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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2009
Nice head, good retention. An almost black body. Nose is hoppy with pine and citrus and some maltiness. Medium bodied, lightly oily. Decent hop flavors as mentioned before with light roast and chocolate flavors caramel too. Darker malt flavors appear moreso as it warms up. Decent hoppy finish, tad sweet, more bite woulda been nice. Bottle shared by Robert @statelineliquors, thanks bro!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2009
Pours out black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, soy sauce and a grapefruit/pine hop aroma. Flavor is of citrus and pine hops blended in with some strange burnt earth notes, baker’s chocolate and some roasted notes. Not sure on the double IPA classification and not really sure what I think of this.

3.4
   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.

3.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bottle: Very dark brown with a ruby hue and a creamy khaki head. Earthy hop nose- spicy & piny. Sweet with tons of maltose, a licorice nuance and plasticy phenolics. Creamy body, viscous but not cloying. A bit under-attenuated and sweet. Earthy piny notes mesh with an artificial sweetener character. Some sweet licorice and molasses notes blend with a nice earthy (Chinook) hop flavor, which kind of saves it. There’s some dark grain and nutty notes. A bit too sweet and under attenuated but remains drinkable (like most of ST’s offerings).

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.

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?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Opaque black with medium, creamy beige head. Sweet fruit aroma, slight chocolate, roast, light hops, mostly fruity yeastiness. Sweet, roast, light hops, young, alc, yeast. Medium body with light carbonation. Sweet, seems underattenuated and has a young hop flavor. Interesting though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkunz (19) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2009
Small to average off white head. Nice dark brown with bits of red. Aroma was malty at first then all I could get was hops mostly citrusy but after a while I got more of the roasty aroma. This beer is very smooth and balanced which leaves it somewhat average. Sweet, smoooooth and creamy with chocolate, a bit of raisin?, hops balanced well with malt and a tiny bit of alcohol bite. Overall a good beer to drink but not incredible.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2009
22 oz bottle poured into my tulip fresh on the heels of the dissappointment that is Oaked Unearthly, likely from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a near pitch black pour, opaque, with moderate light brown bubbly head that laces fairly well. Aromas push some nice floral bitterness and roasted malts, with a touch of creamy sweetness and chocolate. Very nice. Initial is similar, putting a nice malt bill into the fold with caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts leading into a solid floral hoppiness, some light citrusy grapefruit, but largely a a solid bitterness to compliment chocolate, light coffee, and roasted malts. A bit of a thick syrup feel, but I get that left and right from ST. This is a pretty good brew, as the lingering bitterness and darker malt elements work well together. A bit too thick for me. Cheers!


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