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RATINGS: 2250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle @ home. Deep black appearance with a big tan colored head. Huge charred, burnt rubber, hoppy nose thatís pretty unpleasant to me. Deep roasty, burnt dark malts over a piney hoppy flavor. Burnt hoppy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10419) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep brown colour. Aroma of dark fruits, well toasted malt and alcohol. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is fruity and sweet with toasted malt and caramel, lots of hops and some noticeable alcohol. Dry fruity sweetish finish. Tasty brew indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10198) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle @ Hotelroom, Denver. Pours dark brown, allsmost black, with a huge tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, chocolate,pine, resin and some citrusslike notes. Taste is coffee, expresso, chicolate at first, then overtaken by the bitter hops flavors, pine, resin. Medium body, soft carbonation, lasting bitter finish. Nice 260211

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (10088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2016 a dark, dry hopped beer...yummy. fairly unique brew, and even though dry hopped, not overly hopped, especially by Stoneís standards, as another rater noted. frsh re-releases after the 11th anniversary have gotten even better. the last two times i had this nice freshly hoppy dark brew, itís been awesome!" The encore 2016 seems a little weak in comparison. Still very good, but not 100th percentile great.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark amber with a medium creamy light tan head that diminishes quickly leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong hops with raisin and fruit. Medium mouthfeel with a strong hop bite upfront with rich malt and a nice lingering bitter finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering, a very complex brew from Stone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (10000) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Tasting at beer temple. Black pour with medium tan head. Grapefruit, hop aroma. Flavour is grassy hops, grapefruit and a little grapefruit. Amazing!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma had a combination of sweet fruits and citrus fruits. The citrus fruits tended to dominate the nose with some piney notes underneath. The flavor was full of hops which lead to a piney taste with citrus undertones.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
500 mL bottle into tulip. Pours a deep brown almost black with a two-finger tan head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is very powerful: lots of dark fruits, prunes, molasses, dark chocolate, strawberries, and big grapefruit hops that makes for an odd combination like a Belgian Strong Ale and IPA combined. Taste is just that: refreshing grapefruit hops are most prominent but as this warms it becomes more about dates, prunes and then moves to coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, and some smokiness. I really havenít tried a black IPA before, this is the closest to it and I find it fascinating.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle from Caponeís. 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.


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