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RATINGS: 2221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Weíre 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4309) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 (Stone 11th Anniversary) Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Pours a dark brown that sits black with a thin light tan head. The nose is sweet, shows some oxidation, some mild hop character. Flavor shows some sweetness, a little chocolaty, age is comin through hard, oxidation, neutral hop bitterness. Some roast on the palate and a medium bitterness. Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Pours a dark brown allowing light and sits black in the glass. Head is one finger thick tan. The aroma is sweet, citrusy hops, some roast character, somewhat enjoyable and intriguing aroma. Flavor is bitter and roasty upfront. Waxy/piny hop feel, some acetaldehyde. Palate is astringent to a degree. Need to try fresh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
This is an older bottle of 11th, so take this review somewhat in stride. However, fresh this beer didnít impress me either as opposed to the vast majority of people. Pours a very dark brown with a fairly hefty tan head. Aroma is of clean American hops - Centennial, Cascade, and Simcoe, as well as some very minor roast lurking behind the hops. Taste is mostly bitterness (now, fresh had a much more grapefruit bouquet), and a touch roasty. Not terribly exciting and I donít know why they deemed it worthy of being done again. Why not 6th? This isnít as complex, delicious, or enjoyable as straight Stone IPA, and the mild roastiness clashes with the hops in this case. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnít, but I always applaud them for trying new things.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2009
On tap at Deep Ellum. Body is black with very little light at the corners. A tall creamy tan head had good resiliency and leaves spotty lacing. The nose and initial flavor is full of fresh crisp hops, with citrus peel, grapefruit and watery pine notes. The body feels heavy on the tongue, roasty and malty with lots of toasted nuts and chewy bread, but the hops and the carbonation carry this beer. I sometimes think Stoneís carbonation detracts from the beer, being too lively and acting as a thinning agent on my pallate, but it works to their advantage with this beer and allows the hops to break through the roasty body and come alive. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2009
Dark brown/Black with thick tan head. Aroma is hops,alcohol and bitter chocolate. Flavor was the same very bitter with a licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (13718) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (vintage September 2007, Vasa session). Deep ruby-brown color, creamy beige head, some lace. Aroma is mix of yeast, hops and bread - like sniffing dirty socks (Miksu said that it is oxided hops). Crisp carbonation. Sticky hops in powerful body. Finish has licorice and grapefruit juice. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (as Anniversary XI, thanks stoutlover72). Deep amber clour, small brown head. Aroma is caramel, stinging fruity hops, some mild alcohol and some hints of breadyness. Flavour is grassy bitterness with some fruits, raisins and some caramel. Mild warming alcohol as well. Wellbalanced and pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlud (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2009
Rich creamy head. Great lacing. Hops, peaches, peach cobbler, mint, subtle herbs (oregano, rosemary), pine needles and sap in the nose. Sweet cane sugar, and subtle peaches, pine needles and sap.. Loads of hops throughout into a long lasting hop finish. A typical Stone hop overload. Still a fantastic beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scoth (590) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2009
Pours dark brown, black in the glass, with almost no light making it through. Medium tan head, and good, lasting lacing. Fragrant with loads of floral hop aromas, pine, grass, and grapefruit. Some notes of coffee and molasses too. Medium, velvety, dry body. Strong bitter grapefruit and grass flavor, with very subtle malt characteristics, maybe coffee and caramel. A long, intense bitter aftertaste. Looks like an Imperial Stout, tastes like an Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bomber, 11th Anniversary Ale. Poured iced tea brown with a fine cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toffee, brown sugar, and bakerís chocolate paired with grapefruit and toasted pine hoppage.. just a little nutty impression on the back. The flavor had dry, dark chocolate and bitter coffee along with bitter floral and citrusy notes.. long, grainy finish that carried through more bitterness than I expected. Medium-bodied and bitter on the palate with moderate carbonation.. balance was decent, but the finish was too abrasive for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 This is such an amazingly strange beer... Its dark like a stout, hoppy like an IPA with a malty sweet swallow like a brown. What is this stuff? Its great though! Wonderful rich mouthfeel, nose is fruity, with a dark and dry fruit taste in the mouth, decisively malty and dry finish. What really gets you is how hoppy it is. Its so dark, yet the hops are really up in your face, bold, citrus ní pine that catches you off guard... well worth finding it!

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