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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
This was deep brown in color with a fluffy tan to brown head that retained better than I would have thought. The nose gives off aromas of citrus, chocolate, dark caramel and spice. In the mouth it is medium-bodied and comes off light on its feet. There are nice dark roasted malt and coffee flavors in the mouth that finish with some enjoyable bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
This beer was great! It pours a dark color with tan head. Sweet hop smells. Perfect balance of flavors. Overall great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 Pours black with beige head. Bitter hop aroma with big roasted malt. Nice smooth taste with a warming mouth feel. Hits with smooth bitter surge digging in throughout the experience. Some dark roast flavors also prevail with smoke and light java. Thought it was going to be a reiteration of double bastard but It isn’t. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjay44 (3409) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Pours a darkish long lasting head, multiple layers in the nose, wonderful dark color, excellent heavy mouth feel, good complex bitterness on the lingering finish. Reminds me of some iterations of a Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 Hitting this up for a rerate after being re released 2010. nice heavy dark pour with a thick one finger coating head that retained very well. aroma again has that wonderful dry hop under the base beer. flavor gets good and chewy, bitter stone hops, citrus peel, and a heavy malted base. you get the drying and hops of an iipa but there is this big dark chewy beer it is mingling with. I even poured this into the same trappist glass from the original rating to see how well I had done early on in the rating and the rating was pretty accurate and I still think this is a really nice beer.

22 oz bottle labeled September 2007 poured into a trappist glass has a dark brown color with a half inch tan head that fell to a ring in the glass. aroma is full of dark thick malts with a back round sweet citrus hop that has held up well for a year old bottle. brown sugar, honey, and dark fruit round things out. mouth feel is medium with a bit of carbonation. flavor hits up the bitter hops as well as citrus. plenty of dark malt with brown sugar sweetness and light roast. finish has some alcohol heat and some lingering hop bitters. this is a dark malted beer combined with a sweet hop beer and the flavors all blend well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 A rerate after opening a Sept 07 original 11th anniversary. Pours a dark dark reddish brown almost black with a nice thick tan head - looks like a porter or stout. But no its definitely an IPA, the aroma is incredible sweet roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and tons of fruity hops (grapefruit, apples) - a surprise given the appearance. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, dark fruit, and tons of fruity hops throughout to balance it out in the finish. This is an amazing beer...Has aged very well, will wait another year to open my last of the original - but thank you Stone for making it a regular!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2008
extremely dark red pour, almost black, with a solid head. Hops were blatantly evident on the nose- floral, citrus and pine were wonderfully aggressive. Powerful hops continue in the flavor, but well placed against some malt characters in the background. excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
RBSG on tap. Deep, dark brew with a dense, creamy head. Strong smell with hints of licorice. A formidible ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2008
black with a moderate head
barley wine esque aroma with dark cherries and candied sugar
bitter stout like with tons of hops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeygirl (8) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2008 does not count
Bomber pours chocolate chip brown with a big tan head; good lacing. The aroma is pear, apple and brown sugar. The flavor is hoppy yet refreshing, with light espresso, light alcohol, and honey. This has a subtle bitter finish.

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