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RATINGS: 2103   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Aroma is big hoppy some grapefruit and pine. Poursdark amber almost opaque. Redness comes out when lookked at aginst light. Has a nice caramel head that leaves light lacing on the glass. Big robust hoppy flavor that is typical of stone ales. The citrus flavor is very powerful. Grapefruit is most prominant but there is some other citrus as well as pine, resin, and I picked up a hint of roasted malt. Surprisingly well balanced flavor with the 8.7% abv. well hidden. The finish is slightly bitter. Mouth feel is medium to light and very smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Bottle. Really dark with an oily cream colored head. Aroma is almost all hops - pine and resin everywhere, grassy, floral kick. Alcohol comes through. Flavor is alright - tastes like a pretty average DIPA, except at the end. The bitterness is different, but not necessarily better or worse. Bitter and roasty at the end. The first sip I took I thought I wasn’t going to like this beer at all. But after a few more, it’s actually pretty good. I was all ready to condemn this beer in the beginning, but it’s actually pretty well balanced and tasty. The color definitely threw me, think DIPA when you drink it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle (22oz). * As Stone 11th Anniversary Ale. Essentially opaque ruby-black pour, large foamy light brown head - nice! Smells like a slightly roasty APA/IPA - resin hops, malt body and moderate alcohol - solid, as usual from Stone (not FILTERED, but hey .....). The taste is ... well, Stone - resin/citrus hops, malt and alcohol - slightly burnt linger. Average body, boozy finish - I really like this one - it should mellow down very nicely in a year or so.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Pours out black with ruby edges and a frothy tan head that that leaves thick lacing. The aroma is of bright and dank northwestern high alpha-hops and roasted coffee malts. The flavour is far more complex, with piney and grapefruity hops, ever-so-slightly-roasty coffee malts with a perry bite. The mouthfeel is insanely full for n IPA. At the same time its tingly. This is an extremely quafable IPA considering how robust it is.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Nice pour, a dark mahogany body with a tall tan head. Lots of heavy lacing. The aroma is strong with grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, and piney hop scents backed by some lightly roasted sweet malt. Nice warm, peppery mouthfeel. The hoppy bitterness dominates the flavor (Yea!) but there’s enough roasted and even burnt malt flavors to balance it out. Pretty straightforward drink after all - - but quite tasty.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Bottle- Opened at Siebel- Very dark black car. good off white foamy head. Nose is strong citrus hops. Some roasted notes in the backround. Very interesting big american hops up front backed up with a lack of roasted charachter throws my brain off.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
From a 22 oz bottle poured into a couple Duvel glasses this was oily looking and nearly black. This one was chilled and raised a medium sized tan head. Nose is powerful, and seems mostly floral and citrus hops,with some malts. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Flavors very complex and rich. Seems like a cross between Pliney the Elder and Stone Imperial Stout. Long and delightful bitter finish. I see they call this American Strong Ale, but it is sort of in a class by itself. Very nice, I have additional bottles so will try one a little warmer, and in a year to see how it ages. Great work by Stone again. This is about the only reason why I would think someone would want to live in Southern California.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Aroma is hoppy with some malt sweetness. Dark amber hue and tan head. Sweet malt flavor that finishes bitter. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Not bad but not as great as the rep said it was.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2007
22 oz bottle via Homebrew Mystery Sawp (thanks dirty_martini!) THis one pours almost black with ruby highlights and an average sized tan head. Nose is mostly citrus and floral hops. Taste starts with just a little sweetness and them blam..it’s pretty much all about the orange and grapefruit Northwest hops...with a little pine in there as well. The finish is fairly dry, with some roastiness...and there is somewhat of a metallic aftertaste. Body is medium, carbonation moderate.This is MUCH beeter than Stone 10th though. Basically it is an IIPA that has been blackened imho. But whatever, it is a tasty beer. Oh..and the abv is well-hidden.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2007
THOUGHTS: Very familiar, yet very different. Like a double IPA witha porter twist. Like Dogfish Head’s IBA or Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter, but with way more hops, a little more alcohol and a little less thickness. Hides the alcohol well. Incredible balance. A really nice beer. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown with slight red highlights. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted and caramel malt, heavy grapefruit and orange citrus hops and light alcohol. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, while the inishwas moderately sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. The flavor was caramel and roasted malt with pine and citrus hops all together. The medium to full body was syrupy and lighlty fizzy with a somewhat metallic, lighlty astringent and lighlty alcoholic finish.


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