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RATINGS: 2126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Dark pour, huge frothy sticky lacing of that tan head. Hoppy aroma, citrus, fruits, definate cereals. Avg pal. Nice overly bitter, touch of grassiness in the finish. Bitter front w/ good caramel and alcohol overly prevelant. Not to bad, had better.

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Truly deceptive! I held my initial purchase up to the flourescent lights in the grocery store to check the color and was thoroughly stumped and intrigued. At home I was convinced I was tasting a malty concotion. Instead I was treated to a black IPA!!!. I had to confirm what I was tasting with my wife and my son. ( He hates bitter and knew by the smell this beer was bitter!!!). Well needless to say I ended up purchasing a case of 22oz’s. Hats off to Stone for such a singular beer. Potent and mysterious, strong and unforgiving. This beer insists upon your full attention and respect. I handed out three of the 22oz from my case and all the recipients had different yet positive repsonses to this ale. Certainly an ale for the ages!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Black in color with a large and lasting head. Hop and some citrus aromas. Bitter grapefruit taste and finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beisen (90) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Pours almost pitch black with a short tan head. A little reddish tint if you hold it to the light. I expected it to be more IPA than it is, because of the cryptic words on the label. The color threw that out the window, plus the roasted maltiness and the coffee tones. Of course, Stone wouldn’t be complete without strong hops, and they win the day in the end. Nice and complex. It strikes a balance between a porter and an IPA.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
22oz bottle. Pours black, very nice tan foam that has great retention and lacing. Huge piney aroma, I get the simcoe and the chinook, there’s also a slight medicinal character hidden just under the hops. Flavor starts off all about the hops, and great hop they are but quickly fades into a more of the strange medicinal flavor and a long lasting and annoying bitterness. Started off so good and finished so weak. Any by the way, WTF is a BLACK india PALE ale?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Pours dark reddish brown with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of fresh hops, notes of citrus, mango, pine, toffee and tropical fruits. Taste is resinous and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, mango, and dark toffee. Mouthfeel full bodied, resinous with lively carbonation. Despite the dark color, the hops are very dominant in this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2854) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
An outstanding concept...a black IPA. Aroma of mostly citrus hops with a little must. Pour was a beautiful deep dark murky brown with a two finger tan (yes tan) head. Taste was deep and musty with mostly citrus hops in the front. Under the tongue this is a wierd coffee/roast thing going on up to the swallow. Then a combination of both in the aftertaste. Slight alcohol burn in the throat also. As the commercial description says, neither overwhelms the other, but the hops definately win the war.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Pours deep brown-black, almost like a porter, with medium-thick frothy tan head. Great complex hop nose, with notes of citrus, floral, and pine hops shining through complimented by sweet roasty molasses malts. Flavor is also extremely complex, with a good amount of hop bitterness offset with chocolate, brown-sugar, and dark fruit malts that really seem to warm up the flavor, finishing with a massive hop bite. Palate is both full and dry, making for an outstanding beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 Pours opaque chocolate brown with frothy oatmeal colored head that diminishes to nice lacing. Nose of some hops, but stronger malt. Flavor is smooth malt and a decent hop profile with a slight alcohol burn, with a sweet dried fruit finish with a touch of caramel. Very nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FLP62 (6) - USA - OCT 13, 2007 does not count
Nice texture for an IPA. Dark malts do a decent job of masking the alcohol astringency, but the two combined with the heavy hops and uneven citrus notes results in a somewhat harsh finish. Expect it to mellow some in time, but not there yet.


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