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RATINGS: 2096   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.


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.

4.2
   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.

3.1
   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

4.4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2009
Dark brown/Black with thick tan head. Aroma is hops,alcohol and bitter chocolate. Flavor was the same very bitter with a licorice finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
horto008 (158) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Very intriguing. Thatís how I would describe it. Self-Righteous poured a very dark, almost black amber with a relatively thick head. Aroma was sweet with alcohol and citrus notes. Taste was complicated. There was a distinct sweetness that reminded me of a dubbel or trippel, but the hops or dark malt or whatever was in it managed to keep a terrific bitterness that kept it from being too sweet. Note: nowhere close to as bitter as Arrogant Bastard or any of the Stone IPAs. Had a light smokey flavor that sticks with you. Iíve given high marks simply because it isnít like anything else Iíve run into.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
idedek (157) - USA - JUL 29, 2012
Beautiful color black with a redish hue. a nice piney aroma combined with dark chocolate. a nice medium to full body with a chocolate and coffee flavors. a exceptional clean finish with some piney flavor more chocolate really nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
agent_511 (157) - - JUL 13, 2013
Aroma of chocolate, roast coffee, and a hint of nuttiness. Pours dark brown, almost opaque black, with a thick, foamy, tan head with long retention and fills the mouth with a creamy sensation. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, earthy hops. Balanced toward bitter. Full body, slightly creamy, a little alcohol warming. Fantastic beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Pours a dark black color with light brown head, looks better than it taste. Smells of pine and leaves a bad hop aftertaste. Stone is great beer but this one isnít for me!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2011
Scents of cereal, chocolate, coffee, nuts, resin, citrus, and earthy tea invite a sip. I take a draw from the tulip glass, letting the dark brown ale greet my lips through the pillowy tan head. Such a well balanced ale, the dark malt traits are restrained, sharing the lead with the delicious hops. A long tea like bitter finish leaves you craving more. SSSRA is wings and horns above any other Black IPA Iíve had, and always a pleasure.


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