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He'Brew Jewbelation 12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhinos00 on 10-22-2008)
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Photo of everetends
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

22 oz bottle I got from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Served up in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a suprisingly dark, brown. This beer might as well be black. When held to light, the shades of brown come out a bit more. Just a touch of dark red light comes through when exposed to a light source. A whole bunch of carbonation bottles are stuck to the side of the glass, seemingly trapped. Got about a finger of of tan head, but the retention was a bit of a let down. No real lace to talk about. There is a slick film that sticks to the glass though. Good looking brew.

S: At first smell, those 12 hops really come out. A lot of earthy tones are coming out. Earth, dirt, water, and flowery goodness. There is some citrus in there as well. Malts round it out with just a sweet kiss of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar smells. Not bad.

T: Taste really showcases the malt. This brew is sweet. Lots of bitter coffee. Chocolate is not as dark as I imagined but still tasty. Caramel is there in full force. Then a bit of the hops come in with an earthy kiss. Citrus, flowery, and herbal flavors come out. Then when you think it is done, the malt attacks again. Heavily roasted malt comes out with what tastes of smoke and wood. Then there is some butterscotch and then what tastes like the sticky goodness of the filling of a pecan pie. This beer is crazy but so good.

M: Full bodied brew that really coats the mouth. Carbonaton is somewhat high, but works incredibly well. ABV actually isn't that bad considering it sits at 12%. Aftertaste is so varied and lingering it is amazing. It really is the beauty of the beer.

D: For such a big, complex beer, this is damn easy to drink. Don't be fooled, this beer is complex. COMPLEX. There is so much going on in here and it is amazing that they actually got it to work. Much respect to the brewer for this achievement because it truly is that. Damn good beer.

everetends, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

According to the information located on the factoids-about-the-number-Twelve-crammed label, Shmaltz's 12th Anniversary bottling utilizes a dozen hop and a dozen malt varietals, and the resultant brew clocks in at a stiff 12% abv. Though I imagine such a burly elixir might lay down for aging very well, the Caesar of this realm (me) has decreed that this particular bottle is to be executed today-- to be beheaded, then disemboweled-- the double-deuce bomber-sized vessel doomed never to reach the year 5770/2009... So it goes.

Poured into a small tulip glass, Jewbelation Twelve is a dark, oily chestnut in color with a cap of coffee-stained tan foam atop. The bubbles reduce quickly to a ring, as if gobbled up by the opaque, light-absorbing brew beneath. Only a mere few freckles of lacing dare attach themselves to the interior of the glass.

The smell is multifaceted and fruity, with each whiff at the glass bringing a different olfactory sensation forward. Alcohol is prominent, with plenty of vanilla and overripe red apples pervading, accompanied by warm notes of brown sugar-laced rum, spiced with fresh plum juice, orange zest and snipped spruce needles. A juicy, tart citrus sting is layered into the profile, as is a spicy, dark breadiness that deepens and enrichens the aroma.

The taste is darkly malty at its essence, with rich, dark-kilned grains providing a base for aromatic boozy fireworks. Alcohol-fruity flavors take full advantage of the courtesy, with a swirl of fermenting pineapple and brown sugar-sprinkled red apples smacking down the base notes of burnt cocoa-dusted vanilla caramel. As the drink warms significantly, the fruitiness fades a bit, allowing the dark, sugary malt backbone to stretch out a bit to warm the drinker. A mild bitterness languishes in the aftertaste.

Jewbelation Twelve is one big mofo of a beer-- rich, strong, and very barleywine-like. The full-bodied drink is silky smooth with fine carbonation, and is in every way, shape, and form a sipper. Lovely stuff I'd like to see again with a bit of age on it.

cvstrickland, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is molasses, malts, and a syrupy thing. Flavor is thick, almost like a porter really. Lots of molasses as well. A slight burn of alcohol. Quite robust and sturdy. Feel is thick on liquid and the carbonation is lower with a slight hit on the mouth. Overall a hearty brew that isn't too shabby. For so much alcohol, you really can't tell it.

RblWthACoz, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a very dark brown color with minimal head and nice lacing.

Scent of brown sugar, prunes, roasted malts and some nuts. A pretty damn good scent, but being 12% I expected it to be a little stronger, but is is fairly tame.

Taste of prunes, sugars, roasted malts and a hint of coffee initially. Finishes with some roasted malts, slight sugars, and prunes. A nice big rush of flavor initially that balances itself out quickly, that's what I expect from a big beer like this.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy with a bit of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

22oz to snifter, pours a deep dark brown with hints of red, creamy tan head is forced from a heavy pour but fades quick - nice

smells of super malt, raisins, plums, hops, smells like a silky barleywine

taste is bitter, roasty, hot hot alcohol, slight apple, creamy, hops are bitter but hidden behind the agressive malting, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, tobacco, leather, hops impart earthy goodness, mmmm, love to see what some age could do to this one :D

mouthfeel is thick and oily, bitter, roasty, alcohol heat, loads and loads of flavors piled together but not overdone, a sipper indeed.. yum!

drxandy, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a long-stemmed goblet.

