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He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17) - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 7
Gots: 59 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBrewo on 11-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

How could we hope to top last year’s Jewbelation Sweet 16 with its cupcakes, unicorns, & Satan’s Ferrari birthday cake? massive challenge. So for Year 17, we threw in a whole new dimension to our shtick – we built our very own brewery! After 17 years of contract brewing, our first Shmaltz Clifton Park batch emerged 17 months after the first draft of the business plan. Coincidence? Renaissance means “Re-birth” in French & Italian. In Buddhism, the concept does not truly translate as “reincarnation” but instead as “becoming,” or a “stream of consciousness.” 11 syllables structure a haiku. Shakespeare penned 17 comedies. In The Simpsons episode “Duffness” Homer sings “When I was 17″ about buying his first beer with a fake I.D. “I drank some very good beer. I stayed up listening to Queen, When I was 17.” In The Office, Dwight recites Rule 17 that all Schrute boys must learn: “Don’t turn your back on bears, men you have wronged, or the dominant turkey during mating season.” Knowledge and growth come in many forms. It is taught that Nirvana is only attained when the soul transcends cycles of rebirth. Looks like Shmaltz just isn’t there yet. So with 17 malts, 17 hops, and 17% ABV, JEWBEL4TIONREBORN serves as another mark of our death as a contract brewer and proof of our conversion to a new life as brewery owner…… L’Chaim!!!
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Photo of NoseOverTail
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Excellent bottle. Has a strong cherry/dark chocolate taste which I'm not that into. Strong beer so a bomber should be split between a friend or two or four. I had Jewbalation for the first time in Boston for Beer fest back in 2008 (sponsored by BeerAdvocate). At that time it was my favorite beer until now. Wasn't impressed. Hopefully in a few months when Jewbalation 18 is on the shelves it will be better. I feel like the 17% abv is a little overboard for beer, but hey, I'm no expert.

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this cellared bottle at the Dusty Sheep in Lancaster, enjoyed in a tulip chilled.

The color is brown almost black with thin tan head with fine bead and little spots of lace collect. The smell is strong with booze and light roasted aroma with subtle dark cocoa and slight brown sugar with earthy woody nose. The feel has an intense booziness with medium high carbonation and light roasted with dry finish and slight thick feel with mild bitter aspect in the finish.

The taste has intensity in every way with light brown maltiness in a roast quality with slight piney hop and some strong alcohol mid palate with light spice and some hop flavor mid palate which brings pepper and the malt continues into the finish with a rich roasted and light raisin flavor with alcohol in the residual taste. Overall a better taste than feel and aroma therefore I enjoyed it as a good strong ale with nice herbal hop in the finish.

Photo of philbe311
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly more than a fingers worth of late to develop audibly fizzy medium brown colored crisp frothiness... Decent retention... The head turns richer and creamier as it settles a bit... Once fully settled there is a mostly fully thin veil of lacing and thin to moderate collar... Aubergine in color... Limited carbonation which is micro-sized an quite sluggish and can only be seen towards the top of the glass... A rich, deep and complex aroma... Dark fruit... Grape juice... Brown sugar... A light layer of hopiness lingers beneath the surface... A hint of molasses... Given the high 17% ABV, there is no booziness detected on the nose... The bouquet is spot on for the style... Dark fruit... Raisins... Dates... Cherries... Plums... Brown sugar... Light hints of vanilla and molasses... There is a subtle red wine tannin character through out... Thick... Viscous... Chewy... Surprisingly smooth... A light boozy burn on the deep finish... A sipper for sure... Much more well rounded and sophisticated than I had expected... No disrespect to He'brew, but any time you combine 17 different hop and 17 different malt varieties, the potential exists for a hot mess, but He'brew pulls this one of exquisitely... This one ends up being a rock solid and world class American (Very) Strong Ale... Shalom...

