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RATINGS: 201   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


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RevBFG (59) - - MAY 5, 2014
On draft at Yard House. Pours a dense black. Aroma is hops and malt. Taste comes in the opposite order -- malt comes first with a long, strong hoppy finish. Comparable to the Wookie Jack, though not quite as good.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle share. This is a dark, good beer. Like 75 typed review characters good. With a long dry finish from sweeeeet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3531) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours very dark brown that is transparent along the edges, with a large light brown that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and laced the glass well. Very pleasant aroma of sweet malt with pine and a few notes of molasses. The flavor is malt minus the sweetness in the aroma, but with some very light toast, followed by some moderate pine bitterness. Some mild toast and lingering bitterness lingers on the palate after the swallow. Medium bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (1460) - Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle - big foamy tan colored head, pitch black color, big grapefruit hop aroma and flavor, good sweet toasty balance, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
miyauchi38 (353) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2014
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6953) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2014
On tap at Yardhouse SLP. Pours near black with a dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has sweet dark grains with a bit of roasted malt and a good amount of pine. Flavor is much more pine forward backed by roasted malts and dark grains.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (572) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Very nice floral hop aroma almost some citrusy tropical hops in there as well. Some roasted malt as well but hops dominate. Great aroma. Roasted malt comes through the flavor and dominates the taste. Cocoa taste in there as well. Bitter almost dry finish, especially for how malty and strong it is. Well balanced. Very well made and all around a very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2065) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Opaque, black-brown with a 1-finger tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of citrus, roasted malt, pineapple and a touch of chocolate. Taste of chocolate, citrus, roasted malt, pine and some floral hops. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cstuartj (1002) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle, pours a copper highlighted brown with a big head and lots of lacing. Very clean nose, crisp hops and malt and roasted grains. Attack is balanced, hops and roast, very clean, drinkable over long sessions.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kathouse (1105) - Nevada, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Deep brown and light tan foam. Medicinal and pine aroma. Heavy bitterness and black malt flavors. Lingers long in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erzengel (3543) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2014
Many thanks to Chris for getting this bottle for me! Smooth malty-fresh, nice roast with fresh floral hops. Great smooth and bitter roasted. The aftertaste is nice floral fresh, bitter roasted, long-intense-roasted-floral. Great and nice dry for the 7%!


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