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RATINGS: 923   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of hops, malt, bubblegum, and dark fruit. Alcohol is present in the aroma. Taste is of bitter hops with lots of bubblegum and citrus. Has a nice toasty malt backbone that evens it all out. Lingering dark fruit and toasty malt taste. Mouthfeel is very malty, yet drinks easy. Alcohol is present but doesn’t hurt the flavor at all. Not too hoppy, and not too malty, just right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 Bottled. pours a dark clear reddish deep brown with a thin head and minimal lacing. Inviting color. The aroma was intoxicatingly complex. Sweet dark malts with a subtle hop character that became more pronounced with time. The highlight is the sweet malts though. The taste showcases the hops more as it becomes more bitter. The palate is perfect, just a wonderful balance here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1404) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Pours a somewhat clear very dark shade of brown with a minimal head... Aroma is quite hoppy though uncharacteristically generic for Southern Tier... Flavor is nicely roasty mellow and not excessively hoppy, nice taste... Easy drinking for 9%, this one will creep up on you...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1more4dessert (326) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2009
clear black with foamy brown head. Aroma of earthy hop, burnt toast, little like a thin hoppy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Not knowing what to expect from this one, I was quite surprised and also impressed. Very dark with a thick foamy head. Strong hop aroma that is not typical for such a dark beer. Very balanced flavor. Tons of hops and lots of thick malt. But not overly bitter or sweet. Has a very smooth, creamy palate. Unique and enjoyable. A perfect example of a "black IPA".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
22oz bottle, thanks Wolf (Swolf3). Deep dark red pour with a light tan head. Hoppy, citrusy aroma, with a slight roasted maltiness in there as well. Roasty, toasty malt with a nice hop bitterness in the mix as well, pretty good shit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8558) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Cool beer. Pours a black color wtih a light head. Aroma is very interesting. Tropical fruits, hops, nuts and light roast. Flavor is quite hoppy, but not overly bitter. Some nice malt tones and tropical fruits. Also an odd flavor noticeable from time to time...maybe gasoline? Anyway, still a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
pours a black with a red tint, a small off white head that goes away quickly, and some lacing. smell is of fruits (mainly plums and grapes), some sour malt, a touch of floral, and some hops. taste is of toasted malt, caramel, touch of pine, a little chocolate in the back, and some citrus, end is thick and a little bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
Very deep dark black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is pretty awesome. Big bright citrus aroma. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple and a fairly sweet rich malty nose as well.. The nose is fairly simple with just a suggestion of sweet toasted malt. I do get loads of rich bright hops and as it begins to warm up, the deeper cocoa and molasses notes begin to pop up from the back. Flavour has a lovely balance of sweet bright citrus, tropical fruit, mango and chewy molasses maltiness. I can’t say I get a whole lot of roastiness, but there is a deep sweet chocolate character. This is the best of the these new dark IPAs I’ve come across. Sublime, really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of black malts, citrus, floral, nuts and dustiness. Flavor of molasses, hops (grass, floral), and caramel malt.

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