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
Jrwhitney6 (346) - - MAR 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown (cola color) with light brown head. Nose of citrus and roasted malt. Taste is similar - some hops up front, with a fair amount of roasted malt on the back end and lingering bitterness. It's good - but well short of great.
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dyetube (1247) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours black with a thin khaki head. The aromas are roasted malts, citrus. The mouthfeel is dry, roasty and bitter with a heavy body and good carbonation. Well crafted! Cheers!
undsioux7 (827) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A really nice black ipa that doesnt overdoo the malts. Its really smooth with a nice pine and citrus hop. Could use a touch more biterness.
jeffbigD (89) - - FEB 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour minimum head and very dark. A nice fruit taste with chocolate undertones. Slight undertones of grain.
Beergeek23322 (2589) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/7/2015. 22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with dark fruit and spices. Light boozy flavors, lots of malt and hops. Very nice balance.
rubbishystuff (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the Hanukkah pack.Not bad, I’m not always a fan of black IPAs as they often seem to not come together well but this did OK. Serving: Bottle
AbbeyRoade (437) - Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice malty brown chocolate flavor. Not really hoppy or bitter but slightly so. Nice black ipa overall.
Lagerboy (1446) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Ruby hued clear deep dark brown, darker tan foam settles and mostly lasts. Pungent aroma of dark roasted malt, citrusy coniferous hop, earthy caramel. Taste is bold dark roasty c-malt, piney, citrusy and woody, hints of chocolate and coffee. Average carbonation, medium-full bodied, well hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
JanosX (22) - - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great molasses & toffee aroma. Flavour nicely complex and takes you on a journey of those same flavours. But all the while maintaining a refreshing, lime like quality throughout.
dmac (4444) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2oz bomber from Jonathan Ron Rio Grande. Pourer a deep pitch black body under a smaller foamy light beige head. Aroma is really good, notes of lightly roasted pineapple, some campfire wood, burnt toast and dark malts,hint of bunt fruit and some wood and earth. Body is full, stronger carbonation and a lingering aftertaste. Flavor is like the aroma but a slight touch lighter,dark toast, dark roasted chocolates, burnt fruit, burnt paper. Overall good stuff.
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