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He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (2117) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2014
22 oz bottle from Bergen Park Liquors into a pint glass. Black appearance with a lasting light brown head and thick lacing. Aroma of bitter chocolate, rich dark malts, pine, coffee, earthy hops, roast, light bread and a touch of spice. Similar flavor, rich and dark with medium bitterness and mild sweetness. Medium body, pretty creamy and smooth, nicely balanced with a lasting finish. Pretty good BIPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strongpieman (1480) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Draft. Moderate light roasted aroma. Medium to full body, tall tan head, approaching a porter in many ways. Very good overall

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (531) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours a dark black with light brown head. A citrus hop and pine aroma. A brief citrus hop bomb to start followed by strong coffee, chocolate, and some malts. A mixed lingering taste of bitter hops and coffee.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bomber from Costco, Oak Brook! Nice hoppy smell right under the cap, Pours a brown head that looks like it came off a stout, but it’s much thicker. Funerary Black beer underneath. Taste is mildly hoppy, with some graininess from whatever the different malts are. But its a nice combination, with the alcohol waiting respectably in the background, and a more balanced beer than the usual hophead’s delight. Feels like it’s sessionable, maybe with a bomber it’s more for sharing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2763) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Dark cola brown color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of coffee, nuts, and pine. Roasted malt, coffee, pine, and caramel flavor. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smboselli (91) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Solid black IPA, my first of the summer. A little tough on the mouth but full of flavor... Enjoy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roxtersoxter (300) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Pours very dark brown with medium tan head out of bottle. The first thing that hit me was the malt aroma. Very smooth aroma of nuts, burnt sugar, and coffee with a hint of hops. Very smooth flavor of roasted nuts, coffee, and hops. Very well balanced beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRatKing (114) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
I’ve been wanting to try a He’brew for a long time, and my store finally got one in. This pours a stout-like black with a generous tan head that seems to be in no hurry to go anywhere. Nose is big on the hops with a little bit of tasty notes. Flavour hits likewise, with big resiny goodness. Some aftertaste of bitter coffee from the dark malts. Very good dark beer, highly recommend to anyone into hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtdewa1 (302) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle. black pour thin head. Typical black ipa. Roadted malts, some hops and maybe a hint of coffee. Very smooth start to finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (939) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bomber @ home. Good beer, not necessarily worth a special release. I find a lot of black IPAs fall into a pretty standard mold, and this one is no exception. Very standard black pour with a large foamy tan head. Very good smell, aromatic and pleasant. The taste is pretty standard but strong, lots of toast, roast, and hop backbone. No complaints, but I think the style limits the exceptional in favor of the predictable. I got it for a good price, no regrets!


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