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RATINGS: 2035   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
Interesting beer, not quite what I was expecting. It has a more malty and nutty character than most IPA’s but with enough hops to till live up to the name. i like a crisp finish on an IPA, but this was a bit different with malts and bitterness coming through together.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
Aroma of burnt hops, roast coffee, and some piney/citrus notes, mahogany, wearing a small cappuccino head, leaves some pretty lace. Flavour of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, brazil nuts, and walnuts. Medium bodied, hugely bitter, tongue is pulsating with the bitterness. Fantastic! Thank You mds.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
Bottle at the shack party of "im aff the banter" tasting. Alround rating: Citrus, grassy, lychee, roasted bitterness comes through also, a good and very unusual ipa.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle at Magic_dave6’s disco dance tasting. Very dark brown, thin beige head. Nose is peppery, malty, some grassy tones. Mouth is very grassy, milk chocolate. Quite harsh bitter finish. Good, but not excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (1870) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2008
Amber with a small white head. Roasted with fruity tones. Coffee, fruits and bitter taste. Medium to full body with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13110) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle at Toms Glasgow tasting 2 ... Deep brown ... high american hop ... lots of american hop ... lots of citrus... in blind test you would not guess the colour.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2008
everything advertised. dark, hoppy aroma like how i want bread to smell. deep dark brown, lasting sandy head. damn near perfect flavor. i love the concept and the outcome. dark roasted heaviness meets strong hoppy goodness

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Dark pour, strong hoppy nose, excellent lacing. Mouth is of grapefruit, citrus hops but deep dark malts, VERY complex, but very well ballanced. Delicious

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 22oz bottle. Poured a clear brown color with red light shining through. The head was tall, rocky, and light tan with good retention. Aroma was of caramel, brown sugar, and sprucy hops, all in roughly equal proportions. There was also a whiff of alcohol. Delicate malty sweetness was accompanied by moderate hop bitterness up front. The finish was dry and bitter. Carbonation was on the higher end of the spectrum with light to medium body. Interesting mix of caramel, dark chocolate, subdued chicory, and bitter grapefruit rind flavors. There was some alcohol mixed in there as well, but it was well disguised. Pretty unique.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Almost pitch black pour with a hint of dark red when held up to the light. Two finger beige head after a minute of settling, and beautiful lacing. Upon first whiff, I was blasted with numerous dimentions of hoppy goodness. Citrus, pine, and floral types were all present and mixed into an intoxicating concoction of hop glory. Hops dominate the flavor, but remarkably, balance out the big malt flavors quite nicely. Despite its powerful and agressive flavors, this is very drinkable.


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