He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kendo:
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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4.21/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Such contradiction in a glass. Is it pale? Is it black? Can it be both? Is it bright and zesty? Is it robust and deviant? Sure! Wait, what?
Celebrating the turn from "contract" brewer to brick and mortar, the Death of a Contract Brewer puts their old business plan underground as it's draped in a dark austerer. Ominous in its appearance and largely opaque from its haze and hue, the ale is topped with a creamy meringue of mocha froth- both showing strong persistence and trickling with lace in the beer's wake. It seems to be built for the grim reaper.
However a lift to the nose reveals something else. As if emerging from a cocoon, aromas of citrus and tropical waft about giving a lighter tone to the experience. Its floral bouquet is propped up with the expected hints of cocoa, toast and coffee but while keeping the IPA notions front and center. A quick element of campfire and burnt embers rise as the the first sip draws near.
Its sweeter tone coaxes the taste buds with supple toffee and burnt caramel. A backbone of toast, bitter chocolate and coffee offers the ale a glimpse into the world of porter, but the middle brightens up considerably. Juicy flavors of red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit and mango leap out with any given sip. The ripeness of the fruit flavored hops develops nicely into a softly resinous finish with smooth lingering bitterness. Where the hop bitterness tops out, the ale further relies upon the coffee-type bitterness that seems to exacerbate its hoppiness in finish.
Its tactile sensations are equally as complex as the beer's early sweetness proves to be fast-fleeting as the beer's ample carbonation dissolves its access sugar upon contact. What's left is a dry-malt backbone that carries the beer across the palate and closes with peppery warmth and mild roast-derived bite.
This is the perfect ale for turning a corner- it formally buries the limitations of yesterday and signaling a new step toward promise, dedication and the impossible. Well done Shmaltz Brewing Company!
Serving type: on-tap
02-17-2014 16:06:36 | More by BEERchitect
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
poured from "bomber" bottle into a balloon glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a relatively short head of tan foam.
Aroma-A surprising but certainly welcome whiff of piney hops and some dark malt notes
Taste-Dark, toasted malt, piney hops, white grapefruit rind bitterness that rides to the finish. A nicely hoppy black ale that drinks like a black IPA. Hopheads, enjoy!
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 21:22:49 | More by hosehead83
He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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