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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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Reviews: 1,887
Hads: 5,834
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 287
Gots: 767 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing this one. Enjoy by 3/29/12, so not the most fresh bottle. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured black with two fingers of thick, bubbly light brown head that slowly reduced to a thin layer. Some light lacing.

S - Citrus and piney hops up front. A lot of grapefruit. Some roast in the background but the hops dominate the nose.

T - A big bitter punch from the hops up front with grapefruit and pine flavours. The roast enters in the middle with some sweet cocoa. The bitterness returns in the finish. Some coffee flaovurs are evident as it warms up. Considering the (lack of) freshness, this is really good.

M - Medium body with lots of sticky hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - This has always been a favourite. Almost flawless on tap.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a very good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Slight piney hop nose. Flavor is slightly more pine hops than caramel malt and with lingering piney aftertaste. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a deep beige thick head that sticks to the glass in rings after each sip.
S- This beer has a pungent musty Northwest hops that comes through even during the pour. Wow. The roasted note of malt is a little hint in the big hop aroma and there is a green watermelon rind quality in the finish of the hops.
T- The green pungent pine flavor to the hops has a roasted note that blends nicely. There is a pine pungent finish with a minty quality and a pungent herbal hop flavor that lingers.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a slight slippery texture in the finish.
D- Although the bottle reeks of arrogance the beer inside is good. The big hop flavor has lots of nice depth with a little black malt for support. This is my first beer purchased in Chicago, would it taste better if I had to drive 2hr to buy it? Luckily I don't have to find out.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1 L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden this afternoon. A shout-out to ARH.

A: The strong ale is dark, a veritable stout or porter. I'd say it's darker than a porter, offering up no colors or hues other than blackness. An off-white, slightly tanned, head, 2.5 fingers on pour, laces lightly.

S: The nose defies all logic (I remember being floored when I first got hold of 11th Anniversary). Dark roasted malts and ample citrus hops shsre the stage. Malts are first, bready and rich, but quickly yield to the resiny citrus hops. Pow!

T: Dark roasted malts, rye bread and chocolate showcase the malt side. They are immediately followed by hops, lots and lots of oily hops. Those hops are citrusy and strong. A touch of pine adds to the thicker hop presence. The floral finish is lively, several mouthfuls of citrus pulp. My first Black IPA (as Stone 11), and you never forget your first.

M: Roasted malts. Lotsa hops. Any questions? The fullness of the malts and their ability to influence the ale is impressive. Looking at the ale, you'd expect it to be much chewier but it isn't.

D: I'll finish off the growler but I'm starting to feel it after too glasses.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Deep cola.

S - Beautifully flora. Light citrus hops. Rich malt backbone.

T - Woody hops up front with some deep toast and rye bread. Great balance.

M - Smooth with a bitterness that doesn't overpower.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I need a hop fix... and don't want to dive into recent trades or too deep into the cellar.. so I picked out a 11th and am hoping for the best. I haven't had one of these in a couple of months and noticed then, the hops were definitely dying down.

22oz picked up at a variety of places around Boise in the $5.50 range... poured into a shaker pint.

Looong lasting lite tan head leaves crusty lacing for the entire glass.... color of the brew reminds me of a schwarzbier.. near black but still walnut and dark ruby highlites show when held to a light.

Aroma is certainly more subdued than fresh.. but still reminiscent of a big grapefruit and piney DIPA. Black coffee/with sugar notes are more prevalent than before.

Flavor is abundant citrus .. dark roasted malts are only available on the end of the palate and the finish.. even then, the hops are the heavy hitters... Very smooth from front to back.. the hops resins add nicely to the palate.. Doesn't taste as dark as expected.. just enough interesting espresso/chocolate components that drives everything home.

This brew is going to age very well... don't let the naysayer change your mind .... it may go through a significant muddy period like the 8th, but ultimately, the 11th will be fantastic... I will not drink another for probably 6 months... ooh my.. I have another glass.. cheers. Galt.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well its Monday...what the hell....why not have a Self-Righteous Ale!?!?!? This beer has awesome complexity....that I would argue gave birth to a whole new line of craft beers....the Black IPAs, etc. This beer is very dark with ecru foamy head. The nose screams hops like an IPA. The taste is a wonderment that begins like an IPA, but finishes with a roasty malt character. The mouthfeel is decent, but the ABV can be tough to start. I could probably handle two stingers (22oz) fairly easily, but after that someone would have to carry me home.

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Photo of Duff27
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- One fingered frothy mocha head atop a black beer. Great lacing and head retention. Holy awesome.

