Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
1,526 Ratings
Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale)Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,526
Reviews:
616
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
171
Gots:
152
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,526 |  Reviews: 616
Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Shango42
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of loupap
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StayWounded
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a small tan head. First pour into a small glass didn't give much head. Will try to coax it out next time.

S: One of the few beers I could smell while I was pouring it. Very powerful sweet aroma. Smells of smokey dark fruits.

Taste: Fantastic. Dark fruits with some smoke and a bit of carmel. A bit of bite from the hops, though not all that powerful gives a nice clean feeling at the end. Very relaxing, good for a winter night.

Mouthfeel: There is the alcoholic heat you would expect form a 9% but still very smooth. A bit more carbonated than I would like perhaps, but not all that distracting.

Overall: Fantastic beer, will definitely get again.

 675 characters

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of patmcd
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tastybeer
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance... Big bubbly enticing head lies over a deep woody, almond brown brew that is almost opaque. The head fades in reasonable time to a thin sheet leaving some sparse but sticky looking lace behind. Aroma is excellent. A complex and harmonious blend. Smells of deep chocolate, dank grapefruit, sugary citrus, tobacco, leaves, chewy malt, caramel, and cherries all blend effortlessly. Taste is on the sweet side but still quite tasty. (I wouldn't go as far as to say cloying). Sugary malt, grapefruit rind, berries, syrupy dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and pine. Moderately bitter. Texture is sticky and resiny, a little chewy, and kind of viscous with a medium to thick body. Quite drinkable given the sweetness.

Overall I am happy with this brew. I'd get another.

 791 characters

Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, nearly black color with an initially thick and creamy head that slips down to a thin, bubbly covering. Dark caramel malt, toasty wood, tobacco, and a smooth booziness hits the nostrils first...orange and citrus blossom hoppiness meets some pine and light lemon. The flavor is good balance between dark malts and sticky hops. Chocolate, spruce, sweet black tea, raisin, and some trailing citrus and mint. Not quite full bodied, but creamy and fairly well carbonated. Pretty good all around, the hops are still tasty and the balance is nice, but something makes me question the freshness of this bottle. It should be fresh, considering it came from a fairly new store, but I detect a certain "aged" quality. Worthy of a revisit in the near future...

 766 characters

Photo of metalgdog
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of scottyu27
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jjboesen
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier's rendition of this recent style is a neat little concoction brewed with 2-row pale malt, bittered black malt, a well balanced combo of chinook and cascade hops that is supplemented by a generous dry-hopping of chinook and centennial - a deliciously effective brew.

It pours a deep ruby red, crowned by a chunky cream-colored head; while there is a minimum lacing, there does seem to be a very active population of carbonation bubbles within. The nose is sweet and pleasant as it emits subtle whiffs of chocolate. The palate really gets a workout here: it initially comes off a bit cloying but subsides into a consistently balanced malt layer boasting an easy toasty fade.

It is complex, but comfortable - an enjoyable quaff.

Incidentally, the label depicts a hexigram talisman, a five-pointed image to invoke good luck while representing brewing purity. I really enjoyed this one and suspect any discerning BA would as well.

 942 characters

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RoryOMoore
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Kromes
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear black color with dark brown highlights and a thick tan colored head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, smoked malt, peat, and hop.

T: Caramel sweetness meets and nice roasted and sweet mesquite-like smoked malt flavor. There is a nice hop presence throughout into a sweet, roasted and smoky finish.

M: Medium/heavy body with medium carbonation...smooth and creamy

O: I have always like this beer, but this is the first time reviewing it. The mixture of sweet, roasted malt and hop is perfect.

 528 characters

Photo of kgoodnow
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of tripledbrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kevlee722
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,526 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.