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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,195 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,195
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 225
Gots: 456 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Lukebell15, Jun 01, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 12/18/09.

Black body with a chalky white head that leaves some lacing. Glorious hoppy, grapefruity, piney aroma. Taste continues to bring the hoppiness. If you've had a Stone beer before, you know what you're in for in that regard. Just a hint of roastiness in the finish. Mouthfeel isn't nearly as thick and syrupy as most IPAs. In all, I like this a great deal. It's different enough to be distinctive, but it manages to retain all the features of a great IPA. Stone's braggadocio is kind of grating at times, but I'll put up with it if they continue to back it up.

BarrelO, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a bomber into a 24 oz mug. Awesome bottle. So far, it's my favorite.

Pours a very dark brown, practically black. A finger of light brown foam retains well and leaves behind some nice lacing.

If you had no prior knowledge of this beer, you'd be absolutely floored by the aroma. Huge burst of west coast hops, plus bitter ground coffee and roasted barley. Tons of citrus. Amazing aroma.

The taste to me doesn't seem to follow the nose at all. There's a big piney hop character, rather than the citrus I had been smelling. An absolute in your face, aggressive bitterness. Six months ago, I would've hated this. This is more bitter than any beer I've tasted so far, moreso than Ruination. 13th Anniversary is in the fridge, so I'm interested to see how the bitterness compares. There's the aforementioned pine hop bitterness, then a chewed up coffee bean bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted barley that borders on harsh.

The texture is nice. It's got the body I'd expect from an IPA. Surprisingly smooth. There's a nice creaminess. Well done. The alcohol isn't present in the taste, but just as a warming sensation on the way down.

This one toes the line between bitter and unpleasant. Had Stone made this any bigger, I don't think it would work out at all. It's definitely a beer that grows on you. Those first few sips are almost overwhelming. I know they already used the "You're not worthy" line for Arrogant Bastard, but it's more applicable here. All in all, this is a pretty bad ass beer.

Gyle41386, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of IronTom
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of BBM
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a deep russet with a surprisingly foamy head, and web-like lacing around the glass. The aroma is almost pure citrus and pine hops with just a hint of alcohol.

The initial wave of cascade hops and earth are very up front and raw. Then the roasted malts and smoky wood flavors come through, not only balancing the beer, but continuously assaulting the taste buds. Many times brewers try to balance beers with lots of hops and the end result is disjointed and overly sweet. That doesn't happen here; everything is kept in delicate balance, although delicate is the last word I would use to describe the taste itself. There is an oily resin left in the mouth, and the finish is smooth and dry.

There's a lot to like about this beer, and I'm glad I tried it. One thing you can always count on from Stone is a finely crafted and interesting brew.

BBM, Nov 20, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

dumptruck81, May 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

afinepilsner, Jul 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

kevindp9, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ttylicki, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

slowdaddy, Aug 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

hpthebull, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of tapman
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

For review #300 I picked a goodie.

Looks like a stout or schwarzbier; color is a super dark brown, not black IMO. Head is medium sized, sticky, tawny colored bubbles. Head lasts for-ev-er and looks almost nitro-infused. Really looks like a draught dry stout. YUM.

Smells like a hoppy wet dream. Piney, grapefruit zest and grassy, super west coast, but not too much malt in the nose. I maybe get a little bit of astringent roastiness.

Here is the malt, in the flavor. Malt is like charred, smokey BBQ flavor, and contrast the bright hops while at the same time balances the flavor by not being over- or under-powering. Hops are similar to the nose, but with more pine. A strong bitterness in the finish.

You expect a syrupy mess and get an IPA type of consistency. Fun to drink since your brain is constantly warning you to chew the beer, but unnecessarily so.

A great brew! Unique in that it balances contrasting flavors better than many others balance complimentary ones. I want to try the Amarillo hop edition!

tapman, Jan 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

einman, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

leodarko, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

StubFaceJoe, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

dtomes, Feb 01, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a dark brown practically black with a huge unmovable head that last. Thick crusty lace.

Nose: Piney hops, sweet cherry soda pop,

Thick body. Unexpected hop explosions, mixes well with some sweet dark malts. Not roasty. Finishes with a long lingering piney hop bitterness.

Very drinkable and actually not outrageously priced as some other specialty brews seems to be. Highly recommended.

Review from notes: drank during the Pitt-Baltimore game a few weeks ago. Go Lers.

beerphan, Dec 01, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

A- Dark chocolate brown color and head is tan and 1 finger. Opaque and lacing is very thick and sheety.

S- Very hoppy and a tad smoky and roasty.

T- Smoky and burntlike malts. Alcohol is strong and the IBU's are very high. This beer is a black IPA to me. Rich and pretty complex with some chocolate and liquorice.

M- Medium to thick and high carbonation.

D- Somewhat low due to alcohol taste and strength of the brew.

Overall- This one is a little overrated to me. Just a little bit too "in your face" but I guess that is what Stone is good at. All in all, good brew though. Very consistant for the brewery.

MMAJYK, Mar 11, 2008
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

pavpav12, Nov 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

dominic4beer, Feb 21, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

22oz dated bottle poured into a tulip glass.

pours dark brown with a thick tan head that slowly devolves into a thin film. leaves behind some nice sparkly, intricate lacing. that's right, sparkly.

smells beautifully of floral hops and citrus fruits. picking up grapefruit, orange and perhaps some berry notes with a bit of a nutty undertone. taste follows nose with added flavors of carmel and toasted malts and a dry, bitter finish. hop character is strong, and alcohol is hidden pretty well. malt character seems to come out a little more as it warms, almost reminds me of a scotch ale.

mouthfeel is on the medium to heavy side with a slightly oily quality. carbonation gives the bitterness a little more bite and helps the flavors pop, but feels a bit coarse.

this is quite an interesting beer from stone, but not one i could drink all the time. considering the higher abv and strong hop character i'd say you'd be done after 1 or 2 of these. ipa fans will love this, everyone else has quite the adventure ahead of them.

divineaudio, Mar 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

nyyfanatic213, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

tviz33, Aug 12, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,195 ratings.