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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,510 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,510
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 234
Gots: 531 | 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%

beerme626, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

capnamerica, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Getalegup, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of twelvsies
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a balls-to-the-wall Stone beer. I guess I should expect nothing else from them, but yeah this one is particularly ass-kicking. I was almost confused at first - the beer pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown color yet with a big fluffy head - but at a whiff it smells much like a sappy pine-riddled IPA. Lots of hops in the nose, but digging deeper you'll find a nice mellow chocolate character. The taste too is all hops up front. Really brashly bitter. Yes please. Resin and pine. Once your palate has been smacked around by the pine and resiny hop attitude you notice the whole roasty, chocolatey, rich underbelly of this beer. Real dry and puckering on the palate, but with a rich creamy finish. A little bit of heat perhaps. So much going on in this beer, quite a hybrid of styles. Wicked good.

twelvsies, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- This is my favorite Stone bottle to date. As for the beer, it looks like a stout or a porter... dark dark opaque black with dark brown highlights around the edge of the glass and a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Retains ok and laces nicely.

S- Notice some strong floral/citrus notes as soon as I opened the bottle. Very hoppy--grapefruit, lemon zest, somewhat piney. Not the smell I was expecting from such a dark beer.

T- Wow, that's good. A bit boozy, fades into nice citrus and now stronger piney hops, finishes with a slight sweet note (malt? or even raisin?) that turns into an earthy darker malt tone (some semi-sweet chocolate too). Very nice.

M- Drinks like a big IIPA, a bit prickly from the alcohol, creamy, moderately carbonated, medium bodied, dry sticky finish.

D- This is just a great brew that has me interested. I'm looking for more flavors all the time. It's definitely a dark IPA-style brew, and one I'm happy I got my hands on. Reminds me of a more affordable Black Sun Stout, although it is more of an IPA than the BSS. Great stuff here, probably my favorite Stone brew.

LordAdmNelson, May 21, 2009
Photo of paresis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

paresis, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Morakaton
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Morakaton, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of climax
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black like a stout, could definitely fool ya, with a nose this full of hops. The head was massive and receded two a constant finger of lumpy foam.

Roasty notes from a stout or porter seemed to be at the forefront, while the hops made up the backbone, stinging the nostrils to let me know it's not kidding. Interesting, and a certain joy to whiff. Very sharp grapefruit and tropical citrus showed off the muscle, and lesser notes of clove, bubblegum, and alcohol lurk within.

What a flavor explosion! It starts out with an assault of hops, slightly soapy, but none too harsh. Perfect. Yea, I had it at a 4.5, but I gave in. This is excellent. Grapefruit, floral notes, and bubblegum flavors at the beginning made it seem like a typical Imperial IPA. Then the sweet and roasted flavor of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and a bitter coffee finish took over.

There was maybe a bit more body than a strong IPA, but this is no thick brew. It's incredibly smooth, and the carbonation is spot on IMO. It finishes surprisingly clean, and not too dry. Sublimely easy to drink, with righteous flavor, Bravo Stone.

climax, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of damienblack
4/5  rDev -5.2%

damienblack, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of sisuspeed
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this at Julio's the other week. Figured that a rainy New Hampshire afternoon was a good time to sit down and crack this guy open.

Poured into a pint glass leaving a big foamy tan head that maintains pretty well throughout the drinking of this brew. The head leaves a nice amount of lacing hanging above the dark brown, almost black color of this beer. Looks amazing. This has got to be one of the darker ales I have ever had that wasn't classified as a porter or stout.

As I bring the glass close, my nose is hit with the strong and luscious smell of hops. Most likely a blend of hops, with warrior hops being the dominant aroma. However, this isn't an IPA, but Stone does like their hoppy ales. Citrus and pine notes mingle as well

After drinking this delicious brew for awhile my impression is that this is a darker, slightly more burnt and somewhat smokey version of the Arrogant Bastard. I taste well roasted dark malts, chocolate malts and a little bit of smoked malt coming through. These flavors are followed by some pleasant hop bitterness that rounds off the overall taste.

The alcohol is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is thick and creamy. I think I could drink this beer all day. It is smooth, yet packs just enough hop bite to make it interesting. Keeps pulling me back in. Nice work Stone.

sisuspeed, Aug 23, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

pottergator, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of gopens44
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!

gopens44, Dec 21, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

irishgreensoda, Nov 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Dapperticus, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Mark5252, Jan 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Theniz, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of megahurts4
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone Subliminally Self Righteous Ale

Appearance: Brown,medium head,and good lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Grapefruit bitterness, citrus fruits, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Overall:
If you like unsweetened grapefruit, you will most definitely like this beer. It is very bitter and hoppy. Oh, and one more thing, did I mention it was bitter?

megahurts4, Oct 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Washuffizi98, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle at 45 degrees into a tulip.

A: It pours pitch black with two fingers of light tan latte-like foam with great retention and lace.

S: It smells like Stone Ruination blended with a Porter: typical Stone hop profile, citrus notes, chocolate, and some roastiness.

T: Lots of floral hoppiness, orange, grapefruit, cocoa, and coffee.

M: It has a medium body with lots of creaminess and a flavor-lingering palate.

D: It's tastes good but it is just an odd combination that takes a bit to get used to.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

MrBoh, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of perrymarcus
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber served in a snifter glass.

pours a translucent cola-brown, sits an opaque almost black... creamy/foamy khaki head demonstrates great retention and lacing. damn respectable presentation.

nose yields an aromatic bouquet of hops - pine, floral, a touch of citrus - with a noted, if subdued, malt character in the background.

flavor profile follows the nose. big hoppy presence with the aforementioned pulling through - notably pine - and a touch of roasted, maybe caramel, malt. moderate to heavy bitter presence that presists through the finish - slightly more so than i'd like, but still very tasty overall. were it not for the color you'd be hard pressed not to mistake this for a DIPA.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. nothing too spectacular on that front. i'm going to pick it up a bit in the drinkability department because ultimately i think this is a really enjoyable brew, though falls short of world class. most do; nothing to be ashamed of.

perrymarcus, Mar 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Rick778, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of theboozecruise
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought one of these heading down to the family camp in Texas... hadn't seen this Stone offering in LA yet. My best choice of glassware was an oversized wine glass, but I figure that should work well for this style.

The beer poured a dark, dark brown with a really creamy off-white head. Looks more like a stout.

There's a fantastic hoppy aroma, smells like a pine forest!

If there was one term I'd use to describe this, it would be like drinking a fresh Christmas tree. My friends that I let try it were overwhelmed by the hops, but I loved it.

Great beer!

theboozecruise, Jul 16, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,510 ratings.