8th Sin Black Lager | Hop City Brewing Co.

8th Sin Black Lager8th Sin Black Lager
BA SCORE
31.3%
Liked This Beer
3.59 w/ 80 ratings
8th Sin Black Lager8th Sin Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
hopcity.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Considered to be the 8th Deadly Sin, a fastidious person is overly meticulous, has high standards, and is excessively sensitive to taste. You couldn't sum up our brewers better. 8th Sin is our killer new black lager, brewed with 8 different types of malt (yeah 8), that is black in colour with hints of espresso and chocolate in the aroma, a medium body and a smooth sweet taste in the finish.

25 IBU

Added by TheSevenDuffs on 01-31-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,147
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
80
Liked:
25
Avg:
3.59/5
pDev:
10.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Narga
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pootz
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A fine black beer from an unexpected source! Pours a mahogany dark brown - clear with a fair off-white rocky cap. Aroma is perfect for the style - understated and malt-subdued, decent roast and light hops - Schwarzbier is not big on aroma, this follows the style in this respect. Flavour profile is very good for the style as well with big roastiness over subtle pale malts light supportive noble hopping perhaps verging to sweetness - medium bodied and not too dry in the finish where sweetness is attenuated. A very drinkable and tasty Thuringer styled black beer I’ll buy more.

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Photo of ADicerni
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: A draught pour in pilsner glass. Appearance of frosty root beer. Head is cream coloured and lasts about 3-4 minutes. Pretty well opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt and coffee scent but lite.

Taste: Roasted dark malt and coffee. Hint of dark chocolate. Finish is fairly clean with light bitterness. Lingering dark malt taste. Nice. Slightly smokey.

Feel: Litghter mouthfeel than expected for the dark colour.

Overall: A good brew with lots of dark flavour.

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Photo of StormAles
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an extremely chocolatey beer. Mouthfeel-wise, this is about as smooth and creamy as a nitroed stout. Carbonation was mild. I'm still deciding between "wow, I actually kind of like this!" and "this is almost TOO chocolatey". As if someone took a cup of cocoa and added bitterness. Now, I'm not saying it is overly sweet or cloying, mind you. That all said, I think I'd actually buy this again.

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Photo of kier
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Squeezyq
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcubz
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheHammer
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilW
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 21 oz draft pint, served well chilled.

I have always thought of Hop City as a producer of decent, yet, not overly noteworthy beers. There is nothing wrong with them – but they do not stand out from the crowd. 8th Sin, is the exception to that particular opinion.

The beer pours a dark brown/black with ruby undertones. It looks like a stout or porter. Nice tan head, with decent lace on the glass.

There is very little aroma in the glass. When I really concentrated – I got a slight scent of chocolate and coffee – again very much like a stout.

The flavor profile is very nice. First sip is smoky. Not overly so – well balanced, almost peaty, and well controlled. Additional sips open up some espresso, chocolate, and a very slight sweetness. There is no hopiness or bitterness to speak of. It is extremely smooth on the pallet with mild carbonation.

Easily quaffable brew – enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of Ctruskey
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ewpass
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely dark lager, Flavourful and drinkable.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown / almost black with a foamy tan head which fades fairly quickly & leaves just very light lacing as I work my way through the glass. Billed as an 8 malt dark brew with just hints of espresso & chocolate, I'd say it fits the bill nicely. From the look of the beer, I'd like a slightly fuller mouthfeel, but then again I'm more of a Stout/Porter drinker & this is a black lager, so I think it's doing what it's supposed to. A nice fairly light tasting beer with a lot of malt flavour & no unpleasant additives.

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Photo of reddfoot
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Smooth, actually too creamy/malty for my taste. No bite at all, which I kind of want in a beer. Metallic aftertaste in the first few sips. Wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, ruby body with a very slight head with some retention. The scent is deeply malty, with notes of caramel and molasses coming through though it's a bit weak. The taste is fairly good, with chocolate and smokiness giving way to some very light bitterness. The carbonation is very active on this one, perhaps more so than is necessary, but the rest is good. Overall it's alright though I honestly think Guinness is a better, more comparable option given its ease of access and better feel.

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Photo of Molson2000
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JahTurbo
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Glorithm
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a dark black color lager with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of roasted malt with some light fruity notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a nice mix of light roasted malt with some bitter notes and some light sweet fruity notes also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easy drinking with the right amount of complexity.

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Photo of scott451
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A clear reddish dark brown, almost black, with a thin fine tan head which soon diminished to a ring. Moderate lacing which soonfaded.

Coffee with some burnt toast in the nose. Breakfast beer?

The first taste impression is again of burnt toast. Slight coffee notes. A very slight hop finish.

A fairly light body. Moderate to light carbonation. Very smooth. Quite light for such a dark beer.

This is the best beer from this brewery and true to the style. It’s not always easy to find so well worth a try if you spot it.

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

Photo of jfreeze
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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8th Sin Black Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 31.3% out of 100 with 80 ratings
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