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

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DamoTO700
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 johncanada
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 cam477
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of hotsudge
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mick303
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DarrenBrule
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Rutager
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Brody1714
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of esto
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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 CRObighit2
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bigox420
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ArrogantPrick
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tabhill
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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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 baylz
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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