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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Nearly black in color--no light shines through. Nice, tight beige head. Spotty lace. Very strong grapefruit hop aroma. Reminds me of Double IPA. Given the darkness of the brew, I’m surprised not to smell any burnt or roasted malts. Tastes like super-hopped IPA. Relatively thin body. There’s a mild level of roasted malt in the aftertaste, otherwise it is all bitter, bitter hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3375) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 11, 2009
Dark brown color. Nose is very interesting, with lots of hops of cotton candy, molasses, dark chocolate and hazelnuts. The mouth has big citrusy hops upfront with frangelico poured over the hops and then a big whallop of dark chocolate. Everything is big, but seems to balance out. Chocolately, molasses in finish with a fair amount of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Pours black as a stout but the flavor was a hop bomb.Huge hop flavor with a hoppiy bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Pours a muddy dark brown color with a small white head. Aroma is big citrus hops sweet malt, some caramel notes. Flavor is very hoppy very malty. Big in a lot ofways but balanced. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2009
translucent dark brown with ruby light shining through under a big, creamy cap of mocha-colored head. Aroma smacks of hops, but that’s just a hint at the flavor. The first taste brings a strong hop presence, but there’s another big flavor -- smoke. Other aromas are peach and a bit of booze. Warms and really opens up, reminds me a lot of Beer Here’s "Dark Hops" but with a little more complexity. Tasty, but it’s a struggle to get through a bomber alone with such strong flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicowv (465) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2010
22 oz bottle: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head. Aroma is citrus hop and doughy with a grassy malt. Taste is complex, but finishes a bit bitter. Smooth, oily texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark with hints of red and a medium off white head. Aroma and flavor are grapefruit, pine, caramel, some toffee. Well-balanced, a bit of sweetness, long bitter finish. Not well versed in black IPAs, but this is quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2011
Pours deep, dark chocolate brown with slight tan head. Diminishes to leave a thin blanket atop the beer throughout. Some sticky lacing throughout, as well. Aroma is heavy pine and citrus rind with nutty roasted notes and touch of dark chocolate. Pine aroma overpowers, but a nice swirl brings out the malt nose. Taste of candied nut quickly leads way to resinous, piney hops. With a rather bitter, though not at all unpleasant finish. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated and a bold introduction to Stone beers.

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