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RATINGS: 2169   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Bottle of Stone XI, thanks to Timmy300. I believe this one has crossed the line in terms of where it peaks. I could see the potential for this to be a black IPA, but it came more across as a very hoppy porter, regardless of the commercial description. Immensely bitter, the aroma and hop flavor has diminished and the roasted grains really press through at this point, some coffee and molasses. Still, a very nice beer that was surely a pleasure fresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
11th Anniversary Black IPA ABV 8.7%. Tap Capital Ale House Downtown 08/30/2008. Big floral citrus hop aroma. Black with lacy white head. Roast malt with some graininess and big grassy hop flavor. Medium body with dry roasty finish and good deal of lingering hop bitterness. Nice residual fresh hop flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6031) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2008
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Odeur de céréales et de pamplemousse avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune-bourgogne. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de chocolat au caramel et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #1947)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
From bomber courtesy of dpjuart. Great malty nose, chocolate and biscuit. Caramel malt, raw wort and a bit of funky cheese or feet. Light oxidation. Bit of mild spircy resin notes. Neutral fruits. Dark brown clear with pillowy off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. A bit hot with warming. Sweet with caramel and chocolate. Biscuit and hoppy hops. Neutral fruits and still quite bitter. Fruity bitter finish and nutty bitter after.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rabbe7000 (19) - Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2008
It’s color would lead you to think it’s a stout or porter. But this IPA is delicious. Smells great, taste even better, and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2008
Pours bladk with red edges and a beige head. Aroma and flavour is both fruity and hoppy - quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, excessive hops, and grapefruit. Taste is the same. Has a very bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3832) - - NOV 20, 2008
a dark but not black beer under a huge foamy tan head. hoppy aroma. flavors are hoppy and roasty. an ASA with dark malt. good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
(bottle - 22 oz - 2007 vintage) Sampled as 11th Anniversary Ale. Chocolate pour with a puffy tan head. Aroma is mild citrus mixed with some spruce, hops, and roasted malts. Flavor is lightly roasted at the front with a very nice hop middle blending with some caramel and toasted malts and finishing with a very smooth and floral hop bite. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm ’09. Pours a soft black color with a mocha head. Predominantly features hops, pine, and earthy malts. Finishes hot. Shy of harsh, but certainly aggressive.

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