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RATINGS: 2227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Hybrid stout mixed with an IPA done very well. Rich Burnt malts and hops take the main stage.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
22 oz bottle. Not really sure what a "Black IPA" is, but thought I would give it a try. Pours a mostly opaque black with a small light tan head. Smells of malt, hints of citrus, hops, and a bit of sweetness. Bizarre smell compared to the sight. The taste is just as unique, as it mixes the complexities of an IPA, stout, and possibly even a brown ale all in one, with lots of sweet malt, but also the balance of citrus and hops. Decent body to it also, with a pleasant aftertaste and some sticky mouthfeel to it. Overall, very different, but quite impressive.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Had a tasting at the Stone 11th Festival, I really liked this! Poured dark, light creamy head, very hoppy and smooth. I can taste some citrus and smoke in there, very awesome brew!!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
finn1918 (225) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2013
12oz, $3.50 from Total Wine, BB 5/15/13. Pours inky black with a 1-finger light tan/off-white head. Aroma is typical Stone-stle hop punch: floral and pine dominate. Taste is boozy, roast malts, cocoa powder, and a big floral hop punch, although not as bitter as some. Nice cocoa/hop finish that lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is fairly light and silky for the style. A good food beer, but a bit too dry to stand on its own. Excellent, but truthfully, a little overpriced. Some equally good beers can be had for a few dollars less.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slubgob (225) - 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%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedevilsfan (225) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Ballsy black IPA. Some black IPA’s are light on hops, not this one. It packs a serious hop wallup. Creamy malt backbone gives this a great taste. One of the best IPA’s out there.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Great brew, pours black with little head that disapears rapidly into a lacy ring. Has smoky roasted malts for the flavor and hints of chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden and balanced with the deep flavor of this dark beast.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kindacold (224) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pours almost opaque red with massive head that persists. Mild smell of smoke, alcohol, and wood. Thick, bittersweet smokey flavor with coffee, caramel, chocolate, hops, charcoal, butter, lots of citrus, and much more. Light, sticky finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (223) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ my vacation apartment. Pours very dark brown with a big and frothy beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet, grapefruit and a little herbal. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitterness. Medium bodied, thick bodied, average carbonation. Finish is sweet and hoppy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours out dark black with a brown head. Nice and hoppy with a roasted malty taste. Its part IPA and part porter or stout. Nice finish bitter but creamy and smooth.


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