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RATINGS: 2246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Almost pitch black pour with a hint of dark red when held up to the light. Two finger beige head after a minute of settling, and beautiful lacing. Upon first whiff, I was blasted with numerous dimentions of hoppy goodness. Citrus, pine, and floral types were all present and mixed into an intoxicating concoction of hop glory. Hops dominate the flavor, but remarkably, balance out the big malt flavors quite nicely. Despite its powerful and agressive flavors, this is very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Hybrid stout mixed with an IPA done very well. Rich Burnt malts and hops take the main stage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit, peach, and a hint of caramel or roasted malt, also a hint of alcohol, very slight though. Nice medium body, very smooth. Flavor is hop dominated, with notes of citrus and caramel, also hints at coffee. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Been waiting a bit to drink this one. Pours deep black with brown head. Aromas of pine, malt, and citrus. Flavors of pine and citrus. Drinks like a regular IPA. I thought it would have different flavors but nope. Stone just keeps impressing me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Bottle pours black with a light tan head. Has a nice IPA like aroma of citrus and pine. Head lasts a very long time. Laces the glass as you drink it and has a medium mouthfeel. Tastes like Iím drinking an IPA, but its dark. Has very little roasted flavors and is mostly like drinking an IPA. Very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6010) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Man, Ratebeer needs a "Strong Porter" Category. Has anyone ever brought that up? I should go to the forums right now and say something. Iím sure it will be an insightful, not al all tedious discussion... Anyway, this is very dark, with a decent brown head. Great aroma of pine, citrus and smoke. Its ratther thin bodied, in a good way. Flavor is an appealing mix of strong coffee and piney, citrusy hops, and some burnt toast. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2078) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2008
22oz. bomber: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a fair amount of a tan head on it that lingers and leaves a good bit of lacing. The aroma is mainly pine, citrus and spicy hops. You can detect some malts trying to break through. The taste is a bit bitter, with a huge amount of malts thrown in. Some sweetness, roastiness, chocolate. Itís almost as if they threw in a large amount of everything they had around, but they did it in a way that a nice balance was achieved. Very Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Pours a dark brownish black with 2 fingers of brown head. Aroma of malt, citrus, hops and pine. This beer has quite the unique taste.......black ipa? Iím not sure but the hops stand out and the malt and roastiness hit at the finish. Very good beer, iím really liking this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2008
Blind tasting at Papsoe. Very dark brown reddish colour with a nice head. Fantastic aroma of hops, citrus, peach and other high alpha hops. Flavour of hops malt and little chocolate very nice endeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6537) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2010 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized beige head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was sweetish grapefruity hops and a light note of roasty malts. The flavor was bitter and had a fairly strong and crisp floral and fruity hop presence with a light roasty malt base. The finish was long and was dominated by floral hops.

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