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He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) - Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13)He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13)

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%


Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: spartanfan on 10-18-2009)
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

For the record, this is in no way an imperial stout (which it is classified as at the time of this review) and it will not be reviewed as such.

A - Not quite black, but a very dark brown with small traces of light on the edges. Massive 5+ finger light brown head rises and sticks around for several minutes, even with the 13% ABV. A moderate cap remains throughout the duration. Decent lacing as well.

S - Lots of caramel, bread, toffee, brown sugar, traces of vanilla and chocolate; a really wide range of sweet malt. Nutty and almost woody tones make appearances alongside the minutely detectable alcohol. An herbal and indeed fruity character that I'm guessing is from the hops rides atop the sweet bready aromas and makes for somethign akin to a decadent, spicy dessert. Very layered and complex and so synergistic that's it's tough to pick apart. In a word, marvelous.

T - The taste doesn't disappoint. It's everything I was expecting from the nose. A mellow sort of burnt sugar taste begins things, slowly crescendoing into caramel, then butterscotch and toffee, falling to some mild caramel/molasses/chocolate colored fruits, and then settling into faint chocolate and coffee with a modest entrance of alcohol. That's the quick and dirty rundown, which is about the best I can do given the multitude of flavors harmonizing with each sip. Bitterness is minimal and only apparent late palate; the alcohol washes most of this away. A lingering roasty-ness with a bit of dark chocolate and char is all that remains in the aftertaste. Though the alcohol is noticeable, I've had 8% beers where the alcohol stood out more.

M - For a big boozy brew Jewbelation 13 sure does go down smooth. Sticky, caught somewhere between medium-heavy and heavy, if for nothing else due to the carbonation levels. Carbonation is a dead on medium and just may be the ultimate key to it's fantasticness. Sweet, sticky, and thick, it's never too sweet, sticky, or thick. Great balance here, though (minor complaint) the finish is a teeny bit weak from the combination of high ABV and a higher carbonation level than is usually seen in brews like this.

D - Good stuff, no problem polishing off this bomber, and at ~$5, probably a few more before it disappears. A superb beer. I got a little worried when I saw the imperial stout classification, but that isn't what 13 is at all. This would be better listed as an American Strong or even an American BW. Whatever you wanna call it, it certainly isn't any kind of stout, but it is a damn good beer. Grab one (or 10) while you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 05:16:05 | More by PatrickJR
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He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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