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RATINGS: 2111   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 Strong pine aroma. The hops hit first but then itís really creamy and chocolaty (especially if you hold it in your mouth for a sec). "Black IPA"? Ok, I guess; sort of a beer that doesnít know what it wants to be. But Iíd be lying if I say I didnít kinda liked it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
650ml bomber - Pours a very deep dark brown, almost black out the light. The head is tan and frothy, mountainous at first, then settling to a creamy layer on top. Aroma is wonderful - huge citrusy, grapefruit and orange(!) against some spicier notes underneath. Extremely inviting and refreshing seeming. The flavour is spicier and deeper, with pine mingling with the citrus, some roastier malt, and dark fruit. Very complex and interesting, notably the difference between the aroma and flavour and what is revealed in both. The mouthfeel is creamy and full and the finish is bitter with notes of coffee and chocolate coming forward. Awesome.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2007
22 oz bottle, drank approx 1 month ago. Dark brown/mahogany with a beige head. Neat - nose of pine, grapefruit hoppiness and some roast. Intense grapefruit, pine then roastiness/chocolate with an astringent, harsh aftertaste. Medium bodied with somewhat of a watery texture and moderate carbonation. Normally, I like the mixture of PacNW hops with chocolate/roastiness but it doesnít quite work here. Will try again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2168) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
For some reason I had thought this was a Belgian Quad or something based on memory, and the initial pour supported that. Dark almost to black with reddish highlights. Decent starting tan head fades with some retention. But then, I took a whiff and was in a pine forest and knew this was nothing they ever thought of in Belgium. The palate is nice, sweet, well balanced, and more complex as it warms. Very unique and interesting as billed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (524) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Pours a mysterious black with two thumbnails of tan head. Fine veils of lacing. Big lawn-hops in the nose with vinous berries. More sharp hops with fresh vinous fruits and rich malts. High carbonation and full body. Finishes crisp and clean. Robust flavors of malt are well-balanced with the solid hop presence in the mouth and nose. Smooth velvety palate. Incredibly delicious and satisfying.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (539) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Looks like a good stout, except that is almost has a reddish tinge to it. Very dark brown with a THICK head. Smell is hoppy, with a candy-honey-flowery scent that seems so familiar, but I canít quite think what it is. Flavor has just a hint of hops. Roasted malt and honey. Nice creamy finish. Rather good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Very interesting flavor combining a stout and an IPA. Suprising taste for the dark color of the beer. The taste is similar to some of their other IPAs but with an increased malt presence. Very complex flavor of roasted malts and citrus hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Hops dominate the aroma,has that somewhat flowery nature,I donít get to much of the citrus, you get the aroma,of a huge blend of different hops,well done though,and defintely hints of caramel and brown sugar in background,love that brown ruby highlighted color for this hoppy of a brew,taste is again hop dominated,with that flowery but not overpowering taste,substantial malt backing. Just a big old bodied hop dominated brew,that just tastes like there were a ton if ingredients tossed in the kettle. Thanks Kingpin for sharing

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 wasnít going to like this beer at all. But after a few more, itís actually pretty good. I was all ready to condemn this beer in the beginning, but itís actually pretty well balanced and tasty. The color definitely threw me, think DIPA when you drink it.


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