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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,206 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,206
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 227
Gots: 457 | 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 Atron67
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of discharmingly
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

discharmingly, May 05, 2014
Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev -5.2%

davet100, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Rick778, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of capnamerica
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

capnamerica, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Casey10
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at bootleggers in Thopsham, ME. Glad to see this there as was a nice tasting beer. If there was ever a beer that could be clasified as black IPA this would be it. Dark black and lots of hops this beer has it and should be a must have for anyones portfolio.

Casey10, May 25, 2010
Photo of KFrank729
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

KFrank729, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of heysuz
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Intro: 64 oz. growler poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Little to no head that dissipates quickly however when swirled some head remains, jet black color, opaque, little carbonation and no lacing and very oily.

Smell: Slight smell of dates, figs or raisins with an alcohol odor as well.

Taste: Strong and bitter with a subdued unsweetened chocolate with prominent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Leaves dryness in the back of the mouth but at the same time there is a motor oil consistency to the feel.

Drink: Seems to be a sipper and not a beer that improves with warming, better served cold. The taste is almost too bitter to be enjoyed.

Conclusion: I will be the first to admit that I am a card carrying full-fledged hop head and this beer may not be my cup of tea. The main objections to this beer are the bad mouth feel, the coating and aftertaste. After further contemplation, I think maybe my growler came from an old barrel that was nearly empty. My experience just doesn't come close to what I read about this beer.

heysuz, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of tmm313
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tmm313, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of NickyDee21
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

NickyDee21, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Nordbier
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Nordbier, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of saintwarrick
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight-dark red, sort of cola colored with a foamy tan head. Tons of hops in the aroma, like a DIPA, also a sweetness like brown sugar, with some piney hops. The taste turns to citrus, sugary grapefruit, a bit more unbalanced towards the hops, but not negatively so. Definitely a big brew for the hopheads.

A bit darker than the 13th anniversary in taste and appearance, but this brew follows along that line and should appeal ton anyone who likes that or any of Stone's hoppy goodness.

saintwarrick, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of tonistruth
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pitch black brew wearing a massive tan crown, outstanding retention

S- hops galore: citric, pine. caramel, big roasted malt aromas

T- roasted malts and citric/pine hops, grassy. outstanding balance of hops and malts, intense amount of flavor

M- medium creamy body, definite hop abuse, sticky film after

D- WOW, this beer is pure joy. This brew is the answer for us stout lovers who are also closet hop heads. I couldn't possibly recommended this brew enough

tonistruth, Nov 10, 2007
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

timoteo833, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ttylicki, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of azorie
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

azorie, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of JBogan
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one fills the glass with a nice dark brown, almost black hue with a solid off white creamy head which leaves plenty of sticky lacing in it's wake. An attractive looking brew.

Smells of grapefruity hops, dark chocolate and burnt molasses. Interesting mixture.

Taste is along the same lines as the aroma, along with a hint of roasted nuts and maybe a slight bit of toffee. The beer opened up quite a bit as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was very good. Smooth and creamy, somewhat on the thicker end of the scale.

A well done brew by the folks at Stone. This is not my favorite style, but is a beer I'd consider having again sometime.

JBogan, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of LukeGude
4/5  rDev -5.2%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of ackeeper
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ackeeper, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of kybeerdrinker
5/5  rDev +18.5%

kybeerdrinker, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev -5.2%

csiewert, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of atoulouk
4/5  rDev -5.2%

atoulouk, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of ColdWaffles
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ColdWaffles, Thursday at 12:46 AM
Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

sonofliberty2, Jul 23, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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