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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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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 11
Gots: 27 | FT: 3
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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.

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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle slightly chilled from the cellar into a brandy snifter. Is this really an Imperial Stout?

A-Deep dark appearance. Slight ruby highlights when held to a light bulb, but this sucker is dark. Slight tan head that fades to virtually nothing. A little ring maybe. Looks rich and tasty. Wish it had a head.

S-Stout? Not sure about that, but I'll leave it to the taste. I'm smelling barleywine, and a rich one at that. Dark candied sugar fruits and alcohol throughout. A bit of a yeasty background.

T-Holy cow! An H bomb of taste explosion in the first sip. The nose carries into the taste, with rum soaked dark fruits predominating, a hint of dark ripe cherry, and some bittersweet bakers chocolate somewhere behind leading to a slightly astringent bitter finish. A deeply sweet roasted taste to all. I have to cleanse the palate with sharp cheese and crackers between sips to try to pick out all of the flavors in this exceedingly interesting (abd very strong) brew. This may be a case of "too much is too much"...13 hops, 13 malts, 13 ABV, but although it is very over the top, it is fairly balanced and is not overly hopped. I like this, and I bet with some age, it will mature into something pretty special.

M-On the heavier side, slighly oily, a bit chewy, and carbonation is spot on. Just about right for this brew.

D-A snifter of this is about all you can take at a time...it is strong, potent and flavorful and would definately make a great after dinner beer (or one enjoyed with a good cigar). Buy it again? Hell yes, and I'm putting some away to see how this ages. My guess is a bit of age on this, and it may easily be a new favorite.

Not sure how this got to be called an Imperial Stout. Seems more like a Barleywine, or perhaps a strong ale, but it does have some stoutlike characteristics. Let's just say that it defies characterization. Try it. If you like strong flavor packed brews, you will like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 02:41:51 | More by caddybuyer
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4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 07:34:47 | More by nerow
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4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 17:20:41 | More by Pencible
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North Carolina

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

Poured into a tulip glass a ruby tinged dark brown,a large clingy light almond colored head atop that took the duration of the glass to settle into a frothy mass.A mix of dark fruit,sweet alcohol,and roasted nut in the nose,slight chocolate is in the background.Full and silky in the mouth,it coats but is not sticky,very nice.Sweeter flavors at the onset,dark fruit and dark brown sugar flavors mixed with sweet alcohol make it warming,there is a slight roasty flavor in the finish,its sweet but not cloying.This a sipper no doubt,the alcohol does show itself with ease,buts it is what it is a big bold beer that isnt overly sweet,I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 23:28:06 | More by oberon
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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
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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
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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
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a glass mug.

Appearance: Dark cola color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves foam behind.

Smell: Molasses with sweet tea, toast, and flowers.

Taste: Begins with caramel and chocolate sweetness, finishing with a strong alcohol flavor under roasted coffee and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, with sharp carbonation thinning out as it goes, with warming alcohol and a dry finish.

Drinkabolity: Definitely a beer to sip. Still, complex and good.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 05:17:03 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours dark brown. sits a very deep, dark ruby.

Smell: full of rich, deep and complex malt character. reminds me of a barleywine with its sweetness and dark fruit notes and strong but pleasant alcohol presence. hops are mild and definitely take a backseat to support the malt.

Taste: alcohol is very obvious throughout and gets just a little boozy towards the end. malt sweetness domimates with caramel and hint of chocolate with dark fruit notes. bitterness is low to none and hops dont really make an appearance til the end and are mellow at that. finish is balanced and mellow

Mouthfeel: light-full body. smooth with low carbonation

Notes: imperial stout?! this site needs to be governed a little better. this highly complex, strong and delicious beer is more like a barleywine

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 05:38:15 | More by Frosty80
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=motor oil black with a lighter than anticipated yellowish golden head that dissipates quickly, bubbles are small

S=initial notes of brown sugar, alcohol presence is noted

T=coffee, caramel and chocolate

M=full bodied feel, with some oiliness and light carbonation

D=as drinkable as the style allows, given the ABV, good overall

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 03:51:40 | More by jacobseyb
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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
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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Nearly black brown pour, just a ring of cream colored head. Aroma is somewhat subdued, roast malt, dark chocolate, dark red fruits. Smell really doesn't give away the flavors. Taste is some roast and malt, but more dark chocolate, molasses, port, blackberry, currant. Finishes just a little espresso and bakers choc. Nice thickness. Drinks fairly well for such a large beer, though I only drank half of this bottle. Alcohol catches up a bit as it warms. A nice thick malty side Imperial Stout, closer to the Eleven, which I liked much more than the 12. Will certainly buy a few more for $4(!) a pop. Definetely gets some points for being extreamely cheap in my locale.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 03:52:50 | More by Bung
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3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Four ounce sample, consumed 2009/11/14 at the Hollywood Brewfest.

Deep brown beer with dim garnet highlights. A very fine tan head floats atop the beer.

