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:
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Photo of RyanPollock
4.5/5  rDev +24%

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.

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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 esto
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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 Logan12321
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of DamoTO700
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of johncanada
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of boszormeny
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Enjoy!!

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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 DrJay
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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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 patre_tim
3.81/5  rDev +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.

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

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 Jotora
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of lgmol
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of HATS4BATS
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Photo of Jaisell
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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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