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He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9) - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9)He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9)

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very good

128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 170
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - a dark, dark red pour. A finger of thick and bubbly foam, light mocha in color. Rich looking, thick lacing.

Aroma - heavy malts, citrusy hops, cocoa. Settles into a raisiny, cocoa, even smoky aroma. Complex, resilient, and wonderful.

Taste - starts out sweet with roasty malts. Begins to show off some hops, moderately citrus with a low-key bite. Then, a delicious dark chocolate and espresso combo show up. As the palate dries, a hint of hop bitterness remains. Finishes sweet, warm, chocolatey, delicious.

Mouthfeel - solid-feeling, a bit drapy which I like. A tad too carbonated to allow the full flavor to be palatized, but that's the only knock on this beer, and it's quite minor.

Drinkability - I'll be hunting down more of these. A fantastic find.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Retired already!? Unfair! :)

This thing has nine different malts and nine different hops!

This pours out quite a dark color indeed - it loks very much like a porter! It's a very dark roasted brown with slight red highlights when held up to the light - just slightly hazy. It's capped with a large-bubbled tan head which recedes like falling dough to gently cover the surface and leaves behind smooth, wispy lacing.

Dark, rich scents explode in the nose - roasted brown sugar, raisins, plums, dusky yeasty alcohol, rich caramel - all of that, capped with brisk, swirling grass and citrus of hops.

the flavor is very nutty, with a dark-fruit raisin and dark-belgian-style warming alcohol - Roasty, creamy - multiple malty flavors at once. On top of the huge, huge, HUGE package of malts are a noticeable ker-POW of hops that remind me deliciously of Arrogant Bastard - this is a malty, very hoppy dark ale that shakes you around by the collar, refusing to be anything but itself.

Thick, thick, thick - creamy, smooth, brisk, warming. All at once! This beer dominates your mouth, superbly complex and a delight to drink.

Final thoughts - it's not *quite* a five - but gawddamn, I'm impressed with this one. It's very bold, very rich, very decadent yet very quaffable. Flavor, scent, sensation, everything's fantastic.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer a little more than one year ago when it came out and saved two bottles for aging. This is teh first bottle. Aged almsot exactly one year after buying.

Appearance- Head was solid after a few minutes, but receded to a ring after that. Strong and deep nutty brown hue with little highlights to speek of when holding it to the light.

Smell- Lots of lightly yeasty nuts an caramel underneath a blanket of deep roasted and toasted malts.

Taste- Starts with a sharp nutty caramel with some hints of butterscotch and figs. Then some medium roasted coffee hits the middle mixed with the hoppy bitterness of this Jew Brew.

Mouthfeel- preety smooth. Not as bitter as it was a year ago, ut mellowed and became a little more complex . Glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of hrking
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I happen to have about 5 bombers of this aging so I opened one for the football game..Wow glad I let this one sit becuase it's excellent. Brown Ale on steroids..This on is borderline porter in taste..Malt is more prevalent than hops but a nice smooth balance between the 2. Nice head retention depending on height of pour above glass..Taste of brown sugar.caramel,smoky malt with a creamy finish and easy on the palette,highly drinkable and a but kicker at 9% alc. excellent flavor a real winner I highly recommend to any fan of brown ales and porters which if you're a fan this beer straddles both categories and is excellent! According to Jeremy Cowans there are less than 2 cases of this beer left know to exist!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque dark brown, nearly black, with only a shy ruby showing through when held up to a strong light. Cappachino, yellowy tan top of firm, foamy suds sink to a mediumish height once the pouring stops. Keeps a broken skim and a solid collar always present. slowly placed lacing displays itself in short strings along the glass.

Aroma is a bit deep and dark with a good amount of milk chocolate laced with hints of vanilla, roast, and fudge.

Flavors are solid and thick with enormously long chocolatelyness infused with all sorts of cookie dough ingredients. Vanilla and the like. Just a tug of roastyness slips in towards the middle and end. So much chocolate though; yummy, yum chocolate. Quite a nice exhibition of stature and firm, lasting flavors that go hand in hand with its amazing Stotu-like body and smoothness.

