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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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THE BROS
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Ratings: 4612
Reviews: 1801
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%


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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BeerT3ch

Georgia

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

This is a really good beer! The unique name fits it's character. Stone Brewery strikes again! Deep/Rich in color, perfect exagerrated biterness, small head, but heavy lacing, malty and all around well balanced. Two of these you will be alright! lol. (Don't Drive)

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 03:42:44 | More by BeerT3ch
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BarleyWineRox

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black emptiness with a light toffee head into my tulip. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
Grassy hoppy citrus aromas are given off.As it warms caramely malt shows. Candied citrus and hop bitterness in the mouth.This is a very tasty beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:22:14 | More by BarleyWineRox
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boyermi206

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, dark ruby red held up to light

S- Malt that is dark, hops that are citrus

T- What? Did not expect that. Like a black IIPA, very unique, I like it. It tastes like an IPA but looks like a Stout/Porter. Very complex malts then the hops hit your throat like a Bruce Lee 1 inch punch.

M- Full and just the right amount of carbonation

O- Buy it and try it. If you like stouts and Ipa's then this seems to be the perfect combo.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 23:05:47 | More by boyermi206
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lehueve

Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Very dark brown, almost pitch black, 1 finger head

S = I actually get tons and tons of grapefruit, very citrusy, lots of hops, piney.

T = Grapefruit, grapegruit and more grapefuit, feels like I'm eating a complete grapefruit, when it warms up i get a little of caramel or sweet flavor, just a little and also a dark chocolate, not a sweet chocolate. Very hop forward.

M = Medium to full body, not too creamy but very well balanced. The bitterness stays for days after you finish this one. I actually drank a Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA after this one and still have the mouthfeel of the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous after it.

O = This is actually only the second Black IPA that I have had, the other one was the Black Racer IPA from Bear Republic. I think this is a very good beer, I would probably enjoy this better during the day in a hot weather but overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 09:58:10 | More by lehueve
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mdubzfrumpdubz

New York

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in NY, smuggled to Chicago, where Stone does not exist....

Out of a 22oz. bomber and into my Delerium Tremens Tulip, this gem pours very dark brown, almost black. Unfortunately my cold does not allow me to pick up all the notes in this one. Roasted malts and a decent hop profile define this beer, but do not overpower the chocolate and some sort of fruit (dates, raisins?) that come through on the back end. There is a slight warming from the alcohol after it is all said and done....until you take another sip....gets more complex as it warms, but again, my cold is not allowing me to identify alot of these tastes. The mouthfeel is exciting but smooth. This is categorized as an American Strong Ale, but it seems like more of an Imperial Stout or Porter. At 8.7%, I'm not sure I could drink this all night, but I wouldn't be afraid to have a couple.

Stone has never let me down before, and judging by this 11th anniversary ale, they probably never will. Well done sirs.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 02:03:06 | More by mdubzfrumpdubz
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mdm4584

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber at AJ's in Scottsdale, AZ.\

The brew w/o tasting has very hoppy IPA scent.

After pouring has a thick, long-lasting, lacy head. Piney, herby, citrusy dominates.

Pungent taste. Strong pine taste on tongue... almost overdoing it... almost.

Perfect for a hophead!

I think this is one of the most hop crazy beers I've had in a long time. Be wary!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 06:19:44 | More by mdm4584
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doboy

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A Black IPA? and a fine one at that! It pours as Black as the Ace of Spades, with a nice head, that reduces to fine lacing that holds for the entire beer. The aroma is sweet hops that strike the nose. The first sip gives wonderful mouthfeel as the hops explode in your mouth. The aftertaste was great, leaving you longing for the next sip. This was an exceptionally great beer that can only be improved by year round production from now till the end of time!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 18:56:17 | More by doboy
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OldeEnglishD

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a mug. I was really excited to try this beer as I missed out on it when it was released as their 11th anniversary beer.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black like coffee. A nice 2.5 finger head of tan that has serious staying and lacing power.

The smell is heavy grapefruit and pine, with just a touch of coffe/chocolate in the background.

The taste hits in almost the same order, citrus up front, with pine and earthiness next, followed by a hint of chocolate and coffe. It finishes bitter on the back end. As the beer gets warmer, the bitterness is not as harsh at the end.

This beer is heavier in the mouth than ABA, but not as thick as a Guiness.

