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He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10) - Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10)He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10)

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
10 malts, 10 hop varieties added 10 times in a 100 minute boil, 10%. "Double Nut Brown"

(Beer added by: kirok1999 on 11-01-2006)
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Photo of seand


3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Re-release from the vertical pack from a few years ago.

A: Pours a dark red, near black, with a small amount of light tan head. Just a bit of film retains, along with a ring around the edge of the glass, leaving minor lacing.

S: Lightly sweet with a dense undertone.

T: Again lightly sweet. Lighter than I'd expect, and doesn't taste or feel quite like 10%. The complexity is decent, but not outstanding.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, not bad. Not great. I think it may have been aged too long, even at 10%.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:20:36 | More by seand
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Opens with a small pfft. Aroma of chocolates, malted milk balls, dust, alcohol, shoe polish, leather and a pinch of dark fruits. In the taste, a good bit of roast and char upfront. Wood, citrus and earth notes from the hops are there, and dry this right out. Molasses, oily dark cigar, and raw brown sugar. Alcohol flavor is mild to unnoticeable and the balance is big but even. Some caramel, chocolate and molasses are there in force. Licorice, anise and a bit of warmth. Oily and full in body, the carbonation is low but present. This is an excellent strong ale, reminds me of a Russian imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:06:42 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Mitchster


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | 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. 10 year anniversary beer brewed with 10 different grains (2-row, dark crystal, chocolate, victory, munich, carapils, wheat, oatmeal, rye, and crystal rye), 10 different hops (warrior, northern brewer, mt. hood, centennial, cascade, vanguard, tettnang, czech saaz, willamette and simcoe) and 10% 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 bold, chewy and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Cleanly fermented, no off-flavors, even at this age. The taste is a recap of the aroma with a pleasantly firm 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 9, this has quite a bit more bitterness and the overall impression offers a roasted malt note that I didn't get from the 9. I also really like the substantial mouthfeel that this offers over the 9.

An excellent beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:22:22 | More by Mitchster
Photo of sweemzander


2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle from the 2011 Holiday pack

(A)- Pours a dark brown color with some reddish highlights. Some tan to white froth.

(S)- A subtle roasted grain component. Some raisin and an interesting woody bark-like aroma.

(T)- Similar to the smell with cocoa and raisin in there.

(M)- A solid carbonation level. An ok balance, but it does get a touch abrasive with how heavy the grains are showing.

(O)- Overall, a bit abrasive in the mouthfeel, but still enjoyable despite that for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 14:27:12 | More by sweemzander
Photo of mactrail


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black with a ruby glint in the wine glass. Modest head, but quite spritzy on the tongue. Subsequent pours show off the foam and add to the carbonation. They must have aged this in tanks and made sure it had enough spritz when they did the bottling.

Licorice is the single biggest flavor to my palate. Very dark roasted flavors dominate. There is just a whisper of sweet malt at first, but fairly dry as you sip. This doesn't seem to have the sweet base of residual sugars of most of the big Shmaltz beers. Rather sharp instead of sticky. Burnt figs is the impression once the hops start to dominate the finish.

Quite tasty, truly different, and maybe it's evidence that at least some beers can benefit from age. From the 12 oz bottle in the boxed set of older Jewbelations.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 05:36:04 | More by mactrail
Photo of champ103


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX. Jewbelation 15 has already come out, so I guess this is a 5 year old keg. Pretty cool.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger dark beige head forms forms with good retention. Especially considering the age and alcohol. Light lace is left.
S: Big roast, coffee, and chocolate. It took me back a bit, almost a shock. Some oxidation is noticeable. Finishes a bit vinous.
T: Follows the nose, but I am ready for the big punch of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The oxidation becomes much more apparent as this warms. Again some dark fruits like grapes in the finish that makes this seem vinous. Plenty of alcohol.
M/D: A full body and still well carbonated after 5 years. Smooth at the same time. Plenty of alcohol, but still a nice beer to sip on. One snifter is enough for the night though.

This is a big, intense beer that is enjoyable. Though I could not take very much in a sitting. This has aged well, but still a monster of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 00:24:42 | More by champ103
Photo of Mora2000


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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. This aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, much like the Jewbelation 9. The flavor is more complex that the aroma, which is a good thing in my opinion. I get the same chocolate and roasted malt that I got in the aroma, but that is complimented by some molasses and a little bit of pine flavor from the hops. The alcohol is also quite present in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 20:29:27 | More by Mora2000
Photo of jmdrpi


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, from last year's gift pack.

appears very dark brown, almost opaque. cream colored head, retains a thin covering. aroma of rich malt, brown sugar, raisins, figs. taste is also all malts, no hops detected. similar flavors in the taste. fairly thick, with low to medium carbonation.

overall - nice and complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 03:27:18 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Bottle from the 2011 Holiday Gift Pack. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red brown with a trace of head, but sparse lacing. Faint malt and dark fruit aroma. Light taste of dark and roasted malts, dark fruit, faint hops. Very subdued. Nice flavors, but not assertive enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 03:22:06 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of gregshead


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/31/11

A: Pours thick with half inch of head. Reasonably dark brown.

