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RATINGS: 2231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2516) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3350) - 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 Ė 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2498) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2012
draft - pours black with tan head and great lacing. Spruce nose and eventually becomes roasty. Balanced taste-wise at first, but quickly dominated by the bitterness. long bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. Super dark brown, just about black with a medium light brown head. Aroma is strong resin hops with a fairly small roasted malt aroma. The stout character is much more present in the taste, lots of coffee, caramel and some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, heavy bitter, dry finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Smells exactly like itís name suggests it would. As well, it taste exactly as itís name suggests. Plus, good. Not great but damn good. Itís full of the bitter and chocolate and coffee and with piney and citrus and blah blah ba frackiní blah. Itís a real good black IPA. Iíd recommend it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
Cask at GBBF, 7/8/12. Opaque brown. Aroma - Grapefruit, quite piney, grassy, aromatic spiciness, hops, bit of grape, bit roasty/choc malt. Taste - Very piney, terpene flavours. Grapefruit flavours, but little bitterness. Bit of a spicy tang, but mainly sweetish. Bit choc malt. Good balance of darker, sweet malts & grapefruit, piney & aromatic hops. Body is medium-thick, slightly syrupy, soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5661) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Exactly what I needed to erase the taste of the Schlitz Gold I just drank. Pours very black with lots of lacing. Smells of hops and roast malt. Lots of roast, lots of hops. Not sure how fresh this is but itís still pretty good. Very bitter taste with a little dose of sweetened, caramel malt at the end. Bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dojken (376) - - NOV 17, 2012
A very good black IPA. Good aroma nice feeling in your mouth. At the end a very good nice after-taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1941) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Draught. Black with nice frothy head. Intense hops. Good IPA, but not complex and if you close your eyes, would not know it is a black ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwoodward (573) - - DEC 4, 2012
Quite dark in color and flavor. Quite hoppy, but Iím still not sold on the black IPA idea.

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