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RATINGS: 2166   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Sampled during MN Gathering II in Maplewood, MN, and shared by BDR. From a 22-oz bomber as Stone XI Anniversary, pours a clear dark brown brew with an average sized beige head that slowly disappears to a fine ring. Aroma of citrus and floral hops, some roasted dark malts, dark fruits, roasted nuts and citrus. Taste is medium bodied, hoppy, with flavors of roasted dark malt, some apple, smoked wood and a little alcohol. Finish has a nice hop flavor without the extreme bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
22oz bottle. Very dark pour, very little light penetration, nice tan head. Roasty hop aroma, very unusual, but good all the same. Nice hop bite with a little roasted malt in the backround, maybe even a litle coffee there as well. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Deep brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is hoppy, with fruit and roasted malts. Taste is of hops and heavy malts with a little roastiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6332) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 Re-rate 10/29/11: Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks to whoever brought this one. Dark brown with a bit of beige foam. Aroma of piney hops, some roastiness and chocolate notes. Flavor has some sweetish roasted malt and a bitter finish with some slightly stale hops. Medium-bodied. 6/3/6/3/13=3.1

Re-rate 8/22/11: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown. Aroma of grapefruity hops with flowers and pine needles notes. Flavor starts sweetish with faint roastiness but there’s mostly citric and floral hop bitterness with piney notes. Medium to full-bodied. Nice stuff. Roastiness is almost unnoticeable. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5

Re-rate 2/16/10: Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Shachar. As "Stone 11th Anniversary Ale". Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, licorice, prunes, dates, carob hints and some flowery hints. Bittersweet flavor with chewy malt, caramel, dried fruits and resinous hops bitterness that’s getting stronger towards the finish. Full-bodied. Certainly tastes better this time around, not as messy as I remembered it. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

(11/3/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Escondido. Very dark brown color. Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, licorice, hops, caramel hints and a bit of fruitiness. Dry flavor with roastiness, licorice, spices, fruits and alcohol. Medium to full-bodied. I’m not really fond of this. 5/4/5/3/10=2.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Sampled at Skyview’s tasting. Brown pour. Smoked woody aroma. Flavor is full of nuttiness with a touch of smoke and a well balanced hop profile of citrus. This is great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Dark brown/amber pour. Aroma was sweet and malty. Flavor was big and bold malts, a little hops and noticable alcohol. Aftertaste was nice roasty malts. Definitely recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 6, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 22 oz. bottle, 2007 Stone 11th Anniversary bottle. Pours black with a reddish tint. Beige 2 finger head. The aroma is dominated by very earthy, funky hops and well-aged caramel. Not fresh due to the age, but far from bad. Flavor is like burnt caramel and a handful of musty earth. Smooth hop bitterness that lingers, medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. I actually liked this better aged than fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Opaque red-brown pour with a nice light tan head. Fruity hop aroma with citrus and grapefruit. Slightly sweet fruity hop flavor. Lots of citrus and roasted malt. Like a mixture between an IPA and stout. Would like to try it fresh!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1855) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 29, 2008
22 ounce Stone XI Anniv bottle in pint glass. Dark brown/black with lasting head and lace. Hoppy citrus pine and toasted brown sugar biscuit aroma. Roasted brown sugar earth forest with mild ripe dark fruit a tiny tartness and medium bitter lingering finish. Medium-full body and medium carbo. Wow! Complex, different, and delicious. Not sure why I am surprised that this is so good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2008
This one has been sitting in my fridge for a little more than a year, and I finally pulled it out. Pours extremely dark amber - almost a black - with a tan head. The aroma has lots of smokey hops, roasted malts, some charcoal - like a stout with an unbelievably hoppy backbone, or even an IPA that was roasted for a good long while. A thick brew with a clean, dry finish - very interesting, and very good.

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