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple last year. Loved it and finally getting around to the 2nd.
look: Very dark crimson. Huge mocha head on the pour, for such a big beer.
smell: Decadent dark fruit and caramel.
taste: More of the same. Just delicious, and rich.
overall: Guess i'm the minority in thinking this is an elite brew. Not sure if that means my palate sucks or the opposite :) In any case, loving this. The booze is there but well hidden for 17%. Kudos.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Have had this in the cellar for the past year, and didn't have the patience to let it sit any longer.

Pours with a surprising 1F of brown head over the thick, black body ... some mahogany on the edges.

Aromas are full of black strap molasses, lots of oak, tree bark, and some hops in the background.

Mouthfeel is of course very sticky, but with an impressive level of carbonation for this high ABV crusher. Flavors are dominated by charred wood (but different from Rauchbier), dark unsweetened chocolate, oak, molasses, and pumpernickel. Still pretty hot, but that's to be expected.

My goodness, this goes down slow. Probably a good thing.

Simply incredible what they did with this beer.

Photo of Mitchster
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as part of the 2013 Holiday gift pack. 17 malts, 17 hops, 17% ABV.

Brewed with 2-row, spelt, vienna, munich, rye, wheat, einkorn, emmer, chocolate, crystal rye, dark crystal, roasted barley, roasted wheat, flaked oats, caramunich 40, carapilsner and kiln amber.
Hopped with warrior, Columbus, Apollo, palisade, Golding, tettnang, ahtanum, cascade, Czech saaz, centennial, Chinook, santiam, simcoe, summit, Amarillo, citra, and crystal.

Pours out to an apparently clear near black with walnut highlights, forming a espresso crema head of medium tan with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is a little on the softer side, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose is of soy sauce, black walnut, dark molasses, chocolate syrup and fruity hops. The mouthfeel is syrupy, uber-dense, rich and oily. The taste is a recap of the aroma, however there is a pronounced woody note and more roast character than I picked up in the nose. The roast character is akin to that expected in a RIS, and it adds a moderate tartness to the mouthfeel (too much roasted malt and the tartness subtracts from the mouthfeel and drinkability for me). Brown sugar, pumpernickel crust, prune juice, dates and figs linger on the palette into the long aftertaste. Bitterness is moderate, enough to balance the huge malt bill nicely. The alcohol adds a peppery flourish to the finish, but is otherwise well hidden. Interesting cardamom note is barely perceptible. Very very subtle cardboard note but not enough to interfere or detract.

This is from the new Clifton park brewery and I'm happy to say, tastes just as good as all their other jewbelation beers. This beer is super-sturated and rich, demanding to be sipped over an hour. 1/2 bottle later and I'm feeling it. Yummy stuff.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, sweet, syrupy. This is some strong medicine. Splashed out 1/3 each for son-in-law, his dad and meself on Father's Day. Really packs a wallop. Very little head, but so many complex flavaz in there, smoky and lots of spice and fruit. Mouthfeel is great, like Robitussin with exactly the same effect.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, 2013 brewed

very dark brown, almost black in color with ruby highlights. thin khaki head that stays awhile. rich malty aroma, dark fruits, burnt sugar. similar in the taste, slightly sweet, also a bit earthy. fairly viscous, lower carbonation. coats the mouth.

overall - pretty damn smooth for a 17% abv beer. Hebrew does it again

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin film of brown foam that leaves slight lacing. Rich aroma of dark sweet caramel and toasted malt, vanilla, licorice, dark dried fruit, molasses, slight booziness. Flavor of molasses, sweet dark toasted malt, dark dried fruit, toffee with a rapidly developing hop and dry earthy bitterness, finishing with grassy hops and grain alcohol infused malt. Medium bodied with light carbonation. This starts out quite nicely, with a great complex aroma and initial taste, but falls apart in the end as the really substantial malt and flavor is defeated by the huge ABV. It is an interesting and satisfying strong ale, but shows the limits of pushing the proof boundaries. The base beer is nice, but one has to drink this very, very slowly and is left with a boozy after taste. I've enjoyed following this series from moderate ones through the latest incarnation; but wonder if Shmaltz can pull off the next few. They have done great and I hope for the best.

Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly pitch black in color with a small light tan head that eventually reduces to a small layer, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- lots of booze on the nose, some herbal hop notes, floral hop, sweet caramel malt, burnt brown sugar and toasted malt on the finish

T- big, sweet and boozy. Flavors are all over the place, picking up some floral and herbal hop, sweet caramel, brown sugar, booze and candied sugar

M- thick and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a sticky and chewy mouthfeel with a warm finish, lots of alcohol burn at the end

O- this one was a bit harsh, which was expected seeing how fresh it was. Some time in the cellar may mellow it out a bit, definitely one to share as drinking this on your own will put you on the floor

Photo of teromous
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Black body with a light tan head. Fluffy and creamy looking head. Good lacing.

S: Alcohol with a complement of caramel, in that direct order. Nothing else that I can discern. I'd say it smalls okay. It's not uninviting, it's just telling me "expect caramel and a lot of alcohol" and leaving it at that.

T: Wow very crazy rich. It's like drinking molasses, coffee, chocolate syrup (the ice-cream kind), and dare I say it bourbon. I find it pretty hilarious that I don't find any of this on the label. Huge bourbon flavor. Medium roasted coffee. Lots of rich dark chocolate. Insane flavor profile here. It tastes like unfermented beer. It's worth buying just to experience this flavor bomb. Not balanced at all, just a huge explosion of flavors. When I think of people going off the charts, trying to expand the limitless boundaries of what we call "American Strong Ale," this is exactly what I think of. Admittetly I am very impressed. I wasn't sure what to expect from a label that boasts "17 Malts, 17 Hops, 17% ALC. By Vol." I honestly was ready for it to be a mess, but approached it open-minded. As the beer warms, it lends flavors of oak to the palate.

M: Very full bodied, slick, sticky, syrupy. It's pretty hard to drink considering how thick this beer is, but it's so worth drinking. Absolutely a sipper. It's hard to rate it, because I can tell that the modus operandi of this beer is to be big and bold. I can't rate it perfect because it is very thick and syrupy, but it is a crazy wonderful feeling beer.

O: Well...I picked up this beer on a whim. I was not expecting how good this thing would be. I don't know if this is just one of the best secrets in the beer world or if it was just an amazing batch. This is the first beer I've had like this from the Shmaltz Brewery, but I will definitely be looking closer at them in the future. This beer is legendary.

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short dense dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing covering the surface, a patch of bubbles in the center, and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts, raisins, and toffee are present in the smell along with some hints of alcohol. The alcohol becomes much stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and also has some initial flavors of oak. Once the beer warms up, the taste of alcohol becomes a lot stronger and seems to overshadow the other flavors. Slight bits of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends some warming to the mouthfeel and makes your mouth tingle a little.
O: For such a strong beer, it manages to hide a decent portion of the alcohol, but only when the beer is cold (it definitely tastes strong, but nowhere near has the level where the alcohol is overwhelming and makes this undrinkable). The drinkability does deteriorate as the beer warms up and the alcohol become a lot more prominent.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one I stored in the wine chiller so it would be warmer and ready to drink like a proper ale.

This beer pours a rich deep black with a THICK tan to brown head that is more like a slice of bread in thickness than foam. The lacing doesn't exist because the head is so thick it pulls the foam down with it.

The nose is sweet malts, alcohol and hints of hops with notes of coriander, vanilla, fructose, and honey. The high alcohol content is there but surprisingly not a detractor from the nose.

The taste is rather complex with the dark roasted malts being dominant with hints of coffee and caramelized sugar. The beer is extremely fruity and sweet with the blend of 17 ops making their presence quickly known as well. One would expect that this beer would be somewhat off balanced, and have too many extremes due tot he incredibly large number of ingredients. The spiciness is an undertone that exists throughout that is slightly overburdened by the presence of the 17% alcohol. The sweetness is present int he beginning and the finish as well as being present when you lick your lips afterwards. The hops pop in the middle and are so complex I cannot distinguish them. Despite all of the allegedly distracting notes, excessive complexity and moonshine worthy alcohol content this beer is surprisingly subdued by the enormous amount of flavor.

