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He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer

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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1118) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Poured from bottle. Aroma of toasted malt, hops and chocolate ice cream. Appearance is jet black with persistent head and lacing. Tasting toasted malt, cocoa, a mix of pine, citrus and grassy hops, caramel, licorice, coffee. Palate is oddly smooth for something called IPA, but the malt and other flavors give this excellent balance. Overall, an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ByTheirLimpin (104) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Four pack from the brewery. Poured to a pilsner. Clear black rosy with a little amber. Surprising thick head sticks around. Nose was a little lacking...definitely roasted malt profiles coming off the top. And, the malts are all over the first taste. Little char in there. A little hop offset, but the grains take the day. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1879) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Bomber split six ways courtesy of Rob G., who received this from his father-in-law. Aroma: Moderate roasted/charred malts and light dark cacao with a touch of citrus personality. Appearance: Poured a solid black with soft carbonation supporting a light tan ring of head. Flavor: Dark malts up front with more citrus as this develops; citrus never comes out to an IPA level, and the beer finishes with a ashy, dry bitterness. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Not sure of the age of the bottle (couldn’t find a date) but I can imagine that this is a pretty good Black IPA when fresh. Enjoyable enough as-is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Orange peel, coriander, and dry hay on the nose. Dry palate, but long, with a finish of oats and cereal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1956) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Pours a half finger of head on a black body. The aroma is rich roasted malt, dark candy and molasses. The taste has a strong coffee and pine bitterness throughout, a touch of cocoa for sweet, roasted malt. The texture is thicker. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
brucebruce81 (345) - Wyoming, USA - DEC 30, 2015
This was a very nice and smooth beer it was dark and had a great frothy foam head that held so tight! I really loved this beer and would recommend this to my friends and family! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (10329) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2015
355ml bottle. Dark brown pour. This is a crummy brew. MAlty and herbal aroma, flavor is dirt, malt, burnt ash, just utter crap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1869) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2015
With Z, sharing a bomber on Christmas night, pours a pitch black pour with a small Java head. Nose is deep citrus with pine and resin with a touch of chocolate . Taste is more malt and chocolate ....and sweet. Finishes sweetly with a malty and chocolate long ending . Quaff Score 7 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zgaier (1798) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bomber. Pours black with a brown head and aroma of roasted malt and citrusy notes. Taste is of hops, citrus, pine, roasted malt, and chocolate notes coming through into the bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DWestrick (557) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2015
bottle. pretty tame and underwhelming black ipa. wanted to like this but very bland

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