shorlin (721) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
From a small sample at a tasting. Pours deep brown/black, not much head. Aroma is primarily dried fruit, raisin. Also still hoppy, but not as good as reall fresh. Interesting blend of sweetness, roast and bitter. Nice to try. Ericular (1020) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2014
This beer was bottled a year ago, so I doubt I’m getting the full intended effect of this beer. Then again, Southern Tier boxed up 12 high ABV IPAs and I couldn’t resist, being too trusting despite no date ON THE BOX. This is the most salvageable of the three varieties, retaining a surprising amount of character being almost hop-less. It’s workable, almost sessionable(!), which is crazy since the ABV doesn’t decrease with age. A twinge of the spoiled hops in the aroma, but that’s it. Thin in palate, but lasting head and great lacing keep this one alive. GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Rated from notes taken 22 Jun 2011, Southern Tier Beer Tasting -- Complex, delicious and dark. Mark_Eck (1949) - - MAY 2, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is dark fruits and malts. Taste is earthy with some toffeeness. scampycampy (39) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Pours almost black with light carbonation and mocha head. Smells light sweet dark berries. Tastes lightly berry with nice hoppy transtion.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottled January 6th and poured March 25th. $2.49 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance: Aggressively poured -- too much so. Got most of the beer in the glass, but a four finger soapy and creamy head stuck around for a bit. Iniquity is a perfectly clear mahogany color. There’s a lot of lacing for this beer as well. Looks very nice in the glass.
Smell: Delicious. Outstanding. Awesome. Incredible. Really now. So much fruit and earthiness from the hops, it’s pretty much insane. Massively hoppy. A lot of sorts of nondescript fruitiness and sweetness are there... just a sort of fruit cocktail of fruity deliciousness. The undertones on the aroma are all the earthy, piney, resinous hop smells. There is maybe also a faint hint of roasty character as well, but it’s basically all about the hops. Going on three months old, and it smells like it was bottled yesterday. I’d love to get a whiff of this fresh.
Taste/feel: Holy balls. Alright, okay, that’s interesting, let me gather my thoughts here. Okay. Wow. This is gonna be a long description. Rolls across the tongue almost tangy with some alcohol warmth and a bit of an alcohol flavor. The tangy and alcohol combination meet with the combination of fruity and earthy hops as well as roasted malt and make for an experience that, well, needs to be experienced. It’s hard to describe what’s going on adequately. I guess the tanginess is throwing me for a loop because it was so unexpected. The alcohol isn’t well hidden, but it’s not a problem for me here. There’s a fair amount of flavor and warmth. A bit bitter, but there’s also a pretty huge amount of sweetness on the finish as well. It’s clusterfuck-y, yet it works. There’s a slight belly warmth after the swallow, too. Iniquity has a pretty low carbonation, and about a medium sort of body to it as well.
Interesting beer that I feel I could easily pick out of a line up of black ales. That tanginess is unmistakable. For all I know, this beer is mildy infected, but whether it is or isn’t, that little sort of funk is more than welcome. Bursting with resinous hops, a roasty character on the finish, alcohol that’s not shy to show itself... a very interesting, enjoyable beer. Well worth the $2.49, because this was an experience worth having. Would have it again, for sure. hman43 (1588) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2014
The aroma is of chocolate and caramel with floral hops and a touch of citrus. It’s almost pick black with very little light coming through. There is little lacing and minimal head. There is roasted flavors with chocolate with floral hops and a touch of citrus. After the sweet sensation comes a bitter bite on the palate. jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - APR 11, 2014
Pours a dark dark black with a light lacing of tan head, Aroma of malt, slight dark fruit, and a bit of hops. Taste is sweet with balanced subtle hops throughout. Overall a very balanced palate with a slight oily palate and great flavor gwillrich (151) - São José dos Campos, BRAZIL - APR 6, 2014
Cerveja escura com bastante lúpulo. Num teste às escuras provavelmente seria identificado como IPA. Sensacional. drjay44 (3712) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, light beige head, with sparse lacing, over a clear, brown (SRM 25) body.....nose is roasted malts with cocoa, chocolate, no coffee, hints of toffee/caramel sweetness, pine, resin, citrus peel from the hops, minimal esters....taste is initially pine, resin, floral hints form the hops, then mild malty sweetness, with brown sugar, molasses tones, leading to hints of cocoa, chocolate, no coffee, then a moderate pine, resin bitterness....mouth feel, body medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, mild acid on the soft low carbonation finish. This is a slightly different take on a Black I/DIPA. The hops are relatively gentle in their presentation and not as dominant as in many the style. The malts were deftly handled with the lighter aspects of a dark roast dominating and minimal bitter heavy coffee tones as often appears. It is sweet, and I would prefer a bit more attenuation, as well as more florality from the hops. BJCP 8/3/15/5/6