The mouthfeel is very rich and heavy and coats the palate nicely.

Overall very drinkable and enjoyable but just too strong and heavy to be a regular in my fridge.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a rich dark brown color with a dense cap of creamy brown head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is huge on the malts and alcohol. Tons of roast, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit and sweet simple syrup.

Whoa, this is sweet - diabeetus sweet. Malts are the main player with lots of molasses and cocoa powder flavors. Alcohol is big, hops are surprisingly lacking. Mouthfeel is unsurprisingly thick and syrupy. I am not a fan, I thought 16 was ok, but this one is all over the place...maybe a couple years in the cellar will smooth it out.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark , brown, basically opaque. Looks stout-like. No head, really, and no lacing.

Smells boozy, with tons of burnt/caramelized brown sugar and molasses.

Tastes great- the aforementioned caramelized brown sugar, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, burning alcohol, and some musty, tea-like hops. Some dark fruits are present as well, plums mainly.

Full and creamy mouthfeel. Very present alcohol keeps the drinkability down a bit. Essentially no carbonation.

17% ABV here- 17 malts and 17 hops used. This is an extreme beer, and tastes like it. It ultimately works, but I can bet that this beer will really benefit from aging, up to 5, maybe even 10 years. Some time down will really mellow out the alcohol and bring the sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors even more to the forefront.

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, a frustratingly difficult offering to come by around here, as there are myriad (usually beyond weak-ass) stories abounding as to why different stores don't carry it. Meh, it was easier to get an over-pour of this at the GABF last year. M. Cowan missed a certain '17' reference in Winger's creepy ode to underage sexual allure. Hey, I have a certain impending feeling of getting worked over right now too.

This beer pours a solid, well, almost black, with prominent red cola highlights pervading, and three fingers of puffy, frothy, and tightly foamy tan head, which leaves but a small bit of low-lying, ebbing seawall lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of roasted, somewhat meaty caramel malt, chocolate liqueur, middling black fruit esters, treacle, brown sugar, sharp alcohol twinges, and musty earthy, leafy, and weedy hops. The taste is actually not quite as gag-inducing as I was expecting - sure it's strong, the heat really, really close to the surface, in the sense that a mere muscle tic in my throat might cause it to come spewing forth. Anyways, the flavour is replete with singed, dense caramel and bready malt, somewhat acrid black fruit flesh esters - prune, dried cherry, plum, and figs - strangely unsweet brown sugar, a hint of oily nuttiness, dry cocoa and coffee, drier tanned leather, overripe, kind of fermenting apples, musty licorice, and an ethereal earthy, weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty innocuous, barely even registering on the froth-o-meter, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, generally smooth, with that threatening booze informing just a little too much on any nascent creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the now meek-seeming malt ceding control to the chocolate and dark fruit cabal, while the alcohol hones its metallic edges.

For such a strong brew, the 34-proof booze is actually pretty well integrated, relatively speaking - any wines of comparable ABV are much more hot-tasting. That's not to say that it doesn't seem to be lurking around every corner - it surely is. Everything else is just subservient to that - the malt, the hops (all 17 of each), the fruitiness - it all comes off as pushed down, and somewhat dulled. Hmmm, not surprising, I suppose.

Photo of gcamparone
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 3F Teku glass.

A- Pours a deep brown, muddy body with a decent 2 finger light chocolate head that reduces slowly to leave blotchy lacing.

S- Lots going on here, smells very complex. Sweet caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee, slight booze, candied sugar.

T- Starts off with tons of sweet malt notes that really follow the nose - caramel, toffee, dark fruits, light coffee and chocolate notes.. the finish is roasty and slightly charred.

M- Thick, rich body, low carbonation.

This exceeded my expectations.. a very well crafted beer. Remind me of a heavy version of a Quad. Would never guess it was 17%

Photo of cjgiant
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a nice dark brown, with a decent amount of sustaining head. Unfortunately, to me, it's all downhill from there. I have actually enjoyed quite a few Shmaltz beers as I could find them in the past. I wondered how this would work given the 17s involved, but for me it didn't mainly because of one "17", listed under ABV.

