Mike found this one at Kappy’s in Saugus, MA along with a few other Southern Tier brews. I have sampled Southern Tier beer before and found it to be strong flavored and for the most part, delightful.
This one intrigued me particularly when I began to read the bottle.
“…Wishes of good fortune often collaborate with the brewer’s creativity to yield dramatic results. We carefully chose the name for this imperial IBA, Iniquity – a word opposing goodness. Why? This beer is contrary to what one may expect from an IPA; this is an ale as black as night. It is the antithesis of Unearthly.
Some may consider it an immoral act to black an ale. We suggest that they don’t rely on conventional standards. Allow the darkness to consume you. Cheers!”
What? Did I read that right? A black IPA? An Imperial Brown Ale? I have got to try this. It pours, well, black. With a dark brown head like an oatmeal stout. The smell though, betrays its origins. A hoppy and strangely smoky smell, it is one of the most unique aromas I’ve ever sniffed out of a glass. Like a contradiction, it plays back and forth between hoppy sting and malty warmth. This one is going to be interesting.
Like the aroma, this one’s taste is a trick on the tongue. It is up front an IPA, and ends with a smoked maltiness that is characteristic, almost, of a Rauchefetzen. This is likely a hybrid, an IPA balanced with smoked malts to add the dark color and different taste. It is a pairing you would not normally expect. I can safely say I have never tasted something like this.
It is 9% ABV, and something I want to taste over and over again. It is for the IPA lover bored of citrusy hops, or for the porter lover yearning for a zing. A truly unique experience.