Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,597
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 239
Gots: 568 | 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 kegger22
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a two finger head with good retention. The aroma was a musty bitter, sorry, can't do any better than that. The taste was bitter citrus/pine needles. A little bitter for me, but not bad. The feel was full bodied with more than sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good, especially if you are into hops. Not a lot of difference as it warmed up, still a good beer.

Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Photo of jpro
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a "special cask" (extra dry hopped with amarillo hops) sent by Stone to the Closed for Business birthday party in Charleston last week... from notes...

A: Black with some red around the edges; khaki head is small (cask), but leaves a lot of patchy lace.

S: Mindblowing... citrusy, grassy hops; tropical fruit is also evident in the hop profile; some malt sugary-ness in the background. But, oh so hoppy! Man, the amarillo dry hop on this makes for a delicious aroma!

T: Sweet, tropical fruit concentrate / hoppy nectar; some acrid bitterness on the finish; great stuff.

M: Medium bodied and super smooth.

D: Great drinkability considering the abv - there's almost no hint of it in the taste. I'm a big fan of the "regular" Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (which also utilizes amarillo hops, but not at this level!)... this version definitely takes it up a notch... great stuff! Not sure what the availability on this one is, but if I ever see it again I'll be sure to have a couple -

Photo of KFrank729
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours black with a tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The beer is opaque, but bubbles can be seen collecting on the underside of the head. The hop aroma of this beer is strong, but I can also pick up dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some mild sweetness in the smell. The taste follows the nose. The citrus hop flavor is intense, but I can also pick up the malty flavors as well as bitter chocolate and anise. The alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor. The body of the beer is medium to full with plentiful carbonation. The drinkability is very high for such a big beer. Overall, this is a most excellent beer that everyone should try once.

Photo of davegray
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Pete27lax
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Photo of Mojo
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip glass

This is almost just exactly perfect. It pours up a deep ebony black with a generous foamy tan head, good retention, and lacing just about unlike any ever seen before for this style. The smell is a powerful and satisfying dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Taste is an initial malty sweetnesss giving way to a big coffee taste of a finish, well balanced. Mouthfeel is very thick and lucious. Almost just exactly perfect.

Photo of MrBoh
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Neffbeer
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Black/brown color with an off white billowing head. Overall it has good head retention with great lacing.

S: The nose is really interesting, the hops rear their head only to be pulled back back a supreme malt presence. It tends to hint at spices that probably aren't there as the two foes dance, citrus and roasted malt.

T: The hops show up first, citrus, herbal, bubble gum. They quickly give way to the malt body, which is quite significant. Roast dark malt roars into the picture as the beer finishes dry and deliciously bitter.

M: Luscious and full bodied it tickles the palate with light carbonation.

D: Crazy drinkable. I just finished some home brew that clocked in at 190 IBU's before this and the beer still held up hoppy. Cheers to Stone!

Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of CorgiDad
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Kinsman
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep and dark mahogany brown, just shy of pitch black. A relatively thin tan colored head sits atop for quite some time.

Aroma is noticeably hoppy with big American hops showing off. No noticeable malt aroma at first, but becomes apparent as the beer warms.

This beer really falls in-line with many DIPA's, but with the dark malts to throw things off. Hop-forward with a strong bitter presence and flavors or citrus. A slightly sweet/toasted malt character can be detected, but its well hidden.

A lighter bodied feel than I expected, but thats not to say this is a light beer. It still packs plenty of punch and you can feel that in your mouth. Overall, this is a beer that pretty much defines the black IPA category. Who knew hoppy and dark could go so well together.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of beerme626
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of LukeGude
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mjurney
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Deep dark brownish-red color, see through. Awesome creamy head, lacing looks great on the glass.

Smell:
Strong piney hops in the nose, earthly, robust, touch of burnt toasted malts. Smells really great!!

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Piney hops up front, a little citrus and floral, along with semi-burnt toasted malts. Some earthly in the middle, I could detect some touch of dark fruit and pepper. Dry finish with nice roasted coffee aftertaste. Chewy/creamy mouthfeel, carbonation feels nice on my tongue. Nice warmth feeling from the alcohol.

Drinkability:
Very drinkable.

Photo of mobrockman
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,597 ratings.