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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,082 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,082
Reviews: 1,819
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 221
Gots: 406 | 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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jemarent

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-24-2013 23:07:09 | More by jemarent
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-17-2014 14:28:20 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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tmm313

Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +4%

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.

11-15-2013 00:57:44 | More by tmm313
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jman005

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-05-2013 23:50:25 | More by jman005
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +9%

I picked up a couple bottles of this while I was in Boston for work. With first pour, I knew this was an entirely different beer than one normally gets their hands on. I recently brewed a double black IPA and thought it was wonderful, but it pales in comparison to this. This is, undoubtedly, an Imperial Black IPA. The unbelievable hop powerhouse aroma unleashes itself immediately. Massive pine and grassy overtones explode in the nose. Sticking your head in a bin of freshly picked hops is comparable to this smell. Jet black body with beige head. Lacing was intense and carbonation was lively. The taste was all IPA from beginning to end. Wonderful hop presence throughout with a warming alcohol taste. Maltiness is there but well hidden behind the hops. Sharpness is intense but very enjoyable. The high abv is hidden behind the IBUs. This is a wonderfully crafted beer that hop heads need to try. I would love to know how they managed to get the dark body without the roasted bitterness. For my Black IPA, I cold steeped de-bittered black malt for 2 days. This a superb beer.

11-02-2007 00:35:04 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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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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PhageLab

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -10%

Finally tracked one of these babies down thanks to alphaking.

A - Just as the description claims, pitch dark, I wasn't sure what I was getting into at first, but I couldn't wait. Thick foamy head, excellent lacing and retention.

S - Strong smell of hop notes and a sweet scent that reminded me of cherries.

T - Very potent bitterness with a floral aftertaste, decent complexity, but it cannot mask the alcohol, which is why I didn't rate it higher than a 4 in this department, it's punch is reminiscent of malt liquor.

M - Full bodied IMO and very sharp, with a little bit of lingering.

D - Hard to put down more than one or two I think, but an excellent ale none the less. Here's to Stone for another excellent brew!

10-10-2007 03:10:04 | More by PhageLab
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chumba526

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

The color is midnight black it pours with a two inch dirty brown head.
It smells of toasted Smokey hops, hints of grassy citrusy, herbal hops. I almost smell a bit of a rosemary flavor.

The taste starts as expected by the smell with a Smokey toasted slightly caramel malt flavor and moves in to a rich citrus grassy hop flavor. Even with the strong citrus grassy notes of the hops the nice Smokey flavor is still noticeable. The beer has a very nice blend of malts and hops. You can clearly taste both the malts and the hops. The taste ends with duel flavors of bitterness and toasty malts. The Bitterness lingers on the palate for quite a while. The medium carbonation makes the beer quite smooth.
Overall probably the best black IPA beer I have had.

05-01-2010 22:22:49 | More by chumba526
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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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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%

This beer is black as Darth Vader's Suit's Ass blasting through the galaxy like a fuckin' Dark Lord. It's got a hypnotic, spiderweb style foam canvassing itself across the plain. The foam looks like coral sitting on top of somehow liquid coal.

It tastes great, just hoppy enough where you know it's beer.

01-17-2014 01:18:35 | More by DerekQXQX
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%

A black IPA, hmm, let's see what this is all about...

Rich, pungent hops are the name of the game here. Heavy astringency, oily hop mouthfeel and a bright citrusy character that is quite delicious. What else does one expect from Stone? There is a bit of balance, though: some nice, heavily toasted caramel and a definite chocolate note too.

Though Stone's attempt at to make this beer so "unique," it's well above average as IPA. Rich, hoppy, and very delicious. And, admittedly, the heavy roast and chocolate is interesting.

Highly recommended...

01-31-2008 00:48:38 | More by arguemaniac
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photomike

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Picked up this bottle from my favorite "we have old stock, but sometimes that can benefit you," store.

Interestingly, I had tried Sublimely Self-Righteous (the new name for this beer under regular production) prior to tasting this beer. With a year and a half on it, this is a VERY different beer.

Pours a beautiful opaque deep brown. Can't get ANY light though this one. 1.5 finger cappuccino head forms and develops little craters on top. Minimal retention and lacing is what separates this beer from visual perfection. A beauty nonetheless.

The smell, however: perfection. Unbelievably complex. Big, very sweet malt, brown sugar, dates, black coffee, licorice and alcohol. A huge whiff is intoxicating.

Taste is similarly complex and delicious. While my growler of fresh Self-Righteous was hop dominated, perhaps overly so, this aged version is extremely malty. I am surprised at how hoppy this remains after nearly two years, though. Very nice bitter, vaguely citrusy backbone and finish that plays nicely off of the malty sweetness. Licorice, raisins, and a hint of alcohol are here still too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. The carbonation is light, but perfect for the beer. A bit of a boozy burn.

Drinkability is high for a 9% brew. Drinks smoothly and easy, but you are definitely aware of the alcohol.

This is a GREAT beer, both fresh (as Sublimely Self-Righteous) and with age on it (as Stone 11th). In fact, I think I prefer this 11th. Time to throw some SSR in the cellar!

04-23-2009 01:54:34 | More by photomike
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-07-2014 04:10:18 | More by DrStiffington
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bird22

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-12-2012 16:56:29 | More by JRBecks
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JandJMD

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-09-2014 14:55:59 | More by billhelm
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-23-2013 18:27:20 | More by ChicagoNick
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jburd19

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-27-2013 13:30:39 | More by jburd19
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-26-2013 01:00:05 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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mwa423

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%

A - Pours black as an imperial stout with a finger of head that refused to die. It stuck to every inch of the glass. Very impressive.

S - Very hoppy in the traditional Stone style with hints of malt to back it up

T - Arrogant bastard on pcp, a sharp hop taste with heavy hop and malt aftertaste. I ned to get more of this!

M/D - Mouthfeel is excellent for a ber thisstrong in the mouth, there are very light aftertastes which make this dangerously drinkable.

12-24-2009 05:22:07 | More by mwa423
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-11-2013 19:44:33 | More by TheMrFarnham
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-10-2013 15:39:17 | More by BeersAndBears
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davet100

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-31-2013 16:48:43 | More by davet100
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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