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RATINGS: 2235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
What an excellent beer. I had really suprised my brother with this beer, as it looks like a porter and smells like an IPA. What a gift Stone has brewed for us. Huge aroma of fresh hops, with just a touch of light roast. Appearance is dark brown (nearly black) with a touch of red on the edges and a nice frothy light tan head with the usual Stone staying power. Flavor is big oily hops, citrusy bitterness with enough sweetness to keep it properly balanced. You won’t have to twist my arm to drink the remaining bottles I have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (37030) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 From bottle, blind tasting at Papsoes - beer no 23. Pours dark brown with a red hue and a dense off-white head. Heavy fruity aroma, peach, grapefruit and a bit of pineapple on top of a dense malt aroma. Dark caramel flavoured with a good portion of sugar. Ends in a great hoppy and malty blend - nice.

From tap at Stone Bistro as hopped with wet Simcoe on cask. Pours pitch black with a lacing tan head. Dense fruity and hoppy aroma, clear has a lot more hops yet also perhaps too dense. Dense hoppy, bone dry yet with a mild caramel malt presence in the flavour. Fruity finish. 8-4-8-4-17=4.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Pours Opaque Black with a big fluffy light brown head. Good lacing clings to the sides of my tulip glass. Huge Pine hop aroma. Hops are really huge in this beer but does end with a slight roasted malt sweetness. Full oily body. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Reminds me of double bastard. Not really a stout, more dry, not as heavy palate, but rich in malts and hops. Great, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 Very interesting beer. Seems that those who have kvetched "oh, another aggressively hopped Stone beer" might be missing out. Yes, it is aggressively hopped, but there a very quirky and welcome use of black malts along with the dry-hopping to give this a distinctively bitter taste and looooong, dry finish. Add that to the gorgeous creamy body and palate, and it’s a really lovely left turn from an already excellent brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
22oz bottle-pours a creamy light brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is lots of cascade hops. Taste is lots of cascade hops-raw/bitter/resiny, secondary dark malt-ash/chocolate, alcohol. A bit too much for me, comes across as an I2PA/AmSA. Sipping. Ok carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2007
The Dan Journal #134. Tasted 11/8/07. 22oz bomber. Murky brown hue. Webbed head. Spicy peppery anise celery nose. Great big nose. Big vegetal malts. Coffee acidity. Rye bitter malts. Absolutely fabulous! Mild to moderate bitterness. Peppery and bready. Totally delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle 650 ml
Appearance :dark brown with tanned beige crown , detailed lace.
Nose :Rich aroma , aromatic , refreshing hops. Brown roasted chocolate ,malts. 8-
Flavour/Palate :Medium light frontal feel. Citric fresh hop profile bonded with greener hops and with dose of chocolate. Stone used old and proven formula with slight twist . No need to change that works so well for them. Tasty , solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (24491) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle. Clear red brown coloured with an off white head. Aroma of hops, pine needles and grape fruits. Sweet flavour of caramel, pine needles and grape fruits. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2968) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 Re-rate, 11/09, bottle from SL: Quite the same as my previous experience. Rating unchanged. Black-IPA type style with some red-IPA type elements. Original Rating: Bottle from Topps in Tempe. Pour was dark brown color, generous off white to light tan in color, very nice retention, great lacing. The aroma was piney-citrus, caramel amber type malts, light roast though. The flavor was grapefruit citrus, some pine, caramel red/amber malts, dry bitter rye aspects, faint dry roast elements. Full, almost airy mouthfeel, firm carbonation. Much like a dry imperial red ale, a nice concoction, not my favorite stye, though.

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