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Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,404 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,404
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 127
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
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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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WesWes

New York

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that lasts. The aroma is awesome. The hop aroma of this beer is out of this world. It has a huge citrus/floral scent with just a hint of black malt. The taste is great. It has a nice pale and black malt flavor that's roasted enough to give it color, but doesn't get in the way of the hops. It has such a fresh hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I would like to do a side by side comparison with Stone's version of the same style. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 00:05:07 | More by WesWes
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown, really no color around the edges, with a finger or a bit more of tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, with a patchy lace left behind and a bit of stick.

Smell starts with a burst of juicy, resiny hop goodness, full of citrus and pine and earthy notes. Not far behind the hops is some dark malt aromas. There is some cocoa but other than that nothing really distinguishes itself. Overall the malt has sort of a sawdusty, toasty quality. Sadly I'm not sure it adds much; rather, it gets in the way of all those wonderful hop aromas. As it warms up there is a bit more of a dark caramel aroma and some coffee, but it never really becomes a complementary quality to the hops. I also struggle to regain the initial burst of hops after the first sniff or two.

Taste is more like it. Lots of hoppy goodness with the darker malts complementing the flavor rather than getting in the way as they did in the smell. Hops are leafy and resiny, with citrus, pine and tobacco flavors. Malt flavors consist of dark caramel, a slight roasty note and some cocoa and espresso beans. Into the finish is some earthy hop flavor and a pretty substantial level of bitterness. There's a lot of lingering hop bitterness and leafy flavor left on the palate, and it also feels a bit chalky in the aftertaste. Makes me think I've been chewing on a hop pellet. Methinks they dry hopped the hell out of this. I really like the flavor here, but the dry, chalky finish and the leafy residue left on my palate really started to wear on me, making me want to cleanse my mouth between sips. For that, I have to dock the score a bit. Alcohol is well hidden however, which is sometimes a problem for ST, so that's a plus.

Mouthfeel is initially quite creamy, but then gives way to a very dry, somewhat chalky feel. It's between a medium and a full body and is pretty smooth, but the chalkiness really takes away from what seemed as though it might be an exceptional feel.

I think this is a good beer but I also think that Southern Tier has the makings of a really exceptional one with a few tweaks. The darker malts never fully come together with the hops in the aroma, and even with the taste they don't fully complement each other. I think it's dry hopped a bit too much, resulting in the leafy and chalky aftertaste. Overall I think they need to try to marry the components together a bit better, and if they succeed they'll have a real winner. For now, though, it's good, but a bit of a jumbled mess.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 21:58:49 | More by number1bum
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HopHeadRyan

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent brew. Had this at Quotations in Media, PA. It is categorized incorrectly on here. Should be listed as a Schwarzbier/Black Ale. It is NOT an Imperial IPA...probably confused because Southern Tier calls it their "IBA" - Imperial Black Ale. Those who are reviewing this in any relation to an IPA are way way off. Not even close to the same style.

A - Beautiful dark brown/black; frothy off-white head

S - Toasty/Smokey/Malty

T - Reminds me of a cross b/w a Brown Ale and a smoky Porter. The smokiness is subtle but its there. Definitley Chocolatey, Nutty, & Malty.

M - Heavier, full-bodied. Cola like thickness.

D - Highly drinkable for its abv and density, but not a session beer. Very very smooth and delicious.

My first Southern Tier experience...I'm a big fan! Can't wait to try some more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 18:36:17 | More by HopHeadRyan
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Hoppington

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! A black IPA stands out in the crowd of amber. Huge hop nose on this beauty of a beer. Sort of a cross between a porter and an Imperial IPA. Tons of character and very distinctive. A very innovative offering from Southern Tier!

Well done! Highly recommended to all IPA afficionados.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 00:47:33 | More by Hoppington
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yesyouam

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Iniquity is a very dark (nearly black) ale with a thick, foamy, light brown head. It thins out a little but stays put to the bottom of the glass. It leaves a generous, thick sheet of foam all the way down the glass. It has a strong citrus aroma that's detected from arm's length. It's all grapefruit and pine. It is medium-full bodied and incredibly smooth and soft in the mouth. It tastes squarely between sweet and dry. It's very well balanced; hoppy, but not overly bitter. The finish seems to have a touch of roast or ash. It is thoroughly enjoyable and unique.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 16:47:18 | More by yesyouam
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far333

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque and brownish black with garnet highlights at the bottom and edges of the glass. A half inch high head of thick and dimpled light brown foam sits atop and lingers long.

