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RATINGS: 954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2009
22oz bomber. Dark, dark brown pour with a brown white head, small to medium, with some staying power. Nose wasnít much, but I did start it a bit too cold. I got some citrus, not a lot else. Flavor is quite nice, and fairly complex. Good toasty chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, but well balanced with a citrusy hop flavor. Good solid mouthfeel, not too syrupy, not too thin. Quite a nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Visiting the taphouse bar and grill in norfolk. Sister to the one in hampton. Met the bartender who was kewl and found out he just was in austin a couple of week before hand. Tried this on tap, do not remember seeing it in STís lineup. The appearance is blackish with a nich fine creamy head. The nose. Dang this is straight up bad ass. Hops, hops, and some maltyiness comes through. The miuthfeel is creamy, nice hop presence that is not to overbearing and finishes with that nice hoppy/malty balance. If its as good as this in the bottle then I want some. I feel it could benefit from some cellaring. This is due to some boozyness in the mouthfeel Overall a very fine beer that will sneak up on ya Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-18-2009 03:35:49

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1659) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 Bomber: My 3rd big ST from trade. This one looks like a double porter with some bite. Black-brown, tan cap that stays. Cocoa-floral-pine aroma. Flavour is caramel, toasty, nutty, cocoa, earthy underneath floral, pine resin and botanicals. Long finish with a toasty bitter tang. Big frigginí dark ale... I like it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Thanks to OldGrowth for sharing this one! Dark brown pour thick tan head and a little spotty lace. Caramel and oaky tannins on the nose. Flavor dominated by caramel and toffee with notable hoppy hints and oak

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2009
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 Bottle from Bottleworks. Pours a solid dark brown with tan head. Aroma of treacle, caramel, pine, vanilla. Nice sweet flavor of toffee balanced well with the bitterness of cocoa. Smooth, full bodied, with a littley smokiness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Nice beer, on tap at Sunset. Aroma of citrus and caramel. Taste of same notes. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours basically a black body with a finger-width, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is pretty nice. Lots of moderately sweet, floral pines and citrus. Some nice caramel and mango too. When this warms up for a few minutes, the chocolate and lightly roasted malts come in and make this very nice smelling after mixing with the hops and fruit. Flavor is much the same. Starts off with moderately sweet, toasty caramels before the sweet citrus, moderate pines, and mango make up the middle. The black malts and chocolate come in during the finish along with a bit of a molasses taste. Lots of citrus and unaggressive pine come in as well drying this out. Lingering taste is really enjoyable. A nice mix of chalky roast, piney citrus, sweet malts, and a light chocolate that lasts for quite awhile. Palate is medium bodied, smooth, and a bit chewy. Overall, a really good beer. I like the big IPA taste mixed with the black malts. They did a very impressive job with this and I canít wait to have more in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2009
All the good of an imperial styled beer without the bad of the dreaded brown ale style. Loads of hops both in the flavor and the aroma. Good amount of sweetness, which leads to a surprise with the palate. It is much less sticky then I would have expected. Quite good, one of these guys better beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Dark mahogany under a big, creamy, tan head. Fresh hoppy aroma, molasses, roasted grains, even some dark chocolate in the aroma. Medium to full body, smooth and creamy palate, yet dry. Interesting flavor profile with a molasses sweetness up front, but lots of spicy hop bitterness in a long, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2009
One of the best new beers I have tasted this year. Aroma has changed on me as it warmed. Upon opening the bottle,I got the huge rush of fresh hopshuge and satisfying,with just enough chocolate malt that if you were blindfolded you would know this could not be a pale ale. As this warmed,that chocolate brownie mix aroma began to dominate ,always with the hops giving occasional blasts,taste is a very flavorful Chocolate syrup / maybe some bakers bitter chocolate,a hint of anise in finish,and the rich hopping just flowing through the whole mixture. It is absolutely the best of both(malt,hops) worlds. You can tell there is a high ABV,but you really canít taste it All these wonderful flavors ,this strange dark color,what does it mean grasshopper?Absolutely amazing. Again ,you come into a new year with 1300+ ratings and you think you canít taste anything really new,but the brewers always prove you wrong

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