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

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

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BA SCORE
91
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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 27 | FT: 4
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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4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour was very dark brown with garnet/ruby highlights, especially when held up to direct light, with a finger of tan and faint burnt orange head. Smells of dark fruits such as cherries, plums, raisins, and fig. Also has sweet doughy malts, molasses, and a bit of caramel. There's really a lot going on. Taste is very complex as well. Deep roasted bready malts in front. The dark fruits are very prominent. It's very rich, but I never felt the sweetness to be too much. The hops have a really great effect on the bitter finish. There's also a slight taste of coffee that lingers after the swallow. Alcohol leaves a warming sensation in the pit of your stomach, but even at 13% it's not overpowering. The feel is thick and slick. This is a fantastic beer...one of the best I've had. It really suits my taste buds. I just wish I'd have brought more back from Florida. I love that I can buy a 100 proof bottle of vodka, but only a 24 proof beer here in the great state of Ohio!

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4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a delirium snifter.

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a nice chocolaty head.

S: Smell is at first of overpowering hops, but there is also a lot of roasty and chocolaty smells too.

T: Taste is very big and complex. Chocolaty and roasty at first. Lingering bitterness from all the hops.

M: Mouthfeel is full and very smooth.

D: For 13% this one is as drinkable as it gets. I wanted another after I finished this one.

This is one excellent beer. Perhaps a little over the top, but all the flavors work well together. I think I'll pick up a couple more for the cellar.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found the last bottle of this at Beers of the World and cellared it for 8 months.

22oz.bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an absolute black with a muddy/tan 1/8" of head, sticky spiderweb lacing all around the glass. Upon first whiff you catch the alcohol, then plums, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, sweet cherries and a mild medicinal scent. The taste is perfect, so delicious and full. Tastes of dark chocolate, juicy pit fruit, molasses, dark roasted malts, caramel and a surprising mild hop flavor on the back. Super thick, sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish. I wish I could drink this beer forever, so sad it's retired.

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Photo of nerow
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-An agressive pour into a standard snifter leaves a one finger head. Standard Imperial Stout appearance, almost opaque with good retention.

S-Smelling dark fruits and brown sugar. Some bready yeast aromas.

T-This one is a big ol' malty SOB. Plenty of plum flavour married with cocoa and brown sugar. Some toffee taste. Not a very apparent hoppy flavour except at the end with a bit of grapefruit. An oaky flavor shows up at some points. Almost similar to a port wine, as some other reviewers have noticed.

M-Big and rich, but not cloyingly syrupy unlike some other Imperials I've tasted. Not as large an alcohol burn as I would have expected. The flavour lingers for a bit, which with a beer like this one is not unwelcome.

D-Exceptionally good. Devastatingly good. How the fuck do they hide the 13% ABV so well?

A very well constructed dessert beer. Pleasant on it's own, this beer would compliment a chocolate or cheese platter. For 6$ a bomber, this is about as good as it gets. This beer deserves respecting, otherwise you'll be waking up with a nice hangover...hugging your toilet like it became your new best friend overnight. Mazel Tov to Schmaltz Brewing Company!

Photo of Pahn
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: Somewhat heavy pour yields a 2 inch silky, light tan head that sticks around a long time and leaves walls of lacing. Pours a dark black brown, and is amberish brown at the edges when held up to the light. Beer leaves webs of lacing around the glass and has great legs.

Smell: Deep roasted malt, coffee, toffee, caramel, some nuttiness, booze, and a nice grassy hop presence. This beer has a huge and delicious aroma. There's some cinnamon and dark fruits (plum? fig? fresh dates?). It's woody and sugary. The roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruit, and grassy hops play off each other incredibly well. This aroma promises an incredible taste.

Taste: Amazing. The taste is full and creamy with notes of caramel and coffee, dark fruit, and sugary cake. Really deep roasted malt. It starts creamy, develops into a nice grassy hop bitterness in the middle, then moves into big roasted malt, dark fruit, cake, and hot alcohol. There's a definite sweetness to the deep malt at the end, but it's not overwhelming or cloying. Also a pretty distinct plum note in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Rather full-bodied, thick and creamy. The alcohol warmth builds up to be quite hot.

Drinkability: The 13% ABV is relatively hidden at first, but comes out as you get deeper into the bottle. This isn't a problem though; this a big, delicious, uncompromising beer. I can't give it anything but a 5. Ease of consumption? If this weren't brewed just once it would be a staple beer for me for a long time to come.

Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah was a highlight for me at the recent Night of the Barrels (up there with Black Tuesday, Utopias, and LA Angel's Share Grand Cru). Upon buying a few bombers, I briefly wondered if intoxication had caused me to overrate the beer at the EBF and half expected to be disappointed tonight. I wasn't. This is a world class beer, taking many of the best aspects of American craft beer (big hops, deep malts, high ABV) and combining them expertly. It screams celebration; if the brewery was trying to make something special for their 13th anniversary, they've emphatically succeeded.

