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RATINGS: 2245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2007
22 oz bottle via Homebrew Mystery Sawp (thanks dirty_martini!) THis one pours almost black with ruby highlights and an average sized tan head. Nose is mostly citrus and floral hops. Taste starts with just a little sweetness and them blam..itís pretty much all about the orange and grapefruit Northwest hops...with a little pine in there as well. The finish is fairly dry, with some roastiness...and there is somewhat of a metallic aftertaste. Body is medium, carbonation moderate.This is MUCH beeter than Stone 10th though. Basically it is an IIPA that has been blackened imho. But whatever, it is a tasty beer. Oh..and the abv is well-hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2007
THOUGHTS: Very familiar, yet very different. Like a double IPA witha porter twist. Like Dogfish Headís IBA or Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter, but with way more hops, a little more alcohol and a little less thickness. Hides the alcohol well. Incredible balance. A really nice beer. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown with slight red highlights. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted and caramel malt, heavy grapefruit and orange citrus hops and light alcohol. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, while the inishwas moderately sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. The flavor was caramel and roasted malt with pine and citrus hops all together. The medium to full body was syrupy and lighlty fizzy with a somewhat metallic, lighlty astringent and lighlty alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4042) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2007
22oz bottle from Bauer Wine and Spirits. Pours black like a porter with a small white head. Nose is very roasty with some traditional stone hops lying underneath. The hops really overpower the roasty flavors in the finish. I like hops, but not this much. Alcohol well noted in the finish as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Popping the cap on this it smells like an IPA, pouring it in a glass it looks like a porter. Nice piney hops with an earthy musty peat malt type flavor. Smooth mouthfeel and relatively easy drinking for a Stone big brew. 10/23/07

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Very dark color - slightly thin off white head. Aroma of very dark strong coffee, wheat, rye bread and a hint of fruit. Flavor is full bodied and smooth - some hoppiness, grass, pine, and dark malts. Surprisingly not heavy as the flavor would seem to indicate. Bourbon-like tangy finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle. Body-black nearly opaque body with a thin ring of bubbles. Nose-fresh chewing tobacco, clay, fresh cut plywood, light wheat malt extract, watermelon juice, fresh grass, stale hops. Taste-salt, lots of rye, medium aroma hops, tobacco, brown sugar, low sweetness, low alcohol, medium bitter, hay, grassy, good use of flavor and aroma hops, grassiness dominates in a very good way. A very well crafter beer that you can tell a lot of thought went into.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle: Dark ebony color with tawny edges, nice tan head and decent head and lacing. The nose is hoppy, resinous and chemically almost with some bright astringency; roast twang and a full pineapple/grapefruit hoppiness. The flavor is fairly hot, plenty of darker malts, some roast, but mainly a hop bitterness and sweet caramelly alcohol balance. The finish is fruity, full body and a solid creamy mouthfeel, a bit much bitterness, but thatís nice knowing that this wonít fall apart as fast as last years anniversary beer. Nice! Probably better in another year.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
22 oz bomber - oh man, I canít believe I stumbled across a bottle of this in Michigan recently. A true coup for me. Anyway, the beer pours a gorgeous dark dark brown, just a shade lighter than black, with some ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. A huge rocky crown sits atop the glorious liquid and leaves a thick layer of lace on the inside of the glass. Massive pine and citrus notes in the aroma - very fresh seeming, like smelling a Christmas tree. Nothing subtle here. There is also a sour layer in there and, unlike some of Stoneís other big beers, a surprisingly good amount of malt. Mmmmmm, I just canít stop smelling this. Big hops to start in the mouth, but again, probably a massive amount of malted barley to keep it this (surprisingly) balanced. Not to say that it is some subtle British mild - everything about this beer is stupidly over the top and I love it. Long bitter finish that comes and goes in waves, but thereís a sweetness in there too from all that malt, and a sort of dry chocolaty character as well. Alcohol comes in a bit in the mid-palate, but is very well-integrated. I felt like the enamel was being stripped from my teeth while drinking this. Absolutely and utterly awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7134) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkgrenwel (605) - 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.

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