Southern Tier has got my number! This time they came calling with Iniquity – an imperial black ale, that is as sweet and malty as it is spicy. According to Southern Tier, this brew is the “antithesis of unearthly.”
All sorts of flavors and aromas present inside this 22oz bottle. Upon pour, ale is black in the glass – as black as the rainy night I enjoyed it on – with a nice creamy head. The aroma reminded me of the wet earth which surrounded me and the first flavors hinted at chocolate and toast. I was warmed from the inside.
Though the bitterness is smoothed over by the presence of black malt, at the end of every sip a little bit of that spicy hop sensation sticks around for a second or two. The flavors of beer are always fleeting.
Hops used include Willamette – which may be the culprit for that earthy aroma – chinook, and cascade. Alcohol, though balanced nicely, is at 9% by volume so make sure you have some place to sit while enjoying this black beauty.
As Iniquity’s brewer’s say “allow the darkness consume you.”