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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (4187) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
From bomber courtesy of dpjuart. Great malty nose, chocolate and biscuit. Caramel malt, raw wort and a bit of funky cheese or feet. Light oxidation. Bit of mild spircy resin notes. Neutral fruits. Dark brown clear with pillowy off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. A bit hot with warming. Sweet with caramel and chocolate. Biscuit and hoppy hops. Neutral fruits and still quite bitter. Fruity bitter finish and nutty bitter after.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (4143) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2008
looks exactly like a stout or a very dark porter. Lovely piney hop aroma. lots of thick piney citrus. Flavour is very smooth and delivers a lot of hops! This is truly a black IPA. I’m also getting an interesting licorice after tatse. very good beer/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2008
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Odeur de céréales et de pamplemousse avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune-bourgogne. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de chocolat au caramel et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #1947)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
11th Anniversary Black IPA ABV 8.7%. Tap Capital Ale House Downtown 08/30/2008. Big floral citrus hop aroma. Black with lacy white head. Roast malt with some graininess and big grassy hop flavor. Medium body with dry roasty finish and good deal of lingering hop bitterness. Nice residual fresh hop flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur rubis-brune très foncée et opaque. Nez de houblon résineux, citrique (pamplemousse) et légèrement herbeux, malté de caramel sucré moyennement rôti, moyennement fruité (léger de dates, notes de raisins) léger d’alcool et de pain ainsi qu’avec des notes de chocolat et de café. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture moyennement crémeuse et aux notes résineuses. Moyen-léger goût fruité (léger de dates, notes de prunes) accompagné d’un goût amer de houblon résineux et citrique (pamplemousse, une amertume présente toute la gorgée) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt rôti, de caramel sucré aux faibles notes terreuses ainsi qu’un moyen goût de pain et des petites notes de chocolat noir et de sucre brun. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un moyen goût d’alcool aux notes réchauffantes jusqu’en finale, où l’on assiste à un regain d’amertume de houblon plus herbeux et plus asséchant et où l’on retrouve également des notes de café. Post-goût long et un peu sec, amer de houblon résineux, citrique et légèrement herbeux avec un goût de rôti, un moyen goût d’alcool et des notes de café et de fruits (notes de pelures de prunes).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 I can’t comment on how this beer was when it was first released but I can say that one year later it is really good and seems to have aged well. Pours a deep brown color with some red in it but from the side it looks almost black. A thin tan head with some lace sticking. The aroma right away is strong hops, lots of pine and some grapefruit with also some caramel malt sneaking in there and really this is an excellent intro to what the beer is going to taste like. The flavors, strong typical Stone quality hop profile, bitter, pine needles, citrus, with lots of roasted caramel malt and maybe even a dash of molasses in the finish. A bit chewy and dry. Great beer. I’m glad I got to try it and now only wish I could get some more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4300) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2008
september 07 bomber from new beer distributors in manhattan. black pour with a tint of amber. medium creamy tan head with lots of stick. ipa aroma to it with citrus and piney hops. taste dominated by hops - though the malts must be there in force, because it somehow seems balanced. hints of dark chocolate. thinnish and creamy palate. woody bitter hop finish. light tingly carbonation. great stuff. K-8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Changed (462) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22oz bottle labeled Sept. 2007. Pours beautiful black, with tan head that lingers. Nice, glimmering lacing. Roasty-smell, taste also reflects roasty toasty-ness(?), dark fruits, and perhaps some coffee or chocolate? Very complex beer, tastes amazing, good amount of carbonation for a beer this dark. Finishes smooth, and the aftertaste produces varying flavors to savor as you watch your Trappist glass empty! great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22 oz bottle around its release date and around July 20th, 2008. Ahhhh, I love it when beers are this good. This pours a silky looking black with lots of carbonation leading to a nice tar looking retentive head. Some of my fondest beer aroma memories come from allowing my nose to open up to the sweet yet bitter and roasty notes of the aroma that comes blasting off this one. Its like a blended of hoppy banana almost...absolutely amazing! The flavor continues to impress bringing a thick malt coating to the palate before balancing it out with tons of roasted malt mixed with a HUGE hop blast! You can reeeeally tell this one is dry-hopped, even a year on it didn’t take away from the bliss! Almost liquoricey in the finish...this beer is just that GOOD. Now I just need to find more! Hahahaha...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle from Secret Santa. Dark chestnut brown with a 1 cm thick off-white head. Nice mix of rich peppery grapefruit rind hops and sweet dark bready malts. Taste is definitely hop forward, even after a year. Citric hop bite with a hint of caramel and toast. Strikes an interesting and tasty balance.

Also tried @ RBSG, on cask with wet simcoe hops (my score still reflects the bottle), which kicked in a robust hop aroma, and tipped the scales to the hop side, but still worked wonderfully.

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