He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from bomber into willy glasses and shared with a friend.
This pours almost pure black with a cappuccino colored head that persists and leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is of spicy and citrus hops combined with raisins, dates, and a pretty good level of roast malt.
Taste is mostly the dried fruits combined with roast malt, molasses, brown sugar, caramel and slight piney and dank hoppiness. Very stout-like, but definitely has a hop presence.
Excellent mouthfeel - smooth, luscious, nicely carbed, very easy drinking, but not something you'd pound.
Overall, this was a surprise. I've not yet embraced the Black IPA style, but this really opened my eyes to the possibilities of this style. Definitely worth a try.
08-25-2014 19:21:47 | More by FFreak
3.05/5 rDev -20.8%
A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like dry dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some herbal hops.
T: It tasted like semisweet chocolate and dry roasted coffee, with a little resin hops. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Fizzy body.
D: This was a below average black IPA, with scent and taste that were more malty than hoppy. The body wasn't right either, but the finish was smooth, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Not worth trying more than once.
08-09-2014 01:18:43 | More by Pencible
3.74/5 rDev -2.9%
A: Pours a murky brown-black with a fluffy, thick tan head.
S: Subtle scents of cream, dark chocolate, roasted grain, pine, herbs, cedar, and lemon become noticeable once the beer settles in the glass.
T: Delicately layered notes of cream, roasted grain, dark chocolate, caramel, herbs, pine, spruce, cedar, juniper, kumquat, lemon rind, and lime zest fill the mouth. The finish is soft with a clean bitterness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, pine, cedar, and juniper are balanced by notes of cream, dark chocolate, and caramel.
M: Medium-bodied with a creamy, velvety texture in the mouth. Somewhat drier than many American black ales. Carbonation is active and airy.
O: A solid American black ale. It does not really offer anything new, but it is doubtful that it would disappoint fans of the style.
08-04-2014 14:15:01 | More by mrfrancis
He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.