He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kendo:
3.96/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-25-2013 01:44:19 | More by Kendo
More User Reviews:
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.
01-18-2014 23:22:07 | More by oberon
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.
04-09-2014 04:44:50 | More by Beaver13
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.
12-07-2013 08:09:40 | More by MattyG85
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!
02-04-2014 04:38:43 | More by biboergosum
4.26/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
A healthy dose of earthy and piney hops wrapped in a blanket of roasted, semi-sweet malts. It's simple, but fantastic.
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.
Surprisingly smooth for an IPA. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Finish is clean and a tad on the dry side but refreshing.
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!
05-13-2014 21:37:39 | More by alphagnome
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
06-24-2014 05:20:52 | More by russpowell
He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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