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RATINGS: 2144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Pours a dark black with an off white head. Aroma of hops, brown sugar, caramels and roasted malts. Taste is a sweet hoppy goodness that coats the mouth with just a hint of peat. Roasted malts and some chocolate notes follow. Nice carbonation. This is what a black IPA strives to be. The sweetness and hops balance very well. Finishes with a resiny citrus hoppiness that goes on and on. What a treat.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Pours black with a thick beige head. Aroma is hop-heavy, with floral and bitter hops both there in bunches. Some sugary malt notes as well. Flavor is also hop-centric, but with other more subtle notes like fruits and chocolate coffee. Feel is silky smooth. This is an interesting beer, and is unlike very many other beers I have had. Glad to have tried it, though its certainly no session beer. One bottle is fine for now.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2011
pours nearly black with some ruby colors showing through. nice tan head. aroma is well hopped and roasted malts poke out as well. taste initially is powerful bitter hops which seems to be a staple of stone beers. towards the end i get nice coffee and roasted malts. well rounded american black ale. definately one of the better ones iíve had.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Was quite sad about this one after reading some glowing reviews here and having it within a few days of a Hop Rod Rye. itís just didnít gel - too much bitter hop action overtop the mild body

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeir„o Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 14, 2013
A cerveja ť excelente, mas n„o na minha opini„o n„o merece nota 100, degustada durante reuni„o da Confrabacon em Ribeir„o Preto (SP), Brazil.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy00 (131) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown with caramel colored head. Aroma of molasses, a bit of spice, and some pine. Flavor matches aroma.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle. Thatís definitely a big boy. just after you look at the label youíll already be having an idea of what you are going through. once the cap is off, a strong flavor hits your nose. muscular aspect: solid black body with no mercy for the others colors, cappuccino big rocky head. The aroma has so many sides: hops (a lot of it), grass, resin, vegetables (mostly onion. not so fresh bottle?), roasted burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits. With the taste comes the masterpiece: a damned perfectly brewed BIPA. so, what iím drinking, an ipa? a stout? none of them and both. anyway malt, chocolate, coffee, hops, dark fruits, resin a little bit vanilla. The body is massive, the oily mouth-fell sticks your tongue out; itís not easy to finish it, but you canít stop drinking it, cause it damned good. I had so many wannabe BIPA so far, but just few of them got the result. The Sublimely Self Righteous Ale just watch them and laughs ruling the style. As i wrote above, this wasnít a fresh bottle, so i didnít get all the citric, fresh fruit aroma that have been noticed in the other reviews probably. but the point is: this beer deserves a very high score when is not in a perfect shape. I can only image what could be my score for a fresh bottle... stone: we are not talking about craft beer, thatís the best, perfect way to brew beer

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
v8powered (127) - 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.


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