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RATINGS: 2143   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Aroma - Hop forward aroma. Citrus and Pine. Appearance - Black with white head. Delicate lacing on glass. Taste - Intense bitterness from the hops and malty sweetness. Palate - Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Overall - Great black IPA. As good as Uinta’s Dubhe. Very drinkable.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1354) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Aroma: resin, ripe fruits, floral hops. Appearance: black, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: buttes intensify, turning dry, chocolate, some intense sweets coming up as well, very complex Overall: nice Black IPA, excellent palate. Pint at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station, San Diego.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franzen (331) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2014
Nice combination of grape, roastiness, chocolate and vanilla. Malty chocolate sweetness is in nice balance with the hoppy bitterness. A really nice black IPA when drunk fresh

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-18-14- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a very deep brown color bordering on black with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and robust of some nice hoppy and roasted smells. There are lots of roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of a bit of coffee. Along with the darker aromas is a great dose of hop, with a grapefruit hop aroma the heaviest, but being accompanied by some nice pine and earthy hop smells as well. Rounding out the smell is just some hints of sweeter aromas with some light orange smells as a hint of molasses. Taste – The taste starts with a rather roasty malt flavor with some coffee and a bit of a caramel sweetness. An earthy and pine hop flavor are present right from the start, beginning the taste with a rather decent hop flavor. As the taste advances, the hop grows more and more intense with the lighter level of caramel sweetness that was also present right at the start of the flavor fading a bit. A bit of a grapefruit hop flavor grows on the tongue as the flavor advances, but the biggest hop flavor increase comes with the pine flavors as they really grow quite potent toward the end of the taste. Along with the increase in the hop, the roasted flavors grow stronger as well as growing a bit grainier and burnt in nature. With the mix of roasted flavors and the rather big pine and other hop flavors, one is left with a rather robust, darkly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are very nice for the mix of pine hop and darker flavors and make for a great sipping, but still very drinkable dark IPA. Overall – A rather tasty and moderately stronger black IPA. It had a nice blend of big pine hop flavors and roasted malt that would leave one craving either of these flavors (if not both) rather satisfied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weevo (35) - Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Big bottle, pours clack with a creamy head. Coffee and toast the nose with lingering coffee and chocolate to taste. Not usually a IPA guy but I do enjoy this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1651) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Keg. Black with a large good lacing light brown head. Lots of cheesy, citrusy and flowery hop notes, darker malt in the back; caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa. Medium body, medium sweet and bitter with a long dry hoppy finish. It's good, but I wish the hops were less cheesy. Still a pleasant drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHult (291) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
Flaska privatimport. Kolsvart vätska. Fruktig och frisk med en mörkrostad ubderton som inte tar över. Riktigt bra

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MSBrindbergs (368) - Solna, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
Flaska via privatimport. Kolsvart med ganska lätt skum men som klistrar sig fast på glaset. Rökig och humlig i doften. Torkad frukt och rökighet i smaken. Kraftfull beska och en låååång eftersmak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (749) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2014
Traded for a bottle from my brother in-law. Pours a cola like colour with a fluffy khaki head, clingy lace. Nose is very hoppy, as a typical ipa should be. Tastes a touch malty, but citrus and pine bitter, the maltiness comes through again in the finish. Really nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeRoytheAlien (17) - - OCT 7, 2014
Appearance is black with hints of deep reddish-brown. Aroma is citrus hops, taste is roasted malts with coffee/cocoa and a bracing bitterness, and a lingering roasty finish. Top tier Black IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (366) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle from AlesByMail.co.uk

Dark brown body, with a medium, creamy, tan head.
Great aroma with loads of fruits like citrus, peach, berries, tropical fruits, some pine and also many smooth, dark malts like melting chocolate, nuts, earth, some wood.
Taste follows this, also a great blend of the tasty, fruity hops and very smooth dark malts.
Mouthfeel is medium to full, surprisingly creamy, with a medium carbonation and it finishes bitter, roasty, with lots of citrus and dark malts.

Delicious! Wonderful blend of fruity hops and dark malts and very smooth to drink, with a well hidden ABV. One of the very best Black IPAs I’ve had so far!


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