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Southern Tier Iniquity

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They call this the antithesis of Unearthly. Unearthly is one of my favorite beers, so I hope this is just as good. This imperial black ale features 2-row Pale and debittered black malts with Chinook, Cascade, Willamette, and Centennial hops.

Stats:
American Black Ale. 9.0% ABV. New York.

Nice dark brown color with a very nice off-white to tan head.

The nose is slightly closed, but I’m getting some piney hops mixed with a roasty and chocolately malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It’s full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation to lighten it up just a bit.

The palate is much better than the nose. It’s got a nice piney hop profile, but still brings some chocolate, caramel, and a hint of chocolate covered orange candy. It’s got a really lovely balance and keeps the bitterness at a reasonable level.

This is probably one of the better Black IPA’s that I’ve had, but it’s no Unearthly. 88 points.

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