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RATINGS: 2166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Notes: Milky mahogany and auburn color with an off-white flimsy head. Great lacing. Rich aroma. It stings. Chocolate-covered licorice, cherries, and a hint of roasted malt. Fragrant. Sweet malts; roasty and a bit of chocolate at first. Hops balance this flavor out with some resiny notes. Complex. Rides off the tongue and gums. Smooth palate, much more body than I expected. Bitter x3. Not too harsh or too alcoholic. Threshold of a barley wine. Good!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 WOW! the aroma is ripe grapefruit - the color is deep & dark. The flavor is a light IPA. The palate is unreal. This finish is tart, sweet, sour and unique. I would have bought a case of this if I’d had known it was going to be this good. Lifes to short to drink cheap beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kiscokid (10) - Mount Kisco, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Bomber from Halftime. This is a black IPA, very well balanced, nicely hopped but not overly so. Very delic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle: Very good beer. While this site calls this beer an american stong ale, I would have to agree with Stone and call this an IPA. Pours amber with a big head. Strong aroma and flavor of hops. Alcohol is not well hid (which is ok in my opinion). Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with a sizeable tan head. Aroma is nice pine needle. Taste is different than the smell lets on. Sure, the hops are present, but there is a bit of a roasty background as well. The roasted background compliments the hoppy foreground nicely. Makes for an easy drinking, enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Poured dark cola brown with a decent beige head. The aroma is mostly evergreens with some grapefruit and oranges also present. Flavor starts off with the same big hops as the aroma. After the hops begin to mellow the flavors became a bit more roasty with kind off a cedar finish.

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 (3366) - 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 (5218) - 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 (12788) - 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.


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