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RATINGS: 2251   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5258) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2008
bottle courtesy of bullzeye. black pour with a thin cream head. huge hops on the nose. great thickness and the hops are just perfect. this is so well balanced and such a good beer i’d drink it every day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (2195) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2008
So my Honkeybra’s pourin this one out, aight? And he says, "I think a chunk just fell out." I’m thinking to myself, "It had better have been a chunk of awesomeness." And I was right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Brwon Jug - This is completely different than what I was expecting. There are some hops in the nose, but it is much more of a sweeter maltiness, that follows through onto the palate where the hops become much more pronounced. This is a really unclassifiable style for me, it is kind of between a couple of them, a hybrid of sorts. It works though, this is really well balanced and a little on the rich side, but then follows through with some dry bitterness in the finish. Takes your palate in a lot of different directions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - JUN 3, 2008
Awesome, the play between dark malt and hops is spot on. Slightly over bitter. Super dark. Stone should make this regularly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMCC2181 (1591) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Bottle from beerlando. Pours a dark brown color, nice head... Smells sweet and malty. Taste is a mixture between a hoppy bitterness and roasted malt. As the commercial description says it really is a hybrid beer, not quite a stout but not an IPA eithier. Blended together very well. No trace of alcohol. Nice texture, it is a sipper. Over all excellent beer by Stone! Thanks brian for the beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells earthy with tea, raisins, nuts. Tastes of citrus, molasses, spice, pepper, brown sugar, caramel. Mouthfeel is full with a bitter finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 29, 2008
Thx for another great tasting, Kim (beljohansen): Almost black, big light head, notes of chocolate, liquorice , coffee and hops, bitter adn swette in great balance. nice bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2008
There is just nothing wrong with this beer. Very nice and rich with a great hop aroma and taste. It just has the perfect balance that covers the alc%. Starts with the big hop nose, then gose to a heavy IPA taste that finishes with a bit if a roast malt finish. Then comes back the hop bitterness at the end. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
Objectively speaking: The remarkable feat of a clean, sharply hopped roasty ale with no edges. A great success from Stone.
I like: Still boastful hop aroma despite quite a few months of age. No roasty/hop clash at all. Very refreshing for a 8.7% beer, it drinks very, very easily. Rather complex hop profile, reaching towards citrus, piney and woodsy territories. No stickiness in the body. No overly agressive bitterness, focused on aromas.
I dislike: As far as such a recipe goes, I can’t imagine it being done much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle courtesy of TomDecapolis, thanks! The pour reveals a black color with a thin beige head. The aroma is very pleasant, the hops feel floral, green and there’s a bark-like flavor, the malt feels roasty. Excellent flavor of floral, green, woody hops and roasted malt, the best of two worlds I guess. The body is light and liquorous while the carbonation is medium. It’s a very good black IPA, I wish they’d do it again.

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