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S1nist0r Black Ale - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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S1nist0r Black AleS1nist0r Black Ale

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82
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158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-21-2008)
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Reviews by RedDiamond:
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +8%

Wildfire's Black Ale is a beer in search of both a name and a style category. Though the Cascadian black ale may soon gain recognition as a distinct style, I still think of black ales - even enjoyable ones such as this - as conceptual outcasts. They lack the affirmed roastiness of stouts and porters and often taste so similar to ambers or reds that I have to ask, what's the point? Why take what is otherwise an amber or pale ale recipe and add just enough black patent malts or roast barley to paint it black while leaving the taste essentially the same? Is this novelty or innovation?

Either way, Wildfire's Black Ale gives me no cause for complaint, for it is a genuine pleasure to consume. It is a very chocolaty beer not far removed from a brown ale but in a darker shade of chestnut. It has a chocolaty aroma, a solid head, and wild abstract lace. The body appears clear in the sense of lacking haze or particulate matter, but is nearly opaque brown. It tastes smooth and malty with solid but not overpowering bittering courtesy of Perle hops. Worth seeking.

10-21-2008 02:22:34 | More by RedDiamond
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JTROYER


4.9/5  rDev +34.6%

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

11-04-2012 05:46:53 | More by JTROYER
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chossboss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-28-2014 01:03:19 | More by chossboss
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-21-2013 02:44:30 | More by stereosforgeeks
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-09-2013 20:37:37 | More by LXIXME
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InfernoBoss

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-07-2011 05:53:48 | More by InfernoBoss
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Another rarity (in these parts, anyway) from msubulldog25. Word to ya, Brian! I dig the thin label strip running vertically from one side of the neck, over the cap and over the other side. Cool! I lack the technical word for this little accoutrement, if there is a word.

Well, it ain't black, but it sure is a dark, dark, dark brown. Nearly opaque, with dark red tinting. The head is a quarter-inch and off-white, reducing to a crown pretty quickly.

Nose is a bright, fresh, nutty thing, hazelnut mostly, along with sweet cream. A little bit of smoke, and a flash of juicy grape and plum round it out, as does some root beer and cola.

Flavor is pretty much all that the aroma hints it will be--nutty toasted grains mostly, but also cola, grape and a milky sweetness. An herbal flare rests in the background, adding some depth. A bit of a tart edge, especially into the finish.

Feel is lively, with carbonation tickling the tongue but not assaulting it, while the body is on the lighter side, remarkably slick and slippery.

And hey, a nice herbal burp results with this one! Overall, Sinister (or S1nist0r) is an enjoyable and solid beer that offers a somewhat interesting take on the well-worn brown ale style.

08-03-2010 22:24:34 | More by Metalmonk
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

12-29-2012 05:19:14 | More by Fatehunter
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SamuelR

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-26-2014 05:38:02 | More by SamuelR
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Glibber

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-19-2013 22:04:49 | More by Glibber
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Hobbit

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-05-2012 13:37:56 | More by Hobbit
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-27-2013 00:17:54 | More by zillo043068
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

10-20-2013 20:17:25 | More by ThisMoonlife
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

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.

03-09-2013 02:55:28 | More by thagr81us
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-28-2013 06:18:00 | More by Boozecamel
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fivetime

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-07-2013 23:48:15 | More by fivetime
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Docer

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Heard a lot about 10 barrel brewing... missed a tasting at The BeerMongers... and have always seen this Sinister Black bottle around. Finally snagged one up to try... why this as the more common 10 barrel sold around I am wondering?

- Poured into a tall and narrow Hopworks pint mug... can still barely see through it.... very dark brown and clear... minimal head and carbonation in the pour. Leaves a rather light pillow of head.

- Spicy and herbal hop flare on the nose... very pine-like, and very hop-like... the hops I like. Subtle sweet grain notes, light chocolate malt... and oats.

- Smooth balanced lightly sweetened grainy choco brew with a nice slam of bittering and zesty hops.... smooth, and yet robust. Quite tasty... and I bet this would be wonderful on tap.

- Light to medium bodied.... smooth, little chewy... overall pleasant.

- This is quite good, balanced, and tasty.... caught me a tad off guard... especially after reading some of the previous reviews. I am seeing that some are just not very fair. This brew deserves more credit!

03-29-2010 02:37:35 | More by Docer
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spark3148857

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-12-2013 16:41:31 | More by spark3148857
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rogerthegill

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-26-2012 19:17:31 | More by rogerthegill
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FaFaFooey

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

07-18-2013 15:05:26 | More by FaFaFooey
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dcisco44

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-02-2014 04:38:01 | More by dcisco44
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-07-2013 16:21:43 | More by jaydoc
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-17-2013 22:14:05 | More by Hopmodium
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Buckeyeboy brought this to Ditmier's last weekend... Cool new to me brewery... Thanks Jeremy.

Pours with a short lasting lite tan head... deeep dark brown, not quite black... pretty clear.

Nose doesn't really smell "black", instead rich with toasty malts.. but not too much roast... hints of spicy hops.

Taste reminds me of some sorta Schwarzbier ... clean roasty malts ... some chocolate .... thin for an ale .. but for a Schwarz, I could buy into it.

Body is lite with a pretty high carbonation..

Ehhh.... okay... I enjoyed the later pours more than the initial... Appreciation goes out to my buddy Buckeyeboy... I never would have searched this one out.

3.5/4/3.5/3/4

05-28-2010 08:35:26 | More by JohnGalt1
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AxesandAnchors

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

11-25-2012 22:25:37 | More by AxesandAnchors
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S1nist0r Black Ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
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