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RATINGS: 2153   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2008
On tap at redlight. This thing is a hop bomb. Very dark amber body with a light tan head. Big citrusy smell, with pine in there too. Very hoppy taste. Slight carmel malts in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2629) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2008
I was surprised to see this pop on the shelves a couple of weeks back. Pours and looks like a porter but tastes closer to a double IPA with some piney sticky and resiny hops. Finish is distinctly west coast hop grapefruit. A bit of citrus in the flavor with a tasty caramel malt profile. Pretty tasty and drinking pretty well right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3137) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
There was a distinct hop note emanating from the bottle when I uncapped it, but this is actually a fairly unhoppy beer by Stone standards dried fruits and nuts come from the malt and yeast and there is a faint chocolate in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9415) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Bottle from mar, thanks! you are the man! Pours a nearly black color with a thin whitish head. Aroma if full of citrus hops and some good malt character. Taste is full of grapfruit peel and a good clean malt backbone. Pouring a black IPA is prety weird and cool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2008
22 from 5 Points. Pours a dark brown with a big creamy head, lots of lacing. Aroma of musty citrus hop, roasted malt / chocolate or coffee. Taste is also citrusy and malty, with plenty of bitterness. I am pretty impressed that the hops are this strong more than a year after brewing. Finish is lightly bitter. Mouth is full and finish is slightly dry. Very solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2008
22 oz bottle pours deep brown-black. Aromas of pineapple hops and lots of sweet malt. Flavor is sweet malt followed by citrusy hop bitterness and roasted malt. Different and continues to change as it ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (3813) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2008
UPDATED: APR 19, 2010 650 ml. Translucent black with a lasting eighth-inch ring and some foamy lace. Orange, chocolate, coffee and caramel in the aroma. Coffee and orange-caramel front turns to grapefruit, chocolate, evergreen resin and peppery oak. Medium-heavy body is mostly smooth, tingly and finishes alcohol and roasty-dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (958) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2008
This supposedly retired beer arrived in Georgia a year late, but that was OK by me. The pour surprised me at first, because I had not read the full blurb on the back of the silk screened label, and was expecting an IPA. But the last line gave the clue to what this looked like, dark, pitch dark. When held up against the light, some ruby highlights showed up, but otherwise this was pretty much a black beer in terms of look. The head atop seemed small but stable, and was quite light in color, which was in stark contrast to the body. The smell was like a hop field, which pine and grapefruit smells being quite prominent. Underneath them, there was some chocolate lurking there. The taste was quite hoppy indeed, which made me wonder if this was not a year old bottle, but rather a fresh brewed batch for us on the East coast. The spicy, prickly, earthy hoppyness was just as intense as any IPA, however the black patent malt astringency, and some chocolate flavor were unusual, but went surprisingly well with that. The body was more in line with IPA than the looks suggested, and this was very drinkable for me, since I like hoppy beers. Quite a unique combination, but it works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
On draft at Redlight Redlight’s Stone Kickoff, Orlando! Thanks to our own Redlight for owning an amazing bar. One must wonder how this beer retained the hoppiness for so long. The hops were still strong, as were the malts. Great balance between the strong flavors, though. Tastes like citrus covered toasted marshmallows.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4524) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
On Tap @ OTH Stone Release Party- It pours a dark brownish-amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, grapefruit, and malt. Flavor is pine, citrus, and lemon-lime. Very smooth beer as it goes down, hops are noticeable, but it is not Pale, Ruination, or IPA.

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