As a side note, I bought 2 bombers of this beer for *$5.99* a piece at the Whole Foods at Union Square. $5.99!? That's unbelievable value. I would pay twice that or more for beer of this quality. I'll probably head back there and buy whatever they have left before I leave the city. As another sidenote, I let my non-beer drinking friend try some of this, and she thought it was divine. A special beer that I recommend you do everything in your power not to miss.

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edit: Taste dropped from 5.0 to 4.5 to reflect subsequent bottles (i think i've had about 10 lifetime, and i would conjecture that 3~4 were 5.0s for taste, while 6~7 were 4s or even below, especially the rebrew for the gift set).

Photo of blackjack000
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle poured into goblet.

Appearance: As it pours, a dark oily brown. It sits black in the glass, chocolate at the edges through the light. Wispy thin head that laces the top with fine bubbles.

Smell: Dark chocolate, flowery, orange peels, honey suckle.

Taste: Bakers chocolate, thick coffee, grapefruit with peel, sweet malt.

Aftertaste: Heavy bakers chocolate and dark coffee, and a long lingering orange peel and pine needles.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the hebrew vertical jewbelation glass

A: pours a deep brown with a slight reddish tint, pours with no head, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: sweet scent, deep malt notes, slight caramel scent

T: sweet notes, nice malt depth, slight alcohol burn

D/M: strong carbonation tingle, nice depth makes it enticing to drink, does go down very smooth

Photo of Mitchster
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$5.79 for a 22oz bottle at Jacks. Brewed with 13 grains (specialty 2-row, Canadian Munich, caramunich 40, chocolate malt, crystal rye, dark crystal, flaked spelt, flaked oats, kiln amber, pilsner malt, rye ale malt, vienna, and wheat malt). Hopped with 13 hops (ahtanhum, amarillo, apollo, cascade, centennial, colombus, crystal, fuggles, goldings, palissade, simcoe, tettnang, and willamette)..you guessed it, 13% ABV.

Pours out to a very very dark brown mahogany, near black, forming a tall medium tan head with exceptional lacing and retention. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma will permeate the room...boatloads of prunes, raisins, dates, figs, walnuts, burnt blackstrap molasses, black licorice, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, and herbal pungent hops. The mouthfeel is pillowy soft and smooth with a huge creamy cloying thick dense body. The taste opens with the dark fruits mentioned above, followed by a blast of nicely balanced pungent herbal hops, followed by a very nice roasted flavor with coffee and black patent notes lingering in the aftertaste with a mild to moderate bitterness. Touches of soy sauce throughout.

This is an amazing brew...although it isn't brewed with roasted barley or black patent, I would call it along the lines of a Russian Imperial Stout. Huge. Highly recommended. Considering the price, it's a no-brainer.

Photo of djeffbee
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Total Wine in Claymont, DE for $5.99.

A: Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of nuts, raisins, figs, plums, and something sweet like cherries and dark chocolate.

T: Was a bit tentative to taste this as I kept looking at the monstrous 13%ABV on the label. It tastes like it smells, very complex, sweet, yet balanced. Subtle hops up front, dark malts are prominent with figs, nuts and fruit follow.

M: Mouthfeel is excellent. It's a heavy beer, but smoother than I imagined. Carbonation is perfect for this type of brew, enough to give a good pop on the bottle, but not enough to take away from this beer.

D: Too good. I finished my glass and I could more, but I was wise to keep it to one.

I was very impressed with this beer, I imagine it will only improve with time. I have 4 more bombers that I will lay down until next holiday season.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some of Shmaltz's previous anniversary ales were listed as brown ales on this site, and while this one is very brown, I'm thinking it has finally been classified properly here on BA: as an American Strong Ale. Or, more appropriately, a Jewish-American Strong Ale. The head is thin and settles to a long-lasting light golden-brown skim. The color is, as said, very brown. Just a couple shades from black.

Aroma brings in some vinous qualities, some alcohol heat, unsweetened/bitter baking chocolate, a ghost of fig, and dark bread. Nice, but nothing yet indicates the greatness that were their 10th and 12th anniversary ales (I missed 11, unfortunately).

The flavor, however, has it all. At least, all that a lover of big American strong ales could want. Immediately bringing to mind Bell's Third Coast Old Ale, this has a comforting, warming vibe about it. Gooey and rich without being overly so, it brings to mind chocolate syrup, figs, dark grapes, lightly charred wood, burnt chocolate, liqueur-filled chocolate candies, chocolate cake, chocolate-flavored coffee, and s'mores. So...yeah, pretty chocolate-y, which is apparently from some kind of primo chocolate malt used. Brewed with 13 malts, there's a good chance at least several are of the chocolate variety. The 13 different hop varieties, however, are embedded more subtly into the fabric of this complex ale. The alcohol underscores and makes warm the richer flavors, yet is surprisingly downplayed in the overall flavor profile. Wow...nice job, guys.

Texturally this is as gooey, chewy and rounded as you'd want it to be, but, like the alcohol presence, it's not at all overbearing. To achieve textural and flavor balance on a big-ass brew like this is an accomplishment, and the fact it's not a mess nor overbearing is remarkable.

I'm gonna give this a 4.5 for "drinkability," because for 13%, it goes down with exceptional smoothness--and because I would much rather nurse one of these for an hour or so than session a lesser, blander beer. So be it. I'll never miss another Shmaltz anniversary ale as long as they brew, and hopefully that's going to be a long, long time.

