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S1nist0r Black Ale - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-21-2008

We craft our S1NIST0R Black Ale using a special German dehusked black malt that is free of astringency, giving the beer a rich black color without the traditional dark beer characteristics. You will notice subtle hints of chocolate with an easy drinking balance on the back end. In the glass the dark color may look intimidating to some, but don't let this beer fool you. Our unique combination of malts creates a very light body and smooth finish.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 181 | Reviews: 64
Photo of Purplehat
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great. Smooth with enough bite at the back end, which makes it very refreshing. After trying roughly 15 different beers at The Growler Guys grand opening in Idaho, this was the growler I chose

Photo of osbartender
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great clean finish...much better on draft

Photo of hreb
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

S1nist0r Black Ale. A schwarz bier fermented with ale yeast -- or, as previously stated, a black ale. Perhaps a black Kölsch would be a better description. 22oz bottle served in a curved stout glass. Beer pours on the brown side of black, with a thin tan head, and yields a mild, malty aroma. Flavor is mild and fizzy. Like, a lot mild, though what flavors there are (nutty, hazelnut) are pleasant enough, except for the high carbonation this could be a legitimate session ale.

Photo of BastardKing24
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with little to no head. A film of bubbles resides on the top with a ring. Decent.

Smell is of, well a slight roastiness, coffee, maybe some dark sweet fruit. Kind of like cola really.

Taste is very relaxed for a dark beer. This one doesn't jump out at you at all, it's subtle.
I like this a lot, although I was hoping for more hops. I didn't expect a bomb of a beer such as Lagunitas nighttime, since this was only 5.7% I can see the appeal in this beer as its velvety and roasty in such a quaint manner, that you forget your drinking a black ale at all.

Mouthfeel is about average. Kind of slick, but finishes dry as far as I can tell. Medium carb.

Overall this is not something I would buy over and over, but its a nice beer to sip while maybe smoking some nice herb (I'm in OR its legal). A decent brew that would please a newcomer to craft brews.

Photo of ThaCrax
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting an aggressive Black Ale... so that didn't work out for me lol. This was like a sheep in wolves clothing to me. Intimidating exterior, but tame and mild in reality. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I was looking for either.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging. The head is khaki colored and peaks at just under a finger's width. Retention is average at best, giving way to a broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is small and spotty with little stick.

Smell - Light notes of roasted malt and some cola-like sweetness. Hints of milk chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. General malt sweetness with hints of cola, chocolate, and very light coffee roast. Subtle notes of fruity esters and maybe even a hint of vanilla and anise in there. A light, 'brightly dark' flavor profile, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Lightly silky texture, delivering a smooth, easy drinking experience.

Overall - Pretty good black lager / scharzbier, especially condsidering the style. It's a difficult style to pull off, IMO, because it doesn't quite excel in any particular area. This one has some uniqueness, and it's undoubtedly due to the ale yeast used. Don't go out of your way for it, but definitely something to try if readily available.

Photo of kemoarps
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Body looks like coca cola: not quite as thick or as deep as is my ideal (hey - sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Leave it alone). Gets a deep mahogany/ruby towards the corners. Pillowy dark tan head sticks around leaving great remembrances of its passing.

Aroma is mainly what you'd expect: roasty bordering on burnt, maybe a touch of ash, leading into a bit of acerbic finish. I almost get a touch of vinegar, that I'm hoping is more related to the recently washed windows than the beer,a but I"m not convinced.

Given my impressions of the nose, it's surprisingly smoothe and light once it hits your tongue. Comes on easy with a creamy (both in feel and flavour) approach that toys with the idea of going bitter about halfway through, teasing the tastebuds (had to put the alliteration in there somewhere...), but never fully commits, sticking more towards lighter roasty notes and that impressively smoothe soft body. Not as thin as I expected either, more just lusciously soft but still thick, like a body pillow. It still stays with the roasted grains as promised, but the ashy bitter note is much more subdued on the palate than on the nose (though it still comes through in a pleasantly surprising bitter/dry finish that lingers.

I wasn't sure what to expect approaching this one, and I clearly didn't read the description on the bottle which clearly identifies it as being a modified schwarzbier as opposed to the CDA I was anticipating. This is not a bad thing: far from it. While I don't have a ton of experience with schwarzbiers and they're not my favourite style (especially in the dark category), this one is enjoyable. I was wary as I began my decent into it, but by the finish it demonstrated something I didn't even know I was looking for. Tasty. Try it.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a very dark brown color supporting a healthy dissipating head leaving nil lace. Smell of the roasted malt with slight dark chocolate and coffee. Taste of the roasted malt giving it a slight bitter astringency with a light sour note. Moutfeel is medium light with good carbonation.

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black in the Belgian chalice. Persistently creamy carbonation in the mouth is the nicest feature. There's a touch of the charred sourness in the nose.

A black marshmallow of a beer. Interesting grainy but smooth taste. The malty sweetness is pleasant, more like a Hefeweizen without the esters. Some slight bitterness woodiness at the finish, but not any actual hop flavors. Lots of roasted taste, even a bit of pecan. All quite warm and unobtrusive with just a hint of cocoa.

