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Southern Tier Adding Two More Beers to the Imperial Series
Posted Monday, February 23rd, 2009 by Tip Top

Southern Tier Oak Aged UnearthlyOak Aged Unearthly is already starting to show up on some store shelves, which is ahead of the original scheduled release of March/April.  This is the second time that Southern Tier has worked with Unearthly to make a new brew, the first being when the blended it with Hoppe to make Gemini.  It will be interesting to see how the huge hops (153 IBUs) and 11% alcohol by volume will work with the oak flavors.  From the bottle, "At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration.

We continue a committment to innovation with an aggessive offering.  Oak Aged Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer's craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid, this brew is aged on oak.  Pour a taste into a fluted glass.  Smell the enchanting aroma of hops as your first sip divulges this beer's fervent soul.  To underestimate Oak Aged Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely."

Southern Tier IniquityThe other new Imperial Series brew is also a twist on the India Pale Ale.  Southern Tier Iniquity is an Imperial Black IPA (also called an Imperial India Brown Ale).  This is a style that seems to be increasing in popularity.  One of the more commercially available examples of the style would be Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale which debuted as Stone's 11th Anniversary beer.  It was popular enough to be brought back full time.  Only time will tell if Iniquity is as popular.  From the bottle, "The hexagram talisman has been used around the world for centuries to invoke magic and good luck.  Wishes of good fortune often collaborate with the brewer's creative 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 might 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 blacken an ale.  We suggest they don't rely on conventional standards.  Allow the darkness to consume you."  Iniquity weighs in at 9% alcohol by volume.  It uses four different hops and 2-row pale malt along with debittered black malt in it's brewing. 

Also of note, Southern Tier's Cuvee #2 is starting to hit stores shelves as well.