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RATINGS: 945   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 brewer’s 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 don’t 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 it’s brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
22. Bang bang here we go: another big bad black IPA. Oxymoronic or not, this is definitely becoming a style. Pours jet black with a big, towering tan head. Plenty of webby lace. Big piney nose with distinctyly toasty notes, alongside some forest air. Pretty awesome nose, actually. Creamy medium body, just light enough to be refreshing. Plenty of sharp, bracing piney bitterness, but in a sweet and refreshing way (very little resin). Roast and toast aplenty on the mid-palate; they tie in beautifully with the hops. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
On tap at the Muddy Pig. Pours almost black with a nice beige head. Aroma is floral hops with pine and grapefruit. Roasty malt balances out the taste. Smooth with a nice roasty citrus hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Mildly pleased that this one is less than 10+%. Who knew there would be a day that I would tire of high octane brews. Yes, it’s still 9% but give my liver a break from the overly big stuff. I protest too much. Deep dark cherry color with moderate, but stable light tan head. Chocolate hops, and dark malts in the nose. They’re not quite working for me. They seem a bit disjointed. Perhaps a bit too much grain. Light roasted malt mixes with toffee, caramel and light pine. Initially, I’m not quite ready to embrace, but with time I get the black malt and hops mix. A light tar and citric blend that teases the palate and senses. A strong hoppy schwartz. The more I have the more I start to believe the schwartz is with me. A profound blend of dark malt and hops, that I have not found in my recent adventures with dark, hoppy brews. I think about grilling grapefruit and just about any meaty fish. Enough sweetness in the finish to add depth and a lasting linger. Would work well with the main course or with dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2009
(22oz bottle) Small beige head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, floral/orange, caramel, pine. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, orange/grapefruit, some nut, light chocolate, pine, syrup. Medium-full body, light syrup, very low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Dark chocolate brown color with a fluffy head. Aroma is sweet with some nice pine hops and caramel. Taste is sweet and hippy, pine and some citrus. Sweetness finishes and hope don’t overpower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2009
22 oz bottle poured into my tulip fresh on the heels of the dissappointment that is Oaked Unearthly, likely from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a near pitch black pour, opaque, with moderate light brown bubbly head that laces fairly well. Aromas push some nice floral bitterness and roasted malts, with a touch of creamy sweetness and chocolate. Very nice. Initial is similar, putting a nice malt bill into the fold with caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts leading into a solid floral hoppiness, some light citrusy grapefruit, but largely a a solid bitterness to compliment chocolate, light coffee, and roasted malts. A bit of a thick syrup feel, but I get that left and right from ST. This is a pretty good brew, as the lingering bitterness and darker malt elements work well together. A bit too thick for me. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5038) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
22 oz. Pours a dark brown color with a off-white/light tan head. Aroma is caramel, malts, and citrus hops. Taste is notes of sugar, chocolate, caramel, citrus, and hops - with a finish of pine. Alcohol kick takes away slightly from this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Blackish dark brown. Chocolatey, with piney, minty hops. Very complex, delicious brew with minty hop, chocolate, light coffee, slight citrus. Sweeter than most hoppy brown beers but it works very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bomber. Pours clear dark brown with a lacy beige head. Aroma of caramel, licorice with a hint of citrus. The taste is very similar, but finishes with earth and pine. Interesting, and the flavors work OK together, but the overall effect is a little disjointed. You may need to be in the right mood to enjoy this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle, thx to Jonathan Wakefield. Pours dark brown color with scant tan head. Aroma of tire tread and asphalt. Clean, quaffable. Alcohol is well-hidden except in the exhale. A wacky beer, kind of like an imperial schwartzbier, I liked it.

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