Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 148
Gots: 137 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009)
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Photo of javitale
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite but drinkable

Photo of Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"We carefully chose the name for this Imperial IBA, Iniquity - a word opposing goodness. Why? This beer is contrary to what one may expect from an IPA; this is an ale as black as night. It is the antithesis of Unearthly. Some may consider it an immoral act to blacken an ale. We suggest they don't rely on conventional standards. Allow the darkness to consume you. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Black Ale, available previously as a year-round release in 22 oz. bottles and on draft. Recently discontinued.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Southern Tier tulip glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Iniquity pours a creamy frothed mocha head over a very dark cola brown body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and streaked. 4.25

(Smell) Aromas of moderately roasted barley, black patent malt, spicy, peppery and earthy hop aromas, as citrus notes have faded. Subtle notes of dark fruits, licorice and earthy spice. Understated sweetness and high bitterness in the aroma, medium potency overall. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is a continuation of the aroma, although notably well balanced and very complex. The malt body is built with a combination of medium roasted malts, black patent char, chocolate malt and toasted caramel bread, moderately sweet and highly drinkable. The hop profile is earthy, resinous, lightly bitter and slightly less assertive than the aroma suggested yet better balanced. Yeast characteristics include a subtle undertone of dark fruit essence, including raisin skins, date sugar and more prominently licorice sticks. The finish is slick and roasty with lingering notes of licorice and earthy hops. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is moderately viscous, medium sticky and mildly dry. Carbonation levels are moderate generating a smooth, medium frothy and subtly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is very slightly bitter and roasty over sweet. Alcohol presence is low, and off characters are minimal. 4

(Overall) I know this beer is quite old but I am very impressed at how complex the flavors are and how it still stands superior against many other Black Ale examples out there. Not just a hop-driven beer, Iniquity does a great job at matching the hop profile with an equally complex malt bill that carefully focuses on roast, chocolate and fruit characteristics- all of which many other black IPAs overlook. Southern Tier frequently makes some questionable cuts to their year-round lineup, but Iniquity certainly should have been kept around for the long haul. My hopes are that it returns in the near future, ideally in a smaller-bottle format, as it is also quite the filling beverage. 4

Southern Tier Brewing Company's
Imperial Iniquity Black Ale

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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.32/5  rDev -19.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.88/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours pitch black with a small frothy head, getting a bit poorer in a minute, leaving just some messy specks around.
An interesting smell, a mix of fruit brandy and fruity hops, really sticky and jammy-sweet. Plum, dark grape, persimmon, date, orange pulp, dark berries, fragrant like concentrated syrup. Floral notes too, peach-flavored iced tea, ribwort, faint leafy hop.
Sweet malty front, with sticky caramel, maple syrup, cake, faint spicy rye bread, faint chocolate. A dark fruit jam sweetness too (plum, date, blueberry), even some tropical hints. Bits of citrus peel. There's quite a 180 degrees transition here afterwards, gets a bit more roasted (clearer toasted bread crust), doesn't lose the sweetness entirely, but it gets more leafy and aromatic, with spicy hops, peppermint, floral tea, with that nice alcoholic kick (just warm), reminding of herb liqueur (Jagermeister came to mind, tho i haven't touched it for more than 5 years).
Aftertaste has a bit of roast, some hop resin, light dark fruit. Smooth, oily, really nice body and carbonation.
Rich hoppy flavors, easy to drink, really enjoyed this one. A big sweetness that's incredibly handled and doesn't disturb in the slightest.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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