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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,718 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,718
Reviews: 1,884
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 259
Gots: 670 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of nollie77
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mikey711
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 seangibbs60
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atomicskis5
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. Enjoy by 09/03/14

A- Pours a dark roast coffee, some light is coming through, probably the lightest black IPA I've had. Head has a slight brown tint to it.

S- Huge hops, it's got that smell you get from opening a bag of hops, got that sort of Fruit Loops type of aroma to it, must be dry hopped heavily. Dankness, citrus, tropical notes of passion fruit and pineapple.

T- Again huge hop flavors of dank pine, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, a lingering bitterness that is higher than in other black IPAs such as NightTime. Not really getting a lot if any roasted flavors, which is good but it seems like if your gonna make a black IPA you'd want the roasts to show up at some point. I think NightTime has a better roast presence.

M- Medium, similar to most IPAs.

O- I've passed over this beer for far too long and I will do it no more. The aroma on this beer is huge but it is slightly more bitter than I would like but that's nitpicking. For awhile I thought this beer was just a German style black ale but boy was I wrong. Also they could amp up the roast presence ever so slightly and it would probably be the best black IPA out there. But I really dig the hop profile on this one, it might be coincidence that I find NightTime to have a very similar hop profile, or maybe not.

Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of tbeer40
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
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 earljones199
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.32/5  rDev -21.3%
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 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 scottDC
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of DoctorDog
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
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 gr8zehaman
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of timoteo833
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mjl21
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Mark5252
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber bottle. Served in a Duvel glass.
Poured an opaque brown/black. Lots of carbonation.
Fine bubbled light tan head about two fingers.
Big citrusy hop aroma with some molasses.
Medium body. Some roasted malt to start.
Lots of hop bitterness. Good malt backbone. Long dry finish with plenty of hop bitterness and a lingering chocolate. Very drinkable. A unique beer that was great fun to drink. Schwartz IPA?

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 StlHopHead77
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A-Pours out deep,deep,jet-black with only the slightest hint of light permeating it.A dense,creamy,camel tan head of 3 inches sat atop it and showed good retention before smearing the inside of the glass with extremely sticky,sheets of lacing.

S-Big punch upfront of orange zest,stonefruit and pine with supporting notes of semisweet chocolate and slightly burnt toast.Beautiful blend of fruity sweetness and Dark chocolate/dark roast tang on the nose.

T-Initially,aggressive citric hop sweetness and bitterness take the lead but these are supported by lightly charred malts,sweet chocolate and some dried fruit flavors.At one point this totally reminded me of an orange Tootsie Pop.

M-Medium/full body with good carbonation,a nice lingering oily character and great roasted malt qualities.

O-This is a truly exceptional brew and a definite repeater!

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

My first Stone beer. Poured into a crystal beer mug the beer is almost black with hints if red when held into the light. The head is rich and creamy light brown and holds up good time, leaving good lacing. Very attractive.
Smell is fruity and hints grapefruit and citrus.
Tasting the beer you get hit with a very refreshing fruity front, where the grapefruit and citrus tastes are dominant. In the middle a roasted malt will come through and checked by a good amount of hops in the end. Great balance and interesting lingering of a bittersweet aftertaste.
Great mouthfeel of a fantastic medium bodied beer. What a experience, will definitely buy it again, and will try more from this brewer.

Photo of Evarigan
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of nodder
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,718 ratings.