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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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:
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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Reviews by HoistinBrews:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

HoistinBrews, Feb 15, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a deep cola color with a thick light beige head atop that settles ever so slowly into a frothy mass.Dark bread and earth stand out in the nose,very mild sweetness going on here.Dry and roasted on the palate,actually very dry with even a hint of smoke,although no big citrusy or piney hops the dryness stands out.There is almost a "meatiness" to this beer like an old school English porter wich is pretty cool but nothing like alot of the hoppy black ales you see right now.I like it but was taken back by the flavor profile.

oberon, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tbryan5, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

FadetoBock, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DaftPatrick, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

warnerry, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -48.1%

22 oz bottle. Pours brown with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet cola, grains, chocolate malt and a little piney hops. Smelled a bit odd.

The flavor is sweet grains, dark fruit, leather, a little roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a sweet odd black IPA.

Beaver13, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jason, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a slight hint of brownish amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid two fingers of light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A roasty, hoppy, and fairly spicy black ale aroma. Earthy and herbal hops upfront with hints of dank pine resin spice and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Dark roasted barley malts with good hints of dark chocolate, roast coffee, burnt toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, and yeast. A pretty good and balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a hoppy, spicy, and roasty black ale taste with notes of chocolate and pine. Upfront earthy, herbal, and floral hops. Notes of spicy pine resin and grass. Citrus fruit notes of ripe grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, pineapple, and tangerine. Dark roasted barley malts with notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt toast, caramel, biscuit, grains, toffee, and yeast. A nicely sharp and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a black ale. Good balance between the spicy hops and roasty malt.

MattyG85, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Schlafly33, Nov 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%

650ml bottle, nice subtle Jewish rebirth conceptual design. Yet they persist with the contradictory 'Black Pale Ale' nomenclature. Tsk.

This beer pours a brown-tinted deep black, with four fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat rocky mocha head, which leaves some broad patches of dried soap scum lace around the glass as things lazily recede.

It smells of meaty, lightly smoked bready caramel malt, musty orange rind and pine needles, a bit of spicy vegetal pepper, a touch of milky coffee, and a further herbal, grassy hoppiness. The taste is kicked off in no uncertain terms by a heady charred caramel and grainy rye-like spicy malt, followed by a gritty, soft chocolate sweetness, dry roast coffee beans, toasted dark bread, a pithy generic citrus and forest floor bitterness, and a hint of herbal, slightly perfumed alcohol warming.

The carbonation is a bit testy and sassy for the most part, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of clammy and pithy in its smoothness, a common problem for this style. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the lingering char, middling hops, and simmering alcohol colluding to push the remainder of the already lacking sweetness out for good.

A thorough enough version of this hybrid American style, the blackened malt and peppy hops playing well together, with a perhaps game-saving cocoa essence that has the good sense to not really let go of my palate. As always, He'Brew comes through, and this time, wholly on their own terms. Congrats!

biboergosum, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Griffith, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sammy, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

PBRmeasap1980, Jul 27, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance:
This is precisely what you want from a black IPA. Pitch black body allows zero light penetration while a healthy head (around an inch thick) sticks around for the duration of the drink. Beautiful lacing and legs and generous amounts of bubbly.

Aroma:
A healthy dose of earthy and piney hops wrapped in a blanket of roasted, semi-sweet malts. It's simple, but fantastic.

Taste:
Big hop profile is potent and bitter - yet welcoming, even my friend who considers himself "anti-IPA" found himself truly enjoying this one. Thick, roasted malts provide some balance and brings a bit of cocoa to the party. No detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
Surprisingly smooth for an IPA. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Finish is clean and a tad on the dry side but refreshing.

Overall:
This might be one of the best (if not the best) black IPA I've had the pleasure of enjoying. Easy to drink and enjoy, and welcoming to those who would rather not drink a hoppy beer. This is a must have and will hopefully become a regular in the He'Brew stable!

alphagnome, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tdm168, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

joeponte, Nov 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

socon67, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

cjgator3, Mar 24, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Tarheel219, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hessian257, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BigJim5021, Jan 05, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%

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

russpowell, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Kegatron, May 23, 2014
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He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.