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RATINGS: 2154   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2014
650 ml bottle (enjoy by 7/10/14) poured into nonic pint. Deep cola color with an impressive three-finger creamy light beige head that seems to last forever. Aroma is resinous, piney hops with roasted malt undertones. Flavor follows suit, with initial hoppiness giving way to roasted complexity. The mouthfeel is much creamier than I was expecting. While I don’t enjoy this quite as much as Stone’s standard IPA offerings, it’s still great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (130) - Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Smells like a DIPA, only better. It has subtle roasty chocolate qualities. The hops are still there, but you can tell there’s a lot more going on. Interesting contrast in appearance - the beer is jet black with a nearly white head. The foam just refuses to go away. Taste is similar to the smell. Roast and bitter chocolate up front, some soy sauce and faint black licorice with an aftertaste that has the signature Stone assault on the taste buds. The palate is better than most IPA’s - perhaps I’m biased; dark beers always seem to have a better palate in my opinion. Black IPA’s are hit and miss with me, but this is one of the better ones I have tried. Right now, I’m thinking it is even better than Firestone Walker Wookey Jack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (1701) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2014
Flaska @ Ölrepubliken. Smutsvitt skum ovan en Coca-colafärgad vätska. Dofter av citrus, ananas, espresso och lakrits. Smakinslag av grapefrukt, passionsfrukt, mörk choklad, läder och kåda. För egen del är det aningen för mycket kolsyra, men det är mer en randanmärkning: Detta är en mycket god BIPA, och därmed en mycket god öl. Medelstor beska, en maltsötma som balanserar upp den och en både fruktig och lätt rökig eftersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AAEA (136) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
22 Fl. OZ ($6.99) A very good beer, its an ale that thinks its an IPA. very hoppy and great taste. I love this beer and its a good 8.7% if you see this try it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koskela (293) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Hop aroma mix with a chocolate almost cocoa aroma in this black brew with a tan head of tiny bubble. The taste is choc syupy hops with a good combo of sweet and bitter. The aftertaste of this medium bodied brew is bitter and you get a bit of burn from the almost %9
Earlier Rating: 6/17/2012 Total Score: 4.1
A bitter hoppy smell with a bit of chocolate. The color is black with a medium head. The taste is malty and bitter with a bit of chocolate notes and a bitter and hoppy aftertaste. This brew had a meduim body and a crisp feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dal9000 (200) - Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
A wonderful brown ale. Immediate flavor of malt with a slight chocolate undertone finishes with a lighting mild malt flavor for a few minutes. Deep flavor that almost melts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (589) - - MAY 21, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014 Tap at Colorado mountain brewery, COS. Roasted malt aroma with subtle hoppiness. Pours black with a decent, light brown head and good lacing. Roasted malt dominates the start with a rich, sticky mouthfeel and a little bit of licorice flavor as well. Finishes very dry with a good amount of hops. Nice, well balance black ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hidden_Pooch (409) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
I think this was my second Black IPA, certainly not my last. I love the confusion of drinking such a dark ale, then getting hit with the IPA flavour instead. Even then it was a nice combo of faint roasted barley, and liquorice flavour mixed in with all the piney hoppyness. Had a great mouthfeel despite being so high in the alcohol and hops. Would love another one soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redbeard3 (107) - - MAY 19, 2014
Poured into a shaker pint. Black pour - really black, even when you hold it to light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (584) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle. Dark brown, near black with beige head. Light aroma of hops and subtle fruit. Flavour quite hoppy and dry with a bit of chocolate and subtle caramel malt. Very oily texture. Full body.

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