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RATINGS: 2235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - AUG 22, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 From the bottle and from a growler. Poured almost black. Smells of roasted malt and smoke. Taste has lots going on, from malt up front to fruits in the background to lingering hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2010 22 oz bomber shared with Judah! Thanks Judah! Poured a deep dark brown with a tan foamy head. The nose was rich cocoa, big floral hops, smoke, toffee, and burnt caramel. The taste was very hoppy with caramel and chocolate malt, fig, raisin, smoke lingering, and woody like pine. The mouthfeel was creamy, mildly thick, and decently balanced. A great Black IPA!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Dark black body, tan fizzy head. Excellent balance of malt, bitterness, and alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Interesting. Very dark burgundy/black with a lot of hops in the nose, but then as you drink the malt becomes very apparent. This was very smooth, surprising, and good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
great ipa, but this one’s black. piney, resinous, but with a mellow dark malt base. full-bodied and hoppy at the same time

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Pours a jet black with a tan head. Nose is complex with bold citrus hop, grass. Full mouthfeel, smooth, with a zing at the end. Toast malt, bittersweet chocolate, almond moves to a balanced resiny and lemon hop. Finishes with brown sugar and licorice. Fantastic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2007
A dark IPA--now this is an interesting one. It definitely has the normal Stone hop profile, but with a definitely roasted malt undertone. Quite a unique and interesting combination, and I think I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eruizgarcia (276) - - SEP 29, 2012
From a bottle, poured almost black with a thin tan head. Bitter hops rule, with some malty sweetness upfront. Strong alcohol taste. Very good to drink slowly.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
coreyc1221 (275) - Truckee, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Alchy and hoppy aroma. Black black blackness color wise.tan head. Surprisingly balanced! Vanilla hint with malty nut after feel. I. Love. Stone. Fucking great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2010
on tap at Dieu du Ciel. pours a very dark brown with a tan head that leaves tons of lacing. aroma is loaded with hops, and a bit of bitter dark chocolate. taste is roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, and a huge hops finish. body is thick, mouthfeel is creamy. an incredible beer that i wish i was able to get more of on a consistent basis.


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