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RATINGS: 2111   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (771) - Albany, California, USA - SEP 26, 2007
This is VERY dark. Really didnít 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 youíre 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 didnít last as long as it did on the tongue. Not sure Iíd 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 (4817) - 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 donít 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 (2370) - 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 maíam 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 (2464) - 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; thereís some watery coffee and roasted malts in there, but this just doesnít come together quite yet; the maltís 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Bottle poured black with a thick, rich brown head. Aroma is hops and pine and grapefruit. Flavor is rich, light malts hops and a slight roasty chocolate flavor on the palate. Good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottled. Beer is very dark brown, clear. Head is smaller, frothy, white, light brown. Mostly lasts.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, lighter notes of caramel and biscuit; Heavily hoppy with heavy notes of resin/pine, grapefruit oil, moderate herbal; Yeasty with a light note of doughy basement; Light plummy note.<P>The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter with a long, moderately bitter, lightly sweet, trace acidic finish.<P>The body is medium/full, the texture is watery/syrupy and the carbonation is lively.<P>Hop stomp.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6185) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2009 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, chocolate, husks), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Well, Stone has ruined another beer, it seems. The 11th Anniversary was a decent one, a 3.6 for me. Now itís very sour and dirty tasting, with some rough malt character in the nose. WTF happened?!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Love this stuff. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a creamy off-white head. Cascade hops, some resin, dry pine needles, some earthy leaves and wood. Clean, dry hop bite. Roasty, burnt coffee-like maltiness mixes well. This is the first time I have ever had such a blend. Kind of like an over-hopped porter. Worked out nicely.


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