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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
A black IPA? I didnít believe it when I was pouring it, I was sure it would taste like a stout or potter, but nope, it was all IPA all the time. Great hopy/citrus nose, bitter and flowery attack, long finish with malts and hops and dark fruitish flavous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On tap at Collins a while back. Black with small head. Perfume hop aroma. Interesting taste...nice roasted malt with a little black licorice. a bit of metallic bitterness. Good beer, the bitterness just throws me off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3076) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours out black with a moderate tan head. Aroma of pine/citrus hops and roasted malts. Very appealing looking beer. Taste is complex, roasted malt, chocolate, pine and citrus hops. Very interesting flavor and very unique, similar to 3fís Alpha Klaus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle purchased at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton, NY. Pours black brown, off white head. Aroma is malt, peat, tangerine, slight tomato. Flavor is the same with caramel, vanilla, grass, toffee, wheat, some burnt molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Stone XI is a solid black ale with red highlights. It has a creamy tan head with oily bubbles. Great retention and lacing. It has an aroma of licorice and medicine. It almost smells like seawater. There is salmiakki and something leafy in the nose. Itís medium-bodied and a bit sharp with a gritty finish. The roast really comes out in the flavor, along with a bit of chocolate. Itís quite bitter! It tastes like Christmas trees. Itís bold and flavorful and has good balance. Itís almost like... an imperial porter? Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Ok, here we go Stone, itís Friday evening, settling in for the weekend, letís make it a good night. Crack the cap off and pour into a trappist glass, a deep deep dark reddish (only visible when held to light) color with a tan full head. This beer looks simply beautiful. The nose has raisins initially, then transitions into a floral experience. The flavor is awesome, sweet toffee malts and floral hops. The head is buttery on the lips with an aftertaste and breath of slight refreshing stings of alcohol. This is fantastic, a definite BUY!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Muddy-brown body with a velvety tan head. Burnt caramel, raisins, flowery chocolate malt and spicy hops. Flavor melds into a nice toffee character. Great use of debittered dark malts. Bastardly hoppy bitter finish. Well-conceived and well-executed. Pays homage to Stone 6th.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle from the First Houston Tasting
Pours dark like a stout but itís more reminiscent of an IPA... weird. Aroma is corn hops with a slight Isopryl Alcohol tinge... strange, but it works. Flavor is hops-infused molasses. Average mouthfeel. Nice and unexpected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bomber from Sicilianoís in Grand Rapids, MI. Dark brown almost opaque black color with huge light brown/beige head. Aroma is still very strong pine hops (thanks Drew!), some citrus as well but pretty much all hops. Oh man, this is what an american IIPA should taste like, big pine, citrus hops and only slight dark malt/ roasted malt and dough. Medium to full body with nice creaminess and big carbonation. Wow what a great beer, thank you Stone for putting out beers that stay so good so long.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
This is the most amazing aroma Iíve ever gotten off a beer. Iím cheating by doing the rating 2 months after I had it. But I couldnít forget the aroma because it was like putting two handfuls of fresh hops in your face. Coming off of a stout. It is amazingly well crafted. Take a great stout and IPA and slam them together. I wanted to cellar this because the flavors could use a little blending. Alcohol is very well masked.

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