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RATINGS: 2092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2011
amazing black IPA. Usually iím not a fan of black IPAs, i feel they lack aroman and bite, not the case here, great IPA in general. Do it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Iíve had this beer twice. The second time was much better than the first, so Iím glad I resampled at a recent homebrew club meeting. My first impression was that itís not even remotely related to an IPA; my second taste provided the IPA style I longed for in the first round. Just think IPA with dark, roasty malts added!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2007
damn near perfect. too bad i only found two bottles. drinking one now, gonna age the other. thanks stone.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pours a deep dark brown color, and has a great hoppy aroma. Also has a great full bodied feel in the mouth, and a slightly bitter finish (which I always appreciate in a beer).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dal9000 (164) - Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
A wonderful brown ale. Immediate flavor of malt with a slight chocolate undertone finishes with a lighting mild malt flavor for a few minutes. Deep flavor that almost melts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2013
A - Poured a dark brown to black with a small tan head that lingers throughout. S - Lots of roasted chocolate T - Again chocolate comes through along with a nice bittering from the hops. Finishes with a strong bitter hop taste with a slight warm alcohol tinge. M - Fairly light, but good carbonation. Not too heavy, but does have a good thickness to it. D - Another great beer from Stone. Not an overally complex beer, but it goes down pretty smooth and if you like a chocolate profile youíll like this one.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MannyGoldberg (160) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Based on itís status as top ranked black IPA on here Iíd been looking forward to trying this out. An extremely pleasant beer but lacking the hop attack I like in my preferred black IPAs. Not much on the nose but reassuring malty sweetness. Overall Iíd rate any of the three Kernel black IPAs released so far ahead of this brew. None of those are in the top 50 though, go figure! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2010
One of the better beers Iíve ever tasted. Poured very dark brown with a creamy white head. Aroma of hops and molasses. Very smooth initially with wonderful flavor, followed by a bitter finish. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Yes, this beer is actually pretty good. The appearance does not match the liquid in the glass. It smells like a lightly roasted, piney IPA with hints of chocolate, orange peal, and noticeable alcohol undertones. It tastes like a bitter strong ale with a nice malt backbone. As it warms, the alcohol definitely comes into the picture, but its rather tolerable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2007
22 oz bottle. Almost black with a large tan head that leaves some lacing once itís gone down a bit. Aroma is strong, very hoppy and citrusy like a nice IPA, but then it has a subtle roasty character to it. Great flavor, again very bitter and hoppy, but with a subtle roasted maltiness that comes out mostly in the finish. Interesting beer, good choice for an anniversary ale I think.


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