Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,603 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,603
Reviews: 1,859
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 239
Gots: 567 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of capnamerica
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Either really dark brown or black, but definitely opaque. A full, dense, frothy, tan head two fingers thick. Looks like a stout. Lace makes nice bands, measuring the size of each gulp. Yes, I gulp. This is a beautiful beer!

Might look like a stout, but smells like an IPA. Well, what did I expect from those hop-crazed maniacs at Stone? Hmm, pink grapefruit preserves spread on a piece of toast?

Wow! The boys from Escondido are nowhere near the bottom of their stash of hops. What a sucker-punch to the back of the throat! Hops heads will rejoice! You malt heads might enjoy as well, if you can get past all the puckering. The toast tends more toward burnt in the taste, but there's still sweetness. It's hard to figure out how to describe the sweetness since the bitterness pervades all the way up the sides of the tongue, encroaching on sectors that are traditionally salty and sweet. Perhaps it's figs, dried cherries or raisins, but surely dark fruit.

The bitterness really packs a wallop! Much too much of a wallop for a Belgian fan like me. I appreciate balance and this beer has a train-load of hops on one end of the scale and a goodly amount of malts on the other. Fifty tons outweigh 50 pounds.

The back of the bottle reads, self-righteously, that they "know their stuff" at Stone. Yes, they do. They brew great beers and also know that the prevailing trend right now is to the grapefruit bitterness of the many varieties of hops from the Pacific Northwest.

Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jwhancher
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 22-oz bottle from Total Wine early last month. Enjoy by date reads 01.14.14. Figured I'd pop this open during the Chargers playoff game. Seemed fitting. Poured into a Dogfish IPA glass for review.

Pours like coca-cola. Dark translucent black with large cola flavored head that lasts a heck of a long time that leaves plenty of suds on the glass sides as it slowly fades. Smells of hoppy goodness: melon and pineapple.

Upfront chocolate malt flavors that evenly gives way to nice soft yet firm bitterness. The dark note characters stick around until the end giving a nice balanced aftertaste. Some hop fruitiness flavors add add'l complexity. And some pine.

Feels about medium. Firm bitterness with good carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden for over 8%.

A very well crafted beer. Although I'm not a particular fan of this style of beer, I'd definitely drink this one again.

Photo of ROBSTARR
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mikey711
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a two finger think head with big tan bubbles. Slightly transparent when held up to the light.

citrus hops is the dominating smell, but not overpowering. a little flowery and a slight hint of chocolate.

the first sip brings lots of hops followed by a sublte caramel blending really nicely. definately some grapefruit, earthy, and pine notes. very pleasant. It tends a bit more to the hoppy side, but overall there is a good balance. Very easy to drink could probably have a few more.

Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Atomicskis5
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Dirty25
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of shredder83
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, as it has a pleasent amount of lasting bubbles and head and lacing, with a dark brown body and tanish head.
Aroma is good too, and there is no mistaking this s an ipa with your eyes closed, alot of cascade-esque hops and citrus on the nose, with a light milky coffee note.
taste is just like a cross between a citrusy IPA and a porter, with most of the action being done by the hops, and a light roasty note taking some jabs. the mouthfeel is really creamy, and its really easy to drink.
Pretty simple overall honestly, i didnt find alot going on, but everything there is well done.

Photo of jucifer1818
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Large head of tan on a black body. Maybe the head is a little too big? But it does have retention!

Aroma is great, a nice balanced hoppyness

Taste, not so much. There's an astringentness and background chemical blech kind of taste. The hop malt balance here is just terrible in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is fine. This beer is in what always think of as a kind of awkward alcohol range. Not low enough to be a quaffable, session beer with bright carbonation, not high enough to be a real thinker with a mild, low carbonation. But I think this sits in a pretty good balance.

However, I just can't get over that taste. Probably my biggest disappointment from Stone ever.

Photo of scottDC
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of berley31
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, light tan head that diminished to about 1/2-finger and stayed there. Body is almost black, with ruby highlights here and there, and mostly opaque.

S: Aroma of citrusy, piney hops... touch of sweetness and just a hint of roastiness, but the hops easily dominate.

T: Great-tasting beer... it starts off sweet with an almost toffee quality to it, with a bit of roasted flavors coming through... but a small amount, really. Hop flavor of citrus and pine is high, with moderate-high hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied at least, with moderate carbonation.

D: With everything going on, it's still a fairly easy-drinking beer, dangerously so for almost 9% ABV, and I'd easily get it again.

Photo of pottergator
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of WuBByG999
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of qcghost
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DoctorDog
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pint 6 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours a deep mahogany and opaque. Pours with ~3 fingers of thick, light brown head, which fades very slowly to a solid cap, leaving thick lacing as it recedes. Excellent retention.

S- Pine and grapefruit hopiness are strong from the outset. Slight roasty sweet notes begin to slip in behind the solid hops.

T- Solid hoppy pine and grapefruit flavors pitted against rich, roasted malty sweetness. Solid bitterness. Really interesting and enjoyable.

M- Moderate carbonation with a fairly full feel. Fairly creamy.

D- Excellent. Fairly high an ABV could render this one dangerous were I to have access to more than 22 oz. at this time.

Future outlook: Wow. Pretty pricey (~$9 /22 oz.), but I have to admit, it knocked my socks off. A super-hopped strong ale (black DIPA??), to be sure, and it worked. Extremely enjoyable, and something I won't hesitate to try again...I just wish it were cheaper!!

Photo of mjl21
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Enjoy by date is listed as 5/13/09. Comes in at 8.7%.

A-Pours black with a fluffy one finger tan head. Some bubble clusters stick on the inside of the glass. Lots of lace.

S-Fresh citrus hops with some pine in there. Not getting the roasted malt or alcohol.

T-Citrus comes through, particularly lemon. The citrus hops coat quickly leaving some lingering bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt and chocolate can de detected on the back of the palate.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-Where's the alcohol? This is very easy to drink. Should have bought more than one.

I really enjoyed this beer. I had the 11th when it first came out and I loved it. I love how this beer does not taste like you would think based on its black color.

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,603 ratings.