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RATINGS: 2105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, 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 (762) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (4759) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2009 (Had back in the day as Stone 11th). Rating no. 1350. Bottle. C-hops and caramel in the nose, lots of grapefruit and pine - delicious! Near-pitch pour with a luscious, lacing, rocky, wiggly, creamy tanned - dark brown head - gorgeous! Very dry (bone dry) hoppy taste, lots and lots of resin with medium bitterness; the overall effect is of smoothness rather than grit, though. Warming in the throat from the alky, but the juice is so well-integrated, it took a while to notice. Makes me smile like a child, big toothy grin. Hops are key here, but caramel is also very strong (this does taste like a lot of other Stone offerings) as does a lesser note of chocolate. Late-coming citrus well blended. Medium body. This is super quaffable, despite the heft; creamy, velvety texture with a very robust taste and a very dry, saliva-inducing aftertaste. Again, this is nothing new from Stone (and I don’t get all the porter nonsense, this is as much a porter as Arrogant Bastard or Ruination), but it is a winner!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2363) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Large frothy malted milk ball colored head of dense bubbles. Thick and sticky lacing. Lovely aroma. Plenty of floral hops but not overly bitter. A great balance with some sweet malts and a hint of milk chocolate. Some tangerine hiding in the back also. Very dark brown in color with a hint of red along the edges. Lots of hops in the flavor. More citrus in nature now with more tangerine. Little bit of roasted malts and some dry chalkyness. Hops become more subdued as the brew warms. Light alcohol presence but not realy noticable. Kind of reminds me of a smoother and lighter Gonzo porter. Finishes bitter but very clean and smooth. A damn fine brew from Stone again!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2007
On tap at City Beer Store. Pours a dark brown, no head unfortunately. Aroma is a wham bam thank you ma’am floral hops but eventually gets taken over by the caramel and coffee malt. Big hop bitterness with more of the same caramel and coffee cocoa malt. Very clean finish like the lightest citrus IPA, but with the backbone of a strong porter. Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2007
clear, deep brown color with ruby edging. Head is large and lasting, lace is spotty and somewhat stringy. Nose is dark malts, dark crystal, lightly roasty with some rubber and citrus notes. Body is full, mouth coating and oily, resiny, slick. Oily hop flavors up front, citrusy and piney with roasted malt goodness backing them up, light roast, cocoay, grainy, dark crystal, lightly sweet brown sugary notes, alot of hops bouncing off the dark malt flavors, really neat brew. Lightly sweet finish thats kicked in the ass by a big old hop bite thats been there all along. Many thanks to Kevin for hooking me up with this one, thanks dude! Stone rocks!! Still.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 25, 2007
22oz bottle. Pours a dark cola color; light tan head with solid retention and lacing. Piney and citrus hops in the aroma, with a nice wet resiny character to the pine; the malt presence is underplayed at this point, showing only mild licorice and dull caramel notes; you can get from aroma alone that this will benefit with some age behind it. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: this feels kind of tight and tannic in the mouth at first, with a sharp pine / citrus hoppiness and a very reserved malt presence; taste follows the nose; there’s some watery coffee and roasted malts in there, but this just doesn’t come together quite yet; the malt’s weak and the hops are slightly astringent; an unremarkable american strong ale. Give it some time. Medium, piney hop and cola finish; dry and mildly astringent towards the end.


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