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RATINGS: 2129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle: Dark ebony color with tawny edges, nice tan head and decent head and lacing. The nose is hoppy, resinous and chemically almost with some bright astringency; roast twang and a full pineapple/grapefruit hoppiness. The flavor is fairly hot, plenty of darker malts, some roast, but mainly a hop bitterness and sweet caramelly alcohol balance. The finish is fruity, full body and a solid creamy mouthfeel, a bit much bitterness, but thatís nice knowing that this wonít fall apart as fast as last years anniversary beer. Nice! Probably better in another year.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
22 oz bomber - oh man, I canít believe I stumbled across a bottle of this in Michigan recently. A true coup for me. Anyway, the beer pours a gorgeous dark dark brown, just a shade lighter than black, with some ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. A huge rocky crown sits atop the glorious liquid and leaves a thick layer of lace on the inside of the glass. Massive pine and citrus notes in the aroma - very fresh seeming, like smelling a Christmas tree. Nothing subtle here. There is also a sour layer in there and, unlike some of Stoneís other big beers, a surprisingly good amount of malt. Mmmmmm, I just canít stop smelling this. Big hops to start in the mouth, but again, probably a massive amount of malted barley to keep it this (surprisingly) balanced. Not to say that it is some subtle British mild - everything about this beer is stupidly over the top and I love it. Long bitter finish that comes and goes in waves, but thereís a sweetness in there too from all that malt, and a sort of dry chocolaty character as well. Alcohol comes in a bit in the mid-palate, but is very well-integrated. I felt like the enamel was being stripped from my teeth while drinking this. Absolutely and utterly awesome!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
My bottle (22oz) shared with tupalev. Pours a very deep dark brown with a large lasting foamy tan head -- almost looks like a Porter! (4+) Big aroma of green hops, lots of dark malt and some light roastness. Interesting flavour, it starts with a spice or something that I canít place followed by spicy hops, lots of dark malt, a hint of chocolate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Very good stuff, like a IIPA for the winter or something, definitely not a session beer but damn tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkgrenwel (569) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Big smoky chocolatey malt, standing up against a good amount of hops, but not insane amounts. Bitterness overwhelms everything. Itís hard to tell if that bitterness is just from hops, or if itís a malt issue. Smoky, but a bit more like ash and charcoal than smoked malt. Sweetness is knocked out quick with the bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and dense. Big alcohol burn all over the mouth. Stone has not been hiding the alcohol well, particularly on the anniversary beers. Mouthfeel: check. Complexity: moderate. Balance: lacking. Alcohol burn: present and accounted for. A noble experiment, but not much of a crafted beer. Just an idea executed competently but not expertly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
dark brown pour. Very citrusy on the pour. Nice dark roasted malty flavor and went well with the american hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2007
A very fine ASA, this one pours a very dark, reddish brown with a nice light tan head. Nose is hop dominated, though the flavor is hops with citrus and a bit of pepper. A very good offering from Stone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Poured a dark brown with ruby highlites and a small light tan head. Aroma is much hoppier than the color would suggest, with notes of pine, some grapefruit rind. Lying underneath the hops is a bit of sweet toasty bread and honey. The flavor is interesting, with notes of roasted coffee and chocolate backing up a strong IPA-like hoppiness with predominantly piney and grassy flavors, with perhaps a touch of citrus. A reasonable cross between some sort of malty ASA or perhaps even a stout witih an IPA. However, Iím not sure the flavors are sharing a synergistic relationship. Theyíre decent together, but might have been better separate, and perhaps might even be getting in the way of each other. A decent idea that was well-made, but almost a bit too much contrast for this to be amongst my favorite Stone brews.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2010 Black,thick beige head.Sweet malt/piney hop nose.Citrus hop profile,good malt backbone, long strong hop finish citrus and bitter. Harsh alcohol heat

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle shared with and courtesy of Blankboy. Very dark brown. huge fluffy brownish head good lacing. Good hops in aroma, schwarzbier like malt/pepper spiciness. Taste follows - spicy malt gives way to intense but balanced bitterness and a lovely linger. This is what Black Brutal Bitter by Rogue wants to be but fails at - a great unique creation by Stone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Earthy, wooden and citrusy hops proliferate atop the delicate roasted malts in this highly flavorful and quenching strong Black IPA. This is just another high quality Stone offering.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam decorates the brown-sleeved black.
-The blackness in this IPA is more a visual treat than an important contributor to the flavor profile.
-Carbonation is frothy and comfy, increasing drinkability.
-Alcohol does not really appear in the flavor profile.
-Roasted malts and resinous hops lend plenty of bitterness to the finish.
-Caramel sweetness is well integrated, but does not quite balance out the hoppiness in a young bottle.

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