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RATINGS: 2249   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Pleasant floral aroma predominates. Dark with a solid hefty tan head. Flavor is of course strongly bitter, with an interesting pine component. Roasted malt also comes through. Overall, balanced, but a little too heavy on the bittering hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle: HOLY PISS is this one dark, nearly black, large frothy light brown head, spotty lacing.   Looks like a flippín Stout.   Typical Stone hop nose, strong yet with a subtle sweetness.   However, this one yields some rather large roasted malt qualities.   Kinda reminds me of a subtle Schwarzbier, with a HUGE hop base.   Decent amount of malts, but certainly on the hop side.   Lingering bitterness, and might I say a strange roastiness.   Odd to have a beer that is so IPA like yet has this strong roasted malt presense.   Backside shows some citrus rind like qualities.   To be expected for a Stone, and quite welcomed.   Decent beer, enjoyable, but a little odd.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Donít let the dark color fool you, its roasty, but not as aggressive as you might think.   Different, but enjoyable.   Iíve got one more to sample thanks to dirty_martini!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2007
22 oz. bottle: Pours deep brown with a lacing inducing, tan head. Lots of bright, citrusy hops hover above a chocolate and roasted malt nose. Rindy and bitter from the start, the body is nicely balanced with hops and malts. Notes of caramel, toffee and coffee interplay with the rindy hops. Finishes bitter - almost like Ruinition bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deline7 (13) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Restrained citrus hop aroma. Flavor is of roast, sweet and citrus hops. A perfect spin on IPA. Body medium. Carbonation average. Finish clean. This is still another big west coast beer. Mild acohol presence. Overall a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Deep mahogany body, medium dark tan head. Nose is citrus (grapefruit and orange rind), brown sugar malts, a little alcohol, some spicing makes me think of black oak nutcracker but this is big and zesty. Flavor is caramel and slight cocoa for a moment and then the big hops come in - amarillo? some fruitiness, some alcohol. A very interesting malt profile here - I donít know if it works - itís more a barleywine kind of thing (Actually reminds me a bit of last yearís bigfoot.) Very bitter finish that just barely hangs on as a result of the caramel. Interesting experiment and while I donít usually try to force things into styles this one being all over the place hurts itís final score.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of kmweaver. Pours a clear, warm, reddish brown with a light brown head. Very fresh, peachy aroma. Medium body, light notes of caramel but otherwise completely dominated by peachy hop notes that also leave a massive bitterness. An exciting one. 021107

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Another bottle from Smitty, its almost as if I was seeing if he could redeem himself after the almost vile IPA I consumed before this one. Pours out a dark brown color with a tan head on it. Smells like grass, chocolate, pine, hops, and really, it smells like Avery 14. Taste is rich and it has a nice fresh hop bite to it, almost like a porter with an over load of hops. Then the finish has a nice alcohol burn, which is not near like a porter, so that threw me off too. Whatever kinda beer this is, its a damn good one. Should be really good in a few months. Thanks A2M boy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2007
[22 oz. bottle] Awesome appearance-- Jet black, with a foamy tan head. Definitely stout or porter-like. Huge hop aroma, grapefruit and pine, very little malt presence in the aroma, other than some slight sweetness. Flavors are fully of strong malt character, kind of dark and roasty-- and less sweet. Loads of hop bitterness really balance this beer out, in an interesting. Very citrusy, with some grapefruit rind and almost acidic character in the finish. Medium bodied. A very interesting beer, overall. I hope to pick this one up again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Chocolate, nut, heavy malt and coffee aroma. Dark amber color with a large tan head. Slight bitter start with sweet finish. Creamy palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2007
22oz Bomber September 2007 Recieved from the excellent trader known as errantnight. Thanks for looking out Derek. A black IPA? This should be interesting. Stoneís 11th Anniversary pours black with some faint garnet highlights along the bottom and up the sides of the glass. A two finger beige head formed on the pour that does not disappear. This head sticks around throughout the glass and leaves big sticky patches as the beer disappears. Really good looking brew. The nose starts, continues, and ends in hoppy goodness. Thereís not a whole lot of malt coming through but what does comes in the form of sweet caramel. Thereís also hints of caramalized-to-slightly-scorched sugar in there. Who cares about the malt right? The hops are where itís at with this beer. Brown sugar coated grapefruit pushes through quickly and leads throughout. My mouth waters as I smell this beer. This beer tastes just like brown sugar coated grapefruit from the second it hits the tongue till the swallow. That sweet caramel and lightly scorched sugar trys to work through the grapefruit but falls far short. As a matter of fact this beer tastes identical to the way it smells. This beer will do a number on the tongue. You will be numb by the end of a bomber...After this beer gets closer to maybe 55 a mild bittersweet chocolate character comes through that adds a nice depth. Medium body with a light creamy mouthfeel. I canít believe the weight (or lack there of) of a beer with this high an abv. Good lingering bitterness on the swallow sticks around until the next sip. This beer is going down far to easy and far to quickly. Amazingly easy to drink for a high abv like this beer has. I would only drink one bomber at a time for the simple fact that your tongue takes a beating and Iíd feel like I wouldnít getthe most out of the second bomber. Another great beer from Stone. I donít think these guys do anything wrong. A black IPA is a cool concept that I hope to see again in the future. Keep it up over there at Stone. I have yet to not be crazy about any of your brews. 11/4/07

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