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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,006 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,006
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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davet100

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-31-2013 16:48:43 | More by davet100
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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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JandJMD

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-13-2013 23:32:12 | More by JandJMD
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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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delta490

Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep clear, ruby-tinted brown. The bottle only poured about 1/2 finger of tan head, but it had good retention and left some nice lacing on the glass.

S-deep malt, some pine hops, chocolate and anise are aromas I got at one point or another. Complex.

T- In a word, delicious. Matches the aroma in complexity and pulls it off beautifully. Burnt sugar and pine hops are the two big flavors but others dart around in the background.

M- full and enjoyable. A little oily, too.

O- a great complex ale. It doesn't fit into any one category but crosses types on multiple occasions.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 22:27:39 | More by delta490
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kguard

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:42:35 | More by kguard
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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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tmm313

Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with a super creamy, almost milky, 1/4 finger head. Really nice lacing. Looks like a thin Stout.
S- Orange, floral, chocolate, caramel, and bitterness that seems to shift between pine and coffee.
T- Wow, now that's a mix of flavors, right there. Sweet citrus with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and pine up front. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and more pine round out the finish.
M- Medium body with crisp carbonation. Dry finish with a nice oily coating left behind. Aftertaste is piney at first but shifts to coffee with a touch of orange a little later.
O- I was really impressed by this beer. The flavors balance incredibly well despite belonging to different styles. To me, this was a quality stout meets a quality IPA. Honestly, how can you beat that? For those times I'm torn between the two styles, this is will be beautiful solution. I will be having this far too often.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:57:44 | More by tmm313
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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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dtomes

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-01-2014 22:44:26 | More by dtomes
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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
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MMAJYK

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark chocolate brown color and head is tan and 1 finger. Opaque and lacing is very thick and sheety.

S- Very hoppy and a tad smoky and roasty.

T- Smoky and burntlike malts. Alcohol is strong and the IBU's are very high. This beer is a black IPA to me. Rich and pretty complex with some chocolate and liquorice.

M- Medium to thick and high carbonation.

D- Somewhat low due to alcohol taste and strength of the brew.

Overall- This one is a little overrated to me. Just a little bit too "in your face" but I guess that is what Stone is good at. All in all, good brew though. Very consistant for the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 02:08:05 | More by MMAJYK
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-23-2011 02:11:29 | More by pavpav12
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz dated bottle poured into a tulip glass.

pours dark brown with a thick tan head that slowly devolves into a thin film. leaves behind some nice sparkly, intricate lacing. that's right, sparkly.

smells beautifully of floral hops and citrus fruits. picking up grapefruit, orange and perhaps some berry notes with a bit of a nutty undertone. taste follows nose with added flavors of carmel and toasted malts and a dry, bitter finish. hop character is strong, and alcohol is hidden pretty well. malt character seems to come out a little more as it warms, almost reminds me of a scotch ale.

mouthfeel is on the medium to heavy side with a slightly oily quality. carbonation gives the bitterness a little more bite and helps the flavors pop, but feels a bit coarse.

this is quite an interesting beer from stone, but not one i could drink all the time. considering the higher abv and strong hop character i'd say you'd be done after 1 or 2 of these. ipa fans will love this, everyone else has quite the adventure ahead of them.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 04:42:02 | More by divineaudio
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crob3888

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-20-2011 00:01:59 | More by crob3888
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aflies

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-21-2012 03:41:25 | More by aflies
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Beefytits4

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-15-2011 01:10:47 | More by Beefytits4
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nortmand

Virginia

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ruddy brown pour with a frothy, two fingered head.

Juicy hop aromas fill the room upon pouring. Grapefruit, passion fruit, sweet orange flower honey, everything an american hop has ever been or wanted to be. Some caramelized sugars and coffee aromas as well.

Flowery sweet grapefruit up front, roast and hop juice midtongue. Leaves a balanced hop bitterness and chocolate.

Fantastically designed beer. Very, very nice. I'll miss this when it is gone.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 01:47:31 | More by nortmand
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JeffSuttonTX

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.5%

03-10-2013 22:25:45 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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hoplover82

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am so glad it finally made it to south texas! This is a wonderful beer!

Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head that has outstanding retention and lacing. The head never dissapears, that's always impressive.

The aroma is huge on the chinook and simcoe hops I believe. Big grapefruit citrus and piney hop aromas and pleasantly mild roasted barley and chocolate notes along with the typical sweet bread dough from their house yeast that I love so.

The flavor is much like the aroma but with a huge bitterness that kind of hide the roasty and chocolate notes a little, but they're still there. Lots of grapefruit and pine hop flavor with very hidden but there, chocolate malt flavors.

This beer has a big and juicy feel with a slightly dry finish and full carbonation.

This beer is extremely drinkable!

I think this beer deserves a perfect score for sure. I can't find anything wrong with this beer. I am very pleased with my experience indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 04:49:51 | More by hoplover82
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gopens44

Virginia

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 00:16:00 | More by gopens44
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Asics

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-02-2013 12:35:39 | More by Asics
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agreenman19

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-08-2012 23:15:10 | More by agreenman19
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,006 ratings.