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RATINGS: 2099   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Pours black with off white head. Aroma of hops and some sweet malt. Nice hop flavor balanced by sweet malt. Some pine and citrus hints throughout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Yes, this beer is actually pretty good. The appearance does not match the liquid in the glass. It smells like a lightly roasted, piney IPA with hints of chocolate, orange peal, and noticeable alcohol undertones. It tastes like a bitter strong ale with a nice malt backbone. As it warms, the alcohol definitely comes into the picture, but its rather tolerable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2007
22 oz bomber.
Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

Aroma is piney, roasty and a slight wiff of alcohol.

Flavor is piney up-front, with some citrus, chocolate and dark fruits lurking around.

Finish is long and piney, but there is enough malt balance to keep it fom drying out.

This should age well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Pours black with a frothy brown head. Looks like an imp. stout. Strong pine and resinous hop aroma, with a definite malt backbone, but I canít quite make it out through the hops. Flavor fallows suit nicely with huge piny hops right upfront, then the malt fights itís way through the hops to reveal a bit of dark bakerís chocolate, a hint of dark berries, and then a bit of citrus towards the finish. Palate is full, smooth, piny, and mildly alcoholic. Very unique and oddly, but well balanced strong ale. Hops certainly dominate most of the flavor, but the focus is there

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is bursting of hops, also has hints of caramel, plum, floral and citrus. Flavor blends very well together (rather complex) with notes of Hops, malts, fruit, chocolate, toffee and pine. EXTREMELY GOOD beer, cant even detect the alcohol content. I was also surprised at how this beer could smell and taste so similar to an IPA, yet so much different: smoother & more body. Way to set the trend Stone !

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2331) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 Into the monstrous Hoegaarden glass. Blackish pour, tan head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is huge PNW, with a very sweet and similar feel to Stone 10. Sticky, fruity, resinous hops. Dark malts are here, but play a minor role to the hops. Medium to light bodied, some alcohol as I found the body to be a tad light. Very sweet with some alcoholic hop kick at the end. Not much for malt complexity. In the end itís kinda hot, but I donít know if it has aging potential or not.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bomber from beverages for less in Santee. Pretty intense flavors. Lots of citrus in the finish. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bomber from Spirits in Red Bank for $5.99. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black in the glass, but you can see some amber highlights on the edges- nice beige lasting tight head. Aroma is tons chinook which tends to dominate everthing, but is balanced out with some nice citrus, sappy resinous and fruity hops- chinook definitely dominates the amarillo and simcoe though which I like. Flavor is the same- just tons of resinous harsh high cohumulone bitterness, pine and cold smokey sap. Malt profile throughout seems like it is very light on the crystal malts, just a light sweetness throughout, but enough malt to back up the hops, yet still lets through the harsh bitterness. Im guessing they used either carafa III or maybe even that black extract that Weyerman makes, because there is no roast of chocolate aroma or flavor, or if they are in there, they are so covered up with wet resinous chinook. If you love chinook like I do, you willl love this beer. So freakin smooth too. Awesome! I think Im going to go get a case of this just to drink and not hold onto any.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Opaque blackish body with hints of red and brown. Mighty grey-brown head. Nose of a very strong beer. Complex or overboard? Super hopped and quite malty, too. The usual suspects in a monster West Coast-styled beer: chocolate, vanilla, fruits, toffee, coffee, and even a slight slight hint of wood. This beast is a palate and liver bruiser. A little to sweet and unbalanced to enjoy as much as I would have liked.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bottle from Windy City Liquor. Very dark in color upon pouring. Somewhat sweet hoppy aroma. Smells like a hoppy ale. Quite hoppy in flavor. Dominated by bitterness with a roasty malty flavor underlying. Like a really hopped up stout.


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