Pours a syrupy, almost opaque maple in color beneath a half-inch; almost creamy, tan head. The tan head slowly fades to a practically intact filmy sheet. A few trails of patchy lacing.

Fresh, vinous fruit: red apple, grape, plum. Faint hints of tart citrus: grapefruit, honeydew. Rounded hints of alcohol intermingling with a semi-sweet molasses-malt base. Soft hints of vanilla. Interesting range of aromas for a Brown Ale that work together quite well.

Monstrously sweet caramel, milk chocolate, molasses, and dark toffee with a hefty dose of caramelized brown sugar and nutmeg. The alcohol presence is bulky even though the intense rich flavors try to mask the 12% abv. Traces of dried grape and prune with a cedar/oak presence by mid-sip. Notes of ginger add a spice flavor that is just a little off, leading to a slick, alcohol-laden aftertaste.

Full bodied; hot and slick, but also almost dry with the oak and ginger. A little too slick, attributed to the alcohol and sweetness, but as balanced as can be for such a full-flavored Impy Brown.

Like nothing I've ever had in terms of the style. Too sweet for my taste, and the alcohol really shows. A daring concoction, but not an offering you could drink all night.

NEhophead, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of rushpatrick
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle with little to no head. The smell had little charectaristics other than a slight sweetness like pancakes. Beer coated my mouth very uniformly with a honey taste in the front of my mouth and bitter taste in the back like a barelywine. This lead to an aftertaste of not much other than alcohol. The flavor alcohol is the only quality that counts against this beer. Wouldn't try it again, but rock it if you want.

rushpatrick, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Taverner420
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Decent - not as good as last year's though. Pours a black-brown with no head. There's carbonation there, just no head. Nose is molasses like malt and alcohol. Taste is molasses and caramel. Too many malts IMO. Despite all this, it is fairly drinkable and doesn't warm until it hits the belly.

Taverner420, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. The nose has rich malts, alcohol, fruits, candy and hops. Taste is similar, very malt heavy with a subtle hop presence. Medium body has adequate carbonation. Very similar to the 11th jewbelation. A good beer at a good price.

rye726, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, opaque, almost black. Small 1/8 inch or less of brown head forms and disappears quickly. Some lacing.

S - Lots of sweet caramel malt. Dark fruit lurks in the corners but nothing distinct. Lots of chocolate as well with a hint of coffee, very nice. Some floral hop notes hide in the background.

T - Amazing. Caramel and chocolate make an impressive entrance followed by a buttery and coffee taste with a lingering flavor of anise. Slight citrus and a minty/grassy flavor pull through near the finish. Aftertaste is of coffee and butterscotch, with a touch of leafy-ness from the hops. Warmth and astringency from the alcohol are noticed but do well to compliment the other flavors.

M - Full bodied with a very soft carbonation. Very nice.

D - For a huge, thick, high ABV beer, this stuff is fantastic. I've gone through this bomber without issue and am wishing I had more. Really good stuff.

PatrickJR, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Oisin
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Vigorous pour into imperial pint glass produces tidal foam that quickly recedes into a black night.

I partake.

Malt tsunami floods the pallet. Malt for forty days and forty nights, but the ecletrical charge of hop can be discerned--like a small radio tossed into a large pool--just enough to electrify the malty midnight swim.

I behold the color--crimson around the edges, like a deep red sky and a black sun at sunset.

The night blooming jasmine outside my window is overpowered by the ale in my glass. All I can smell is malt.

I inspect the fine print on the bottle. Listed is everything significant about the mumber 12: 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Gods of Mt. Olympus, 12 months in a year, 12 step program. But most salient for me is the fact that I can buy three more of these bottles for a little over 12 bucks.

Oisin, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce brown bottle. Shmaltz might be one of my favorite breweries.

Appearance: Jewbelation 12 pours out a deep brown, almost black color that shows some rich ruby highlights. A strong pour resulted in about two fingers of thick, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention, head fades slowly and leaves behind a thick coating of sticky lace on the glass. Really a nice looking beer.

Smell: This smells like a sweet one. Heavy doses of fruit, plum and raisin to be specific. Noticed some subtle alcohol notes. Underlying layers of malt and hops. Slight hints of cigar tobacco deep in the background.

Taste: This one doesn't just smell sweet, it is sweet! Not overwhelmingly sweet though. Very complex flavors packed into this beer. Definitely some dark fruits, again plum and raisin. A subtle breadiness comes through with a bit of booze. Finishes quite dry with another hint of alcohol. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden. Big, bold flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Thick, yet not syrupy, full bodied mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Beer coats palate nicely.

