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RATINGS: 2128   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1964) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. The opening aromas are weighted towards malt flavors of roast, nuts , and caramel, with the mildly citric hops entering in on the end. Itís a similar story in the mouth with the caramel and roasted notes (along with hints of smoke and leather) taking center stage. The familiar citrusy hops that Stone uses are still there, but Iím surprised how muted, albeit very balanced, they are. Seems more like a brown ale crossed with an IPA to me. A very good beer though, whatever you want to call it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Pours pitch black with firm tan head. Looks like an imperial stout. Nose is full of hops and roasted grains. Flavor was citrus and pine hops, roasted malts, a hint of burned chocolate, and a nice lingering, bitter hop finish. Different and delicious, another good one from Stone.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
msiano (35) - Jackson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Had this one the other day.. I have to amitt that i was fully in the bag when I tried this one. (Thanks dmac621)... Nice Pitch-Black color with a nice tan head to match. Kind of a bitter taste at first but it grew on me. Strong roasted malt and Hop flavor. I would like to taste this one again when im sober.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13389) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle at Bagers (Thanks Sune).Black - white head. Burned, sharp hoppy, schwarzbrot, sweetness, berries, fruity. Very nice - but wierd.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with a reddish tint when held to the light. Dense but thinnish, brownish head. Smells like an IPA with some spicy citrus and grass notes. There is a bit of a different kind of sweetness to the nose. I taste everything youíd expect from a good DiPa. Lots of hops and that citrusy bitterness but again, there is something different that hits me in the back of the roof of the mouth. Kind of a malty sweetness that lingers on the finish. Surprisingly thin and watery smooth. Not that watery is a bad thing just thinner than expected. Coats the mouth a bit. Pretty damn good brew, and Iím very glad to have a black IPA at my disposal now rather than the Port/Liarís Club Black Lie that seemed to be only available on tap.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
Pours black with an off-white head and some nice lacings. Light sweetness with lots of bitereness. Very hoppy - pine and resin. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. More an IPA than a stout/porter. Funny combination of colour and taste. Didnít really spot any roast flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle courtesy of alexanderj, shared with kleyland and alexanderj at the GA-CA-VA-NY-MA pre-NYE Extravaganza. Pours a dark brown. Medium sized, light tan head. Aroma of roasted oats. Flavor is really nice, with a good balance between the hops and the roasted malts. Finish is lightly sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Mohogany color; lasting amber head of different sized bubbles. Aroma of dark roasted malts, caramel, toffee...flavors of amber and dark roasted malts, molassas, big bitter hops, grapefruit rind and other subtle fruits with various sweet and bitter notes. Rich, full bodied, bitter but enticingly flavorful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1073) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Spilt a bomber between two different glasses: top half into a snifter, bottom half into a trappist. Not sure if it was top vs bottom or snifter vs trappist, but the snifter version was more IIPA like, while the trappist was more Imp Stout like. I was expecting this to be dark, but it was darn near pitch black. Good lacing. Aroma: Grapefruit & earthy/sprucy hops; Dark malts underlying, but they donít jump out at you. Taste: Silky dark malts hit you right away, which are soon pushed aside by citrusy hops. Then in the finish, the malt bitterness and the hop bitterness blend seamlessly together for a very nice effect. In the trappist glass, the malts come through much more in the aroma & finish. It finishes w/ a nice chalky bitter chocolate/coffee combo. The trappist part seemed a bit smoother too, not surprisingly. All in all, I think I preferred the bottom/trappist part.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bomber. Pours clear dark brown with garnet highlights and a fluffy, lacy tan head. Hmm... Looks like a Porter. A bit of dark fruit in the aroma. but otherwise it smells more like an IPA. Sweet taste of molasses, peach and citrus that seems to be where the Porter and the IPA fight it out. Finishes more like a piney IPA with a hint of Porter-ish smoke. This thing is an unusual beast.


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