The smell is sweetish and dark-fruit in nature. Fig more so than date, a bit of honey in the sweetness. Maybe some dark cherries in there. Not bad; I actually don't notice any alcohol.

The taste grabs a little of the smell, then smacks me with an alcohol astringent blast that never quite subsides. The latter feel actually comes more into line with what I would expect from a strong ale, but instead of accentuating the taste. it is a welcome relief from it.

There doesn't seem to be a lot of effort into building a taste profile to me. Seems like an experiment that falls well short.

Photo of whatthehull
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass

A - Dark sludgy dirty oil color. Pretty neat. half finger brown very dense head and some sugar lacing

S - malt-o-mania! Brown sugar, caramel, slight coffee note, banana, bourbon, vanilla, pine, vine ripened plum, coca, crazy hops going on, a bit of funk and just all around awesome! Bet this thing smelled great when brewing!

T - huge silky sweet booze not up front, plum, TONS of malts, a little toasty, tons of hops, pine, floral, fruity, molasses, cherry, coke, slight weed, bourbon vanilla, terrior, chard wood, milk chocolate, sweet Hawaiian bread, very yeasty and even the smell is dense.

M - HUGE full body, medium plus acidity, actually very nice balance, perfectly complex and the finish is amazing. SO many flavors colliding into a sweet, bitter, boozey awesomeness, funky yeast, cherry, coca cola, bit of weed oil,

D/O - Actually very drinkable. I mean, don't think I am grabbing a sixer (yes, I know they only come in 22oz) or hell even a 4 pack. But I found myself downing this thing. Lots of stuff going on, so much so, that it makes it perfect. A perfect storm of smells and flavors. Pretty neat. Need to pick up one to age.

Final thoughts - The price is huge $16 for a bottle. Pissed me off because Jewbelation used to be tasty and inexpensive. BUT, still worth it for sure. The 17% abv is nuts, hahaha.

Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 22/2/14

A dark cola liquid, almost black, much to my surprise there's plenty of foam that hangs around for a while leaving few random patches of lace, not bad for a monster, some wide legs and a little color left on the glass

S molasses and brown sugar, booze stings the nostrils, some chocolate, a little citrus and plum, very faint coffee, some spicy herbal notes I can't place, more booze, and a hint of pine and tobacco

T sugar coated raisins, brown sugars a little burnt, perhaps a hint of hazelnut, everything I smells still there, a fair bit going on but hard to pin point anything other then the booze and sugars

M thick, syrupy and very sticky, I should've shaved my beard to drink this stuff, I might need more then a facecloth to get the hairs unstuck, some bubbles would foam it up but you can't foam up syrup, hits my head and chest fairly hard

O fairly complex and I almost love it, I know its a monster but shes boozy and a little intimidating and will kick your ass

I'm curious where these anniversary brews are headed, I doubt I'll live to see it get to over-proof levels but I have to admit I'm looking forward to see where this ends up.

Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown, almost black. A ring and cirrus cloud shapes on the surface of tan foam.

Whilst there is a great character of sweet licorice, oak, and dark chocolate; the primary odor coming off of this is heavy fusel/paint thinner.

Mega huge. Way too much bite with the alcohol. Tastes like alcohol. Oh, and cheap brandy, anise, dark chocolate, paint thinner, and soy sauce. Not as sweet as the combination of the aforementioned ingredients. Light peatiness is great. Wish more of these flavors could be featured.

Hard to drink a 5 1/2 oz pour. That's saying something. Boozy, sticky, boozy, flat, and boozy.

Ridiculous beer. Nuff said.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a shmaltz glass.

dark brown pour , big beige head. smell is big on raisins and figs. taste is much like a Belgian strong .. dark fruits..figs, raisins, ABV absolutely undectable on the palate. but you can feel it in your stomach. big body of course but easy drinking for 17% . recommended.

