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RATINGS: 2250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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.

   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 don’t care for this beer one bit. Too hoppy and the malt hasn’t 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 it’s 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tedovertu (293) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Very dry hoppy mouth feel. Small tan head with a fair amount of lacing. Leaves bitter after taste. Guess this is not my favorite. Has a great aroma but the finish is very bitter and has some alcohol burn.

   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.

   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 didn’t do it for me.

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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Wow. Pours a deep dark chocolate with a big foamy head. Smells of sweet malt, roasted nuts, with slight hints of leather and gun oil. Entrancing. A big bold balanced taste of malt, chocolate, and fruit with hints of exspesso. A big quick hop finish that leaves a lingering dark chocalate copper. Wow. Nice work.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Not really fair to rate this with other Black IPAs, because like most Stone brews it’s nearly a double, @ 8.7% and 90 IBUs. A big nose of piney and perfumey hops with some roast malt in there. Awfully well balanced, a touch of sweetness plays with fragrant hops, and then the dark malt and hop bitters intertwine seamlessly. SuperYum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer’s in Beaverton, OR. Aroma is sweet and woody, with strong hints of burned coffee. Sweetness in the beginning gets immediately overtaken by the astringency of the roasted grains and the bitterness of the hops. I would not necessarily call this beer balanced, but I would certainly call it complex. Then again, I prefer sweeter Black IPAs, and I don’t generally care for overly dry and astringent roasted grains. Regardless, I would gladly drink this again. And again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mambossa (289) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2016
A dense, unwavering dark pour that holds up a brightly sandy head. Beautiful. Notes of roasted coffee and chocolate waft from a distance. A closer nose reveals the amazing tropical citrus, mango, papaya, and floral lemon. The flavor starts round and robustly dark, medium plus body, chocolate and light roast coffee, all surrendering to a floral, lemon, tangerine and lifted pine. The floral, rindy, and dark chocolate linger echo beyond the sip. I’ve had this one fresh, and I’ve had this one not-so-fresh. Both have been great.

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