Which brings us to the superbly smooth and thick body of this beer. Very full, very smooth, and quite silky with a tone, that of which could be much like a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven.

One fantastic Brown ale. This is what all Browns should be like. Yes, its not quite the true version of what a Brown should be, as this is definatley big and stout-like in nearly all its character. So who cares, this stuff is solid and unbelievably good. Outstandingly so...

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Photo of Mitchster
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle as part of the 8-15th anniversary box set for $30. Has been cellared in the closed box for a year since I bought it. 9 year anniversary beer brewed with 9 different grains (2-row, dark crystal, chocolate, victory, munich, carapils, wheat, oatmeal and rye), 9 different hops (warrior, northern brewer, mt. hood, centennial, cascade, vanguard, tettnang, czech saaz, and willamette) and 9% abv.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a tightly beaded, very creamy light tan head (like good cappuccino foam). Excellent head retention and solid thick sticky sheets of lace, moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is redolent of prunes, figs, raisins, spicy hops that have mellowed a bit, rum, carob, a little touch of bourbon, and subtle black walnut. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic due to the hops, with a chewy but not syrupy mouthfeel. Cleanly fermented, no off-flavors, even at this age. The taste is a recap of the aroma with a pleasant medium bitterness, in perfect balance with the malts, and some mild dark roasted malt flavor. Reminds me of a strongly hopped baltic porter, but not as roasted or astringent as a robust porter or American stout. Finish of black cherries, leather, mild pipe tobacco and cola. Compared to the 8, this has a little more green spiciness and +~10 IBU's from the hops, a touch more cola in the aftertaste, a subtle but noticeably different grain husk note and I prefer the more substantial mouthfeel that this offers.

An excellent beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a short He'Brew tumbler.

Pours a very deep ruby with about a finger of tan head. Head slowly drops leaving a wisp of foam and some nice lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts, light nuts, toffee, no real hop aroma.

First sip is of a nut brown ale on steroids. Deep nutty flavor, light caramel and toffee notes. Some light chocolate malt flavors. Light bitterness from lightly roasted grains and hops. No particular hop flavor can be picked out. Not an aggressive bitterness, as would be typical in most "American" styles. Finish is mostly bitter (roasted grains and hops) and is slow to fade.

Mouthfeel is medium, slight resiny coating. Carbonation is good, with no carbonic bite or prickle. Barely there alcohol warmth.

Very drinkable, excellent example of the style. Not aggressive. Flavors and aromas are in balance. Hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of pbnrick
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I agree with others that the hops do not come through on this beer; however, this beer was a great example of a winter time beer. The warming was there, the malt complexity was better than most and the mouthfeel was full - big body, not too carbonated. A great beer for those looking to celebrate eight crazy nights of whatever.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (from the vertical pack) poured into a snifter on 03/14/2011.
Pours black- colorless black, topped with a creamy off-white head. Dissipates quickly but leaves decent lacing. Nose is filled with caramel, brown sugar, sweet with a touch of honey, and gobs of dark fruit. The taste does not disappoint- raisin/fig, chocolate/vanilla swirl, and a bit of earthiness. Full bodied, light/medium carbonation, great mouthfeel. A very tasty brew indeed! Aged well- seek this out.

