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RATINGS: 2105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2007
22oz. bottle. Aroma is floral and citrus. Dark body with tan head. Blanket of lacing covers the glass. Good citrus hop flavor that is little dry. Sugar and syrupy thickens the body for some sweet nector. Sweet dry citrus vine on the palate and filling. Good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2007
bottle- a combination of oatmeal stout creamy mouthfeel, roasty porter undertones, and big hop bitterness and flavor make this black IPA a great beer, and one I will be upset is only a one time release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Tasted at Stone XI Party. Dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted barley, caramel, and fruit. Citrus taste dominates with a nice roastiness, some pine notes, and a tangy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours a stout-like nearly black color with a dense tan colored head. Aroma is huge blast of citrus, floral, pine, and some underlying chocolate and roast. Flavor is huge grapefruit, citrus, pine up front, then turns to more chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe some coffee and smoke. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, finishes bitter. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Black with small frothy head. Hoppy but with light porter characterstics. Smooth with a hint of licorace and a lot of a burnt smoke flavor. Just not my type of taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 Rerate march 13, 2012. Much better this time. Nice hops and roastiness. Sampled at the Stone 11th party. Dark brown with red highlights, this is IPA meets porter. bitter and very very very dry, not my cup of tea

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Bottle from cbkschubert; Nose of piney and floral hops with hints of sweet chocolate; clear very dark brown with a big cinnamon head; flavor of piney hops, chocolate malt, with hints of smokiness and spices. Very different, like I heard somewhere a "Black IPA"

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Tipped back 8-30-2007 to honor of the Grand Poobah of beer, MJ..... Pours almost balck w/ a tall creamy froth. Head retention is superb slowly reducing to reveal a full downy canopy of thick, sticky lacing. The aroma tells the tale of a full blown IPA complete w/ generous citrus rind overtones accompanied by only mild whiffs of malt. The aroma doesnít match the color. I expected some roast component to factor in but itís just not there. Iím not complaining though. Itís the Criss Angel mind freak show. Full nectar w/ creamy soft residual effers. Itís like drinking heavy cream. Nice! Now thats what Iím talkiní boutí. Texture goes a long way w/ me and this ones there all the way. Itís mildly sweet like my third grade teacher but throws copper at you when arroused. A big roasted malty backbone supports the colony while Robo Hop hacks down the sludge walls with his electrified pole arm. As the fight ensues nuances are laid waste yet accounted for by my accute palate. Theres a defined chunky chocolate creep in the shadows that creates a diversion from the backbone and clobbers Robo Hop in the face on the way down. Nuances of molases, beef jerkey, leather, slight smoke, and grapefruit citrus rind. Could this be the "Smoked Indian" Iíve heard about ? The finish is so well balanced w/ perfect bittering of all the decadent slop. Even though the chocolate malts persist to the end theres a defined asprin burn that lingers and tingles the tongue for a while. Damn, I wanít another one. This is the best new seasonal these guys have put out since V5. Wagner is a genius!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2007
22oz bottle: Pours a deep dark brown almost black with nice finger plus of tan head. The aroma is sweet, with nice hope presence but not like a west coast IPA. I get roast, some chocolate and almost a hint of smoke. It feels really nice in you mouth, almost creamy but the finish is a little harsh with a hop bite. Great lacing as the beer drains from the glass. Unusual but a good change for Stone on this Anniversary effort.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle. Black body, small head, fruity hop nose. Fruity hops with chocolate notes from the malt. Hides alcohol well. Think Arrogant Bastard with chocolate. Very very good.

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