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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.


AlabastorJones' rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Aroma is muted citrus hops and mild roast, black body with a tan head, flavor is grapefruit hops, juicy bitters and some mild chocolatey roast, good stuff


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer-yum (357) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 15, 2014
Another aptly named (aren’t they all) brew from Stone. Brilliantly hop forward but balanced. As good as it is from the tap/bottle - it only gets better as it warms up. Delicious (with a capital D).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1126) - - APR 12, 2014
Bottle dark cola colored with a tan head. Aroma and taste are both citrusy hops and chocolate and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and carb. Slightly sticky. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (177) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours almost black with thin tan head. Little lacing. Some grapefruit in the nose. Hoppy flavor. Gooood!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dliberto (81) - Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2014
Drank from bottle. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hops. Tastes of resin, pine, chocolate, citrus. Heavy carbonation, Heavy mouth feel. Absolutely amazing

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkSong (277) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2014
22 oz bottle. It pour a dark black with a tiny quickly fading tan head. It has a wonder citrus and pine hop aroma with a hint of tangerine. This is by far the best Black IPA I’ve ever had. I has a wonderfully complex and intense citrus and pine hop flavors which are backed up amazingly well with the dark malt. This is an outstanding beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (450) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 10, 2014
Bue à la pression. Une bière magnifique, corpulente et équilibrée. On y retrouve tout ce qu’on aime dans une Black IPA. Excellent !

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EyeAmBaldman (122) - Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2014
Pours opaque dark mahogany with a thick tan head. Leaves good lacing in the glass. Aroma is hops, grapefruit. Taste is bitter hops, grapefruit, roasted malt, dark chocolate...Wow, what an interesting flavor. Excellent black IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoll (415) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
Poured into Tulip glass from bottle, pours almost completely black with slight ruby tints when held up to the light, more or less looks exactly like a porter. Huge fruity notes on the nose-- tangerine, nectarines, grape fruit-- very much like a DIPA. Taste is IPA style bitter fruitiness along with bitter dark chocolate, fresh cocoa and coffee grounds coming into the mix as the beer warms up. Tasty and unique beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1479) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2014
Sampled at the Great New Zealand Beer Festival. Appears dark mahogany in colour with a pungent aroma of fragrant and herbaceous hops. Resinous and grassy impressions from the nose. To taste, there is an odd balance of green hops, molasses and dark malts. There was a very generous lengthy finish and an enduring satisfaction.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frahmo (224) - Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Nice thin black pour with a brown head. Great hop aroma. Malty backdrop with a nice mix of hops. Not overpowering or over bitter. Very smooth drinker. This guy went down smooth and was gone before I knew it.


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