This is plenty drinkable, though a little flabby somehow. If this is a Schwartzbier, it's still better than most. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline in north Seattle.

Photo of nqdell
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

5 Star beer that may not be perfect for every occasion but is an anomaly of perfection.

Appearance - Read the label, think Spanish coffee.

Smell - Least strongest attribute, but who cares it's winter and you're sinus' are plugged.

Taste - Words so fancy my vocabulary doesn't do justice , sweet and bitter, liquid crunch 'n munch.

Mouthfeel - Like my tongue jumped on a pile of pillows.

Overall - A drinkable "winter" beer. In a category by itself and won't compare to overbearing , stomach filling, fancy spiced constituents. It truly is one of a kind.

Photo of kagent777
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber that I picked up in Pocatello on the way back from Yellowstone. Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Black with an off white cap of head. It sticks around through out the glass, the lacing sticks around as well.

Smell: A touch of roast and some cocoa, but mostly I get fruity yeast. I wonder what strain they use. Seriously, the nose is almost tropical fruity.

Taste: The taste is a mild overall flavor. The darkness of the beer does not translate to the taste, in the way one might expect. No roast or stout flavors. Smooth easy drinking with a medicinal or minty even aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium soft carbonation. Has a slick sort of feel to it.

Overall: This beer is truly mixed up and does not fit a style, but it is quite tasty. I would seek this one again.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured jet black with good caronation leaving a nice creamy white cap. A decent amount of lacing is present and the head retention is pretty good.

S: A light char with some chocolate. This style is not known to have a big aromatic nose.

T: Immediate chocolate with a light roast and some deeply charred wood, ash even. It finishes pretty dry with a very light booziness

M: Light to light-medium body, well carbonated. This beer has less bitterness than you get from many thers of this style. Its pretty silky smooth, low astringency and very palatable

O: A very nice Schwarz. Not my style but I can spot a good one and this is pretty good. Easy to drink, by the books. I requested the style be changed to properly reflect the style of the beer, Its not a CDA, or a Black IPA or as somewhat called it ..."brown ale". Its a German lager aka a Schwarzbier. Geez, do some homework people.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which has some retention that seems to increase as time passes. Lacing is spotty at the moment. The head is beige color while the body is a dark chestnut brown which shows patches of maroon when held up to the light. Almost a black ale but not quite.

Nose- Fairly subdued. Caramel has some presence from the bottle but is much weaker from the glass. There are some roasted malts, weak coffee, and a touch of smoke. After some swirling, the glass displays a bubblegum note that is quickly replaced by the roasted scents.

Taste- Roasted malts and weak coffee are the first aspects I note and honestly, that's about it. There's some light citrus but not much else. This has a very dull flavor profile. The 10 Barrel website says this has 38 IBUs but I get nothing close to that “much” bitterness. Every aspect of the palate is weak and the best thing I can say about this beer is that there are no off flavors. It certainly has nothing in common with beers I've had in the style and would be better regarded as a Euro Dark Lager. Some of the bubblegum I detected on the nose is showing itself. At best, this is an average beer. After a few minutes, some more coffee and bitterness is showing itself but not enough to become more than mediocre.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. Maybe a little too much carbonation. Hints of smoothness and creaminess.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. No off flavors and no dominant aspects and no heat make it very sessionable. Not too bad of a price- around $3.50 a bomber.

Overall- Mediocre beer. If you like black lagers, this is worth a try. If you want a real black ale (a black IPA or a CDA), then you should ignore this.

Photo of innersanctum
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sinistor is nothing to be afraid of....

Mellow dark ale reminiscent of a dunkel Weiss. Light cola mouthfeel, slight zest hop flavor, flavorful finish.

Enjoying this outside at the 10 Barrel patio. Great casual scene of locals enjoying craft brew and pizza around their for pit.

This is a real gem!

Photo of cpetrone84
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with red edges and lots of tan head and a few larger bubbles. Nose is dark malt, lightly smoked, light hop presence behind with a bit of herbal green hop behind. Taste is not super expressive, dark black malt that is lightly smoked, the hop isn't as prevalent, still a touch green, bitter coffee towards the finish and lingering. Well carbonated smooth medium body. Not bad.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a dark brown with lots of reddish hues shining through, off white soapy head left minimal lace

S- Pretty light aroma but some nice roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee notes

T- Big roasted malt character, lemony and fruity hop character, chocolate, and coffee notes

M- Medium body, smooth, dry, and prickly carbonation

O- Nice Black IPA or Pale Ale, not much bitterness and unique lemony hop profile. I enjoyed it.

Photo of srhoadsy
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours an extremely dark brown to black with red highlights. Half an inch of light brown head that quickly recedes leaving minimal surface layer and lacing.

Mild aromas of malt and a hint of smoke.

Flavors are very mild. Roasted grain, dried fruits and a hint of smoke.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

An average beer at best. Everything was just a little on the light side for my tastes.

