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RATINGS: 2249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2467) - JAPAN - MAY 14, 2009
Either this recipe is slightly different to the XI or the conditions I drunk it under were different, but this was a touch disappointing. Still a good beer, but after having a taste of the XI from a friend this couldn’t match up. Similar to the arrogant bastard in many ways, but the hops were not as bitter as I expected. Very good but not great

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1550) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Enjoy by: 06/30/09. Deep mahogany pour with a finger-thick khaki head. Great balance in the aroma - loads of pine and grapefruits along with caramel, vanilla, and some chocolate. Medium-bodied. Excellent balance taste-wise too. Starts off with some slightly toasty caramel maltiness and hints of dark chocolate. Grapefruits at the end. Fairly dry finish with some peppery tongue stinging that lingers. Some subtly warming alcohol underneath it all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Pours jet black, thin head. Hoppy nose. Flavor is Bitter hops, some liquorice. Thinner body with a bitter back end. Good black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tap @ Parkway. Dark red-brown pour with a light tan head leaving moderate lace. Spruce and cut-grass hop nose leading into an Arrogant Bastard-like body. Solid, medium-heavy body with whisky, chocolate and coffee notes. Bitter and umami, with a touch of sweetness in the beginning and middle. Half a pint is adequate, but that’s not a bad thing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fourplayed (69) - Lakewood, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Very dark red -black with 1 finger medium chocolate brown head. Smells of Hops, dark roasted sweet malts, dark fruits, prunes, raisins. Taste if bitter chocolate and Big earthy hops, the dark fruits & malts lend some sweet notes, some yeasts add to a good complexity, alcohol more present as it warms. Full body with good zesty carbonation start to finish, good hop bite and dry finish. A good bold brew (not for the pale ale crowd). Big hops, full body, bold dark fruits all get you attention!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2010
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, grass, pine, peach hop. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, sweet notes, citrus, peach and pine hop.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
22 oz bottle. Not really sure what a "Black IPA" is, but thought I would give it a try. Pours a mostly opaque black with a small light tan head. Smells of malt, hints of citrus, hops, and a bit of sweetness. Bizarre smell compared to the sight. The taste is just as unique, as it mixes the complexities of an IPA, stout, and possibly even a brown ale all in one, with lots of sweet malt, but also the balance of citrus and hops. Decent body to it also, with a pleasant aftertaste and some sticky mouthfeel to it. Overall, very different, but quite impressive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tnkw01 (1710) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle. Deep, Dark Color. Aroma is hoppy like an IPA. Taste, is also like a regular IPA. Hoppy taste with a malty, caramel toast finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2011
This one got me trashed for some reason. It was surprisingly smooth and very unique. I loved it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5567) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2012 Its a normal heavy hop profile, bitter finish with notes of roastedness in the main flavor. Interesting mix, makes a tasty beer


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