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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,387 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 124
Gots: 92 | 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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Reviews by teromous:
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teromous

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with some brown when it catches light. The head pours pretty low about 1/3 a thumb, with tan bubbles. I would like a little more head. It drops out to nothing but a foam ring in a matter of seconds. No real lacing...only some occasional blotches.

S: I can smell pine hops and some roasted notes. It smells very similar to a barleywine, where the roasted malts come out very distinctly.

T: I didn't get slammed with hops or bitterness which is great because this is really supposed to be a played down style. It's a very well balanced comforting beer. The flavors...there's first the bitterness from the darker grains, reminiscent of a strong coffee or espresso. After that the hop flavor slides in with a slightly spruce flavor. When the hops back off, there's a bit of fruit rind flavor and some chocolate even. The chocolate flavor comes and goes. Really an exceptional flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied leaning towards heavy. It's not overly malty or bitter so it's balanced really well. No awful aftertastes or unpleasantness. I would like a little more carbonation though, because it feels a little flat.

O: Overall It'd rate this just above good. It's not perfect by any means but it's a really great beer. This beer would be great for people who like barleywines or DIPAs/CDAs/ABAs, whatever you want to call them. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 17:35:09 | More by teromous
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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.

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Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,387 ratings.