He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17) - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
01-16-2014 04:18:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.74/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
04-23-2014 02:10:25 | More by metter98
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-14-2014 06:01:00 | More by biboergosum
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention
S: Bready, plums. Figs & a bit of booze as this warms up
T: Follows the nose, a touch of pumpernickel & booze up front, plus dryness, some carob & molasses as well. Molasses, carob, plums, prunes & booze heat as this warms & a touch of charred grain as well. Finishes fruity, dry, with charred grain & molasses, plus some boozeyness
MF: Chewy as all get out, warming, slight carbonation
This is complex & not easily drank in one go by yourself. Still hides some of its heft fairly well. Not always a huge fan of these anny offerings from these guys, but this one delivers. I bet this one will drink great for years if not decades...
12-28-2013 04:22:23 | More by russpowell
3.76/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
02-13-2014 02:40:34 | More by jlindros
4.04/5 rDev +3.6%
Modest starting head that settles to rim bubbles. Little lace--just some spots. The liquid is deep brown where light shines through on the edge of the glass.
Interesting aroma of slightly darker malts (despite the very dark color, there's no burnt smells). Light hop given that there are 17 different varieties.
Extremely rich beer (with a low-ish carbonation). Soft start but it does become a flavor bomb quickly. The malt is complex without any particular style being dominant. Like the smell, taste wise it is closer to light toast with no burnt elements. There's a potent alcohol warmth throughout the tasting. Good hop presence. In a word, balanced. it is extreme on the body and the alcohol.
01-20-2014 00:11:53 | More by smcolw
District of Columbia
3.16/5 rDev -19%
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.
01-29-2014 04:21:10 | More by Huhzubendah
3.74/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
02-23-2014 05:11:08 | More by wordemupg
He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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