He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10) - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
American strong ale?Hmm not so sure seems like an impy stout to me,poured a near jet black except for just a hint of ruby showing thru when held up to the light a thick creamy-like mocha colored head that never fully leaves sits atop.Very nice complex aromas notes of dark fruit and molasses really show themselves upfront with bitter chocolate and rum butter in there as well,somewhat sweet and buttery at first but a lighter dryness like that of unsweetened chocolate and earth come thu late with a dark fruit soaked in alcohol note in the finish.A big brew to be had very very flavorful with nice complexities and again this is not a strong ale this a impy stout no doubt about it.
01-01-2007 23:49:06 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
Really dark body, nice and clear where I can see through it. Kind of a dark red, maroon color. A good bit of tan head on top which nearly overflowed my glass. Reduced to a solid quarter inch layer that wants to stick around. Also laces the glass nicely. Pretty good for this hefty brew.
Caramel sweet with candied fruits, cherries and some dark prune, grape aromas. Has some sweet bread undertones as well. Definate notes of alcohol pervade the senses.
Aroma is pretty good, but the flavor is a little simple to me. Kinda sweet overall, caramelly again and the same candy fruits. Bigger malt base comes through after the swallow, sweet rolls. Finish is pretty big alcohol. Okay overall, nothing spectacular to me.
Okay mouthfeel, a little thinner than I'd like. But overall still good. Carbonation seems about right on with its bit of crispness.
Overall this is an alright beer. Alcohol is a bit rough but manageable. Flavor falls short to me but the rest seems pretty good.
01-09-2007 03:15:33 | More by blitz134
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
22 oz bottle pours a very dark brown, almost opaque. Beige head is three centimeters and stays there awhile. Plenty of patchy lacing.
Big and bold aroma. Lots of maltiness, with light chocolate, molasses, caramel, leather, earthiness, and floral hops.
Mouthfeel is about full bodied with good carbonation and a vinous alcohol presence.
Taste is bold and brash, much like the aroma, but more complex. Molasses, chocolate, burnt brown sugar, cognac, old leather, and a nice profile of bittering earthy hops. Very complex. Lots going on here, for sure. Certainly has some warming alcohol, welcome on a cold winter night.
Not on a par with the exceptional Lenny's RIPA, but still a pretty nice example of a strong ale. Took all night to finish this puppy.
12-07-2006 02:11:11 | More by merlin48
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
Had this one in the cellar for a couple months...the dismal weather has put me in the mood for something more...hope this is it.
A viscous, dark brown pour with a full finger and a half of creamy, frothing dark tan head...leaving thick, coated lacing as it recedes.
Nose is active with raisins, peat, caramel, chocolate with some floral hops.
The taste is what I was looking for...full bodied, but not cloying.
Hefty chocolate malt up front...a boatload of hops too, but not coming across too bitter up front. Somewhat fruity as it warms...finishes very dry.
A roasted quality finds its way thru into the aftertaste...warming to say the least. Alcohol is there, but it is a heavy enough brew to mask it for the most part.
Would not reach for much after a pair of these bombers...definitely a nice one to savor over an hour or so.
Well received here.
05-20-2007 17:31:52 | More by warriorsoul
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
04-13-2012 20:29:27 | More by Mora2000
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
04-24-2011 06:12:03 | More by MattyG85
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
Deep brown with red highlights and a firm half-inch cap of tightly bubbled foam that settles slowly.
Aroma of dark malt, fig and prune, some brown sugar and caramel.
Taste fairly matches the nose, darkly roasted malt, prune, some charred bark, bits of oak and smoke, molasses and cocoa. Lightly sweet and warming, mild bitter flourish with some metallic alcoholiciousness. Very rich and balanced.
Even mouthfeel, rich and full. Tasty beer, lower than average drinkability mostly for the high ABV and rich flavor. It's a sipper.
03-28-2009 00:03:04 | More by far333
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
On-tap at The Porter Beer Bar during a pub crawl event for the brewery.
Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of sweet toasted malts with solid roasted undertones. Also present are robust milk chocolate aromas and hints of toffee.
Tastes good. Sweet dark malt flavors - equal parts toasted and roasted malts - kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are moderate chocolate flavors that temper the toasted malt sweetness a bit. Very slight vanilla and toffee flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a slightly sweet ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I thought this beer struck the best balance between ABV and flavor for any of the anniversary beers. Well worth a shot.
11-15-2010 02:43:02 | More by glid02
4.3/5 rDev +9.7%
22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Belmont Party Supply, poured into an imperial pint.
A: Pours a thick and deep brown. Nearly no visibility. 3 fingers of mocha head forms and has great retention. Nice lacing.
S: Huge caramel malts and plenty of dark fruits from the aging. Alcohol is still there with a nice rummy scent.
T/M: Again, massive caramel malts that are so thick yo have to cut and chew. Nutty notes and a fig newtown filling. Alcohol adds a great depth to everything. Full bodied and enough carbonation.
D: Tasty and easy drinking. 10% makes this a heavy hitter, though.
