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RATINGS: 947   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Bomber courtesy of GMCC2181 – thanks G-Diddy! Pours a deep dark mahogany with a 2 finger light tan head that results in nice lacing. The nose is dark malts with citrus and floral hops. The taste is roasted malt, ripe citrus, toffee and some light resin in the finish. Medium, semi-creamy mouthfeel. Decent brew – thanks again G to the MCC!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2009
22 oz’er. A deep, dark pour, this surprises with a light hoppy aroma, reminiscent of an American IPA. But this drinks much larger -- full of syrupy, sappy resin -- an underlying IPA-ishness resides here, but this also fills the palate with a thick body, and a bit of thick chocolate syrup. wow. (#3535, 5/13/2009)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2009
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, light citrus, slight toasting, and slight caramel. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, creamy, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, black malts, slight caramel, hop resin, slight chocolate, resin, and a hint of citrus. Medium to full body. Viscous, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Hop, pine, resin, and slight chocolate malt finish is lightly sticky and slightly dry. 9%ABV is undetectable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2009
22oz bomber, served in a snifter. This poured a dark cola brown with a ton of ruby highlights and a flimsy head of tan foam. Light lacing. The aroma had mild roast, caramel, and some faint citrus. I thought this was supposed to be hoppy? The flavor contained more of the hop profile that I was expecting. Mild roast and chocolate were followed by bitter oranges and grapefruit. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and had minimal carbonation. Slightly sticky. Not bad, but I just couldn’t get into it...pretty boring actually. Seeing the commercial description, this is definately more of an Imperial Brown than a Black IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBunker (731) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
carruthm (1401) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - 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...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1more4dessert (330) - 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.

4
   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".

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - 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.


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