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RATINGS: 2040   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2007
A dark IPA--now this is an interesting one. It definitely has the normal Stone hop profile, but with a definitely roasted malt undertone. Quite a unique and interesting combination, and I think I like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5940) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 22. Pours black with a thin white head. Moderate lacing. Sharply piney nose--luscious. Nutty, roasty, smoky, ashy notes hit you right up front on the attack. Itís a medium body with tingly carb, but the flavors take over right from the jump. Plenty of swirling flavors all over the mid-palate, lots of intense activity--all the same ones from the attack. Mid-palate does unfortunately go a fair bit hollow though. The finish settles into a big ashy wash. Not sure this is a world-beater but itís pleasant enough.
Cracked another bomber of this last night (9-25-07), and this time it was properly chilled. Made all the difference. Tart, citric, refreshing, bracing--all the things it wasnít when it was a bit too warm. Evidently I need to learn how to drink beer, because I was definitely drinking this one wrong.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2007
22 oz bottle. Almost black with a large tan head that leaves some lacing once itís gone down a bit. Aroma is strong, very hoppy and citrusy like a nice IPA, but then it has a subtle roasty character to it. Great flavor, again very bitter and hoppy, but with a subtle roasted maltiness that comes out mostly in the finish. Interesting beer, good choice for an anniversary ale I think.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large, foamy tan head. Aroma is earthy, resiny hops with a strong malt background. A bit of chalkiness. Warmer temperature reveal a fruity smell, some citrus. I want to say there is a roasty or chocolate aroma but I think thatís just a strange synaesthetic response to the appearance. Without looking at the beer this could pass as a normal strong, balanced IPA or IIPA. Taste is different. Interesting and unique. Not too bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. I donít even know how to describe the taste really. Thereís definitely some roastiness in the finish, though subtle. The hops present in the aroma donít present themselves in the taste too much. Weird beer. This is good though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 Bomber. Poured a stout-like dark brown with a big frothy beige head. Initial aroma was like a potpourri of aromatic finishing/dry hops providing tantalizing scents of peach, tangerine, pineapple and sweet tea, before settling into more piney and sassafras-like notes. Flavor at the first sip was essentially like chewing on a pine twig--strong whole hop flavors completely blanket and saturate underlying dark toffee (approaching chocolate) malts. After a while, however, the beer settles into what seems like a rotating swirl of flavors from earthy and malty to floral and citrusy. Nice and full bodied but with lively carbonation as well. This one definitely "goes to 11." A beautiful monster.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phiconners (144) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Pours a dark brown, large beige head. Hops dominates the aroma. Flavor is strong hops, but you pick up the malt afterwards which makes it a little creamier. Fantastic beer, Stone is unbeatable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
black imperial stout looking body with a nice creamy light brown head.as the head rests it leaves some nice webbing.the aroma is alot like double bastard.citrus hops and alcohol heat.the flavor blends up pine and citurs hops,smoke,some roasted malt,and alcohol.its a little hot now and im curious what some aging would do to it.....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Bomber. Iíve been looking forward to this beer since last years 10th. Stone wins again. This is very similar to what I tasted a while ago at the brewery, they called it Smokin Indian, maybe 80% IPA and 20% Porter. I make that mix often now and itís great. This 11th is very similar to that. Itís cool because for such a dark beer, it tastes like a clean strong IPA. Itís like a mix of Ruination and Porter. I like it. I bought a case and might go buy another one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 650ml bottle from Henry’s Market. Pours a deep dark coffee brown color with a khaki head that has plenty of lacing and fades very slowly. Aroma is pungent with hops, grapefruit, oranges and walnuts. Flavor is ripe with oranges, green cedar, burnt toast and bittersweet chocolate; all set in a biter hops backdrop. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with light but distinct carbonation. Finish is more biter-sweet chocolate and hops. This concoction tastes (to me) like a three-way cross between Arrogant Bastard, Ruination IPA and Smoked Porter. I love it. I may get a case to stash away, this should age very well. Wow

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle split amongst my new friends at Julioís in MA (while shopping). Thanks guys! Poured deep brown, bordering black, light tan creamy head. Fresh hoppy nose of pine and cedar that sit on soft waves of roasted earthiness, citrus, and hints of ripe melon. Flavor was more of the same with loads of dark piney and fruity notes with a just touch of balancing malt sweetness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry bitter finish. The color says porter, but the aroma and flavor say fantastic Stone IPA creation (again). Well done! Happy 11th...


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