet malts in the background. Prominent pine, charcoal, summer hay, herbs.

T: Earthier, but follows the smell profile. Deeply complex. Kind of like a strong ale or Belgian in the sweet malt backbone, but with more charcoal and chalk.

MF: Good body, then chalk-like crispness, dry finish.

Amazing beer, starts more amazing than it finishes. Compares well with Arrogant Bastard, which stands as an all-time fave.

Act25, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jewellrunner, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of danielharper
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a thick brown bubbly head that remains on the top of the beer for some time. Some lacing. Slight reddish tinge on the bottom of the glass. Great presentation. Smells strongly of fresh hops, high alpha acids, with a strong citrus note underneath. Hints of sweet nutty malt underneath, with some sweetness coming to light as the beer warms.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma but somehow... off. First of all, there's a strong alcohol astringency on display here that overwhelms the rest of the palate, making it hard to get the complexity of the flavors. There's still that nice alpha hoppiness, some notes of citrus and a whole lot of sweet malt, but it gets overwhelmed by the "heat" of the flavor and just turns into a bit of a mush. It reminds me a bit of an American-made Weizenbock in flavor, hoppier than a traditional German, but the alcohol just overwhelms in the end. It's still good, but a bit one-note.

Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick, with moderate carbonation and heavy hops. Somewhat syrupy on the tongue.

Overall I don't have much more to add here. This is a good beer, one it might be interesting to age, but it doesn't quite hit that elusive sweet spot for me.

danielharper, Apr 02, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

alexsergio, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ChicagoNick, Jan 23, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,209 ratings.