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RATINGS: 2099   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1657) - 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 (314) - 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 (78) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hkrivera (91) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - FEB 14, 2014
Never expected this "Ale" to be like this one. Dark, roasted malt flavor; strong taste as all Stone Brewery Beers. Excellent choice ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RuneStumo (2162) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2014
15.02.2014. 0,65l Bottle. Shared at Kaserna, Halden. Black colour with tan off-white head. Aroma is strong with soft Spruce and floral hops. Dark dry malts. Dry bitter chocolate. Strong with lots of alcohol. Fresh strong ligth roasted aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2600) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2014
65 cl bottle kindly shared by bergstaden at Kaserna during RBNG-14. Clear deep mahogany ruby body with a dense light brown head. Lovely tropical fruits hops on the nose. Dried dark fruits, pine bittersweet. Medium bodied. Dry tongue. Fruity well balanced hop juice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4787) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2014
Shared bottle @Kaserna, Halden. Big rocky light choco-colored head. Body is opaque dark brown to black. Rich and bold aroma. A nice mix of fruity US hops, and gently roasted caramelly malts. Full body. Smooth. Big malty flavors. Peppery spiced, gently roasted and fully balanced with a fruity and resinous bitterness. Awesomeness!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (5129) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2014
Shared bottle at Kaserna, Halden. Pours clear very dark ruby with a small creamy tanned head. Lovely resiny hops, dark hops and malts.Lively clean mouthfeel. Taste is crisp, dark hops, liquorice well balanced and a pleasant surprise.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (54) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
Right from the nose, you know what you are getting into here -- take-no- prisoners earthy, grassy hops on a rich roasted malt base. The heavy hop tastes get right back into your jowls, and sustain predictably well. A challenging, dark heavy-weight black IPA. A standard bearer, for sure.


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