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He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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359 Ratings

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 51 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kendo on 10-25-2013

Death seems so obvious: the end of life, no mas, kaput. But Humans stand an optimistic animal. Many traditions suggest alternate endings: Resurrection, reincarnation, rebirth, afterlife. Even the atheist view of Eternal Oblivion doesn't seem quite final, more of a shift in spiritual states of (un)consciousness. As usual, Jewish tradition prescribes... Food. 7 days of family, community, and bagels (beer!), called, Shiva, meaning "7" in Hebrew. The flip side to the 7 days of Creation with the 7th as a holy day of rest. The first meal of Shiva is "the comfort meal." And the number 7 provides powerful mojo: 7 Jewish wedding blessings, 7 Liberal Arts, 7 Lucky Japanese gods, 7 stars of the Big Dipper, 7 colors of the rainbow, 7 seas, 007 license to kill, 7 dwarves, We are 7 by Wordsworth with a child's view of death, 7 deadly sins, Best of 7 finals in NBA, NHL, MLB, 7th Inning stretch, no. 7 on Elway & Tiny Archibald. George Costanza yearned to name his firstborn, "7" as a living tribute to no. 7 Mickey Mantle. The 7 Award however must go to the immortal George Carlin for 7 Dirty Words, inspired by another hero Lenny Bruce. Coming into 17 years of beer, and Year no. 1 with our own Brewery, we commemorate this conversion with Death Of A Contract Brewer, our Shmaltz homage to new life - L'Chaim! Jeremy Cowan, proprietor
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Ratings: 359 | Reviews: 56
Photo of Andyyyyyy
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look is dark and creamy, but the feel is not creamy. Not a whole lot as far as smell goes. Expected more hoppiness. Smooth, bitter taste as expected. Overall a good Ipa!

Photo of E-McFarden
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Strong aroma hops with hints of roasted malts. Dry on the palate with strong smokey toasted malts, almost on the verge of ashy flavors from off roasting temps.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black draft pour, beige head with great lacing. Hop nose. Smooth malt foundation balances hops. Medium lite mouthfeel with bitter tongue coating. Tasty black IPA.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. A great black IPA flavor that I've come to known and enjoy. This one boasts 7 malts, 7 hops, and 7%. One delicious balanced beer worth getting.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Coming into 17 years of beer, and year #1 with our own Brewery, we commemorate this conversion with Death Of A Contract Brewer, our Shmaltz homage to new life - L'Chaim!" Brewed in the style of an American Black Ale. Released initially as a one-off release, now promoted to year round status. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel mocha head of a foamy froth consistency over a near black body. Retention is good and lacing is moderate and clingy. 4.25

(Smell) Moderately roasted barley malts, light black patent malt and a lot of herbal, piney and fruity hop notes with a big aromatic bitterness. Overall the aroma is more bitter than sweet but comes off very clean. Potency is medium/high. 3.5

(Taste) A balanced blend of black patent, fruity, herbal and resinous hop flavor with a moderate bitterness, and a lingering finish of toasted grain and medium roast. I like the depth of flavors over the aroma that suggested less. Quite roasty, bitter and altogether balanced. Very enjoyable. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly chewy, mildly resinous and medium dry. The carbonation is mild, generating a moderate frothiness and a very light crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is mildly earthy and hoppy bitter over sweet and roasty. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no notable off characters. 4

(Overall) As far as the depth and flavors of black ales go, this one is a winner for me. One can clearly see that the hops and bitter malts drive the flavor, but there is enough roast and sweetness on the back end to keep it roundly enjoyable. I'd recommend this as one of the better year-round black ales out there. 3.75

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Photo of MDHopster
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not quite black, dark but reddish hues when held up to light. Small tan head, little lacing. Smells of hops and malt giving IPA moniker credence. Taste, bittered hops, somewhat like it might have rye. Mouthfeel is not on par with an American IPA but carbonation is present.

Photo of IreRican
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed the entire holiday pack, it was a treat I will repeat next year

Photo of CHickman
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a massive 3 finger foamy light brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving foamy rings as it went down and a thick foamy layer on top.

Smells of grapefruit, fresh citrus hops, piney hops, roasted malt, burnt wood, cocoa powder, campfire burnt graham cracker like a s’mores, and some sweet citrus fruit. Fine balance and all the tango dancing that you’d expect from a black IPA, with the burnt grains and sweet hops going back and forth in a very pleasant way while completely masking the 7% ABV.

Taste is very similar to the nose except there are more smoky burnt notes and some caramel or toffee mixed in with the grapefruit, juicy citrus hops, roasted malt, piney hops, burnt wood, cocoa powder, graham cracker, a burnt s’mores, citrus fruit like pineapple or guava, coffee grinds and very light floral/herbal spices like pepper or tea leaf. A slight bitterness adds to the black IPA experience as this well balanced beer flows down easy with a complex mix of roast/smoked grains, juicy citrus hop sweetness, an ashy dry feel and tasty bready malts that blend graham cracker, wheat bread toast and Cocoa Puffs cereal sprinkled with coffee grinds. The alcohol was not a factor in the flavor and it was quite smooth.

Mouthfeel was on the light and mild side with an average body, average carbonation and a slight bitterness that trailed off dry with hop sweetness and burnt malt smokiness. Gotta get up to Clifton Park soon and drink at the brewery, this was a damn tasty beer and one I will seek out again if they keep making it.

