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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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BA SCORE
94
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5,745 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,745
Reviews: 1,890
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 268
Gots: 707 | FT: 8
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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Ratings: 5,745 | Reviews: 1,890
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours black with a tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The beer is opaque, but bubbles can be seen collecting on the underside of the head. The hop aroma of this beer is strong, but I can also pick up dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some mild sweetness in the smell. The taste follows the nose. The citrus hop flavor is intense, but I can also pick up the malty flavors as well as bitter chocolate and anise. The alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor. The body of the beer is medium to full with plentiful carbonation. The drinkability is very high for such a big beer. Overall, this is a most excellent beer that everyone should try once.

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3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep and dark mahogany brown, just shy of pitch black. A relatively thin tan colored head sits atop for quite some time.

Aroma is noticeably hoppy with big American hops showing off. No noticeable malt aroma at first, but becomes apparent as the beer warms.

This beer really falls in-line with many DIPA's, but with the dark malts to throw things off. Hop-forward with a strong bitter presence and flavors or citrus. A slightly sweet/toasted malt character can be detected, but its well hidden.

A lighter bodied feel than I expected, but thats not to say this is a light beer. It still packs plenty of punch and you can feel that in your mouth. Overall, this is a beer that pretty much defines the black IPA category. Who knew hoppy and dark could go so well together.

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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.

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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.

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

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Black/brown color with an off white billowing head. Overall it has good head retention with great lacing.

S: The nose is really interesting, the hops rear their head only to be pulled back back a supreme malt presence. It tends to hint at spices that probably aren't there as the two foes dance, citrus and roasted malt.

T: The hops show up first, citrus, herbal, bubble gum. They quickly give way to the malt body, which is quite significant. Roast dark malt roars into the picture as the beer finishes dry and deliciously bitter.

M: Luscious and full bodied it tickles the palate with light carbonation.

D: Crazy drinkable. I just finished some home brew that clocked in at 190 IBU's before this and the beer still held up hoppy. Cheers to Stone!

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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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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!

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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.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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