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RATINGS: 2235   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Completely awesome - the standard by which all other black ipas should be judged. Incredible on the nose, tastes like no other beer. The first time I had this, I went straight home and slept for 4 hours such was it’s power...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2013
My favorite Black IPA. It's the profile standard as far as in concerned; and perfectly balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
grimreaperguru (252) - santee, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Pours an almost jet black with a tan head.The aroma is of strong hops and roasted malts.The flavor is of sweet malt up front with bitter hops at the end.Got a nice bitter finish.Overall one of thew best from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2013
Pours a super dark mahogany/brown with a pale khaki head. Lots of floral hops on the aroma, some citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and other fruit, slight chocolate and coffee notes and roasted malt. Lots of malt up front, toasted malt, a bit of milk chocolate, lots of hops (mostly citrus) with a bit of a pine taste as well, some peach and mango, and hints of dark fruit. Medium bodied, very good balance between the huge hops and the tons of malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - APR 21, 2010
Hoppy grapefruit on the nose, with notes of chocolate malt. Stone does it again, keeping you on your toes. The hoppy bitterness and is completely unexpected in this black beer. Moderately balanced by chocolate malt, full bodied, with no noticable alcohol, finishes with a bite. This is a great, but equally dangerous beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Very excited to find this one local here in Jersey. Smells heavy into the minerals, like a pine tar covered penny found in dark soil. The flavor of this is pure big west coast hop smack with an earthy overtone that mutes out much of the classic intensity. The finish remains pretty heavy on the medicinal sweetness and bitter punch. Mouthfeel is almost a disservice as it is a bit coating so therefore leaves the taste to linger a bit longer than it should. To reference other brew, this is very similar to Victory Yakima Twilight and a slightly more aggressive Stone Brewdog Bashah. This wore out its welcome after only one bomber. Sorry to a great brewery. Thank You Stone for your efforts. 2010 22oz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Dark red to brown pour with a large, creamy off-white head. Aroma is heavy malt, chocolate, and fruits. Flavor is strong on fruity sweetness and counter-balanced grapefruit bitterness. Texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Pours opaque brown with a nice light tan head. Stong hoppy nose, which almost tilts towards penicillin for me. There are other things in there, including roasty malts. I can see how for somebody whose nose doesn’t associate that smell with penicillin it would be very interesting and alluring, but for me it was a warning bell. In the mouth, the warning was on target. It’s not as bad as, say the Goose Island IIPA, which was undrinkable, but for me it was distracting. I understand how people like this one, but I would take a 10th any day before this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
22oz bottle purchased for $6 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a dark brown with little head but decent lacing. Hoppy aroma. Flavour is nicely hoppy with some lasting bitterness. Well balanced with a decent malt backbone. However, not all that different from a "normal" IPA. Good, but not extraordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slubgob (249) - 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%.

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