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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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5,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,193
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 225
Gots: 456 | 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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Photo of kguard
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%

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
Photo of danielharper
3.8/5  rDev -10%

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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

jewellrunner, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

lpayette, May 25, 2013
Photo of kayrex
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kayrex, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of sailorastro
5/5  rDev +18.5%

sailorastro, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ChicagoNick
4/5  rDev -5.2%

ChicagoNick, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

WoostaBia, Thursday at 06:13 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Westuh, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Andy_Luft, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Stockfan42
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Had this beer on tap at deepellum in alston. After trying the bottled version I preffer it.

When you pour it it sure looks like a stout, but that wouldn't be true. It's got a dark black body with a thin reddish brown head and nicely carbonated.

This is one of my favorite smelling beer's. Hoppy and fruity and a little floral.

It taste's like it smells. Very hoppy, bitter, a bit malty and something floral still sticks out.
Leaves a great after taste.

Mouthfeel is about average, very drinkable to anyone that enjoys a hoppy bitter beer.

Stockfan42, Jan 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

shockrocker65, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

J_Dub, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of rootbeerman
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

poured into two glasses.

A: pours dark brown, with a light brown single finger head, that settled to a thin layer that laced the glass well.
S: hoppy, like many on stones strong ales.
T: good and bitter, with dark roast malt sweet and bitter chocolate
M: medium carbonation, light in the mouth
D: drinking it faster than i thought i was, if i can find a bottle ill get it again.

rootbeerman, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Atron67
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Update: new tasting 0n 4/21/09 --> actually in great condition right now. good moment to drink. oxidation probably can fill out a bit more too before starting to go downhill, so dont worry yet about this beauty

A- poured a dark dark brown, with a fluffy tan head on top, the head slowly faded over a couple minutes, but still left pretty good lacing on top as well

S- massive delicious maltiness, good floral hops dark fruits?

T- heavy maltiness on the first sip, turns into a nice bitterness that isnt that sharp, but still strong in the hops, really smooth finish which is surprizing, pretty damn delicious

M- pretty haevy body, medium carbonation, flows over the tongue well, fades pretty quickly

D- more!!!!

Atron67, Dec 25, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

alexsergio, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

MarcWP, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

JandJMD, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Act25
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

discharmingly, May 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

jman005, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

davet100, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

capnamerica, Apr 24, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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