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RATINGS: 2114   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.


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 (6200) - 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 it’s 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 Bottle, Deep brown with off-white/tannish head. very roasty flavor, ot malty sweet but grainy. a decent hop aroma. The unique combination of grains and malts with IPA style hopping had me expecting more. it has an over abundance of hop bitterness without enough hop flavor/complexity to balance the bitterness. It is an ok beer worth trying, but didn’t blow me away.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Deep brownish black head with big, 3-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy wet hops, dark malt...the aroma is a tad Gonzoish and Alpha Klausy in this. The taste is rich, dark malty, decently complex, with a lot of hop flavors matching the malt. This one is good, but did not blow me away.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 Bottle: Pours a very deep brown, but in the light you can see some blood-red at the edges. The head is dense, tan colored and consistent. The aroma is huge! Pungent cascades, resiny, grapefruit, fresh pine needles, lemon, the full west-coast hop scale. Velvety mouth feel. Extremely resiny flavor. Fresh whole hop leaf is nice and assertive. Has a great lemony fruit middle with plenty of grapefruit bitterness. The malt is present, but is just enough to supply a rich body without being sweet or full of caramel like many ASAs. This allows you to appreciate the hops without it being complete hop juice. The finish is long and piny. The alcohol is also very well hidden. This is a great ASA with an assertive hop depth and a creamy body to balance. Nice job!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2007
From the citrusy-piney aroma and taste and, most importantly, the fiery manifesto on the bottle, you know it’s an IPA constructed from the finest ingredients known to mankind, right here, and right now. From the rest of it, you are given unconventional cues about which you have to exercise your own mind and judgment. Are you Worthy? ’Fraid not. 4.8 out of 5. You’re just gonna have to trust me on this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Excellent stuff. This is the best beer that I have had from Stone in quite awhile. The aroma and flavor are loaded with hops. There is some really nice sweetness that balances the hoppy bitterness. Damn fine and damn drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2007
THis is a great beer. Very hoppy, very strong. Nice dark color, one of my favorite beers from STONE.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bear1781 (2) - Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2007 does not count
Whoa. Light aroma, very complex, hints of pine. Strong color, porteresque. Decadent head. More subtle than other stone offerings (which I love). I Plan on aging the next few I find, if i can still find some. Incredible!


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