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RATINGS: 2250   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5684) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Deep dark brown coloured body with a super dense tan head. Neat looking, almost 100% opaque - but that didnít look like it would be when I was pouring it. Aroma of super strong hops, potent citrus & piney hops with a bit of alcohol, malt, yeast, spruce and even a slight touch of roasted coffee. Medium-bodied; Very mild taste of hops up front with hardly anything else. Some nuts and coffee show near the end, but not much else. Aftertaste shows more hops than anything else - a bit of underbalanced malt and some light bitter tastes, but thatís about it. Overall, way overrated and probably not even worth sampling. This doesnít fit a style aside from ASA - itís overly hopped (almost all stone beers are), under malted and under flavoured. Pass on this one, if you can bring yourself to do it. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods (4th Ave) in San Francisco, California on 13-January-2008.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Highest of the night. Really enjoyed the body. Had a great hop finish, much better nose than anything else this evening. Thanks to Brigadier for a good night out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 11th anniversary 22oz bottle. Deep brown-black color. Toffee and chocolate notes with a solid hop backbone. Slightly reminiscent of a Barleywine, but a little more drinkable. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2008
WOW great beer!!! dark almost black, decent tan head nose is hops, especially floral and a good dose of malts, good sweet malts well balanced with citrus and other fine hops alcohol well hidden and a very tasty brew indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1429) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bomber bottle, pours very dark almost black, is a dark ruby when viewed against a light, I poured this into a chalice and a tulip, the tulip provided more of a head, a dark tan foamy medium size head that receded and left dark tan bubbled lacings on the glass, aromas of roasted and toasted malt, faint chocolate, hops have fagrances of grass, pine needles, citrus and some faint floral notes, there is some malt caramel and sweetness, lots of piney and citrus hop flavor, malt sweetness, dark roasted malt flavors, caramel, remnants of malt flavor and sweetness are left behind at the finish, malt sweetness really comes out as this warms but stays in its preferable place without being overly strong, mouth feel is somewhat bubbly with carbonation, not overly so, nice on the palate, comes across as a IPA made with roasted malt. I think if you like IPAs and lots of hops you will like this, this is a IPA made with dark malt, I thought the hops overshadowed the malt a little, this was interesting but a different beer is going to be interesting the first time around, this would not spark my palate to want to try again, I prefer Stoneís Arrogant much more than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3850) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2008
22oz bomber(courtesy of RSRIZZO)-A black body with a huge tan head which has an aroma of citrus, hops, and more hops. Taste of hops and roasted malt with a dry biiter finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
Pours a dark dark brown with a lightly sticky beige head. Big grapefruit aroma, with some lighter notes of peach, pineapple and floral hops. The flavour is complex, at first it is sweet and malty, the middle is strong grapefruit, gin, and the finish, is a bit of dark unsweetend chocolate, and more grapefruit, with a touch of toffee spread throughout. There are many more flavours in there, i just canít pin them. A top notch brew from a top notch brewery, Stone has yet to dissapoint me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Translucent, lucid and chocolate in color with pin popping grey cloisters circling about the head. Aroma rings with chocolate rhubarb with orangey and watermelon like citric hops. Black cherry pipe tobacco hums in the nasal distance with a spiced tangerine caramel concoction on its coattails. Flavor is equally unique and completely assertive. Dry chocolate joins with a bitter, earthy bite and conjures up talc, light cigar wrappings with spicy rye and black cherry intonations. Chalky and totally dry composure makes the mouth its bitch. Itís wonderful. Woodsy, burnt pumpernickel loaves with ruby red grapefruit sweetening it with citric exposure lead into a dry, bitter finish begs more, more, more. Huge thanks to tpkenned for the bomber!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3540) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
650 ml bottle

I have had this bottle for a while. After finding out it is not likely to age well I cracked it open. Iím glad I did. It seems to have lost just a little bit based on previous ratings but was still excellent. If this were not a one time release that is not likely to survive more than another year I would buy more. Pick it up in the near future if you can and try it ífreshí.

Aroma / Appearance - A two finger head toned beige surged from the bottle then slowly settled. The body underneath was stoutlike in it fluidity and darkness.

Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel felt like a black and tan. Plum, chocolate and pine resin played against each other to see which would stand out the most. A lingering bitterness stuck around long after the other flavors had faded. Sticking tenaciously to the throat it took quite a while to subside. Iím not sure how to categorize this but however you do it is exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (979) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Good balance of roastiness and bitterness. Maybe a tad more bitter though. Little alcohol flavor as it warms up. Tasty! Solid ale for sure that would be good on occassion or on draught.

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