Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Augustiner719:
4.65/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
***100th Review!!! 1/29/2010***
For my 100th review I grabbed a Southern Tier Iniquity... my first "black" IPA.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Sam Adams perfect pint.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark molassesy color that yields a nice pillowy mocha colored head. Not a whole lot of lacing going on as i swirl. Red hues appear when held up to the light, almost clear beer but its so dark its hard to tell. Unbelievable color on this sucker, looks like a porter.
Smell: This is the most interesting smelling DIPA i have every had to the chance to experience. Its got that roasted malty coffee meets chocolate meets vanilla component balanced out by intense sweet sticky smelling hops. Big molasses and brown caramalized sugar component. Nice a piney, but not citrusy.
Taste: Tastes truely complex. Great citrus hops come through which didnt on the aroma. Nice grapefruit meets meyer lemon zest. Its sweet, maybe a tad too sweet but the flavor is intense. Huge caramel porter like malty backbone that is kept in check by the huge sweet hops. Even with the insane amounts of hops and malt in this beer, it is remarkably balanced. Initially on the palate, it hits you with the bitter tangy hops and then through the midpalate the hops become sweet and finally the caramel malty backbone relieves the palate on the finish. As it warms, it becomes much more savory and makes me think this would be one of the DIPAs that would age well.
Mouthfeel: Tremendous. Simply one of the best mouhtfeels i have experienced on a DIPA. Smooth coating of sweet hops and malty caramel and coffee take over the palate and last for minutes between sips. Perfect carbonation. As it warms it might be even more enjoyable but seriously this its ridiculous.
Drinkability: The only thing holding this beer back is that it might be a touch sweet for me. Nonetheless, its an easy go to DIPA for a hops fix. I might keep this on hand during the summer months, but for the winter and colder months this feels like a great winter style DIPA. Its warming, filling and complex, making it a great brew. If you havent tried this sucker, go get one and enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2010 04:17:41 | More by Augustiner719
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2.64/5 rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
Maybe it's possible I got a bad bottle? There was something a little off with the smell. And then at the initial taste, this quite off-putting heavy alcohol aroma hits. Completely ruins this otherwise-good beer for me. But again, with people praising this beer and rating it so highly, I'll have to try it again and adjust my review. But until then I have to rate it poorly.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2014 19:09:23 | More by ski271
3.85/5 rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours a nearly opaque black with subtle ruby highlights and a thin, creamy khaki head.
S: Mild aromas of herbs, caramel, cream, dark chocolate, lemon, and grass take some time to develop on the nose.
T: Delicate flavors of lemon, lime, orange rind, grass, herbs, cream, dark chocolate, and caramel are present, though hints of pine, cedar, and juniper berries linger in the background throughout. The finish is mildly resinous and unexpectedly clean with a nice, mellow combination of caramel, lemon, and herb flavors.
M: Medium in body, smooth, and only mildly resinous compared to many other examples of the style. Carbonation is delicate and gentle. Alcohol warmth is present, but very restrained for an ale of this strength, making the beer dangerously easy to drink.
O: A really well executed and surprisingly balanced take on an American black ale. I could definitely see myself picking this one up again in the not too distant future.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 16:54:00 | More by mrfrancis
Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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