02-25-2008 02:06:26 | More by pwoods
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
American Strong Ale is the perfect classification for this brew. It doesn't try to be a barleywine, an imperial stout, a double dark belgium...it doesn't try to be anything. Just what it is...and american Strong Ale.
Pours almost black with just a hint of red amber in it. Nice tan head that melts to a ring of sticky tan lacing.
Aromas are sweet cocoa, nuts, and some kind of sweet fruit...cherries?
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.
Flavors of cocoa...richer and darker than what was noticed in the aroma. Dark fruits but not at all cloying. Dark and rich but not too rich. Countered with a soft bitterness. Interesting.
A bit of an alcohol aftertaste along with cocoa lingering on.
01-04-2007 04:12:08 | More by IntriqKen
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
12oz bottle, plucked from the Vertical Jewbelation mixed pack.
This beer pours an ostensibly clear very dark cola colour, with two fingers of foamy, creamy beige head, which slinks away slowly, leaving some broad skeletal lace around the glass. It smells strongly of caramel molasses, dark, sugary fruit steeped in grain alcohol, and some breadiness. The taste is big bready, roasted nut toffee malt, more boozy fruit, some red wine-like heat, menthol cough candy, and bitter earthy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, but still appreciable, the body thick, viscous, and quite creamy. It finishes with a decent dryness sneak attack - hops, alcohol, and fruit - all concerted in their effort at leveling off the big lingering malt bomb.
A nice big nutty brown ale, with an edge that keeps it from jump starting a benign, sympathetic diabetic episode.
01-28-2011 00:04:06 | More by biboergosum
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
Bomber into a snifter.
Appearance: An American Strong Ale black as the night on the day the world ends. I wasn't expecting this. Off-white, mocha-colored head with some interesting drawings and letters pasted on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, rye bread crust, mocha, chocolate covered cherries, dark berries. As you can tell, a lot of sweetness happening, along with the faint hints of the hops, which probably, at least to me, should be more than faint, but I can't discern them.
Taste: This is where it really gets wild. The combination of 10 malts and 10 hops really goes out of control, but not in as wild a way as some may predict. It probably could be a 10th w/out the 20 combined concoction, but that's what they chose. Still, the malt flavors are the ones that shine here. And I also get more of a raisin and vinous flavor than I got before from the aroma, which was fairly indiscernible or absent at that point. Though a bit watery and not as tight as it could be, there's traces of the dark chocolate, the dark mocha and coffee, vanilla, caramel malt, grape stems, grape skin, root vegetables, black olives, and much more. There's certainly a lot going on here.
Mouthfeel: More watery than I wanted it to be, which may be contributing to the easier go-down quality as related to the aroma and the taste and alcohol. Not sure if it's the indomitable combination of malt and hops or not, but that may be something tweaked with aging, or it could be worse. Still, though it's not the biggest turn-off with me, as there are many many things to admire about this brew, I could see how it could be a bit of an anomaly to some people.
Drinkability: I'm a bit torn with this rating, because this was extremely easy to drink, and I wonder about that. Though it does seem a bit watery, I think that's the real snag on the mouthfeel, as it doesn't affect anything else really, as the flavors are complex and balanced, and if this was tighter and more focused, who knows how harsh it would be? That said, I'm not so sure this would be a candidate for aging, as I think it may be better fresh, but I would be interested to see what happens if someone were to make that decision, and I'm sure there are more than a few folks who will probably partake.
07-02-2007 04:09:29 | More by asabreed
4.63/5 rDev +18.1%
Pours out like a stout, producing a huge dark tan head on top of a nearly opaque black color, shot through with ruby where the light can actually penetrate. The head collapses into a mess that looks like melted marshmallow, then dies out to a thin sheet across the top, always leaving freaky trails of lace.
Aroma brings on a liquor-like assertiveness, perhaps sherry or brandy, with an oaked, woody element and some black licorice. Inhaling deeper, candy sugar, caramel and Twizzlers come into the nose. Complex and intriguing.
Strong Ale, Old Ale, Bizarre Barleywine, Progressive Porter, Cosmic Stout, whatever you feel like calling it, it shapeshifts with every sip. But more a complex, multi-tiered beer and not at all a mess. I taste Tootsie Rolls, molasses, buttered toast, caramel, chocolate Tootsie Pops, a lot more, with an oak-barrel aged varnish to the overall flavor profile. The alcohol is clearly a big part of the flavor experience, yet it never gets in the way, and at 10% that's saying something.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly simple compared to all the craziness going on elsewhere, but that's fine, it's smooth and velvety and does a great job.
I can't say the drinkability is ultra-high, because 1) this is 10% ABV (not a sessionable thing at all), and 2) it's just so assertive and unusual, best left for special occasions and contemplative sipping. And for totally nerding out to one weird-ass beer. I'm kicking myself for not buying more than one of these.
[bonus points for the small-print reference to Rush's 'Grace Under Pressure' on the label!]
