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RATINGS: 2235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - APR 23, 2010
My first thought after tasting this is we have a new blend here.. IPP... India Pale Porter. Dark with a light brown head, with a sweet aroma that is followed by a surprisingly bitter hopppy flavor. Iím not a big fan of the IPA bitter hoppiness, but if you like it, youíll love this. EDIT - As Iíve let this sit and warm to the glass, the bitterness has lessened, and this is pleasingly easy to drink. Still the hoppy aftertaste, but this is quite a complex beer to enjoy. For that I give it a couple extra points.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown opaque with a thin head. The aroma was apricots and floral hoppiness. The taste hits like a strong IPA followed by a stout. A complex and interesting beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (295) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
Right from the nose, you know what you are getting into here -- take-no- prisoners earthy, grassy hops on a rich roasted malt base. The heavy hop tastes get right back into your jowls, and sustain predictably well. A challenging, dark heavy-weight black IPA. A standard bearer, for sure.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tselloufc88 (294) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle from Petaluma Market. Completely black appearance with a biege-white head. Aroma is of pine and grapefruit with some chocolate and coffee also present. Creamy taste, lots of grapefruit initially, then the chocolate, coffee and vanilla comes in and it all comes together with a nice big bitter finish. Tastes no where near 8.7%! Really delicious. Glad I tried this!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Fresh, I donít care for this beer one bit. Too hoppy and the malt hasnít really developed much. Too smoky and roasty too. However, I sat on a bottle for like 6 months, and gave it another try, and holy crap itís amazing! It balances out so much better. The hoppiness dies down considerably, the smokiness too. The roasty maltiness tones down a ton too. Really smooths out and becomes extremely enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark almost black brown, totally opaque with a big fluffy grayish tan head. Aroma of some roasted malts and floral hops. Flavor is maltyand roasty. Chocolatey and creamy body and flavor with plenty of hops to go around. Medium bitterness. Hops are pretty much all floral and flowery with a slight hint of citrus mostly obscured by the roasty coffee and chocolate. I am amazed at how well these flavors go together.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2010
This smells and tastes like dry-hopped cough syrup. I like a lot of Stone stuff, but this one didnít do it for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
anderson01 (292) - Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2010
There is many things going for the aroma. The smell of pine and hay are noticable. Has a roasted smell with a little black licorice follow up. Has a good head with a black coffee color. Has the best lacing i have seen so far. It has medium carbonation with a decent finish. It starts with a pleasant sweet flavor and ends with a bitter chocolate flavor. Overall the longer it stays in my mouth the worse it gets. For the price i would buy it again. I think stone brewery is a great brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
Stoneís top brew in my mind. Great flavor. Dark brown basically black pour. Malty, notes of coffee, cream and spices.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Black with cream head. Burnt malt with earthy aromas. Medium carbonation with moderate to heavy and super creamy body. Taste is chocolate malts with light pine to go with rich earthy hops that have a satisfying bitterness.


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