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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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Dry piney, citrus hop taste softened by a faint carmel chocalate aspect that reminded me of Founders dark rye. Looks like light stout with wonderfulearth, floral nose. Here’s to: "...de-husked dark malt imported from Germany and American high alpha hop varieties, including Chinook, with Simcoe and Amarillo hops."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Draft at Hop Devil. Very interesting beer. Pours looking like a stout, smells like a very dry, roasty IPA. Citrus hops are very strong, probably more citrusy than any beer I’ve ever smelled. Intense but nice. Roastiness in the flavor is a nice touch, and provides a much more interesting and different malt backbone than the boring amber malts we’ve all been so accustomed to. Very unique and tasty beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2007
bottle. black with huge tan frothy head. chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, hop aroma. creamy and bitter. dark fruits, coffee, nutty, almond, mollasses, nutmeg. nicely hopped and well balanced. very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Wow. Just wow. I just want to sit and inhale the beer. It smells like it was just brewed today. The flavor and balance are perfect. There’s something different... what is that? Fantastic beer. Buying a case tomorrow.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Wow - Stone really outdid themselves with this one. You crack the bottle and expect to see gold (even though you know it will be dark) and you see a porterish-looking brew with a tan head. Aroma on this one is very fresh and sweet with citrus and pine. Flavor has some sticky-sweet citrus and pine hops, some roasty-sweet malt and maybe some chocolate in there. Really nice mouthfeel - sticky, but smooth. I’m just hoping to hide some from myself and try it again in 3-6 month intervals. Awesome!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Pours a deep black with ruby highlights when held to the light and a medium to large foamy/creamy tan head that left lacing and sustained. Aroma of citrus, hops, floral notes, caramel, Flavor was up front hops, toffee, some roasted notes, mixed citrus, pine, some grapefruit, chocolate notes and lightly smokey. There is a lot of hops in here and this beer is still fresh. Will be interesting to see how this one plays out after the hops mellow and some of the more roasted character comes out.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 On tap at the Hop Devil Grill. Black pour with a sturdy, off white head. The fresh hop aroma gets you right away, piney and citrus. There’s tangerine in the flavor along with a nice smokiness and a perfect use of roasty malts to balance it all out. A nice amount of chocolate is detected towards the end and as it warms. Their best beer since 10.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adrenalinenova (3) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2007 does not count
Wonderful reproduction of the Stone IPA aromas. If you were to do a blind smell you wouldn’t be able to decide which is which. Full of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and slightly floral. The pour is smooth and heavy. Not much head until I swirl the beer and then a tan head and all the aromas burst out. The initial and mid-flavor is 180 degrees from an IPA, smokey, carmel, chocolate with a small malty sweetness. Finally in the aftertaste you taste those wonderful hops you smelled and with their taste the bitterness also takes the field slowly dominating the malty sweetness. Their is a wonderful juxaposition between the hops/aroma and malt/flavor that will be perfect for any fall or winter evening.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2007
black body with dark brown edges. nice big dark tan head that settles into a thin film and eventually disappears. big piney grapefruit aroma with a hint of toffee and a touch of chocolate. bitter piney grapefruit flavor with a hint of toffee and chocolate. very bitter lasting finish with some toffee notes. finish very dry. alcohol present. medium to full body with a somewhat creamy but lively mouth feel. not bad.....just over the top bitter. it needs more balance and subtlety. im gonna have to age a couple of these for a year or two just to see if this stuff gets a little more balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (759) - Albany, California, USA - SEP 26, 2007
This is VERY dark. Really didn’t expect such a dark color for an IPA, but I guess its a special recipe. Very frothy head. Aroma is of fresh hops. I can see the hops rubbed in my hands like you see Jim Koch do in those Sam Adams commercials! Niocely balanced hops in the flavor, with a bit of sweetness in the background. Body is not very heavy like a stout or porter. Not ultra thin, but just enough there to know you’re not drinking something the consistency of water. Lots of hops in the aftertaste, even minutes are taking the first tastes. This is the only real flaw I could come up with. Wish it didn’t last as long as it did on the tongue. Not sure I’d classify this as a Strong Ale with the amount of bitterness. Could easily call this an IPA instead.


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