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RATINGS: 2168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Weíre 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NatKadaw (98) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
The best of all the black ipaís Iíve tried over the years. Marked hop aroma and presence. Roasted malt backbone but no ashy or strong roasted bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlisle (96) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Good balance of bitterness and malt. Excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Turboninja (96) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Medium-strong, quite sweet and alcohol flavored aroma with raisin, malts and chocolate. Black color with light-medium, long staying, beige head. Strong though smooth taste with some sweetness. Raisin, syrup, malts, chocolate and coffee in semi-roasted style. Some alcohol flavor suits for this beer. Also a bit of hops but in very balanced manner concerned with other flavors. Medium-wide taste spectrum and long, bit fruity, malty and hoppy aftertaste. Medium mouth feel and medium-low carbonation. A perfect beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
I have had this beer a number of times now and love it more with each tasting. Stone hop profile all the way: pine, slight citrus and hop funk mixed perfectly with chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Taste is the same with the chocolate and coffee notes in the middle and hops on all sides with a touch of a dark chocolate bitter finish. In my opinion, a truly style-defying ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours black, canít see through it, with a nice light brown head with nice lacing. Strong hoppy aroma of pine and citrus mixed with chocolate coffee. Taste starts off hoppy and finishes with chocolate and coffee. Long nicely bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
This is bizarre. Pours a dark brown-black with a fizzy head. When I cracked the bottle I took a whiff and got blasted by the hops. This beer has a very citrusy/hoppy aroma. Very little in the way of malt. The taste is very hoppy and fruity; mainly orange and grapefruit. A good beer but Ruination puts this offering to shame.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbdpsu82 (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pours a dark beer-bottle brown color with a foamy thick beige head. Smell is very malt forward, with a hop afterscent. Taste is of roasted malt, strong and delicious. Not boozy at all. Fantastic beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
This is a nice beer. I am a big fan of black IPA and this did not dissapoint. Nice subtle floral aroma, appearance is solid dark with good head. Good smooth taste. Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kflorence (93) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a very thick, dark brown color that you canít see through when held up to the light. Minimal head that turns to some white lacing at the top of the glass. Smells of hops and malts with lesser notes of chocolalte, coffee and alcohol. Very full-flavored beer with a thick mouthfeel. Tastes of hops, sweet and roasted malts and coffee, finishes with dry, tart hop bitterness. It smells much hoppier than it tastes, the malts balance them out pretty well on the palate, which is good for me as Iím not a huge fan of hop-dominated beer, although I canít say Iíd go out of my way to pick this up. Definitely a quality crafted beer that Iíd recommend to fans of IPA style beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
8oz glass. Served at the brewery, with a light brown head. Very malty taste, with an extreme amount of spice to accent the taste. Very bitter finish, but not as much as I expected.

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