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Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale)Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale)

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1,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 132
Gots: 125 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

"A gross immorality or injustice." Huh? Why would a beer be grossly immoral? Because ap- parently this beer is "the antithesis of Unearthly." Hmm ... we already like the sound of this.

It's certainly black in the glass, nearly opaque, with soft tones of rich brown and ruby, and a creamy tan lacing that sticks and trails down the glass. Nose is grainy with spicy hop aromas, dried leaves, earth and a faint citrus note in the back. Very creamy on the palate, with a lush, smooth, but firm, body. Complex sweet and malty base up front with caramel, toasty breads (pumpernickel comes to mind), treacle syrup, chocolate and suggestions of honey. Bold and spicy hops, resiny and oily edges; also lots of dense herbal flavors, with more leaf and earth, hints of mint and splashes of floral citrus. Alcohol presence rears a bit hot on the breath, but hides well within the sweetness for the most part. Finishes wet and oily with a resiny and sticky hop linger, eventually going a bit dry, spicy and ashy.

We give it a solid A for awesome. This is a fantastic abomination of a beer. Get some.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
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12oz bottle to snifter

A- pours a deep jet black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour, looking like espresso cream and leaving some lacing behind 4.5

S- grainy with some spicy hop aromas with notes of earth, pepper, licorice, toasted bread, milk chocolate and a hint of coffee. Also picking up a hint of citrus/piney hops 3.75

T- sharp citrusy hops up front with an emphasis on grapefruit and orange zest, earthy, leafy & woodsy notes kick in with some herbal/floral hop flavors, caramel/toasted bready malt, the finish gives some dry bitter black coffee with a hint of dark chocolate 4 1.8

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy & prickly mouthfeel and a creamy semi-dry finish 3.75

O- this is the first black ale that had such an emphasis on citrusy hops, it was quite the contrast with the chocolate/coffee malt notes. Very good overall, hides the alcohol well 4

Treyliff, Friday at 02:44 AM
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I really enjoyed this Imperial Black Ale. Could become a regular staple.

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Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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