S: Raisons, molasses, prunes and dark fruit in general. Great smell.

T: Sweet dark molasses with some fig taste. Molasses flavor dominates.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation feel for a beer that is 4+ years old. SOme heat feel on the nose

O: A very solid beer. A strong brown ale. Sad they only made this as an anniversary ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 21:41:20 | More by gregshead
Photo of MrOH


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown, very little head. Delicate lacing.

Raisins, nutty, fruitcake, dark rum, cocoa powder aromas.

Prunes, chocolate, hazelnut, espresso-like bitterness (but not flavors). Very dry for all the sweet tastes occuring. Good flavors, fits the description of a double nut brown ale. Seems like it could stand to be a bit less bitter.

Heavy-body, but not cloying sweet. Creamy. Fine carbonation.

A fairly unique brew. Definitely gets better as it warms. Enjoyable, but not something that I would necessarily seek out. Glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:48:38 | More by MrOH
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich dark opaque brown color with not much of a head.
s: Rich dark nutty oil aroma with a nice blend of hopiness and some hints of amber malt.
T: Rich malty flavor with hints of chestnuts that almost give it a rich chocolate warmth at the end. Very rich with hints of the hops and different malt give it a different taste every time you take a sip.
M/O: Very smooth and not too overwhelming given the mixture of ingredients. The combination does work well so this makes it a very good beer to sip slowly to release all the unique flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:50:23 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of jlindros


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter fizzy head covering somewhat typical for 10% abv, light lacing, pretty much jet black color beer with no real light coming through.

Nose is complex as usual, dark fruits, brandy soaked raisins, fig, nuts, dark malts, caramel galore, molasses, some light cocoa, sweet reddish malts and toasty brown malts, some booze and bit of fruity esters, and plenty of brown sugar. A slight hint of honey like aromas even come out as it warms.

Taste also starts rich and complex, mostly brown sugar and sweet malts. Brown soft aged malts, little toasty, and reddish malts with plenty of caramel and toffee. Molasses cuts in with dark fruits, raisin, date, even light dried apricot. Then hops really kick in, earthy bitter hops, a bit spicy, with a long lingering bitterness. Some booze comes through the middle with the sweetness balance. Then light cocoa, with a touch of powdered bakers choc and a little coffee syrup. Finish is still semi sweet, syrupy malts, caramel, and a long lingering spicy hop bitterness.

Mouth is heavier bodied, syrupy, decent carb for the style, bit of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, nice malts and sweet additions, dark fruits, hops seem a bit out of place as they get a bit to spicy and bitter, although the booze and sweetness balance well.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 01:35:36 | More by jlindros
Photo of smakawhat


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Crashing the Hanukkah gift pack commences...

Barely a one finger head off the pour, tan colored head, body comes out brown chestnut but hits and produces a big dark body of nearly blackened red.

Nose is alcohol, faint barleywine sense of malts and sweetness. Unfortunately not very pleasing.

Taste however is a big improvement. Chocolaty malt, with an almost silky texture. Rich, a little bit of banana, and roast. Slight tannic sense with black licorice.

Fairly interesting, even though it didn't start well. However, it's really not that memorable a drink to fall over or wanting to desire this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 01:22:20 | More by smakawhat
Photo of drcarver


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - think syrupy body that slowly releases a light brown head. head is short lives and leaves little lacing.

S - sweet (molasses) with a bit of smoke.

T/M - full bodied and a full mouth flavor. Sweet brown sugar to the back. Soy sauce toward the front. A toasted/burnt bread flavor lingers in the mouth. Thick and coats the tongue.

O - the best one so far from the menorah pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 23:45:44 | More by drcarver
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from last year's gift set.

a - opened the bottle and filled my ccb snifter. brew poured a deep brown with some ruby highlights. there was a thin greyish mocha head...dissolved kind of quickly and left a ring on the surface of the brew.

s - grapes and pot pouri. some brown sugar. rustic. nutmeg.

t - brown sugar. some rustic earthiness. malt forward. has a kind of like cheap red wine vibe.

m - kind of thick and sludgy.

o - overall decent, not crazy. kind of like a really boozy brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 03:13:12 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of drabmuh


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, the #39 American Brown ale on beeradvocate best of lists. Poured into my Jewbelation glass because I am one sick mother that has the capability to do such a perverse thing, you would too if you could.

