He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10) - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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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
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Chocolate fudge with a generous rim of red and amber. The cap is golden dark toffee in color and is all kinds of attractive. Forget about a potentially foam-killing 10.0% ABV, this lid is going nowhere fast. A gorgeous lace display puts the finishing touches on what has every right to be considered the gold standard for 'Imperial' brown ales.
The nose isn't as aromatic as it could be and has a fraction too much alcohol peeking through. A deep, dark chocolatiness is evident, but no sense can be made of the hop contribution at this point. Perhaps it will open up with warming and the malt and hops will begin to pull their weight. If anyone thought that 10 malts and 10 hops would result in complexity, think again. Edit: warming does I'd hoped it would do.
Where will adding so many different ingredients and escalating the alcohol with each passing year finally end? With a 20.0% beer that contains wild rice and some minor variation on some obscure hop? If you need to know the specifics, check out my Monumental Jewbelation 9 review. This year's version simply adds rye crystal malt and Simcoe hops to the stew.
Wow, I can easily pick out what the new ingredients add to the beer's flavor profile! Only kidding. Monumental Jewbelation 10 is a good, high-powered brown ale just like 9 was, but there's no way in hell that I can list their differences... assuming there are any. One year of rest has tamed what was probably a significant alcoholic heat at the time of release. It's still impressively warming.
The flavor is actually darker than 'brown malty'. There's a good bit of bittersweet chocolate, along with dark caramel, blackstrap molasses and black licorice. In fact, 10 is probably closer to a stout than a brown ale. The hops add citrus peel flavor and a hophead satisfying amount of bitterness. This sucker is becoming more complex and more delicious as the mercury rises. No, I don't actually have a thermometer sitting in the glass.
I like the fact that the mouthfeel isn't huge and overly sticky. Its medium-fullness keeps things drinkable, while still luxuriously bathing the mouth and tongue and laying down a fine film that promotes flavor linger. The more I drink, the more impressed I am.
Monumental Jewbelation 10 might have good beer at this time last year, but I doubt it. This sort of ingredient-intensive, high-ABV ale usually needs time to allow its various components to meld. It may not continue to improve, so I'd suggest drinking 10 now and putting away a few 11s for next year.
10-14-2007 15:54:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
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
10-08-2008 21:43:38 | More by brentk56
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
This is a very BIG beer. Just wanna put that out front first. Poured a deep dark brown, with a big head that fadeed to nothing. Some nice lace down the glass, lots of activity left in the film on top, looks good. Smell was so complex it is even hard to describe. Everytime you went near it you smelled something different. Bready tones the first time, spiceness the second, alchol, some fruitness, a bit of the hops, brewed with 10 and 10, it offeres a variety in every sense of the word. the taste is big, thick, full of alcohol, which is not even remotely hidden here. Lots of dark fruits and berries can be found in here if you look. Grassy tones, apricot, pear, very complex and lots of flavors seem to be battling each other. Almost tastes like a cross between an american and belgian strong due to al the complex things going on in here. This was a good beer, but I think it needs to sit down for a year and relax, and I will give it the time it needs.
02-25-2007 15:27:47 | More by mikesgroove
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
These bombers just popped up on the shelves in Central Kentucky, a year after I thought they were retired. But here they are. And, it's more akin to an American Strong Ale than a Brown Ale. The beer begins with a deep mohogany, brown hue with a foamy head that reduced to a 1/4" then held firm-- Looks a lot like Arogant Bastard Ale. Aromas are deep with complex malts, robust with hop intensity (pine and citrus), and overbearing alcohols. Flavors are deep with barley malts, picking up nutty, hints of molassas, dopplebock toasty, and fresh bread character. Esters deliver plumb, dates, grapes, figs, and apples. The alcohol still gives a solventy taste that interferes with the balance. Heavy weighted, thinned a bit by alcohols and dried out with the hop assist. Finishes balanced, aside from the fusal (cough-syrup) alcohols. Maybe another year will round the beer better.
03-27-2008 18:40:14 | More by BEERchitect
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Part of HeBrew Jewbelation Vertical Pack - $25.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with hints of garnet at the far edges and crowned with a tall, creeping, light tan head.
Smell: Chocolate coated berries garnished with a snippet of citrus zest (joining the aromatic alcohol to impart a sniff of tripel sec) and a liberal dusting of earthy, wood-toned spices and additional cocoa powder.
Taste: Dark chocolate blended with semi-sweet chocolate and some sweet caramel administered a few drops of Jägermeister. Hints of smokes, spice, and sawdust. A few raisins and red currants. Hops give it their very best to push through the increasingly dense maltiness of this series, but manage to throw off tastes of resinous pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and mint. Moderate bitterness. Late-arriving burnt chestnuts. Slips back towards the malts as you near the drying, warming finish with some lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. These Hebrew anniversary beers all seem to share a nice, smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This revisitation through the HeBrew anniversary beers has been pretty tasty voyage. Packed with flavor and good, wholesome fun, I say.
12-24-2010 18:07:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
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
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
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
I thought the Genesis 10:10 was their 10th anniversary. Was I wrong! Hey, more Jewsih trivia to wade through, if you like, on the label. On Rush's 10th album, Grace Under Pressure, #10 on Billboard's charts, Geddy Lee sings of his parents surviving the holocaust...On Sammy Davis Jr.s death in 1990 the lights in Las Vegas went dead for 10 minutes....Jack Black's parents joined a polyamorous group before they divorced when he was 10...who knew? Oh, and 10 plagues, 10 High Holy days, 10 generations from Adam to Abraham...stuff like that. And 10 years of Schmaltz.
And now the beer!
A dark one, this, impenetrable, deep, dark brown...thick, rich, cocoa brown head.
Nose is soft cocoa and nuts, sweet and lovely. A bit dry, amd a little roasty.
Taste: more sweetness, tempered well with...what? Not sure...candy sugar? Feels A bit Belgian to me. Cocoa and nuts, maple, brown sugar, roasty, rich, fluffy texture, then drying, though still on the sweeter side. An interesting combination! And an even-tuned one, as well. I like this the more I drink it.
In comes a whisper of smoke, and chunks of caramel...interesting...I said that, though, right?
Starting to taste like a dubbel, a bit, and I'm liking that, yessirree...
very nice, and highly reccomended.
11-05-2006 13:34:40 | More by feloniousmonk
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
06-25-2011 15:46:07 | More by drabmuh
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-01-2012 01:35:36 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
01-09-2011 02:02:01 | More by WesWes
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
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-24-2012 05:36:04 | More by mactrail
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
From 12/06/10 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA as part of "The Chosen Bar" Jewbelation takeover. Part of the re-brewed beers they did for 2010.
a - Pours a dark brown, almost black with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation. Looks exactly like Jewbelation 9.
s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, dark fruits, and light alcohol.
t - Tastes of nuts, caramel malts, dark fruits, sweet molasses and sugar. The dark fruit comes out a lot more as it warms up which is enjoyable.
m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy.
d - I liked this one a lot better than Jewbelation 9 and 12 (the other 2 brown ales). I thought the taste was great and the dark fruit came out a lot more. Would like to have again.
12-07-2010 18:30:11 | More by mdfb79
He'Brew Monumental Jewbelation (10) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.