He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10) - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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1.83/5 rDev -53.3%
reviewed 1/5/2007 (22oz bottle):
Pretty good head, tan, foamy, diminishing, a little lacing. Beer is an inky black color, slightly brown, but completely opaque. Very strong aroma, a little complex. Strong malt at first, but then a hint of some floral hops. Overall strong coffee, stouty aroma. Inhaling deeply: some alcohol & hoppy aroma. Stouty alcoholy taste, strong alcohol. Strong rubbing alcohol breath after drinking. Letting warm up a little more....still stouty, still alcoholy.
02-01-2009 05:35:04 | More by jujubeast6000
2.13/5 rDev -45.7%
He'Brew Monumental Jewbalation 22oz from a Goblet at 45 F
A: Deep Brown with hint of red topped by a beige head. Superb head retention. Appears to be an impressive looking stout or porter. Oh but wait...looks can be deceiving.
S: Dark fruit from Special B or aromatic malt. Smells bitter but not from hops. The aroma is a bit off and does not welcome the drinker.
T: For a split second you receive the reward of a plum flavored palate but instantly this is swept away by an overwhelming bitterness and disorganized concoction of malt flavors. At least the alcohol doesn't shine through.
M: Matches the appearance. Apparently one of the 10 malts was a dextrine malt.
Drinkability: Split this among at least 3 people. I considered pouring some of it out. I had this beer three times. The first was in September of 2006 at a tasting where I met the brewer. He was very cool and discussed the business and process quite a bit. I bought two bottles of this beer that night. I drank one a week later with some friends and this third one now by myself. All three times I felt the same. Instead of focusing on the number of ingredients and hop additions, this beer could be improved with a focus on taste.
04-11-2007 20:47:46 | More by BWH3
2.33/5 rDev -40.6%
Jewbelation gift pack
Ok so long and short on this beer is another waste of time. Seems to me that hebrew really had no idea what they were doing the first several year of this series. So you give me beers with 8+ malts and 8+ hops in this case 10 of each and you give me a brown ale? Wtf hebrew?
In this case its a boring headless pour with a boring one note fermenting dark fruit nose.
Taste is boring as well with some caramel malt notes, figs, dates, bitter hops which provide little to no flavor just a nasty bitter taste, and grain alcohol.
The released alcohol makes it taste thin and hot with a somewhat unrefined semi coarse carbonation.
Overall another boring lets thrown a bunch of crap in a kettle and ferment it beer in the series. I know the 11 is solid with age I hope it was solid early as well.
01-06-2011 00:20:53 | More by UA8
2.75/5 rDev -29.8%
Appearance - Dark chocolate brown with a thin caramel head. Head was a bout a finger thick and lasted about a quarter of the beer. Looked like a Imperial Stout.
Smell - Very toasted malty smell with a slight hint of flowers.
Taste - A jumbled taste of malt and hops. A bitter chocolate coffee taste with hints of citrus and nuts. Bitter bordering on sour.
Mouthfeel - Very thick with the CO2 being slightly weak.
Not the best beer in the world, but pretty strong. Worth a try if you like strong different beers.
07-08-2007 18:59:58 | More by BradBLR
2.9/5 rDev -26%
Moshe Dayan at his greatest, this beer hits you like the IDF without a subtle note in its repertoire. From the first sip this beer latches onto your taste buds like a F-16 that you can't shake loose and continues to hit you like a dog fight over the Sinai, surrounding you with overwhelming force and pummeling you until you concede defeat. It is a hard beer to drink, even if you're a fan of strong ales; I've had to "chase" it with water to cleanse my palete between sips.
04-10-2007 02:32:58 | More by r00tarded
2.95/5 rDev -24.7%
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.
09-26-2012 14:27:12 | More by sweemzander
3.13/5 rDev -20.2%
Still cleaning out my beer cupboard.
This is a nice looking dark ale. Almost black, lets hints of reddish and brown light through the edges. Decent two finger tan head formed on the pour and want s to stick around. Looks great with its clingy, somewhat intricate lacings that remain after thicker sheets break down.
Lots of treacle on the nose, over top of a pleasant nuttiness and hints of cocoa. A woodiness and earthiness from the hops, as well as some alcohol warmth also present.
Interesting, mostly treacle, with other flavours as in the nose. Hint of anise and smoke also present. Hops are there, with a nice complimentary bitterness, some citrus and woodiness present but mostly provide a clean level of bitterness. Some musty flavours also present, likely from the yeast.
Thick and almost cloying. Quite sweet with its strong treacly character. The malts stand above the hops, it may have been a better idea to drink this one fresh as more hop flavour would have counteracted the sweet malts nicely. Mild roastiness and some alcohol warmth add depth to this ale but dont manage to rescue it from its overly sweet and cloying side.
Almost a chore to drink this treacly brew. A good example of how bigger is not necessarily better. This would go great on oatmeal, and i recommend it to anyone who enjoys their molasses. Good thing i have a weak spot for molasses. Could probablly make some killer gingerbread with this one. Glad i tried it, wonder if more of a hop presence would have made a difference, may just add some SN Celebration to my glass and see what happens.
01-05-2008 03:01:50 | More by demcorhip
3.15/5 rDev -19.6%
New in town. Bomber purchased at Beer World of Largo.