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Photo of pfknapp
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bomber of this last night and I was muchly impressed. It appeared out of the bottle thick and dark brown, almost opaque, but not black. A nice layer of head that lasted and lasted. It really was a beaut. The smell was wonderful, very chocolatey. I picked up some caramel and roast quality along with the faintest wisp of hops. The taste was much of the same. Very chocolatey smooth, with some sweetness countered very nicely with the roastiness,hoppiness and some alcohol following it all down. Overall it gave the perception of being balanced, even though I knew it was very malty. The mouthfeel was also outstanding. It was so creamy that it reminded me of a nitro pour, Moderate carbonation kept it perfectly light on the tounge, but still let you feel the body of the brew. All in all it was excellent. I only knocked it slightly on drinkability because the alcohol came through enough to feel it and it was so creamy that I couldn't session it. Otherwise it was beautiful.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The second brown ale I've had recently that qualifies as a double brown ale (Dogfish Head's Indian Brown ale being the other).
Another big beer with impressive characteristics.
Pours like a porter or a stout and smells almost Belgian. Definately overlappig in styles... instead of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, this would be an American Strong Dark ale?
Very smooth and quite tasty. Definately beyond the common brown ale.
Smokey, coffee, carmelized goodness all around.
This is an anniversary beer that a brewery can be proud of.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My second imperial brown. My second beer from He'brew. My second beer tonight. As much of a coincidence as this beer states itself as.

Appearance: Dark maroon body, almost opaque. Small tan head, leaves a nice creamy layer on top of the beer that is pretty long lasting.

Smell: Roasted malt and alcohol, very mellow and subdued for the abv of this one. Some nuttiness present, somewhat appealing.

Taste: Alcohol and roasted malt make up backbone of this beer, Slightly sweet, but not too much, slightly smokey and chocolatey, also. The hops and chocolate make this one finish very similarly to a stout would.

Mouthfeel: Defintitley thinner than a stout, but still well carbonated, and a great, interesting sipper.

Drinkability: Awesome versus the pseudo/neu style of double brown ales. I have only had tommyknockers, and this blows that one away. Very interesting, worht a try.

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Photo of Gusler
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After it’s de-capping, the beer pours a deep rich brown with a portly tan head that is semi-creamy in texture, the lace for a thick and sticky blanket to surround the glass. Nose is rich in malt, sweet, nutlike, hints of caramel, a real mouth watering nose; start is sweet and rich in grain and the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is pleasingly acidic, the hops stinging in their spiciness, nice dry aftertaste, with a hint of alcohol at the very end, yummy brown ale to be sure and well worth a sample.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Larger than life 22oucne Bomber. A large red number ‘9’ sits on the front with the word “He’Brew the chosen brew” across it in a silver scroll. The neck label list this one as “Jewbelation 5766”, sealed with a logo’d black and brass colored crown cap. 9 Malts and 9 Hops and guess what, 9% ABV. Kosher Certified. The left of the main label rambles on about the significance of the number 9.

Appearance: Stupendous look on the initial pour, it is pretty good when it settles too. Dark black-brown body with a mid-brown tanned head that stands proud. Lovely fine bubbled conditioning is spritzy and quickly rejoins the underside of the head when the glass is gently tipped. Looks fantastic!!

Nose: Sweet malts with a splash of Xmas spices. Walnuts and caramel mix with roasted Sweet Chestnuts. Hints of cocoa, freshly prepared Italian coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Good nose.

Taste: Nine types of Malt; 2-Row, MFB CaraPilsner Malt, Fawcett Dark Crystal, Fawcett Chocolate, Victory, Prairie Wheat Malt, G & P Flaked Oats, Fawcett Rye Ale Malt, Canada Munich Malt and G & P Rice Malts plus 9lbs of Nine types of Hops; Warrior, Northern Brewer, Willamette, Vanguard, Tettnang, Czech Saaz, Mt. Hood, Cascade and Centennial. Quite the line mmm!!. With all this sometimes beers can taste a tad heavy but the Jewbelation 9 is appropriately balanced and nicely put together. The malts dominate the entrance and the hops the finish. The middle is a swirly-whirly mélange of both and it works well, the hoppy hops are particularly good.

Mouthfeel: With all the above it is true to say that this one is certainly a full-bodied offering. The alcohol is there but it is submissive to the ingredients and remains in check. A rich brew thank to the malts but not sickly thanks totally to the balancing hops.

Drinkability: The smooth feel, and the soft yet bold finish and tingling spicy hops make this one a real treat. Drinks well below its 9% moniker.

