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He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer

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Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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, #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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2074) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2016
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2300) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
O M G ! ! ! This is awesome!!! Poured out near zero head. Scents processed in tiny walnut sized brain: pine, chocolate possibly containing cherries, apricot, caramel, slight roast strength, slighter coffee, tang crystals <--- yes!!! Does Tang even exist anymore? I used to go into the trailer while camping and eat entire powder packages. It’s probably the main reason I’m so strange - most certainly wasn’t all that acid. Pretty sure this is the main characteristic that has so enthralled me to this aroma. The taste is also super skookum. Sizeable citrus and pine, caramel, lemon, dry stout dryness, hints of coffee, ample permanent bitterness, mellow roast with a not so mellow bite, red licorice, ashy finish is great. Sticky, sweet and smooth. Wonderful.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2016
Pours a deep dark browncolor. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready maltsy tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (1055) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2016
It pours fairly dark brown with a light brown head. It has the aroma of roasted malts, pine, and a bit of chocolate. It has flavors of roasted malts with pine hops in the balance and a touch of chocolate.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bnokk (447) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2016
APPEARANCE- looks like a funeral in a glass: black bottom, white lacey top... I hope I get the invite. NOSE- Moatly caramely malt scents. Not much hop comes through in the scent. FLAVOR- light body, feels thin on the tongue. Carmel and roastiness is present, and hop bitterness comes in at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2016
Aroma of pine/evergreen, roasted malt, char/ash; near black in color, large khaki head; black licorice, molasses/sulphur, resiny hops, dry, roasted malt, good amount of bitterness, ashy finish; medium body, quite smooth and silky despite the carbonation; this beer is like liquid ashes with more appeal, pairs really well with sponge candy from Western NY.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ffbot (324) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Smell is sweet yet hoppy: licorice, pine, hops, black rice, fresh dough, slight spice, and cookies. pour is a luminescent black brown with a retaining creamy head. taste is hoppy spice, citrus stabs, deep soy sauce and bitter brown sugar, and toasted bread. Long bitter, drying palate. Oh god, give me more

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7069) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2016
12oz bottle. Poured a pretty dark brown color, with a light tan head. Aroma was earthy hops, lots of roasted malts. Light chocolate. Flavor was light floral notes, lots of herbal, earthy notes. Touch boozy. Okay, actually liked it better than the Stone Enjoy By Black IPA, so there’s that at least.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1195) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ByTheirLimpin (269) - 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.


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