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RATINGS: 2130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Weíre 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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fevernova (210) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
22 oz Bottle -- Pours black with a big tan head. Lots of fruity and floral notes going on in this beer. Very interesting aromas of hops, chicory, grapes, and passion fruit. Great balance of flavors, sweet upfront, bitter and sour in the back.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yumyum (210) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
a very interesting brew. Pours deep brown with moderate carbonation. Aroma is that of an ipa but the hops donít dominate as much as a traditional ipa (also some maltiness and toastiness on the nose). Taste is quite good (like a chocolate chip cookie being washed down with an ipa. Quite a good balance in this brew which, in combination with the smooth mouthfee, makes it an enjoyable and easy to drink brew. Overall I wasnít blown away by it but it was quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
achtungpv (210) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Thin black with a hoppy nose. Roasted malts with a hint of bitter coffee. Lots of flavors going on.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
libertine (210) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2012
pours very dark with quite a bit of creamy head.aroma is very floral with an obvious hint of grapfruit and pine.heavily carbonated.i drink ipas only on occasion and got to say the hops on this is very balanced.flavour of grapefruit and pine with a subtle sweetness.bitter with a pleasant dry finish.i would add this to the ipas ive enjoyed.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c0fein (210) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
660ml bottle @ home. Ordered from Ales By Mail. BBE 22.10.2013. Superb Black IPA with very beautiful appearance. Stone knows how to make good beer...

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UXO (209) - CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Pours a deep cola red with two fingers of persistent tan head, heavy lacing. Nose is piney and earthy hops with a hint of citrus, dark roasty malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste starts out with sweet malt but is quickly overtaken by astringent dry bitterness. Medium bodied and creamy, with a lingering bitter finish and gentle warming. Wow - big and bombastic, sublimely self-righteous, indeed. Take all the best characteristics of stout and IPA, and combine. No caramel malt here, itís all dark and roasty goodness. I donít care if it makes me look like an amateur with the RateBeer crowd, I donít see thereís any possible way to improve on this, and so donít see how I can give this anything less than a perfect score.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackafholmes (208) - - APR 27, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2014 Bottle from a friend. Pitch black with a frothy tan head. Huge lychee aroma. Very bitter with strong alcoholic hit. Good viscous mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours dark with a thick, multi-leveled foam that sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is piney with a hint of chocolate. The flavor is rich and dry.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2011
taster at trinity brewery in Colorado Springs. Looks rather black but brownish red in the light. Good soapy light brown head. Smells of toasty hops and bitter complexity. Tastes very clean, with dark bitterness that is "gwarming". Love this beer. overall 9.5 of 10.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
GSH1976 (207) - Delaware, USA - FEB 13, 2013
This is one of the best beers I have ever had. Stone is a top notch brewer. The beer pours black with some tan head. Carbonation is low. The aroma is hoppy with some pine and citrus evident but there is also some subdued caramel malt sweetness. The taste is initially bitter but there are awesome some malt notes and the finish is a lingering bitterness. I love the balance between malts and hops. The body is on the light side and the alcohol is hidden extremely well. A very nice beer that I will be purchasing again in the very near future.


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