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RATINGS: 2251   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badhack (534) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Most black IPA go straight for very dark, charcoal malts. This was a refreshing IPA with a balance of dark, cola, coffee and bread crust malts which made it much more drinkable. Everything was well balanced, nothing stood out. Nice citrus hop finish. Pairs well with grilled meats, beef, pork, etc.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratpatrol1019 (70) - Palm desert, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Jet black pour with tan head. Coffee and hop, aroma. Very well done and n aroma. Taste is very light coffe and dark malts ...obvious hop backend. Slightly dry finish a great blend of hops and dark malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ my vacation apartment. Pours very dark brown with a big and frothy beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet, grapefruit and a little herbal. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitterness. Medium bodied, thick bodied, average carbonation. Finish is sweet and hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TedBell (20) - Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Pours deep black with a tan head. Roasted malt and piney aroma. Dark roasted malt flavors balanced by piney hops. Hoppy finish lingers on the palate. Balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 20 May 2012 -- This is a great black IPA. Hops everywhere with a great malt base that isn’t overcome by the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (899) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Dark brown pour from a bottle. Small light brown head. Piney aroma with hint of roast. Hints of the roast malt backbone but the piney citrus hop is dominant. Lingering pine and chocolate roast finish. (you will be missed)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savage_Night (425) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Pours black with a nice frothy pale head. Head retention is excellent. Aroma of malt, hops, pine, slight citrus, spice, alcohol, very slight soy sauce and smoke. Flavors of spice, hop bitterness, slight citrus, caramel, alcohol, smoke, vanilla and very slight but pleasant sour notes. It’s just an awesome brew. Almost taste like a BA brew. With stone updating their recipes I wonder if they will make a 2.0 of this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (1923) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle at home, bomber finished all by myself and boy was I glad to. Thanks tderoeck for the bottle. Together with Wookey Jack this must be the best Black IPA I've had up to date. Bitter as hell, roasted malts. The way I like my Black IPA's. More leaning towards the IPA-style. Absolutely lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (2261) - Asturias, SPAIN - APR 23, 2015
Botella. Courtesy of Lowenbrau. BBD: 17-03-2015 Color negro, espuma blanca. Cuerpo medio. Final amargo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (3233) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - APR 22, 2015
12fl oz bottle. 23-04-2015.
Enjoy by 17-03-2015 (yes, really short expiry time...)
Courtesy of Javi ificould.
In short: nice black ipa.
Pours black with nice tan head, creamy and compact. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Herbal nose. Medium body, average carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is moderate bitter, dry, herbal, some roasty notes. A nice black ipa, but not the best i had.

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