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

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 189
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kirok1999 on 11-01-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

10 malts, 10 hop varieties added 10 times in a 100 minute boil, 10%. "Double Nut Brown"
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Photo of nlmartin
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a very tasty enigma to me. The beer is labeled a Strong Ale. Strong ale doesnt even begin to cover the beer stylistically. To me this beer is a strange melange of Strong Ale, Olde Ale, Barley Wine, and Porter. The beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass. The beer was very lightly chilled.

Appearance: The beer is a very dark brown bordering on blackness. The beer has very nice ruby highlights to light. The head is a cocoa coffee tinged coloration. The head is about two fingers and resolves to a thin creamy crust of foam. Concentric rings of lacing remain behind on my glass. Oddly enough the beer has a lovely reverse cascade off the intial pour. Seeing this beer in my glass makes me Thirsty!

Smell: The beer has a very good aroma. The beer is full of roasted, toasted and lightly chared maltyness. Spicey alcohol and floral hops mingle with caramel, light roasted coffee, herbal tea, nutty bread, earthy peat and a whiff of smoke.

Taste: The beer delivers a complex mix of the above flavors. In spite of a 10% alcohol content the beers alcohol is well integrated in the flavor. This beer has a very pleasing combination of roasted and toasted malts. The alcohol, hops and earthyness tame the sweetness very nicely.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Without a question this is a full bodied beer. The beer has a low carbonation. The beer has a slick buttery feel in the back of my mouth. The flavors are very long lasting. This is a big ass beer and is dam tasty. For some people this beer will be a sipper. I had trouble not slamming this beer back. I dont know how to improve upon this beer. I will definately have again! (1,649 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/25/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Pretty damn black in color. Maybe some dark chestnut around the rim. Dirty brown 1/2 inch head which settles at a nice fairly creamy looking rim. Pretty decent cobweb lacing.

Smell- The key is to let it warm up. Cold it's almost non-scented. Warmed it has a cornucopia of scents. Large dark chocolate scent followed by dark fruits, a touch of licorice, a wine like alcohol scent and a nice dark and fruity hop base.

Taste- Strong Ale...not so sure. Maybe part strong ale, but I definitely am picking up American Double Stout here. Huge dark chocolate flavors. A major oreo cookie taste minus the lard. Some alcohol soaked rasins mixes well with the light touch of anise. Hops are here and fairly intense at times. They do not, however, leave a really long lasting aftertaste. A nice caramel malt base with what seems like maybe some rye as well.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation that dies down a bit when brought to room temperature. Chocolate mouthcoating. Not really creamy, but not far from it.

Drinkability- This guy hits pretty hard. Wonderful flavors and scents make this a fine beer worth seeking out. Remember...room temp people...otherwise you are wasting a very good beer. (1,352 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!] (1,578 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good followup to Number 9 - 5766.

Poured into a He'Brew short tumbler.

Pours an almost opaque, clear, deeply ruby beer. A little darke than 5766. Tan, creamy head of about a finger, drops slowly to wisp with nice lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted grains, more malty than 5766, dark fruits (dates, raisins). A slight earthiness. But no other hop aroma can be picked out.

First sip is of roasted malt, nuts, toffee. A little chocolatiness. A little deeper roasted flavor than 5766. Still no real hop flavor stands out. Long, lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a resiny bitter coating.
Carbonation is at a good level, no carbonic bite or prickle. Slight warming from alcohol.

Another excellent example of the style. Nothing too aggressive. Good balance of flavors and aromas. Just as the 5766 does, hides the alcohol very well. (853 characters)

Photo of laintringulis
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pub glass. Pours almost black with dark ruby opaqueness. Large beige head that lasts throughout drinking. Nice lacing.

Smells:Dry floral hops, dry, powdery chocolate. Earthy, roasted coffee smell. Dark fruity sweetness and caramel malt.

Tastes as smells and then some. Very complicated tastes, but is simply delicious. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate and smooth caramel malt on the initial. Spicy, earthy, light cloves. Finishes with a very pleasant dry floral/citrus dryness.

