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

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very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 294
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 33.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 60 | FT: 6
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 Skoobs
1.4/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Its like they filtered a bunch of rotten fruit through rotten coffee grounds. If there are toffee or caramel notes in this beer they are also rotten, and I do not like them in my beer anyway. The guy at bevmo recommended this after I said I love North Coast Old Rasputin, but they are nothing alike. People drink this garbage?

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Photo of cjgiant
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is dark brown with a thick beige head that fades to nil after a few minutes. The aroma is intense. Lots of pine and alcohol. I can't pick out any specific hops or malts individually but it smells like there are copious amounts of both. Whoa. This is a slow sipper.

Probably best to split this beer 17 ways.

Or maybe drink it over 17 days.

If you drank this by yourself, you'd have a hangover for about 17 hours.

I could think of 17 beers I'd rather drink.

If you poured this over Frosted Flakes, you might puke about 17 times. You might need to do 17 loads of laundry if this happens.

Full bodied and viscous. oily, resinous hops and a sticky, syrupy feel. Not for the feint of heart. Bold, brash, flavorful, loaded with alcohol and an armada of malt and hops.

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Photo of NoseOverTail
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark brown to pitch black pour with a minimal head giving way quickly to a thin toffee colored lacing ring and no carbonation. Swirl the snifter and it's incredibly viscous looking with some serious legs.

S - Pretty subdued aroma for a beer this size. Dark fruit, light molasses and vanilla, mild smoke aroma, oak, and healthy alcohol effervescence. (Everything sort of blends together which makes the nose a little sloppy.)

T - Chocolate malt, toffee, molasses, dark fruit, soy, wood char, and a moderate amount of boozy medicinal character. There's a slight amount of astringency in the background that is distracting and when paired with the booziness the two elements wreak a little havoc and masks the other flavor nuances.

M - Thick, syrupy, sticky, and moderately warm on the way down from the alcohol.

O - I enjoyed the 16th Anniversary more (sorry to say). I bought two bottles and plan to cellar the 2nd one to see where it goes, granted, the 17 is pretty green right now and I give Shmaltz the benefit of a doubt so I will revisit this review after the 2nd bottle sits for several months (or longer).

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

App: Shit is black. Very dark pour, with almost no light passing through the pour. Typical proter like head with lack-luster retention and no lacing.
Smell: Deep roasted malt aroma, notes of coco, walnut, and alcohol volatility. Bready, with notes of pumpernickel.
Taste: Straight up booze taste. Very alcoholic, even more so than red wine. Notes of fig, raisin, and prunes. Sweet and lingering.
Mouth: Overall, fairly thin. Too boozy to be properly enjoyed. Strong for the sake of being strong.

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another bottle picked up from what I am convinced is a very underrated brewery. 22 oz. bottle with the standard shtick split with my wife.

Pour is moonless night with the low carbonation befitting a beast of a beer. The nose is not shy, nor is it a one-note kettle drum. Big hit of molasses sweetness is sheered off by a nice roast, alcohol-sodden chocolate, dark fruit of Middle Eastern origin. Smells scary.

Jewbelation Reborn (17) hits harder than Caine on Overworld. Alcohol leg-whips the palate; I've never said a beer is too hot, but, wow, this is a post-shoveling beer if I've ever had one. My fingers are even warm now. Past the shot-like effects, there's a ton of figgy/prunishity that doesn't go over into face-scrunching territory, but is cut by a scramble of sweet malts that give the beer a thick, syrupy feel. Also detected are flecks of leather, chocolate, burnt roast. There's nothing about barrels on the label, but there's a serious drying effect on the downslope that I associate with oak. A sipper. Five sips & I believe I've already compromised my pons. My cheek is twitching.

Complex, bruising, huge. None of these things can be denied, but I'm afraid this one finally pegged the 'too much' meter. This hot mess is certainly entertaining, but doesn't rise about the level of pretty good.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mini-snifter. Aged one year.

S- Boozy, burnt sugar, caramel, dark fruit, maybe some fig, still very hot after a year.

T- Sweet, more dark fruit, booze, lots of booze. Alcohol drowns out much of what is underneath.

M- Slightly creamy at first but starts to sting as it warms. Hot.

O- Past years were better.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hebrew Jewbelation Reborn 17
22oz bottle into a snifter

17 malts, 17 hops, 17% ABV. I was a big fan of last years anniversary release, excited to try this one.

A: Pours an opaque black with just under 1 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves almost no lacing, but some alcohol legs.

S: Roasted malts, black coffee, cinnamon graham cracker, semisweet chocolate, subtle dark fruits, a bit of booze. Very good aroma, but fairly mild considering how big this beer is.

T: Big and boozy, roasted malts, fusel alcohol, plastic, black coffee bitterness, subtle dark fruits. Alcohol presence is way too strong though and dominates the other flavors.

M/D: Full bodied but not thick, carbonation moderate, ABV is certainly noticeable but its not hot going down, and for the insane ABV drinkability is pretty good.

