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RATINGS: 2227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3499) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Pour is a black with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice hop with some burnt malt and a small wood smoke. Flavor is agressive hops with a small chocolate malt toward the end. Very tasty and one of the better black IPA’s I’ve had. Most of the beers I’ve had of this style the dark malt kills anything the hops have to offer. This is the opposite. The hops are here in a big way and kinda hide the malts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Great dark black color with minimal head. Nice hop scent and a great smokey flavor, wish it was a little less bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scott_Snyder (27) - USA - JUN 27, 2011
Nice thick tan head sits atop a pitch black beer. Interesting aromas. Piney, Grassy, fresh hop aromas, some roastiness and bready also. Very full bodied, malty/stickiness, lots of carbonation and alcohol warms the throat all the way down. Outstanding malty sweetness and hop bitterness, and although not harmoniously balanced, it is a very enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2011
65cl, as Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, new American brew Anno 2009, from Geers Oostakker, complex bitter brew, malty/fruity and slightly sweet/roasted, not too heavy, very balanced, clear, rocky head, very good brew, yet expensive

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Dark plum with tan head. Nose of sweet dark fruits, a touch of smoke, some piney hop notes. Medium body, good carbonation. Some chocolate, dark fruits, a bit of booze, a little chalky. Pleasant musty fruity finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maledictum (713) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - NOV 20, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeratarian (160) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Pours a dark browm almost black with a light brown medium head. Aroma is mostly hops with a little dark roasted malt, almost slightly burnt. Initial flavors are that of a smoothed out ruination. Very smooth and easy to drink for the style. Your mind tricks you into thinking it will be malty and roasty, but the reality of it is just a balance to the ridiculous amounts of hops that stone likes to use. The finish is dry and creamy at the same time. What makes this beer so good is the drinkablity. I could pound a bomber and look for more. The fresher the better with this beer. A dark beer that is right at home on the john deer in the middle of summer or as a warmer on a winter ski trip.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2384) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Draft. Pours black with a small tan head. Smells very roasty with some hop notes. Taste is medium bitter with a strong finish. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3275) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
Bomber from Finger Lakes Beverage, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a large light mocha head. Aroma: Lots of citrusy C-hops, sweet and mashy like an American DIPA, boozy and vinous, fruity – berries and dark dried fruits, some pine and floral notes, a bit resinous, inky, thick molasses, rich, malty, boozy and hoppy. Palate: Medium+ body, moderately full effervescence with some prickly bubbles. Flav.: Huge, American DIPA character, all the big, boozy, mashy malts and in-your-face hopiness, dark dried fruits, caramel/brown sugar, C-hops, resin, pine, some inky, rich, sticky molasses,darker malts as it warms and as I get more used to it, starting to seem like Impy Stout meets DIPA; dry with good bitterness and a long, hoppy, lovely, malt finish.

Wow. Huge. Righteously sublime. For itself.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Earthy, mulch-like complexity. Cranberry bitterness headlocks the tongue. Color is a sensational oak brown. Smell is of molasses. This brew is reminiscent of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, but more peppery. There are only about 100 solid flavors going on in this black IPA. You’ll need an archeological crew to unearth them all. This stuff is magic with a fleshy slice of German chocolate cake.


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