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RATINGS: 957   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Bottle. Large format. Dark chocolate, coffee flavors with floral citrus hops. Nice white lacing around the glass. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky. Excellent balance with nice high alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2010
22oz bottle. Dark brown pour, tall light tan fluffy head. Hops, hops, hops... smells like hops. Welcoming floral aroma. Sweet malt, cooked sugars, pine with prune. Flavor has a nice roasted grain character. Dominate sugary texture with the most perfect balance of hops. Pine resin under a over-sweetened french roast. sugar. Then there is the hop bite way in the back. Roast and bitter hops, such a great combination. Wow, the more I drink of this one... the more I sense a kick. The is no equal to this bottle!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Pours deep black, as expected, with a light espresso nose. Initial taste is very hoppy with dried fruit and bitter citrus that slowly fades to a dark chocolate after taste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5569) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Rich aroma is oily and smoky with tones of caramel, semi-sweet chocolate and burnt molasses, rather like a good stout. It pours a dark chocolate brown that is barely translucent just at the edges and has a thick, fluffy, fine-bubbled, pale tan head that leaves fairly heavy lacing. Flavor is rich and mouth-filling, mainly like semi-sweet chocolate with hints of smoke, molasses, caramel, toffee and licorice. Texture is slick and smooth with a subtle alcohol bite and a firm fizz so it leaves a strong, persistent tingle behind. Overall, this is more like a stout or porter than a strong ale. I strongly recommend this one.

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, Ive never given a 10 before, but theres 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 its also very good on tap.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - APR 12, 2012
Botella de 650ml. Copa Tlipa. Saboreada en nov11. Definitivamente negra. Espuma beige de amplia burbuja que crea una capa cremosa con bastante buena retencin y collares en las paredes. Aromas sutiles de malta tostada y matices de cacao. Entrada muy agradable de maltas tostadas. El sabor es una miscelnea de amargor, frutos oscuros y notas de ciruelas pasas. Gentiles melazas en el paladar. Cuerpo pleno y carbonatacin media. Final contundente y seco de lpulo.Suaves resinas olecas en el retrogusto. Cerveza bien equilibrada donde el ABV est perfectamente escondido permitiendo que la asimilacin sea una experiencia mstica. Se agradece la botella de tamao medio, de ser ms pequea me habra sentido frustrado. 650ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on nov11. 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 its presented in a medium size bottle if it were smaller Id felt frustrated.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Sometimes a beer is perfect (or nearly so) and its difficult to explain why. Thats how I feel about Southern Tier Iniquity - an imperial Black IPA (I think) thats an absolutely delectable, well-balanced, and highly drinkable beer even though its 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, its 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. Whats interesting is that theres 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 thats never truly cloying.

Drinkability: Like most Southern Tier imperial beers, Iniquity hides its potency quite well considering its 9% ABV. Absolutely no alcohol warmth or taste whatsoever, and it doesnt 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 its 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 (286) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. The nose is pretty strong in citrus hops with some subtle notes of roasted malts and chocolate. Comes across the palate as citrus hops. finishes roasted and chocolate malts. Very good. dry, bitter finish.


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