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

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3.85/5
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447 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#18,181
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
447
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
79
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 447 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of Specules
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm more of a Black, Imperial, and English IPAs these days and this one really hits the spot.
Interesting licorice, sweet & bitter chocolate, peroxide/alcoholic burn on the nose and taste.
Taste is a good balance of the 7 malts and hops.
Would love to see this one barrel-aged.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Death by has a medium beige head, a dark brown, nearly black, appearance, with brown highlights and a bit of glass lacing. Aroma is of dark bread crust, and the flavor is of sweet, dark malts, mild chocolate, and a touch of hop & acrid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Death by finishes medium dry.

RJT

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Philcassella
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothmanscott
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear very dark brown (bordering on black until you shine a light into it) producing 2+ fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, tan head that leaves a beautiful wash of dense, patchy lace. Aroma is floral, grapefruit & pine with a note of deep roast intermingled with burnt hints caramel, molasses & faint coffee. Taste is grapefruit hoppy with only hints of floral and pine, malts are roast, dark bread & char infused with mix of caramel, molasses & a little coffee, again with a burnt note that is stronger than in the nose. Bitter throughout the sip but strongest at mid-sip where it becomes more pine dominant backed up by citrus which is complemented in the finish by smoke & burnt malts becoming a hop bitter/burnt malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation, astringent especially in the aftertaste, silky but not smooth, slightly chewy & prickly on the tongue.

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Photo of h4ger
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobert84
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent beer. A little to much of the cocoa taste, but smooth nonetheless.

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Photo of Steve78
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spelingchampeon
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Preface: I originally reviewed this beer in May 2016 ..without commenting. It was at the beginning of my venture into 'anything' IPA. This is an updated rating.

Poured into a 20 oz stout glass.. dark, with a tad light sneaking through. I get a little chocolate, some roasted malts, rye... and a flavor that I can't identify during my pour, sip, swill, or finish. I'm not experienced enough to pick it out yet.. but it's not off-putting.

Taste has a nice balance of malt and (not too) bitter hops, without anything overpowering my taste buds. MF a good mixture of smooth with a little late bite, but not bad enough to deter from the overall experience.

While not a great beer, it is a very good beer, I am glad this beer is available locally now, at multiple places!

Postface: I revisited DOACB because I thought I hadn't given it a fair and objective review last year. I was right.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate color with a little tan head. Nose coffee, roasted malt, caramel, a little citrus. Taste of cocoa, cinnamon, hops, roast, lemon. Cocoa finish that lingers. Not what I expected but s decent beer nor the less.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boto
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bomber: This one pours an opaque, very dark brown color. There was a small tan head that doesn’t linger long but does leave some lacing. Good nose. Roasted malts, citrus hops, lighter pine and faint coffee. The taste is very good. Just a bit of coffee and bitterness up front. Pine, roast, maybe some nuttiness. A good beer.

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Photo of AD17
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black body with one-finger head that left a bit of lace. The aroma struck me at first as oily, bitter hops, but then the aromas of burnt, roasted malts overpower this. Just like the aroma, this beer has notes of hops, mostly oily/piney/bitter that you can taste but the roasted, possibly burnt malts (there that strong), malt presence is overpowering. Lack of balance and too strong malt presence make this a black IPA that I prefer not to have again as there is a lack of a substantial hop presence.

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Photo of bluehende
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brian44556
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip. No date on the bottle.

Pours a deep black with a chocolatey head. Great head retention with thick, sticky lacing. Strong notes of roasted malts, light licorice, and a touch of hops. Let this one warm up to about 55 degrees to get the full flavor profile. Malty roast combined with bitter citrus from the hops highlights the taste. Also a bit of toffee and chocolate mixed in there. Full bodied and excellent feel. Nice crisp finish. Black IPA being my favorite style, I tend to be a bit more critical when reviewing, but this is a well made beer and a great example of the style.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBGordon
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 447 ratings