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RATINGS: 2130   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Strong aroma of grapefruit and pine. Or the other way around. Near opaque dark brown color and a beige head that left lace tatters. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Strong hop bite, seems more pine than grapefruit. Something of a burn along the back edges of the tongue. Very dark malt sweetness, but way overpowered by the hop. The finish is left over dark roast malt, and a lot of hoppy bitter. Itís complicated in a relatively simple way - I think there are many things that the hop is mostly hiding. Really good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajax4 (9) - USA - SEP 18, 2007 does not count
Pours a dark brown/black, retains a beautiful tan head. Monster nose, with a mouthful of hops, and some nice malty and chocolaty sweetness to it. A little roasty flavor, but mainly defined by hops. I love this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2007
What a nose on this brew, big hops but with a chocolate sweetness to it. Flavor is bitter throughout, with herbal and roasted notes. A bit piney and a faint aftertaste that kinda reminds me of sweet minty chocolate candies, like Junior Mints. Pours very dark brown with a soft khaki head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle sampled with Mad Indian, thanks bro. Pours dark with a decent size beige head. Aroma of hops, black malts, slight roast, and fruit. The flavor is slightly roasted, nuts, citrus, and finishes with a nice bitterness. Good brew/

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2084) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 christ i need to take shorter notes this is getting sad. o.k. here goes, bottle: i have a new nephew as of today. hereís to the little fucker. i drink this dark brown ruby hued beer with a lasting milkshake like head to you little man. hoppy nose, really sweet smelling with oranges and honey and a touch of cream. aaahh bitter flavor, roastiness in a very small way. grassy bite on the back of my tongue, citrus on the sides. some mint flavor is in here too. it would be cool if this had promise as one to cellar, but itís all hops & i canít see this being as good in 7 or 8 years when the kid is old enough for a beer, oh well. iím looking forward to the balanced ipa vs. underattenuated arguments, but i donít see it with this one it is all hops. itís aggressive and unapologetic, as likely the child will be. hop heads are going to be happy, damn this makes my lips burn some, and that is kind of impressive and cool. now i just need to figure out why they gave the poor kid 4 names?? 5 6 7 2 14 hmm, new notes: very dark deep brown with a white head. strong hop nose that allows a caramel & hint of chocolate pine sherry lemon grass flavor, some coconut, but the bitter hop dominates. finishes with an odd cloying fruitness. a bitío nickel, but a nice overall hop flavor that is not out of place 4 7 5 2 8 =2.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Tasted (3 times) at the Stone 11th festival. Dark color and slight roasty character throws off perception that this is an IPA, but overall impression does not. I liked the malt flavors and balance, hop flavors in abundance. One of my samples was cask conditioned and dry hopped with Chinook and Amarillo - very nice. I like this beer, I will buy some bottles, yep.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle. Had two of these so far and I think Iíll rate again the third. Big chinook hoppiness dominating in the aroma. Flavors are more of the same with grapfruit and pine. The malts are there but not strong. Good stuff. More notes to come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1297) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy light tan head that recedes to a wispy film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet sugary caramel and resiny piney hops with a touch of bright citrus. As it warms, thereís lots of roasted chocolate tinged with caramel piney hops.

The flavor is fleeting sweet malts and chocolate followed by a big roasty hop bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is well hidden and sneaks up on you. The mouthfeel is full with nice carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer - a dark and roasty IPA. Kind of like a darker and roastier Arrogant Bastard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
22oz bottle. This is a very intersting brew. First time i have ever heard of and tried a black IPA. Smells very hoppy stong IPA aroma, pours as dark as a stout but is not as thick as a stout, initially tastes hoppy but has a smooth roasted malt finish. Delicious and very unique. Good job by Stone this is a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hydros (7) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007 does not count
Pours dark with tan head out of 22 oz bottle. Hoppy aroma wth robust hops flavor and a small amount of chocolate. Great beer!

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