8th Sin Black Lager
Hop City Brewing Co.

8th Sin Black Lager8th Sin Black Lager
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Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #151
Ranked #41,431
3.61 | pDev: 10.25%
Hop City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
8th Sin Black Lager8th Sin Black Lager
Notes: 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
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moodenba from New York

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hop City 8th Sin Black Lager draft beer sampled at the seasonal opening of Rondeau Joe's in Rondeau Park on Victoria Day weekend. Moosehead is the corporate sponsor of this beer, and it is definitely not out of the mainstream. It is, however, a nice modest dark beer. It has a lot in common with a British dark mild (roasted malt palate with moderate alcohol and hop bitterness). 8th Sin worked wonders in washing down my order of fish and chips.

May 26, 2019
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Cramshawbar from Canada

2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Garbage, throwaway beer that attempts to be all that it's not. I would have poured it in the drain, but I was given this at a gathering. Not worth a more specified description. If you like good beer, stay away.

Nov 05, 2018
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pootz from Canada

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Aug 10, 2017
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ADicerni from Canada

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Jul 31, 2017
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The-Jolly-Imbiber from Antarctica

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Jun 26, 2017
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NeilW from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Mar 18, 2017
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Jesterr44 from Canada

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Jan 18, 2017
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reddfoot from Canada

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Nov 27, 2016
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D-HopSupreme from Canada

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.

Apr 02, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jan 15, 2016
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scott451 from Canada

3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Dec 30, 2015
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Apr 10, 2015
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FRANKIE65 from Canada

3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Mar 05, 2015
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Logan12321 from Canada

4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, not able to see through this one, aromas are thick and rich. Some scents of coffee and dark chocolate are there. Has a very coffee like taste to it, hints of chocolate linger afterwards. Not a strong bite at the end, leaves a warm rich taste in the mouth after the drink. Unable to see carbonation, but feeling tells me it's not very.

Feb 01, 2015
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DaveBar from Canada

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens and pours well. Not much head though but expected in a black beer

S- Pretty good. Light malt

T- Very good. Nice blend of chocolate and coffee. Super light and subdued but very nice

M- Good and creamy

O- Very good. Like this beer. Will buy again.

Food Pairing

This nice little black beer went well with..... Chicken wings! Various sauces.


Nov 22, 2014
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RyanPollock from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Great dark lager. Strong coffee taste with a nice mix of chocolate and caramel sweetness. A nice beer to have after dinner, not too heavy and just the right balance between bitter and sweet.

Nov 08, 2014
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mick303 from Canada

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into a tulip glass. Beer is blackish but more a dark brown with some tan lacing.

S - aroma has charcoal, harsh astringency, some pepper and roasty malts, burnt toast, harsh and pretty unpleasant. The notes say espresso and chocolate but this is far from that smooth.

T - this has some plummy fruity, figs, along with the charred toast, nuttiness and then more of a thin charcoal harsh roastiness, building some peppery spiciness, roastiness ontop of hay, very toasty, some of the caramel but it also feel burnt.

M - a fairly thin body, enough carbonation initially but it really starts to feel like smoke water by the end, some finishing chili spice and lingering finish.

While this was balanced enough to be drinkable, it wasnt much more than that, quite light, and as a result the heavy roastiness and charry character really overwhelmed this light beer. A lot of harshness came through. Not one I would especially recommend, it drinks alright if your not thinking too hard about it, but there is little in the way of support here.

Oct 10, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown to black with a ruby tinge, almost opaque, darker than a porter, huge cappuccino foam head of 4 fingers.

S: Mocha, chocolate, coffee notes, light smokiness, creamy, dried peas and soybeans.

T: Dark roasted chocolate, smoky and mocha notes, slight metallic finish. Light sweetness, no real bitterness.

M: Medium smooth body, medium low carbonation.

O: Really good beer, only flaw in taste is a slight metallic note. Very delicious, borderline mocha porter in taste. Well crafted brew.

Apr 25, 2014
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allergictomacros from Canada

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out dark, dark red-brown but I can see through this when held up to the light. Light tan foam has some heft.

S - Kinda roasty, toasty aroma. A bit of graininess and hit of sweet malt.

T - Again, roasty, toasty. A bit of bitterness in the back end and a flash of apple. Aftertaste is mild and indeed sweet, as advertised. I don't really notice the sweetness until the very end though.

M -Fairly light body, zippy carbonation.

O - Easy drinking, dark brew.

Apr 07, 2014
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; served slightly chilled. Schwarzbier is a style that I've always felt was appallingly under-represented in this province, so I am pumped to try this new (to retail shelves, at least) lager out of Moosehead's craft division.

