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RATINGS: 2247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2073) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demitriustown (1184) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12966) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (702) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Very dark mahogany with a brown head. Piney nose with a backing of caramel and a touch of roasted malts. Bitterness comes out in the flavors along with similar malts. It is a little more malty there. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and chewy. Finishes off with a healthy dose of pine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6330) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Rich. Creamy. Dark. A wonderful strong ale. I had to go back to Michigan to get this one. Stone, again, pleases me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
22 oz bottle. One of the most interesting beers Iíve had. You expect one thing and get something COMPLETELY different. Pours dark brown/black with a full tan head. Aroma is very hoppy (piney and fruity). Sharp hop bite at the start (grapefruits). Small chocolate in the middle and a long bitter finish. I have another bottle and am interested to see what itís like in a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (3693) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle Pours a porter looking dark broen, nearly black but not opaque. Nice large light than head. Big piney hop aroma, stong and in your face. A little of the slightly roasted malts but not enough to throw it off from the IPA that it is. Flavor was very bitter, and the malts were influenced by the roasted componant. Moderate palate, and carbonation. dark and a bit woody, but still a big IPA. At nearly %9 I would not have guessed so high. Great all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Got a bomber of this "Black IPA" as soon as it hit the shelf at the local store. Man this beer looks intense, almost intimidating. Rich dark opaque brown pour, practically black with a huge frothy tan head and killer lacing. Looks like a stout. Dominant hop aroma, familiar to Stoneís brews and very welcoming. Citrus fruits and fresh bitter pine. Aroma is somewhat one dimensional centered around the hops, and itís an eye opener. Thick mouth feel due to a really malty body. Extremely bitter and chewy, I love it. The bitterness does get overpowering at times. At first the taste buds are subjected to fresh floral and bittering hops. Iím curious as the the IBU count of this beer. After the initial hop burst a slinky and complex malt bill shakes things up. Heavy and slick the malts seem to take charge. Nice blend of roasted malt with burnt molasses and a nutty earthiness. Bitter...yes, hoppy...very much so, complex....absolutely. I give this beauty a hearty round of applause.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark brown/amber with a massive, almost pillow-like cream head. Dark roasted malt pretty much dominates the nose with some citrus, black cherry and raisin notes. As it warms the floral and piney hops make their way into the equation. Fine lacing. Big dark fruit and malt flavor with a perfectly balanced resin hop finish. Very smooth overall. This is a very interesting brew that actually exudes a complexity I wasnít expecting.

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