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RATINGS: 2132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


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4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
STEVIE_NIX (35) - - FEB 19, 2013
This is the real deal! The best US BIPA for sure! Bottle from cotteridge wines. Pours a nice black with a thick tan head. The aroma was fairly muted which didnít really set me up for what was to come. Taste was a great balance not to heavy or bitter, spot on. Initial flavours of mocha from the malts and salted caramel. Then the citrus hit from the hops move in with its grapefruit tang and nice lasting bitterness In the mouth. Another great stone. Beer. As it say on the bottle, sublime.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (751) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a Best By date of 12/25/2014. Aroma is mostly hoppy with a lot of grapefruit and pine resin, a classic West Coast hop character. Some cracker malt notes with faint roast and light chocolate. Light ester notes of stone fruit. Pours dark brown, almost black with a medium sized, fairly thick, dark tan head that exhibits pretty nice retention. Flavor is slightly sweet with some faint roast and light chocolate notes, both of which are more prevalent in the finish. Medium high bitterness with quite a bit of resinous and grapefruit hop character. Some light notes of stone fruit, orange and woods. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright black IPA, but I still donít see why Black IPAs are a thing. I would rather have a super fruity IPA than a slightly roasty resin bomb.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MRodgers1982 (101) - USA - SEP 25, 2014
Great hoppy aroma that worked well with the coco malts. The taste was hoppy bitter and roasty bitter, but not over the top. Excellent job!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EcnarM (86) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Quick question. What doesn't this brewery do right? This is an awesome creation in the black IPA category, which is my favorite. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephenj007 (108) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2014
A great, big bomber pour! All black body, thin, lacy head. Very hoppy aroma, with hints of smoke, alcohol, pine, roasty malts. Quite a bit of hops presence and bite in the initial taste, then rolls to a smooth, slightly flat finish. The dark, roasted notes stick around for a bit, along with a nice, alcohol warmth. A nice brew, not overwhelming in any area. Certainly has a kick you can feel by the end of a 22 oz bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidhedonism (71) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
22 oz bottle from Fred Meyerís in Beaverton, OR. Aroma is sweet and woody, with strong hints of burned coffee. Sweetness in the beginning gets immediately overtaken by the astringency of the roasted grains and the bitterness of the hops. I would not necessarily call this beer balanced, but I would certainly call it complex. Then again, I prefer sweeter Black IPAs, and I donít generally care for overly dry and astringent roasted grains. Regardless, I would gladly drink this again. And again.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
julesjis (57) - Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Poured from a 22. Aroma has an initial familiar medicinal scent that I canít place, something hydrogen peroxide-ish. Taste is not sweet, but a nice roasty and savory taste. This is a great beer but not sure if it is 100% worthy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedevilsfan (141) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Ballsy black IPA. Some black IPAís are light on hops, not this one. It packs a serious hop wallup. Creamy malt backbone gives this a great taste. One of the best IPAís out there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpgibbon (309) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Bomber. Dank cheesy aromas. Little roastiness. Taste is milk choco then bang with the spicy funky hops. Very smooth for a BIPA. Wow this is great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (517) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle. Black. Big bitter roasty notes that linger on the palate. Chocolate and coffee with citrus hops. Low carb and a medium mouthfeel. Probably my favorite black ipa to date. Classic stone hoppy bite with dark rich malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
Jet Black. Frothy head. Licorice taste from the mix of hops and malt. Roasted and a little like jerky. Nice!


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