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RATINGS: 2091   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
On tap at Barclays in Oakland, CA. Nice chocolaty and hoppy aroma. Smooth, hides the alcohol pretty well, except for a little hot alcohol mid-palate. I was thinking de-husked carafa or chocolate malt before reading the description - I guess thatís pretty close to what we have here. Definitely not bitter dark malts, no roasted barley. The citrus qualities make this a bit like a fruit flavored chocolate, in the best ways. Chinook and Amarillo are pretty apparent, I wouldnít have guessed Simcoe though. The signature simcoe citrus grapefruit blends interestingly with the darker malts. The finish is pretty smooth, I think they had pretty good attenuation on this one. The slight hot alcohol will probably improve with age, as well as the melding of hop profile with the darker malts. Iíd like to see Stone do this IPA with a British IPA hop strategy in the bittering and a little Stone touch in the finish. I couldnít drink this every day, but it was tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerproject (129) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Aroma is american hoppy plus some dark malts, maybe roasted. Flavor is a phenomenal black ipa, bitter and hoppy with some chocolate and roasted notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
First beer in the SD tour and what a start. Deep dark brown/black with thin tan head. Malty caramel nose but not very strong; that is taken care of in the flavor of burnt malts and coffee which leaves the palate rather cleanly.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhwarfield (125) - USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours black a bit like flatish coke. Small pebbly brown head. moulases flavor.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 19, 2013
From a 22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with a medium tan head. This may be the perfect combination of IPA and porter. It tastes and smells like no other ale Iíve had and leaves me wanting more, every time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CopterScott (124) - Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Black with thin off-white head. aroma is roasty malts and pine. Flavor is dark chocolate, dark fruit, roast, and pine. This has a great, complex flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Wow. Just wow. I just want to sit and inhale the beer. It smells like it was just brewed today. The flavor and balance are perfect. Thereís something different... what is that? Fantastic beer. Buying a case tomorrow.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
v8powered (123) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2009
This is a deceiving beer because it is dark in color but tastes much more like a Double IPA (which it is.) The dark malt is overtaken by the hoppiness. Most of the sweetness of the hops taken away. A little too bitter (not sure if it is the hop choice or just my expectation.) Still a good beer and I am glad I gave it a try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackafholmes (122) - - APR 27, 2014
Bottle from a friend. Pitch black with a frothy tan head. Strong fruity aroma. Flavours of forest fruits and strong alcoholic hit. Nice bitter finish. Good viscous mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Pours jet black with big lingering foam cap head. Aroma is nearly all hops with floral / vegetal undertones. Flavor is fairly 2D (hops, hops, and some burnt rubber). Finish is more hops with a little grapefruit acidity. Iím perplexed by the high scores of this beer, for itís just as unsophisticated as a BMC, except where they overload corn - here itís hops.


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