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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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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
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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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...

IronDjinn, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Clydesdale, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of pranaferox
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

pranaferox, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black coffee colored body with a fluffy pock marked head of sand colored foam that slowly melts leaving sliding blobs of lace behind on the glass. The smell of this brew is rich and complex, dark fruit and rum with caraway seed and coffee. The flavors are huge and rich with a charred bitterness struggling to get through. Chocolate, coffee, rum and dark fruity flavors that add a vinuous quality combine nicely but no one flavor dominates the others. Heavy duty, silky mouthfeel with nice medium carbonation that adds to the drinkability. This is a big masculine beer that stands up to just about any "hyped up" special brew for half the cash. L'Chaim!

biggred1, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, pretty much black, with brown/copper highlights. Decent sized light tan head...surprising for the ABV.

Raisins, dates, dark chocolate, roasted malts in the nose. The alcohol has a big presence that's a little off-putting but is not out of control.

The taste is very rich and fruity. Along with the smell with bitter chocolate in the finish. The alcohol doesn't bother me as much in the taste. It just provides a nice amount of warmth. Very nice flavors. I wasn't expecting this amount of dark fruit flavors.

The mouthfeel is very full and rich, but not very thick. A decent amount of carbonation. I might like it thicker, but it's not a deal-breaker. Very long, sticky finish.

I initially wanted to take points off for drinkability, but as I'm getting towards the bottom of the bottle, I'm not finding that it will be hard to finish. Despite the ABV and sweetness, the flavors are just so enjoyable that I don't mind.

Overall, this beer is very nice. Shmalz's beers may be gimmicky, but I've never been disappointed by anything I've had from them. I imagine this would be a good one to age.

sjccmd, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of firkinhophead
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle poured into a snifter

pours nearly black with some purplish tint around the edges. Little whiff of head disappears into a tiny ring of tight bubbles that cling in a sheet when swirled and fall back home. Not particularly leggy.

Licorice, brandied fruit, and burnt sugars in the nose. Alcohol is definitely there in a port-like way.

Rich, dark malt, molasses and herbal flavors up front. Raisin and prune, toffee and dark chocolate. Some mild coffee notes and burnt toast as the sweetness fades. A fairly substantial herbal hop bite and husky bitterness in the finish. Whiskey-like alcohol lingers on the breath.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, but this isn't really about those big roasted flavors, despite the burnt toast. More of an old ale with bite. Carbonation is a bit tingly, rather than creamy.

A definite sipper and one that will probably mellow a bit with age. This would be great aged on some oak. You listening, Jeremy?

firkinhophead, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep mahogany with a frothy tan head.

S- Potent. Rye bread, fig, death by chocolate, pomagranite-like fruitiness. Let's you know it's a force.

T- Chocolate malts, wood, licorice, clove. A rummy booziness in the finish. Reminds me of an imperial stout.

M&D- Thick and suprisingly smooth which adds alot to the drinkability. Classy. Shows aging potential as well.

brownbeer, Oct 29, 2009
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.

zplug123, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a tan colored head. 

S- The aroma is dark bready malts and hints of caramel. Not a whole lot in terms of hops in the nose.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with a good dose of malts. The hops are much more prevalent in the taste than in the aroma creating a nice bitterness in the finish. The 13% alcohol creates some heat in the finish as well. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another solid beer from this brewery. Definitely worth a try.

cjgator3, Oct 27, 2009
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.


bort11, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch brown with thin tan head. Smell: definite munich malts, spicy + sourish rye, yeasty, baker's chocolate, dark brown sugar. This is nice enough, but there's also a hop presence... a muddled overpowered-by-the-malt hop presence. Taste: hops are more powerful here... pretty serious bitterness, but not well defined... citrus peel, spicy, earthy, raw and leafy. Dark brown sugar, borderline burnt sugar, marble rye, chocolate syrup. Alcohol in the end of the sip. Dates in smell and taste (a little). Seems to me to be a strong brown ale, in line with most of their past Jewbelations. More of an amped brown malt profile than a stout malt profile. This is interesting and a beastly sipper at 13%... as with #12, the "pile as many ingredients as you can" approach results in a nice malt profile and a jumbled mess of hops. Still worth a try

babaracas, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of spartanfan
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.

spartanfan, Oct 18, 2009
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He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.