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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 Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (261 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 BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (877 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (857 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (2,522 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (958 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (684 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,230 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,284 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (751 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.
Seek it. (1,283 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,370 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (673 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 Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (455 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 Gavage
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (638 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 smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for breaking this open...
Appears a dark brown with caramel edges. Two finger head fades into a mild cap & collar. Scattered lace is left around the glass.
Smell is of oatmeal, cocoa, caramel, dark fruit, sourdough, and anise. This was a pleasant surprise in the aroma. Well done.
Taste is of the aromas with some roasted grain pulling through in a yeasty, sugary flavor.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, caramel laden, slightly hot with mild esters pulling through with a yeasty punch. (498 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

Pours like a barley wine, very thick.

This is a deep dark brown colored ale so dark it almost black. The brown color of the slight head is a testament to the darkness of this beer. This really looks like a RIS.

Smell is sweet and fruity with the aroma of grape and raisin the strongest. Extra scents of nuts, licorice, rum and brown sugar. Smells a lot like DFH WWS.

Taste begins sweet and full of black licorice flavor. Fairly stout bitterness level here does a good job of keeping the malt in check. Additional flavors of bitter almond, chocolate, lemon and coffee. You most certainly can feel the warmth of the alcohol in this one and it was an excellent choice for a Christmas beer review.

Mouthfeel is good.

A quite nice beer and an excellent sipping beer for not doing much of anything on Christmas. I personally would have called this beer more of a RIS than a strong ale but that doesn't matter when discussing drinkability. A hefty ale great for sipping. Don't drink this expecting a thirst quencher this is much closer to liquid chocolate cake. (1,115 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color. Slight molasses nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is light sweetness, bitter chocolate, finish is bitter coffee. Better as it warms. High ABV is hidden. Gift - bought in the Boston, MA vicinity. (312 characters)

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