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RATINGS: 2090   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2007
(Long lost rating. Bottle consumed circa late summer 2007.) Dark dark brown to black with a thin tan head. Slightly piney mostly socky hops. Roasty, a little bit of floral hops. Really smells a bit infected or skunky. Bad bottle, or bad beer? Thick and a bit chewy with low carbonation. Bittet with some diacetyl. A bit creamy. Piney infection? A big roast complements the hops. A bit sweet. Nothing really says IPA here, lingering piny flavor. I have to imagine this bottle is infected. I’ll rerate this next time I try it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 bottle.....pours a really dark brown with a thin light brown head.....aromas of a multitude of hops with the emphasis on the citrus aspect between them all. just a big aroma overall which is very inviting......to move onto the taste, hmmmmm and i i’m thinking that i like this a lot. more of the tropical fruit like hops with a little bitterness in the finish. there’s a nice caramel malt component that doesn’t play the prominent role but supports the initial pine hop blast accordingly.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Aromatic. Darker than expected. Totally opaque, almost black. Small but good head for this beer. Good balance of roasty malt & bright hop. Punchy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
Murky dark brown. Smells like a good Black Toque. All toasty and leafy, then dark & chewy. Big anise finish. What I like about this is the size and sweetness of the body, it really provides a solid backdrop for the leafy hops.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (1963) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
22 oz bottle. Darkest IPA I have ever seen. Nice color and head. Aromas of citrus and grass. Fruity hopps on the flavor as well. Nice malty backbone to give it that juiciness. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeNobleDark (62) - Allendale, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2007
A fantastic black IPA. Subtly roasted, chocolate notes that become more pungent as the brew warms. Full of hoppy, malty, complex dark notes that will leave your palate wanting more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head on top. This beer pours more like a porter or stout! Aroma is full of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is full of pine and grapefruit hops. Very balanced flavor profile with a nice bitterness accompanied with a nice sweetness. A very interesting beer and another good one to celebrate another year with Stone Brewing Co!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Black IPA you say? Interesting. Pours deep brown/light black color. Aroma is strong with grapefruit/citrus/pine. Perfect bitterness and well balanced. This may be my favorite Stone brew yet....on to the Double Bastard!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle, Pours a deep dark brown with slight red tints. With a nice lacing brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hops dominate ever so slightly over the malts, which are well roasted. Hoppy, a nice hop structure, great bitterness, that also combines with some roast and cereal grains. its quite nice, A good balance. one of my preferred Stone brews. Thanks MrRomero.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks Dad! Deep brown pour, 1-finger tan head. Aroma was earthy, licorice, and plenty of citrusy, graprfruit hops. Flavor had some roasty, coffee character to it, but it was also dominated by the hops. This wasn’t bad by any means, but the mixture of a heavily roasted malt base with Stone’s aggressive hop-profile just didn’t work well for me.


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