Full bodied. Perfectly carbonated. The alcohol is presented well.

Very easy and enjoyable to drink. I would gladly like to drink more than one, but I might not be able to get to my bed.

I feel like I am inadequately describing all of the tastes going on in this beer, but it ties together so elequently. (810 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (1,541 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark impenetrable brown, nearly black, with an emensely tall and thick, lush head of dark tanned frothy foam that sits for good length before settling to a thin collar. Lots of lacing sticks in a conglomerate array of thin inky strings and spots all across the glass.

Aroma is lovely; thick, vast, and lush with dark sweet malts and heat. Molasses, dark fruity paste of raisin, fig, and dates appear to be the main ticket with a spicy, mintish hopping noting the trailing senses. Nuts and breads fill in as the heat really starts to build with a tinge of darkened earthyness and roast. Quite nice.

Flavors are bold and lasting. Not quite as complex as the smell, but super solid none the less with a grand play of darkness that seeps in all things earthly and fruity. Semi roasty parts slip into the finish as it cinders across the palate with a nice hoppy oilyness and warmth of meaty dark fruit filling of raisin, dates, and figs. Borderline Imperial stout-like with its generosity. The palate gets kinda dry very late with roasty, earthy hints, and a bit of spice.

Feel is smooth and big with lasting girth and play among the flavors of roast and darkness. Dark and sweet, dry and spicy, warm, and tender, bold and lush. A dandy of a treat. One monumental jewbelation will be had for truly with this Chosen Brew.
Yummy stuff. Happy Tenth He'Brew! (1,364 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  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. (728 characters)

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

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 (296 characters)

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a complex roasted malt and burnt toffee scent . It's malty sweet with a bit of alcohol warmth and some roasted malt character. The taste is excellent as well. It has a rich, warm, malty flavor that's quite complex; sweet up front with a good deal of earthy, roasted malts in the finish. The hop character stands out as well. There's a noticeable bitterness that resinates through to the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous "double brown" ale. I love the complex malt bill and the subtle alcohol warmth. It's a rich, warm sipper, but a delicious one. (736 characters)

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

Pours a very dark brown color, nearly black really, with a large tan head that recedes slowly. Aroma is wonderful: chocolate, dark malts and caramel. Taste: milk chocolate, toffee, maple syrup, plums, alcohol and raisins along with spicy hops in the backround. Reminds of a port sherry. Excellent! Mouthfeel is thick, rich and full bodied. Drinkability is high. I could probably down 2 bombers of this beer, but would regret it in the morning. I know this beer is listed as a Strong Ale, but it reminds me of a cross between a Baltic Porter and a Strong Belgian Dark. Regardless, this is a top notch brew and one that I plan on buying more of. (643 characters)

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

Some light is passing through this dark brown monster. Poured out with a big foamy tan head that faded after a bit, but leaves a nice amount of lacing. I really like the smell. All about the malt, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit and alcohol. Adequately carbonated the mouth feel is smooth yet oily in the way that it spreads out and coats the tongue (Hallelujah!!). Full bodied and full of flavor. The taste would compete with a number of Double Stouts. Not overly sweet, the 10% ABV comes across with the cherry-vanilla character of a barrel aged product. Caramel, chocolate with a touch of toasted malt. Really enjoyed this one. (643 characters)

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

Poured out a dark brown/black with a dark ruby hue. Head was a large, long lasting, with a tan color, lacing was also left.

Aroma of a mocha, coffee, caramel.

Flavors of dark chocolate, with a light tone of coffee, some earthy character is apparent, also a nice caramel, with floral hop.

Mouth feel is creamy(milkshake like), huge bodied, low carbonation, with a slight alcohol warming present

Wonderful is a nice descriptive word for this brew. i need more.

