S1nist0r Black Ale
10 Barrel Brewing Co.

S1nist0r Black AleS1nist0r Black Ale
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10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
Ranked #111
Ranked #25,440
3.66 | pDev: 11.48%
Feb 02, 2023
Oct 21, 2008
S1nist0r Black AleS1nist0r Black Ale
Notes: 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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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Medium light amount of creamy, ivory colored head. Nearly black, non-see through, with barely a bit of caramel/auburn, at the bottom of the glass, for the look. Moderate amount of dark roasted grains, for the aroma. Adequate flavor of subtle, dark roasted grains, in a medium light body. Light, roasted grain finish.
Feb 02, 2023
Rated: 4 by Mikexw from New York

Jun 22, 2021
Rated: 3.6 by Griffith from Connecticut

Mar 19, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by NastyNorseman from New York

Jul 24, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Jul 12, 2018
Rated: 3.43 by fishheads from Oregon

May 27, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 27, 2017
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Reviewed by kotocar from California

4.72/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
It’s a dark beer that goes down like a lager. Crisp, bubbly, and flavorful. Malty! I’ve been drinking too many IPA’s that I forgot how much I like malty beers. I wish I had more.

Taste is that of semi sweet chocolate and a somewhat dry finish. I’m also pick up a bit of captain crunch.
Sep 13, 2017
Rated: 3.17 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jun 20, 2017
Rated: 3.39 by HochFliegen from Oregon

Apr 10, 2017
Rated: 2.75 by kvgomps from New Jersey

Apr 01, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by DallasK from Oregon

Mar 07, 2017
Rated: 3.06 by Quesophresco from Oregon

Dec 08, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Dec 03, 2016
Rated: 3.47 by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Nov 30, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Oct 27, 2016
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22 oz. bottle:

Pours dark brown to black with a lasting tan head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, milk chocolate with a touch of dark earthy notes.

The taste is of sweet dark malt (chocolate) with pumpernickel bread and a touch of dark fruit/earthy spicing. Restrained coffee roast in the balanced finish.

It is light-bodied. Pretty smooth.

An ale version of a decent schwarzbier.

The taste is
Sep 07, 2016
Rated: 3 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by COR8RFAN from Colorado

Aug 01, 2016
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
(From notes) had it on tap during recent Portland visit. Very dark brown color with a thin head but nice lacing. Smell of dark chocolate. The taste is of dark chocolate with some coffee and a bit of lemon. Malty but refreshing, sort of a mild Porter.
Jul 27, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by mrcraft from California

Jul 22, 2016
Rated: 4 by elglueckert from Montana

Jul 15, 2016
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Reviewed by anon from California

3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
First go from this brewery. Pour appears black until the light hits, giving off a deep Ruby/Brown hue, accompanied by a very thin head that fades quite fast, along with very minimal lace.

Smells of roasted grains, malt and caramel. Some vanilla as it warms. Following through on the taste spectrum is roasted grain, malts and caramel, accompanied by faint chocolate and grass. Some light banana from the yeast. Slightly nutty. Very thin and close to watery; gives off an almost dark soda-like feel. Smooth, dry.

This one, for me, missed out on the rich, deep roasty aspect that I love in the Schwarzbier style. I can see they went for a different take on this one, but the styles seemed to clash and cause it to fall short. Not a bad beer, but there are a plethora of better ones of this style out there. Still grateful to try this one. Cheers.
Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 3.07 by natfiedler from Oregon

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 3.24 by jsanmarco from England

May 22, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by devilmakesthree from Oregon

May 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Sampled, free of charge, on my return flight from Seattle. This has everything I look for in a Schwarzbier - nice, roasted malt - traces of cocoa and cola. The active carbonation is a bit off-putting, but not completely out of character for the style. If this was available where I live, it would probably be part of my regular rotation.
Apr 22, 2016
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Bottled 2/11/16.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nut, cocoa powder, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, dark fruit, cocoa powder, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells solid, but the flavors clash together somewhat to me.

Serving type: bottle.
Apr 22, 2016
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Reviewed by gandres from Philippines

3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: Black/ very dark Brown small brown head, goes away quickly, lacing
A: not a lot, roasted grains, nuts
T: lightly bitter
P|MF: lively carbonation lingers in roof of tongue, abrupt finish
OA: good black ale, ok to repeat, not to look for
Drank: April 20, 2016
Apr 21, 2016
Rated: 3.13 by gburns2767 from South Carolina

Apr 12, 2016
Rated: 3.6 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 04, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Derek from Canada (BC)

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by CoastieStone from California

Feb 01, 2016
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Reviewed by Jeffsta1 from Washington

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Nice dark brown/black color. Head is off-tan with hints of red (!)

Slightly malty scent. Fine. Not intense.

Not a lot of flavor - empty on the midpalate. Nothing offensive, just - nuthin. Slightly bitter, maybe some hints of pears... but really, subtle.

Feel is not very rich, lighter than the color suggests, more carbonation than I prefer.

Finish is clean, not intense.
Dec 11, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by DamienI from Washington

Dec 05, 2015
Rated: 3.89 by ghostxyz3 from Oregon

Nov 28, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by Aerol

Nov 25, 2015
Rated: 3.3 by cshields from Oregon

Nov 19, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by pjvie from Oregon

Nov 15, 2015
S1nist0r Black Ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
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