He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
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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4.04/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
22oz bottle, purchased fresh in 2009. Drinking from a Duvel tulip. Thought I'd crack this and a 2010 Pumking to support the Rangers (my adopted Eastern team since I'm moving to NY in a few weeks... plus, the Kings beat my Hawks so I can't rightly support them). I stored this bad boy in a box in an interior closet. Ideally, I'd have kept it at about 65-70F, but I live in GA and that's just unreasonable, so it's been at 68-75.
A: Deep, dark brown with a creamy 1-finger head that fades a bit quickly. I'm surprised at the head - at 13% and aged for 5 years I didn't expect much of it.
S: Mostly a sweet malty smell, though there are some nice coffee/toffee scents as well. Maybe even some raisins. Some very mild ethyl booziness lingers.
T: Great malt sweetness. I remember drinking one of these fresh 5 years ago and thinking the boozy flavor overtook the milder, better flavors (I was somewhat of a newbie at the time and still noticed the booze). Now, the situation is reversed. The alcohol has mellowed a lot in the bottle over time and the malty sweetness is at the forefront now. Some coffee and toffee, but the roasted malts are the stars here. A very small amount of chocolate comes in on the back end.
M: Very viscous and silky. This is exactly what I was hoping for all along.
O: Oh, man. If you can find this one, 5 years out, do yourself a favor and locate it. I know some folks are tapping it in the Northeast every once in a while. Look for a Shmaltz tap takeover and get some of it. It holds up even better than the 2007 Black Ops I had last month.
I should note that, as I typed this up, the damn Kings came back from being down 4-2 to tie it up. Jerks.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 01:47:51 | More by jdcollens
4.21/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Henrietta, NY. '09 vintage.
Pours an opaque dark brown, with a creamy mocha like head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.
Smells include intense dark fruits, roasted malt, and caramel.
Similar tastes. This is very fruity, lots of raisins, plums, and cherries, bringing to mind a cross between a Belgian Dark Ale and a Barleywine. There are some stout like characteristics- some roasty malt and a little bit of chocolate.
Full bodied. Any alcohol burn has faded away at this point. Low to little carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.
Another vintage Schmaltz beer that was a winner. This seems to have aged well (I didn't have it fresh).
Serving type: on-tap
04-29-2014 02:06:32 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.99/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Picked this up at Russell's in Amherst years ago. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Poured a nice dark dark brown hue with a good almost two finger dark tan head that fades to leave a thin thin cloud and light halo.
S - Aromas of figs, raisins, molasses, strong malt sweetness, toffee, light light smoke, faint booze.
T - Taste is tons of big sweet malts, figs, raisins, dark fruits, molasses, smoke roast, caramel, toffee, light char, sweet sticky goodness.
M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, very sticky and syrupy. Alcohol hidden nicely.
O - Overall, a tasty beer. Not sure how this was fresh, but it did age nicely. Would prefer it to be less sticky on the mouthfeel though.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 23:06:42 | More by rudzud
He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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