Beer is brown, dark, with a thin tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation, low lacing. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet and bourbony with a strong back bourbon and malt syrup presence.

Beer is thick and syrupy, pretty thick, hurts my teeth. The finish is a little dry with mild bitterness. The midpalate is completely dominated by bourbon / alcohol / liquor character and the lead off is pretty sweet. I don't hate it but I don't love it either.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 15:46:07 | More by drabmuh
Photo of alpinebryant


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a dark brown with a medium tan head.

Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, sweet malt. Rye and spicy malt aromas.

Taste is very much of an old ale. Strong caramel flavors mixed with leather, old boot, rye malts, and a medium american hop presence to balance out the sweetness. This is more old ale than American Brown Ale, but it is tasty and I always have respect for both styles. As an American brown ale, I would say this is too thick, but as an old Ale I would have said it is just right.

Light carbonation and a medium body. Overall a tasty beer, hard to complain about this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 23:14:58 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of megahurts4


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10)

Appearance: brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: malty dark fruit sweetness and cocoa.

Taste: malty dark fruit, slight cocoa, dark chocolate, faint vanilla, and a faint floralness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a very complex brew. There is a slew of flavor that is far from weak, but is still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 05:22:27 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Schmittymack


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark reddish brown into the old trusty pint shaker. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste was malt, chocolate, raisins, and a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium body and smooth. Alcohol well hidden for a 10% brew. I'm liking this one quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 10:53:45 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of MattyG85


4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into He'Brew pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown that shows a little red color when held up to light. Decent sized light tan head quickly fades into a thin layer. Very good lacing.

Smell: Sweet toasted dark malts and nuts followed by chocolate and hints of earthy hops. Dark fruit smells like raisins.

Taste: Dark fruits, malts, and chocolate give a sweet taste up front. Hints of vanilla follow. Finishes with some hop bitterness and warmth from the booze. Also taste some plums in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth despite the high alcohol.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting version of a brown ale. Almost feels as if it was barrel aged. A very fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 06:12:03 | More by MattyG85
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby at the ends, has a tan head that disappears very quickly with little lacing.

S - Nose combines a light caramel malt along with grassy hops.

T - Initially some moderate hops bitterness makes way for some caramel malts with some strong coffee notes at end. As compared to some of the other offerings this is not overly sweet (e.g. compared to 13).

M - very light carbonation, thick and coats the mouth.

D - moderately warming, but also drinkable.

I'm not sure if I would call this one a Brown Ale but it's solid. It's definitely less intense than some of the other higher numbered offerings, but still powerful.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 21:15:22 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of Pencible


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 re-release as part of the Vertical Jewbelation set.

A: This poured a clear, dark ruby with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like rye and raisin and earthy toffee, with a little vanilla and chocolate and alcohol.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and earthy toffee, with vanilla and raisin and rye. It had a smooth aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Great body!
D: This had amazing body with nice scent and taste. The alcohol was more pronounced, but it was still not tough to drink. I would definitely suggest aging this, except this was my only bottle. Oh well, it was still very good fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 18:12:16 | More by Pencible
Photo of gnemesis


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle (vertical mix pack) into snifter on 03/14/2011.
This beer is black, thin tan head, not much retention and little lacing. Smells of sweet honey, brown sugar, dark fruit, and notes of booze. Flavors match the nose but adds some alcohol heat, some slight metal, earth, and a dab of roast. This one is full bodied and low carbonation. Good beer but some age would improve it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 02:07:14 | More by gnemesis
Photo of SirRuss


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Matt black body supports a head whose shade is identical to the nine. The initial carbonation is tight, smooth and aesthetically integrated, but retention is fleeting and the lacing is average at best.

S - Milk chocolate, toffee, and a slight herbaceous note (coriander perhaps) rise from within, yet the signature Jewbelation intensity seems to be taking a holiday of its own.

T - This brew seems to offer many of the same elements as the nine, although none of them are expressed with the suave bravado of other examples from this series. As much as i would like to deliberate the subtleties distinguishing these two brews, I'd rather spend the rest of my time enjoying this one, and refer any readers of this post to the Jewb 9 review - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/262/25467/?ba=SirRuss
-and suggest that it is read several decibels lower than if you were trying to get a feel of the nine (for which the review was originally written)

M - Good, but over done. Prickly, and uplifting to the extent that it detrimentally diminishes the potential of the flavor profile.

O - Pretty damn good, but unfortunately for the ten, the nine has clocked us on to the fact that the Jewbelation series can do a whole lot better, and with a whole lot less.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 07:54:39 | More by SirRuss
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He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.