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

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He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17)He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17)

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 289
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 Axnjxn
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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 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 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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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 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 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 smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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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 MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready, toasty, and fairly earthy aroma with hints of hops and dark fruit undertones. Dark roasted malts with bready hints of biscuit, toasted bread, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, toffee, coffee roast, grains, yeast, nuts, and some smoke. Sweet hints of molasses and burnt brown sugar. Earthy hops with hints of grass and pine. Also some citrus hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Dark fruit presence with hints of figs, raisin, dates, plum, and prune. Some alcohol scent is noticeable. Actually a more laid back and drier aroma than expected. Pretty good.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a dry, bready, roasty, and earthy mix of malts and hops with dark fruits. Dark roasted barley malts with notes of biscuit, burnt toast, dark chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, nuts, and smoke. Some notes of sweet molasses and brown sugar. Big hop presence with earthy and herbal notes of grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and orange. Dark fruit undertones with notes of raisin, fig, dates, prune, and plum. Some alcohol heat is tasted. A pretty good taste that is actually nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and somewhat oily. Alcohol heat is definitely felt but its much smoother than 17% would suggest. Impressive balanced dryness considering the big amount of ingredients.

Overall:A pretty good massive strong ale. Huge mix of malts and hops but it is nicely refined and avoids becoming a sweet mess. Surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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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 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 DonDirkA
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a huge beer. The nose packs a pretty massive wallop. Chocolate, booze, intense roasted malts, coffee, grapefruit, pine, bready, smokey and a bit a char. It smells a lot like a malt forward black IPA.

The taste is much hoppier than the nose but its also much more of everything. It is what we call “a beast”. Chocolate, tangerine, orange, pine, grapefruit, burnt malts, booze, smoke and char, vanilla, toffee, caramel, oak, raisins, dates and a handful of raisins.

It reminds me a lot of Clown Shoes’ Blaecorn Unidragon, which is a big, bitter Russian Imperial Stout. Its a lot like a stout but its so bitter and hoppy that it leans toward a double black IPA. Its hard to classify. However, I am pleasantly surprised by the balance of flavors here. Throwing that many ingredients into a beer could lead to a train wreck but they toed the line and came out with a delicious masterpiece.

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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 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 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 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 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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He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.