Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Photo of perrymarcus
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber served in a snifter glass.

pours a translucent cola-brown, sits an opaque almost black... creamy/foamy khaki head demonstrates great retention and lacing. damn respectable presentation.

nose yields an aromatic bouquet of hops - pine, floral, a touch of citrus - with a noted, if subdued, malt character in the background.

flavor profile follows the nose. big hoppy presence with the aforementioned pulling through - notably pine - and a touch of roasted, maybe caramel, malt. moderate to heavy bitter presence that presists through the finish - slightly more so than i'd like, but still very tasty overall. were it not for the color you'd be hard pressed not to mistake this for a DIPA.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. nothing too spectacular on that front. i'm going to pick it up a bit in the drinkability department because ultimately i think this is a really enjoyable brew, though falls short of world class. most do; nothing to be ashamed of.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black color with a huge tan head.

S: The aroma on this one if fascinating. The complexity in the nose hints at what is in store for the taste. The smell is primarily that of wonderfully fresh hops: citrus, pineapple, and a bit of pine. But wait, what is that? Some aromas normally associated with that of a stout show up as well; a bit of espresso and even some chocolate.

T: This has got to be one of the more difficult beers to describe that I've ever tasted. It has amazing complexity and layers of flavors. The primary flavors are that of an excellent IPA. Citrus, tropical fruits and delicious piney oils. The IPA part of this beer would alone make it worthwhile. However, there is something much more lurking in this brew. Hiding underneath the IPA lies the flavors of a dark stout. Some espresso, slightly sweet molasses, even some chocolate. I drank two glasses of this beer at two different temperatures and it drank like two totally separate beers. The first glass was rather cold and drank like an IPA, the second glass the brew was quite a bit warmer and at this temperature the dark malt flavors dominated. A truly unique and fascinating beer.

M: As good as the smell and taste of this beer is, the mouthfeel might be the best part. It's creamy and smooth yet not all that full-bodied for such a dark beer.

D: A very drinkable beer for how dark is it. A simply delicious, complex, and fascinating beer. Stone Brewing is awesome. They are constantly pushing the boundaries of craft brewing and turning out consistently unique and outstanding beers.

Photo of BreweryRun
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of tbeer40
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle with no date poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Black body with faint deep red glimmers when held up to a light source. Light brown head with decent to low lacing and decent retention.

Smell - A forest by the ocean. Reminds me of North Carolina. Woody, chocolate, lots of wet grass, floral. Tobacco and ash. Some fruity sweetness peeks through when given a swirl. One of the best smelling beers I've had in a while.

Taste - Wow. Hard fast and complex. Starts of with a light hint of thin sweetness followed quickly by a strong hay-like hop kick and bitterness. Builds up into a lime peel and creamed coffee bittersweetness. Finishes with a healthy hop and malt buzz, mostly leaning to the hoppy side, that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and full bodied with a bite-y alcoholic effervescence and some solvency. Warming booziness.

Overall Drinkability - Very drinkable, especially considering the kick and alcohol content. I want to dub it an extreme session (though the bros already have a different use for that term).

Photo of n00blar
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Evarigan
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of seand
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dense nearly black opaque with a fair amount of bubbly light tan head. Retains pretty well and leaves all kinds of lacing.

S: Sweet with notes of raisin or dried apricot.

T: Tons of flavor, starting sweet with the dried fruit notes leading into a huge hoppy finish.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation.

D: So much flavor you don't want to drink too much or too fast.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of DemoniChris
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap poured in a snifter

A - Obsidian black with a 2-3 inch off-white head. Simply amazing.

S - Smells of tropical fruits, mild chocolate notes with a hint of roastiness.

T - Sensory explosion. Huge hop blast up front, which turns into a malty dry finish. Delivers on both hop bitterness and malt bitterness. Sublime stuff!

M - Sticky mouth coating feel that just seems right for a black IPA.

O - This is my favorite black IPA and one of my favorite beers. I'm so glad that this is on Stone's lineup and is available year round at a decent price!

Photo of jaemeno3
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of timoteo833
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark blackish red letting very little light pass through with a tan, 1 finger head.

S- Smell is predominately hoppy with floral characteristics and dark fruit undertones.

T- Taste starts off like a weak stout with coffee and dark flavors followed by a hop bitterness reminiscent of an IPA.

M- Thick and highly carbonated.

D- This is a very drinakble brew, easily sessionable.

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

Poured into a globe glass.

A= Nice dark malty colors. Tan nose, with little head retention and minimal lacing. Good looking beer.

S= The nose off the bat is high of hoppy bitterness. As it mellows down, the hint of roasted nuts comes through.

T= The complex flavors of this beer range from bitter to bold. the mix of hops and malt has really been achieved in this stone brew.

M= When first served, the feel was that of an IPA. As the ale warms, it gained a chewiness to it.

D= Very drinkable, I could have this one everyday, or use it as a nice afternoon relaxing beer.

Overall= Overall, I am very pleased with this beer, malt monster with hidden bitterness. . . how Stone.

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

Poured into a snifter. Beautiful obsidian color with a light khaki head. Nice head retention on this one. Moderate lacing. I read the bottle and it said IPA, but this appearance is throwing me off. Strong floral hop aroma, sweet pine, and a light dash of citrus. I am pulling some tart green apple. Some sweet malts makes this remind me of a barley wine. Very hoppy, slight citrus with a very sweet yet subtle malt characteristic. Great grapefruit taste. This makes me crave a barley wine for comparison. Definitely more hoppy than a barley wine but the malts are wonderful in this. The mouthfeel is a little on the dry side for my liking, but understandable with the high alpha hops. Mild carbonation. A nice treat. I am going to try to age one of these just to see what happens.

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

(From notes)

A - Deep brownish color with a thinner slightly off-white head. Decent retention

S - Pineapple/citruisy hop bitterness; some darker fruity sweetness; piney hops toward the end. Really nice

T - As suggested by the aroma, great hop presence, but was by no means overpowering. Hoppiness was tempered by the substantial malt presence

M - Medium MF, bit of a kick on the palate from the alcohol presence

D - Pretty solid drinkability given the weight of flavor, body, and abv. Pretty pleasant sipper.

Overall, a nice brew and definitely enjoyed the hops. Fairly tame next to some of Stone's other offerings, but worth a look.

Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of pat_usher
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of banger7
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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