S1nist0r Black Ale - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
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Reviews by blackc5:
3.25/5 rDev -11%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass at 47F.
A - Quite dark and black, this had a high carbonation head that wasn't going anywhere fast, and minimal lacing.
S - Malts and molasses, some hints of smoke, and just a touch of chocolate.
T - Although generally, this tastes ok, this comes off as a beer that doesn't quite know what it wants to be. It is a VERY dark brown ale, or a weak American porter. I would say it is closer to the latter, but it feels a bit under-flavored and wimply in that regards. The overall flavor is slightly sweet roasted malts with a touch of nuttiness and chocolate.
M - Highly carbonated, medium bodied. Fairly smooth but a bit thin, and not a real standout.
D - ABV is pretty low, and it goes down easy enough. But, I would pass on buying it again. Was expecting a lot more with a name like Sinister (no matter the silly spelling).
02-27-2010 04:16:26 | More by blackc5
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4.9/5 rDev +34.2%
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
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
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
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
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
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
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
3.65/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-28-2010 08:35:26 | More by JohnGalt1
S1nist0r Black Ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
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