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RATINGS: 2179   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 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bomber. Duvel tulip.

APPEARANCE: Pitch black. Hues of deep dark brown only barely discernible at the edges when held to light. Head is dark beige, creamy, has lengthy retention, minimal lace.

AROMA: Citrus (grapefruit) and grassy hops, lightly roasted malt, light coffee. Hops more prominent than malt. Hints of dark bitter chocolate.

TASTE: Citrusy and some grassy hop taste combined with hop and roasted malt bitterness. More roasted malts on taste than on nose, however hops still more prominent than malt. Hints of chocolate malt.

MOUTH FEEL: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden behind bitterness and roasty characteristics.

OVERALL: Bitter finish a tad more bitter and longer lasting than would have preferred. Like drinking an Americano with grapefruit peel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1965) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2011
dark brown pour with a thick tan head. aroma is piney, nuts, light spice. flavour is piney, roasted malt , medium bitterness. some coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - JUL 15, 2011
no sabia que esta birria era tan famosa pero que bueno que la encontre. la semana siguiente mas

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (3035) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Bottle at Brew Haven festival. Grapefruit / pine hops and sweetish caramel malt aroma. Black brown with a moderate tan head. Nicely balanced sweet caramel malt and resinous hop flavor. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5816) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
@ beer tasting @ beer temple Amsterdam. Thin off white head. Deep amber pour. Lovely bitterness. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (5001) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle sample at Stone tasting at Beer Temple. Deep dark brown to black, off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, laurel, resin, hops. Flavour is of a typical Black IPA, roasted, pine, resin, laurel, very hoppy. Medium bodied. It’s tasteful, but the flavours of this "style" just don’t mix imo.

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