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

He'Brew Death Of A Contract BrewerHe'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

141 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 141
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%


Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kendo on 10-25-2013)
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Kendo

New York

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bomber's been sitting in my beer fridge for at least a couple weeks (I bought it at Westmere Beverage); surprised to see it hasn't been added here on BA, as my understanding - from local news outlets - is that this was released when Shmaltz opened their local Clifton Park brewery this summer. Hence the name: Shmaltz is not a contract brewer anymore (at least, not solely a contract brewer), and they brewed (and named) this beer in celebration thereof. OK, enough of my yapping - on to the beer. . . .

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a 1.5-finger light-brown head that retains well, leaving behind a nice thick curtain of lace.

S: Very pleasant for this style: a modest amount of roastiness is followed by a heavy dose of hops - piney, citrusy hops. Some earthiness as well.

T: FIrst impression: the mouthfeel is too thin and the carbonation too active. However, once I get past that and a couple sips in, I can focus on the flavors. There's a heavy impression of burnt toast, burnt coffee, charcoal and a lingering taste of ash. There is also a pronounced hop juiciness that provides an offset or some balance to the burnt/char/roasty flavors. At times I get some sweetness underneath it all as well - some cocoa powder and molasses is noted. Interestingly, I don't get a sense of the (7% ABV) alcohol at all.

M: As noted above, it seems thin to me and the carbonation, while fine, is somewhat over-active.

O: Not bad, not great. I was hoping for better - I love this style when done right - but I'm not entirely disappointed and am having no problem putting down this bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:44:19 | More by Kendo
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He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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