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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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Photo of womencantsail


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a small of-white head.

S: Lots of sweet and malty notes to the aroma. Big time toffee and caramel, as well as some molasses and brown sugar. Some milk chocolate, dark fruits, and even a bit of vanilla.

T: Dark fruits and dark sugars really dominate the flavors. Molasses, brown sugar, and toffee are all there, as is some chocolate. A bit of roasted malt and vanilla, too.

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

O: This was a really solid beer. Really great maltiness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 21:49:29 | More by womencantsail
Photo of IronCitySteve


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Fatheads Pittsburgh.

A: Pours a dark brown color almost black color with a dark brown foam head that quickly dissipates to a film. There is some slight spotty lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate, caramel, coffee, raisins, figs and alcohol.

T: There is a lot of thick rich creamy malt hitting the palate first. Lots of chocolate and roasted coffee with some dark fruit. THere is also a little alcohol taste as well.

M: A big rich creamy finish.

D: This is definitely a sipper. A really tasty beer but a lot of alcohol. Definitely would seek this out and drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 14:58:23 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/06/10 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA as part of "The Chosen Bar" Jewbelation takeover. Part of the re-brewed beers they did for 2010.

a - Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks exactly like Jewbelation 11.

s - Smells of toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, light oak, and light bourbon.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, alcohol/bourbon, dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - I liked this one a lot. I enjoyed the light bourbon notes. I think after Jewbelation 11 this was my faovrite of the normal Jewbelation beers. Would like to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 18:59:45 | More by mdfb79
Photo of taigor

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured dark brown, almost black with medium head and a Guinness reverse waterfall action with moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Malts upfront with chocolate, plums, raisins, figs and apples hints.

T - Dark chocolate bitterness upfront followed by malts and fruit sweetness with alcohol presence throughout the whole experience.

M - Full bodied with lots of carbonation.

D - Very good and abv is well hidden. Definitely would recommend this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 19:37:22 | More by taigor
Photo of FrognutUnl


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cola colored with a 2 finger of white head which subsides quickly leaving a good amount of lacing in its wake.

S - Dark dried fruits, tart apples, chocolate with the alcohol just barely peeking through. Slight citrusy notes are also noticeable.

T - Chocolate and coffee are the first things I notice, but the other flavors from become very prevalent as the glass warms a bit. There is definitely some bitterness and a slight citrusy/resinous taste. Lots of sweet roasted malts back all this up in nicely balanced package. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish.

M - Full body and very sticky.

D - This is a sipper for sure, but definitely a surprisingly balanced beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 13:50:09 | More by FrognutUnl
Photo of Slatetank


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli on 2/13/10.

A - A very dark brown like coffee w/ medium brown hue at the glass's base w/ light golden brown cream w/ pin sized bead, the lace holds the glass well

S - the smell lets you know what you are in for -lots of malt, caramel coffee and woody notes w/ moderate spice and some alcohol. Dark toffee notes w/ a molasses essence.

M - The feel is rather thick on the tongue, viscous almost w/ roasty texture and bitter malt w/ a long finish that has alcohol warmth

T - The flavor of this strong ale is intensly malty and pretty bitter too - both malt wise and spiced with hops. The smooth toffee flavor is there with mild bitter cocoa and molasses w/ a hint of licorice and mild caramel butteriness. The alcohol tends to come forward near the middle and brings out some astringent hop essence with it as well as more of a treacle taste in the flavor with burnt sugar and dark bread to round it out. The hops are there in the long finish w/ pine aspects - the malt and hops never truly win out over one another as it seems pretty balanced throughout

D - The strong emphasis is here making me wonder if this was brewed with cellaring intended. 1/2 pint serving woudl be adequate for me, but I am not sure I could handle a whole bottle - this would be a good candidate for sharing -better than average

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 18:51:10 | More by Slatetank
Photo of HoosBrews

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was dark with a nice heavy white foam lacing. Smell was hoppier than I expected, with a few hints of alcohol and malt. Taste is complex and big. Much hoppier than the 12, although the malts tend to pick up steam as the beer warms. It definitely has an alochol burn, but more along the lines of a 8% abv beer, not a 13% abv. Probably my favorite Jewbelation to date, although the high abv makes this a "one and done" beer. I've had in a bottle and this draft was much more smooth. Excellent beer!

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2010 23:46:34 | More by HoosBrews
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into large flute:

A: Dark, near-black body with off-white creamy head.

S/T: Extremely complicated. When they say it has 13 malts and hops, they were serious. Herbal and floral hops, along with chocolate and buttery malts are most prevalent. Mint and toffee are also readily present. There's a spiciness as well, citrusy hops, and the yeast shows up on the finish. Never gets as boozy as expectable from something this big, which is a plus to me.

M: Not as big as I expected, but rather quite slick, much like a dark belgian.