Drinkability: Drinkability suffers a bit from the huge complex flavors. This is a sipper in my opinion. I'll have to get more of this tasty brew!

jaxon53, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Yesac
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Pours dark brown.. appears solid brown/black in the glass. Very small light brown head that seems to keep a thin layer on top as the glass empties.

S - Grassy and sweet fruity tones. Very unique.

T - First off I've got to say that for 12%.. the alcohol taste is well hidden. The manner in which it just briefly makes its presence up front is great. This is one smooth brew and is complex at the same time, the flavors are unique and I'm having trouble relating what exactly they are. The bottle says 12 malts and I believe it, there is a plethora of malt complexity here.. chocolate.. roasted.. and burnt tasting malts. Hops are here but hard to pick out.. they are giving off a more grassy type taste.

M - Thick bodied and medium carbonated.. overall rich and smooth on the palate. There is a great freshness feel and taste, I like it.

D - Extremely easy drinker here, even at 12%! Brew is so smooth and complex. Could sip or drink it fast. Excellent job He'Brew!

Yesac, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

10 oz. serving for $4.50 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Onyx black body with an inch of creamy-looking, light tan foam.

Smell: Malty, earthy nose with full notes of creosote, chocolate-flavored coffee, and even a spilled ink well. Fruitiness mingled in as well smelling of prune juice.

Taste: Intense, bold blend of malts -- plenty of roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice, and charred wood flavors. A quarter teaspoon of teriyaki sauce. Splash of prune liqueur. Earthy finish with final tastes of creosote and chocolate sauce. There's a warming booziness throughout, but with all of the thick, heavy malts present, it doesn't get a chance to really project itself.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This year's He'Brew anniversary release has a definite malt leaning as the purported twelve different hops took a backseat to everything else going on in this brew. Decent drinkability, but it's ultimately a slow sipper with deep, heavy layers of various flavors to savor and enjoy.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of johnnieoz
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

22 oz brown bomber.

A: Dark mahogany hue with a brown, cappuccino head that leave nice lacing.

S: Raisins, figs and dark fruit aromas. There's also a trace of black licorice.

T: Very sweet on the tongue, but some balance is achieved as the (he') brew swirls around mouth. A lot of black licorice here. Initially there was a somewhat metallic aftertaste, but this vanishes as the beer warms up. Hard to pin down, but it tastes good.

M: Chewy with minimal carbonation. Very solid.

D: @12% abv, few could drink more than one brown bomber. Yet the 12th goes down quite easily. Easier than other high alcohol brews.

I prefer the 12th to the 11th - memory tells me this one is more balanced. As balanced as a beer like this can be. And just to be clear, I like licorice.

johnnieoz, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a finger of tan head. The head doesn't last too long but leaves some pretty layers of lacing. When held to the light, you can see brown highlights and excellent clarity. When tilted, it leaves a nice brown stain on the glass.

The aroma is firstly of strong wort, like DME and dark hopped LME mixed. There's also some hints of orange peel, a good bit of roasted grains, some brown sugar, strong alcohol, a bit of dark earthy hopping, and also a good hint of vanilla extract in the back.

The flavor tends to follow the aroma... A ton of malt that's almost molasses like, a good roasted grain character (black patent), toffee, walnuts, and burnt pecan pie. The finish lingers a while with very sweet malt, dark roasted grain, earthy hops, and a good bit of alcohol. The beer has an almost barleywine-like sweetness and hopping, but has the roasted grain notes of a robust porter.

The mouthfeel department is a syrupy affair with medium-low carbonation and some chewiness, along with an oily yet very dry and warming finish.

This beer is simply overwhelming. It's just too much to want to drink a lot of. The flavor is original and unique, complexc and interesting, but just a bit too strong. Definitely a must try.

khiasmus, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Big,bad and deep dark brown with a decent creamy tan collar that leaves excellent fine lace on the glass. Strong malty aroma with raisens, fresh dough and faint mint. Taste is big and malty, growing more complex as it warms with a nice, almost vinuous complexity. Full bodied mouthfeel with a warming alcohol quality in the finish. This is a beast that at 12% ABV begs to be sipped. Solidly built.

biggred1, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%

This poured a nearly opaque ruby red with a bit of dark tan head. It smelled complex, with prunes, molasses, licorice, roasted barley, copper hops, and a bit of alcohol. It tasted very malty, like licorice, burnt chocolate, roasted barley, with some rusty copper hops and subtle citrus notes. It was somewhat thick with no carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very complex and tasty beer. I could sip and ponder this one for a long time. It had good body, was very clean, and was pretty easy to drink with the 12% alcohol hidden decently. I want to age this, but it's so good fresh, I don't know if I can ever hold onto a bottle!

