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RATINGS: 2250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Thanks brain .. . light molasses roast and pine in the nose .. . dark creamy black with a low head .. . Fuck the TABC!!! .. . great bitterness .. smoothy .. . great complexity, i am digging the black ipa!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Bomber thanks to smokepot23. Pours very dark brown with light tan head like a porter. Aroma is of a citrus hop bomb DIPA. Aroma is heavy on citrus with tons of hops and some pine and malt. Flavor is extreamly hoppy with citrus, fruits, caramel, pine and malt. Great malt backbone to balance the hops in this brew. Palate is smooth for the ABV and amoutn of hops. Great brew from Stone. Wish I had another bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bp (888) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle (and my #400 rating): was surprised to see this pour dark brown, was expecting a golden colored brew, thick tan head, familiar grassy, hoppy aroma that you find in many Stone beers, some citrus, hops are present in the taste but not overpowering, some chocolate, malty backbone to balance, mildly bitter finish, very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
flyingshoes (100) - USA - MAY 29, 2009
22 oz bottle. Nearly perfect. Delicious blend of sweet chocolate and floral citrus, rounded out by some light fruits and a nutty overtone. One of the most complex brews I’ve had, and my favorite Stone offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2009
On tap at the bistro/brewery in Escondido. Pours a very deep brown with an almost reddish-black tint to it. Thin, khaki head that dissipates immediately and leaves a nice, delicate swirl on the surface with lots of runny lacing. Aroma of very dense, piney citrus. Lots of hops and an assortment of fruits. Pineapples, pears, grapefruit, melon, and some faint berries. Flavor is very similar. Big, malty body with lots of aggressive fruits and earthy bitterness. Lots of dark caramels and some light toasted breads. Finishes dry with an intense lingering bitterness. Full bodied and very well balanced for such an assertive beer. Overall, very interesting and a damn good beer. Lots of intense flavors. Loved it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2464) - USA - MAY 26, 2009
A nicely bitter ale. Flavors of grapefruit and esters, but still pretty sharp and dry. The flavors saturate and echo in the mouth. There is a light floral aroma, and a touch of peat or herbs. This is another excellent release by Stone, and I had it on tap at Rattle’n’Hum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drewsi227 (16) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Pours very dark, lacing lasts, very hoppy with a fair hint licorice notes, very good overall

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 pours black with a off white head that fades with a lacing that lasts. smells of hops, pine, and citrus. flavor is hoppy with an aftertaste of bitter chocolate/licorice. expect nothing less from stone. the hoppiness stands out a little more on draft also

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Pours jet black, thin head. Hoppy nose. Flavor is Bitter hops, some liquorice. Thinner body with a bitter back end. Good black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Nearly black in color--no light shines through. Nice, tight beige head. Spotty lace. Very strong grapefruit hop aroma. Reminds me of Double IPA. Given the darkness of the brew, I’m surprised not to smell any burnt or roasted malts. Tastes like super-hopped IPA. Relatively thin body. There’s a mild level of roasted malt in the aftertaste, otherwise it is all bitter, bitter hop.

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