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Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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1,330 Ratings

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Ratings: 1330
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%

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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Photo of kemoarps


3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep purple-ish copper-ish reddish brownish type colour. Decent head retention and lacing. Kind a slightly lighter shade of black, but rich, not grey. Does that make sense? Well I suppose that would make it an iniquitous description (get it? get it? OK, I'll stop).

Roasty barley with crisp grassy hops and... grape? I know it's not actually anything grape in there, but I can't escape it. A touch of burnt malt with a caramel sweetness and just a touch of hops. I can't escape the grape.

Luckily it's not as dominant on the tongue. I get a fair amount of roasty/burnt grain. There's some candi sweetness and some pine bitterness. But that damn grape is still lurking like a big purple gorilla. Don't ask. No one else seems to be getting this, so I suppose it's possible it has to do with this bottle, but I don't really think that that's the case. I think it's more just my wiring being a little... off.

All that grape malarky aside, it's a pretty tasty little brew (I would feel even strongly in that case if it weren't for the pervasive grape. You could say it's a.... VITIL flaw (eh?? eh?? fine. I promised. I'll stop.)

Anyway, bottom line is: it's a solid black ale. I still like Hop in the Dark and certain others better, and I'm glad this wasn't any more expensive than it was, but it's still quite an enjoyable drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 23:57:51 | More by kemoarps
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Iniquity pours a mahogany color that is actually a much lighter brown around the edges. With a considerate pour, a sizable mocha cap rises from the liquid. A nice bit of lace follows the beer on the way down.

The aroma is rich, full of roasted malt first. Citrusy hops really control the show, though. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and a strong dash of spicy pine make this a hop-forward American Black Ale.

Each sip has a ton of bitterness and a nice amount of flavor. The dark malt flavor is not actually that bitter, although there are notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee all present. The grapefruit citrus flavor is the anchor of the hop flavors, with apricot, orange, and lemon adding citrus depth and earthy and piney hop flavors rounding out the hop profile.

The mouthfeel is pretty much right where I want it to be for a 9% American Black Ale. There is modestly creamy carbonation, a bit of sticky hop residue on my tongue after each sip, and a body that is on the full side.

Overall, this is a solid beer. It reminds me of Anger, which I have much more frequently than this one, although this is a little bit bigger.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 05:18:01 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a ruby undertone. Two fingers of sturdy foam from a vigorous pour that fell unwillingly to some sticky lacing. Nose is muted dark fruits, citrus hops and roasted malt that’s a little burnt. The forward hop nose is contrast to the dark color. As it warms the malt comes forward even more, a little coffee, more earthy hops and slightly boozy. First taste is a surprise. I expected very sweet but what I got was smooth, burned toast and bitter. The chocolate comes out a little and the alcohol is warming. It finishes big and heavy, bittersweet and smoky. Well made.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 16:49:27 | More by utopiajane
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a light tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, coffee, sweet bready malt, resinous hops, booze and pine.
More roasted malt and booze as flavours but also fruity confectionery, pine and lots of sweet malt.
Too highly carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 08:32:23 | More by CrazyDavros
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

Head is a thick light tan that dies down to a thin bubbly ring.

Color is a lighter and more transparent brown than a usual black ale, more of a lager color.

The nose on this is very nice; lots and lots of sugar up front then strong caramel and toffee scents. With all the sugar, the aroma has more than a passing resemblance to sticking your nose in a bag of fresh caramel corn at the fair.

Taste is assertively sweet, almost barleywine level sweetness. Why does Southern Tier make such sweet beer? Its a very good beer that could have been so much better if they had better balanced all those sugars. Faint hops at the end but too little too late.

Mouthfeel is an appropriate level of carbonation that can't cut through the slick sugary coating left behind.

Overall its a quality beer made with real skill but falls short due to Southern Tier's sweetness problem. This is where personal preference comes into play; someone who likes a nice barleywine or quad will love this but those of us who love crisp pilsners and dry stouts will feel compelled to brush out teeth afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 00:39:12 | More by girlbrew
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to angrybabboon for sending me a bottle. Poured from a 22oz into a tulip glass. Shared with others. No bottling or freshness date, unfortunately. My first Southern Tier beer. Consumed on 05/12/13. Review is from my notes.