This is a sipping beer that I do not feel I could drink more than 1 or 2 of in a night, but I sure as hell would enjoy those 2!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:21:43 | More by OldeEnglishD
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singlebarrel

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got's me this bad-mamajama in a 22 oz bomber from the local delight-spot.
a very promising look to it. Pours a menacing dark with a tan,seemingly long lasting head clinging to the side of my glass.
Smells of pine, pine, piney hops yet I detect some maltyness and that signature stone aroma.
Woa. That is somping special. Roasted malts up front, dueling with said piney tasting hops. They each demand your attention yet melt together seemlessly as they wash over my pallet." You got porter in my IPA" "you got IPA in my porter...the arguement continues. No lingering alchohol note. I'll have another please.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 18:36:31 | More by singlebarrel
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Seebs847

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surprising offering from stone! Pours a deep black with a 2 inch tan, creamy looking head. Leaves incredible lacing down the entire glass. Has incredible hop flavor that quickly turns into incredible chocolate maltiness. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with an intense hop bitterness! Overall an incredible beer, very interesting as always with Stone! Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 00:21:43 | More by Seebs847
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bierkoning

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a bomber poured in a mug, black as night, wonderful lacing.

I'm a big fan of Stone as a general rule, but this Black IPA is outstanding!

All the wonderful look and mouthfeel of a top-notch stout, but through some sort of magic it still has the fire and bite of a world class IPA!

Would drink this beer any day.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 05:14:05 | More by bierkoning
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BeerGogglesReviews


4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened the bottle expecting good things, and it didn't disappoint.
Forget bouquet and think bucket. Black India Pale Ale and the 'pail' is the measure per bottle for the hops. Pine, passion fruit, cocoa, bergamot orange, lychee, fruit cocktail, peach, grape, muscovado, demerara, blackstrap molasses.
In short,
YUM YUM!!!
Need I say more?

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 18:21:20 | More by BeerGogglesReviews
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BBQSteve

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stem bubbly white head immediately.

Hop smell up front but not in taste.

Great mouthfeel medium heavy.

Early notes of molasses then malt and hops and a bit of sour.

Glad I tried it. It is readily available and it will be on my list again in the future but no hurries.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:23:32 | More by BBQSteve
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JDJ

Alabama

3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm not really a fan of IPA's, but this was the first "dark" IPA I'd ever tried. It is smooth and rich, with a good thick head that lingers just long enough for an ale. I had it from a bottle, served just under room temperature (about 55 or 60 degrees). The smell and taste are that of most IPAs that I've tried, very piney and bitter, which are not up my alley, but this beer has a good mouthfeel. Not too much carbonation, and it actually goes down fairly smooth. The strong hops flavor is just not my thing. This may be a fantastic beer to a true IPA fan, but it's just not my mug of ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 05:31:31 | More by JDJ
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OldRickSputin

Illinois

2.99/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nice smell. The bottle cap has more aroma than some glasses full of other beers!

Maybe I'm just not a fan of this style but the the aftertaste of this beer is too acidic and lingering. Everything else seems fine but the taste gets worse as it lingers around.

I have no desire to drink another bottle.

This was very close to being a drain pour as I was in the mood for something more substantial.

Again, maybe this just isn't my preferred type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:39:50 | More by OldRickSputin
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ams4k

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome black IPA -- the tiny bit of light that makes it through the glass emerges as a ruby red gleam. Great hop flavors, reminding you that this is a Stone offering, but made complex with rye and malt sweetness. Sort of a combination black lager and Aventinus double-bock, taken to the West Coast and smacked around with a bunch of hops. More interesting than Arrogant Bastard. Delicious. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 12:36:57 | More by ams4k
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BigTone

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from the guys from the Liquor Stop in Highland. He said this beer will give you "dark eyes in the morning" Sure did, coming in at a high ABV it hits you hard but not before it twists your taste buds around.

appearance: Poured pitch black into a pint glass. Thick head retention that lasted a good while.

smell - Full of hops. Like grabbing a handful of hop pellets and putting them to your nose.

taste: Like a roller coaster starting on a incline of hops coasting through a molasses malt taste finishing with a screaming roar of hops.

mouthfeel: Medium thickness with quite a bit at the end.

drinkability: If you do anything other than sip this you aren't going to be able to recover and you'll be taking in sharp hops the whole time. Great if you have the time to drink it. I had to split the bomber into two sessions.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 05:59:29 | More by BigTone
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timonan

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought home a growler from Stone Brewery. Opened a week after it was bottled.

A - Very dark brown. small brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving a few scattered bubbles. almost no lace.

