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RATINGS: 2235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (9609) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (9561) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9439) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2011
22oz bottle. Pitch black color, tan head. Some lacing falls in slow-motion back into the glass, some stays in reaching patterns. Very light, but crisp carbonation. So, so bitter, it has an almost acidic texture to it. A roasty, resiny hops aroma beneath the intense bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9411) - 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 haven’t tried a black IPA before, this is the closest to it and I find it fascinating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9269) - 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9257) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9256) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9170) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2010
From the Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green 06/08/2010 (As Self-Righteous Ex 12th Anniversary) Big hop aroma. White head. Dark coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a hint of dryness in a malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9154) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9143) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Pours nice dark black, nice fluffy white head. Aroma has big notes of pine, and a touch of citrus intermingling with chocolate, roast, and some coffee. Taste is fantastic pine and chocolate intertwined with some caramel, finishing bitter and roasted. Black IPA done well, where the right tastes matched up from the hops and the malt at the right time.

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