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RATINGS: 934   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ellolovey (447) - Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, floral hops, chocolate, and loads of roasted malts. Taste is sweet and savory. Roasted malts followed by a sweet caramel and loads of hops. Wonderfully balanced sweet malts and nice bitter hops. An awesome BIPA! Love it! Never a bad Southern Tier!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonshawn (327) - - NOV 29, 2013
Tap. Tulip snifter. Black. Nice head and lacing. Clean fruit and malt aroma. Very crisp. Great mouthfeel. Malty and dark fruit to start, then nice finish. Excellent beer from an excellent brewery.

4.5
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle: Pours a dark mahogany bordering on black. Floral hops dominate the nose along with some light fruitiness and an ever-so-slight malt tone. Full bodied. Flavor is a bit more balanced than the nose with some roasted malts fighting their way through to compliment the centennial hop explosion. I really enjoyed this brew and could drink it all day long. The 9% was hidden very well.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle. Popped the top and I new I was in for a treat when hop smell filled the room. Truly awesome black iipa. The first black iipa I’ve sampled. Like a porter blended with dreadnaught. Awesome!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sgallant (49) - USA - AUG 25, 2011
Silky black color. Smooth long taste that seems to be the base for the Choklst, Creamed Brulee, etc.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Subdued resin and pine hops aroma with a touch of sweetness, toast, and smoke. On flavor, first, I’ve never given a 10 before, but there’s a reason I did here. Perfectly balances sweet bread and caramel, with pine hops and bitter burnt notes. Long burnt, bitter finish. Very nice full body with soft carbonation. This may be one of my new favorite beers! This rating is on a 650 mL, but it’s also very good on tap.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GBZ59 (1094) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - APR 12, 2012
Botella de 650ml. Copa Túlipa. Saboreada en nov´11. Definitivamente negra. Espuma beige de amplia burbuja que crea una capa cremosa con bastante buena retención y collares en las paredes. Aromas sutiles de malta tostada y matices de cacao. Entrada muy agradable de maltas tostadas. El sabor es una miscelánea de amargor, frutos oscuros y notas de ciruelas pasas. Gentiles melazas en el paladar. Cuerpo pleno y carbonatación media. Final contundente y seco de lúpulo.Suaves resinas oleícas en el retrogusto. Cerveza bien equilibrada donde el ABV está perfectamente escondido permitiendo que la asimilación sea una experiencia mística. Se agradece la botella de tamaño medio, de ser más pequeña me habría sentido frustrado. 650ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on nov´11. Pitch black. Beige,large size bubbled , froth creates a creamy fairly well retention crown. Collars on sides. Subtle toasted malt aroma, hints of cocoa. Very pleasant toasted malt upfront. Flavor is a miscellaneous of bitterness, dark fruits & prune hues. Gentle molasses to the palate. Full body, medium carbonation. Dry sharp hoppy finish. Smooth oily resins on the aftertaste. Toffee notes. Well balanced beer where ABV is perfectly hidden so drinkability is such a mistic experience. Thankfully it´s presented in a medium size bottle if it were smaller I´d felt frustrated.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1138) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Sometimes a beer is perfect (or nearly so) and it’s difficult to explain why. That’s how I feel about Southern Tier Iniquity - an imperial Black IPA (I think) that’s an absolutely delectable, well-balanced, and highly drinkable beer even though it’s not a very complex palate.

I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a dark brown, coffee-like color while pouring, but a completely opaque black when in the glass. Head is a light tan froth which laces and retains very well.

Smell: All three of the hop scents at once: pine, citrus and flowers. A sweet confectionary scent as well and just a hint of roasted malt.

Taste: I put off reviewing Southern Tier Iniquity for three years because I figured it was just another black IPA. I was even hesitant to review the bottle I had since it was four months old at the time. That all being said, one sip into this brew and I was shocked and awed. Huge hop character from beginning to end, and much like the nose, it’s not just pine or citrus or flowers - but all three in tandem.

It begins with a surprising amount of sweetness, almost of grape flavor or some kind of fruit-flavored syrup. Piney, resiny hops great the palate with a sticky bitterness. Through the middle comes a lighter bitterness of flowers, and then finishes with distinct orange citrus on the end. What’s interesting is that there’s only two types of malts in here according to the bottle, neither of which is roasted malt, so any kind of detectable stout qualities (and there are some) is almost a placebo effect. A subtle taste of sweet milk chocolate can be found somewhere towards the end, but the hops remain the star throughout. A remarkable incorporation of intense, sticky bitterness that’s never truly cloying.

Drinkability: Like most Southern Tier imperial beers, Iniquity hides its potency quite well considering it’s 9% ABV. Absolutely no alcohol warmth or taste whatsoever, and it doesn’t overwhelm the drinker, either. The mouthfeel is certainly a bit bigger than your average ale of the style, but still has a crisp texture. The hops eventually do linger, leaving a sweet, piney aftertaste, but it’s easily tolerable. This is a very versatile beer since it would stand up to a hearty meal easily, but is sweet and tasty enough to enjoy as a liquid dessert. Probably one of the best sleepers on the craft beer market today.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle. BrewDog, Edinburgh, Scotland. Crisp choco aroma, nice wet hop upfront with a dry crisp dark finish on the back of the tongue. Lovely beer!


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