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RATINGS: 2153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Weíre 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - FEB 12, 2008
a beautiful ale that is strong but enjoyable. big hops and malt profile that typifies american pale ale anchor this brew, a very good edition of anniversary ale from stone.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Wow, and I thought this was Cascade hops. I could taste the Simcoe, but not the Chinnook. Note to self: Explore and learn more about hops. Dark, hoppy, yet effervescent with a wonderful malty balance that does not let the alchol shine through at all. Excellent brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naka (708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Pours black with a thick creamy light beige head. A very tiny bit of lacing. Strong aroma of ruby red grapefruit and cotton candy. A good bit of bitterness. Tastes of juicy grapefruit buried in the ground. Very earthy finish. Has some roasted flavor at the end, but really the story is hops, hops, hops. Really light and refreshing for the look of it. Not really session-able, but quite tasty and pretty much what youíd expect from Stone.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 Served cold from bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a fairly thick off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet with malts and some citrus-y flavors. Not particularly flavorful as far as I am concerned. The hops overshadow any of the other ingredients, which is fine, but I look for more flavor in a "strong ale". If I was in the mood for an ESB or an extreme IPA, thatíd be one thing, but I guess due to the uniqueness of this beer and the quality output Stone normally produces, the 11th left something to be desired.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2008
bottle form dirti martini: pours avery dark brown with a small quick tan head. aroma of very citrus hops (grapefruit), also some piney earthy hops. signs of a good malt sweetness also a slight plumy fruit. very nice. the flavour is a brutal bittering os earthy sticky hops, flavours of burnt malts. i just cant get past how bitter this is it is ot os taking away from anything w\else that i mayber tasting. the finish is just more of the bitter.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonsHead (140) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
What the @@@@ is an IBA? India Black Ale? Wonderful taste, but I donít know how to rank it. Canít wait to see what comes out next year!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3340) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Pours to a dark cola colored body with a tan head and sexy light airy lacing. The aroma is very noticeable simcoe and amarillo (and I picked them out without even knowing they were in there). The flavor is very unique and interesting. Mildly roasty black malts, crisp grains, lots of bitter/spicy hops. Sweet juicy hops. The palate is bitter and sweet. Light astringent malts. Medium bodied.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 my goodness. i had been waiting for the 11th to come out for a while and finally got my hands on 6 bottles (thanks Kevin) and i was totally stunned. the beer pours a midnight black with a perfect tan head and the aroma of...simcoe hops?! my favorite hops, with aroma of pine, apricot, and ginger. and the hoppy profile of the beer was perfect. amazingly smooth. the flavors were coffee, coriander, pine, and of course hops. not a hint of alcohol sting even at 8.7%. honestly, stoneís best beer to date and possible the best iíve ever had. long live the Black IPA. *UPDATE* finally got the chance to try this one as the reincarnated sublimely self righteous...and itís every bit as amazing as my young palate thought over a year ago. simply an expertly crafted, unique, and delicious brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle shared by Blake. This IPA has a nice citrus-bitter flavor over dry roasty & pale malt base. A very tasty beer, delicious in its own right just as an IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
From a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark murky color with a nice off white head. Aroma of piney hops and roasted malts. Flavors is very hoppy with notes of pine, slight citrus and roasty malts. Very tasty brew.


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