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RATINGS: 931   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demitriustown (1054) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2009
Aroma is nicely hopped, grapefruit, piney, light coca-cola scent, sweet, and very floral aroma. Appearance is like the aroma. It pours like coca-cola, looks like coca-cola but with a medium sized tan head that lingers. Taste is hop forward, candy but good, sweet again but not too sweet. A really interesting beer to say the least. Palate has a lingering hop aftertaste, quite carbonated mouth feel, and a medicinal taste on the lips and tongue. Overall, I thought it was an interesting brew. I liked it. Cheers!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bomber, shared with Alex and Bram. Pours pitch black with a wispy, soapy head. Aroma is of huge hops, primarily pine and grapefruit. Palate is subdued and more buttery than crisp overall. Flavors to this beer confuse me. They take awhile to really define themselves, and even then, it was an oddly grainy, brown sugary juxtaposition of hop fruitiness with dark malt, and licorice. I am a big fan of Southern Tier, but this beer just never comes together for me. Interestingly, the very experience of this not coming together is interesting . . . perhaps I can summarize by saying the flavors cancel themselves out to produce something indescript?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (784) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle: pours a dark brown, with a thin white head, hoppy aroma, dark fruits, taste is hoppy, malty, black licorice, dry finish,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep rich black with a medium thick tanned head. Lots of lovely lacing on the glass. Aromas are interesting. Lots of nice floral and piney hops, but smoke, roast, caramel. Flavor is remarkably sweet and smooth. Medium bodied with notes of brown sugar, molasses, candy, vanilla. Finishes with a little more sweetness, and a nice bitterness. Really sweet, possibly to a fault, but a very neat beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours a dark brown, with a small off white head. Smells of some dark malt, mixed with hops, roast ,dark fruits, and caramel. Lot going on in the flavor, it was like it was so in between styles for me. each sip was something different whic was very interesting. Petty sweet overall, with the caramel and sweet maltiness a big part of it, but the crisp hop bitterness shows up in the finish and aftertaste. unusual beer, but was pretty cool to try.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle… Pours clear and black with a small, creamy, quickly dissipating, white head. The aroma is very restrained. I had a really hard time pulling anything at all from the glass (maybe due to the lack of any lasting head) , but I finally got a waft of dark chocolate and hempen, musky hops. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. Sweet, toasty flavor. Lengthy, sweet, ashen finish. An odd bird, this one. Not at all bad, though. Kudos to mgumby10 for splitting his bomber with me!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2009
Pours dark brown to black with a very thin off-white head. Nice floral and citrus hop aroma, but a little bit weak. Sweet malt and hop initial flavor with a very roasty finish. Tasty and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2009
Pours a very dark brown with a small off-white head. Great aroma with a mix of sweet coffees, lightly roasted caramel malts, and sweet nectar hops. The flavors don’t mesh quite as well as the aromas. There is a light earthiness from the roasted malts, but the overriding flavor is a slightly bitter citrus hops. The black malt character is an interesting play on the bitter hops, but I’m not sure I get it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phiconners (144) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2009
Pours a dark, dark brown. Strong hops comes through, but there’s something slightly harsh about the flavor. Alcohol comes through a bit. So good overall, but I was hoping for a little better.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wu1sabes (25) - USA - APR 15, 2009
This may be my new favorite from Southern Tier! Aroma of citrusy hops and sweet malt create a multi-flavor explosion in your mouth. Easy to drink and after each taste you find new flavors. Would recommend to everyone, hop heads and those who like a porter or stout.


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