Photo of ales4baldo
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-Cool celebratory look with the 15 in the back ground.

A-Pretty dark with little to no head. Light brown head and poured a little thin.

S-Greenn apples and some cinnamon as well. Little chocolate and smoky smell. Soft booze smell for 15% beer.

T-Really good. Has a nice sweet taste that comes from the booze. Dark chocolate and plums with also some almonds. Cinnamon and raisins as well.

M-A nice soft smooth silk like draw thats nice. Full bodied and stout like feel. Carbonation is low and should be. Dark roasts and chocolate stick to the palate.

O-A really nice beer overall. Like the complexity of the flavors and the stout like feel. Will probably get better with age.

Photo of bort11
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Mild mocha tan colored head rises about a half inch. As the head recedes thin stings of lace stick to the glass. Color is a thick black coffee brown. Good to look at.

The smell is very bold with dark coffee and some chocolate aromas. Taste is awesome. The label says it uses 13 different hops, but it's really the 14 different malts that stand out. Tons of layers. There's coffee, and chocolate, and rye, and oats, and toasted wheat bread, figs and raisins. It seems like it would be all over the place, but it is really controlled and balanced.

Mouthfeel as a thick creamy texture but finishes dry. The 13% ABV is hidden, but it is still a slow sipper from the complexity of the flavor. Really good stout and at $5 a bottle it's a great bargain.

L'Chayim

Photo of Pencible
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like creamy milk chocolate and honey wheat and pineapple, with some toffee and fig and a bit of light coffee and vanilla. It tasted like cherry and pineapple and copper hops balanced by rich chocolate and roasted barley and sweet caramel and toffee malts, along with a bit of creamy yeast and coffee. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was basically the best of every beer from almost every style. It had so many different scents and flavors all mixed together in perfect harmony. The only thing it didn't have was funk or barrel aging. Otherwise, the depth and complexities seemed endless. It had excellent body as well, and the alcohol was amazingly hidden, so it was all too easy to drink. You really need to be careful with this one! An immense delight fresh, and it will possibly improve further with age. L'Chaim!

Photo of zplug123
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass:

A: Dark as night with only a glint of light being able to pass though, nice brown lacing with minimal head

S: Malty and chocolate, no hops aroma is apparent

T: Large chocolate/coffee with hops bitterness setting in from the beginning and middle, ending cleanly with only lingering hops in the end.

M: Extremely smooth for such a large beer, low carbonation and full-bodied.

D: This is a keeper, a pity it's seasonal. I can imagine this brew as a sipping beer, as the taste and alcohol would only allow that.

Photo of jsh420
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours dark brown with a big 2+ finger tan head that leaves spotted lacing

smell - what did they just clone palo santo?? roasted malts dark fruit vanilla chocolate coffee fruity hops

taste - yep pretty damn close to a palo santo clone - it might not have the pronounced notes the palo santo has from the barrel aging but like i said damn close - this beer is a bit sweeter brown sugar and some tropical hops - to me this beer might be too complex

mouthfeel - medium body very smooth but still with penty of carbonation

drinkability - crazy @13% abv it doesnt seem boozy to me - it is a sipper but after drinking all 22oz i think i could drink another - scary

Photo of IronDjinn
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Menacing yet appealing opaque black body in appearance, however reveals a mahogany cola-like garnet highlight when held to direct light. Impressive tall creamy tan head with a retention that slowly recedes to a thick creamy, frothy cap.

Fruity sweet aroma possessing grapes, ripe cherries, plums and fresh dates. Light cocoa, mild roasted malt and some treacle in the background. Some green grassy, vegetable hops deep in the background, fresh and a bit vinous.

Creamy, roasty, toasty cocoa malt up front in the flavour, plum and grapes in the middle, treacle and creamy chocolate in the finish, some smooth roasted malt pops up in the aftertaste along with some lingering burnt and smoky notes, even some earthiness after a while.

Full-bodied but not thick or chewy, very smooth, velvety, rounded mouthfeel, a little bit sticky on the finish, yet then turns somewhat slick and oily, although the stickiness wins out in the end with a light coating on the palate.

Hell yeah, one of the most enjoyable, unique and highly drinkable Russian Imperial Stouts I've ever had, especially at 13%. No alcohol warmth or bite whatsoever (well, just a little bit of warmth, but it's camouflaged well), yet still incredibly smooth, in both mouthfeel and flavour, everything is rounded but full. 13 *is* lucky, especially for this RIS, and for the most part as covered in the rambling, nearly stream-of-conscious blurb on the side of the label (I swear they're trying to compete with Lagunitas). Kudos to He'Brew for their Bar Mitzvah offering, I'm definitely getting them pleated navy slacks for this one. Screw it, they deserve a Blackberry or an Xbox...

Photo of OCTAHEDRAL
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter. Dark amber in color but transparent. Mellow hops on the nose with malty goodness in the background. First drink heavy on the tongue but with a good finish. Hops are very complex as there are 13 different varieties. Gets better with each sip, which is the only way to enjoy this beer.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.