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RATINGS: 2036   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kdrobb2k (24) - Willingboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2007
First whiff off the bottle was stunning. Pours a dark black with a short but lasting head. Borders on a porter in appearance. Piney with a mild chocolate flavor. The sweet hoppy flavor comes through along with the smooth IPA type mouth feel. Some pleasant bitterness lingers on the tongue. Stone has out done itself on this one. Better than the 10th.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1675) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep brown/ light black body with nice head. Aroma is hops, hops, hops. As that smell passes I can smell the coffee, grapes. Flavor is complex. Noticable are the hops which arenít too strong but more of a dominant flavor with a nice roasty feel one would get from a Stout. Low carbonation with a sweet malt backbone. I think this one would be an intresting one to age. Very good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Tangerine aroma - strong amarilo presence. Dark ruby in color with a thick, creamy head. Explosive hop flavor with a twang of sweet malt and some dark crystal. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol builds as it warms. A real nice beverage.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a very nice frothy head. Smell is piney, citrusy hops. Taste is pretty much the same, with a little bit of roasted malt to balance it out. And it truly is a very well balanced beer. The frothy head stuck around for the duration while drinking. An enjoyable and easy drinking brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wegro (330) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Bottle from Wholefoods for $4.50. pours a deep black, some ruby if held up to the light. Big fat tan head leaves tons of lacing all over. Smells of green hops and lots of it, with a little alcohol if you get a good whiff. This is one of the hoppiest beers Iíve had in a long time. And it takes a LOT for me to say that. Tastes initially of hops, the grapefruity kind and the underlying malt leaves some dark chocolate to go along with the quite bitter finish. Iím not huge on double IPAs but I could get used to this "dark" ipa thing! The malt doesnít overshadow the hops (this thing has so much hops, i wonder what the IBU on this shit is) but it gives it the backbone it needs and adds complexity. I knew I should pick up a bottle of this before it was too late. Complex, unique, hoppy, highly alcoholic, what else do you want???

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pforei (338) - USA - SEP 27, 2007
On tap at Hop Devil. Trappist style glass. Dark black color and dark beige head. Looks like a stout. But the aroma is perfume, floral, and grapefruit hops. There is a little chocolate and coffee to go along with the strong pine/citrus hop taste. But there also is some weird fruit taste that I canít put my finger on. Medium to full bodied. Despite the hop content, the finish is surprisingly smooth and not overly bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
This American Strong Ale pours a deep black color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized beige foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is big juicy grapefruity and piney hops with some chocolate malts in the background. A medium bodied ASA. The malts are roasted and chocolate, with a hint of coffee. The hops are intense, lots of grapefruit and pine. Bitter, but not overly so, it has a interesting interplay between the hops and the chocolate malts. Lively carbonation. Touch of alcohol at the finish. Interesting beer. I will be waiting to see how this one ages. I think I need to stock upÖ Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2007
wasnít quite sure what to expect from this brew, since i bought it without regard to the style. it poured black with a tan head, and before i smelled it i assumed it was a porter. the aroma belies the color; itís hoppy and chocolatey with orange and grapefruit hops flavors interacting rather gracefully. a mega-hopped porter, but there is a full-fledged bitterness which stays around past the chocolate flavors. itís a real-life incarnation of IIPA meets porter. i wonder what it tastes like after a few years in the cellar....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Charred oak pour, red light in the bottom. A lovely mocha milkshake head has a very long life. Strawberry, orange, and pine oil aroma. Pineapple, brown sugar and full candied malt foundation. Chocolate and nougat. Taste belies a bold Simcoe and Amarillo partnership. Underneath, the farbe malting hasnít removed any black malt astringency, although itís maybe dulled it a bit. Ashy french roast grind soaks in over the slick citrus sweetness, and fairly typical shampoo taste. Some cola. Quiet green apple tartness is well-placed, preceding a sweet lick of brownies with a bit of salt. An outside touch of watermelon sugar, which is lovely. This has the texture quality of an almost unroasted south american coffee; citrusy acidity dominates. A leafy hint of mint and sandy dark chocolate at the finish, and a burnt espresso flowering; the density of the dark malts leaves the slightest lingering of acrid touch. A surprisingly successful fusion of two elements, in themselves ripe with the possibility of unbelievable astringency.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Loved this guy. It really is like a black IPA, with a great hoppy aroma, but a dark complex roasty flavor. Just a truly yummy tasty beer.


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