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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,294 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,294
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 230
Gots: 494 | 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 JamesMN
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque black with some maroon hue when held up to the light. Thin tan head with good lacing.

Aroma: A little bit of the wet dog odor you get with some kinds of hops. Some dark malt and milk chocolate. The hops really stand out here the most.

Taste: Intensely bitter with hop flavors of grapefruit and pine. This is a fresh bottle and it really does the hops justice. The malt presence is almost overshadowed by the hops but it is there, especially in the aftertaste. Black coffee, dark malt, and just a hint of baker's chocolate. I'm sure as the hop flavor fades over time the beer will balance out but for now it is great even without much balance. No hint of the 8.7% ABV. Almost juicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good effervescence. Above average drinkability. There is even a bit of a creamy/smooth texture.

Final Thoughts: Another great hoppy beer from Stone. They get bonus points for adding a 'best by' date on every bottle which assured I got fresh beer. Would I drink it again? Yes.

JamesMN, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of griffeyb
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of capnamerica
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Nordbier, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Rick778, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

RummyRedbeard, May 06, 2014
Photo of kayrex
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kayrex, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of kguard
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I disagree on the type as a black ale. It's a black IPA.
Looks like a thin oatmeal stout.
Smell gives the secret away. Caramel malt and lots of fruit hops. In fact a lot of hops.
Fruit forward hoppiness, lightly toasted malt, finishing with a nice grapefruit bitter finish that lingers.
Mouthfeel is a bit less carbonation than a standard IPA. Slightly chewier than most IPA. Still, I don't feel I'm eating a small meal.
Really suprised by the fruitiness of this beer. Having a black "ale" that brings the hops and fruits to the table like this is just awesome. Love it.

kguard, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of mweso2000
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mweso2000, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

razorsdescent, Friday at 12:24 AM
Photo of beerhast
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

beerhast, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of wizo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

wizo, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jewellrunner, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of gonzo000
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a. Was not expecting a black ale - deep and dark with a two inch head on the pour. (new bottles specify black ale)

s. Smells like a sweet ale. Malt and hops with sugar or molasses (color might be bringing me to molasses).

t. Sweet tasting ale. Quite nice. Alcohol hidden well, as is the case in most stone products.

m. Very nice, good carbonation.

o. Very enjoyable. The light feel of this black ale is surprising.

gonzo000, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of nickhiller
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pitch black with a thick tan head and lacing galore.

S: sharp, almost acrid, hops. They smell extremely fresh and strong and give off an almost vegetable or plant smell. A little bit of roast in there as well.

T: dry, hoppy, bitter and extremely alcoholic--in fact too much alcohol on the front for my taste buds--it kind of takes away from the other flavors. Scorching alcohol burns down to the core, probably good on a bitter cold day. Speaking of bitterness, there's a lot of that on the finish as well. I'm not getting much in the way of complexity though and barely any malty sweetness.

M: well carbonated and pretty dry for how full bodied it is.

D: pretty good. The only other CDA I've had is the Deschutes Hop in the Dark, which I liked a lot, so I'm definitely into the style. The Deschutes version was more complex I seem to remember, and not as relentlessly bitter and alcoholic. Still I'd certainly have another if offered.

nickhiller, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of MarcWP
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

MarcWP, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of shredder83
4/5  rDev -5.2%

shredder83, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of tylerstravis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

tylerstravis, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of hansgruber
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

hansgruber, Jan 29, 2013
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
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Tumble, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Bobhoya, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Screper, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Lukebell15
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Lukebell15, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of ColdWaffles
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ColdWaffles, Sep 18, 2014
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,294 ratings.