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RATINGS: 2090   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Poured and looked like a porter. Tasted like a IIPA. Big hop flavor with nice mix of chocolate and roasted malt. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
22 oz bomber. Very dark brown/black beer topped with a thick dark tan head. The aroma is fairly hoppy up front, pine and resiny, hops with a bit of bright citrus. Initially, hops dominate the aroma and the malts are barely detectable. Flavour is also very hoppy with loads of fresh pine and citrus. There is a light milk chocolate aroma that comes up as the temperature does. There is a bit of coffee flavour in here as well. Further warming brings out the fruiter citrusy/juicy character of the hops. Peppery and fairly alcoholic. Very creamy texture with chocolate coming out a little bit as well. Malts appear to be fairly well developed although the hops never leave IIPA territory. Sticky and resiny with a lingering pine finish. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Pours a nice looking opaque brown body with a lasting tan head. Globs of sticky lace cling to the glass. Aroma of pine, citrusy grapefruit, and hints of dark chocolate and roasty malts. Taste has a slight dark roasted malt bitterness that is overwhelmed by the hops. Lots of citrusy grapefruit and pine cone hoppiness. A hint of anise underneath. Sharp bitterness as it warms seems to stem from dark roasty malts and hops. No hint of the alcohol. This would be a nice regular release, I think.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Bomber. As dark as brown can get, thick creamy/foamy brown head that stays thick for the whole beer. Incredibly rich flavor of burned coffee and malts, hints of chocolate, and a lot more Iím not smart enough to describe. Clean finish, mildly warm alcohol burn. As good as it can get on a cold day.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2007
(draught at the brewery restaurant) the bartender called is a "black IPA" - he wasnít lying. black wtih tan head. Hops aroma. Flavor is pine and citrus hops with roast malt. Excellent

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigdummy (2) - Ramona, California, USA - OCT 3, 2007 does not count
My favorite Anni IPA from Stone so far. Black and frothy, nice creamy mouthfeel, citrusy rather than piney hops and lots and lots of them. They balance a very dark sweet and malty brew to perfection.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
22oz bottle. sampled pretty fresh. thanks to dickinsonbeer for 4 of these bad boys. pours very dark brown with slight dark ruby tint to it, with off white head. nose has nice PNW hop notes but it isnít exploding, perhaps due to the balance of roast in there. mainly grapefruit hop notes with roast and toffee. flavor is hoppy but again, this isnít double ipa hoppy, the roastiness sorta cuts through it. piney and grapefruity hop profile with nice big toffee and roasted malt notes. they really pulled it off, big ipa flavor with roasty and sweet malt notes. i wonder if this will age well?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Bottle: Pours with a tight head over a dark brown body; cookie dough, caramel, grapefruit and pine hop aroma; roasty and malty, initially, chocolate and grapefruit notes; dense body and very hoppy, bitter finish to balance; very tasty. This would be even better aged out a little.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1350) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Pours a rich, deep brown with a drift of dark tan head which lasts and lasts. Vibrant aromas of hops, cloves, cinnamon and baked apple -- a hint of sweet citrus lemon, too. With a heavy, viscous mouthfeel, the beer slides across the tongue. Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, earth, the simcoe hops cut right through the dark malty beer with a serious acidic bitterness. Black IPA, huh? Iíll buy it. This is an outstanding American beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
This beer is another example of a beer I canít quite seem to understand or wrap my head around, so I had to buy a few bottles before I felt confident enough I could rate it. The deep dark brown ale creates a large fluff of head that lingers around for a long period of time. I smell a light roast malt aroma along with some noticeable hops that has me interested to take a taste. As I begin to define the flavor, Iíll safely say itís a strange cross pollination sort of speak of lightly toasted malt and classic west coast signature hops. A truly interesting drink with originality, it is surely anniversary ale that will stand out in Stoneís catalog of anniversary ales. At least I was fortunate enough to have had the chance to enjoy this unique black IPA.


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