Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

1,526 Ratings
Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale)Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale)

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

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.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark, but not quite black body... Almost a deep red color near the edges of the glass with about a finger and a half of a very light tan head. Lacing is fairly minimal though.

Smell - A lot of hop aroma in the nose, moreso than most Black ales/cascadian darks/Black IPAs that I have tried. A little bit of a grapefruit smell. No sign of the 9% ABV here though.

Taste - In keeping with the trends of the aroma character, this Black IPA tastes more like an IPA than any other variation of this style that I have tried. Although it doesn't really have too much bitterness, you can taste the hops incredibly well throughout. The aftertaste is mildly sweet, and doesn't linger for too long. Again, the 9% ABV is nearly undetected.

Mouthfeel - Medium to low carbonation. Right where this style should be in my opinion.

Overall - This is one of my favorite beers in this new and blossoming style of beer. It is much more deserving of the "IPA" tag that adorns the bottle than many of the participating breweries. It tastes and drinks more like a session IPA than a higher gravity Black IPA. I will buy again very soon.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iniquity pours a dark, dark clear brown into the glass. Near black. A small creamy head on top fades away quickly to a ring around the surface, leaving behind a few spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty and fruity. Notes of caramel, smoke, dark fruit and a touch of grass.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is roasted malt, caramel, smoke, a touch of dark fruit followed by a strong taste of pine and grassy hops. It finishes bitter and once gone the dark fruit and grassy hops linger on the palate.

This beer almost reminds me of a 'light' barlywine. It has a nice balance between lots of malt and lots of hops. Very tasty!

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3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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