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S1nist0r Black Ale | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
10barrel.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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

Added by RedDiamond on 10-21-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,146
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
228
pDev:
11.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of Murrhey
2.22/5  rDev -39.2%
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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Photo of birchstick
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of craigreno
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of madtappers
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on draft at 3 Monkeys Pub in Vancouver, WA.

First apperance this is black as night with a 1 inch brownish head.

The carmalized malts dominate the taste here. Not sure what style this really is not truely a porter or stout, yet not an amber or brown ale.

Either way the beer is smooth, but not impressive.

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Photo of AxesandAnchors
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of kvgomps
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of IPAguy2009
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
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

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of taconight2night
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of katybee
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I gave this beer highest points for its dark coloration...deepest cola brown, almost opaque, with light tan short-lived head.

Smelled mostly malty, toasted, with a little dry sourness.

Tasted somewhat one-dimensional to me, mostly the slightly bitter toasted malt, very little noticeable sweetness, smokey with flowery greenish hopping.

Seemed a little thin to me, light-bodied with none of the stickiness-on-the-tongue that makes spaten and doppelbocks sippable...Dry and thirst-quenching, but not really memorable.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- The bottle says Black Ale, and I was hoping for something along the lines of a dark thick beer, especially when you have a name like Sinistor Black. But the beer is more the color of Orval bottle glass, perhaps a shade darker. There is a decent amount of head, but it fades fairly quickly.

S- This has some nice chocolate and coffee notes to it. It reminds me of the Quilter Irish Death by Iron Horse. There is something meaty about the chocolate smell.

T- Well this tastes more like an American Porter. There is a mild amount of coffee, and chocolate flavors. But nothing about this beer, other then perhaps its color would even make me think Brown Ale. Perhaps that is just a mistake by the person who added the beer to the site. I'm saying this is more of a porter then anything else. It isn't too bad, it is a bit weak, but it grows on you.

M- This is where I find the biggest let down with the beer. I mean cool label, great name, I'm looking for something thick black potent. But not the case, this beer is thin, and I mean thin. I was expecting to have to chew a bit, just based off the name, instead I ended up with carbonated water. I've actually had water thicker then this. If I were to look at this as an American Porter I can see how a thin mouthfeel would fit, but I wasn't expecting this, and it bugged me the whole time I was drinking this.

D- If I were to use the Bud Light scale of drinkability (as in thin and completely chugable) then this would be spot on. This does have nice flavors, and is easy to drink quickly.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of anon
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of Quesophresco
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of natfiedler
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mcbryde17
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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S1nist0r Black Ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 228 ratings
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