Pours a thickened, blackened beer with 2-3 fingers of a khaki colored head that never completely dies down. Bubbles are scattered about the bottle, and given the relatively high ABV, this is a well done feat indeed. As indicated by the pour, this is pretty viscous, often resembling imperial stouts or dessert beers of sorts in its solid, robust appearance. Nearly opaque, but some light reaches around the edges. Never seen a black IPA quite this before - menacing, full-bodied, and yet intriguing.

The aroma is chock filled with all kinds of dank earthy, roasted, herbal, and floral notes, all which come and go in spades. Immediately I'm getting a pine resinous flavor, coated with slight honey (signs of aging), as well as all kinds of different flavors that a beer in this style should offer. Mint leaves, rosemary, roasted biscuits, a touch of dark chocolate, woodiness, maybe a combo of plums and raisins added in there as a finalizing element. Totally vibrant and bright, but also pretty dank and robust given the roasted character and strong hoppy presence. Surprisingly, none of this is too explosive, and does not overwhelm the senses throughout.

Wow, given the context of the initial aromas, this is fantastically easy to drink. At first, you get an immediate roasted barley character that quickly turns towards a piney, dried citrusy, hop resinous flavor. The bitterness lingers on and finishes once again with the honey, cracked barley notes, and a lot of the herbal and floral phenols I described earlier. The centennial hops are definitely doing their job here, although the cascade prevents it from going overboard. This is exactly how I like black IPAs - piney and oily, yet filled with a roasted robustness. Super earthy at that end, almost as if you're right where the harvest of the ingredients starts as soon as you take each sip. Carbonation is solid, and provides an extra kick to all of these flavors. Chewy, syrupy, and very robust. Excellent stuff.

I haven't had a black IPA I enjoyed this much since Stone's 15th Anniversary Ale. I should have had this a little fresher, but it should hold up well given the thick malts and high ABV. However, the earthy flavors are a plus here, and it's all owed to the dank yet vibrant hop profile. Can't wait to try more beers from these guys!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 17:37:56 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of Omnium


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a rich dark brown/ruby hue, one finger of tan head, moderate lacing.
S - Wow, lots going on here, you get some sweet malts, chocolate, and vanilla, and it transforms into some fresh almost grassy hop aromas.
T - Those sweet malts come at you up font, very rich and creamy, and a little bit of spice kicks in and then you get some of the fresh lemongrass, mild citrus and some hop oil.
M - Very full and rich, lots of body, but is exquisitely smooth and finishes nice.
O - Outstanding beer, always a delight to have.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:36:09 | More by Omnium
Photo of estlinska


4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep, dark color of charred wood and allowing just the faintest amount of light through its belly. The head is big, two to three fingers high and cloud-like. There is lacing all over the glass as the beer disappears. The nose is a huge citrus hop blossom. There are all the usual offenders of bright oranges, grapefruit, lime and citrus zest. The black malts impart the very faintest of a Hersey chocolate bar, but gives much ground to the dry hop additions. The taste is incredibly smooth. The hops take all of the glory of this show and have all the fresh orange zest, fresh oranges...just a lot of orange flavor all over the place. There is a good bitter profile to the beer, but in no way astringent or overbearing. The malt gives good backbone to the beer and the creamy and roasty characteristics of a good black malt without any of the sometimes bitter component that comes across unnatural to some black IPAs. The mouthfeel shows none of the 9% abv and has good body. My only complaint would be a little bit of a syrupy feel at times. Notwithstanding, this beer is a fabulous black IPA that really features the late hop additions and pulls off a wonderfully balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 23:17:25 | More by estlinska
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4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

While it's been in the fridge for a few months since a black ale run I went on earlier this year, this is one of the last chilly weekends, so it was time to bring it out.

Black as can be, with a faint ring of head and nipple of bubbles in the middle.

Holy depth - huge licorice, herbaceousness, pine and caramel. Very few beers will match the nose of this one.

Big licorice, chewy greens, burnt toast, barely a whisp of alcohol to close. Huge hops on the backend, but so well balanced that they're completely approachable and enjoyable.

Great in the mouth. Incredibly smooth - everthing noted above wraps around the tongue like a blanket. Like the slow roll of cigar smoke afterwards.

