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RATINGS: 2112   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chrishrt30 (98) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2013
Jet black and oily, thick creamy off white head. Big fruity and floral aroma, toasted malt, caramel, toffee and a slight musky hint. Medium thickness, big caramel, licorice, strong hits of grapefruit, which lead through to the finish. Bitterness of burnt toast and Vegemite, good citrus hit right towards the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john_henry (98) - - MAR 3, 2014
A great black IPA, but not the best. Pretty simple, imagine a fairly run of the mill IPA and paint in black. Iím pleased you donít get the roast notes you often get in black IPAís, which I personally donít feel should be too evident. However I have to say it was a little disappointing, but Iíll certainly have it again, and look forward to having it closer to the brewery, rather than after itís travelled all the way to Japan. Just feels the hops have dropped out a little.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gamin (97) - - AUG 18, 2014
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle about three weeks after it's enjoy by date so keep that in mind. Pours a deep black with a nice head that holds for a little while. Smells mostly of hops (mostly grass) with little to no roastiness noticeable. Taste is bitter up front with a balanced hop character and a bit of roasted malt at the very end. It goes down easy and is complex and interesting. You can't really go wrong with this one. Based on this example I would not be scared off if it's a bit past its enjoy by date, especially if you can get a deal.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Proeferius (97) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
bottle@home, pours black with medium head. Taste of chocade, resin. Meerbier : thanks for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emarkd (97) - Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2010
bomber poured into a trappist glass. very dark beer, almost black with a slight reddish hue when held to the light. head is pale tan and small. almost disappears quickly but whatís left leaves nice lacing. aroma is mostly hops, resiny and piney with a hint of sweetness but not exactly vanilla. taste is very similar. fruity undertones are almost lost behind all the resiny flavors. the roasty toasty notes that must be there are hard to notice. long, bitter finish. a very good, complex beer but the hops are almost overpowering.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
I have had this beer a number of times now and love it more with each tasting. Stone hop profile all the way: pine, slight citrus and hop funk mixed perfectly with chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Taste is the same with the chocolate and coffee notes in the middle and hops on all sides with a touch of a dark chocolate bitter finish. In my opinion, a truly style-defying ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours black, canít see through it, with a nice light brown head with nice lacing. Strong hoppy aroma of pine and citrus mixed with chocolate coffee. Taste starts off hoppy and finishes with chocolate and coffee. Long nicely bitter coffee finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbdpsu82 (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pours a dark beer-bottle brown color with a foamy thick beige head. Smell is very malt forward, with a hop afterscent. Taste is of roasted malt, strong and delicious. Not boozy at all. Fantastic beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NatKadaw (95) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
The best of all the black ipaís Iíve tried over the years. Marked hop aroma and presence. Roasted malt backbone but no ashy or strong roasted bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
This is bizarre. Pours a dark brown-black with a fizzy head. When I cracked the bottle I took a whiff and got blasted by the hops. This beer has a very citrusy/hoppy aroma. Very little in the way of malt. The taste is very hoppy and fruity; mainly orange and grapefruit. A good beer but Ruination puts this offering to shame.


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