Aroma of hops, sweet and juicy.

Interesting flavor, is this a dark IPA or hoppy porter? Hard to say, it's definitely hoppy upfront, nice and crisp and fruity and citrusy. But then morphs to a dark malt flavor, a little roasty, with some smokey notes. Leathery smoke lingers.

Great mouthfeel, very smooth and full and consistent. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 22:31:16 | More by far333
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plaid75

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a murky black hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a leafy citric dry hop with some caramel.

The taste was upfront sweet malts that receded once the juicy orange hops took hold. A nice toasted edge as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a delicious and complex DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2009 20:59:06 | More by plaid75
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BanditBrewingCo

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting for this one, finally hit the shelves here today...
I think I was expecting basically a double IPA that was just dark in color.

Pours beautifully, yes - black, letting in a hint of light around the edges where a slight brown color is created. Nice, thick and sticky off-white to beige head. Really didn't expect it to be quite so dark but I'm not complaining!

Smelling this beer I first get what I think is some hop spice intertwined with a bit of roastiness. Interesting.

Upon tasting, my first thought is: wow, IPA meets a porter and it works! I see they used de-bittered black malt for the color and it must have contributed some flavor as well. In the same regard, hops are not overdone and there is certainly balance here. In other words, this is not a crazy over the top DIPA with some dark malt thrown in, it's an impressively designed beer.

Would definitely have this again, it's delicious but obviously not a session beer. Iniquity can be added to the long and ever growing list of great Southern Tier offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 16:43:01 | More by BanditBrewingCo
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brow1901

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle calls this beer an imperial black ale. The antithesis to Unearthy.

A- This beer pours a pitch black. With a light tan head, the color of cardboard. But upon further inspection I noticed that the black isn't really deep, some light will shine through when held to the lamp. And rising bubbles can be seen.

S- The smell really confuses the senses. I expect to smell hits of malts and sweetness mixing with light hops. Instead the beer smells of piney hops with faint hints of chocolate malt.

T- Iniquity has an exceptionally interesting flavor. In your normal Double IPA the hops do fight the malts but in the end the hops win the bottle and destroy the malt flavor. In this beer the taste starts with the usual hops but then the malt begins to take over. Suddenly your mouth is hit with flavors of chocolate and roasted malts, slightly sweet yet dry. Simply delicious.

M- The mouth is good also, leaves the palate dry. The beer is full bodied and thick, but again you expect the tastes of a stout but you instead get the light carbonation feel of an IPA.

D- At 9% abv this beer is highly drinkable, I really love this beer. I wouldn't call it extreme, but it's really fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:11:34 | More by brow1901
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a dark cola brown with lighter edges. Sticky, resilient, little-finger-sized head of light khaki. Good lacing. Big hoppy nose. Blindfolded, I would definitely guess this was an aggressively hopped IPA or imperial IPA. Pineapple and pine resin dominate. After a while I can pick up some faint licorice and even vanilla aromas. Interesting and inviting.

Light roasted malt flavors up front. Sweet dark fruits follow, before big hop flavor and bitterness takes over. Very resinous, with herbal notes and pineapple near the end. There's almost a dark chocolate and vanilla thing going on as well. Some fruity malt lingers in the otherwise bitter finish. Full-bodied with a creamy, smooth feel. Very nice mix of lightly roasted notes and big time hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 01:06:36 | More by alexgash
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bomber into a pub glass. The pour brings a fizzy 1'' off white head with darker swirls mixed in. Receeding to a thin cap of retention and some thin drapeing lace, with nice staying power.
The color is black, but glows a deep dark red when held to light.

Aromas on this are very surprising, my eyes tell me malt and chocolate, but my senses are confused with the wonderful amount of hops. The cascade hops are really coming out strong and well received at that.
Behind the hops is a mixture of grains, chocolate, roasty notes and a touch of coffee. Theres a bit of sweetness in there as well with a touch of vanilla. Very compelling aroma.

The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with smooth creamy textures alongside carbonation zing. A bit of slickness into and through the swallow.

