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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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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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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udouche

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-28-2012 16:27:21 | More by udouche
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Vancoubeer

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 04:35:16 | More by Vancoubeer
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AxesandAnchors

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

11-25-2012 22:25:37 | More by AxesandAnchors
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JTROYER


4.9/5  rDev +35%
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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Montana

2.13/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 03:30:05 | More by Murrhey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-05-2012 14:21:29 | More by Texasfan549
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BrutalBeerFan

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-03-2012 22:07:24 | More by BrutalBeerFan
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BeerNW

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-21-2012 15:13:46 | More by BeerNW
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Travisnin

Idaho

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-13-2012 06:07:26 | More by Travisnin
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Jovian

Utah

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-15-2012 04:04:40 | More by Jovian
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge color with auburn highlights; the tan heads starts out fairly impressive and grows rocky over time, leaving a few strands behind

Smell: Licorice and chocolate, with caramel blended in

Taste: Licorice, chocolate and caramel, up front, with just a touch of earthy hops in the back; no variation noted, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; just a tad acqueous

Overall: Tastes more like a Schwarz than an American Black, to be honest, and if I were reviewing it as such, the scores would be a tad higher; easy to drink, though I would like to see a bit more hop balance, particularly given where the beer was brewed

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 22:14:44 | More by brentk56
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Camping out in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, and I picked this up at a little gas station convenience store. My first beer from this brewery. Tasted 19 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours dark chocolatey brown, with an abundant thick pillowy medium-tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Very nice.

Smell is nice as well, an interesting blend of light-bodied but deep-flavored chocolate malts with a touch of floral hops, and a tiny bit of orange. The kind of black ale aroma that I like, with a lovely dark-light balance and contrast. Feels light but smells dark.

Taste is bland and dull. I'm struggling to pull any flavors out of it. Even accounting for the effects of altitude, there's not much to it. It's especially weird, given how pleasant and varied the smell is. It's not bad, but it's nearly flavorless.

Mouthfeel is fine. Light-bodied, plenty of carbonation.

Where's the flavor? The smell is really nice, but the taste doesn't follow it at all. An odd experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 22:42:01 | More by zeledonia
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-10-2012 01:01:31 | More by t0rin0
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-09-2012 04:37:35 | More by DerwinWentworth
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-02-2012 18:57:37 | More by Yabev15
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beertunes

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 22oz bottle has been sitting in my big boxes o beer for at least 2 years, and possibly 3. Just keep that in mind, and don't use this review as guide to whether or not you should try this beer. IIRC, this one came courtesy of Chumba526 when he did a trip to PDX while living here in Beeringham.

Poured into straight pint glass. Whooosh! The first slight pour produced about 1/10 inch of beer and the rest of the glass full of foam. It took a goodly while (minutes) to settle to the point where I could pour more beer. And the same results occurred throughout the life of the bottle. Eventually I ended up with a beer that was a lightly translucent black with a thick tan head that (obviously) had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma still had some nice floral hops, some grain, a light touch of roast and enough hoppiness to provide a clue that this may have been a hop-bomb when fresh. The roast was much more noticeable on the tongue, there was a decent amount of base grains and still a touch of citrus hops in back.

The body was typical for a CDA, which is what I think this beer is. Drinkability was very good, especially considering that CDA's really aren't my favorite style and the age of this brew. It appears that the brewery is still making this brew, it's worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 20:14:01 | More by beertunes
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birchstick

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

07-18-2012 03:23:41 | More by birchstick
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-18-2012 03:23:13 | More by bsuedekum
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litheum94

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-22-2012 04:00:22 | More by litheum94
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into standard pint served at fridge temp. review from notes taken 6/14/12

A:pours cola colored with a small milk chocolate colored head that fell into a thin cap and ring. Not much light getting through.

S: slightly sweet with a big dark malt smell. No hops on the nose and slightly medicinal.

T: malty malty malty, just enough hops to balance but not taste. Dark malts all the way through with sweeter malt along side at first. Although not as sweet as it smells.

M: light side of medium and didn't get thicker feeling as it warmed. a little carbonation makes it pretty smooth. Balanced flavor.

O: My first beer from 10 barrel brewing and it was good, I hope the rest of their offerings are just as good. Well balanced brew and doesn't have that bitter bite from the black malt like some beers do. And at a price of <$3 I would buy it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 19:18:45 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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EricCioe

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-07-2012 15:44:26 | More by EricCioe
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Jsteez

China

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer on a whim in Boise, ID.
Beer size: 22 oz. brown bottle.
Glassware:Seidel mug

The pour was delicate and slightly foamy. The color was black with dark red hues. Not really that translucent. It left a light brown-tan head which dissipated quickly. It had an attractive lace down and around the sides. I nursed this beer for 1 1/2 hours. A thoughtful drink.

The smell was slightly sweet with hints of caramel, dark bread, and yeast. A little hint of hop and malt.

Going in, the taste had a sweet, caramel sensation. The aftertaste was dry, slightly bitter, a little metallic (not enough to ruin the overall taste and roasted dark chocolate/coffee flavor).

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, not too complex.The overall taste combination lingered on my palate for a while.

This beer is above average. It is not a beer I would go searching for. It still needs work. I have had better dark beers. It was like drinking a medium porter with a pale ale quality. A little confusing. However, it will quench your thirst while enjoying a marble rye reubon with brown mustard. Trust me, you won't be dissapointed with that combo.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 05:25:51 | More by Jsteez
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edwardkersh

Oregon

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-23-2012 15:58:00 | More by edwardkersh
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taconight2night

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearence of this beer is more like coke or pepsi, not black. Almost a ricey like smell along with light oak and smoke aroma. Very little alcohol smell. Smooth and easy to drink with a little malt and even less hop. Also a bit of a yeast taste. Will most likely pass on this beer in the future, but its not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:27:27 | More by taconight2night
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IPAguy2009

Oregon

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark Pepsi color

S-smokey dark chocolate, meh

T- dark malt lightly hopped

M- pretty light and light carbonation

O- just a sub par black ale, nothing too special here. Just taste like a dark ale that is pretty light a good for drinking casually. Get something else

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:27:17 | More by IPAguy2009
S1nist0r Black Ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.