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RATINGS: 2035   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
boydmarq (48) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
I am stunned at any review that rates this lower than 15 out of 20 on the overall rating. For anyone who loves a hoppy, flavorful beer, this is the absolutely best one out there. And I have tasted a ton of beers. Everyone time I drink this, my first thought is: OMG, this is nectar from the heavens!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mlntroy23 (46) - Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2012
I haven’t had a whole lot of black ipa’s but I’d have to say this one is great! Nice combo of chocolate and hops. Dark but not heavy, surprising for 8.7.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jh773 (46) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Smells a little hoppy with light notes of bread. Taste is slightly bitter with vague coffee notes and rye. Pleasantly carbonated. More subtle than I expected and very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2008
solid beer. poured very dark aalmost black. Great smell of hops and pine. very smooth medium carbination. Tsted of hopes, pine and choc and coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheOldKid (46) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2010
1 pt 6 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown almost black with a thick chocolate colored head that lingers. Aroma is caramel and chocolate notes with a doughy tinge. Taste is sweet and rich. Palate is full bodied and creamy. Average carbonation and sweet and elegant finish. Lots of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Overall WOW. Very nice. Great look and taste. It is a great ale. Much darker and complex than I would have expected, but then again Stone is good at what they do.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerHopKopf (46) - Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Pours practically opaque with a nice head. Aroma is complex but is dominated by earthy hops. Faint notes of coffee/licorice. Taste is mostly bitter without a big pucker factor due to the sweetness from the malts. Very slight alcohol on the finish. Has a nice mouthfeel and is very smooth drinking. As an IPA fan, I was delighted by this particular brew. Will likely pick up a bottle next time I go shopping.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lehighbri (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2011
Got this beer as a gift and man what a gift. Very dark/black color with very thick head which keeps its foam for pretty much the entire pint. Aroma is fully of hops, and with eyes closed, could easily mistake this for a strong IPA. Tastes like a combination of IPA and brown sugar... a little sweet but no overdone. Very smooth and no aftertaste that many IPAs have. Well done stone... well done...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mdsurveyor (46) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2012
A well designed bottle. The aroma is pine with a hint of citrus. An appealing dark color with a thin tan head when poured. Nice lacing. The taste is resin and a hint of toffee that quickly is over-powered by a strong pine after-taste. The after-taste is so overpowering and lingering that it was largely the cause of a lower rating. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
caseynswan (46) - - SEP 17, 2012
From the bottle at Nosh in Portland, ME. Served a bit too cold for my liking; flavors would probably be more prominent at cellar temperature. Pours black with a nutty brown head. Held to the light it has a ruby appearance. Complex nose: pine, citrus, floral, malt. Medium-to-heavy bodied with a roasted, coffee-like flavor that finishes dry & bitter. A keeper.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Pours a coffee like color with amber hues and a tan head. I’ve never seen an IPA this dark. On the palate there is a malty start but a very complex finish with roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee. I never thought I’d be saying chocolate and coffee while describing an IPA... stunning


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