Starting out pretty hoppy and sweet with a nice ipa flavor, pine hop flavor mostly. Soon after becomming almost woody with some smoke flavors and bittering chocolate grains. The switchup from hop bomb to these other flavors is strange and unfirmiliar. Like running into an old fuck buddy while walking down the street while your wife walks with you.
The black malts seem out of place and are difficult for me to get past.
The finish is bitter with unsweetend chocolate, husky grains and some hops, but the hops are now mostly drowned out by the smoky bittering flavors. More hops, less smokey black grain huskyness.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 00:46:20 | More by Buebie
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StrangeBrewer76

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark stained brown but is black in any glass bigger than a test tube. A two tier custard colored head of small foamy bubbles on larger ones that leaves a nice lacy looking lace as it fades within a reasonable amount of time.

Smell is very toasty and woody. Not like oak but more like a freshly sharpened pencil with even some graphite in there. Hops are floral and distant, like they're in the other room.

Taste - OK so now I know what debittered black malt tastes like. That is the dominant flavor that is mild at first but ramps up a bit as it spreads around your mouth and lingers, turning to sweetness in the long finish. Hops are completely in a support role here like the structure of a bridge. They must be down there somewhere but as you cross you can't even see them.

This is a solidly medium to heavy body that fills the mouth and moves along nicely. Well rounded with a low to creamy carbonation that is only slightly prickly.

This beer is drinkable enough I guess. It's tasty but the body and 9% put this in the 1-2 and done category.

"Antithesis of Unearthly"? Sure, why not. Obviously they're looking for people to try them together. Perhaps I'll update if I try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 21:53:51 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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Kendo

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany on 4-1-09.

A: Black body with a small tannish head. Leaves behind splotches of lace all the way down the glass.

S: At first, the nose wasn't too strong at all, but as it warmed it was all hops -- piney hops, pleasantly strong but not overwhelming. There is a touch of coffee underneath it all, more noticed when it warmed.

T: Interesting. As occurred with the Stone 11, there's a disconnect between what I see and smell and what I taste. Dark black body makes me think of sweet malt, while the smell points to the hops. The taste? An interesting combination of both. "Perfectly balanced," I wrote after a couple sips. I get chocolate malt up front with a dry, piney hop bitterness at the back. Pine lingers. As it warms a bit, that malt flavor becomes more coffee-like rather than chocolatey, but the hops still prevail, coating the mouth with pine and spruce needles and a bit of resin.

M: Lower in carbonation than your average ale. Body is on the lighter side of medium; surprisingly lighter than expected though I wouldn't go so far as to call it "thin."

D: Very good, bordering on excellent for a beer of this strength.

Notes: the keg kicked while I was at Lionheart last night. Based on that and the fact that I heard quite a few people ordering it earlier, it seems to be popular. I can understand why. Another winner from ST worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 19:53:28 | More by Kendo
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aerozeppl

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice black color with some brown around the edges. Minimal brownish head with some spotty lacing.

S: The only beer I really can compare this to is Stone's 11th anniversary so I will. The shock of smelling the hops while looking at this beer is a trip. The difference between the two is that in this you get some roast and a step short of chocolate.

T: It is a super hoppy IPA with some nice roast thrown in. It really does a number on you. One taste it is all hops the next all malt and roast.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. The mix of all the malt and the hops gave it that syrupy DIPA moutfeel on steroids. Went down like tussin at points but I like wheatwine so I really don't care.

D: Took a while to get through the pint but it was really enjoyable. I have been a little disappointed with southern tier stuff lately but I think it has more to do with my high expectations from them. This is a great and singular beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 01:39:24 | More by aerozeppl
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Stimack

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to give this a try tonight while visiting Mahars. Brew poured to a nice black color with some reddish highlights. Thick medium tan colored head that had great retention and left a ton of lacing. The aroma, well I really cant get past the hops, nice mix of citrus and pine aromas that clearly dominate but are so inviting. Maybe some coffee aroma there but I am having a difficult time getting past the hops as mentioned above. The flavor, real nice! Again the hops are at the front with the coffee making a clearer appearance here than was in the nose. Never really sense an alcohol feel to this one. Overall I think this is a fantastic brew, like the darker malt profile though it was hard to pick up the properties past the hops. I will get this again!