S - Earthy, coffee, a bit grassy, characteristic stone hop smell.

T - A lot of different flavors at once. The sweetness and floralness of the hops is wonderfully balanced by a dark, malty flavor. Kind of a "sugar with your coffee" flavor.Toasty aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

M - Almost no carbonation - not sure if this is typical. Maybe a bad seal on the growler? The flavor is very present because of the low carbonation.

D - Very smooth. Almost slides down the throat, but I have to let it linger in the mouth each sip to savor the flavor.

We had this last year at Stone, and it seemed more vibrant then. Still, a great beer with a very interesting mix of flavors.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2010 21:27:28 | More by timonan
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shiptoshore

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- nice dark brown look with a small light brown head.

S- sweet from the malts with a nice herbal smell from the hops

t- nice roasty taste with a bit of a sweet start and a nice lingering hoppy finish

m- nice smooth mouthfeel

d- very easy to consume if used to the more hoppier beers that stone puts out, for me its a nice beer to drink while working on a paper or reading.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:25:20 | More by shiptoshore
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Northjames

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Beautiful dark brown, almost black, like melted chocolate in appearance. A dense quarter inch head of light tan bubbles stays on top for the duration.

I get a huge hit of molasses cookies fresh out of the oven in the nose. Maybe slightly too-browned molasses cookies. There are some hoppy notes in the background, but I can't distinguish them from the malt. The smell is rich and very pleasing.

The first thing that hits my tongue is the sweetness. It is rich, dark and caramel-y. Almost like a lactose based sweetness, it washes right off the tongue and the hops start to come through. There is an initial bitterness that fades into a nose tingling aroma hoppiness. After that, I am inclined to take another small sip. The flavors working together, in a delayed flavor reaction is an impressive feat. The alcohol taste is present, but in the background. Exceptionally clean, the effects come directly from the ingredients.

This is a sipping beer to me. Partly because it is strong, and partly because it is so interesting. As a homebrewer, I am jealous of the mind that created this.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:31:56 | More by Northjames
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FarmerJohnny

California

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz Bomber, no freshness date

A - Pours a thick, dark brown with a lighter brown, two-finger head the lingers. Absolutely beautiful

S - Hops, hops, hops. Hops dominate the smell. Very earthy and crisp. A hint of maltiness in the background.

T - Extremely well balanced. Malty start, almost hints of cocoa in the middle, and hoppy, slightly dry finish (Stone signature).

M - Very smooth, not too thick, and clean, crisp finish. Almost perfection

O - One of my personal favorites, never gets old, and arguably one of Stone's finest. The perfect balance of malt and hops. The name says it all. Do yourself a favor and add this one to your list.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:53:14 | More by FarmerJohnny
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bljebd

Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great black ipa...best thing ive had from stone brewery.(its about time with all the hype)...not going to go in detail too much on this one...look good...feel was great...smell hits your nose hard with a smooth finish on the palet...you gotta try it for yourself...caution---hop heads only...(and maybe some stout lovers)

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:57:41 | More by bljebd
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Supadup21

New York

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- poured into a dogfish head chalice. This brew has a very dark/black appearance similar to a stout or a porter. Almost no head.

S-- smells like a Stone IPA and a malty porter. Strong hoppy smell at first w/ malt and caramel notes that follow

T-- I think a couple of other people have already mentioned it, but this brew is like an IPA & a porter had a baby! Very drinkable, absolutely cannot tell that it's 9% abv... Almost as good as their escondidan imperial black IPA.

M -- not too much carbonation, but didn't bother me. Had a nice coffee-type bitterness/bite

O -- I have never had a brew from that has been average. They are one of the best breweries in the U.S. This is another example of why... Unique hybrid that satisfies both your IPA & stout/porter cravings. Really solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:13:31 | More by Supadup21
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rtig

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a nice Lacey head

Emits a nice citrus aroma

Great hoppy taste that finishes extremely well

Mouthfeel sets the standard and really makes you want to keep coming back for more.

Overall, Stone has set the bar for black IPA's. I think this is one of the best beers on the market as it is so well rounded in all categories and is worthy of its namesake.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 00:06:13 | More by rtig
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BaronVonBeauregard

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The color is a very dark with a large, thick head, and the aroma is hoppy with citrus and resin notes showing out the loudest. The taste is bitter, slightly sweet, and reminds me of some imperial stouts out there; the aftertaste combines a long bitter finish, soft carbonation, medium body, and a slightly sticky texture.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:22:47 | More by BaronVonBeauregard
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