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RATINGS: 2091   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (5105) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoesefat (265) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Sweet chocolate aroma. Pours ruby with a tan head. Strong bitter flavors with a long bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (498) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
12 fl bottle. Pours a very dark caramel/black with a slightly tan, frothy, two finger head that clings to the glass and sticks around. Aroma has big notes of fruity and floral hops with subtle hints of vanilla, oats, and roasted malts. Smells a bit like Arrogant Bastard. Taste is a bit on the bitter side and starts out with a creamy fruity hops then moves to hints of chocolate and roasted malts, then ends with a blend of hops, bitter, and roast. Really deep flavour. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Creamy/full mouth feel with a frothy feeling carbonation. Slight alcohol taste and warmth but it works well. Overall this is a big Black IPA. I wasn’t sure what to expect but Stone didn’t disappoint. Not just black for show but with a lot of big, deep taste and mouth feel. More so than other Black IPAs I’ve had. Well worth buying again. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bravo Stone! Great black IPA. Nice foresty smell, medium body. Bitter on the palate, with a bit of caramel and coffee. Love it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Thanks to Eric for sharing this. Pours clear dark red-brown with khaki head. Great retention, irregular lacing. Aroma: pine, grapefruit, cat urine, some caramel malt but this nose is basically ipa. Taste: more chocolate malt in the taste, moderately sweet, some roast, big bitter finish. Palate: medium body that's maybe a touch thin. Oily texture. Roast coffee in the after taste. Gets better and better as the glass goes on. Overall: pretty close to the wookey jack part of the spectrum, in that it's basically an ipa with a hint of "black" (coffee in this case moreso than chocolate).

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atlrizzob (152) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Pours a very deep, very dark brown with a light foam. Smells of roasted malts and hops. Has a very rich delicious flavor of cocoa roasts and bitter citrus hops. This one holds it down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2138) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 28, 2014
12oz in Seattle. Glad to finally try this. Deep brown-black, foamy off-white head. It had a lot of hype but this does rather measure up... A lot of NW ’CDA’s have a lot to learn. Rich in pine hops but also the darker stout-like grains. Stands up nicely in the glass. Rich pine hop sip with darker complex malts. Lovely rich beer. Caramel-chocolate backbone with hops. Cool.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dansac (89) - Loa Angeles, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Not huge on Black IPAs, but Stone makes one of the best. Pours like a fizzly porter; black; smell is hops and roasted malts: resiny and citrusy. Mouthfeel is medium to full, cirsp carbonation. Flavor is bitter, with toasted malts, and hop bitterness. Dry finish. Overall, an excellent black IPA, second only to Firestone’s Wookey Jack, and Clown Shoes’ Hoppy Feet 1.5

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
_bobthehuman (5) - - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2014 Poured into belgian ale glass from bottle, pours almost completely black with slight ruby tints when held up to the light, more or less looks exactly like a porter. Huge fruity notes on the nose-- tangerine, nectarines, grape fruit-- very much like a DIPA. Taste is IPA style bitter fruitiness along with bitter dark chocolate, fresh cocoa and coffee grounds coming into the mix as the beer warms up. Really special beer, Stone nailed it.


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