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He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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, #7 on Elway & Tiny Archibald. George Castanza yearned to name his firstborn, “7” as a living tribute to #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 #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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (2009) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Expectation: love BIPAs but brewer provides hit or miss beers
Motivation: it was on sale for $2.99 w00t!
Hardware: bomber (7-7-2013???) into Le Duvel
Nose: great from a foot away, but up close it smells like river water with beer ingredients such as roasted caramel and pine.
Sip: coffee, spruce and more of that off-putting whatever it is
Taste: complex bitterness despite the off aromas.
Conclusion: gets better as it warms. Let’s call this a miss - perhaps the sale is a clue that these weren’t properly stored. who knows?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2014
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of fruity tropical hops, and light coffee roast. Flavor roast was subdued, decent citrus hop character with only mild roast, but enough to know its a black ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Obvious black body with a small off white head. Aroma of coffee beans and some floral hops. Coffee and bitter hops in the taste. The body was a little thin, but overall nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1547) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Pour from Pgh beer fest. Dark brown black pour with an off white head. Aroma of citrus and pine, tangerine. Taste is bitter up front with a toasty finishing flavor like coffee. Medium light body. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2319) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with a decent layer of tan head foam that diminished gradually to a persistent ring & film, leaving some waves & spots of lacing. The nose’s intro included a touch of earthiness & meatiness, almost as jerky, then some smoke, treacle, and a little baker’s chocolate on the back. Medium bodied, with some spritz to the carbonation, the mouthfeel incorporated a light silkiness, as the taste offered medium, earthy, hop bitterness, with some smoky astringency & dryness to the finish. An interesting, pyre? slant on a Black IPA, with nice complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5657) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bomber. Black body with tan head. Nice citrusy, pine, dark chocolate, black malt aromas. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Big pine, citrusy hoppy flavors with dark chocolate, black malt, caramel___drying finish---good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (145) - CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
Pours a deep cola brown with two fingers of fluffy light tan head, good retention, and sticky moderate lacing. Nose is light, with resiny hops, faint fruit and bitter chocolate. Taste is light floral and grassy hops, and citrus, with a bitter finish. Mouth feel is medium to light, with low carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. I... Dunno. To the extent there’s any dark or roasty aspect to this, it feels a little unbalanced. Both the nose and the flavour feel like they’re predominantly IPA, with the "black" tacked on after the fact. It’s a decent enough IPA, but I’m not convinced it’s a "black IPA" in anything but colour. That being said, I feel like I’m damning it with faint praise - it’s certainly a decent enough IPA all on its own. I just can’t shake the feeling that this is a bit of a bandwagon black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
runaway (33) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2014
22 pours dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma is hops hops hops. Taste is bitter burnt malts, grapefruit citrus, and smoky hops.The bitterness fades as the beer warms up. Palate was smooth, finish is ashy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8406) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
A very well balanced black IPA and so drinkable and satisfying. Black with head, a good roast aroma. Good hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2062) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle from Wegmans KOP. Poursdark brown, nearly black with a medium sized brown head that dissipates pretty quick. The aroma is roasted malt, some cocoa. The taste is pretty darn bitter, roasted malt. Simple yet really enjoyable. There is just enough roasty character to make this a good blend and plenty of hop presence. Well done.

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