The aroma is piney hops and lightly toasty malts with mild hints of molasses as it warms. The body is a deep, dark brown with a fluffy and quite lasting tan head. Fore is hop bitter followed by touches of molasses, black licorice and roasted malts. Seems a bit one dimensional as only the hops have any real intensity. Its good, but in a ho-hum kind of way.
11-14-2006 21:03:14 | More by Jredner
District of Columbia
3.2/5 rDev -18.4%
can't remember where i picked this up
from the lacy head above the deeep red emits almost a fruity aroma, along with the malts. the hops are woody, with a hint of pine character...minty even
bitter (not out-of-place bitter, though). the mouthfeel is fairly thick and reveals some complexity of malt. all the same, i'm not too excited about this guy
01-06-2007 05:39:46 | More by bruachan
3.3/5 rDev -15.8%
From the Vertical Jewbelation pack. Pours out a deep dark brown colour, bright ruby highlights when held up to light. Creamy light beige head with large loose bubbles that lazily recedes and leaves a thick coral reef of lacing behind.
Somewhat reminds me of the 13 with the aroma. Treacle, cherry and a light dusting of chocolate, some spikes of warm alcohol.
The flavour is bold, that's for sure. Taste seems to be replaced by intensity however. Akin I suppose to some Turkish coffee with a neutral alcohol warmth, gets even more intense on the finish, and lingers long into the aftertaste. But no real character beyond that.
Mouthfeel is pretty full, a bit grainy with assertive alcohol warmth. low carbonation but full body.
A bit of a one-eyed monster this beer is, as mentioned above the intensity far overwhelms a real semblance of flavour. I'd also peg it more as a Robust Porter, but that's pretty much moot at this point.
01-01-2011 08:20:28 | More by IronDjinn
3.3/5 rDev -15.8%
Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head. The head stays around in the form of a thin cover that leaves slight traces of lacing on the glass. Not a bad head retention at all for the abv level.
The smell is of caramel, nuts, dark fruits with a touch of spice in the back.
Other than some cocoa that arises mixing in with the characteristics found in the nose, this one has an aroma that greatly outweighs the taste. This has the same unfortunate metallic taste that I recall being present in this brewery's Messiah Bold (their brown ale). Fortunately, there is enough going on besides it to make it tolerable, but little more than that. Slight vinuous (almost sour notes) appear as it warms, detracting from what it should be. This one has potential that is just reduced to average at best because of minor irritating flaws - the greatest of which is the unfortunate metallic tinge.
The body falls just shy of full-bodied, and with a fair amount of creaminess. On the other hand, a certain blandness (not helped by the aforementioned mettalic tinges) just sits on the palate.
The alcohol presence, which was covered at first, grows as it progresses, adding a rawness to it that aging was unable to restrain.
It strives to be something bigger than it is, IMO. Not terrible, and okay as to share with someone, being that it is a one-off, but...not worth repeating.
10-27-2007 21:28:12 | More by jwc215
3.38/5 rDev -13.8%
22 oz brown bottle.
Dark brown pour, with a creamy cappuccino colored head. Lace coats the glass in a thick sheet.
Aroma is malty, notes of raisin, fig , prune, molasses, light liquorice.
Flavor is roasty, molasses, bitter chocolate, prune, touch of citrus.
10% abv is well hidden.
07-16-2007 07:00:07 | More by Padron4KM
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
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
12 oz bottle poured into tulip
A: dark brown, near opaque with a huge tan head that lasted forever. nice thick lacing
S: very sweet malt, some faint nuttiness, toffee. As it warms there is an intense alcohol almost bourbon like aroma
T: unusual and a bit off/disorganized. Very sweet caramel/toffee malt; some dark roast malt. Finishes bitter/dry but I do not detect hops in the actual flavor profile
M: very smooth. Medium body. very nice level of carbonation
O): this one was not the experience I was expecting which made it disappointing to actaully take down. Glad I tried the novelty of it, but one is plenty. The overall taste just didn't come together for me.
03-18-2011 04:02:58 | More by KidsDoc
3.49/5 rDev -11%
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%.
11-15-2013 03:20:36 | More by seand
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
Appearance: cloudy dark brown color with a one finger tan colored head that lasts a long time. Nice lacing develops during the session.
Smell: chocolate and caramels are the dominate tones.
Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, loads of molasses, espresso, vanilla, plums, brown sugar, and alcohol make up a bold flavored beer. High alcohol levels seem to override some of the more subtle flavors.
Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Long chocolate, molasses, and alcohol heavy aftertaste. Very warming beer.
Drinkability: this is a one bottle per session beer. Heavy and alcohol is a little too noticeable here.
02-15-2007 13:13:53 | More by Gavage
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
Pours out a dark black concotion with lots of off-white/tan suds. Lacing abounds here.
Smell is of grapes and raisins and plums with slight coffee and bitter chocolate.
Taste is a little dirty here. And a little watery. The sweetness is just like tabel sugar and the bitter is from coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Little bit of a fruit flavor before the alcohol warms the throat.
Mouthfeel is a little dirty but the bitterness left is kinda nice.
Drinkability is low here because of the taste and the 10%. abv.
06-27-2007 21:30:36 | More by peabody
He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.