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RATINGS: 2128   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Pours a dark dark brown with a 1/2 finger. Aroma is a dark hop kind if aroma, if that is a thing. Taste is very balanced. Just a great black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle 22oz from Total Wine. Pours a very dark brown / black, nice head on pour but diminish quickly. Aromas of malt and some caramel, lots of grapefruit and piney hopps. (Great aroma). Taste of medium sweet and malt with a big grapefruit sweetness. Good full body, creamy slick texure with a well rounded bitter finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigred22 (84) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 8, 2010
This is the best beer I have had yet. Man this was a good beer! Dark/Malty like a porter and fresh like a great IPA. The Aroma was like an IPA, but there was so much more in this one!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2011
Pours deep, dark chocolate brown with slight tan head. Diminishes to leave a thin blanket atop the beer throughout. Some sticky lacing throughout, as well. Aroma is heavy pine and citrus rind with nutty roasted notes and touch of dark chocolate. Pine aroma overpowers, but a nice swirl brings out the malt nose. Taste of candied nut quickly leads way to resinous, piney hops. With a rather bitter, though not at all unpleasant finish. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated and a bold introduction to Stone beers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PaperKnife (82) - - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown to black, tan foam head. Berry, dark fruit, sweet aroma. Oily, grassy bitterness, roast finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
viet959 (81) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Aroma - Pine, Floral Hops, sweet malts. Appearance - Dark brown with a nice large head, that dissipates into a small lasting head. Flavor - Just like it smells, with a dry and nice bitter hop finish. Palate - full body, sticky, astringent, bitter, long finish. Overall - This is a great beer with some kick (nice abv). It’s not as thick as arrogant bastard, but it is very similar in taste. This taste like a cross between an DIPA and a Stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whicheck (81) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
The aroma is subtle and balanced. As a lover of true ipas the black ipas have yet to impress. But this one is so balanced its hard to not like it. Nice dirty hop stick but with a light chocolate malt mixed in. Nice beer stone. Still not a big fan of the style but definitely a clean good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2010
See Harsebrau’s rating. It’s Shake-n-Bake, and I helped. ... Honest intro - probably too schnocked to rate...(got the hiccups)...but here goes... Aroma: this baby has the dark fruits cruising through the nostrils with traces of cocoa with a definite hop. But a lot of prune and raisin. (btw Harsebrau is helping with this..also schnocked.) Poured a dark brown to black. Touch of off tan/white head. We’re drinking this in dimpled mugs. It has a flavor of bitter and malty smooth but sharply bitter. It has been burnt by something. I don’t what...but burnt. And that is ok.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stretchfest (79) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2013
A big sexy black IPA. Deep dark color with a reddish hue. Hoppy aroma and a hop-forward flavor with a roasty-sweet backbone.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joesf35 (78) - Margate, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Dark brown to black with a light brown head. Aroma is typical stone brewhouse aroma plus citrus and roasty malt. Taste is rich malt, chocolate, toast, esters, citrus, delicious. A cold weather beer. Comfort food.


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