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RATINGS: 2215   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Turboninja (168) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Medium-strong, quite sweet and alcohol flavored aroma with raisin, malts and chocolate. Black color with light-medium, long staying, beige head. Strong though smooth taste with some sweetness. Raisin, syrup, malts, chocolate and coffee in semi-roasted style. Some alcohol flavor suits for this beer. Also a bit of hops but in very balanced manner concerned with other flavors. Medium-wide taste spectrum and long, bit fruity, malty and hoppy aftertaste. Medium mouth feel and medium-low carbonation. A perfect beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c_lee_burton (167) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Another delicious Stone offering. Great combo of smoke, coffee, hops, citrus, carbonation, and cherry. Wonderful year round brew thatís hearty enough for Winter, yet smooth and crisp enough for Summer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Iíve had this beer twice. The second time was much better than the first, so Iím glad I resampled at a recent homebrew club meeting. My first impression was that itís not even remotely related to an IPA; my second taste provided the IPA style I longed for in the first round. Just think IPA with dark, roasty malts added!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2007
damn near perfect. too bad i only found two bottles. drinking one now, gonna age the other. thanks stone.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pours a deep dark brown color, and has a great hoppy aroma. Also has a great full bodied feel in the mouth, and a slightly bitter finish (which I always appreciate in a beer).

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MannyGoldberg (164) - The big bad LDN, 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2013
A - Poured a dark brown to black with a small tan head that lingers throughout. S - Lots of roasted chocolate T - Again chocolate comes through along with a nice bittering from the hops. Finishes with a strong bitter hop taste with a slight warm alcohol tinge. M - Fairly light, but good carbonation. Not too heavy, but does have a good thickness to it. D - Another great beer from Stone. Not an overally complex beer, but it goes down pretty smooth and if you like a chocolate profile youíll like this one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyAlesToYou (163) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
One2remeber (161) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle, enjoy by 02/27/2014. Prominent hop nose, fruity pepples, orange, light burnt/smoky. Heavy citrus orange. Softer grain mouthfeel, perhaps oat, rounds out the smokiness. Clean leafy hop oil resinous taste and aroma. One of my all-time favorites. Clean, pronounced hoppiness,

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.


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