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RATINGS: 2125   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 17/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 I can’t comment on how this beer was when it was first released but I can say that one year later it is really good and seems to have aged well. Pours a deep brown color with some red in it but from the side it looks almost black. A thin tan head with some lace sticking. The aroma right away is strong hops, lots of pine and some grapefruit with also some caramel malt sneaking in there and really this is an excellent intro to what the beer is going to taste like. The flavors, strong typical Stone quality hop profile, bitter, pine needles, citrus, with lots of roasted caramel malt and maybe even a dash of molasses in the finish. A bit chewy and dry. Great beer. I’m glad I got to try it and now only wish I could get some more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2657) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2008
september 07 bomber from new beer distributors in manhattan. black pour with a tint of amber. medium creamy tan head with lots of stick. ipa aroma to it with citrus and piney hops. taste dominated by hops - though the malts must be there in force, because it somehow seems balanced. hints of dark chocolate. thinnish and creamy palate. woody bitter hop finish. light tingly carbonation. great stuff. K-8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Changed (360) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22oz bottle labeled Sept. 2007. Pours beautiful black, with tan head that lingers. Nice, glimmering lacing. Roasty-smell, taste also reflects roasty toasty-ness(?), dark fruits, and perhaps some coffee or chocolate? Very complex beer, tastes amazing, good amount of carbonation for a beer this dark. Finishes smooth, and the aftertaste produces varying flavors to savor as you watch your Trappist glass empty! great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1711) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22 oz bottle around its release date and around July 20th, 2008. Ahhhh, I love it when beers are this good. This pours a silky looking black with lots of carbonation leading to a nice tar looking retentive head. Some of my fondest beer aroma memories come from allowing my nose to open up to the sweet yet bitter and roasty notes of the aroma that comes blasting off this one. Its like a blended of hoppy banana almost...absolutely amazing! The flavor continues to impress bringing a thick malt coating to the palate before balancing it out with tons of roasted malt mixed with a HUGE hop blast! You can reeeeally tell this one is dry-hopped, even a year on it didn’t take away from the bliss! Almost liquoricey in the finish...this beer is just that GOOD. Now I just need to find more! Hahahaha...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle from Secret Santa. Dark chestnut brown with a 1 cm thick off-white head. Nice mix of rich peppery grapefruit rind hops and sweet dark bready malts. Taste is definitely hop forward, even after a year. Citric hop bite with a hint of caramel and toast. Strikes an interesting and tasty balance.

Also tried @ RBSG, on cask with wet simcoe hops (my score still reflects the bottle), which kicked in a robust hop aroma, and tipped the scales to the hop side, but still worked wonderfully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
This was deep brown in color with a fluffy tan to brown head that retained better than I would have thought. The nose gives off aromas of citrus, chocolate, dark caramel and spice. In the mouth it is medium-bodied and comes off light on its feet. There are nice dark roasted malt and coffee flavors in the mouth that finish with some enjoyable bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
This beer was great! It pours a dark color with tan head. Sweet hop smells. Perfect balance of flavors. Overall great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (551) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 Pours black with beige head. Bitter hop aroma with big roasted malt. Nice smooth taste with a warming mouth feel. Hits with smooth bitter surge digging in throughout the experience. Some dark roast flavors also prevail with smoke and light java. Thought it was going to be a reiteration of double bastard but It isn’t. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjay44 (2633) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Pours a darkish long lasting head, multiple layers in the nose, wonderful dark color, excellent heavy mouth feel, good complex bitterness on the lingering finish. Reminds me of some iterations of a Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1962) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 Hitting this up for a rerate after being re released 2010. nice heavy dark pour with a thick one finger coating head that retained very well. aroma again has that wonderful dry hop under the base beer. flavor gets good and chewy, bitter stone hops, citrus peel, and a heavy malted base. you get the drying and hops of an iipa but there is this big dark chewy beer it is mingling with. I even poured this into the same trappist glass from the original rating to see how well I had done early on in the rating and the rating was pretty accurate and I still think this is a really nice beer.

22 oz bottle labeled September 2007 poured into a trappist glass has a dark brown color with a half inch tan head that fell to a ring in the glass. aroma is full of dark thick malts with a back round sweet citrus hop that has held up well for a year old bottle. brown sugar, honey, and dark fruit round things out. mouth feel is medium with a bit of carbonation. flavor hits up the bitter hops as well as citrus. plenty of dark malt with brown sugar sweetness and light roast. finish has some alcohol heat and some lingering hop bitters. this is a dark malted beer combined with a sweet hop beer and the flavors all blend well.

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