8th Sin Black Lager | Hop City Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
74
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ConnorG
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squeezyq
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcubz
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheHammer
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilW
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ewpass
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +7.7%
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 -19.3%
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 +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JahTurbo
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Glorithm
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -3.9%
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 +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jfreeze
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque black color with a copper hue and no visible activity. Creamy light brown 3 finger head lasting around 6 minutes with some average legs.

Aromas and flavors of toffee, cocoa, chocolate, nuts, fruits, herbal spices. Good balanced taste of sweet caramel and hints of dark fruits and chocolate, with a slightly bitter roasted earthy coffee feel.

Creamy light body with delicate carbonation. Well intensified finish ending with slightly bitter and spicy, dry and smoky, earthy and coffee mouthcoating.

Overall : Well flavored but a little thin and missing a bit of freshness. A good accessible "light stout" craft that feels like an Irish red ale.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A decent black lager. Not as rich or full flavored as my favorites in this style.
Probably won't purchase again, as, better examples of this style can be had for the same price.

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Photo of Electros
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beersareonme
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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8th Sin Black Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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