Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Patrick999:
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Excited to try this one as my first "Black IPA" - haven't made my way to the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous yet. Also excited to see a fellow 'Canes fan just below me in the reviews for this, but this is a beer site, not a college football site, so I'll zip it.
Poured into my Stone imperial pint, it does indeed look black, but held up to the light, you can just barely see through its deep ruby red. Head is thin, but present.
Hell, it smells great. It's pretty much what you'd expect a Black IPA to smell like, not having had one. Citrusy, floral hops with some roastiness.
This is pretty well-balanced. A lot of citrusy hop, but the malt profile puts up quite a fight, its roasty sweetness blending in nicely with the hop bitterness. You really can taste the double IPA lurking somewhere beneath the dark malts.
This would seem to blur the line between hoppy Imperial Stout and DIPA, but for the mouthfeel. It is by no means the mouthfeel of a stout - in fact, it's mercifully thin for 9%. While there is a good deal of perceived sweetness as well, it never gets around to being sticky.
It's a drinkable 9%. Due to the feel, it seems to drink smaller than it is, and there isn't any perceived alcohol, either - that alcohol is very well-hidden, it never gets boozy. You could really drink the hell out of it.
It'd be nice if I could get this on a regular basis down here in the real "Southern Tier"...this is my only bottle....but such is life.
PS - Overlord, good call with the Arrogant Bastard similarities....after reading your review, I can taste that connection.
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2009 21:24:28 | More by Patrick999
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
1 Pint, 6 oz bottle poured into a glass.
A: I love the deep brown color. Medium sized head.
S: The perfect balance of toasted and alcohol scent.
T: A great black ale. Toasted malt flavor. Even a hint of hops in here.
M: Great mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated or too much alcohol.
O: I love black ales and lagers. Unfortunately, I don't see enough of them. I would definitely get this again.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 04:32:30 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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