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RATINGS: 2130   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.


4.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
What a fantastic offering from Stone. More a black IPA than just strong ale in my memory. It had everything - hops, malt, alcohol, what more could you want.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beersak (91) - akron, USA - APR 3, 2012
Beautiful black appearance with creamy white head. Very smooth and a bitter lingering aftertaste. Excellent overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Pours a rich, dark mahogany with a thick, tan head that stays. Good lacing. Complex aroma with strong, floral notes. Effervescent mouthfeel. Strong hoppy taste. Very good representative of its style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for the Daystrom M-5

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RogertheKid (90) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
One of the top Black IPA I ever tasted. Like most Stone products, great looking bottle, great looking beer once in glass, awesome smell, and a taste from heaven (with a devilish grin ;-) ) A must for any serious beer drinker!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beisen (90) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Pours almost pitch black with a short tan head. A little reddish tint if you hold it to the light. I expected it to be more IPA than it is, because of the cryptic words on the label. The color threw that out the window, plus the roasted maltiness and the coffee tones. Of course, Stone wouldn’t be complete without strong hops, and they win the day in the end. Nice and complex. It strikes a balance between a porter and an IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeratarian (88) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Pours a dark browm almost black with a light brown medium head. Aroma is mostly hops with a little dark roasted malt, almost slightly burnt. Initial flavors are that of a smoothed out ruination. Very smooth and easy to drink for the style. Your mind tricks you into thinking it will be malty and roasty, but the reality of it is just a balance to the ridiculous amounts of hops that stone likes to use. The finish is dry and creamy at the same time. What makes this beer so good is the drinkablity. I could pound a bomber and look for more. The fresher the better with this beer. A dark beer that is right at home on the john deer in the middle of summer or as a warmer on a winter ski trip.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bravo Stone! Great black IPA. Nice foresty smell, medium body. Bitter on the palate, with a bit of caramel and coffee. Love it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gabler (87) - , New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle. Poured dark brown/black with a finger or brown head. Awesome hoppy aroma, lot’s of pine, citrus, hint of tropical fruit. Suprisingly medium body. Flavor much like an amped up hopped out IPA with a bit of sweet malt character. Finish was bitter. Well done indeed!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
22oz/650ml bomber poured into a snifter. It looks like an imperial stout at first. Opaque dark brown body, with a nice light brown head and some visible carbonation. Good lacing and head retention. The aroma brings you an incredible combination of floral, juicy citrus-like hoppiness, with some caramel tones, and a nice rich roastiness, with hints of dark chocolate and espresso. From the first sip, you might mistake it for a nice, full-flavoured west-coast IPA, with a good hop bite and some juicy grapefruit notes. The finish, however, has both the bitterness and some nice lingering chocolatey and coffee-like notes. There is also some dark fruit undertones, and a little bit of smokiness, too. Simply outstanding and extremely satisfying! The beer coats the palate, very pleasant in the mouth! For a 8.9% beer, the alcohol is very well-masked! Just because it is so full-flavoured and intense, the drinkability is unlike that of a session ale. But, mind you, it drinks very smoothly and with little effort. This is easily the best beer I’ve tried in months, and I try quite a few each month! How about a round of applause for Stone?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
robzilla (86) - - MAR 1, 2012
Dark dark brown. Roasty malt and resin. Great taste nice bitter bitter finish l, pretty dry. Probably the best of this style I tried.


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