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 00:13:44 | More by Stimack
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a ruby opaque brown coloration. The head is about a finger and a half high tan coloration. Good head retention is noted. Very nice lacing remains behind on my glass.

Smell: The aroma is hops to fore. The aroma has citrus and pine resin. Rye breadyness with a whiff of caramel and a touch of cocoa finish things up.

Taste: The dark roasted maltyness of the flavor announces itself early on. Roasted malt brings tones of cocoa and coffee to the flavor. These give way to pine resin hops and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers body is medium. The carbonation is moderate and works well with the beer. The flavors are well balanced and layered. A very nice beer drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 09:06:53 | More by nlmartin
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another new beer from Southern Tier, a dark DIPA. It would not surprise me if this becomes a popular style soon. Fast pour reveals a solid looking black beer, with about a finger of slightly tanned white heading. Despite its blackness, there seems to be a clarity about it in color if that makes any sense. Pretty decent smell. I get from it some mild chocolate, little metallic twang, and some alcohol bitterness. Taste is more centered in hop flavor, but for an Imperial IPA (Sorry, IBA) there is a very good level of balance. The dark malt manages to stay behind the hops, but still smooth things out. Alcohol is hardly present in this one. Had somebody told me it was 9% I might not have believed them. Like I said, the well hidden alcohol and balance between malt and hops both combine to make this an easy drinking ale. This is a very respectable effort from Southern Tier. I liked the fact that it was balanced as opposed to hop overkill. Please continue to experiment.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 02:11:42 | More by jamie2dope
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle with a clear printed label (I'm glad Southern Tier moved away from printing ink directly on the glass, it didn't work too well). The beer is dark brown with red highlights along the border, some wet off-white foam that laces all over the glass. The beer smells like a strongly hopped schwarz bier, citrus + pine over a roasted malt body. The taste is really good, much better than Stone 11th in my opinion, more than just a dark IPA, this was tasty in a complex way that included roasted malts and chocolate to offset the citrus character of the hops. Very nice, this is the kind of beer that keeps me coming back to Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 02:10:40 | More by TurdFurgison
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I can smell a lot of citrusy and piney hops. There's also some sweet malt and a bit of dark fruit noticable. The taste is similar to the aroma, with the citrus and pine hop flavors being strongest. I can also taste some bready and roasted malt, and a bit of coffee and dark chocolate, too. The malty flavors get stronger as the beer warms, but there's still a lingering hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol isn't very noticable at all. This is a very unique brew, and I liked it a lot. To me I think this brew is a great mix between a Schwarzbier, a stout and an Imperial IPA, but that's just my opinion. It really is a hard to describe beer, you just have to try it for yourself. It's one of the best beers I've had lately.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 22:33:06 | More by bluejacket74
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John_M

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's. Was not familiar with this beer. Was kind of shocked to see this beer listed as a DIPA and yet under 10%. Considering this is ST; how can that be?

The beer pours a blackish brown color (naturally, given the style - India Black Ale), with good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is pretty interesting, consisting of a coffee aroma, and then the expected blast of hoppy citrus. On the palate, this beer is every bit as good. The coffee flavor blends nicely with the hoppy, citrus bitterness. I keep on waiting for the nasty alcohol bite on the finish, but it never appears... or at least I don't notice it. In fact, there is something of a smokey quality, along with the coffee and citrus. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Not bad at all. Drinkability is suprisingly good on this beer, with the alcohol very well disguised (something I'm not sure I've ever said before in a ST beer - most of their beers specialize in hitting you over the head with the alcohol).

Wow. This is an excellent beer. I'm not sure if it's the coffee or the 1% to 2% drop off in alcohol, but for a change I don't feel worn out from the obvious alcohol. It's slightly noticeable after half a glass, but for the most part this beer is surprisingly drinkable, given the abv. Impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 22:04:09 | More by John_M
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prototypic

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Iniquity isn't quite black. It is very dark brown and a bit of light cutting through gives it garnet highlights. It's topped with a modest off-white head that's lucky to reach a finger deep. It wasted no time fleeing the scene and left a sticky lacing in its wake.

Smell: The nose is stacked with citrus hops. There's the usual suspects of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and mango. A light dose of pine is in there, as well. There's a little malt that's noted. But, I'm not picking up any caramel which is definitely a good thing. It's a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol surprisingly goes unnoticed. Very well done in this department. Really nice smelling beer.

