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RATINGS: 2129   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Another nice beer from Stone. Pours a dark brown color with a huge head. I wasn’t sure to make of it at first, but one whiff had me sold. It had a strong hoppy aroma. Not seeing the bottle prior to the pour, I was thinking this was some sort of stout. Not so! Nice fruity/citrusy aroma with a taste that matches. Very crisp, light, and smooth. Try this one!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 This is such an amazingly strange beer... Its dark like a stout, hoppy like an IPA with a malty sweet swallow like a brown. What is this stuff? Its great though! Wonderful rich mouthfeel, nose is fruity, with a dark and dry fruit taste in the mouth, decisively malty and dry finish. What really gets you is how hoppy it is. Its so dark, yet the hops are really up in your face, bold, citrus n’ pine that catches you off guard... well worth finding it!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
This is a go to beer for me. When the 11th anniversary came out I must have drank 20 bottles. It was my first time with a black ipa and frankly I never looked back. Though I feel the 11th was better than the sublimely I was still stoked to have it available year round. It bours black with a root beer hue. The head is an inviting tan. Smell is pure hops and I love it. The subtle toasted malt are present as well. This beer is the definition of an iba. The color is black bit it drinks like an ipa. Super hoppy and delicious. Nothing bad to say about this other than the smaller batch of the 11th was better. I still have 4 bottles of the 11th and I drank one the other day. The profile is completely different as you’d expect. The piney hop flavors are gone and the malt flavors are huge, it’s almost choclatey. It is a completely different beer but still delicious!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephenj007 (108) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2014
A great, big bomber pour! All black body, thin, lacy head. Very hoppy aroma, with hints of smoke, alcohol, pine, roasty malts. Quite a bit of hops presence and bite in the initial taste, then rolls to a smooth, slightly flat finish. The dark, roasted notes stick around for a bit, along with a nice, alcohol warmth. A nice brew, not overwhelming in any area. Certainly has a kick you can feel by the end of a 22 oz bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redbeard3 (107) - - MAY 19, 2014
Poured into a shaker pint. Black pour - really black, even when you hold it to light.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Growler from the brewery. It was worth the drive out there. Somewhat sweet but packs a heck of a punch. Lots of hops and some roasted notes. Goes down smooth and has a finish with some bite. I’ll be back for more.....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Poured a deep black with a dark caramel head. Huge malted and hoppy aromas. This beer has character all up in it. Wow, big hoppy tastes with the same amount of smooth caramel malty flavors. This has big mouthfeel and a great finish that lingers but doesnt linger past its welcome. Awesome beer.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Absolutely incredible. Tons of hops but with a creamy chocolate mix and just a hint of caramel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Picked up a bomber bottle at Henry’s in San Diego, CA. Tasted from a snifter. Pours a very dark, dark brown with a frothy tan head. Piny hop aroma and flavors. Flavors also have a big fruit-and-herb character that offers a strong bitterness, but mellows into a coffee nuttiness. Body is a little over medium. This is very tasty, and a lot like the Stone 15th Anniversary Black IPA. In fact, I suspect that the 15th Anniversary is probably a souped-up version of this beer. Regardless, both are very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2013
pours a translucent black with an off white head. Aroma of juicy hops with some dark roast in the background. The roast is more prevalent in the taste, it is well ballanced with the citrus hops. Neither the roast or the hops are particularly bitter, this goes down very smoothly.


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