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RATINGS: 2250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a dark brown, with an off white head. Bubbly. Pretty big hop aroma, alot of grapefruit citrus, and some dusty malts in there too. Pretty inviting smelling. The taste was very sharp, pretty big carbonation, fizzled in the mouth alot. There was a mix of grapefruit hops, sweet cinnamon and caramel malts. The hops really stood out in the finish and lingered in the aftertaste with some bitterness. I liked the blend of each of the ingredients. It made for pretty big flavor. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Dark brown with impressive light brown head formation and retention. Interesting aroma - some fairly prominent crystal malts light citric hops and a weird wet leaf/pumpkin aroma that I don’t care for. Flavor is much more in line with what I’d expect. Somehow the roasted malt notes stay subdued and integrate with the bright, juicy citric hop flavors fairly well. There are problems with the citric acidity and the roast being a bit overwhelming together .This is sort of the same concept as Drake’s Expedition, only the hops come through more prominently in the flavor here, although the Drakes is more drinkable. I do love this concept though. Sharply carbonated finish; a richer, creamier palate would have helped here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of some roasted malt, some smokiness, citrus hops undertones. The flavor is a mostly the roasted malt up front, followed by piney / fruit rind bitterness and bitter chocolate malt. Lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottle from Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. Pours a cola brown with a tan head. Aroma of Fruity hops, nuts, and roast. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Initial flavor of dark malts and sap that transitions to an aggressive grapefruit and pine bitterness. Bitter finish is dry with notes of peanut shells and grapefruit rind. This tastes a little green to me. I am also not a fan of dark roast blended with aggressive bitterness. I hope this will improve with some cellar time, so that the flavors can meld. Now I just need to find another bottle so I can find out.

I opened one of these in June 2008, and the hop presence is still there, and the flavors have melded, improving this a bit in my book. I am still not loving the concept of a Black IPA , but one year is better than fresh for me. I wish I had another to cellar for another year, but we do not get many cases in Nashville

CASK VERSION WITH WET SIMCOE HOPS. Totally different beer and should be allowed on a beer database, but I guess Stone is not in the UK. Greg Koch was nice enough to grab me a pint. Pours dark brown with a light beige creamy head. Great fruity wet hop aroma. Medium to light bodied with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Taste? Wow. All of the flavors melded nicely on this one. The tame malt backbone of milk chocolate and caramel really blends nicely with the mellowed hop bitterness. The finish is semi dry with subtle accents of roast. No alcohol whatsoever. Very British in character, but with a bit more texture and complexity. Outstanding beer, and one of the best ones of RBSG. Too bad this has to be buried in another rating. A-8 A-5 F-9 P-5 O-19

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kdrobb2k (24) - Willingboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2007
First whiff off the bottle was stunning. Pours a dark black with a short but lasting head. Borders on a porter in appearance. Piney with a mild chocolate flavor. The sweet hoppy flavor comes through along with the smooth IPA type mouth feel. Some pleasant bitterness lingers on the tongue. Stone has out done itself on this one. Better than the 10th.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep brown/ light black body with nice head. Aroma is hops, hops, hops. As that smell passes I can smell the coffee, grapes. Flavor is complex. Noticable are the hops which aren’t too strong but more of a dominant flavor with a nice roasty feel one would get from a Stout. Low carbonation with a sweet malt backbone. I think this one would be an intresting one to age. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Tangerine aroma - strong amarilo presence. Dark ruby in color with a thick, creamy head. Explosive hop flavor with a twang of sweet malt and some dark crystal. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol builds as it warms. A real nice beverage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a very nice frothy head. Smell is piney, citrusy hops. Taste is pretty much the same, with a little bit of roasted malt to balance it out. And it truly is a very well balanced beer. The frothy head stuck around for the duration while drinking. An enjoyable and easy drinking brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Bottle from Wholefoods for $4.50. pours a deep black, some ruby if held up to the light. Big fat tan head leaves tons of lacing all over. Smells of green hops and lots of it, with a little alcohol if you get a good whiff. This is one of the hoppiest beers I’ve had in a long time. And it takes a LOT for me to say that. Tastes initially of hops, the grapefruity kind and the underlying malt leaves some dark chocolate to go along with the quite bitter finish. I’m not huge on double IPAs but I could get used to this "dark" ipa thing! The malt doesn’t overshadow the hops (this thing has so much hops, i wonder what the IBU on this shit is) but it gives it the backbone it needs and adds complexity. I knew I should pick up a bottle of this before it was too late. Complex, unique, hoppy, highly alcoholic, what else do you want???

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pforei (338) - USA - SEP 27, 2007
On tap at Hop Devil. Trappist style glass. Dark black color and dark beige head. Looks like a stout. But the aroma is perfume, floral, and grapefruit hops. There is a little chocolate and coffee to go along with the strong pine/citrus hop taste. But there also is some weird fruit taste that I can’t put my finger on. Medium to full bodied. Despite the hop content, the finish is surprisingly smooth and not overly bitter.

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