S- Hops, immediately.

T- Yeah! This is what a black IPA should taste like. Well balanced.

M- Smooth, creamy.

D/O- Stone got this right. Best per style? Yes, for sure.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a snifter

dark brown, almost black pour with a nice head that quickly dissipates. smell is big on roasty malts with a very nice hop aroma on the back end. the taste grows on you. sweet up front, bitter finish. hops are blended perfectly. a lot of flavor here. great. medium bodied with mild carbonation. a hard style to do but stone nailed this.

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong citrus/floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of vanilla, and citrus (grapefruit). Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, wood, hint of earthy malt, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Half finger fine light brown head with decent retention and nice lacing. Looks nice. Great pine hop and light toasted malt aroma. Taste starts with nice pine and citrus hops then melds smoothly into a hoppy toasted malt with a hint of chocolate flavor. A fabulous flavor progression. Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess. Very nicely done and delicious.

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Photo of aasher
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark, dark brown on the verge of black with a rich mahogany one finger head that laces the glass. It barely allows any light to pass through it and is medium in body. The aromas are surprisingly very hoppy upfront with a good amount of charred malts in the back. The flavor is hoppier than anticipated as well. It has a very sharp and distinct pine/citrus hop profile right out of the gate. It finishes with a load of dark roasted malts, on the verge of tasting burnt. It's good but the charcoal flavor keeps me from scoring it higher. It drinks pretty full in body and the flavors become more bold as you continue to drink it. It's a good beer but like a lot of Stone's darker beers, I don't consider it to be overly drinkable. Something about their aftertastes just throw me off.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured black as night with a finger of head and left lots of blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: I got some nice piney hops at first whiff with caramel malts that are kinda roasty. It also seemed to have a little citrus notes with faint underlying booze aromas.

T: upfront was a blend of chocolate and piney hops with a good malty backbone that had grapefruit to enhance the bitterness. There was a little dark fruit presence with slight booze notes .

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but piney hop bitter finish.

D: overall the beer was quite delicious and drank good but to be honest it taste very similar to other stone brews I've had in the past, there is some type of signiture flavor in most of their brews that I can't pin point; oh well.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" brown head over the clear dark brown brew. Frothy head lasts and lasts, with ample sticky lace. Aroma is pungeant piney green hops. Taste is bit lacking in the chewy malts one might expect for such a dark color, but hops character and bitterness is excellent. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is great as well. Yet another anniversary brew from Stone that is worthy of the milestone.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a tan head.

S: Theres some citrus nose with some dry pine and a touch of smokiness. The nose is sweet overall.

T: The flavor is a huge dry roasted malt bill, some dry chocolate with some citrusy hopping and sticky pine. Theres a definity pine sticky resin character to the palate with a great roasted malt presence that is deep and very rich. Definitly tastes like they combined their arrogant bastard and smoked porter recipe. Typical Stone hopping with Chinook with some new Amarillo lemon hops used to give it a distinct citrus/lemon hop flavor. A good combination of malt and hopping and very well balanced. There was a nice lingering bitterness from the hops that hung around for a little bit as well.

M: the mouthful was full with a nice dry roastedness.

D: very good drinkability for its abv. could easily drink in multiples, very smooth palate going down, and nicely hidden alcohol.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: black, though the hue suggests more of an extremely dark brown. Head is two fingers of rocky tan foam with great retention.

Smell: Bright, piney, citrusy, earthy, funky hops. Just a great, complex combination. There also seems to be some alcohol pepperiness buried in the hops for just a touch more complexity. I really enjoy the aroma of this.

Taste: a rich flavor of piney and citrusy hops along with a caramel-infused complex malt flavor. Bitterness is strong but not overpowering. A tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. While I don't usually expect much creaminess from a strong ale like this, there rather was some which created a nice smooth experience.

Drinkability: quite drinkable for its strength and intensity. I'd definitely have this one again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. The bartender had a rough time with this beer, it seemed way over carbonated, and after much pouring off of foam I finally got my beer. Poured a slightly translucent black, with touches of brown on the edges, and had well over an inch and a half of dark khaki colored head that had very good retention and lacing.

A surprisingly neutral and balanced aroma greeted the nose. Nice mixture of malt and hop, with just a touch of roast. The first flavor across the tongue is that roast we found at the end of the aroma. The roast sticks around and covers the expected malt taste and mixes with a bite of hops at the end.

The body is full and just a little sticky. Drinkability is very nice but I think I'd get bored if I had more than 2 in a row. Overall, a decent beer worth trying.

