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RATINGS: 2215   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8669) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. Black with a beige rocky foam. Aromas are molasses and liquorice with lots of herbal notes and rich black coffee. Flavours are rich, bitter roast coffee with liquorice. Some cream with bitter dark chocolate with raisins and dates. Fruity and dark with an oily palate. Strong warming alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (8651) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle. Lemon, peach and pine hops aroma. Murky brown color with large tan head. Sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter pine hops flavor. Damn tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (8527) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
Sampled on tap at SIB, pours dark brown / black. Aroma of wood, roasted malt, burnt flavours, caramel and oak. Flavour is much the same. Awesome beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8480) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 rerate needed... it’s actually quite good when fresh. probably in the 3.5-3.8 range.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8371) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2011
On tap at the Meddlesome Moth, Dallas. It pours jet black with a thick tan head. The nose is rich-roast coffee, toffee, brown sugar, marshmallow and pine. The taste is of burnt sugar, toast, bread, coffee, molasses, soy, pine and hay. It has a medium to thick body and the finish is burnt, smokey and mighty bitter. I find it perhaps a bit too savoury, but enjoyable none the less.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Earthy, wooden and citrusy hops proliferate atop the delicate roasted malts in this highly flavorful and quenching strong Black IPA. This is just another high quality Stone offering.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam decorates the brown-sleeved black.
-The blackness in this IPA is more a visual treat than an important contributor to the flavor profile.
-Carbonation is frothy and comfy, increasing drinkability.
-Alcohol does not really appear in the flavor profile.
-Roasted malts and resinous hops lend plenty of bitterness to the finish.
-Caramel sweetness is well integrated, but does not quite balance out the hoppiness in a young bottle.

Bottles.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Deep brownish black head with big, 3-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy wet hops, dark malt...the aroma is a tad Gonzoish and Alpha Klausy in this. The taste is rich, dark malty, decently complex, with a lot of hop flavors matching the malt. This one is good, but did not blow me away.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8289) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8243) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2008
Dirty greige, fine-bubbled and dense head over near black beer with granat highlights. Hoppy, concentrated USA hops nose, with a typical maltsyrup, cake, raisins backing. Soft light bitterish taste with a very extensive malts underbuild. Hopflavours abound, but never superimpose. A well-baked prunecake with a hopgift. Very finely, expressively Champenoise pearling, alightening a near syrupy/full-bodied beer. Typical Stone. But in the best way imaginable - great. Thanks, Carl.


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