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RATINGS: 2227   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6520) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
My bottle (22oz) shared with tupalev. Pours a very deep dark brown with a large lasting foamy tan head -- almost looks like a Porter! (4+) Big aroma of green hops, lots of dark malt and some light roastness. Interesting flavour, it starts with a spice or something that I canít place followed by spicy hops, lots of dark malt, a hint of chocolate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Very good stuff, like a IIPA for the winter or something, definitely not a session beer but damn tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkgrenwel (601) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Big smoky chocolatey malt, standing up against a good amount of hops, but not insane amounts. Bitterness overwhelms everything. Itís hard to tell if that bitterness is just from hops, or if itís a malt issue. Smoky, but a bit more like ash and charcoal than smoked malt. Sweetness is knocked out quick with the bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and dense. Big alcohol burn all over the mouth. Stone has not been hiding the alcohol well, particularly on the anniversary beers. Mouthfeel: check. Complexity: moderate. Balance: lacking. Alcohol burn: present and accounted for. A noble experiment, but not much of a crafted beer. Just an idea executed competently but not expertly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
dark brown pour. Very citrusy on the pour. Nice dark roasted malty flavor and went well with the american hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2007
A very fine ASA, this one pours a very dark, reddish brown with a nice light tan head. Nose is hop dominated, though the flavor is hops with citrus and a bit of pepper. A very good offering from Stone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Poured a dark brown with ruby highlites and a small light tan head. Aroma is much hoppier than the color would suggest, with notes of pine, some grapefruit rind. Lying underneath the hops is a bit of sweet toasty bread and honey. The flavor is interesting, with notes of roasted coffee and chocolate backing up a strong IPA-like hoppiness with predominantly piney and grassy flavors, with perhaps a touch of citrus. A reasonable cross between some sort of malty ASA or perhaps even a stout witih an IPA. However, Iím not sure the flavors are sharing a synergistic relationship. Theyíre decent together, but might have been better separate, and perhaps might even be getting in the way of each other. A decent idea that was well-made, but almost a bit too much contrast for this to be amongst my favorite Stone brews.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3534) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2010 Black,thick beige head.Sweet malt/piney hop nose.Citrus hop profile,good malt backbone, long strong hop finish citrus and bitter. Harsh alcohol heat

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle shared with and courtesy of Blankboy. Very dark brown. huge fluffy brownish head good lacing. Good hops in aroma, schwarzbier like malt/pepper spiciness. Taste follows - spicy malt gives way to intense but balanced bitterness and a lovely linger. This is what Black Brutal Bitter by Rogue wants to be but fails at - a great unique creation by Stone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Earthy, wooden and citrusy hops proliferate atop the delicate roasted malts in this highly flavorful and quenching strong Black IPA. This is just another high quality Stone offering.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam decorates the brown-sleeved black.
-The blackness in this IPA is more a visual treat than an important contributor to the flavor profile.
-Carbonation is frothy and comfy, increasing drinkability.
-Alcohol does not really appear in the flavor profile.
-Roasted malts and resinous hops lend plenty of bitterness to the finish.
-Caramel sweetness is well integrated, but does not quite balance out the hoppiness in a young bottle.

Bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: October 20, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: dark roasted and chocolate aroma with tons of citrus and earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of dark malt character, rich hops with citrus and earthy, sweet pine hops come through the dark malt, long bitter finish mixed with roasted malts

Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: October 28, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: trade
the sweetness in the flavor really takes the edge off of the roasted malts,

Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: November 15, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: Greenís
Appearance: black, huge creamy tan head, sudsy lace
Aroma: still a lot of sweet citrus aroma
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, lots of crystal sweetness, citrus is still as strong as ever
Overall: freshness shows that it must have been kept in cold storage before being shipped to Georgia

Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: May 13, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac duluth
sweet crystal, rich roasted, lots of citrus, a fine beer that needs to show up more often,

Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: July 10, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: rbsg dinner
huge bitter dark roast,

Name: 11th Anniversary / Sublimely Self Righteous
Date: December 04, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
sweet citrus and dark roasted, dark bitter chocolate roast, long bitter finish, citrus still manages to get through despite all of the dark malts,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
On tap at Barclays in Oakland, CA. Nice chocolaty and hoppy aroma. Smooth, hides the alcohol pretty well, except for a little hot alcohol mid-palate. I was thinking de-husked carafa or chocolate malt before reading the description - I guess thatís pretty close to what we have here. Definitely not bitter dark malts, no roasted barley. The citrus qualities make this a bit like a fruit flavored chocolate, in the best ways. Chinook and Amarillo are pretty apparent, I wouldnít have guessed Simcoe though. The signature simcoe citrus grapefruit blends interestingly with the darker malts. The finish is pretty smooth, I think they had pretty good attenuation on this one. The slight hot alcohol will probably improve with age, as well as the melding of hop profile with the darker malts. Iíd like to see Stone do this IPA with a British IPA hop strategy in the bittering and a little Stone touch in the finish. I couldnít drink this every day, but it was tasty.


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