This schwarzbier from Hop City Brewing Company in Brampton, Ontario is dark brown in colour with streaks of ruby visible when held towards a light source and it yields a small, fluffy tan head that leaves large rings of lace as it settles into a thin cap. 8th Sin Black Lager carries robust aromas of dark roasted grains, chocolate and burnt coffee, with notes of tree nuts and wet birch that provide an outdoorsy warmth.
The taste of 8th Sin Black Lager is in line with its smell, bringing forth flavours of chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted grains and hints of nuts and wood. The finish has a notable sweetness, with the chocolate and wood tones lingering in the aftertaste of this medium-bodied and moderately carbonated lager. There is a syrupy feeling throughout, but it’s not too heavy or cloying.
The indigo coloured can that holds 8th Sin Black Lager is adorned with a voodoo-esque baby blue skull that has floral imagery printed in burgundy, yellow and white. There is a brief description of the beer on the side of the can and coded freshness dating is stamped on the bottom.
8th Sin Black Lager is Hop City’s best effort thus far and a solid example of the style, though I find it feels a bit hollow in the finish. I would be most inclined to drink it during the early fall with an earthy or smoked cheese, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, or beef jerky. You can find 8th Sin Black lager at many LCBO stores and select licensees throughout Ontario.
Region: Ontario, Brampton
Brewery: Hop City Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%