S1nist0r Black Ale | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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S1nist0r Black AleS1nist0r Black Ale
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
Ratings:
226
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
41
For Trade:
0
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Photo of gburns2767
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoastieStone
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ghostxyz3
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Aerol
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cshields
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pjvie
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frasergrove
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 5/bomber at Blackwell’s
Aroma of roasted malt, lasts
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – small segments of narrow rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor weak, roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of cantak
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4

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Photo of joeroma5
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of airpup
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MIrvine
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nick29
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cherche
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestd
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tbouth
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrueMetalJake
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of josiahschlender
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the beers in a mixed pack from 10 Barrel that I picked up. I'm wondering about the name... isn't Schwarzbier a lager? Why call it an ale? I've always wondered that about Dead Guy, too. I personally like it when breweries in this area of the country branch out and brew interesting lagers; if anything I'm more likely to grab one off the shelf if it looks different than the run of the mill ales around it.

It pours dark brown but allows more light through than most brews of this color. Not much head faded quickly and leaves scant lace. Looks like black coffee to me, actually.

Nose is pleasant but faint. A big inhale yields something kind of bready, yeasty and sweet that reminds me of overnight waffles that my wife makes with yeast leavening, with syrup on top.

Flavors are also pleasant and understated. Bready malts with sweetness like molasses and faintly earthy hops. Low carbonation and light body is a good mouthfeel match to the flavors. This is the only non-IPA in the mixed pack from 10 Barrel, and it's a nice change of pace from the hops. (But Joe IPA was my favorite overall.)

10 Barrel must have been in a quirky mood when naming this beer. Not only is "Ale" in the name puzzling to me since I believe this is a lager, a play on "sinister" doesn't fit either. This is a mild-mannered, easy going drink that would play nice with a variety of food.

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S1nist0r Black Ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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