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RATINGS: 2247   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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 12 oz. bottle. Black pour with a thin but stubborn khaki head, good lacing. Aroma is off the charts. Big piney hops with citrus, pineapple, mango, earthy dark roast with caramel, coffee. Taste is unique, burnt sugar, coffee plus a hop wallop and bitterness. The sweetness of the pineapple and caramel and bitterness of the coffee and hops play off each other very well. As it warms I am getting a chocolate note as well. Very hop forward but the subtle notes that make up the malt are not lost. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly viscous, smooth carbonation. Black IPAs are tricky and Stone pulls this one off almost flawlessly. Definitely the best and most balanced black IPA Iíve had. ABV is sneaky like an imperial even though itís not categorized as such. Hats off to Stone, great brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
So happy they made the 11th stick around! Pours a dark black with about an inch of head fading away slowly but leaving some nice lacing on the glass with the first few sips. Medium bodied beer. On the aroma I am getting hops, some of that west coast citrus, get those dark roasted malts hiding in there a bit as well. I like what they were going for here and the other black IPAs or beers that are calling themselves this pale in comparison to me. Stone has set the benchmark here.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2010
What a smooth enjoyable black IPA. Kind of a hoppier version of Arrogant Bastard - delightful. I could enjoy this one over and over. Someone else described the pour as "cola", which is right on the mark. Taste is a nice rich malt blend with great hoppiness. Too bad I canít get this locally. Thanks to Updebrew for this one...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
(22 ounce bomber - shaker glass) Pours a opaque black color with tan head that dissapates to less than a half finger length. The smell of this beer knocked me on my ass! Very hoppy aroma, consists of citrus, resin and floral hops. But also has notes of chocolate, espresso coffee and even dark fruits such as figs, dates, raisin and licorice. Taste is of a pleastant heavy bitterness and has a light sweetness. Soft carbonation, full body and great bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Smells exactly like itís name suggests it would. As well, it taste exactly as itís name suggests. Plus, good. Not great but damn good. Itís full of the bitter and chocolate and coffee and with piney and citrus and blah blah ba frackiní blah. Itís a real good black IPA. Iíd recommend it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slubgob (297) - West Hartford, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bomber into tulip. Stout like darkness and thick of white creamy head in the glass. Malty, cocoa nose. Full mouth, nearly like a hoppy, light porter. Not quite the ale I was expecting but I can see where the black ipa designation comes from.well balanced, more malt finish with a good bit of hops bit not overdone.dangerously easy drinking for 8.7%.

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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 Bottle, Deep brown with off-white/tannish head. very roasty flavor, ot malty sweet but grainy. a decent hop aroma. The unique combination of grains and malts with IPA style hopping had me expecting more. it has an over abundance of hop bitterness without enough hop flavor/complexity to balance the bitterness. It is an ok beer worth trying, but didnít blow me away.

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.

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.


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