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RATINGS: 2251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2010
Although I have already rated this beer, I did so from memory and basic field notes. So, in the name of fairness and total legitimacy, Iíve decided to rate this great beer again with it right in front of me - the only side note being: that this, I assume is a new batch, as I first tasted the beer a year ago, and the place I get it from has only just restocked it, along with the new 2010 Old Guardian Barley Wine. So here goes: What an aroma! This beer has a nose that is just sensational. So much to take in - be in no doubt, this may look like a stout, pouring black with red hues at the edge of the glass, but itís big IIPA hops to the fore! Along with highly resinous, earthy smelling hops thereís some grapefruit, loads of caramel and toffee, treacle, pepper - almost a note of celery... Thereís also a good bit of sweetness in the background reminiscent of candy-floss or boiled sweets. Flavour is pretty darn mental. First up the hops definitely do the talking with loads of resinous flavours, bordering on rubber/leather, then thereís is an element of smoke and mineral, a truly roasted, pretty much charcoal bitterness. There are also ark fruit flavours such as bitter plum and blackberry, though without much citric tartness, having said that though, there is still a flavour reminiscent of grapefruit. There are some sweeter notes, once again more candied than anything else, I want to avoid using words like "chocolate" and "coffee" as that would be too easy under the circumstances, as it may look black, but this is no stout. The finish is big BIG bitterness ( you could almost mistake the bitterness for espresso, but itís most definitely alpha acids bringing the hit) More charcoal and wet stones/slate in the finish also, with the tiniest hint of fruit. Finish has considerable length, almost like a great mature cheddar. I have to admit, Iíve hardly even scratched the surface as far as the complexity of this beer is concerned. But rest assured it has many levels to investigate, and shall reward any experimenter handsomely if you spend the necessary time with it. Truly wicked beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark slightly thick black color with a brown head that laces the glass. Aroma is full of IPA hops along with mild coffee and dark chocolate. The taste masks the high ABV completely but this beer will definitely warm your insides. Its hard to describe just how this beer tastes... Sweet hoppy bitterness at the start and a dry chocolate porter finish. Amazing complex beer that I am very glad to have been able to drink!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Served from bottle into a Spaten mug. Pours dark dark brown almost black with a one-finger light tan head. The aroma is mainly of a slight hoppy note. The flavor on the other-hand is of weak hops with a subtle nutty flavor. It was medium on the palate with low carbonation. There was no apparent lacing. Overall this is a very nice brew as with most Stoneís. Definitely worth trying if you have not before...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
From a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark murky color with a nice off white head. Aroma of piney hops and roasted malts. Flavors is very hoppy with notes of pine, slight citrus and roasty malts. Very tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Bomber from Belmont in Dayton, OH. Poured a very very dark brown, almost black color. Nice looking ale. Aroma of bread, nuts, ect. Very bold taste for an ale. Extremely smooth beer, taste boarding on that of a porter. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Bomber and on tap. This bottle is WAY FRESH and it shows! Pours a dark, dark brown - pretty much black, with a billowy tannish head that stays. Fantastic, thick lacing. Aroma is big grapefruit, piney, citrusy hops, chocolate, malt, roasty malt. Taste is chocolate, malt, grapefruit, piney hops, really fresh and ending with a long lasting tingly bitterness. The mouthfeel is very full-bodied and well rounded, with medium to medium low carbonation. In a word, Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
Cask at GBBF, 7/8/12. Opaque brown. Aroma - Grapefruit, quite piney, grassy, aromatic spiciness, hops, bit of grape, bit roasty/choc malt. Taste - Very piney, terpene flavours. Grapefruit flavours, but little bitterness. Bit of a spicy tang, but mainly sweetish. Bit choc malt. Good balance of darker, sweet malts & grapefruit, piney & aromatic hops. Body is medium-thick, slightly syrupy, soft.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Aroma is luscious, fruity, floral hops. Slightly citrusy notes combine with the roasted chocolate flavors of the malt. Smells delicous. Pours a dark brown with a big off white head. Taste is roasted malt immediately on the front, slightly chocolate. Follows up with a huge hop punch. Really coats your mouth with flavor. Lingering bitterness. Surprising amount of hop character for as powerful as the malt still is. Best black IPA Iíve tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2011
An opaque brick of ebony sits sublimely in my glass with a nice head of tan. You can smell the hops right after popping the cap: smells like a pine forest full of sweaty men (As strange as it sounds I smell a hint of BO/cheese). A perfect medium body of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of sweetness. Finishes long and tingly with spicy pine and all that glorious hoppy bitterness. Iím amazed how balanced this is considering how hoppy it gets in the finish. A solid Cascadian!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raiderfost (170) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2016 WOW!!!!!!!! This is heaven. Poured a rich dark brown with a light brown head. I was instantly overcome by the aroma of hops that no other IPA could recreate.The next 20 minutes were amazing! I have to get more of this! Thank you GandGKevin.

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