Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by jettjon:
4.48/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a 22 oz bomber, moderately vigorous pour into a goblet yields very little carbonation. Five minutes later, only a scattered archipelago of lacing remains atop an inky sea of blackness. Color is pretty much pitch black other than when held directly to the light at which point a tiny sliver of chestnut peeks through the murk. Large, clumpy bubbles occasionally erupt from the depths like pockets of methane from beneath the blackest bog. Sweet, slightly boozy nose evinces scents of cocoa, dark fruit and sweet banana taffy. Coffee beans and black licorice dance in the background. In the mouth, it’s surprisingly thick and smooth, with fine carbonation tickling on the way down. Malt and hops engage in epic battle with the hops prevailing at the end, pummeling the malt into submission with a dry bitterness like coffee grounds. The flavor is intense and difficult to decipher; there is a definite pervasive coffee-like bitterness, but Belgian-ale characteristic flavors such as cherries and raisins struggle to assert themselves only to be overwhelmed by a tide of caustic black hatred.
Overall: Now THIS is a big beer done well. Never overly pretentious, it walks a perilously thin line between a hopped-up IPA and a refined Belgian strong dark ale or quadrupel. This dance could have gone so wrong in so many ways, but it works. Flavors are perfectly balanced with every sip bringing new appreciation for the subtle complexity containing within the murky depths.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2012 23:00:13 | More by jettjon
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
92 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.