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RATINGS: 2231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2007
If anything, Stone suffers from its lack of an identity crisis. I was enticed by the idea of an IPA paired with dark malts, as these beers often please my palate (see Founders Black Rye). Unfortunately, the Stone "signature" dominates 11th Anniversary Ale, by which I mean a thick, oily body dominated by resiny, biting, citrusy and piney hops that are strong enough to make this a failed differentiation from their regular IPA products. The chocolaty, dark malt characteristics are present, but not assertive enough. Itís as if Stone tried to branch out but decided to pull back and make another safe, unchallenging beer. On a positive note, the deep, translucent garnet red-brown body is a beauty. To my dismay, this elegance subsided to above-average but not intriguing upon imbibition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours dark, real dark with a foamy white head that slowly fades. This one is hoppy, no question about it. This was quite a surprise, I had a dfh 90 minute before this and it is extremely similar, well as far as the hops go. The Stone XI has a mellowness that the the dark grains give off, but its hard to detect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Dark brown, huge tan head, oily lacing. Aroma very resinous, pine and citrus zest, not much for malt even as it warms. Flavor I just donít get. Again huge citrus and pine, quickly taken over by a bitter astringency-burnt malt profile and lingering aftertaste. Stone fan for the most part but this one just doesnít do it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Aroma is huge citrus hops and slight oakiness- strange. Taste is kinda oaky, tropical, piney, citrus. This is a very interesting beer- the color throws me. The taste is so hop-mixed and intricate, yet over-the-top off balance, itís great. The heat doesnít even make itself known. This is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 I really wish I would have un-opened this one. Pours a brown with large head. Red Garnett when held to the light. Strong hops smell. Tastes fantastic. Citrus base with a hoppy roast finish. Very neutral indeed. Creamy, layered head residue after sips. This Black IPA is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
dark brown near black pour with a huge dark tan head.....giant citrus hops aroma ...bitter hop pine taste with a great roasted malt balance...incredible beer...gonna stock up on a couple of these now...I donít thin I can handle holding onto this one for a while but Iím gonna try

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
AWESOME IPA! This is the real deal in the style. Buy this one and try it!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
pours an opaque black with a thick tan head that sticks around and leaves a good lacing. smell is huge floral and citrus hops that mingle with the malt and give off a bit of bubblegum, orange, and grapefruit. taste is suprisingly malty for that huge hop nose. the hops are still there in a big way, but now they mix with a sort of chocolate milkshake malt flavor, which ends up tasting a bit breadlike. very yummy. big dry bitter finish and a medium body with a good amount of carbonation give a pleasant tingling sensation that lasts for a while. itís, much like they say, a deep and complex beer that is unlike any iíve had. another great beer from stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
This beer definately isnít for the faint of heart, although I canít think of many Stone brews that are. Definately one of a kind. Worth the try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
chalk up another great beer from Stone, this black IPA is fantastic, loved the hops in this one, definitely unique!

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