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RATINGS: 2092   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
$6 bottle from Three Blind Mice in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Enjoy By date was a week ago at most, but thatís not enough to make me whine to the waitress or owner. Appearance: Opaque black, it seems. Nice tan sort of head on top with fantastic sip-by-sip lacing for the most part. Smell: A bit of char, but definitely piled with hops... definitely a black IPA on the nose. No fruitiness that I can tell, just earthy, piney hops and some roast. Taste/feel: The piney/earthy hops are definitely there, but some sort of citrus is in the flavor that I didnít get in the aroma. The hops dominate at the forefront, with a roast/char aftertaste. A nice body on this one as well, with a carbonation thatís maybe medium-high. A pretty great beer, and one of the best black IPAs Iíve had, for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TempeCoyote (63) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Pours black with a tan head like frothy chocolate milk out of a bomber. Pine aroma off the bat. Resiny pine in the first sip with good additions from roasted malts filling in as well. Great example of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malkyore (155) - - MAR 23, 2014
Iíve gone my whole life raring beers attributes out of 10. I rarely give things 10s because there has never been a yardstick for me of what the best beer is. As of now for ipas this is my new yardstick. This beer is the perfect balance between the Carmel maltiness of a stout, and the heavy handed hoppiness of a stone ipa. This is a phenomenal beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Draught Third of a Pint at GBBF 2012, Olympia, London Aug 2012 - Very Dark Brown in colour. Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, espresso coffee, dark chocolate. Very Hoppy; resinous piney hops. Good balance. Very drinkable. Super beer. Great Black IPA!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimsRatings (397) - - MAR 21, 2014
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh). Pours dark with tan head. IPA/hoppy aroma. Black IPAs are deceptive. Look stouty tastes IPA-ey. Nice hoppy taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (667) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Dark brown pour tan head. Aroma of toast tang grass hops. Tastes of roasts coffee medicinal herbs. Dry palate some creaminess. Mild and strong at the same time.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SW4Y1N (10) - - MAR 19, 2014
Decent beer bought in San Diego. Dark color, roasty, hoppy, with chocolate tones as well. Pretty decent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmill527 (72) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Nice roasted stout taste with the added hoppiness... love it! Probably the best Black IPA Iíve ever had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3485) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle bought for me by my daughter and her husband, drank on 11th March 2014 in their new home (Newport Beach). Very dark brown body, the head a tanned covering that did not want to hang around much; although to be fair it leave some lacing on the tumbler, is it must have some depth. Bittering hops rule the aroma and taste, yet there is subtle sweetness to be found within itís flavours also. Piney and slightly fruity with a peppery hint or two. A decent beer all round and I am pleased Iíve had one at last.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (957) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Bottle from the Beer Temple. Poured black with thick and creamy beige head. Aroma of resinous with light choc. Light carb med bod. Quite bitter resin taste, not as smooth as others.


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