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RATINGS: 2090   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Black IPA you say? Interesting. Pours deep brown/light black color. Aroma is strong with grapefruit/citrus/pine. Perfect bitterness and well balanced. This may be my favorite Stone brew yet....on to the Double Bastard!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2010
This was my introduction to the black IPA. Pours black without a head from a 22oz bottle. Aroma: caramel, toast. Taste: medium sweetness. Palate: thicker than an average IPA with what I would estimate to be average carbonation. Very enjoyable, among the best that Iíve tried from Stone.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fourplayed (69) - Lakewood, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Very dark red -black with 1 finger medium chocolate brown head. Smells of Hops, dark roasted sweet malts, dark fruits, prunes, raisins. Taste if bitter chocolate and Big earthy hops, the dark fruits & malts lend some sweet notes, some yeasts add to a good complexity, alcohol more present as it warms. Full body with good zesty carbonation start to finish, good hop bite and dry finish. A good bold brew (not for the pale ale crowd). Big hops, full body, bold dark fruits all get you attention!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IvoR (68) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours black with a think brownish head.Aroma is of hops, very strong, even with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is very hoppy, maybe fruity as well. It does remind me of grapefruit now that I read otherís ratings (I am very poor at detecting fruit flavor myself). A vague hint of chocolate in the end that quickly disappears. The finish is nice and lasting. A very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ipamonger (68) - New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 6, 2011
Pours a dark, dark brown, with a thin fleeting head. Aroma of hops, citrus, floral, malt, coffee, vanilla. Taste is a great bittersweet, resiny hops comes through. Fantastic IPA.

1.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
iggynelix (68) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bitter and dark as would be expected for a black ipa. Donít try to session this brew that smells like feline urine with an after taste like quinine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jh773 (68) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 25, 2011
22 oz bomber. Pours dark brown, almost the color of a porter but a bit more translucent. Thin, tan head. Interesting to drink a beer this dark and have it be this hoppy. I expected the maltiness to balance out the hoppyness but the hops come through a lot more, although this isnít a bad thing. The usual citrus, pine, floral notes of an IPA donít come through near as much in this beer, but the bitterness is definitely there. I thought it would be a little sweeter, given the alcohol content. Subtle hints of dry chocolate, licorice, cough syrup and resin are present also. Not the most amazing beer Iíve ever had but one of the more interesting and creative ones. Thumbs up for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
moonbug (66) - Bryan, - MAR 15, 2013
Beautiful dark beer with a light head. Sweet chocolaty spicy full taste. Smooth finish. Overall a very good Nd interesting beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Deep deep brown to charcoal black in color with a thin head. Big hoppy nose. Chwwey hops with dark molasses/black cherry flavors, however the predominant flavors are from the hops, adding a grapefruit/citrus facet and overpowering the large malt bill. Somewhat like a fresh batch of barley wine... See <a href="http://www.1000BottlesofBeer.com"& for the complete review. Cheers!


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