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, to be honest, these Jewbelation series beers have been going downhill since 13, which was phenomenal. Now it just seems like too much of everything and becoming a mess. Plus they are so boozy they're hard to get down. But I still want to try them and see if any come close to how good 13 was, and it's a bit of a tradition to drink them during a big snow storm, or just before it, since it will help warm (started by helping to warm when we lost power during a snow storm).

Pours a small mocha colored fizzy head that fades semi quickly, very little lacing, but nice legs on the sides of the glass, typical everything for this high abv, super dark molasses brown color with small hints of ruby coming through.

Nose also goes all over the place like ti can't figure out what it wants to do, a hint of cocoa and mocha flash through, then quickly into raisin and brandy soaked prunes, varying levels of caramel, mostly dark caramel and molasses, little dusty cocoa, hint of a roast and coffee, creamy oats with teh dark chocolate, biscuit, toffee, and even a little biscotti almond aromas. Some booze poking through, perhaps fusel, but not as bad as it should be. Actually the nose does have a lot to it, but not as crazy and messy as the last couple Jewbelations. It's actually not bad. I wonder if they finally got a hold on the various malts and got them to harmonize a bit.

Taste starts very sweet, like a Southern Tier stout sweet, big sweet malts, candy covered with more candy and candybar. Plenty of malts again too, and booze, which comes on hot and tingly, a little fusel but not too bad. Malts bring a lot of different flavors again, at least somewhat harmonized again, starting with teh caramel, many various levels of caramel and caramelized sugars, into molasses, and a nice toffee, then a bit of a almond nutty biscotti again. A mild cocoa and dark chocolate, as well as some creamy oats and milk chocolate, touch mocha and coffee but a light coffee. Malts also have a hint of biscuit and toasty grain, little candy cookie, a very mild raisin and alcohol infused date. A bit syrupy but not too much, and really really sweet still. Finish is sticky sweet, it attempts to dry but not much so, little syrupy still, mild creamy, and bit more fusel booze but not a ton, lots more of the varying malts again.

Mouth is full bod, syrupy, thick, little prickly small bubbled carbonation, plenty of fusel alcohol.

Overall not bad, lots of malts that tend to go everywhere again, but not too crazy and they seem to go well together a bit, lots of malts that are pretty good, a bit too sweet and syrupy, but doesn't go too crazy, booze is quite strong too, but not overbearing. I can drink this, and it will help with the impending doom of the snow storm.

Photo of Joshpu
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured an opaque, very dark brown, nearly black. No head.

S: Sweet boozy. There is a sweet candy smell. There's just so much in this beer its hard to really distinguish anything, just smells like a sweet malt bomb.

T: Crazy sweet, nearly cloyingly sweet. It really just tastes like syrup with added sugar, tons of brown sugar. Molasses. Slight coffee. Maybe some fruit coming through?

M: Full bodied. Sticky syrupy mouth feel. For 17%, the alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall this was in between good and okay. It's just too sweet for me. To begin with, I don't really enjoy malt bombs. The alcohol is there, but its hidden fairly well. It actually started to grow on me as it warmed.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body, almost black, with two finger head and lace patches all over. A slightly boozy malt driven aroma with touches of bread, sweetness thanks to chocolate and possibly toffee and some dark fruits (your requisite figs and plums reference). I can see where this beer is not for everyone because while not overpowering the booze is noticeable and plays a part in this beer. I occasionally love sipping on a good whiskey or scotch (they are different) and this beer reminded me of that, just "nursing" it and enjoying little packets of sweet flavor in every sip (I must say I eventually finished the bomber, on my own, and the alcohol doesn't gain more prominence as beer warms but the sweet malts do, although after the bomber I was done for the night). This beer is thick, at times sticky, passes over easy w/o burn and has a slightly hoppy bitter finish that balances a rather sweet beer, complete with chocolate, caramel, syrup, toffee, bread, and dark fruits malt notes so it's a rather complex sweetness. Even get a little vanilla bourbonesque twang near the end of the bomber (or my buzz was stronger than expected). This is one I enjoyed and would recommend to anyone who likes to take chances on stronger, boozy beers with a sweet edge.

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