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RATINGS: 2130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2471) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle Pours a porter looking dark broen, nearly black but not opaque. Nice large light than head. Big piney hop aroma, stong and in your face. A little of the slightly roasted malts but not enough to throw it off from the IPA that it is. Flavor was very bitter, and the malts were influenced by the roasted componant. Moderate palate, and carbonation. dark and a bit woody, but still a big IPA. At nearly %9 I would not have guessed so high. Great all around.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Got a bomber of this "Black IPA" as soon as it hit the shelf at the local store. Man this beer looks intense, almost intimidating. Rich dark opaque brown pour, practically black with a huge frothy tan head and killer lacing. Looks like a stout. Dominant hop aroma, familiar to Stoneís brews and very welcoming. Citrus fruits and fresh bitter pine. Aroma is somewhat one dimensional centered around the hops, and itís an eye opener. Thick mouth feel due to a really malty body. Extremely bitter and chewy, I love it. The bitterness does get overpowering at times. At first the taste buds are subjected to fresh floral and bittering hops. Iím curious as the the IBU count of this beer. After the initial hop burst a slinky and complex malt bill shakes things up. Heavy and slick the malts seem to take charge. Nice blend of roasted malt with burnt molasses and a nutty earthiness. Bitter...yes, hoppy...very much so, complex....absolutely. I give this beauty a hearty round of applause.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark brown/amber with a massive, almost pillow-like cream head. Dark roasted malt pretty much dominates the nose with some citrus, black cherry and raisin notes. As it warms the floral and piney hops make their way into the equation. Fine lacing. Big dark fruit and malt flavor with a perfectly balanced resin hop finish. Very smooth overall. This is a very interesting brew that actually exudes a complexity I wasnít expecting.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2007
#400. This brew sports a menacing, totally opaque, solid black body with a small, frothy, light tan head. Minimal lacing shows in the form of randomly placed snake-like lines of foam. Holy pine resin, Batman! This thing isnít even close to balanced, and I love it. Intense piney and citrus hops flood the nose from a full arm length away. Hops dominate this one so much, its difficult to decipher other scents. The flavor is explosively hoppy, with pine resin and grapefruit providing ample bitter goodness. Burnt caramel malts and toasty cereal grains try to make themselves known, but thereís no mistaking the fact that they play second fiddle for this hop monster. Substantial body with a smooth, yet lively mouthfeel. Awesome brew! An instant classic!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Thanks to hellbilly and pudditane for the bottles! I really liked this unique IPA. Hoppy aroma. citrus and roasted malts up front, finishís with a pleasant hoppy grapefruit flavor!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Lots o hops in the aroma, but not like an IPA. Lots of up front hops and bitterness, pretty one sided and not very interesting. Still good though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Poured a clear deep brown with ruby highlights and an off-white head. Strong piney hop aroma over a lightly sweet roasted malt. Big hop forward piney flavor with roasty malt poking through. Moderate to large bitter finish, nice warmth and a medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2458) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle. Odd thing about this is that the aroma and the appearance have nothing to do with eachother. Iím looking at this almost black body with a massive tan head, but the aromas I pick up are of pine, grapefruit and pineapple hops. So Iím a little confused on first sip as I pull back and enjoy that hops experience that is so Stone. Reminiscent of last yearís model, the hops are the main focus, and I find it hard to pick up any of the malts. Iím sure that it must be roasty, but with all that hops I canít pick up on anything much. That said, the hops are balanced nicely and never get out of control. Different, thatís for sure. I would love to have the patience to let one of these sit for a few years to see what it will do.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Thanks SoLan!!!! Very deep brown, almost black color. Aroma is very hoppy upfront, citrusy and bright. There are some pretty strong malty notes coming out as well. Flavor was hoppy and bold. With some spiciness and roasted flavors that work nicely against the dark malt. Very nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2007
22oz. This is one of the most exciting beers I have poured in a long time, having never had anything in this style. Pours coca-cola dark with a dense, almost tan head. Awesome carbonation that leaps up the side of the glass. Lots of bitter citrus in the nose and body that lends itself to grapefruit if you are so inclined. Intense malt and hop that integrates well with citrus, and hides the alcohol extremely well. Fairly original in its flavor profile coupled with such a refreshing body. I personally feel a "richer, creamier" palate would be inappropriate with the carbonation. thinking about buying a case before it disappears.


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