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RATINGS: 2169   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thefrutigers (104) - , Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle: pours almost as dark as a Stout with a thin light brown head. Smells very piney with roasted malt molasses under tone. Tastes like an IPA Stout. Very complex in flavors anf piney bitter finish. Overall: this is a typical Stone beer... very very hoppy and very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Stone can call this whatever they want, it’s a Black IPA and I love it. Dark pour with aroma of hops and deep roasted malts. head with nice lacing. Flavor is of chocolate and wood with the always impressive Stone hop kick. Awesome beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2010 Pours very dark brown. Berries and gorgeous hops on the complex nose. Complex, slightly smoky taste. Strong hops on the long finish. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeratarian (103) - 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
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Pours dark as night, with a thick brown head. Good Lacing. Burnt hops with a solid malt backbone. Citrus Notes. The roasted malt give the front a very fruity taste. Great big hop taste comes later. Full bodied and creamy

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBeCue (103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours a very dark brown which is almost opaque. Gives a 1/2" inch tan head which reduces to a flat spot in the middle of the glass. Leaves a very fine lacing. Aroma is very roasty and floral hops, a bit "chocolaty" and a quite bit of coffee (which becomes even more intense as the beer warms up). Taste is medium-bitter wih some alcohol presence developping around 12 degrees Celcius. Body is rather full with a slick/nearly oily texture. Carbonation is average for this style. Bitter finish which lasts quite a while! This is a really, really good beer. I have to confess that this is only my 2nd black IPA and the first one was really just "ok" and weighted in at 6% only. So in my book, this is a "double black IPA" and is something really different from the last one I drank. I like this one better!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Blacker than black ale. Thin off-white head. Floral hop aroma and a slight hint of roast. Full bodied and great mouth feel. Not a thick as it looks, but don’t be decieved by that. It’s rich also. Nice and unique! 1/18/08: opened and enjoyed.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guyute_Pig (102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 Draft and Bottle. Dark black color with a nice cream head, a bit off white, about two fingers. Nose is big on hops with caramel and roasted malt. The hops dominate, though. Taste is a bit of roast and carmel, maybe a few dark fruit notes, but overall dominated by hops. Love this stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EcnarM (102) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Quick question. What doesn't this brewery do right? This is an awesome creation in the black IPA category, which is my favorite. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Citrusy / piney hop flavors and bitterness come through nicely and more than balance out the roasted malt backbone. Tan head is large, long lasting, and knows how to lace a glass. I’m liking this beer.


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