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Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with brown highlights, tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Pine, citrus rind, grapefruit, candied fruit, rye bread.

T: Grapefruit, pine, marmalade, dark caramel, toffee, rye bread, hint of lightly roasted coffee, good bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a dry finish with hop and a little roasted acidity.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, clear, with ruby/mahogany highlights. Fine, tan bubbles clung in sheets to the sides of the glass and formed a tight cap. Good head retention with spotty lacing throughout. Intense pine resin and grapefruit rind aroma up front, fruity citrus and a hint of sweet cocoa fill in the background. Very floral and fragrant. Solid bitterness, not overpowering, that tends to linger. Sweetness is just enough to provide some balance and has more of a chocolate/cocoa character than stright-up caramel, but the hops are still front and center - mostly grapefruit flesh fruitiness and a bit of pine. Light alcohol flavour in the finish, along with mild warmth. Medium bodied, a bit chewy with creamy carbonation. Very nice texture. This is great stuff, worthy of an anniversary celebration. The darker malts, even though they're fairly subtle, really pull things together and create a nice counterpoint for the hops.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a huge light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing around the glass and has good retention as well.

S- The aroma is awesome, you can just tell this is going to be another kick ass brew from Stone. It is dominated by a lot of pine and citrus hops along with hints of malt and caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma really centers around the delicious hops creating a nice lingering bitterness throughout the finish. Very tasty!

M- The mouthfeel is pretty damn perfect. It is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm a huge fan of this one. Definitely worth seeking out. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from 22oz bottle a very dark brown with reddish hues and a nice 2 finger head of tannish foam that shrinks slowly leaving some spotting and some lacing.

The smell is of citrus hops along with an ample nose of caramel malt and some fruit.

The taste is a big mix of caramel malt and citrus and my, they work really well together and I find a very blanced flavour overall. Tasty! There's a bit of an alcohol warming after the swallow but it's not obtrusive and is actually welcomed since today is a very cool Autumnish day.

Further sips in and I get some dark fruit, toffee, some coffee, some molasses, some alcohol, and a bit of chocolate. Lots going on here! It has a medium to heavy body and the carbonation is medium. Wow. Did I mention that this one is tasty? It finishes with a slight edge to the bitterness and finishing one sip just demands that another soon follows. Very drinkable. Very tasty. Very smooth. Boy am I impressed with this offering from Stone. I still have another bottle but hopefully, next week I'll find some more on my next trip to Colorado.

Bottom line: This is another great beer from Stone. Well done!!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brattleboro, Vermont Brewer's Festival on May 22, 2010. There is a mahogany dark brown pour with some red hues and a two-inch puffy tan head. Hops are the lead ingredient in the aroma but it seems very well-balance and not overdone. Hops also tend to be the first thing caught on the tongue but there is also a rather molasses-like sugar-sweetness in there. Definitely not as bitterly hopped as some strong ales. This one tends to be a lot mellower than other strong ales. Pretty good.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DrJay for bringing some of these up!

Pours a hazy dark orange/brown, thick off white head forms, settles slowly dropping a nice lace ring, good retention. Smell is nice, chocolate and toffee, solid roast, lots of pine and floral hops, roast, grapefruit, nice balance with the malts and hops. Taste is similar, caramel and chocolate, roast coffee, light alcohol, nuts, oranges, grapefruit and floral, solid bitterness, excellent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, bit of warmth. Very good beer! Thanks Jay.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Very dark brown color; almost black. Poured a 2 finger chocolate head that gave way slowly to a half finger cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Floral hops; citrus, grapefruit and pine. Foundation of toasted malts; toffee and cocoa.

T: Big toasted malt like smell with a little bit of burnt caramel. Resiny hops dominated by the flavor of pine. Sharply bitter with burnt toast and chocolate lingering a bit in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and silky. Surprisingly balanced for its complexity.

D: Lots of flavor and complexity and good balance. Easy to relax in to this one despite the abv.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby. Almost black. Thin cola colored head that leaves nice amounts of lace.

Aroma: Bready malts, cocoa nibs and juicy hops.

Appearance: Nice bitter hop presence noticed first and then some alcohol, which is quite noticeable and actually, a little overbearing and scathing in this beer. Covers up a lot of what I was expecting in the hop department. There's some hop juiciness noted, but not a lot. Chocolate is distant. Decent flavor, but not great.

MF/DK: Medium bodied and light=medium to medium bodied. A bit of spiciness from the alcohol and a long lingering astringency from the alcohol. Fair, but not one I'll be tapping again soon.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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