Aromas of leather, red grapes, cinnamon and dark, pitted fruits.

Flavor is more or less the same, with the dates and prunes proving to be the dominant tastes. Some wood appears on the palate as well. Finishes very clean with almost no aftertaste. There's almost no hint of the 13% ABV.

This may mellow and mature over time, but previous anniversary beers from this brewer did not age well, so I think this may be as drinkable as it's going to get. As such, it veers pretty markedly from the establishes flavor profile of a big stout, and that's to the beer's detriment. Kudos for experimentation, but I'm not loving this beer like I did the Jewbelation 11 and 12.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 06:15:57 | More by charlzm
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like pitch black oil with a creamy tan two finger head. Almost spilled over the top, did not appear to be very carbonated at first but the head surprised me. Head dies down to about one finger and pauses there, already leaving thick lacing on my glass, this is a very nice looking beer. Smells of mostly roasted malts and dark fruits with some sweetness. Some hoppiness and booze sting the nose as well. Taste is much of the same (actually tastes exactly like the 2008 Lost Abbey Brandy Angel's Share but 1/5 of the price). Lots of roasted malts, alcohol, earthy hops, bitterness, some sweetness and a dark fruity/raisin taste as I sip on this one some more. There is a good amount of cocoa present in the taste and smell too. The smell could be a bit stronger, some of the elements were hard to pick up. Mouthfeel is thick and very oily, much like most very strong imperials I have had, probably hard to attain creaminess in a 13% beer. The beer is almost hot due to this alcohol. A huge coat of roasted malts and earthy hops stays on the tongue for minutes. Drinkability is strange here. The beer tastes so good and was only $6/22oz, it is very drinkable, just not a lot at a time. I would love to have this one again, will definitely check out more He'brew beers. The alcohol WILL take over even in the 22oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 05:16:48 | More by cbutova
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black in the pint glass. Healthy looking tan head.

S- The first sniff is great as I can just immediately get a whiff of complexity. It's an imperial stout for sure.. roasted malt dominance, chocolate malt, earthy tones and a hop and booze presense. Complex however the aroma isn't strong.

T- Big roasted malt and cocoa up front carries through to a dark fruit, black licorice and slight hoppy bitter middle and then the 13% booze locks in the end. Whew.. my palate got a workout on this one.

M- Medium bodied, low/medium carbonation. Alcohol burn from the 13% on the finish. Not to dry or sticky.

D- I really enjoy these anniversary brews from these guys. The complexity is very refreshing and unique. Quite boozy. Crack one of these guys open next to a campfire on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 03:40:27 | More by Yesac
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark woody brown with a silky tan head.

Nose has roasted malts, earthy hops, figs, cocoa and caramel. Nice, but the alcohol really gets in the way.

Taste has bready malts, rich candies, chocolate, coffee, molasses, bitter hops, ripe pitted fruits and nuts. Booze well hidden here.

Full body is well carbonated. Drinks quite well for 13%. A bit hot, but not bad.

More of a Strong Ale than RIS, but still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 07:54:06 | More by rye726
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy moly - 13 malts, 13 hops and 13%. For $5.50 a bomber ?? Now you're talking!

Smells like a RIS - plenty of fig, malt, anise in the aroma and the quaff. Notes of coffee and burnt biscuit pop in, along with a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish - but not unexpected with the big booze and fresh popping of this brew. Tangy and tasty, full bodied to say the least.

Gonna need to grab a couple more and sit on them till next year. Man, never disappointed with the He'brew brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 18:48:34 | More by Vancer
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3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark with moderate head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, perhaps licorice and roasted malt. Strong roasted malt, subtle licorice, and earthy hop flavors present. Decent mouthfeel with no off putting aftertaste. Overall pretty good beer and money well spent

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 16:20:49 | More by bonk0076
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 6 ounce bottle into a snifter. Pours bitch black thick syrup like nice head. Sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Impression from my first sip was that pine and chocolate never tasted so good together. I hate to say this is complex, but with 13 different malts and 13 hops many flavors are in there. Smells of fresh and dried, dark fruits. Prune, raisin with hershey syrup flavors overwhelm. Slight citrus to balance the more bitter notes. Malt, biscuit in the profile. All these flavors add up to be very well balanced which is a bit surprising. Mouthfeel very heavy. Alcohol is pretty upfront seems hard to hide the 13%. Nicely drinkable for being fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 01:55:40 | More by mtnbikerpa
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Black as night, thick, creamy tan head, one finger thick, chunky on top... slowly dispates, minimal lacing.

Smell: Gentle, a warm boozyness, some raisin and plum, lots of dark malt, but still subtle...

Taste: NOT SUBTLE!!!! Wow! this is a smack in the mouth of dark dark malt, lots of the dark fruits suggested in the nose, rye malts, barley, thick, dark and sweet. There is some spice in here, and a warming sensation from the high ABV yet is still hidden. Very sneaky, I like it! Tons of bitterness and spice from the hops, very robust and leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Slick, smooth and medium. Not a lot of bubbles, as you'd expect from high ABV dark like this, but thickin the mouth from all the proteins and phenols making yummy time on your tongue.