Thanks to beerhandy for this excellently wonderful brew. (531 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a melted dark chocolate color with a rocky tan beige head that leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Burnt caramel, rum raisin, toasted pecans and licorice

Taste: Initial burst of licorice laced raisin and nut bread, with a date/raisin fruit aspect that is underscored by a bit of citrus; after the swallow, the licorice, dark fruits and pecan flavors dominate although there is a bit of residual bitterness that offsets the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: With a couple of years of age, this beer has settled down nicely to produce a complex fruity and slightly sweet concoction

Thanks, emacgee (from the other site), for the opportunity (718 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle sent to me by the amazing trader demcorhip. Thanks man! Poured into a pint glass.

Pours black with a hint of brown, and in the glass some ruby and purple highlights can be seen, but it's really quite opaque. Big 1 inch head that won't be stopped, but will recede very slowly. Nice lacing clinging to the glass. Smell is very hoppy right off, vinous, oily and floral. There's a solid roasted presence here too, bitter coffee especially. A bready and yeasty aroma comes up as it warms, very Munich/Oktoberfest like. Very subtle pepperiness that almost comes close to mint. Not much sweetness to be found in the nose, just a LOT of complexities that meld together to create something wonderful.

Taste is massive, the first thing I think of is boom, bitterness. But it's much more than that, first big one is the fennel/anise combination that is liquorice, massive chocolate malts then move into a light sour territory. Very spicy, with white and black pepper seizing the tongue at times. Mellow buttered fruitcake breadiness comes in, and just as you think that you've picked out all the flavours, then BAM, here's some plums and raisins, and BOOM, here's a little more citrus for ya. Roasted coffee, bitter cocoa, on and on and on. One thing you never taste is alcohol, and this is a hefty beer to be sure. Finish is dry and bitter. This is not a sweet beer at all, and I'm thankful for that. Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for my liking, but gives me an excuse to hold it in my mouth a little longer to experience all the flavour. Absolutely dangerously drinkable for a 10% abv beer, and sessionable, but for me it'll just be a shorter session. Complex without seeming muddled, which is a danger when working with this many different varieties of hops and malts. A lovely treat for this chilly evening. (1,824 characters)

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

aged since 4/07

a - pours a one finger thick dark tan head into a goblet that leaves nice lacing throughout and also coats the glass well. the body is dark brown with reddish-purple hints.
s - vanilla, caramel, biscuits and raisins with a slight alcohol burn in the nose. smells terrific and complex.
t - vanilla, caramel, syrup, spices and dark fermented fruits.
m - medium and slick on the tongue.
d - shared this w/ my fiancee' and it drank very well and we both enjoyed it a lot. (484 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (584 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,294 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours from 22oz bottle(Brewed and bottled in Saratoga Springs, NY) a dark brown with a medium sized off-white head of foam that shrinks quickly leaving just a ring around the glass with a little lacing.

The smell is pretty big. I note caramel malt, roasted malt, and an ample nose of alcohol.

The taste on first sip has the caramel malt right up front and it's pretty sweet but it's joined almost immediately by some very nice roasted malt tones and some dark chocolate that stops the flavour from becoming too sweet. Nice and, boy, this is going to be a sipper for me for sure because I'm getting the alcohol kick right after the swallow and it's quite warming but the flavours of this American Strong Ale are very tasty so I'll have no problem dealing with that. ;^)

Further sips in and I'm now getting some toffee and *that* just makes me smack my mouth in appreciation and...the finish starts off sweetish, turns toward the bitter side but ends up on a slightly sour note leaving a lingering and delicious aftertaste. I'm pretty impressed with how complex and diversified the flavours are but they all work together very nicely. The only "negative" thing I can say about it is that, for me, it's not something that I can finish at one sitting. Not a 22oz bomber. But that's okay.

Bottom line: This is a pretty impressive example of the style in my book. If you haven't tried it before and see some, buy one and sip on it.

