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RATINGS: 2105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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We re brewers whose substantial mettle and idiomatic approach to brewing allows us to consistently create works of art such as this justifiably self righteous ale. Its bitterness hits our sweet spot. Its blackness lightens our hearts. Its liquid dichotomy pulls it all together in this sublimely sacrosanct ale. Yes, we damn well know our stuff here at Stone, and it would be irresponsible of us not to acknowledge how remarkable this heavenly creation of ours is. Thus the name we are compelled to give it ... Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale ... serves as a reminder of just how good we are, in both liquid and verbal form. We re certainly not perfect. Too often, we allow our modesty to get the best of us as we re simply not inclined towards senseless braggadocio. When youre good, youre good. And when you do something great, the least you can do is acknowledge it. Others benefit from knowing. In this case, we find that we are compelled to point out how amazing this beer is that we rightly call the Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. First brewed in 2007 as Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this beer was an instant hit. With us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didnt last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldnt be any more. For Us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves, and you the enlightened, with this beer on a full time basis.. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmill527 (74) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Nice roasted stout taste with the added hoppiness... love it! Probably the best Black IPA I’ve ever had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3515) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle bought for me by my daughter and her husband, drank on 11th March 2014 in their new home (Newport Beach). Very dark brown body, the head a tanned covering that did not want to hang around much; although to be fair it leave some lacing on the tumbler, is it must have some depth. Bittering hops rule the aroma and taste, yet there is subtle sweetness to be found within it’s flavours also. Piney and slightly fruity with a peppery hint or two. A decent beer all round and I am pleased I’ve had one at last.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Bottle from the Beer Temple. Poured black with thick and creamy beige head. Aroma of resinous with light choc. Light carb med bod. Quite bitter resin taste, not as smooth as others.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BennyBinion (22) - Canyon, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
A fantastic black IPA. A delicious hoppy flavor mixed with a faint coffee and a hint of chocolate combine what I like from IPA’s and Stouts together to make an extraordinary hybrid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (4958) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2014
Shared bottle at hotel room tasting. Black colour, beige head. Very good aroma and flavour, hoppy and moderately roasty. Will definitely buy again when / if I can find it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john_henry (95) - - MAR 3, 2014
A great black IPA, but not the best. Pretty simple, imagine a fairly run of the mill IPA and paint in black. I’m pleased you don’t get the roast notes you often get in black IPA’s, which I personally don’t feel should be too evident. However I have to say it was a little disappointing, but I’ll certainly have it again, and look forward to having it closer to the brewery, rather than after it’s travelled all the way to Japan. Just feels the hops have dropped out a little.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Draft at Prohibition. Pours a deep brown, near black, with tan head. Nose of grapefruit, peach, caramel, chocolate, grass. Good hoppy flavor, pretty fresh, most citrus with some tropical and grass notes. Caramel malt is present but the chocolate and roast are not over the top. One of the better black ipas out there, but certainly no Wookey Jack

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ARH (338) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 On tap poured into an 8oz snifter. Aromas of pine, chocolate, and some dark fruit come through initially - perhaps some floral / pine notes. Later on, a slight mildew aroma hits the nose as well as a melon-like sweetness. It pours a dark opaque red-brown (caramel?) color - maybe more brown than red - with a cloudy head that leaves an alright lacing. It’s highly bitter with a mellow, medium sweetness coming through as a secondary note on the tongue. The full bodied beer hits the palate with a very burnt toast start that mellows into some mild dark fruits (I want to say currants). There’s a soft, but abundant carbonation that has this leaning towards creaminess (not quite) but definitely slick. The burnt notes linger throughout the swallow, finishing with dark, dried fruits. A roasted dark coffee flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle @ Hamnmästaren in Malmö. Malty with a slight bitterness, roasted coffee and dark chocolate paired with slightly floral-tones. This bottle was probably past it’s "Drink by"-date although i couldn’t understand the marking.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jh773 (82) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Smells a little hoppy with light notes of bread. Taste is slightly bitter with vague coffee notes and rye. Pleasantly carbonated. More subtle than I expected and very good.


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