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RATINGS: 2250   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
This is bizarre. Pours a dark brown-black with a fizzy head. When I cracked the bottle I took a whiff and got blasted by the hops. This beer has a very citrusy/hoppy aroma. Very little in the way of malt. The taste is very hoppy and fruity; mainly orange and grapefruit. A good beer but Ruination puts this offering to shame.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Pours red-brown-black with small bubble head. Kind of weird to drink an IPA that is black in color, and makes me want to drink it blindfolded. Nice hoppy aroma. Very, very grapefruit hops. A little too much grapefruit. Very peppery as well. Not the best combination of hops. Many hops in the boild, with high hop bitterness and medium hop aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerczar69 (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Great tasting beer.Had on draft.Pours dark brown almost black and what a rich smooth taste.Cannot taste the alcohol at all.One of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark on 04/26/2009. Dark black body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy tan head. Citrus and piney hop aroma with some chocolate. Citrus and floral hop flavor, some chocolate and a touch of roast with a lingering bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/5/8/4/17 - 4.2 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 08/30/2008. Dark black body with a small creamy tan head. Big citrus and floral hop aroma with a caramel background. Citrus and floral hop flavor wtih some roast and caramel. Medium full body with moderate carbonation and a smooth bitter finish. 8/4/8/3/16 - 3.9 On cask at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008 with wet Simcoe hops. Deep amber body with a small light brown head. Big sumcoe aroma with some light caramel. Simcoe and faint caramel flavor with a long lasting sweet citrus bitter flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 9/4/9/4/18 - 4.4 Bottle on 11/14/2007: Dark black body with a medium creamy tan head. Huge amarillo hop aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with some citrus and floral hops. Medium mouthfeel, medium low carbonation, and a huge hop finish. 8/5/9/4/17 - 4.3

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Pours mahogany with ample tan head. Aroma is roast, apples, some spice with hints of alcohol. Flavor is a nice balanced strong flavor. Citrus hops, some oak, roastiness, more apples and plum. Nice hop and roast flavor on the finish. This is really drinkable. The alcohol lends minimal heat - but be careful - it’s there alright! Good stuff!

   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 (40452) - 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.

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