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RATINGS: 956   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Southern Tier Iniquity is an Imperial Black IPA, which is also called an Imperial India Brown Ale. This is a style that seems to be increasing in popularity. The hexagram talisman has been used around the world for centuries to invoke magic and good luck. Wishes of good fortune often collaborate with the brewerís creative to yield dramatic results. We carefully chose the name for this Imperial IBA, Iniquity - a word opposing goodness. Why? This beer is contrary to what one might expect from an IPA; this is an ale as black as night. It is the antithesis of Unearthly. Some may consider it an immoral act to blacken an ale. We suggest they donít rely on conventional standards. Allow the darkness to consume you. Iniquity weighs in at 9% alcohol by volume. It uses four different hops and 2-row pale malt along with debittered black malt in itís brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2009
22 ounce bottle from Jungle Jimís. Pours dark brown with sone light khaki head. Wonderful hoppy nose with plenty of pulpy citrus and a touch of fresh pine. Not overly roasty, but the dark malts a certainly a key flavor component. The yummy hops come back at mid palate and grow into a lasting roasted and hop bitter finish. Medium body yet quite mouth filling. Suprisingly easy to drink until the 9 % hits you. This is a really nice beer. Iíd like to put this up against Stone Sublimly Self Rightous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Nose of pine, grapefruit and orange. Nearly black with dark red tinting at the edges and a khaki head. Strong bitterness is apparent right away and the flavor is a nice mix of american hops which are resiny and piney with some lighter floral and citrus notes. The finish is long and bitter. The dark color is there to throw you off and one never gets a sense of it in the flavor or aroma. Big bodied initially but the beer finishes dry and bitter. Deceptively strong. This is the type of beer than ST excels in making.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2009
A little disappointing, such good flavor potential, but they didnít really blend, it was just kinda a mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Courtesy dragonstout. Pours a deep black color with a small, tan head that settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma shows citrus hops, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and a sweet caramel malt base. The flavor follows with a good amount of bitterness from the hops and dark chocolate. Caramel and dark fruits add sweetness to balance out the roast and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with ample carbonation and a lengthy bitter finish. This is certainly different, and interesting to try, but just not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks Ughsmash! - Pours a dk brown with a red tint and very little off white head...aroma is hop resin forward, with some dark malt and pit fruit...flavour is similar, with a juniper-like hop presence, grapefruit and dry malt, bit of toast as well, lingering char bitterness with a touch of smoke...interesting brew...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Pours a dark ruby color with thin off white head. Aroma is roasted malts, some light cocoa powder, fruit notes, earthy and resinous hops. Taste has some citrus, roasted malt, some light bitter cocoa notes. Easily approachable and drinkable and alcohol was well hidden. Still, not a big fan of this. Itís good, donít get me wrong, but for $8 there are plenty of other hoppy options for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle. Really black pour with a beige head. Aroma of citrus resinous hops, lightly roasted malts, mild fruit. Taste roasted with plenty of big hoppy flavors to accompany. Citrus and pine notes are both there. A very interesting and complex brew. I really liked. Finish is little bitter and little warming. Body is not huge, but is pretty full and balanced. A nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2009
THanks for sharing, bro! Pours a rich caramel color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts, molasses, candied sugar, resinous hops, and an almost chocolate type aroma. Taste is almost like an Altbier. Caramel malts, resinous hops, and an almost Barley-Wine style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2009
22 oz. Fairly translucent black pour, with a whitish head. Roast malt aromas on top of some earthy pine. Taste-Roasted malt and nut like characteristics combined with some sweet malt, light pine, red fruit and citrus. Not a real heavy brew, with nice carbonation. Very drinkable, alcohol is non-existant. Very interesting blend of IPA characteristics and porter/schwarz. One of the more unique brews out there and a good one on top of that. Just donít come in with any expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Pours dark brownish black with clear ruby edges and an off-white head - looks somewhat like a Schwarzbier. Medium intensity aroma has a mixture of piney citrusy PacNW hops, caramel and a tinge of mocha. For 9% abv, this is very very drinkable. Flavor starts with a sweet malty caramel base, a touch of biscuit, light unroasty chocolate, then a prominent hop presence flavor-wise. The bitterness, however, is more sudued than you would think. This ends on a sweet malty note. Medium bodied on the palate with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Sort of like a doppelbock/ipa hybrid. Not amazing but enjoyable.

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