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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
outstanding

5,298 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,298
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 231
Gots: 495 | 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%

Hopmarc, Nov 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

billhelm, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ssgunbond, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ConradKenney, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Luk13, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

freemanj, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Carl_R, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

YeastEnthusiast, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of afinepilsner
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

afinepilsner, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of EStreet20
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Nearly pitch black brew with two full fingers of tan head sits in the snifter. Nice lacing rings are left behind.

S - Great citrus aromas with some grapefruit/orangey aroma floating around. Some tea like aroma is there too.

T -Wow, some bitterness and alcohol meld with the fruit and lead the way over some dark malt flavors. A little bit of chocolate flavor makes a nice, albeit brief appearance. Alcohol is definitely evident into the finish over those fruity tastes. Very interesting.

M - Nice medium/slightly heavy body with just the right carbonation for this unique brew.

D - So one of a kind. I'm loving it and I want more after every sip.

Notes: India Dark Ale???? The bottle states that the brewers kept everybody "in the dark with this IPA" and it really is like a hybrid of a few possible dark beer styles and an IPA. I guess Strong Ale is the only classification that makes sense but this beer has many characteristics of a barleywine, IPA, and even some stout and/or porter like traits. I guarantee some will love this and some will hate it, but everyone who appreciates craft beer should try it. Me, I'm a fan. I'll have to grab some more.

EStreet20, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of wahhmaster
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Has a large tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves impressive lacing.

Smell: Cascade hops almost completely dominate, giving it a very grassy, earthy smell. Slight bready smell in the background.

Taste: Hops overwhelm at the front. As it develops, it gets slightly more malty. Tastes like a slightly maltier DIPA. Very tasty. Leaves an earthy, piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and reasonably well-carbonated.

Drinkability: A damn fine beer and another win from Stone. While I don't think most people could handle more than one of these at a time, it is definitely still a world-class brew.

wahhmaster, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of gopens44
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black as night with a generous mocha colored head.

S - Straight up hop goodness that takes the shape of grapefruit with barely present earthy notes.

T - Super fantastic fun time taste power! Grapefruit on top of oaked mmonshine that gives way to a smooth oakey finish.

M - A little more carbonation than I expected, but it's all good. A touch of burn throughout with a moderately heavy aftertaste.

I challenge Stone to make a beer that doesn't make me happy. This beer delivers very well. Perhaps the hoppiest Cascadian I've had yet!

gopens44, Dec 21, 2010
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

paresis, Feb 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

badboy7113, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple bottles of this while I was in Boston for work. With first pour, I knew this was an entirely different beer than one normally gets their hands on. I recently brewed a double black IPA and thought it was wonderful, but it pales in comparison to this. This is, undoubtedly, an Imperial Black IPA. The unbelievable hop powerhouse aroma unleashes itself immediately. Massive pine and grassy overtones explode in the nose. Sticking your head in a bin of freshly picked hops is comparable to this smell. Jet black body with beige head. Lacing was intense and carbonation was lively. The taste was all IPA from beginning to end. Wonderful hop presence throughout with a warming alcohol taste. Maltiness is there but well hidden behind the hops. Sharpness is intense but very enjoyable. The high abv is hidden behind the IBUs. This is a wonderfully crafted beer that hop heads need to try. I would love to know how they managed to get the dark body without the roasted bitterness. For my Black IPA, I cold steeped de-bittered black malt for 2 days. This a superb beer.

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Finally tracked one of these babies down thanks to alphaking.

A - Just as the description claims, pitch dark, I wasn't sure what I was getting into at first, but I couldn't wait. Thick foamy head, excellent lacing and retention.

S - Strong smell of hop notes and a sweet scent that reminded me of cherries.

T - Very potent bitterness with a floral aftertaste, decent complexity, but it cannot mask the alcohol, which is why I didn't rate it higher than a 4 in this department, it's punch is reminiscent of malt liquor.

M - Full bodied IMO and very sharp, with a little bit of lingering.

D - Hard to put down more than one or two I think, but an excellent ale none the less. Here's to Stone for another excellent brew!

PhageLab, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of chumba526
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color is midnight black it pours with a two inch dirty brown head.
It smells of toasted Smokey hops, hints of grassy citrusy, herbal hops. I almost smell a bit of a rosemary flavor.

The taste starts as expected by the smell with a Smokey toasted slightly caramel malt flavor and moves in to a rich citrus grassy hop flavor. Even with the strong citrus grassy notes of the hops the nice Smokey flavor is still noticeable. The beer has a very nice blend of malts and hops. You can clearly taste both the malts and the hops. The taste ends with duel flavors of bitterness and toasty malts. The Bitterness lingers on the palate for quite a while. The medium carbonation makes the beer quite smooth.
Overall probably the best black IPA beer I have had.

chumba526, May 01, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JRBecks, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of DerekQXQX
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is black as Darth Vader's Suit's Ass blasting through the galaxy like a fuckin' Dark Lord. It's got a hypnotic, spiderweb style foam canvassing itself across the plain. The foam looks like coral sitting on top of somehow liquid coal.

It tastes great, just hoppy enough where you know it's beer.

DerekQXQX, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of arguemaniac
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A black IPA, hmm, let's see what this is all about...

Rich, pungent hops are the name of the game here. Heavy astringency, oily hop mouthfeel and a bright citrusy character that is quite delicious. What else does one expect from Stone? There is a bit of balance, though: some nice, heavily toasted caramel and a definite chocolate note too.

Though Stone's attempt at to make this beer so "unique," it's well above average as IPA. Rich, hoppy, and very delicious. And, admittedly, the heavy roast and chocolate is interesting.

Highly recommended...

arguemaniac, Jan 31, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

banger7, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of photomike
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from my favorite "we have old stock, but sometimes that can benefit you," store.

Interestingly, I had tried Sublimely Self-Righteous (the new name for this beer under regular production) prior to tasting this beer. With a year and a half on it, this is a VERY different beer.

Pours a beautiful opaque deep brown. Can't get ANY light though this one. 1.5 finger cappuccino head forms and develops little craters on top. Minimal retention and lacing is what separates this beer from visual perfection. A beauty nonetheless.

The smell, however: perfection. Unbelievably complex. Big, very sweet malt, brown sugar, dates, black coffee, licorice and alcohol. A huge whiff is intoxicating.

Taste is similarly complex and delicious. While my growler of fresh Self-Righteous was hop dominated, perhaps overly so, this aged version is extremely malty. I am surprised at how hoppy this remains after nearly two years, though. Very nice bitter, vaguely citrusy backbone and finish that plays nicely off of the malty sweetness. Licorice, raisins, and a hint of alcohol are here still too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. The carbonation is light, but perfect for the beer. A bit of a boozy burn.

Drinkability is high for a 9% brew. Drinks smoothly and easy, but you are definitely aware of the alcohol.

This is a GREAT beer, both fresh (as Sublimely Self-Righteous) and with age on it (as Stone 11th). In fact, I think I prefer this 11th. Time to throw some SSR in the cellar!

photomike, Apr 23, 2009
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

hpthebull, Nov 20, 2011
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,298 ratings.