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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2009
Pours black body with a white generous head. Great C-aroma. Great taste of grapefruit with the malting making it a great complexity. Above-average moutheel. Good drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2009
22oz from that douchebag Immy - sniff it! This oneís a quirky delight. Black IPA, sure, but not in the Stone 11 sense at all. Big dark pour with a 2-finger tan head and nice retention. Tangerine in the nose along with plenty hops and a modest black malt quality. Full mouthfeel. The flavor is very complex, no mere concoction of roasts and hops (which is fine, you know). Thereís chocolate, orange, lemon rind, and some bitter hops in the finish. Think espresso with lemon, in a certain sense, maybe crossed with Fantome Chocolat. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Cola black with a brownish tan head. Aroma is sweet and tangy hop presence with only a slight roasty character. Taste is the same with a decline in hop character, and an increase in roast. Very nice, but I am an Unearthly fanboy. $8/22oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CelticBrew (748) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Another great sample from Steve-O, at Edddies beer station. Pours black as night, medium tan head, some lacing. Up front it has a spicy hops flavor, with chocolate malts coming out toward the middle. Ironically, the flavour is a little sweeter than the start, a residue on the palate of chocolate and grapefruit, and other piney hops. Good medium to thick mouthfeel. An OK IPA I suppose, would like to try the on tap version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Pours deep, dark brown - almost black - with a light tan head. Aroma is surprisingly bright for an ale this color - sweet, citrus hops (grapefruit and mandarin) play off baking spices and some caramel malt. The flavor adds a touch of roastiness, with the malts coming through a bit more, but this one throws you off really well - doesnít taste anything like it looks. Not very bitter for all the hop flavor in here - it follows the ST pattern Iíve seen thus far, and is pretty sweet. Very good overall, but the roastiness is a bit stale (think old coffee beans), and the flavor doesnít live up to the nice, bright aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Piny hop aroma with citrusy grapefruit. Roasted malt with hints of chocolate. Roasted chocolate malte flavor. Very bitter with a citrus hop finish. Alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
22oz. Bomber. Another winner from Southern Tier. Close your eyes and its another impressive Imperial IPA. I donít notice any of the stout characteristics mentioned by others except for the color. Inky blackish color with a thin head and subtle lacing. Strong whiff of grapefruit with a bit of lemon zest and pine. Flavor is dominated by hops with a spicy citrus character. The non IPA characteristics of this beer are very subtle and if not for the color Iím not sure you would notice them at all. Perhaps a hint of roasted barley and a touch of cocoa flavor. Very smooth and velvety texture with medium carbonation and no hint of the high alcohol content. Finishes with a flourishing dry bitterness. A highly drinkable brew that I could see turning into a session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KornDogg (520) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Aroma of caramel and hops...It tastes similar to the back burner barleywine but that could be the color affecting my ability to judge the taste... interesting ale... hints of pine and hops... very tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2009
Pours deep black wirh ruby edges and 1-finger off-khaki head. Nose is malt, heavy piney wet hops, pineapple. Tastes very hoppy, very dark malty, with a bit of dark choc flavor mixed with the piney hops, bitter dryness, and pineaplle flavors. Medium, fizzy palate. This one seems a bit off kilter, and gets very discombobulated as it warms up. Still, big bonus style and originailty points here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2009
Opaque black body beneath a light brown head. Aroma of roasted barley with hints of cocoa and piney hops. Black malt flavors with a hint of milk chocolate and followed by pine and citrus hops. Interesting beer, initial flavors are reminiscent of a sweet stout and the finish of an IPA.

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