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RATINGS: 2253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.

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LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
This brew has changed quite a bit. Had a strong piney nose, with hints of coca cola. Flavors of piny hops and black coffee. I predict in one year, it will become sweeter, and will take yet another twist from its original form.

4
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 The surprise of the night at Tyler’s in Durham. A total mind fucker. Pours a very dark brown with a sizable tan head. The aroma and taste scream west coast DIPA. Lots of citrusy and piny hops with a funny caramel finish. It’s just hard to believe that a beer that color can share so much with in common with beers that are known to be golden or orange. Neat!

4.1
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 On tap at Tyler’s in Durham. This was surprisingly good, and I’m not sure why I didn’t get a full pint instead of the 4oz taste. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Dark, dark pour with nearly yellow head. Not knowing much about the beer, I was not expecting the big hops on the nose. Really lovely and resiny, but with some nice sweet fruit from the malt and sugar behind it. Caramel and burnt sugar. Big roasty barley. Dark fruits. But throughout, hops, hops, hops on top of everything. A very tasty beer.

3.6
Nate (4279) - 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.

4.5
robinvboyer (4674) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2008
looks exactly like a stout or a very dark porter. Lovely piney hop aroma. lots of thick piney citrus. Flavour is very smooth and delivers a lot of hops! This is truly a black IPA. I’m also getting an interesting licorice after tatse. very good beer/

3.6
TaktikMTL (7798) - 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)

3.6
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.

4.1
Viper666 (3287) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur rubis-brune très foncée et opaque. Nez de houblon résineux, citrique (pamplemousse) et légèrement herbeux, malté de caramel sucré moyennement rôti, moyennement fruité (léger de dates, notes de raisins) léger d’alcool et de pain ainsi qu’avec des notes de chocolat et de café. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture moyennement crémeuse et aux notes résineuses. Moyen-léger goût fruité (léger de dates, notes de prunes) accompagné d’un goût amer de houblon résineux et citrique (pamplemousse, une amertume présente toute la gorgée) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt rôti, de caramel sucré aux faibles notes terreuses ainsi qu’un moyen goût de pain et des petites notes de chocolat noir et de sucre brun. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un moyen goût d’alcool aux notes réchauffantes jusqu’en finale, où l’on assiste à un regain d’amertume de houblon plus herbeux et plus asséchant et où l’on retrouve également des notes de café. Post-goût long et un peu sec, amer de houblon résineux, citrique et légèrement herbeux avec un goût de rôti, un moyen goût d’alcool et des notes de café et de fruits (notes de pelures de prunes).

4.1
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 I can’t comment on how this beer was when it was first released but I can say that one year later it is really good and seems to have aged well. Pours a deep brown color with some red in it but from the side it looks almost black. A thin tan head with some lace sticking. The aroma right away is strong hops, lots of pine and some grapefruit with also some caramel malt sneaking in there and really this is an excellent intro to what the beer is going to taste like. The flavors, strong typical Stone quality hop profile, bitter, pine needles, citrus, with lots of roasted caramel malt and maybe even a dash of molasses in the finish. A bit chewy and dry. Great beer. I’m glad I got to try it and now only wish I could get some more.

4.1
DialSquare (5031) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2008
september 07 bomber from new beer distributors in manhattan. black pour with a tint of amber. medium creamy tan head with lots of stick. ipa aroma to it with citrus and piney hops. taste dominated by hops - though the malts must be there in force, because it somehow seems balanced. hints of dark chocolate. thinnish and creamy palate. woody bitter hop finish. light tingly carbonation. great stuff. K-8


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