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RATINGS: 956   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (3743) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2013
12 oz bottle pours black with a thin off white head. Aroma was smokey, pine, sweet and toffee. Taste is the malts, pine, citrus and delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Poured into a snifter. 3.25 A: Black color. One finger of beige head. Retention is below average and just a few wisps of lacing are left. 3.5 S: Floral hops with pine and citrus underneath. Pithy grapefruit and clove honey. Earthy with bready malts. 3.75 T: This is a black IPA done well. Its not overly bitter, indeed, it has just a light bitterness. Good mix of earthy, citrus, floral, and grassiness from the hops. Honey comes through fairly strong despite it not being in the recipe. Bready maltiness with a pleasant spicy finish. 4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess that makes this super smooth. Alcohol super well hidden. 3.75 D: Very good example of the style. ★ 729 characters DavoleBomb, Sep 26, 2015

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (4713) - BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2015
Well-known BIPA by New Yorks Southern Tier, 65 cl bomber. Thick, moussy, lacing, pale greyish beige head over a very dark chestnut brown beer with rusty hue, approaching black in general appearance. Lovely sweet malty aroma of chocolate sauce, bakers chocolate, cappuccino, strong caramel, burnt brown bread, cashew nuts, nougat, adorned with a high hoppy fragrance of blood orange, mango, mandarin peel, green pepper; other impressions include kahlua-like alcohol, a striking liquorice component getting stronger as it warms up, and very natural iron well-integrated into the whole. I cannot wait to dive into this. The flavour absolutely meets my high expectations: a deep, noble candied sweetness opens with accents of fig, pear and coconut, very light deep sourishness and mild meaty umami balance this sweetness to perfection. Carbo is soft, mouthfeel very smooth and slick, gliding over the tongue with a notably oily, velvety texture and leaving behind a lovely deep dark maltiness, caramelly, nutty and very chocolatey, with a bitter chocolate- to even mildly coffeeish roasted bitterish touch in the end; peppery hops show up as expected, with lovely retronasal citrus flesh and mango accents, drying and providing enough balance against the chocolate sweetness, but not quite as strongly bittering as I had expected, though a deep earthy spicy bitterness last for a long time after swallowing. A soothing, deeply warming but nowhere burning glow of kahlua- and bourbon-like alcohol ensues and further accentuates the lovely sweet chocolate maltiness sticking in the throat. A bittersweet black beauty, Id love to taste this younger when the hops still breathe their aromas at full force, but in this somewhat aged form, I suspect this has become a bit more rustic, consolating on a gloomy December day, and in terms of style, almost imperial porter-like (but with thinner, more lean body) - a style I love as much as I love black IPA. Not cheap, but Im glad I bought this, I will enjoy this to the last drop.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (984) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle received as gift and then promptly spilled about half of it (ugh!). This is a really good black IPA. It pours a very dark, dark brown-black. Aroma of nuts, roasted grain, some hops. Flavor is a great mix of coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, and hops and all combined in a very smooth-drinking beer. Will have to try another of these to make up for losing so much of it to the floor...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SeniorZozo (1321) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 17, 2015
Nice color. Aroma of nuts, chocolate, malts. Soo great black Ipa from the states.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (4310) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Black pour. Aroma of malt, hop, nuts and roast. Taste of roasted malt, mandarine hop, coffee and passion fruit. Very balanced and very tasty.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tfontana (810) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2015
UPDATED: APR 12, 2015 Bottle from Epsom Circle Market. Aroma is mostly hops and yeast with mild maltiness. Appearance is beautiful, clear, dark dark reddish brown, with 1 finger height beige head, with nice persistent lacing. Taste is more bitter than sweet but is a good balance of both--hoppiness initially and more malty in the long finish. Palate is thick medium-full bodied creamy feel with just about perfect carbonation--maybe a bit to the high side initially, but mellows with time. Overall, nice complexity from the nose to the taste with nice appearance and palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
androman (1907) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2015
650ml bottle at home from de Molen, Bodegraven. Body is dark brown, head is very small, beige, creamy, mostly diminishing, fair lacing. Nose is light citrus, flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, candy sweet, medium roasted malt, berry, spices, light vegetables. Medium sweet, light bitter. Finish is medium lasting fruity, happy, roasty bittersweet, quite hoppy, light alcohol. Full body, dry and sticky texture, soft carbonation. Easy, tasty dessert beer, very complex aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (11342) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is roast malts, fruity pine, taste is dry roasted, juicy fruit, bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6206) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle: Dark brown with a thick beige head. Aroma of black tea, blackberry... Taste is sweet coffee, bark, chocolate malt... Mild, grapefruit/piney hops. Very smooth. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
65 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with an off-white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, herbs, liquorice, and grapefruit - with a slightly bitter finish.


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