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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2008
On tap. Deep dark black in color with a nice fluffy off white head. Hoppy citrusy malty roasty aroma. Piney grapefruit notes. Smokey malty citrusy flavor. Caramel and chocolatety notes. Nice bitter finish. Full bodied. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6785) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2008
Fairly piney resiny hoppy nose Very dark brown, nice creamy brown head. Orangezest, grass and pine hop profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1466) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2013 Rerate 1/8/2013 froma 12 oz bottle. Pours black with a large, fluffy tan head. Strong fresh grapefruit/orange citrus and pine resin aroma hinting at florals and toasted malts. Citrusy grapefruit flavor, pine, with hints at a toasted malt base, pineapple touch even. Quite good stuff. Previous rating (as Stone Eleventh): 22 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown with a large light tan head. Aromas of grapefruit hops, caramel sweetness. Flavors of grapefruit, spiciness, some breadiness or wheat, a hint of caramel, a little roastiness, and some detectable alcohol. This bottle probably lost a bit too much flavor since its release, but it’s still pretty nice. 7/4/7/4/15/3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours black, tastes of malt, hops, but they are not overbearing. Strong full-flavored beer but is surprisingly easy to drink at almost 9%. I think I like this more than the 12th. Overall a great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 bomber bought at The Foodery in Philly. Damn good stuff ... pours a dark brown with a 2 finger tan head. Nice blend of hop and malt aroma with a touch of citrus. Huge hop profile on the palate and finish. The dry-hopping really shines through. Full body... some honey on the top as well as some grapefruit on the front. very smooth overall. thick, chewy, sticky bitter finish. this one sticks with you. and you will want more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mmmbeer (1389) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2008
(Sampled 7-10-08) 22 oz. bottle found it’s way into a tumbler- poured a dangerous black, huge frothy tan head formed and lasted for a LONG time, light carbonation, aroma of malt and floral hops. Hits the mouth with a high-medium body, the malt is very distinguishable and even roasted, a pleasant sweetness comes in the middle, only to be followed by a alcohol burn and hop note on the finish. Very drinkable, complex, and balanced all at the same time- if I end up in the hospital sometime soon, I need an IV of this stuff STAT!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2008
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. The aroma is hoppy up front with tones of resin, light pine and some light floral hints alongside citric notes of sweaty grapefruit and lime. Malt brings tones of mild roast and toast with some chocolate and caramel. Hints of tropical fruits like apricot, unripe mango, star fruit and maybe some honey melon. The flavour is of resiny, grapefruity, lime-ish and floral-like hops with malty undertones of mild roasted and toasted notes that bring light hints of caramel. Teeny-weeny bit tar-ish. Light to medium sweet and medium to full bitter. The mouthfeel is clean and medium dry with a soft carbonation. Light smooth finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Pours murkey dark black with an average rocky light brown head. Aroma is heavly malty or dark bread, roasted malts and dark chocolate, heavly hoppy of resin and lime, lightly yeasty of leather. Flavor is nicely balanced, roasty /malty and biscuity with generous amounts of hop bitterness. starts sweet, bitter in the middle and sweeter in the finsh again. Dark fruit, prunes, nice and complex with some alcohol warming. Medium to full bodied, creamy and softly carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Dark IPA, huh? 22 oz. bottle from my Secret Santa. Thanks! Viscous chocolate brown piour with a medium head. Pine and citrus hop aroma. A hint of chocolate maltiness. Very fascinating taste. A big hop profile, citrus, pine, with a rich maltiness. Full body. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 22oz. when a beer is just GREAT, i end up drinking many 22’s before finally rating, so this now has a year of time on it. as goes with all the stone aniv. ales... pours dark with a tan creamy head. aroma is pine and a hint of chocolate. mouthful has a big pine resinous up front big malty back bone. very nice... big, complex, and i am happy i have 4 more....

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