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RATINGS: 2251   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 22, 2007
22oz bottle: poured very dark brown with a large brown head. Big bitter hop aroma. Flavor was mostly hops, some pine and citrus notes. Mild maltiness which lends to the slight sweetness in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
22 oz bottle 10/10/07: Very dark brown w/a lasting light beige head... Great lacing! Strong citrusy & piney hop up front! Bready malt, and very subtle roasted grain aromas. A touch of alcohol in the nose and some light caramel notes. Hop dominant flavor, but not as strong as the nose. More well balanced between bready malt and soapy, piney hop flavor. Very, very, light roast & chocolate dark grains in the finish. Light grassy and herbal hops in the aftertaste. Dry finish w/ resiny hops.. sort of sharp! Medium body, lower medium CO2, well hidden alcohol, but dry m/f from hops and alcohol. Very interesting beer and nice use of the dark malts to add some complexity. Definitely hop dominant, and Iíd like to see more malts in the flavor, but thatís just me! Very nice dark IPA though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2681) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of toasted and cereal, heavy hops of perfume spruce and resin, light leather for the yeast , with raisins , wine ,wood, vanilla, alcohol and cardboard in the background. Head is light brown, creamy with some small bubbles, has good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is a very dark brown to black. Flavor starts lightly sweet, acidic and bitter, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, creamy and has a soft carbonation. Heavy and rich in aroma, light in flavor, it seems to be a mix of DIPA and porter. Not that itís a bad thing, just a bit confusing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2007
First Official Houston Tasting. Dark garnet black color with a rich mocha colored foam head. Great lacing. Huge hops nose. Orange and other citrus aromas with a roastyness near the end. Solid hop flavor with a great creamy malt finish. Has the body of a stout and the soul of an IPA...oddly wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Pours a dark brown with gold tones that allows very little light to pass through. The aroma is is filled with grapefruity hops that dominate pretty much every Stone beerís nose. The flavor is quite interesting. There is a lot of hop bitterness with the citrusy floral notes of the hops being the most prominent flavor, but there is also the sweet, complex, and rich chocolate and roasty malt flavors balancing in the background. It seems that it is not often that the malts of very hoppy beers are individually complex as opposed to just added in for balance against the massive hop profile. The finish is crisp and clean and the mouthfeel was excellent. Overall a great, interesting, and uniqe beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
22oz brown bomber bottle. Served in a Duvel glass. Poured an opaque brown/black. Lots of carbonation. Fine bubbled light tan head about two fingers. Big citrusy hop aroma with some molasses. Medium body. Some roasted malt to start. Lots of hop bitterness. Good malt backbone. Long dry finish with plenty of hop bitterness and a lingering chocolate. Very drinkable. A unique beer that was great fun to drink. Schwartz IPA?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2007
I was actually surprised by this beer. It pours a dark brown/black and has a thin head. It is very interesting and I like that they tried a black IPA. I really wish I could get this year round. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Iíve had this beer twice. The second time was much better than the first, so Iím glad I resampled at a recent homebrew club meeting. My first impression was that itís not even remotely related to an IPA; my second taste provided the IPA style I longed for in the first round. Just think IPA with dark, roasty malts added!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours a deep brown that looks impresively dark in the glass, but the flavor is much closer to a typical IPA. Bright citrus hops are balanced out with some mildly sweet malty tones. Quality stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Thanks to Styles for the 22 ounce bottle. This one pours a deep brown mahogany color with a reddish-ruby edge when held up to the light. Sitting atop the body is a beige head of creamy foam, lasting quite a while and settling down to oily lace which lasts to the bottom of the glass. The nose is earthy at the onset, but upon further inspection pine resin and grapefruit hop aromas waft upward from the glass. After allowing the much anticipated elixir to settle quietly in the glass, the first sampling reveals a multitude of flavors. Up front the rich and earthy characteristics from the base malts dominate with flavors of dark roast, bittersweet chocolate and some espresso. In the middle, the flavors become a bit muddled as caramel sweetness, peppery spices and hop bitterness compete for attention. As the flavors begin to fade, a warming alcoholic presence is noted. Rounding out the taste sensation is a creamy smooth, almost oily mouth-feel with mild carbonation. Of the black IPAís Iíve had the pleasure of trying in the past six months, the Hoppiní Frog Bodacious Black and Tan stands out as the best so far. Iíve really come to enjoy American Strong ales, unfortunately this one just didnít do it for me.

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