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RATINGS: 940   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1389) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Nice strong pine hop aroma. This pours black (with ruby highlights), with a thin cap of off-white head. Interesting flavor... touch of pine, then followed by a roasty finish. Light mouthfeel, with a touch of sweetness lurking in it. Not bad... but I won’t go out of my way to grab this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bomber (Bizarre label design looks like a part of some Palestinian propaganda poster). Porter-like in appearance-- dark brown with a frothy beige head. Spotty lacing. Aroma of mostly sweet toffee and chocolate malts, with a moderate hop presence of pine and some citrus. Sweet malt body of toffee with touches of chocolate. A seemingly generous hop addition is unfortunately dominated by the sweetness here (in a 2IPA, I prefer the malt to be the hops’ bitch). Hops are primarily deep pine, with suggestions of citrus, but come across as sappy rather than astringent and resiny (I prefer the latter). I’m not saying that this is bad or poorly executed, but it presents like a trite American strong red ale with the hop profile of an average barleywine. I wasn’t expecting this to be anything like Stone 11th, but still a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3480) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours dark, like cola with an off white head. Hoppy, chocolatey aroma. Some citrus,and a light nuttiness. Flavor is similar to unearthly, but nuttier. Also, chocolate, hops, citrus. It’s similar to a chocolate covered orange. A bit too sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth.Finishes with the chocolatey hoppy nuttiness. I liked this, though wasn’t blown away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5512) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bomber from Binny’s Beverage Depot in Orland Park, Illinois, U.S.A.: Wow! Five ratings before me and this dark brown ale is still listed as a DIPA! Neat! It pours an intensely dark brown body, nearly black with some mahogany around the edges, and a tall beige head with a solid sheet of lacing. It has an aroma full of pine and citrus zest followed by sweet, roasted dark malt. It tastes of sweet earthy malt well balanced with citrus and resinous pine flavors, tipping ever-so-slightly towards the hop bitterness. It finishes on a fresh piney bitter note. Very nice, and probably destined to become an ASA here...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle pours black with a decent sustaining head. The aroma is nice and fresh hop like, perhaps some maple like sugar, and chocolate chip cookie dough. The flavor is quite malty sweet, almost a chocolate character, and quite hop forward. The palate is alive and smooth, not heavy. Overall, I’m pretty sold. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HolidayBeerGuy (50) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2009
22oz. bomber, Pours black, small white head dissipates quickly. Pure hop aroma with good malt balance, lively hoppy mouthfeel but good malt balance, nice finish leaving little bitterness on the palate, a great beer my first black IPA and Im loving it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
page0901 (5) - USA - MAR 28, 2009 does not count
Bomber. Bought at Oaktree. Dark brown almost black. I was a little leary that it is the antithesis of Un-Earthly but it was. Great malt aroma with a wonderfully balanced mouth feel. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4983) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Sampled as a bonus beer at the Great Divide tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 3.26.09. I went up to the counter to buy it, but Joe was all about cracking it open himself to share with the group. No complaints here! (hell, I get to try it without forking out the dough). Darkest brown pour with a medium beige head. I read the bottle first, so I knew to expect lots of hop in this deceptively dark beer. A good hop and malt balance in the aroma, and I’m getting the aroma of the cascades. A good hop and malt balance in the flavor as well, with malty sweetness giving way to a bitter hop finish. A little maltier in the flavor than the aroma. Thought I’d be able to pigeonhole this as another Black IPA that doesn’t call itself such, but the maltiness in the flavor suggests this is truly another outside the box offering from ST.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2478) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Bomber. Saw this for the first time today... a black IPA... sold without a second thought! Great thing was that Stone Sublimely Self Righteous was in stock for the first time, too. What a day! Anyhow, back to our feature presentation. Pours a dark brown with a fairly large tan head. Aromas are very heavy with pine resin and crisp hoppiness. Flavor is an odd mix of hops and chocolate malt... the pine like bit hits early and late across the palate, but there is quite a roasted and chocolaty midsection with that characteristic Southern Tier sweetness that borders on cloying. Then the pine flavored hops snap back to finish things off, but almost with a pine sol cleaner type edge to them. Something doesn’t come together quite right here and I’m wishing I had bought another bottle of the Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Bomber. Pours dark, but not quite black, with a beige - almost tan creamy head. Aroma of hops and roasted grains. This is very unique. You expect it to be full bodied - heavy mouthfeel like a RIS, but it flows like an ale, bigger than an IPA, but not quite as big as a DIPA. Hoppy and roasty simultaneously. It is as if someone mixed a nice roasty porter and a DIPA. Strange and odd, very enjoyable.

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