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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2009
Interesting. Pours dark black with a small amount of head. Is this the answer to the sublimely self righteous? For a double ipa the sweetness really hides the hops and takes away from the hop character that I am used to in double ipas. Hops, malt in the flavor. I can tell this is from the east coast as there is not much if any citrus at all. Unique thing about this is though is that I am getting like a subtle sweet fruit smell in the aroma there. Laces the glass a tiny bit, but I do have to say leaves a nice flavor on the palate. Decent but does not stand up to sublimely at all in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle in trade from FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours dark brown to black with a short lived beige head. Smell is roasted malt and fruity hops. Taste is chalky, lightly roasty, and hoppy. Medium to slightly full bodied. Slightly sweet and dry and roasty in the finish. Pretty interesting but with a touch of cardboard flavor, and the ABV is hidden fairly well but it peeks through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2009
Poured a clear super deep brown with a reddish tint and beige head. Citrus and pine hop forward aroma with a coffee roasted malt just behind it. Mix of citrus hops and roasty malt. Citrus end with a hop bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2009
Happy birthday to me! Pours a deep ruby/black with very little head. Strong citrus hop aroma....some orange, lemon and some floral notes with a hint of chocolate. Very citrusy hoppy flavor, some resinous pine, with a bit of bitter chocolate in the finish.Slight warmth of alcohol in the end. The bitter in the aftertaste seems to cling to my throat for some time, and Im not real sure how I feel about that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 Rating #3400. Black color with a medium to large head. At first, a massive smack of orange, tangerine and grapefruit. After a few swirls, it’s more chocolate and almost coconut. Strong bitterness. Chocolate, pine, vinous flavors. Pretty rockin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2009
Bomber. Clear and very dark brown pour with a tan head. Double IPA aroma elements for sure - hops, pine, alcohol, vanilla, anise, and slightly toasty. Flavor is similar, with some woodiness and roasty burnt notes. Grapefruity bitterness. Amaretto? Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (841) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
Pours a dark black bearing a brown tan frothy head that stays. Big aromas of herbal, citrus, pine hops upfront with undertones of chocolate with slight caramel. The balance of flavors here are a little unusual. It starts with what you would expect from a good IPA. Upfront citrus and pine hops then goes into a malt stage with hints of chocolate that play off the caramel complimenting each other. Ends with a bitter and burnt note. Alcohol not really noticeable. Was hoping for more on the palate but its not watery. Good example of how hops and malts go hand in hand with balance. Another good beer from the local brewery Souther Tier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2009
22oz bottle. pours brown with tan head. nose of piney, roasty, and pinnapple notes. flavors are piney, green, sweet malty, toffee, and coffee notes. very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2143) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
Came out of the bottle with a brownish turned to black look. Spotty interesting lacing pattern, thick on the sides of the glass, not much retention on the hood. The aroma smells just like hop pellets. Somewhat piney. Palate is cocoa, somewhat undefined blobby pine resin, roasted grain. I like the mouthfeel, velvety. I like this, is different and interesting. Wonder what aging one will bring?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2009
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a deep brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floralness, pine, toasty, some nuttiness, and earthy. Tastes of toast. citrus, caramel, floral, and pine. Piney burps. Alcohol content well hidden.

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