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RATINGS: 955   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2009
Pours black with no head. Aroma is coffee and citrus hops. Taste is the same plus a little chocolate and soda. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Syrupy mouth feel with low carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable - in fact, I didn’t realize how fast I drank this one. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bomber from lilbeerdoctor, thanks Margaret. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is interesting, hops sure, but also sorta bitter coffee, maybe i’m just crazy tonight. Taste is more like i’d expect, sweet and hoppy, and nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2009
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark ruby tinted red with a large offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is huge resin and pine hop notes with a bit of caramel. Taste is earthy, herbal citrus hops with a fair amount of toffee. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5936) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2009
Aroma is very floral with hints of grapefruit and earthy hops. Light underlying roast and dark malt sweetness. Pours like a cola with a nice bubbly beige head and good lacing. Grainy dark malt flavors, touch of sweetness, mildly bitter earthy floral hops with just a slight hint of citrus, and then more grainy sweetness. In the finish is a mix of flavors that linger: earth, floral hops, dark malt and some alcohol and a bit of licorice. A touch of alcohol warmth. Lots of flavors, but to me not a lot of cohesion. By no means bad, but just not harmonious for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demitriustown (1166) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1535) - 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (847) - New York, 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,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (8700) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10426) - 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!

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