Not exactly my favorite variation on the style, but still definitely one of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 02:27:15 | More by mdcrouser
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District of Columbia

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This makes sense on a bright sunny day outside in DC, right?

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Black, for the most part, but a few slivers around the edges spoiled the "iniquity" of this. :) Soft, off-white head sat on top and stayed.

S: Hop leaves, grape juice, and chocolate all wrapped up in a glass. Gotta love it!

T: Perfectly balanced and my first thought was how great it played out at the end. Total fruity, grape juice-esque drink on the finish. Ah, but first... the cocoa and pine cone. Awesome flavor!

M: Nice and creamy for sure, with ridiculous lacing, and EXTREMELY drinkable.

O: This kinda reminded me of Three Floyds Black Sun and Blot Out the Sun. Awesome beers, not to mention this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 20:50:21 | More by Chaney
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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a thick one finger medium tan head. The head sticks around seemingly forever. There is also nearly a solid wall of lacing on the sides of the glass. Quite impressive.

The aroma has a good deal of pine mixed with hints of alcohol with roast and coffee pulling up the rear. There is an almost minty quality to the aroma that is unique compared to other American Black Ales I have had.

The flavor has bitterness taking hold immediately followed by a little milk chocolate and then roasted malt and dark toast. More mint comes in but is a bit more restrained than in the aroma. Lots of pine from the hops that marries perfectly with the roasted malt which can be hard to do in this style of beer. Mouthfeel is soft and almost chalky finishing a little on the sweet side but it remains restrained.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the best I have had in the style. One to pick up should you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:43:38 | More by rangerred
Photo of MDDMD


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-pine, citrus, dark roasted malt, herbal, chocolate

T-citrus, dark roasted malt, pine, chocolate, herbal, hint of sweetness and coffee, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-this is one of the best black ales I have had so far, great mix of flavors and nice balance

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:15:16 | More by MDDMD
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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked it up in a 22 and did not pour it into a glass, but it appeared to be a dark brown color inside the bottle, so I would not say it is too dark colored.

You can smell the malts and molasses, as well as a citrusy note.

It tastes a little less sweet than it smells. You can taste malts, coffee, caramel, and chocolate, which is balanced nicely with a strong citric hops flavor.

It goes down very smoothly. It's somewhat thick, and moderately carbonated.

Overall, this is a fantastic offering, and is quite possibly my favorite brew ever. I recommend it with grapefruits or oranges.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 21:55:20 | More by fps_dean
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a nice slightly light brown color. There are some amber hues on the edges of the brew that are faint. There is thin quarter inch head that forms.

Aroma starts off with some intense citrusy notes, pretty pungent. There is also some slight chocolatey notes on the backend mixed in with good dark roasted malt. It is a bit on the light side though. Upon further inspection there is some nice earthy grain notes that help balance the slight pungent hop backed nose.

Flavor is a bit more balanced and yummy. Starts off with grassy and citrus hops. Some grapefruit rind mixed in with some pine. These more hoped backed flavors are mixed in well with some good earthy grain. Nice bready notes that also have a darker roasty notes to them. The back end has some slight oat and cocoa notes to it. The dark malts and piney hops work very well together and make for a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is on the medium side maybe even a bit light but there is a nice roasty finish to it with some great piney hop notes and a great bitter finish.

Overall, this brew is quite nice. There is a good dark malt sweetness and roast but the hops shine together with these malty notes. Pretty delicious ABA.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:34:11 | More by JoEBoBpr
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall thin sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some toffee/caramel malt sweetness (almost like what you would find in a American barleywine). There are moderate amounts of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hop aromas as well.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of dark roasted malts with some toffee/caramel malt sweetness. Underneath the malt sweetness, there is a light to moderte amount of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops. The beer has very light amounts of bitterness which is more than balanced out by the sweetness from the malts.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and slightly oily in the finish.

O: Overall, the beer is pretty well balanced between the malts/hops and sweetness/bitterness but that disappointed me a little bit since I was expecting a little more bitterness due to this being a black IPA. The beer is pretty easy to drink but there are some slight hints of barleywine notes to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:11:58 | More by dbrauneis
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a traditional pint glass.

