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RATINGS: 2040   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7471) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 First rating
Bottle, bomber, thanks to larsniclas!
On June 5, 2010
Very dark red to black color, tan head. Sticky, hoppy, citrus scent. Bitter, hoppy, sweet taste. Soft, smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.

Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for Zwanze Day 2011 as well as the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 17, 2011
Clear deep dark red color, close to black color. Lasting fluffy tan to light brown head. Sweet, malty, caramel, citrus, hoppy scent, very fresh. Sweet and caramel taste at first, some fresh hops. Rather fast turns to the bitter side as well as bringing in some roasted notes. Smooth yet to the moussy side mouthfeel. Fairly high bitterness, dry finish.

12 fl oz bottle at Bishops Arms Örebro on May 25, 2013.
Very dark red to black color, big brown head. Hoppy, citrus, roasted scent. Sweet, bitter, hoppy, roasted, citrus taste. Raisin, bitter, hoppy, roasted aftertaste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, high bitterness. Noticeable alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2010 2010-06-25. Black body with a nice creamy brown head, awesome lacing. Leafy green hop aroma. 8+ Flavour is fairly bitter, quick leafy green hops, resin, rich dark malt base. 8+ Cream medium to full bodied palate. Yumm! 8+/5/8+/4/17+ - 4.2 On Tap at Bailey’s Taproom, Portland.

2008-01-01. Bottle. Black body with a big foamy tan head. Green leafy hop aroma, mild roast malt and alcohol. (7+) Similar green leafy hops in the flavour, lots of bitterness throughout, with a very mild undertone of roast malt, lingering green hops. Not really getting much in the way of citrus really, more leafy hops with maybe slight resin. Smooth average to medium palate (3+). Solid. 8/4/8/3/17 - 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2010
Sample at the Rake, Southwark, July 2009. Very dark colour. Seemed just like a big IPA, but dark. At the time I wrote “nice but unnecessary”, suggesting that the darker elements didn’t really bring anything extra to the party. But, since then I have tried a few more dark IPA style beers (even if they are defined as an American Strong) and been very impressed by a couple. So perhaps I didn’t really “get” the concept at the time I tried this one. Or perhaps it really didn’t benefit from the darker rendition. Either way, I need to revisit this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (7253) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours a barely transparent dark copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing tan head. Aroma of faintly piny hoppy and slightly toasty dark caramel malt. I expected the aroma to be hoppier but it’s about average for big IPAs. Starts sweet and dark caramely malty with some grapefruity hop balance and overall pretty drinkable toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. A nice dark IPA, but nothing that special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Draft from awhile black. Pours midnight black with tan head. Nose/taste of roast chocolate malt, coffee, pine and resin. Well balanced roast and bitter hop resin. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at Tom’s UGT Pt. 2.
Thick dark brown with a good beige head. Thick resinous hoppage with an excellent malty backbone. You really wouldn’t think grass and chocolate can mix but here they really do. The dark malt and the characteristic Stone hop profile blend seemlessly and the end result is something rather unique. Hard to describe, very enjoyable to drink. It’s always nice to try something different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7040) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
Bottle shared with Casey, Tracey and Loz at a great American tasting evening 11-04-08 hosted by Casey and Tracey, cheers mate! Dark chesnut colour and with a great aroma that appears to combine both citrus and chocolate, a bit Terry’s chocolate orange maybe. Tiny light bubbly tan head and the aroma changes with each swish some iodine and seaweed, bit crablike sounds bizarre but its actually really rather nice. Taste hits with a thrusting bitterness and good citrus burst carried along by noticeable alcohol presence, some lovely roasted flavours not so hoppy as I expected, numbs the tongue very slightly, enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bomber, 11th Anniversary Ale. Poured iced tea brown with a fine cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toffee, brown sugar, and baker’s chocolate paired with grapefruit and toasted pine hoppage.. just a little nutty impression on the back. The flavor had dry, dark chocolate and bitter coffee along with bitter floral and citrusy notes.. long, grainy finish that carried through more bitterness than I expected. Medium-bodied and bitter on the palate with moderate carbonation.. balance was decent, but the finish was too abrasive for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
Bottleshare BBQ at Dave L’s, PA - 27/05/12. Black with a small mocha head. Pine, citrus, hops, a little chocoalte on the nose. Juicy hop flavour - slighthly floral, pine, chocolate backdrop. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish. One of the better black IPA’ s on the market.

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