RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RevBFG (76) - - 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.

JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Aromas of urinal cake. Not sure what it is with most Black IPA. But the scent is nothing I typically enjoy, thus making the whole brew less than enjoyable. 12/13

sloth (2906) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Black colored brew with a small tight, tan head, fair retention and lacing. Nose of light roast and pine. Medium bodied with a soft carbo, hint oily, ash,ey. Lil chocolate and roast with decent piney flavors. Dry, slightly roasty finish with a nice bite. Bottle from coldbrewky,,, i think? Thanks Stevely!

sinfull (1660) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Dark, brown color. One finger thick , beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and grapefruit. Same notes in taste with hint of coffee.Hoppy, bitter finish.

Bif (2246) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2016
On tap. Pours a black color with a thick head and some lacing. Aroma of pine, citrus with malt sweetness. Taste of Citrus, caramel bit of roasted malt, with bit of coffee. Nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body and somewhat creamy.

chinchill (5025) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2016
12 oz bottle of "Death Hoppy Black Ale" at 7% ABV. Pours near black with ruby edges. The body is topped by a large, tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma: a bit medicinal with hints of raisins and pine. Flavor: similar, but with more suggestion of some contamination and wet leather. Hoppy, as promised.

SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Had twice. These twats changed the name so I had to drink this twice. Burnt oats and plastic from a smashed tv remote. Dried burnt grass on the end. Decent mouth, quicker finish .. . . Stop, do not eat that bomb!

trapped (3150) - New York, TURKEY - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear reddish brown with small foamy beige head, faint citrus aroma, medium carbonation, bitter caramel/hops taste, thin body, long bitter finish. Hoppy and bitter.

Cajun (534) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle - Pours black with a soapy tan head, Floral aroma; fruity; citrus; pancake. Complex flavors of sour dough bread, citrus, coffee, refrigerated flowers, fruit, bitter bakers chocolate aftertaste.

malrubius (2902) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle -- Death by Shmatlz -- from Meditrina. Dark dark brown with lasting head and lace. Spicy citrus and leafy hop aroma with with some coffee chocolate and light fig. COffee chocolate fig sweetness with mouth coating leafy floral woody spicy hop flavor and mild bitterness. Medium body very creamy. Very good.

WillRunForBeer (2652) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2016
12oz bottle from CBC. Labeled as Shmaltz Death by Shmaltz Black Ale. Clearly the same brew, down to the brewer’s description. Pours coca cola brown with a big beige head. Aroma is dark malt, grass, grapefruit. Flavor is caramel, unsweet chocolate, overextracted coffee. Grapefruit peel and pith bitterness in the finish.

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