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RATINGS: 2252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Were 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 The surprise of the night at Tylers 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. Its 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 On tap at Tylers in Durham. This was surprisingly good, and Im not sure why I didnt 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (4263) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (4311) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7215) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2008
Bouteille de 22 oz partage lors d’une dgustation Ratebeer Montral chez moi. Arme: Odeur de crales et de pamplemousse avec une pointe d’pices. Apparence: La couleur est brune-bourgogne. Prsence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got d’agrumes avec une pointe de chocolat au caramel et d’pices. Dure moyenne de l’arrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence de torrfaction en arrire got. (Rating #1947)

3.6
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3278) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur rubis-brune trs fonce et opaque. Nez de houblon rsineux, citrique (pamplemousse) et lgrement herbeux, malt de caramel sucr moyennement rti, moyennement fruit (lger de dates, notes de raisins) lger d’alcool et de pain ainsi qu’avec des notes de chocolat et de caf. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen et une texture moyennement crmeuse et aux notes rsineuses. Moyen-lger got fruit (lger de dates, notes de prunes) accompagn d’un got amer de houblon rsineux et citrique (pamplemousse, une amertume prsente toute la gorge) lors de l’entre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got de malt rti, de caramel sucr aux faibles notes terreuses ainsi qu’un moyen got de pain et des petites notes de chocolat noir et de sucre brun. Paralllement, l’on retrouve un moyen got d’alcool aux notes rchauffantes jusqu’en finale, o l’on assiste un regain d’amertume de houblon plus herbeux et plus asschant et o l’on retrouve galement des notes de caf. Post-got long et un peu sec, amer de houblon rsineux, citrique et lgrement herbeux avec un got de rti, un moyen got d’alcool et des notes de caf et de fruits (notes de pelures de prunes).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 I cant 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. Im glad I got to try it and now only wish I could get some more.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4619) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Changed (462) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22oz bottle labeled Sept. 2007. Pours beautiful black, with tan head that lingers. Nice, glimmering lacing. Roasty-smell, taste also reflects roasty toasty-ness(?), dark fruits, and perhaps some coffee or chocolate? Very complex beer, tastes amazing, good amount of carbonation for a beer this dark. Finishes smooth, and the aftertaste produces varying flavors to savor as you watch your Trappist glass empty! great beer


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