Pours an opaque blackish-brown colour, reminiscent of cola, generating one finger's worth of dense, light tan-coloured head. Retention isn't great, as the froth quickly evaporates into a filmy cap and narrow collar; no lacing to speak of. The aroma is relatively understated and mild, but enticing enough with its variety of roasted malt notes. Molasses, espresso and some hints of chocolate provide the bulk of the bouquet, with nutty notes and some indistinct dark fruit.

An enjoyable dark lager. Roasted grains and caramel sweetness dominate initially, followed by some nutty milk chocolate notes. Slightly fruity, but not particularly so. It finishes with notes of espresso and dark malt sweetness, with a roasty flavour hanging around on the palate for a brief period following each sip. On the thinner side of medium-bodied, with pointed carbonation levels that provide a bit more bite than I'd like. Light, refreshing, crisp, and with a decent range of tasty dark malt flavours - yep, this is an acceptable schwarzbier.

Final Grade: 3.84, a B+. Dark lagers aren't made particularly accessible in much of this province, let alone good ones - which means that Hop City's 8th Sin Black Lager is well worth a sampling. It's an enjoyable schwarzbier that most BAs should find rather agreeable, but it isn't really intense enough to frighten off new craft beer fans or the Rickard's enthusiasts. Easily the best product from this brewer to date, and something I expect to return to soon since it's literally the only locally available schwarz.

Mar 30, 2014
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biegaman from Canada

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8th Sin Black Lager is really more of red mahogany tone; though undoubtedly dark it is not entirely shaded and its complexion retains glints of colour (clarity even provided the right angle to the light). An abundance of bubbles greeted me off the pour like Atlantic cod did European settlers; in a similar tale, however, the entire stock collapses all but completely.

Toasty dark bread crusts, molasses, roasted nuts, burnt grain, toffee, and a splash of bourbon vanilla - that's a pretty accurate summation of what I'm smelling. It all makes a very favourable first impression. And while there's nothing so dark or rich in the aroma to convince me of chocolate or coffee, I do believe that's where we're heading...

Indeed! The nutty, toasty nuances prevail on the palate as well but are accompanied by chocolate shavings and creamy truffle notes as well as a hit of espresso. These flavours are not intense; they are fleeting as the finish, far from being bitter or smoky, leans more towards black licorice and the dry abruptness of singed grain.

Hop City boasts of using 8 different types of malt for this recipe. I'm never impressed by what it says on the label; what's far more important than how many types of malt is their quality and overall quantity. A beer's mouthfeel speaks for itself and, in this case, the brewery didn't have to compensate; this is a smooth and substantial lager with pleasant subtle roast.

Modern composers can add vibratos and trills - little personal touches and nuance - to classical scores without compromising the piece's historical accuracy or integrity. Brewers often do the same. The folks at Hop City have captured the textbook elements of this German specialty and then ever slightly amped-up the intensity to give it a more North American edge. Well done.

Mar 10, 2014
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spinrsx from Canada

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tall can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.80

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a small size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also some grains and a bit of a an oatmeal type flavour.

Overall - Probably the best beer I've had from this brewer. Very drinkable and just enough flavour to keep it interesting.

Feb 01, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.90 CDN. Served well chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Black, opaque beer is poured. 2 generous fingers of ivory head linger for a good while. Head is frothy and dense looking. Some lacing.

Smell - Very roasted, very earthy aroma with significant peat and slight blend of stale coffee. Also a funky metallic smell that makes this not a good smelling beer.Improves greatly as it warms into something passable as the metallicness subsides completely.

Taste - Starts a bit metallic (especially when cold) then transitions into coffee flavor then into more of a coffee / peat mixture. Quite interesting and flavorful. Some fruit and caramel / burnt sugar malts thrown into the middle for good measure too. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with relatively low carbonation. Rich and full bodied. Nice Schwarzbier.

Overall - A good one with robust flavors. Wish the nose was more enticing here though as that was a letdown.

Jan 31, 2014
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Pmicdee from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a white fluffy head, malty, very little hop taste, tastes like a watered down stout but not in a bad way. The first black lager I tried back in the day
January 11 2020

Jan 29, 2014
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TerryW from Canada

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cola brown under a short head that settles to a creamy looking film, good lace. Overall a rather lightweight brew. The merest whiff of grain and hops, touch of fruit. Ashy to taste, thin-bodied. Bitter sweet chocolate and some roast. Carbonation is unexpectedly sharp. Unremarkable.

Jan 21, 2014
8th Sin Black Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 95 ratings