A- Pours very dark, but not quite black. When held up to the light a reddish-brown shows through. There is a 1 finger off-white head.

S- Molasses, roasted malts, hops poke through a bit. A very appetizing sweetness.

T- Coffee, Caramel, and a hint of licorice. Finish is sweet and sticks around. Very nice.

M- Full bodied, very smooth and velvety. Low carbonation. Drinks like a porter.

O- Extremely well-balanced beer. The roasted malts and hops combine to make a delicious bitter-sweet combination. I love the coffee flavor which breaks through. The 9% ABV is hidden well beneath all the complex flavors. Very well done. I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:51:06 | More by AC-Mivsek
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a dark brown in color with yellow highlights and a half finger of head that left some good spotted lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of malty sweetness was noticeable upfront in the aroma, with burnt caramel, signs of hop character kickin it in the background, some roastiness and a little booze heat.

T: roasty chocolate malts were more pronounced on the palate alongside good caramel malty sweetness with a very muted hop profile, subtle booze notes and a little earthy grass flavor.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, roasty, chocolatey, slightly hoppy and sticky finish.

O: It was just a decent black ale I can't seem to understand the high score it has received in the past. Definitely not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:15:46 | More by Gobzilla
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not exactly sure why I want to review this beer, perhaps because I was perplexed as to why 'the bros.' thought this beer deserved a 'world class' score and to create some balance. I guess I'm also in the state of mind to do some reviewing ... perhaps the 9% alcohol in this beer brought it out of me.

The bottle reads a 9/19/12 a birthday of a nice summer day, I don't know what was happening that day, but it was probably a nice one, I reckon. I enjoy seeing these birth dates 'cause I like thinking about what was happening when these beers were crafted. It is also very different to the cold winter day that currently engulfs me.

The Southern Tier bottle is typical of the Southern Tier style, a simple picture splattered with ink around it. They claim the six-pointed star on the bottle represents the goodness and purity found in beer, but I digress:

I pour from the 650 ML bottle into my nonic pint glass (even though the bottle recommends a tulip... BLASPHEMY). Pouring it slowly seemed to reveal little head at first, so I turned the bottle nearly vertical for the rest of the pour. It seems no matter how hard I pour, very little is produced in terms of head, about a finger+ of it that leaves little to no residue along the side of the glass -- how disappointing. The color is typical of a darker beer, not too dark, though, as I can see light passing through it.

The smell seems promising coming from the glass. A bright hop smell with a deep malty finish really contradict the dark color of the beer. It makes me happy seeing as this beer is out to antithesize it's counterpart, unearthly IPA, and make us feel differently about beer.

However, as I pour the beer into my mouth my mind immediately does a double take. Just like most other Southern Tier brews I've had, this one is extremely malty and sweet. Why are those beautiful smells not connecting with my taste buds? Where is the hoppiness? I found this characteristic akin to this beer's 'thesis', Unearthly IPA, as well. As I swallow the beer, a second characteristic arises that bugs me ... the mouth feel. This beer reminds me why beer requires a distinct carbonation, that it seriously lacks. It runs down my throat and mouth like oil, a sickly sweet oil that churns my stomach with a slight alcoholic warmth towards the end.

Tasting it, I can pick up on other flavors, the dark roasted malts, and a slightly piney hop flavor. But honestly, these all seem subdued based on the sweet maltiness of the beer and awful mouth feel. This beer seems so artificial to me ... the sweetness, the lack of carbonation, all of these characteristics take away from the experience of a beer made naturally. This beer makes me think of brewers pumping CO2 and adding artificial non-fermentable sweeteners into their beer. A good beer shouldn't make you think of such things. It seems that most Southern Tier brews make me feel like this, as they tend to be overly sweet (for me) with a slick mouthfeel.

I think that beer should give us a 'fizz', a feeling of content-ness, an appreciation of what we're putting into our body, something to make us think, to bring us to a better place. This beer seriously lacks a fizz for me, both physically and mentally..

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 04:16:00 | More by exanimo
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was from the new Southern Tier "SuperPack" variety case. All three beers included are higher ABV brews (2XIPA, Unearthly and Iniquity).