Photo of Janosian
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's good. Holy crap the rating system is ridiculous!

Photo of Summerteeth
2.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

First of all, what the hell is a black IPA? Definitely not pale. This is disappointing. Too smoky, no floral notes. Blah

Photo of Hophazzard
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one tastes quite bland to me. Not really bad just nothing special.

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle. Nice Black IPA.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Provides a bubble show like a stout and then two inches of khaki foam settle on top of the cola-colored liquid; a few ruby highlights flicker at the bottom of the glass and the foam leaves a band of lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, cola nut, wet hay, pine and burnt toast

Taste: Caramel, cocoa and cola with burnt toast, ashy and roast tones developing;, piney bitterness builds in the middle; after the swallow, grass and ash tones build, with the finish reaching yet another level of bitter, slightly herbal flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a lot of interesting malt complexity in this beer and I find that I prefer sorting through that aspect of the beer rather than thinking about the hop bill, which though bitter, is more one dimensional

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Pours a very dark brown, almost black hue with a small brown head into my glass. I have wanted to try this for a while but it was only available in bombers.

Roasty and creamy, which puts it in borderline porter territory. I wish they had named the hops used.

Very bitter upfront. Old-school grass and pine. Works very well with the malts.

Finishes bitter too. Could be "softer".

The most complex example of this sub-style that I have seen.

Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Deep black coffee blended wonderfully with sweet chocolate malt in a smooth brew with substantial feel. Piny hops are just right in this equation.

Photo of delta490
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured a deep brown, almost impervious to light. A hint of light that sneaks in illuminates a ruby hue. The head is light tan and creamy, leaving stick lacing and holding on well in to the beer. The aroma is lighter with hints of dark sweet fruit and pine. The taste is unique, but hard to describe. Robust roast malts, light hops, hints of sweetness are all present. The body has a nice silkiness to it with just a little bite from the hops and a light amount of carbonation. A unique brew.

Photo of Lobina
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Had this at the pre opening of the new yard house .

Photo of FFreak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Photo of Pencible
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at the end of May from BevMo for $6.99. No bottled on date but likely was brewed by Hebrew in late 2013 to commemorate the evolution from using contract brewers to brewing in their own facility.

Beer poured dark brown with a very nice tan head.

Nose is a mixture or roasted malts and citrusy hops.

Taste is a nice blend of light roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a well crafted brew, a nice use of divergent ingredients to make a cohesive brew!

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to a bright light amber brown hues are visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a few bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of burnt and roasted malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts out with lots of flavors of roasted malts and has a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness and associated flavors of pine resin and citrus. A noticeable amount of underlying malt flavors is also noticeable in the background.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Black IPA has nice flavors of burnt and roasted malts but seemed like it could have had a little more in the way of bitterness and crispness from the hops.

Photo of Mitchster
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle as part of mixed 8 pack. Brewed with specialty 2-row, Munich, wheat, crystal rye, chocolate, pale chocolate and kiln coffee malts. Hopped with cascade, citra, summit, crystal, amarillo, ahtanum and chinook. 7% ABV.
Pours out to a clear near black. Popping the cap releases a very brisk Psssht. Carbonation is moderately strong, ~3.0 carbs, forming a ever growing, voluminous light tan soapy head with superior retention and solid lacing. The aroma is interesting. Tropical fruit hops notes like mango, pineapple with some pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is sharp and biting from the roast malts and the hops, with a medium body. Taste opens with a blast of the hops, followed by coffee and LOTS of roast malt...a bit much for my liking. Very bracing and aggressive. The bitterness is very firm and frankly too much for me. Tons of hops throughout and into the finish and lingering forever in a puckering bitter aftertaste.

Not my cup of tea. This is a well-brewed beer, but it's the least enjoyable beer I think I've had from Shmaltz. I wouldn't recommend it, nor would I ever want to buy this again.

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of tan lacing. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Pine & grapefruit, roastyness,

T: Follows the nose, some dryness, a little licorice & cola, plus roasted grain up front. Roasty malts, a touch of charred grain, pineyness, slight astringency & grapefruit as this warms, some carob as well. Finishes grapefruitty, piney & with some roasty grain & a little bit of grainy sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with form carbonation, nice balance

A nice take on the style, very drinkable

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Very dark, brownish-black with the odd reddish glint, topped by a rich creamy tan head around an inch high. Features a massive hop aroma, mainly canned mandarin with some grapefruit and pine, along with charred grain, chocolate, and raisin. Fantastic aroma that contrasts with the palate, not necessarily in a negative way. This one favors the dark malts, some charred grain as on the nose, dark roast coffee, and dry cacao powder with the citrus and tropical hop flavors in the background. Some dark cherry and peach flavors peeking through. Eventually the malts recede a little and a hop spice supplants to an extent, dried citrus rind and pepper along with something quite floral. Fairly thick but certainly not particularly sweet, moderately carbonated and with a bold, oily, spicy, slightly singed finish that goes for miles. If you focus you can still taste the orchard fruit in there amongst the roasted malts and bitter citrus/pine. More roasted that some of the other black IPAs I've tried of late but the bitter, spicy hops do reveal themselves over the course of a pint, blossoming into something rather intense. As usual, this brewery wins with an amusing name and great look on top of the layers of flavor.

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He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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