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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

347 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 6
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of dhesington
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CSO
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of xtopher_a
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GiantMidget
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerKitchens
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 AngusOg
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Garvey
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msanborn
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of retry4z
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kerrie
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Shmaltz Brewing Company's
Death Of A Contract Brewer
3.85/5.00

Photo of PretzelCity
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pdonovan16
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Danieljamesrhoads
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.