Drinkbility: Respect this beer. Take your time. This is a slow, warming beer. It's got a lot of character and demands that you get involved with it and think it through. Delicious, sneaky, smooth and rich as rich can be. Have fun... this is a damn fine beer.

Overall: Man oh man! I am glad I got two bombers of this. This will be something I'll revisit tonight for sure. Grab a third and fourth to age, this can only get better with age.


Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 01:46:31 | More by CurtisFagan
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3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep black with some reddish hints. Tan head that quickly dissipates. Big boozy, fruity aroma with some caramelized sugar. Full bodied and rich. Roasted malt and black patent flavors. Plenty of heat from the alcohol. Decent amount of hop bitterness that balances the malt a little. This smooths out as it warms up a bit. Long dry finish of roasted malt.

I would like to try this with about a year (or more) of cellar time on it. I've been pretty impressed with some of the previous versions of this beer, but they may be reaching the end of the line with how far they can take it without devolving into a big, boozy mess.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 14:03:53 | More by homebrewhawk
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Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle poured into Unibroue glass nov19 2009

A appears black but my lamp bulb burnt out and I'm in a fairly dark room, the head however is a nice dark mocha color with about a thumbs worth of thickness that has decent retention but leaves no lace

S lots of dark fruit and sour apple with some raisin and very little booze

T very nice indeed, all I smell but with some molasses, coffee and chocolate to go along with it. I'm quite impressed by how well concealed the booze is, I can taste it but nowhere close to the 13%

M nice and thick but no knife and fork required, it has a little bite but stays smooth

D this beer is a dangerous beer with out doubt, a man could hurt himself if he did not now the alc%. I will be buying a few bottles of this for myself and wont be telling anyone I have them

so one has too ask if they are just going to bump it up a hop,malt and percent every year. I'm looking forwards too next years release because I want to see how they can make this one even bigger, should be fun. I'm thinking this would go well eggs first thing in the mourning before an important job interview or a family function

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 07:52:09 | More by wordemupg
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Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 08:52:46 | More by IronDjinn
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District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark, not-quite opaque brown with red highlights. The latte-colored head is fairly tall, extremely dense, and creamy. Retention is pretty solid, with some above average lacing along the glass.

S: Dark roasted malts, along with definite notes of semisweet chocolate and coffee. Some fruitiness is lying underneath all the malt - I'd say apple if I had to put my finger on it. Some notes of alcohol are also detectable, but for 13%, not as obviously as I was expecting.

T: Roasted, somewhat burnt malt flavors. A definite kick of alcohol makes itself known right out of the gates, with a rumlike nature. Dark fruit (fig/raisin) along with the same apple flavors are noticeable. I'm guessing they've added a fair portion of rye malt, as there's a robust spiciness to this beer. Also a strong flash of bitterness, with earthy flavor. Dark chocolate is prominent, and coffee, while less so, is also detectable.

M: Obviously a big, big beer here. Full-bodied, but not overwhelmingly so given the huge flavors and ABV. A dry, somewhat acidic finish. Quite a bit of heat from the alcohol, as expected.

D: A huge, very interesting beer from Shmaltz. I'm sipping this one very slowly, and I'm already feeling its weight. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely worth trying. For a $5 bomber, maybe one of the biggest beers for your buck out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 03:07:54 | More by Clydesdale
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a refrigerator temperature bottle into a chalice style glass. Allowed to warm before reviewing.

A - Pours a solid, opaque black with a one finger beige head that rather quickly dissipates into a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Even held to a light bulb, there is essentially no light penetration.

S - Maybe I'm coming down with a cold, but I didn't find this to be a particularly aromatic brew. After dipping the tip of my nose in the beer several times, I come away with predominantly green apple with faint citrus-y hops and a small amount of alcohol.

T - Mostly mirrors, but amplifies, the smell. The first thing I think of is a sweeter (less sour) green apple. The sweetness of the apple is followed shortly by a fairly assertive hop bitterness. Roasty malt flavors are hard to find. I'm not able to locate much of the typical coffee/dark chocolate flavor one expects from a big stout.

M - Slightly lighter body than I was anticipating for such a big beer, which leaves the carbonation feeling a little 'fizzier' than I was expecting, for lack of a better term.

D - Alcohol is warming on the finish, but it is not at all boozy. Drinkability high for the style and ABV. I was a little worried about cracking this bottle 4 beers into the evening, but I was able to put down the bomber with relative ease.

Notes: Very strong offering. Not what I would call a typical imperial stout, but it was delicious and shockingly easy to drink at 13% ABV. It will be extremely interesting to see what this one is drinking like with some age on it. Perhaps some more of the traditional roasty malt characteristics will come to the forefront when the hops die down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 09:37:57 | More by pranaferox
He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.