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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

314 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 34 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Kendo on 10-25-2013)
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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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

16 oz. bottle. Nice Black IPA.

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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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3.36/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

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He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.