O: So I absolutely loved last year's Jewbelation Sweet 16, but I'm not really a fan of this one. Real nice aroma, but the flavor profile is overpowered by boozy ethanol. Im disappointed. Might settle down with some age, for the price its probably worth grabbing a bottle and throwing it in the cellar for a year or two. I do, however, appreciate them sticking with the trend, and I look forward to seeing an "18 malts, 18 hops, 18% ABV" beer next year.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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

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Photo of Joshpu
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, alcohol, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, toffee, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness but a fairly strong alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of interesting aromas and flavors, but it doesn't hide the alcohol very well whatsoever.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle (from the Hannukah pack), aged not quite two years. Had this after Yom Kippur, to celebrate the ending of the fast.

Pours very dark, no head, no lacing. Rich, strong aroma, reminding me of plums. Feel is syrupy, with no carbonation, which goes along with this being a sipping beer, almost like a liqueur. The ABV is strong, of course, but it doesn't burn, and feels quite appropriate.

There's a lot of depth to the flavor, which is quite intense, but there isn't a lot of variety, if that makes any sense. Some strong dark ales show you a lot of different flavors; in Jewbelation 17, the flavors have all combined into a sweetish syrupy whole. It's good, but it's not great.

There are other strong dark ales and stouts that I find more interesting. I wouldn't buy this again (not that I could), but if I see the Hannukah pack at a reasonable price this fall, I'll probably pick one up (since there are a lot of interesting beers in it), and I'll see what the 2015 Jewbelation is like.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black ruby with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh oranges and rich dark chocolate, with some metallic hops and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like burnt sugar and molasses, with some metallic copper and bitter citrus zest and honey wheat bread, as well as some roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate. It had a bold bitter and sweet aftertaste with a lot of alcohol warming.
M: It was very thick and sticky with a little carbonation. Great big body.
D: This was a huge brew as expected. But it seems the excellent blend of scents and tastes has been overpowered by too much going on, and overwhelmed by the alcohol. Definitely a sipping beer. Will certainly improve with age, I look forward to trying this again in about 5 years. For now, it's way too rough around the edges. (Still one of the most incredible values on the market.)

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Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out a near pitch black body with a thin yet clinging, light tan head. Boozy raisin and chocolate aromas; crème de menthe. Deep, malty flavors; lots of residual sugars; molasses; figs and prunes; alcohol warmth and burn. Full-bodied; thick and velvety.

An American strong ale, indeed! In spite of the very high ABV, this beer comes across well-balanced and satisfyingly complex and deep. Mighty tasty and quite the pleasant surprise...

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up about half a finger's worth of head which has some retention. The head is a dark beige/mocha while the body is an opaque dark chocolate body. Some lacing extends from the surface of the beer but I do not expect this beer to leave much lacing. It does leave considerable lacing.

Nose- Lots of presence with most of that presence coming from the bold caramel of the aroma. Vanilla and toffee with hints of coconut. A little bit of bubblegum with other candy like notes. The nose is very sweet and portends a very sweet beer. Reminds me a lot of a barleywine. Shows none of the 17 percent. Coconut starts to assert itself over the caramel. This beer has a lot of promise. Some butterscotch.

Taste- Definite caramel that moves into burnt caramel with definite coconut and some vanilla and toffee. Very reflective of the nose except there's a bunch of alcohol (Who woulda thunk it?) However, it's quite tame for 17 percent. Some woodiness (mostly oak) on the finish but it really can't compete with alcohol. The oak works well with the vanilla and slight toasted notes that occupy the front of the flavor profile. Some raisins are tucked in the background but like almost all of the other notes, this gets sent packing because of the high heat. But do not think that the high heat is a negative because it isn't. It may inhibit some of the complexity of the profile but it itself is not obtrusive. Some bumblegum and slight candy. As I wrote before, not much of a departure from the nose. The strong woodiness gives it a bitterness that suggests coffee and roasted notes. Some leather and a little bit of astringency from the alcohol. Nevertheless, this is very well rounded for such a high gravity beer. I would really like to see what aging would do for it and because of that, I think I will be purchasing another of these beers. Good to very good.

Mouthfeel- Almost heavy. Lots of syrup to the texture but a good amount of carbonation helps cut that.

Drinkability- It's a little scary. Great integration and balance. I should not be drinking a bomber alone. Seems deserving of its 12 buck price tag if only for the fact that it kicks every wine's ass in regard to alcohol content. Plus it tastes good.

Overall- Is it an Imperial Barleywine or a Imperial Wee Heavy? The last one seems more accurate but it has elements of both. Definitely worth a try. I haven't had the last two efforts but I don't know how they are going to keep uping the ante. I will certainly buy more of this. It is fine fresh and seems worthy of aging.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 month aged bottle poured into Teku glass

Dark chocolate brown look with one finger tan head, doesn't last long

Smell of roasted malts, some vanilla, some dried stone fruits

Taste pretty much follows smell, some chocolate and coffee up front as well. Some alcohol on finish, but not a huge burn.

Reasonably well-balanced, maybe another 2 years aging would have been useful. Medium-full bodied, not too syrupy, but drink slowly for sure. No carbonation, really. Drying finish due to high ABV and minor burn.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.