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RATINGS: 2228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
22 oz bomber. Very dark brown/black beer topped with a thick dark tan head. The aroma is fairly hoppy up front, pine and resiny, hops with a bit of bright citrus. Initially, hops dominate the aroma and the malts are barely detectable. Flavour is also very hoppy with loads of fresh pine and citrus. There is a light milk chocolate aroma that comes up as the temperature does. There is a bit of coffee flavour in here as well. Further warming brings out the fruiter citrusy/juicy character of the hops. Peppery and fairly alcoholic. Very creamy texture with chocolate coming out a little bit as well. Malts appear to be fairly well developed although the hops never leave IIPA territory. Sticky and resiny with a lingering pine finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8999) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (8992) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8832) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2013
Bottled 01/03/13. A black beer with a little off-white head. A typical Black IPA US hoppy aroma. A long and strong beer. Very bitter and hoppy in the mouth with suggestive deep coffee flavours. More bitter than most Black IPAs. Quite a malty comfy finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8739) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8602) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8593) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - 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.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (8538) - 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.

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