Overall: I guess Shmaltz did what I expected Stone to do for their 9th Anniversary brew. As George Formby once said, “Turned out nice again…..”

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Photo of goschool
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is black to dark brown with red highlights. The tan head shrinks a bit, but it never leaves the beer. The shnoz (I'll throw some Yiddish around in this review) is chocolaty and nutty up front with dried fruit and caramel. The pishers at Shmaltz used 9 malts and 9 hops in this beer. It could taste ongepotchket- like a fucking rediculous mess of a beer, but it doesn't. The malts hit you up front with a sweet brown sugar, chocolate and a figgy taste that is in some ways similar to the fig shake you get at Hadley's on the way home from Palm Desert, but so much better. The finish is somewhat bitter, but not overpowering. It sure is a kreftig brown ale, but it's way more drinkable then a 9% brew has any right to be, it didn't even turn this mavin into a shiker. I have another bottle in my fridge, but I'm going to have to pick up a couple more. He'brew needs to scrap their regular lineup and brew last year's porter and this year's brown in its place. Mazel tov on another great anniversary beer! I'm looking forward to 5767's release. To life!

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of the He'Brew Hanukkah 8-pack.

L: Pours a deep brown color with a medium sized but thick tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing down the glass as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of coffee, toffee, caramel, and some dark fruits.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, coffee, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, some chocolate mixed in as well.
M: Rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation, smooth, heavy bodied (but that's what happens when you let it sit this many years).
D: Very drinkable, I thought this was an awesome interpretation of a brown ale.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: Poured a very solid brown with a toffee colored head. The lacing covered the glass throughout consumption.

Smell: This beer has a lot going on. There is a strong malty prescence balanced by spicy hoppyness. The beer has good sugary fruity complex that I cannot totally identify; however, I like this beers smell.

Taste: Waves of malty goodness supporting great hoppy mixture of spicyness. As with the smell, there is a lot of fruityness I cant identify. I just like the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied and gets better throughout consumption. My wife bought this for me as a gag gift; however, I think this is really a good beer.

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Photo of battlekow
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jewbelation 5766 pours a ruby/garnet/other BA-approved synonym for red-tinged dark brown. It seems like the last twenty or so beers I've had have been mostly headless, or at least lacking that big, beautiful fluffy head. Jewbelation 5766 does not; it has a giant, soapy tan crown that never completely disintegrates, providing excellent lacing. Huzzah, a vaguely Jewish sounding interjection! Smells malty and slightly roasty. Good but rather dull. Taste is all malty sweetness upfront, like a brown ale, but expands to feature chocolate and both roasted bitterness and hoppy bittering in the finish; these characteristics, along with the 9% ABV, to me mean that Jewbelation 5766 should probably be an porter, not a brown. Succulent, velvety mouthfeel thanks to the carbonation. Quite drinkable given the alcohol content. Again, I think Shmaltz is dooming a quality beer to gimmick status with the name.

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Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick rich big brown ale. Large brown head with good retention and decent lacing. Clear but very dark, like a glass of Coke syrup.

Smell is sweet with malt and toffee. Burnt sugar and a hint of butterscotch as well. Alcohol hides in there adding kick to the scotch part. Firm hop florals and a spiciness breaks up the sweetness.

Taste is a very big brown ale. Coffee and charcoal wrapped around a toffee and burnt sugar core. Dark fruitiness , plum and figs cocoa undercurrent. The comlpexity of the malt backbone is impressive. A puckeringly dry finish recalls a dry red wine and features the hops and a lingering graham cracker sweetness and a light caramel. It also showcases the heat. The alcohol drys your mouth like isopropyl before a shot in the arm. Feel is full and tingly with a richness that is immensely satisfying.

Drinkability is quite good for the weight and abv. Definitely a sipper but you will enjoy this one as you respect it. One to seek out if you can find it.

