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RATINGS: 2091   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LBIguard (18) - - JUN 28, 2014
A: pours jet black with thick khaki h1 finger head. Very heavy lacing. A: hops. Smells like fresh hops a little dark chocolate on the nose. T: tastes like bitter chocolate and hops. P: above avg carbonation. O: very nice balance with lasting bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsadich (3) - Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014 does not count
Black ipas are hard to set expectations for. Its Stine so expect the hop from, check, the coco nib and malt pull through a good bit. It would fall in the middle of the pack on black ipas that I have had. Hop in the dark still ranks as the most memorable black of recent tastings.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (579) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com shared with friends. Color: deep black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: high caramel, roasted malt domination with good equilibrium of hops and grassy notes. Licorice. Good nose! Great! Taste: nice licorice domination with grass and pine. Hoppy and malt balance with alcoholic taste. Aftertaste: nice malty bitterness with licorice and grass. Except the taste of alcohol on mouth this beer is amazing.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tselloufc88 (74) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle from Petaluma Market. Completely black appearance with a biege-white head. Aroma is of pine and grapefruit with some chocolate and coffee also present. Creamy taste, lots of grapefruit initially, then the chocolate, coffee and vanilla comes in and it all comes together with a nice big bitter finish. Tastes no where near 8.7%! Really delicious. Glad I tried this!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2948) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2014
22 oz. bottle from Natures Way Market. Dark brown bordering on black with thin lasting tan head. Aroma is the classic Stone pine and citrus hop nuances. Notes of charred chocolate malt and ash.

Flavor of coffee grounds, earthy dirty chocolate malt, mild traces of citrus and pine needles of a light lingering bitter finish. Moderate amount of bitterness that has a nice balance with the dark malts. (One reason I love the style is the dark malts with a healthy bitterness) Body is leaning on full. Texture is lightly oily with wet hop oils and pine. This is remarkable for a nationally distributed brew, awesome example for what a Black IPA should be. Finely crafted.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CopterScott (124) - Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Black with thin off-white head. aroma is roasty malts and pine. Flavor is dark chocolate, dark fruit, roast, and pine. This has a great, complex flavor.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brentv (308) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2014
I’ll be the low rater on this one. I like IPAs, and the bigger the better, but this one doesn’t do it for me. Very bitter and burnt malts. Dark pour. Medium mouthfeel. From bottle. I may try it again, but this time it hit me the wrong way.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jasond612 (259) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2014
5/29/14 at CBO. Really liked this one. $3.29 bottle drank in store one of the better balanced black IPAs I've had. Great mix of hop and malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1548) - FINLAND - JUN 21, 2014
A colablack beer with a big, beige and clouding head. The aroma is great, grapefruits and pine needles, liquirice, some tropical fruits. The balance is great in the aroma, the "black nuancees" are not dominating. Taste is strongly bitter, pine needles and some resin, dry roastiness, grapefruits. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth, velvet like to drink, enjoyable. The great beer, enough of bitterness, succesfully balance and velvet palate gives the final touch.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chadski4 (96) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Perfect pour with light tan head that retains a lot of lacing. The 90 IBU's are definitely present in the bitterness but very balanced and complemented by a hint of coffee and caramel. Very well crafted.


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