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RATINGS: 2249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Weíre 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2009
Opaque black pour with "garnet edge" (BrotherGrendel), tan head with good retention and lacing. Hops all over the aroma, could smell them as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Roasted malty sweetness present and a little alcohol, but very hop-forward on the nose. Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Extremely complex brew with citrus and pine at the beginning and roasted sweet malt at the middle. Good balance. Bitter finish with a touch of alcohol, but very well hidden overall. Great cold weather brew for the hop heads!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tap @ Parkway. Dark red-brown pour with a light tan head leaving moderate lace. Spruce and cut-grass hop nose leading into an Arrogant Bastard-like body. Solid, medium-heavy body with whisky, chocolate and coffee notes. Bitter and umami, with a touch of sweetness in the beginning and middle. Half a pint is adequate, but thatís not a bad thing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VITUSBEERHOUSE (216) - SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - JUL 9, 2013
muy buena,a la nariz malta tostada y algo de chocolate,al paladar mucho lupulo y regaliz con notas de naranja, una black ale como debe de ser,impresionante

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dliberto (216) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2014
Drank from bottle. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hops. Tastes of resin, pine, chocolate, citrus. Heavy carbonation, Heavy mouth feel. Absolutely amazing

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Pours a deep dark chocolate. Hop presence immediate in the nose, almost bizarrely for something this dark. Mouthfeel is medium to full on. Some hints of chocolate and dark fruits, but Iím always looking for something more from the American íHop Slamí gang and this doesnít quite do it for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
It was black with tan fluffy head, and had a strong aroma. It had a fruity chocolate taste that reminded me of liquorice.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brewballs (215) - USA - JUN 21, 2013
I am yet to be disappointed with a Stone until now. I tried this one on a whim. It has a spicy aroma to it but not the usual scent iím accustomed to. It has a bitterness to it that is too overwhelming. Itís too simplistic. You drink it but then feel its burn. There is nothing more or less than that. In my opinion I say skip it and get a Hoptimum with a higher ABV.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2013
brown, smooth tan head. spruce, herbs, peppers, citrus, chocolate, toffee. very bitter, salty and savory. medium body. ill need to revisit this, itís the second hoppy thing iíve had tonight thatís tasted strangely (and almost excessively) savory, salty, and peppery. maybe my tongue is off tonight, i liked it more when i had it half a year ago.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2011
Black, tan head, good lace. Citrusy hop nose (Centennial?). Very little roasty dark grain character compared to other black IPAs. Very long finish that does have some dark grain characters to it. The most regular IPA-like black IPA Iíve had. Not sure if that is the point, or if these beers are supposed to be a combination between stouts and IPAs.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Ya know...sometimes it’s hard to say much about a Stone beer, because really.....what haven’t they already said. Now if there were perhaps some criticism to be made, that certainly would be beyond them...but when nothing but praise is there for me to proclaim....that torch has been carried - that flag has been raised....and on it are words by self-righteous people with a much better vocabulary than I.


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