Taste: The flavor isn't quite as good as the nose set my expectations. It's good, but not elite by any means. There is a really nice citrus hop flavor. It's bitter and features the usual wave of citrus flavors. The downside is that the there seems to be a really spicy hop flavor that consumes the citrus variety. It's good, but it negated what potentially was an excellent hop flavor. There's a little pine in there, but it's predominantly spicy. There's enough malt to hold it together well, but not too much. It is a tad yeasty. Alcohol is noted, but I wouldn't have guessed it's 9%. Finishes spicy and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a smooth, creamy medium body. Carbonation is light and doesn't offend. Southern Tier really nailed the feel on this one. Drinkability is good, but falls short of great. I like the flavor quite a bit, but can't say that I love it. It's also weighs in at 9%. Not exactly a lightweight.

Iniquity is quite the interesting beer. It's good. Perhaps very good. But, I can't help but think about what could have been. The spicy hop flavor really cuts into and overtakes a more appealing citrus flavor. It's interesting. The citrus hops just begin to take hold...and then they're gone. Iniquity is injustice or an immoral act. Perhaps suppressing that really nice citrus hop flavor is Southern Tier's poetic (in)justice. All kidding aside, Iniquity is a nice beer. It really is very good. But, it's not quite as good as it could've been. Just sayin'.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 04:52:07 | More by prototypic
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Pours an expected black color with a small tan/off white head. More malts in the nose than i thought there would be, a sweetness met with a moderate hop aroma. Malt dominant initially, fruity and semi sweet, notes of raison and plum, shallow hops, no where near as bright as i had hoped for. I was and still am pretty amped for this one but so far it has let me down. I will definitely revisit in hopes of a better outcome.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 04:33:47 | More by ATPete
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle that just showed up at the liquor store today.

A- a completely black body with a lighter than expected light tan colored head. the head is nothing more than a crown after about a minute, and leaves spotty lacing on the sides of my glass. looks like a stout.

S- the smell is more like a DIPA. a weird follow up to the appearance. starts out with some dark malts and finishes up with a healthy dose of hops. tons of pine. some citrus, and floral as well.

T- the taste of this one is a mix of stout and DIPA, same as the appearance. starts off with a slight stout like dark chocolate and roasted malts. then come the hops, reminding me that this is technically a DIPA. piny are the strongest, followed closely by citrus. lots of grapefruit.

M- fuller bodied than i would expect with a creamy feel and a nice level of carbonation

D- different than anything i have ever encountered and a challenge to review. its a DIPA that doesnt know if it wants to be a stout or not. very unique, and something that i loved drinking and will check out again in the near future. another one tonight would be a problem because of the strength.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 05:06:47 | More by jwinship83
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very unique style of beer... Bordering somewhere between an Imperial IPA / Porter / and a Stout... Definitely a very hopped-up black ale or I should say a hopped up porter...
Appearance: Dark-maroon, deep-purple hue... Moderate head, impressive lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Rich, malt-driven aroma... Hints of cappuccino and dark-chocolate with candied sugars...
Taste: Complex, and intricate flavor... As mentioned before, straddling the fence between an Imperial IPA / Stout / Porter... Deep, dark chocolate essences, rich mocha, interestingly balanced between malts and hops...
Full-bodied mouthfeel...
Not extremely drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 02:26:25 | More by dsa7783
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WilliamD

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you've ever been crouching in a smoke-cloud on some purple-glass floor, and were suddenly told by some thick-maned creature, "Come see my naked engine," while it pumped out curls with 25 pound dumbells like Baby CT Crusier, it was me in your dream. I am a god.
Poured into a snifter. Black under the light. Very attractive mohagany when held in front of the light. Quarter inch, fizzy, tan head that dissolves after a minute or two. For the first couple minutes this beer looks quite grand.
Smells of an IPA. Hoppy, with pineapple, perhaps some citrus. Bready too.
-my nose won't stop running, dammit-
Tastes like an IPA as well, but with perhaps a bit of doppelbock poured into the glass. That moldy bread taste I get from a doppelbock. Moderately bitter. Very slight alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is good. Crisp and bitter.
Not bad on drinkability. Almost finished with the bottle. It went down quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

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