D: Given the amount of ingredients, this is all over the place. I appreciate it, but it's definitely not the greatest thing out there. A lot of great flavors are in here, but it becomes quite cacophonous, and nothing really stands out. It comes across as somewhere between a stout, a dark belgian, and a barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 07:42:27 | More by dudecandle
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grab this off the mighty taps of the Flying Saucer.
Pours a deep black with kakhi inch thick head, nothing surprising.
Smells a little muttled. A mix of cocoa, caramel, honey, vanilla, oak and little earthy hop notes.
Taste if full of roasted barley, dark wheat malts, chocolate malt, mocha and coffee hits witha slight tart hop zip at the end. It really overplays the malt more than the hops, I like 12 a lot more, whatever the 13th malt was that they used, I think it pushed it overboard. There's a lot going on, and while it's very nice it's not pure enough in one flavor or another. It's sweet and robust at the same time.
Mouthfeel is thick and slimey, but pretty enjoyable because of it.
Not something you can drink frequently or one after the other. Would like to find out if it ages well....hmmm

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 03:46:32 | More by chaz410
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles where I ordered a goblet. the beer arrived an extremely dark brown with ruby highlights and a voluminous tan head that left sticky patches of lace to the finish. The nose is alive with brown sugar, fresh bread, dark fruit, toffee and alcohol. Certainly big and brash!

A rich malty beast of a beer... assertive and seductive, this thirteen year old could get me in trouble! Huge breadiness mixes in with chocolate, rye, caramel, biscuit, more chocolate and caramel, splashes of grapefruit and herbal hops. In fact, a hugely impressive array of things is going on here, and makes it hard to categorise. All I know is I like it a lot, in spite of the obvious alcohol in the finish (which I think would settle with time). A thick, almost creamy mouthfeel, is perfectly balanced by a light carbonation.

Jeepers, this is a big beer in every sense of the word. Part stout, part barleywine, but all win. If I had a bottle or two of this at home I'd be pretty damn happy, though I'd be tempted to tuck it away for a year or two to mellow the heat. Still, its so flavourful that its a pleasure to drink now. Great stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 03:39:11 | More by bobsy
Photo of augustgarage


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a Coronado snifter. 13 hops, 13 malts, 13% - this is a triskaidekaphobic's nightmare beverage.

Blood-tinged brown with a rich, persistent fallow head (it is thin, but a swirl brings it right back).

Figs (dried and fresh), dark chocolate, demerara sugar, and ripe plum aromatics.

Stone fruit, chocolate, and dark roast malt on the palate. Hops are very subdued (despite so many varieties being utilized), offering very faint bitterness and maybe a touch of satsuma. Sweet but growing dry into the finish. A bit hot overall, but not solventy.

Medium-heavy body, chewy yet slick.

One of the best offerings from this brewery I've tried thus far.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 07:03:50 | More by augustgarage
Photo of davod23


1.83/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

No. Just... no. Had on tap at the Toronado SD.

Pour is a very deep, dark brown. Wasn't really sure what to expect from this, but it looks nice and thick, with a small off-white head that hangs on for dear life. Not bad. Unfortunately, this was the best part of this beer.

Smell... meh. Fruity. No trace of roast, coffee, darker malt, chocolate, anything that would identify this as an imperial stout. It's not horrible, I guess.

Taste: Not okay. Massive raisin, fig, and cherry sweetness. Holy crap is this sweet. I actually like sweet beers fine - English barleywines are some of my favorite beers. But this is sweeter than any barleywine I've ever had. Hell, this is sweeter and more out of balance than any beer I've ever had. This tastes more like a barleywine that someone dumped corn syrup and grenadine into. Fruity, sweet, and alcoholic - like a damned wine cooler. Ugh.

Mouthfeel is actually okay. Decently chewy, enough carbonation.

Drinkability: No. I had one glass that I struggled massively through. I finished it through sheer force of will. If it was at home, and in a bottle, I would have drainpoured the whole damn thing. Not a beer I will ever, ever revisit. I do not understand the ratings on this beer at all. The whole world is taking crazy pills.

Not recommended. Stay away.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 23:55:58 | More by davod23


4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2009 02:43:56 | More by OCTAHEDRAL
Photo of capra12

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep maple brown, with fine coffee colored head

Smell: Mix of dark and green fruits with a hint of over ripened banana.

Taste: Opens withe a strong alcohol soaked dark grape which fluctuates in intensity through out the sip with brief but intense hints of freshly peeled lychee fruit leaving a malty and alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, smooth and coarse, and minimally carbonated.

Drinkability: I would have this again on another night and would recommend this to those who seek an intense alcohol, dark malts and dark fruit brew which leaves the palate rather coarse and dry.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 03:08:52 | More by capra12
Photo of erz316


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at Finch's in a small goblet

this was an odd one. the restaurant had the beer labeled as an american strong ale, but that was clearly a load of bull. the bartender must suck pretty hard, because none of the beers I had that night had a good foam. then again, the glasses they give you are so damn small, maybe he wanted to give me as much as possible. the body was black, but the nose wasn't very strong or complex. taste was pretty good too, you dont notice the booze, that's for sure. there was a peculiar strong ale like characteristic in the finish, where it really does taste like barley or whatever is in an asa.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2009 01:51:34 | More by erz316
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Presents an imposing black body with some very dark brown hints on the edges of the stemmed tulip glass and capped with a thin layer of creamy-looking, ecru head.

