He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pintofbrown:
3.46/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Had in a tulip. 2013 vintage.
Pouring this beer out hard results in a roiling, tempestuous over-flow of mocha-colored foam, the cap eventually settles down to about two-fingers in width, very good retention and thick sheet lace. What a wonderful, Stygian-black body!
The dank hop profile on the nose and the roasted malt do not work very well together. The aromas are too vegetal and spicy. It reminds one of green peppers, dirt, and rye bread.
The flavors are intense! The malt is more apparent at first and taste vaguely of smoked meats. There is a quick note of tropical fruitiness, a little grapefruit, then back to a strong ashy and roasty malt on the finish. The hop bite on the finish is very much reminiscent of resin, with a burnt brown sugar flavor. Even after warming and waiting for the palate to adjust, this array of flavors is incredibly intense, almost too much.
The feel of this beer is, of course, dry. The big ashy and bitter finish sees to that. There is a very nice heft and creaminess in the beer, though.
Death of a Contract Brewer is a bombastic black IPA that makes no apologies for not only being a very bitter beer, but also having an insanely roasted malt bill. This combo makes for a trying beer experience. Even beer drinkers that enjoy smoked malts with a meaty edge may find this one hard to put down.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 08:04:07 | More by Pintofbrown
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3.71/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to a bright light amber brown hues are visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a few bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of burnt and roasted malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts out with lots of flavors of roasted malts and has a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness and associated flavors of pine resin and citrus. A noticeable amount of underlying malt flavors is also noticeable in the background.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Black IPA has nice flavors of burnt and roasted malts but seemed like it could have had a little more in the way of bitterness and crispness from the hops.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 02:13:16 | More by metter98
3.06/5 rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
12oz bottle as part of mixed 8 pack. Brewed with specialty 2-row, Munich, wheat, crystal rye, chocolate, pale chocolate and kiln coffee malts. Hopped with cascade, citra, summit, crystal, amarillo, ahtanum and chinook. 7% ABV.
Pours out to a clear near black. Popping the cap releases a very brisk Psssht. Carbonation is moderately strong, ~3.0 carbs, forming a ever growing, voluminous light tan soapy head with superior retention and solid lacing. The aroma is interesting. Tropical fruit hops notes like mango, pineapple with some pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is sharp and biting from the roast malts and the hops, with a medium body. Taste opens with a blast of the hops, followed by coffee and LOTS of roast malt...a bit much for my liking. Very bracing and aggressive. The bitterness is very firm and frankly too much for me. Tons of hops throughout and into the finish and lingering forever in a puckering bitter aftertaste.
Not my cup of tea. This is a well-brewed beer, but it's the least enjoyable beer I think I've had from Shmaltz. I wouldn't recommend it, nor would I ever want to buy this again.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 03:35:07 | More by Mitchster
He'Brew Death Of A Contract Brewer from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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