01-16-2007 23:02:44 | More by Metalmonk
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours dark with white bubbly head, and is lacey. Malty aroma. Smooth thick creamy mouthfeel. Some roasted malts, some chocolate malt. Dark sipper. Big beer, well balanced.The couple years of ageing promoting caramel, cognac, a tad of fig, anise.Alcohol hiddden.
12-16-2009 04:11:09 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
22 oz. contract brewed at Sarasota Springs.
Appearance: Black body. Opaque. No highlights. Full creamy head. Dark tan. Holds very well. Leaves walls of creamy, thick lace.
Smell: Chocolate, fruit, alcohol, and minty hops. Sometimes more hoppy, sometimes more malty, depending on when you raise the glass to your nose. A licorice note seems to be coming from the combination of minty hops and dark malts.
Taste: What a nebechels! Kind of bland in comparison to the nose, except that the alcohol stands out more! He'Brew has done better, and for their Tenth Anniversary no less!!! It's a schlemiel. Ugggh. The alcohol shows, and beyond that it's just foamy, chocolatey alcohol with a bitter side. Some caramel comes and goes but.... (shrugs). Chocolate, licorice. It dries. Finishes minty, somewhat piney. Deep fudge. Lingering anise. (Shrugs shoulders) ????
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.
Drinkability: Ir zolt mer nit visn fun ken tzar. Pretty much just a strong basic brown ale - like their last anniversary offering, but stronger and muddled.
02-06-2007 03:47:38 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
on tap at Maduro, 3$ during happy hour
appearance: served in the oversized st bernardus glasses that i enjoy so much...very dark body, darn near black night...creamy chocolate brown head with terrific lacing. nice looking brew
smell: creamy chocolate, big time caramel, a bit earthy, roasty, light dry bitterness to the aroma
taste: quite delicious...creamy caramel-chocolate mix provides the heart of the flavor, light metallic hop balance, earthy, gummy, milky sweetness, light hop bitterness...very interesting and quite good
mouthfeel: smooth, rich and creamy
11-11-2006 00:26:56 | More by dirtylou
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
Appearance: It's a dark, chocolate brown color (nearly black) with a one finger, creamy tan head. Retention was decent and a light coat of lace remained.
Smell: It's a mix dark chocolate and a strong espresso aromas. Definitely has hints of dark fruit and molasses. Very nice hop presence. Judging from the nose, it smells well balanced as it does have a malty aroma too.
Taste: This is an interesting beer. Initially it has a sweet chocolate taste. The espresso flavor kicks in immediately and gives it a bitter taste. Hops are surprisingly strong and only add to the bitterness. It's balanced out somewhat by the malt. Alcohol is strong in this one.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation is a little light. You can really tell this is a strong beer. At 10%, it's impossible to ignore. Drinkability is limited in that regard. Overall, it's pretty good and definitely an interesting beer. Give it a try.
05-10-2007 01:11:23 | More by prototypic
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
750ml bottle poured into pint glasses.
Inky black with minimal light brown head, recedes, little lacing.
Malty, sweet aromas, roasted scents. Rich, strong, lots going on with bitterness from lots of hops as well as roasted malt. Chocolate notes, also sweetness, more probably perception of alcohol rather than sugar content. Creamy and dark, intense, you don't want a whole lot of this, but it's a good choice when you want a dark sweet sipper.
01-15-2007 20:10:24 | More by kenito799
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
Good beer, clever name. Tastes to me like a very solid stout. The smell, however, is very different. I at first got a whiff of what seemed like barley wine, but my mind must have been playing games with me, because that doesn't jive with the taste at all.
The beer is very well balanced, fantastistic balance i would say. One gets a solid sense of both the malts and the hops, malts perhaps a little more (which I like), some coffee notes in the after-taste, but very faint.
It poured dark with a very solid head, which held its own for retention value. I would definetely recommend this beer.
08-25-2007 04:05:27 | More by andrewm190
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
Pours a near black color with brown highlights. Short, tight, dense head that settles into a solid ring leaving some clingly lacing on the glass.
The aroma is malty sweet with touches of raisins. Some buttery toffee notes as well.
The taste is of vinous and buttery notes. Some red wine flavors mix with raisins and fig. This is matched with a buttery caramel flavor. Quite sweet and not quite what I am looking for in a brown ale. Needs some more earthy notes to help balance the sweet. There is some hop bitterness in the end but it is subtle.
Moderate body with tingly carbonation; sweet on the palate and finishes a bit sticky. There is some bitterness in the end to help offset the sweet flavors.
This one didn't really do it for me. Quite sweet and raisiny. I would like to see some earthness to the brew.
01-23-2011 04:02:02 | More by Gmann
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-23-2011 23:45:44 | More by drcarver
4.43/5 rDev +13%
Poured from a bomber to a pint glass, the liquid is dark, head is 2fingers tan and some lace.
The smell is big raosty malt and alcohol, Me like!
The taste is the same, Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, my Favorite.
The mouthfeel is stoutish full and good bite.
The drinkability is great. Prosit, MK
12-03-2007 10:22:01 | More by MuenchenerKindl
He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.