I finally got my hands on this seasonal brew from Southern Prohibition, I’ve been wanting to give this one a try for a while now. Southern Prohibition is one of the best breweries in Mississippi, and they’ve brought some really solid ales to the table. Southern Prohibition Brewing refers to their seasonal beers as their “Cicada Series.”
Sinister Minister pours black with a sandy brown frothy head, it also has really nice lacing and retention.
My beer cooler was perhaps a bit too cold when I took this beer out and opened it, but it made for some interesting observations. The aroma when I poured was mostly that of cocoa and maltiness, I detected a little hop aroma, but before I tasted the beer, I was starting to wonder. However, as the beer heated, the cocoa nose slightly dissipated, and out came the piney hops that gradually took over the malty cocoa taste, much to my approval.
The taste matched up with the aroma fairly well as the beer warmed. I will say that this is one beer you really don’t want to drink when it’s too cold, unless you’re a huge fan of malty cocoa and not a huge fan of hops. As the beer warmed it got better and better, I should also note that I’m a huge fan of hop bombs, and this one fit that bill as it warmed. Overall, it delivers a really rich taste, that’s larger than you’d expect from looking at the ABV.
I’d say Sinister Minister has a medium mouthfeel, with a fair amount of carbonation, but it’s not overdone. The 7.7% ABV is hardly detected, as the hops and dark cocoa malt bill balance well.
I’m pleased to see this Black IPA offering from Southern Prohibition. It’s a style that was slow to make its way to many breweries here in the south. However, now Parish Brewing has brought Dr. Hoptagon on the scene, and Tin Roof Brewing offers Rougarou. With Southern Prohibition bringing Sinister Minister, I’m hoping this will be the start of many local breweries offering a seasonal (at the least), or a year round Black IPA.