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RATINGS: 2035   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bomber, pours a dark brown that sits black in the glass, generous tan head; good lacing. Aroma is citrus, apricot, pear, and minor dark fruits. Flavor is a hoppy bite, with a nice lingering bitter presence. This is a very easy drinking beer, and would be nice to have around in greater supply... Happy Anniversary Stone!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours very dark with a smallish head. Aromas of hops and some roastiness. Flavors are dominated by hops. The beer induced cognitive dissonance:it looks like a stout or porter but tastes like an IPA with a fairl aggressive hop profile, pine and resins, and some floweriness. There is not much malt offsetting this. An interesting well done beer but dare I say it it is overhyped.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2007
22 oz bottle. Very dark brown, just about black in color with a medium head. Aroma is all citrus- grapefruit, orange, pineapple, with sweet malts in the background. Taste really suprised me, especially considering how dark this beer is. A hop explosion upon first sip- tons of grapefruit, mango, orange, with a harsh attacking chinook bitterness. I was expecting some roast or chocolate flavors but really didnít get much at all- more like a nice caramelized malt flavor. Pretty full bodied, with a nice lingering harsh chinook bitterness. Awesome stuff, canít wait to have more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radagast83 (4126) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 My goodness. I think I may have found one of my favorite beers of this year, if not ever. This American Strong Ale smells and tastes a lot more like an IPA but with a powerful malt presence. It is extremely malty, and a wonderful delight to drink. Aside from the alcohol content, I could really see myself drinking this all evening.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 22 oz bottle from BevMo Carmel mountain. Another winner from Stone Brewing Co. Pours like a stout......but definetly not one. If I didnít have a Hop 15 from Pizza Port, i might be able to explain a little more about it......;)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10343) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Strong aroma of grapefruit and pine. Or the other way around. Near opaque dark brown color and a beige head that left lace tatters. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Strong hop bite, seems more pine than grapefruit. Something of a burn along the back edges of the tongue. Very dark malt sweetness, but way overpowered by the hop. The finish is left over dark roast malt, and a lot of hoppy bitter. Itís complicated in a relatively simple way - I think there are many things that the hop is mostly hiding. Really good ale.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajax4 (9) - USA - SEP 18, 2007 does not count
Pours a dark brown/black, retains a beautiful tan head. Monster nose, with a mouthful of hops, and some nice malty and chocolaty sweetness to it. A little roasty flavor, but mainly defined by hops. I love this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2007
What a nose on this brew, big hops but with a chocolate sweetness to it. Flavor is bitter throughout, with herbal and roasted notes. A bit piney and a faint aftertaste that kinda reminds me of sweet minty chocolate candies, like Junior Mints. Pours very dark brown with a soft khaki head.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle sampled with Mad Indian, thanks bro. Pours dark with a decent size beige head. Aroma of hops, black malts, slight roast, and fruit. The flavor is slightly roasted, nuts, citrus, and finishes with a nice bitterness. Good brew/

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 christ i need to take shorter notes this is getting sad. o.k. here goes, bottle: i have a new nephew as of today. hereís to the little fucker. i drink this dark brown ruby hued beer with a lasting milkshake like head to you little man. hoppy nose, really sweet smelling with oranges and honey and a touch of cream. aaahh bitter flavor, roastiness in a very small way. grassy bite on the back of my tongue, citrus on the sides. some mint flavor is in here too. it would be cool if this had promise as one to cellar, but itís all hops & i canít see this being as good in 7 or 8 years when the kid is old enough for a beer, oh well. iím looking forward to the balanced ipa vs. underattenuated arguments, but i donít see it with this one it is all hops. itís aggressive and unapologetic, as likely the child will be. hop heads are going to be happy, damn this makes my lips burn some, and that is kind of impressive and cool. now i just need to figure out why they gave the poor kid 4 names?? 5 6 7 2 14 hmm, new notes: very dark deep brown with a white head. strong hop nose that allows a caramel & hint of chocolate pine sherry lemon grass flavor, some coconut, but the bitter hop dominates. finishes with an odd cloying fruitness. a bitío nickel, but a nice overall hop flavor that is not out of place 4 7 5 2 8 =2.5


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