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RATINGS: 2040   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!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Deep deep brown to charcoal black in color with a thin head. Big hoppy nose. Chwwey hops with dark molasses/black cherry flavors, however the predominant flavors are from the hops, adding a grapefruit/citrus facet and overpowering the large malt bill. Somewhat like a fresh batch of barley wine... See <a href="http://www.1000BottlesofBeer.com"& for the complete review. Cheers!

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 didn’t get much at all- more like a nice caramelized malt flavor. Pretty full bodied, with a nice lingering harsh chinook bitterness. Awesome stuff, can’t wait to have more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radagast83 (4134) - 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 didn’t have a Hop 15 from Pizza Port, i might be able to explain a little more about it......;)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2007
In the aroma I get alot of grapefruit hops, some licorice, and lots of roasty notes. Pours pretty much black with a thin tan head. Nice and bitter. The hops pretty much over power everything else in this beer except for a little bit of sweet roasted malt, a little bit of yeasty notes, and the alcohol. Dry mouthfeel. Lots of noticable warm alcohol. This one would probably be very good if aged, as it would smooth out a bit. Pretty nice nonetheless, but not the best they have to offer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
22oz bottle. Nearly completely opaque black-brown with a medium sized tan colored head. Keening pine and candied citrus hop aromatics, tinges of alefruit peer through as well. Heavy resinous citric hop flavor. Chalky, roasty pallor emerges afterwards. Bitter citrus rind and earthy herbal tones develop. Minor sweetness in the finish as the astringent and resinous characters begin to subside, with a faint nuttiness. Mouthfeel is a thick medium, somewhat drying.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
22oz - Aroma is strong grapefruit with yeast bubblegum and brown sugar sneaking in. Pours black with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is drenched in alcohol. Citrus hops followed by chalky dark roasted malts. Palate is hot and tart. Interesting and different but a little too hot for me. I wonder if a little time to mellow would allow for the complexity to shine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a shaker. This brew poured an opaque black with a thick, creamy, dark tan head that slowly faded away. Some excellent lacing was left around the glass. The beer could easily be mistaken for a stout based on appearance alone. The aroma of the beer was made up of grapefruit, lightly roasted malts, and some faint milk chocolate. The flavor was filled with bitting grapefruit, roasted malts, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel was medium-boded with very light carbonation. This beer was an interesting twist on an IPA. The dark malts used held their own behind the large hop presence. Congrats on 11 years!!!


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