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark, rich ruby-brown hue, if not quite black. Head poured a thick finger of fizzy tan foam and dissipated somewhat quickly. Not bad, but not majestic like the style usually implies.

Smell: sweet, chocolatey aroma with a little bit of burnt roastiness thrown in. There's also a bit of vegetal hoppiness toward the end. Smells like a decent porter or maybe even a schwarzbier.

Taste: sweet and malty with a little bit of amber-ale character and a very light yeasty spiciness toward the end. Bitterness is low, as is hop character. It really does remind me of a schwarzbier in a lot of ways.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very big and well-integrated carbonation; the creamy texture balloons out of this bad boy. Awesome!

Overall: a good beer indeed, although perhaps miscategorized. This is, by simple definition, an "American Black Ale", but it definitely does not fit the old "Cascadian Dark Ale" or "Black IPA" categories which "American Black Ale" implies.

Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

served in tulip pint.

Black with espresso edges when held to light, foamy light tan head.

Cocoa, mocha, very faint roast. Faint earthy hops, if any.

Medium- body, mild fizzy carbonation.

A well done beer, definitely more similar to a Schwarzbier than an American Black Ale in the flavor and mouthfeel. Very little hop presence with a smooth, mocha profile.

Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to the BA who sent this one out to me as an extra in a past trade. Shared this one with my doppelganger after a day at the gun store. Served from bottle into a New Jersey Devils (my inner Penguins fan is pissed!) shaker. Poured a massively dark amber brown with a four finger off-white head head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, earth, earth hop, and subtle spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, spice, earth, earth hop, fruit, dark chocolate, and subtle fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. For the style there really wasn't a lot of roastiness going on in this one as it was more sweet and earthy than anything else. While this was kind of surprising, I really didn't mind it too much if I am honest. This did keep it quite enjoyable throughout the beer, but it just fell a little short of what one would expect from the style. Still a good brew, but just not up there for the style. Worth your time trying at least once, but if you enjoy the roastiness this one MIGHT not be for you.

Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark brown/almost black hue with a thin, white head into my glass. Resembles a brown ale more than a black ale.

Label starts to make sense. So, this is sort-of a schwarzbier and not american black ale. In that case, there is a decent whiff of clove that one would expect from a dark wheat.

Flavor reflects this too. Lots of clove, nutty bread and just a tiny bit of banana. Chewy, doughy texture.

Mouthfeel is a bit too clean. Could use more body. Still a respectable finish.

A bit of advice to people adding beer in the near future: Please read the label and review the beer then choose the style that is the closest based on the characteristics.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finger of head, black colored body.
Smell is roasted malt, burnt wood and chocolate with good balance.
Taste has a great roast malt flavor with a little sweet bite.
Fizzy texture. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Slightly sticky.
A pretty good black ale.

Photo of Vancoubeer
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this. Black Ale that was made like a Schwarz Bier sounds interesting...especially the ale yeast instead of lager yeast. Pours out like a porter. A good dark brown and as it settles in the glass its dark as night. No light gets through the brew when held up to the light except for the top of the rim of the beer. It has kind of a light brown hue. The head was a thick creamy khaki color that faded away quickly with a very thin head stay around. The smell, when cold has a hint of bread and chocolate at front and a subtle roast in the end. The taste has a very sweet flavor with a hint of roasty peat and bitter chocolate. No hops at all. Very sessionable dark beer with flavor that does not stick around. Its tasty and makes you want some more. The mouthfeel is very thin. Not too carbonated. Very watery texture. Its not bad but its color yells thick dark goodness but the low 5.7% abv is most evident in this portion of the beer. I have had 8% dark beers with a thicker mouthfeel but similar flavor. However, this is not a negative, just a part of the beer that is hard to anticipate when pouring it out of the bottle. Giving a second pour I looked more at the liquid and it looks like cola, which confirms the very thin mouthfeel to this beer. This is a good beer. Not something that screams buy again but its definitely one worth trying. Its an interesting beer. It has properties like a porter and of a schwarz bier. And overall, for under 4 dollars, worth the price.

Photo of JTROYER
4.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

absolutely deliscious darlk and yet very smooth no bitterness at all amazing. If you like dark beer this is a must try. It's definitely in my top 5 of all time favoriet beers I absolutely absolutely love it. Dark and deliscious just like I like it. Everyone who like dark beer must ry this beer

Photo of Murrhey
2.22/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger mocha head, thick and creamy with a long retention. Peaks on the head, quite nice looking. Body color is a very dark-brown, almost black. Some fluffy lacing.

S- Toffee, mocha and toasty malts. Smells like a candy bar with a coffee or roast malt twinge to it.

T- Strange flavor. Dark, roasted malt backbone with a surprising kick in the front. It hit me hard with alcohol, which is really strange for a 5.7 brew. Not sure what it is, but it tastes almost bacterial it fits the beer so poorly. Like an extremely acidic, tart punch when at the back of the flavors. Not a good fit.

M- Creamy feel, middling body.

O- I think I very well might have got an infected bottle. The taste is making me sick. Ugh.

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S1nist0r Black Ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.