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RATINGS: 2203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Bottle: Pours with a tight head over a dark brown body; cookie dough, caramel, grapefruit and pine hop aroma; roasty and malty, initially, chocolate and grapefruit notes; dense body and very hoppy, bitter finish to balance; very tasty. This would be even better aged out a little.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Pours a rich, deep brown with a drift of dark tan head which lasts and lasts. Vibrant aromas of hops, cloves, cinnamon and baked apple -- a hint of sweet citrus lemon, too. With a heavy, viscous mouthfeel, the beer slides across the tongue. Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, earth, the simcoe hops cut right through the dark malty beer with a serious acidic bitterness. Black IPA, huh? Iíll buy it. This is an outstanding American beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2200) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
This beer is another example of a beer I canít quite seem to understand or wrap my head around, so I had to buy a few bottles before I felt confident enough I could rate it. The deep dark brown ale creates a large fluff of head that lingers around for a long period of time. I smell a light roast malt aroma along with some noticeable hops that has me interested to take a taste. As I begin to define the flavor, Iíll safely say itís a strange cross pollination sort of speak of lightly toasted malt and classic west coast signature hops. A truly interesting drink with originality, it is surely anniversary ale that will stand out in Stoneís catalog of anniversary ales. At least I was fortunate enough to have had the chance to enjoy this unique black IPA.

4.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
milewide (1628) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 Wonderful fruity aroma and taste, with very bitter aftertaste. Excellent! Medium black color. Medium body. I didnít catch much roasted malt flavor. I want this year around!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Like standing in a pine forest. Bomber courtesy of miketd. Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Medium foamy brown head. Nose of heavy citrus and pine. Citrus/pine taste with sharp bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
very burnt brown color with a dense brown head. huge aroma of flowers, citrus fruits and a earthy spiciness. thick sticky body. roasted orange and pine flavor with a floral spiciness. earthy malt taste way behind the bitterness. it really is a black IPA, never quite tried anything like it, very unique

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1953) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2007
22oz bottle. Pour looks more like a dark Belgian ale than an IPA. The head is also surprisingly dark cream. The aroma smells like a standard IPA. Nice floral hops. Flavor also mimics the standard IPA but with a nice touch of sweet malt. I give Stone credit for creating a unique beer, but its a decent IPA that turned dark - Nothing more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demitriustown (1104) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Bomber: Aroma is nice hop texture to it with some slight lemon zest scents and a light rind texture as well. The malt notes are very subdued because of the hops but are vaguely present within the aroma. Pours a dark brownish black yet somewhat clear with a thick fluffy off white head that lingers around for quite a while. Taste is very citrusy and definite big hop characteristics. The light malt textures show through on the back end of the flavor. Palate is bitter on the tongue and nice and long lasting. With light malt notes later on in the aftertaste. Overall, A very interesting brew to say the least. Big hop textures throughout and quite a good drink. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10460) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Bomber poured a clear dark brownish black with ruby highlights and a lasting tan head. Aromas of citrus, pine and hints of earthiness and roastiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of orange, pink grapefruit, light apricot, light pine and a hint of earthiness with a smooth but slightly crisp lingering bitter citrus finish. Probably the best Stone beer Iíve ever tasted!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (693) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2007
A black ipa and very good,taste is hoppy and a little citrus kick to it with a rich flavor to it sorta like a stout and ipa together.CHEERS!


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