Big thanks to hrking for this

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Photo of macster
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber a deep, dark mahogny brown; close to ebony. Produced a handsome dense and creamy beige head with admirable retention. No lacing noted.

Aroma was that of a typical English Brown Ale but one on steroids. Hefty, assertive notes of roasted malts, nuts, toffee, dark chocolate and dark dried fruits such as figs and raisins immediately fil the nose. Some faint smells of spicy/herbal hops linger gently in the background.

Mouthfeel was superb. I personally enjoy big beers of this style having a thick and almost syrpy/oily texture and this did not disappoint. Thick and silky with a very subdued CO2 level. Just adds to the overall richness of a big Impy Stout, Barleywine, etc.

Flavor department was rich and assertive with lots of dark roasted malts, dark caramel, toffee, molasses, nuts and dark dried fruits taking center stage. The beer’s overall malty sweetness is nicely tamed by the presence of just a touch of spicy hop bitterness finishing things off.

The 9% alcohol is warming but in no way intrusive. This was an enjoyable late night treat.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 9 different malts and hops.

A: Poured a deep dark black cherry color with thick tan head.

S: On the nose was dried fruit (cherries) with a hint of smokiness and dried citrus.

T: The flavor yielded a sweet burnt caramel and fresh cherries for flavor as well raisins. Malty texture with heavy body and a nice earthy hop aroma. Some alcohol when it warms, and chocolate hints as well.

M: The mouthful was medium full, smooth and creamy and very nice. Drinkability was nice, a good drink none the less. Very good.

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Photo of slammo
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call it the Hebrew Hitter, the Hebrew Hammer or whatever you like. Oi vey this is one helluva an ale. Grab your yarmulke and take the ride. I tried this on a hot steamy night prior to grilling. Such deliciousness.

I am not a big fan of Brown Ales at this time of year. When poured this is one sheine madele! I give big points for appearance here for sure. Not to be let down by smell either but less noticeably major quality when compared.

The taste is the whole Magilla. Chocolate cocoa coffee and fruit and even more! Enough with the Yiddish... drink it!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass. From the Vertical Jewbelation gift pack.

A: It pours a dark mahogany color with a finger and a half of tan head that has decent retention and above-average lacing.

S: Heavily nutty, brown sugar, caramel, ripe and sweet dark fruits, and toffee.

T: Hazelnut, sweet plums and dates, brown sugar, some biscuit, caramel, mild roastiness, and some hoppiness similar to that of English Brown Ales.

M: It is rather creamy with a medium-thick body and a flavor-lingering finish.

D: This is a very flavorful brown ale that is quite drinkable and the ABV tastes and feels more like 6% than the listed 9%.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great American Brown. Very unique. Pours out to a dark brownish black color with a nice 1/8 inch head of dark tan foam. Medium level of carbonation. Lace is present. Aromas of roasted nuts and malts, cocoa and grain. Some earthy hops in there as well. Taste is medium to full bodied and robust; flavors of coffee, cocoa, rich malts, tame hops, and a leather like quality are well recieved. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch on the hearty side. Good drinkability for such a high ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, isn't there a beer like this based on the # 7? lucky seven or something.. well, that beer's days are numbered because now we have 9!!!

very dark pour, some resin stain highlights under extreme light.. thin head becomes nothing as this beer sits noble in a snifter. aroma is heavy with dried fruits.. raisins and dates.. malty with hints of leather and slight hickory. different. port-like first sip shocks me with big brown sugar madness and acidic hop tartness in the finish. complex. green bitterness stretches out beautifully over the alcohol-drenched tongue shock. hazelnut aftertaste is much appreciated and this beer becomes so much better at room temp.

berries evolve here, as does the woody, leathery character. everything about this beer works with the snifter i've served it in. by far the best imperial brown i've ever had (out of 3) and a damn good beer in its own right. christmastime has been beery good to me so far, and this fine kosher libation is no exception.

l'chaim! (did i spell that right.. i'm catholic?)

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He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.