Smell: A heady concentration of rich malts notes -- everything from espresso to chocolate to licorice to sugar-steeped dark fruits to ooey, gooey molasses.

Taste: Willikers! For me, this beer really gives a sense of fresh-baked pumpernickel bread, along with tastes of roasty espresso powder, molasses, powderized dark chocolate, zesty rye, crumbled snickerdoodle cookies, and smoked black licorice. Oh, and lets not forget the dark fruitiness. In the background, there's a perpetual, bold bitterness peering through the heavy blanket of malts. Warming finish with a concluding taste of pumpernickel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. This one has a very smooth mouthfeel. Why, it's positively velvety!

Drinkability: A robust, hearty beer packed with flavor and complexity that drinks fairly well given the purported ABV percentage. While it's a lovely beer now, I'd like to see what a little time tucked away will do to it (which should be easy to do given the very reasonable, sensible price of $4.99).

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2009 17:40:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of glid02


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark fruits - figs, plums, and hints of dark cherries. Also noticeable are hints of dark chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by well-integrated fruit flavors. The roasted malt flavor reasserts itself before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness that's thicker than I expected with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass and I could have another.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer as it is, but judging from Jewbelation 11 this will get much better after letting it sit for a bit. Still, it's worth a shot now and down the road.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 23:57:18 | More by glid02
Photo of kirkmichel


4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark, dense, opaque blackish brown with a creamy tan head that adheres to the sides of the glass.
S-Sweet, fruity and yeasty, like cherries soaked in bourbon or a cherry rum cake.
T-Lots going on here: bread and sweet stone fruits along with raisins and currants and a strong caramel and dark liquor flavor. Super.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 19:20:57 | More by kirkmichel
Photo of Florida9


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HopLeaf.

A: Served in a tulip with 2 fingers of creamy, deep tan colored head. Not much retention, but good lacing. Beer itself is very dark brown in color.

S: Smells of sweet dark malts. Molasses, prunes, port, and brown sugar.

T: Sweet malts. Cola. Molasses. A long drawn out finish that lingers nicely on the tongue.

M: Heavier body with low carbs. Sweet.

D: An excellent sipper whose 13% alcohol content is relatively well hidden. Not to say you can't taste it, but I've had beers with less than half of this ABV that have had harsher alcohol flavors. I will say, I am surprised to see this listed as an Imperial Stout. I wouldn't have guessed this one was an Imperial Stout by tasting it as the flavors (and ABV) lend more towards a heavily malt-centric barleywine. However, I don't care what you call it, its still an excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 18:58:50 | More by Florida9
Photo of homebrew311


3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pitch black, thin tan head, opaque, looks velvety

S: a huge dose of sweet malts, dark fruits, and a huge whiff of ethyl alcohol, little to no roasty character which I had hoped for

T: like the nose, a huge wallop of sweet malts, this one is cloyingly sweet and finishes extremely hot, notes of molasses and dark fruits

MF: syrupy, velvety, somewhat sticky

D: this one is far too hot and sweet for me to consider it drinkable, over all I was disappointed by this one. I love imperial stouts, but this one did not have any of the qualities that I appreciate in an imperial stout. Perhaps it just isn't one for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2009 02:33:59 | More by homebrew311
Photo of rudzud


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
Photo of sweemzander


3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from the 2011 Holiday Pack.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark brown, almost black color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A rich but deep malt profile with bits of raisin.

(T)- A good dense roasted grains component with raisin and molasses. Subtle bits of cocoa.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good roasted bit near the end. A smooth feel to it despite the hefty ABV.

(O)- Overall, a solid strong ale that is quite drinkable despite its strength.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 13:53:22 | More by sweemzander
Photo of jmdrpi


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, from the 2010 Vertical Boxset.

appears a very dark brown color, off-white head that fades to nothing. aroma of plum, fig, tobacco, spiced rum. similar flavors in the taste. complex and blended taste. medium to thick body, lower carbonation.

overall - they added one more grain and one more hop, but it's still very similar to Jewbelation 11 and 12.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:54:20 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of MrOH


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque brown-black with a thin ring of light brown foam.

Sherry, raisins and other dark dried fruits, a touch of roast and nuttiness, a light earthiness as well.

Restrained roast, then the earthiness, lots of dried fruit and sherry, and then a dry dark chocolate finish. Perhaps the driest of the series so far.

Pretty heavy-bodied despite the dryness, low carbonation.

A slow sipper, but well done. Would go nicely with a cigar or the right cheese. Has a lot of subtle notes if you're willing to take the time to look for them.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:21:52 | More by MrOH
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Bottle from the 2011 Holiday Gift Pack. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours very dark brown amber, appearing black with thin brown head and little lacing. Aroma of molasses, dark malt and alcohol. Dark fruit, dark malts, molasses and booze, finishes hot with dark fruits and malt. I'd age this one if they were available. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 03:24:35 | More by LiquidAmber
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He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.