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He'Brew Jewbelation 12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation 12He'Brew Jewbelation 12

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261 Ratings

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: rhinos00 on 10-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some red when the light hits the beer. There of a layer of creamy off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Really sweet, which is to be expected. Malt and caramel, this one is chalked full of dark fruit notes, maybe some raisins.

Taste: Extremely sweet from the malt. Reminds me of malt syrup. I'm getting caramel and dark fruit with some warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good beer. I'm glad I ended the night with it and only had a small pour. The warm alcohol was nice in the finish.

Photo of drcarver
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep syrupy black with medium brown highlights. small head which fades quickyl leaving little lacing.

S - sweet fruitiness and some nuttiness but not very strong. not quite what I expected from an ale this strong.

T/M - full bodied, thick, and creamy. sweet brown sugar, molasses, and soy. creamy finish. a hint of burn. little after taste.

O - a great beer. each one in the pack gets better and better.

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from last year's gift set.

a - opened the bottle and filled my ccb snifter. brew poured a purple black that had no head whatsoever. as the beer settled, a small head appeared but was gone in an instant looking like a shiny barrel aged delight...way more american strong ale than american brown.

s - nice malt forward leading with nuts, grapes, and a nutmeg almost dopplebock smell.

t - big and bold...grapes...nuts. again, very dopplebock like. some boozy bite in the finish.

m - rich and full bodied. a bit syrupy.

o - overall, an interesting beer. the booze isn't too in your face, though it is there. not bad, not great.

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of J0E
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Opaque brown black with almost no head. It's what I was expecting.
s: Strong alcohol, and sweet roasted malts. Faint molasses and fig.
t: The roasted malts are not as sweet as the nose would suggest, and there's a nice amount of coffee bitterness to balance it out. The dark fruit taste is present at first with the malty sweetness, but then gives way to the chocolate and coffee. Heat from the alcohol is very present
m: very smooth and creamy. What you would expect from a beer this with this high of an abv%. A sipper for sure.

O: This was a nice, balanced, strong brown ale. Would drink again for sure.

Photo of megahurts4
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

He'Brew Jewbelation 12

Appearance: dark brown, very small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, and a bourbon sweetness.

Taste: nice roasted malts, chocolate, and a vanilla/bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy.

This is a good Jewbelation. The balance is very good, but the alcohol is not masked very well.

Photo of sendsilk
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade. Thanks to Thunderroad! I believe it's a 22 oz bottle (at least). The label says it's a borwn ale, not my favorite style, but not disgusting to me either.

A- DARK brown, super dark for a brown ale. Nice frothy head, considering this bottle is at least 2 years old, it has great carbonation.

S- Super. A really great smell of sugar, plums/raisins, malts. Reminds me of the smell of a Bells Batch 9000.

T- Surprisingly good. Sweet fig, raisins and malt with a slight chili spiciness in the finish. Slight alcohol burn. I am pleasantly surprised by this beer.

M- Somewhat thin, but for a brown ale it's definitely not out of line.

0- Isn't it great when you have a beer you keep passing over because you think it's nothing special and when you finally do decide to try it, it far surpasses any previous expectations that you had? Very nice indeed!

Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve is black bodied with a ring of tan foam and no lacing.

The nose is very sweet and malty with a big dose of grassy hops.

The flavor is nice and moderately complex with no trace of the twelve percent alcohol. Molasses, some roast, solid sweetness and lots of grassy notes from the hops.

Smooth, but only medium bodied. Nice lightly dry finish.

A really tasty big brew that actually drinks quite well for the abv. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Photo of Motladiwa
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am happy to have this on draft at one of three accounts in Indiana to receive the entire package.

A- Would look better if it retained its head but that quickly went away. Nice and black, very pretty beer.

S- Faint hint of booze after a sweet dark cherry. Smells like it tastes, delicious and welcoming.

T- Malty fruit, caramel, Michigan cherry, rye bread. Dried coconut?

M- Very smooth and well balanced. A bit dry. Creamy with dry finish.

