S1nist0r Black Ale | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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S1nist0r Black AleS1nist0r Black Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 73
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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Photo of Purplehat
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great. Smooth with enough bite at the back end, which makes it very refreshing. After trying roughly 15 different beers at The Growler Guys grand opening in Idaho, this was the growler I chose

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Photo of socon67
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of osbartender
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great clean finish...much better on draft

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Photo of hreb
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

S1nist0r Black Ale. A schwarz bier fermented with ale yeast -- or, as previously stated, a black ale. Perhaps a black Kölsch would be a better description. 22oz bottle served in a curved stout glass. Beer pours on the brown side of black, with a thin tan head, and yields a mild, malty aroma. Flavor is mild and fizzy. Like, a lot mild, though what flavors there are (nutty, hazelnut) are pleasant enough, except for the high carbonation this could be a legitimate session ale.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BastardKing24
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with little to no head. A film of bubbles resides on the top with a ring. Decent.

Smell is of, well a slight roastiness, coffee, maybe some dark sweet fruit. Kind of like cola really.

Taste is very relaxed for a dark beer. This one doesn't jump out at you at all, it's subtle.
I like this a lot, although I was hoping for more hops. I didn't expect a bomb of a beer such as Lagunitas nighttime, since this was only 5.7% I can see the appeal in this beer as its velvety and roasty in such a quaint manner, that you forget your drinking a black ale at all.

Mouthfeel is about average. Kind of slick, but finishes dry as far as I can tell. Medium carb.

Overall this is not something I would buy over and over, but its a nice beer to sip while maybe smoking some nice herb (I'm in OR its legal). A decent brew that would please a newcomer to craft brews.

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Photo of ThaCrax
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting an aggressive Black Ale... so that didn't work out for me lol. This was like a sheep in wolves clothing to me. Intimidating exterior, but tame and mild in reality. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I was looking for either.

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

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging. The head is khaki colored and peaks at just under a finger's width. Retention is average at best, giving way to a broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is small and spotty with little stick.

Smell - Light notes of roasted malt and some cola-like sweetness. Hints of milk chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. General malt sweetness with hints of cola, chocolate, and very light coffee roast. Subtle notes of fruity esters and maybe even a hint of vanilla and anise in there. A light, 'brightly dark' flavor profile, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Lightly silky texture, delivering a smooth, easy drinking experience.

Overall - Pretty good black lager / scharzbier, especially condsidering the style. It's a difficult style to pull off, IMO, because it doesn't quite excel in any particular area. This one has some uniqueness, and it's undoubtedly due to the ale yeast used. Don't go out of your way for it, but definitely something to try if readily available.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LuckyJohn
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mcbryde17
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of arini10
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LouZ
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Justin-m
3.84/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Laklimell
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of GrantBrennan
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of deebo
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

S1nist0r Black Ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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