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RATINGS: 2215   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Poured from a bomber. Pours a beautiful deep brown (black) color with a moderate tan head that slowly diminished. Aroma of hops with underlying malts. Slight malt flavor leads into a hop explosion in the middle that lets out a bit of fruit flavor. Roastiness comes out more as the beer warms. Nice lacing and full on the palate. Seems like it would be awesome aged for a while to balance out the hops, I will have to see if I can find another to keep. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Charred oak pour, red light in the bottom. A lovely mocha milkshake head has a very long life. Strawberry, orange, and pine oil aroma. Pineapple, brown sugar and full candied malt foundation. Chocolate and nougat. Taste belies a bold Simcoe and Amarillo partnership. Underneath, the farbe malting hasn’t removed any black malt astringency, although it’s maybe dulled it a bit. Ashy french roast grind soaks in over the slick citrus sweetness, and fairly typical shampoo taste. Some cola. Quiet green apple tartness is well-placed, preceding a sweet lick of brownies with a bit of salt. An outside touch of watermelon sugar, which is lovely. This has the texture quality of an almost unroasted south american coffee; citrusy acidity dominates. A leafy hint of mint and sandy dark chocolate at the finish, and a burnt espresso flowering; the density of the dark malts leaves the slightest lingering of acrid touch. A surprisingly successful fusion of two elements, in themselves ripe with the possibility of unbelievable astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8465) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 rerate needed... it’s actually quite good when fresh. probably in the 3.5-3.8 range.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 10, 2007
on tap at the lazy boy. Poured a very dark amber hue with a thin off white head which had decent lacing. Aroma was mostly hops, mainly pine like, however there were notes rich caramel notes. The flavor was similar to its aroma, it seemed a little more maltier then the aroma indicated. Overall it was good, but it never really seemed unique too me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2007
If anything, Stone suffers from its lack of an identity crisis. I was enticed by the idea of an IPA paired with dark malts, as these beers often please my palate (see Founders Black Rye). Unfortunately, the Stone "signature" dominates 11th Anniversary Ale, by which I mean a thick, oily body dominated by resiny, biting, citrusy and piney hops that are strong enough to make this a failed differentiation from their regular IPA products. The chocolaty, dark malt characteristics are present, but not assertive enough. It’s as if Stone tried to branch out but decided to pull back and make another safe, unchallenging beer. On a positive note, the deep, translucent garnet red-brown body is a beauty. To my dismay, this elegance subsided to above-average but not intriguing upon imbibition.

   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 (6290) - 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 (3806) - 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.

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