RATINGS: 957   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 brewers 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 dont 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 its brewing.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2009
bomber from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, transparent black, almost cola like, with a thin, light tan head and great lacing. aroma is amazing. huge floral and citrus hops that come through almost spicy with notes of ginger, grapefruit, and spruce backed by subtle scents of roast, smoke, coffee, and dark fruit. flavor is also delicious definitely one of a kind. big, slightly candied, citrus hops up with a lovely floral and herbal touch at mid swallow give way to flavors of mild roast coffee, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate. finish is hoppy and bitter initially but then leaves a roasted, nutty flavor on the toungue. mouthfeel is smooth, slightly sticky, with medium carbonation and just the slightest hint of alcohol. overall, a damn good and very interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is citrus hops, which is surprising for such a dark beer. Theres also some faint caramel and chocolate malt with a hint of bitter coffee. Flavor is unique, for sure, again combining the citrus and pine from the hops with the chocolate, caramel, and bitter coffee from the malts. Hints of licorice and a mineral earthiness are also evident. Finish is rather dry with lingering hop bitterness. Medium/full bodied with light fizz. A nice, interesting brew.

   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 didnt 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 (3385) - 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 im just crazy tonight. Taste is more like id expect, sweet and hoppy, and nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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 (6260) - 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 (1188) - 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 (1552) - 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 (915) - 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 (10094) - 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.

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