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RATINGS: 2105   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 Rerate march 13, 2012. Much better this time. Nice hops and roastiness. Sampled at the Stone 11th party. Dark brown with red highlights, this is IPA meets porter. bitter and very very very dry, not my cup of tea

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Ah so it goes that this is an alias, and i just tried the new sublimely self rightoues version and it was pretty nice. 2nd sample Stone Anniversary Fest XI. On Cask dry hopped with simcoe and summit hops. Pours dark dark black with a 1 finger creamy head. The nose was very nice, with prickly hops. Very smooth and sweet taste, not overly bitter. Damn nice anniversary brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large, foamy tan head. Aroma is earthy, resiny hops with a strong malt background. A bit of chalkiness. Warmer temperature reveal a fruity smell, some citrus. I want to say there is a roasty or chocolate aroma but I think thatís just a strange synaesthetic response to the appearance. Without looking at the beer this could pass as a normal strong, balanced IPA or IIPA. Taste is different. Interesting and unique. Not too bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. I donít even know how to describe the taste really. Thereís definitely some roastiness in the finish, though subtle. The hops present in the aroma donít present themselves in the taste too much. Weird beer. This is good though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Aroma is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Smells hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, pine, resin, Simcoe, chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts. Poured very dark brown in color with a creamy, rocky, light brown, head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of dark malts, chocolate, pine, Simcoe, resin, toasting, and and some grapefruit. Medium body. Creamy, slightly dry texture. Bitter resin finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2495) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Black pour with a big tan head in a tulip. Smell is quite hoppy and some dark malt notes in there as well. Or maybe that is just my eyes projecting that on what otherwise is very IPA like. Taste is strong, bitter, and hoppy. Some dark roast flavors show up, but mostly what youíd expect from a strong rich heavy IPA. Light alcohol presence, but this is still nicely drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2007
22oz bottle sampled thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a dark brown with a white soapy head. Aroma of caramel and dark malt with pine and citrus hops. Piney earthy hops are the first flavors riding on those bitter coat tails is nutty toasty with a touch of bakers chocolate. Finishes with a lasting earthy bitterness. Interesting beer, Iím glad I got to try this fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Cola brown as it poured from the bottle. The head was active and bubbly at first, then settled to a thin mousse; left no lacing on the glass. In the glass, the color was dark brown with some deep red visible against backlighting. The smell is rich with both sweet malt and spicey hops. The mouthfeel was fluffy as though this were a cask-conditioned beer. Interesting! There are definite dark-roasted, slightly burnt notes in the flavor. The burnt malt flavor dominates the hops hops somewhat, so the hops in the smell are stronger than in the flavor. This is a very interesting hybrid style

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Black with creamy tan head. Heavy cherry and alcohol aroma. Alcohol taste as it warms. A bit too heavy for me but I appreciate the richness and how developed the flavor is.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Nice brown head on top of a very dark brown, almost black body. Hardly any light gets through the beer, except a brown tint at the top and bottom. Very hoppy aroma with floral notes and citrus but also a little sour citrus notes as well- maybe grapefruit. The floral notes follow through to the palate as well. But the also a bit of a toast and coffee flavors. A bit too burnt tasting for my liking

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle: HOLY PISS is this one dark, nearly black, large frothy light brown head, spotty lacing.   Looks like a flippín Stout.   Typical Stone hop nose, strong yet with a subtle sweetness.   However, this one yields some rather large roasted malt qualities.   Kinda reminds me of a subtle Schwarzbier, with a HUGE hop base.   Decent amount of malts, but certainly on the hop side.   Lingering bitterness, and might I say a strange roastiness.   Odd to have a beer that is so IPA like yet has this strong roasted malt presense.   Backside shows some citrus rind like qualities.   To be expected for a Stone, and quite welcomed.   Decent beer, enjoyable, but a little odd.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Donít let the dark color fool you, its roasty, but not as aggressive as you might think.   Different, but enjoyable.   Iíve got one more to sample thanks to dirty_martini!



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