Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.29/5 rDev +3.6%
I had someone else pour this for me so I wouldn't muck it up. Poured from bottle into 16 oz. pint glass.
Appearance: Somewhere between a dark properly brewed tea and time for an oil change darkness. No head that I noticed but a bit of lacing that lingered on and swirled in a nifty way.
Smell: Floral. This smells awesomely floral. I would wear this to church as a perfume or roll around in it. After the floral you get a bit of chocolate and then I could swear some clover honey.
Taste: Surprisingly I got some fruit forward. Quite a bit of fruit, citrusy. Orange zest is definitely in there. Then in the middle as it goes over my tongue I am getting a bit of hay/grass. There is a little bit of alcohol but I don't find it unpleasant. Then as a nice swallow hits the end there is a bit of charred wood light coffee and caramel. Afterwards I got more of the floral that I was expecting to find from the smell.
Mouthfeel: Buttery but not greasy because it is a bit acidic.
Overall: Not as bitter as I might like and very floral for something so masculine. Surprisingly crisp. Might not seek it out a-purpose but tasty never the less. I might prefer something less floral and acidic and a bit more bitter.
06-01-2014 03:56:24 | More by Roxie_B
United Kingdom (England)
2.81/5 rDev -32.1%
650ml bottle served in tulip glass
Pours as dark as the night. Good small head with strong lacing.
Smells of strong thin alcohol - reminds me of vodka mixed with roasted malt
Thin mouth feel. Bitter but no astringency. Slight chocolate, coffee hints. Doesn't feel like there us much depth. Thin mouth feel and vodka aroma shine through more than any complicated deep flavours.
Not bad but not great... Disappointing
05-30-2014 21:07:47 | More by Kenee
3.91/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a dark black with a nice light head. The smell was very light and citrus in contrast to the color. A lot of floral and citrus notes. The taste was very nice. A clean finish that was very refreshing while having a good body and flavor to go along with it. I found a lot of orange flavor to it. The only thing I would have liked was more malt, to give more flavor on the end and give it a bit thicker body.
05-20-2014 01:22:30 | More by WhiteHillsStore
3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
This black ale pours a very near black color with a thick off white head that leaves beautiful silky lacing. The nose is shockingly malty and one note. All roasted malt and little to nothing else. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and smooth and creamy. The flavor is much better than the nose with some hops, chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit added to the roasted malt character. It is still quite sweet for the style. I'm not sure if I just have a bottle that is slightly past its prime or if this is what the brewer was going for. It is far maltier than most of the American black ales I've had; more reminiscent of a dopplebock or a belgian dark ale. I'd really like to try a bottle of this that I knew was fresh to see if this was the intention or just a victim of time. Good none the less.
05-07-2014 04:13:51 | More by lochef81
Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,414 ratings.