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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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1,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 143
Gots: 133 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009)
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

victory4me, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

csiewert, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ej285701, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my crystal mug, the beer was a almost black color. The head is creamy tan about one and a half fingers high. Retention is ok, leaving good lacing.
Smell reveals caramel, smoky malt, brown sugar and honey. Some fruity hops are present faintly.
The taste was very enjoyable. Smoky malts with brown sugar up front. The middle was dominated by fruity hops, yet with a lot of earthy feeling to it. The end was a combo of honey and bitter grassy hops. Nice balance throughout the beer. A smooth oily feel, yet enough carbonation made this one a favorite of mine.
A great must try beer!

Hopfenpeter, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

freduardo, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Magery, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Lucid13, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Pellinore1, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nitro0292
2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a bomber with a fellow BA. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

Pour produced a full 2 fingers of cappucino colored head. Rention is fair, but lacing is solid. Color is very deep brown, almost black, almost completely opaque. When held up to light some deep mahogany highlights make an appearance.

Smell is smoky roasted malts with a faint touch of resin. The smoke notes dominate to point that this smells like a rauchbier.

Taste is similar to the smell, but not as dominated by smoke. Very good balance between sweet, bitter and all other flavors, but nothing stands out which is a shame. This beer does not have a distinct character.

Mouthfeel is fairly light for the ABV, with fairly low carbonation. Eh.

Overall, this is an Ok beer. To me there is not enough character of any type. This was bottled on 10/4/11, so freshness is not an issue. I had a bottle about a year ago that was well past its prime, which was dominated by sweetness. The fresh version was dominated by anything.

Disappointed. I expected more.

nitro0292, Nov 12, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage bottle in a snifter after my Samuel Smith Imperial Stout.

Appearance: Very dark caramel-black. Light permeates the perimeter of the beer, but not the main of the body. Pours a few inch fizzy head that subsides a minute later into a very faint fizzy lace.

Smell: Toffee and citrus aroma, mixed with dark fruit (maybe prunes?)

Taste: Very balanced, carbonated and malty beer with faint bitterness. Slight fruit taste as well. Very sweet lingering flavor, but cannot pin down any specific reasons why.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied beer, with a faint malty finish

Overall: An enjoyable beer, but nothing special. It's not one I'd prefer to have more than one of.

jegross2, Nov 12, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark reddish-brown, not quite black though it looks it in certain lights.

S: Sweet, malty flavors dominate the aroma.

T/M: A very complex taste with multiple flavors threaded through. Right up front are some hints of hops woven together with sweeter malty flavors, and it finishes with very subtle bitter, roasted notes.

O: There's a lot going on here, and the multiple layered flavors make this a true blend of an IPA with a darker beer.

sevenarts, Nov 11, 2011
Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.