Iniquity (Imperial Black Ale)

It seems as though Southern Tier has decided to jump on the IBA bandwagon since the tap handle for this now proudly displays the letters “iba” in a very prominent fashion and “Iniquity” in much smaller font.
On tap, Taco Mac Douglasville, GA, USA. I’ve never seen this on tap before, but then again I’ve never really looked for it since this is a style that generally does not interest me much.
Pour has a couple of interesting aspects. Firstly it is black but definitely has some reddish brown highlights a the extremities, and secondly it produces a really nice, thick, creamy head (almost like a nitro-stout pour) that leaves plenty of pretty lace. It looks really good.
Nose and tastes reveal plenty of grap[efruit based, fruity citrus notes and a little pine. More “East Coast” than “West coast”, which of course, is entirely appropriate. Some roasty malts too, but th ebitterness again generally comes from the hops rather than a darkened malt which again seems spot on for the style.
Finishes clean and easy.
For a style that I don’t care for much at all, this was pretty good and pretty drinkable. I’d still prefer my IPA’s/DIPA’s to LOOK like those beers, but this replicates a bitter beer very nicely.
Having said that, not something that I would reach for very often in the future, however not a beer that you should ignore (at least once).

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10/30/2010
Format:
on-tap
ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.93
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