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RATINGS: 2035   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2009
Tasting session at jbrus. Bottled. Dark brown coloured, brown head. Very hoppy nose, grapefruit. Hopbitter flavour, pretty extreme. This is like a dark Double IPA. Over the edge to my personal liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1148) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2011
(bottle) Pours black with a thick light tan head that settles fairly quickly to a medium cap. Aroma is pretty strong of piney and citrus hops, with plenty of grapefruit, light lemon, and some orange zest. Slightly resinous. Mint shows up to the party. Does resemble OFF bugspray from time to time with the heavy hopping, and the malts are really dialed down, with only a suggestion of roasted malt peeking out underneath the hops. Malts are more prominent in the flavor, with a roasty and chocolate undertone pairing well with the otherwise Double-IPA like flavors. Pine, grapefruit rind, and juniper all show up here, and the finish is appropriately bitter. Mouthfeel is medium to slightly full, with toned-down carbonation. Overall, this is decent, but nothing really sets it apart from the majority of other beers of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2415) - California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
10 May 2011, tap. don’t know what to make of the nose. for some reason all i can think about is urinal cakes and tin. dark red/brown. med body and slightly fizzy. coffee and bitter hops. really puzzling over this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BritAlesRule (211) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Pours a deep dark chocolate. Hop presence immediate in the nose, almost bizarrely for something this dark. Mouthfeel is medium to full on. Some hints of chocolate and dark fruits, but I’m always looking for something more from the American ’Hop Slam’ gang and this doesn’t quite do it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Black color. Mild roasted malt aroma. Flavor is very well hopped with a dry, herbal hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ContemplateBeer (1432) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Aroma of moderate grapefruit and pine with chocolate and caramel malts. Appearance is black with light tan head. Flavor matches the nose; some additional roasty flavors and a light fruit finish. Palate is bubbly. My expectations were high, this was good, but I wasn’t wowed. Just good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (1445) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
[660ml bottle shared with Simon at the Bootlegger, High Wycombe] Black with a moderate beige head and a light fizz. Dominated by piney hops that verge at times on loo cleaner. There’s a citrus hint in there too, but really it’s all about the pine. The dark malts add surprisingly little other than a hint of coffee and a rich toffee mouthfeel - there’s none of the roasted/burnt flavour you’d normally associate with them. The alcohol was rather too evident in a finish that was sweeter than I expected, although still with some dryness to it. For me, the pine in this beer was a bit over the top, and it lacked balance as a result; however, after a poor start it grew on me and I was quite enjoying it by the end. Definitely a sipping beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (1955) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2012
@ Basunen: Stor gräsig doft, tjock vätska med gräsig humle och en trevlig lakritston. Lite salt eftersmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Weird. I thought it was going to be te traditional DIPA taste but there is something very very different going on here...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (914) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
August 14th, 2011 - I love Stone’s commercial descriptions. They were my model for beer reviews when I first started writing them, and they still entertain me today. Some breweries take themselves too seriously, but Stone obviously doesn’t, and they have a small empire with which they could be very serious about. As for the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - it is the synthesis of the dreams of black IPA fans, moon shine distillers and alcoholics. This is, by far, the booziest black IPA I’ve ever had. And that’s not a bad thing. With it’s dark mahogany glow it practically growls with alcohol induced rage, and it’s scent is boozy, with a dry, old wood aroma and a cranberry dryness and bitterness. The taste is no less forgiving, with its dark, musty dryness, a sharp edge, considerable graininess and maltiness, and not too much in the way of residual sugars to lighten the load. THe bulk of this beer’s sharp anger is strictly on you, the drinker, which makes this tough and intense drinking. Some nights call for a tongue lashing, and I think the Sublimely Self-Righteous is the right weapon for the work.

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