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RATINGS: 2130   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.


3.9
   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.

Bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: October 20, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: dark roasted and chocolate aroma with tons of citrus and earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of dark malt character, rich hops with citrus and earthy, sweet pine hops come through the dark malt, long bitter finish mixed with roasted malts

Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: October 28, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: trade
the sweetness in the flavor really takes the edge off of the roasted malts,

Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: November 15, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: Greenís
Appearance: black, huge creamy tan head, sudsy lace
Aroma: still a lot of sweet citrus aroma
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, lots of crystal sweetness, citrus is still as strong as ever
Overall: freshness shows that it must have been kept in cold storage before being shipped to Georgia

Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: May 13, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac duluth
sweet crystal, rich roasted, lots of citrus, a fine beer that needs to show up more often,

Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: July 10, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: rbsg dinner
huge bitter dark roast,

Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: December 04, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
sweet citrus and dark roasted, dark bitter chocolate roast, long bitter finish, citrus still manages to get through despite all of the dark malts,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
On tap at Barclays in Oakland, CA. Nice chocolaty and hoppy aroma. Smooth, hides the alcohol pretty well, except for a little hot alcohol mid-palate. I was thinking de-husked carafa or chocolate malt before reading the description - I guess thatís pretty close to what we have here. Definitely not bitter dark malts, no roasted barley. The citrus qualities make this a bit like a fruit flavored chocolate, in the best ways. Chinook and Amarillo are pretty apparent, I wouldnít have guessed Simcoe though. The signature simcoe citrus grapefruit blends interestingly with the darker malts. The finish is pretty smooth, I think they had pretty good attenuation on this one. The slight hot alcohol will probably improve with age, as well as the melding of hop profile with the darker malts. Iíd like to see Stone do this IPA with a British IPA hop strategy in the bittering and a little Stone touch in the finish. I couldnít drink this every day, but it was tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Full of flavor to say the least. Long lasting toasted coffee and chocolate notes with a sharp addition of hops. Alchohol is well incorporated and I found this surprisigly quaffable. Another hit in the Anniversary file.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Bottle poured into a trappist glass; poured a dark brown with a nice sized light brown head. Aroma was very nice; alot of citrus and grapefruit; also some toffee, pine and melon. Well done and interesting concept. Well balanced between the citrus/pine finish and the darker roasted elements. One thing that lessened my rating was the dark and malt elements of the beer faded away as the citrus and pine became more assertive. Hop bitterness was strong and good. All in all it is a very good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle via trade with Jake65. Loads and loads of pine on the nose. Tangerine and mango. Very one sided. Not a lot of malt but, damn, I sure like it! Pours rich, deep, dark brown, almost black with some mahogany attempting to shine through. Frothy, rich, ruby off-white head. Bountiful citrus and pine on the palate. Pleasantly bitter with some malt to balance. Mildly floral as well. Full bodied and creamy on the palate. Very nice stuff! Thanks Jake!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2009 Bomber. Pours a really dark ruby color that basically looks black in normal light. A good tan head builds up then fades away to a small topping. I take a whiff, this stuff smells frigginí awesome. Iíve had a few IPAís lately, trying to find this kind of aroma. Itís bright and very well defined with juicy citrus, not quite grapefruit, biting pine, and melon. There is a bit of sweetness in there too, but I canít get anything definite through the delightful hoppy notes. After taking a sip, I decide this stuff tastes amazing in a surprisingly different way. I get many sweeter, breadier flavors that I couldnít find any real traces of in the aroma. I get berries, a bit of chocolate, oak, biscuits, and of course, more drying, sappy, spicy notes of pine , ganja, and citrus. The malts are fairly hearty but not roasty enough to make me think porter or stout, even though this sure as hell looks like one. This reminds me of Arrogant Bastard but with much more complexity in both the malt and hop qualities, and without necessarily being more intense. Stone definitely has a theme in the majority of their ales. They are a brewery that is so proficient in making robust American-styled ales, that they donít suffer, in my opinion, from not branching out. This is in the same vein as AB or their IPA, but itís just slightly different. This is completely solid in its own right and is another welcome offering.
[July 30, 2009]
Pours dark, near black actually. This is super hoppy and clean with defined pine and grapefruit. Pretty much signature Stone in the aroma. This is a bitter beer with huge hops everywhere, lots of herbal and citrus notes. The malty backbone is cool, clashes well with the insane hops. This is almost roasty with bittersweet chocolate, hints at earth and wood. This is remarkably clean and hugely flavorful. This works well. It is distinctly American and distinctly Stone.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours a barely transparent dark copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing tan head. Aroma of faintly piny hoppy and slightly toasty dark caramel malt. I expected the aroma to be hoppier but itís about average for big IPAs. Starts sweet and dark caramely malty with some grapefruity hop balance and overall pretty drinkable toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. A nice dark IPA, but nothing that special.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2710) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2007
22oz bottle pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. A first all I could smell were a sweet floral hops. Then some roast. Tast of hops, roast malt and a little sweetness. Pretty good. But I think the 10th was better. I be happy to tast next years.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2007
If anything, Stone suffers from its lack of an identity crisis. I was enticed by the idea of an IPA paired with dark malts, as these beers often please my palate (see Founders Black Rye). Unfortunately, the Stone "signature" dominates 11th Anniversary Ale, by which I mean a thick, oily body dominated by resiny, biting, citrusy and piney hops that are strong enough to make this a failed differentiation from their regular IPA products. The chocolaty, dark malt characteristics are present, but not assertive enough. Itís as if Stone tried to branch out but decided to pull back and make another safe, unchallenging beer. On a positive note, the deep, translucent garnet red-brown body is a beauty. To my dismay, this elegance subsided to above-average but not intriguing upon imbibition.


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