Pencible, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of BrewMonkey
3.98/5  rDev +1%

Pours very dark brown with a couple fingers of solid tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel sweetness and a hint of alcohol spice.

Sips creamy and smooth with a bitterness akin to coffee. Lots of undertones that seem to change by the sip, raisin, plum, tobacco, chocolate. Slight alcohol warming, but not a predominant alcohol taste. Pretty smooth to drink consider the ABV, though the alcohol does wake up a bit more as it warms.

Pretty good. A little congested in the flavor department, which makes it odd to drink. But still tasty and enjoyable. L'Chaim!

BrewMonkey, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of scottoale
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%

Twenty-two fluid ounce brown bomber, poured aggressively into a Chimay chalice, a burnt copper dark brown ale with a dark tan 1/2" head. Bottling code on the bottom of the bottle, no freshness date...doesn't need one! The head dissipates as quick as it forms, leaving just a ring and a notch of fine delicate lace clinging to the glass.

The smell is sweet and powerful and gets more so as it warms. Full of fat maltiness and dark ripe fruits. Prune, raisen, toffee and alcohol please the nose in a big way. The smell grows with complexity as it warms.

The flavor, right off the bat, locks me in. The taste is amazing, loaded with fig, prune, molasses, toffee, caramel, black licorice and more. The hops eventually knock down the sweetness to a superbly balanced bittering finish. The alcohol helps push things through long, complex taste expirience...nicely!

The carbonation is tits with this brew, the body is big and bold, yet it is so well balanced that nothing seems to get out of hand...I can't imagine how well this stuff will age, seriously.

This brew is far to drinkable for it's whopping 12% ABV, I truly dig this ale and am amazed at what these brewers are doing. It's BIG and impressive!

This is a great example of what an Anniversary ale is all about. Special and something to be proud of. L'Chaim!

scottoale, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

A: Pours a nice dark brownish black hue with a small fizzy head. The head dies as quickly as it appears and leaves no lace.

S: Nice roasted malt up front with rich tones of chocolate. Dark fruit creeps in for a bit before being overtaken by alcohol esters.

T: Nice and flavorful. Very similar to the nose. Roasted chocolate malt up front which is backed solidly by raisin and fig. A touch of smoke and then bam the booze. Good boozy bite that lingers a bit. The more I drank I cold pick up hints of very green hops. Not as hop forward as I had hoped.

M: Medium in body very smooth almost creamy.

D: Pretty good. The booze gets a bit harsh as you finish this one off though.

Overall: Love these anniversary brews. They are big bang for your buck. The price is cheap and the taste is bold. What more can you ask for. I liked the 11 a bit better, but this one is a real value for the price.

tpd975, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Oily dark brown pour, dark cream head that quickly disappated. Roasted malt, mocha aromas, some booze. Tastes similarly, with some caramel and toffee. Slight hop presence. Some coffee bitterness in the finish. Alcohol peaks through with some definete warming. Nice balance of carbonation and creaminess. I think I liked the 11 slightly better, this is starting to push the edge with too many ingredients to properly manage. Make no doubt though, this is very good.

Bung, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

A- dark brown, almost black body under a thin layer of creamy beige head that lasts only a few seconds before becoming little more than a crown around the outside of the glass. very even lacing left on the sides.

S- chocolate, toffee, sweetness from so many malts, and a bit of booze. the faintest aroma of hops can be found as well

T- the alcohol and the hops come through way stronger on the taste than in the smell. lots of chocolate and toffee. even more burning from the booze.

M- very rich and thick. almost chewy. the alcohol warms all the way down.

D- the intense blast of alcohol makes this one a one and done beer. enjoyable, and something i was looking forward to. it would be alot better if some of the heat was gone.

jwinship83, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that fades. Aroma is quite fruity-- lots of apple cider, apple skins, and slight fig. Flavor of alcohol, raisins, green apple (from acetaldehyde?) and slight apple cider. Meh, not that flavorful and a little on the strong side (although I'm not sure I believe this is actually 12%). Ok beer but nothing to get excited about. Where are the hops??
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Flavor: 6/10
Overall: 14/20
3.4/5

LilBeerDoctor, Nov 06, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a small, bubbly, mocha-colored head. It left sticky lace and soapy legs.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee, caramel and boozy alcohol. Some floral aromas are muted.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and strong caramel malt. There was also a bitter hop sting mixed with a boozy flavor.

M - It was soft, creamy and port-like in its mouthfeel. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a great tasting beer. Seems more like a RIS. It is a powerful (ABV) beer that needs to be slowly sipped.

zeff80, Nov 04, 2008
He'Brew Jewbelation 12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.