Poured into and enjoyed from a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a deep brown color. Semi-transparent. A minimal head on the initial pour. A small amount of lacing left after drinking.

S - A slightly hoppy, roasted malt aroma. Slight booze smell.

T - A brew that mixes the citrusy hops and piney resin taste of an IPA with roasted malts and a sweet chocolate-like taste. The end result is a fine tasting beer that gives you a bit of bitterness after each sip. The ABV is noticeable but never ruins the overall balance. Not a session beer at all. Sit back and savor this one.

M - Medium consistency. Medium carbonation.

O - Another winner from Southern Tier. Reminds me of Back in Black but even tastier and more full-bodied. Recommended.


Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 19:48:21 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Southern Tier. I'm increasingly impressed with this brewery. This beer is an alcohol bomb, but it is well hidden, other than a deep warming sensation. The color is a rich brown color, very deep, with a thin tan head. The aroma is intense...brown sugar, molasses, burnt grain husks, toasted bread crust, malt, and booze. Not much hop aroma, although there is a bitterness and and a hop bite in the taste. Smooth and warming. Some fruit in the flavor. Lingering, boozy sensation on the tongue. Balanced, drinkable, dangerous, and brilliant.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 22:46:48 | More by Suds
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4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

2nd time having this delicious beer; time to give it a proper review.
Poured bomber into 34oz mug. Deep brown/black that shows brown/ruby in the light. Smell is hops like an IPA, but with a strong malt backbone. Taste is hops at first, but the expected bitter finish is obliterated by malt and sweet chocolate. Finishes wet and sweet and delicious. Alcohol is hidden entirely by the sweetness, as is the hop bitterness that would normally come at the end of a beer that smells like this one. Mouthfeel is creamy without being too heavy. Overall, this beer is a couple different styles, and no style at all. A delicious abomination, as many have said.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:19:01 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Nice black color, short of opaque. Smaller sized tan head from a pretty vigorous pour. Left a little bit of lacing.

S - Getting a really nice meld of clean biscuit and chocolate malts within a nice hop bouquet. The malt actually stands out here. Hops have a citrus feel with an undertone of pine. Alcohol shows up as the beer warms

T - Shows off an excellent rounded out malt profile. I can get nice caramel malt right away up to some mellow chocolate malt coming in. Piney hops join in the middle of the taste and show off some good flavor and nice bittering qualities. Finishes on a dry note.

M - Medium to medium-full bodied, medium-light carbonation, a little sweet early in the taste but dries up a bit.

O - Great twist on one of my favorite styles. I typically prefer a black IPA that is very hop forward and hide the fact that it is black in color. But this beer reminded me of some great IPAs that can feature a great malt bill inside a hoppy beer. Malt stood up in the smell, in the flavor and in it's mouthfeel. In its flavor it might have been a little to malt forward. Little bit of sweetness was a negative but all around a cool black IPA and an imperial one at that.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 00:25:11 | More by Jparker37
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4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Ive had this one before, but decided to review it now that its better in my memory

What can I say? Its a very nice heavier dark ale.

It was nice to drink, and had everything I want from an ale (dark, higher in alchol, and maltier
I cant recommend it enough

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:45:45 | More by jucifer1818
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4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is dark brown, light amber edging; head is light tan, presents 1/4" thick and then dissipates.

Smell is wonderful, solid roasted malt, dry, not much caramel noted and a solid piney bitterness.

Taste is just as great, tastes like roasted malt and smooth light biscuit malts, with a great hop presence; some licorice type flavor comes through when warming. No strong or overpowering esters to take away from the cleaner flavors - but definitely feel the strength as you drink.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp, light lingering roast and bitter flavors but not cloying or unpleasant.

Overall, wow, nice dark/black ale - great roast presence and smooth flavor presence backed up with tasty but not overpowering hop presence and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 22:37:00 | More by mvanaskie13
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Iniquity is probably the best, most drinkable beer of this genre. It has a nice darkness but is still translucent. The lacing is perfect. The aroma is sweet and pleasant, but a little weak. The taste is roasty and malty yet hoppy. It is perfectly balanced. The aftertaste and mouthfeel are also perfect.

The brew hides the alcohol well. I want a lot more of this. Another excellent job from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 00:50:24 | More by schoolboy
Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.