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RATINGS: 2238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (10707) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 On draught at Vintage Estates in Boardman (1 of 7 kegs in the state I understand). Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium and lasting tan head. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a cross between an Imperial IPA and a roasty Porter. Loads of citrusy hops in the nose, with a full roasted malt undertone. Other aromas like pine and toffee are present as well. Rich and bitter with a full array of citrusy and piney hops flavors. Toasted malt and chocolate flavors are found too. Slow alcohol burn through it all. The finish is long and bitter with a tasty grapefruit hops finish. Excellent overall. Once again Stone manages to do something unique and enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (10660) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
650ml bomber bottle. best by 06/29/10. Pours a dense dark brown/black with hints of ruby when held to light and a foamy, long lasting tan head. It is a bit of an ambiguous color, it looks like a stout. It smells sweet and hoppy, but it isn’t that fragrant. The taste is bitter and hoppy, with some slight coffee character. It is slightly metallic as well. The hops are piney and mix with the metallicness to create a flavor im not too keen on. The so called black IPAs seem to be more gimmicks than anything, it seems like no brewers have taken the time to make the perfect recipe for it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-02-2010 00:46:54

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
a very good IPA with added thickness from chocolate malt. Pours dark and foamy, hoppy, ahh! the taste of citrus C-hop, and the c-hop aroma. Full mouthfeel. Delightful as a meal in itself.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 Re-rate 10/29/11: Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks to whoever brought this one. Dark brown with a bit of beige foam. Aroma of piney hops, some roastiness and chocolate notes. Flavor has some sweetish roasted malt and a bitter finish with some slightly stale hops. Medium-bodied. 6/3/6/3/13=3.1

Re-rate 8/22/11: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown. Aroma of grapefruity hops with flowers and pine needles notes. Flavor starts sweetish with faint roastiness but there’s mostly citric and floral hop bitterness with piney notes. Medium to full-bodied. Nice stuff. Roastiness is almost unnoticeable. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5

Re-rate 2/16/10: Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Shachar. As "Stone 11th Anniversary Ale". Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, licorice, prunes, dates, carob hints and some flowery hints. Bittersweet flavor with chewy malt, caramel, dried fruits and resinous hops bitterness that’s getting stronger towards the finish. Full-bodied. Certainly tastes better this time around, not as messy as I remembered it. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

(11/3/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Escondido. Very dark brown color. Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, licorice, hops, caramel hints and a bit of fruitiness. Dry flavor with roastiness, licorice, spices, fruits and alcohol. Medium to full-bodied. I’m not really fond of this. 5/4/5/3/10=2.7

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottle (tried again at RBSG ’08)This beer rocks!... The wet Simcoe hops definitely kicked this baby’s flavor up a notch... from 3.8 to 4.0... Origninal rating... Clear, deep, dark mahogany ale with a large, creamy, beige head. Great retention. Big-time grapefruit smacks me right in the nose. Lesser, burnt notes of charcoal and ash. There’s dark chocolate in here as well, but make no mistake, the hops run the show. Sweet caramel and chocolate flavor right up front; then tannic, abrasive, pine needle and grapefruit pith bitterness. Full-bodied and astringent with medium carbonation. Burnt, bitter-as-hell, dry-as-hell finish. Thanks to growler for sending this one my way!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (10513) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
Draft - Roast malts and grapefruit. A bit so spice, maybe anise? You can almost see through the dark mahogany, and a beige nice rich head. Big pine and toasted malts. Thin body and a bit of alcohol burn, not as I had hoped with the aroma. Not bad, but just ok.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (10504) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2015
One-third sample, keg at The 23 Club. Near black coloured body. Fair fawn-coloured head, mostly remaining. Smell of mid-sweet vanilla, dark fruits and grainy malts. Rich taste profile of vanilla chocolate, coffee and liquorice followed by dark fruity bitterness to a prolonged ending. Smooth and warming on the swallow. Full bodied. Delicious (Liverpool 31.01.2015).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10487) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013
Draught @ Yard House, Long Beach, CA
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus, grape, pine and hint of chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, piney, citrus and grape finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10408) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
Black with medium beige head. Sweet and hoppy aroma with grapefruit, roasted malt and caramel notes. Sweet flavor with notes of roasted malt, hops liquerice and caramel. Ends with intense bitterness.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10360) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle @ home. Deep black appearance with a big tan colored head. Huge charred, burnt rubber, hoppy nose that’s pretty unpleasant to me. Deep roasty, burnt dark malts over a piney hoppy flavor. Burnt hoppy finish.


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