All in all I truly enjoyed this beer on draft. It's a one and done serving given the abv. Very enjoyable and I can't wait for the 13th to be tapped. Especially looking forward to the Vertical. This is a great series to go through release by release and taste how the addition of more components transitions the flavors. Although more complex, very well balanced and extremely enjoyable.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle release from 2008.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 2 inch multi-colored head that fades to a small cap. Half of it is a dark khaki and half is a lighter tan. Decent rings of lace stick around the glass on the drink down. Smells of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, ripe dark fruits, and sweet bread. Very delicious smelling. Taste is of raisins/plums, caramel, dark bread, and slight soy sauce. Good carbonation but with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that I have been sitting on for a while. I am glad I finally cracked this one open.

Photo of Schmittymack
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Jewbelation vertical gift set. Poured into a pint shaker glass a dark brown with a very small tan head. No lacing. On the nose, I get malt, caramel, a bit of smokiness, and a touch of chocolate. Taste was quite good: caramel, molasses, some black licorice, sweet(er) malt, and a small touch of smokiness. Mouthfeel was fairly thick and the taste stays with you a bit. Alcohol well hidden in this one. Not exactly a "Joe Sixpack" kind of brew but a very nice sipper. Should've cracked this one up in the mountains after hitting the slopes during the winter. I'd do this one again, given the chance.

Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Fantome tulip because I'm too lazy to wash my Hebrew vertical glass. Beer is dark brown and hazy with nearly no head. No lacing, low carbonation.

Smells like molasses and alcohol. Super sweet in the nose. Malt bomb.

Beer is pretty thin but not very hot. At 12% the alcohol is there but it's a little more like liquor than just pure heat. The finish is drier than I thought it would be. Really sweet up front and not bitter at all. These anniversary beers are likely the same beer just at different ABV, they all taste similar, this is a relatively well done high alcohol ale.

Photo of SirRuss
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prologue - Again, how is this categorized as an American Brown Ale, Bros?? American Strong Ale all the way.

A – A thin head, split-second retention, and minimal lacing, all contribute toward an appearance that is nothing to scream about. However, the dark soy sauce coloured body, and similar viscosity offer hope for a rich experience ahead.

S – Floods of caramel, coffee and chocolate dominant, and a clean spiciness joins a medley of hops on the back-note.

T – The sweet chewy burnt sugars flavours lead the way, and smoothly digress into the roasted malt expressions exhibiting espresso and an almost indescribable sharp rustiness. The hops intermingle respectfully with the roasted notes, and the finish is as complex as the fore and mid palates with further herbal expressions of coriander and spices from nutmeg to chilies joining the thickening ranks.

M – Superb. The carbonation acts to lift the voluptuous body to a perfect weight under which the tongue is pampered without being spoiled. The precise prickliness injects energy into the brew and deflects any threat of flabbiness that may have occurred without it. The alcohol is anything but backward, yet this brew has incorporated the booziness into its personality as successfully as Cindy Crawford converted her mole from blot to hot.

O – Yet another awesome Jewbelation from He’Brew. Incredibly well constructed, near perfect in balance, and obnoxiously bold across its profile. Bring on the rest of the series.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner; no obvious best before date.

A - deep brown with some ruby at the edges; small tan head resolves quickly with little to no lacing.

S - lots of caramel, but also a bit of smoke and grain on the nose.

T - fairly sweet caramel backed by molasses and licorice. Very little hint of hops. Some mixed enduring bitterness and sweetness.

M - very lightly carbonated and thick; coats the mouth and the flavor runs on and on.

D - thick and warm; not overly drinkable, but a nice sipper.

Another strong entry in the series - it's got a slight smoky character making it a bit different from the 13.

Photo of gnemesis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (from vertical mix pack) poured into a snifter on 03/16/2011.
Blackness filled the glass- full on black. Creamy tan head dissipates quickly and very small amounts of lacing. Smells of sweet malts, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dab of roast, and a bit of booze. The taste follows with a pronounced sweetness and more alcohol heat. Full body, medium carbonation. This is a good beer but some aging is needed to make perfect.

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From old notes.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a finger of khaki colored head on top of it.

S: Smells pretty boozy right away. Sweet dark fruits are evident and there is a lot of sugar and different malt smells to this one. Quite a bit of chocolate, especially the bitter variety, and a touch of coffee.

T: A very strong, bold flavor of chocolate, dark sugar, and dark fruits. Definitely some booze in there and some bready malts. The complexity of this recipe makes for sort of a muddled beer and flavor.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Just too much going on and not really in a good way. It doesn't quite mesh/meld together.

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He'Brew Jewbelation 12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.