PS: I'm "capping" the 1/2 bottle I have left and I'll sip on it some more tomorrow. (1,530 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (928 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Bottle Date, Sampled September 2007
Well I have been avoiding this bottle for almost a year, not because I think it will be undrinkable, but because I have had so many other distracting things to try instead. Lets see how this has held up. The beer appears lightly carbonated from the scant, one-finger thick, brownish tan colored head. The beer is quite dark with an almost black, burnt brown hue to it. The aroma is quite the mix of hop and dark malt aromatics. Aromas of candied orange peel, dark chocolate, black coffee, tangelo, tropical fruit and a significant berry character. If you dig for it a significant, toasted almost to the point of being burnt / caramelized bread-like aroma becomes noticeable. The hops and malt, along with the 10% alcohol, produce a fruity brandy like note to this beer. The aroma is really nice and complex and hopefully foretelling of good things to come.

Chewy and thick feeling on the tongue, this is accentuated by the light carbonation, which can't hide the viciousness of this brew. Fairly sweet tasting, but this is quite well balanced by many other strong flavors in this brew. Fruity hop notes of candied orange peel, berries, lychee syrup and tangelo mix with malty fruit notes of raisins and figs and even something like a liquorice note. All of these fruit notes have a significant burnt character to them as if they were blackened significantly over and hardwood flame. Bitter, roasted Coffee notes that one would think would completely clash with, but manage not to, and in fact intermingle and play nicely with the up front, concentrated fruit flavors. The finish is influenced by a lightly bitter burnt malt character, a touch of warming alcohol and a light hop bitterness. The hops also provide a menthol / pine-like note to the finish, that is fairly light.

Easily one of the better beers I have had from Shmaltz. I really like the mix of fruit and dark malt character; this is like a really hoppy Imperial Stout, though without a omnipresent hop bitterness. After having smelled this beer for a bit I was sure that the aroma would be better than the flavor, but I am quite pleased to proven wrong. This is still quite a hop dominated brew, but I have a feeling that time has allowed a bit more of the malt character to come through to better create an overall balance in this beer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (2,380 characters)

Photo of ReebShorts
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This baby is dark, near black actually. Brown sugar colored head, fine carb bubbles.

Aroma of malts, first and foremost, followed by dark fruits, Black licorice, fig, cola and bread.

Great balance here, a virtual potpourri of flavors combine for a smooth finish, and pleasant drinker. The Abv is hidden very well from the palette, but definately some warming noticed in the Belly.

I believe this is my first Rabbi approved brew, and I must say I approve as well. Will hapilly seek this out again. (531 characters)

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

Very dark red color with a creamy cherry tan head. Huge citrus aroma, grapefruit, with some pine and dry flowers. Rich chocolate compliments the roasted coffee taste. Nice hop bittering, sticky pine resin and flowers. Big malty finish with some dried fruit and alcohol warming but is pleasant. Very drinkable for a 10abv. (321 characters)

Photo of Schmittymack
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of phisig137
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a deep dark black color, with a 1 1/2 finger tan head. Good retention slowly gives way to a thick creamy blanket of foam on top of the glass, and abundant lacing.

Aroma is pretty amazing. Complex malt aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate, biscuits, fresh bread, honey, and dark brown sugar are abundant. These aromas are held in check by a delicate hoppiness, that is slightly piney. A bit of alcohol is present, but not harsh at all. Smells like exactly what I want on a cold night.

Flavor is incredibly balanced. Great malt flavors up front, again with toffee, nutty toasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Not sweet, nor is it dry, this is that odd middle ground. Finish is lightly bitter from the hops, and lingers for quite some time. Again, fantastic balance of flavors, this shows the character of an aged barleywine more than a fresh strong ale. If I were tasting this blind, I would seriously think that this was a 3 year old bottle. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Drinkability is dangerously high.

Once again, He'Brew amazes me. For the longest time, I had back luck with their brews. But this one really blows me away. Incredibly complex, and incredibly balanced. This beer does not need any time to age, but I'm going to pick up a few more bottles and see what they do. This beer really should get a 4.5 or maybe even 5 for flavor, but I had to dock a point for some slightly harsh alcohols. I think that after one year or so to let the alcohol presence mellow a bit, this will score a 5 for flavor, no problem.... HIGHLY recommended, and I will buy it again! (1,593 characters)

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He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.