He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
Got this bottle in a recent trade with STEG. Thanks for the brews man!
From a bomber into a snifter.
APPEARANCE: First pour was a little weak, but the second pour was straight down the middle and ended up being more impressive. Straight pour produced a two finger, thicker looking light tan head with really good retention. Head slowly fades to a wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Transparent bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end and leaves some sticky lacing at the top of the glass.
SMELL: Big nose on this one. Caramel and toffee notes, dark fruits, such as raisins, dark grapes and dates, and some boozy aromas as well. Some smoky notes and touches of coffee as well. Big, sweet and boozy stuff.
TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Caramel and toffee up front with lots of dark, fruity sweetness. A good dose of booze at the swallow, followed by some sweet molasses and caramel with notes of bitter coffee and some leathery qualities as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste is sweet with some bitterness as balance and a nice, rummy booze base. Good stuff.
PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Nicely creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A slight burn at the swallow and some heat lingers.
OVERALL: Another solid beer from He’Brew. Lots of good flavors in this one, and the rest of the beer is well put together. This brewery continues to impress and I’d gladly drink any of their strong ales again. Thanks for the trade STEG. This was another solid brew.
12-17-2011 22:24:16 | More by Jeffo
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
My wife and I had some fun with this beer last week, she's all about anything that's darker. Usually that entails some kind of a stout or porter for her tastes but I was happy to see this 13% Jewish strong ale pour as dark as it did. Almost pitch black with some ruby highlights making it through when held toward the light, a full formed tan head after a pretty rough pour, leaves behind speckled lacing down the sides of my chalice. Aroma is nice full of big fruit, plums, roasted caramel malts, dark charred malts, a bit herbal and peppery with earthy hops and a touch of the booze to meld things together. Flavor wise there were layers of caramel malts, nearly burnt brown sugar, with roasted hints of dark malts balancing the sweetness. Juicy luscious ripened dark fruits, plums, raisin, some tart apple with a rustic dark chocolate caramelized nearly burnt sugars with a touch of vanilla in the finish. Really 13 malts, 13 hops it could taste like anything. Hops as many different ones as there are form a muddled citrus tea earthy quality that balances out the booze and malt sweetness to make this thing actually drinkable. Mouthfeel is full bodied with near reduced syrup textures at times, carbonation carries it all pretty well and like I said besides a bit of 13% booze lighting things up it's pretty smooth as a whole. Repeat purchase maybe after I try the rest of the crazy Jewbelation beers I really need to find that variety pack they have out. Last year it had all of the Jewbelation varieties up until 14.
12-11-2011 14:02:51 | More by WVbeergeek
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
12 oz. bottle. From last winter's re-issue 8-pack. Served at cellar temp.
Pours a dark, murky oily brown. Stout-like. Thick finger of dense khaki head. Nice lacing and retention. Rich nose of dark rummy fruits, caramel, candied figs, molasses, and banana liqueur, with hints of licorice, milk chocolate, and sweetened coffee.
Some singed, roasty notes up front. Light coffee and herbal hop(?) bitterness sets the background for a sweet, boozy, malt surge. Lots of big, rummy fruits, chewy caramel, meaty molasses, and buttery toffee take center stage. Roasted notes come through near the finish, along with a little licorice, smoke, and tobacco. Herbal bitterness carries through the finish, with lingering malt sweetness. Full-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel. Delicious and deceptively drinkable!
12-08-2011 01:20:51 | More by alexgash
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Bottle from 10/2009 shared with friends on 11/2011 with 2 years on it.
Pours dark brown with a tiny brown head. Vanilla, fruit, caramel, sweet malts in the aroma. Drinks with plenty of dark fruit and chocolate with ample roast at the back.
Good body and medium carbonation. The finish is quite sweet, but the 13% ABV is hardly felt. Overall it's very good and has closet aged very well.
11-25-2011 05:25:32 | More by tewaris
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
from holiday gift set.
a - opened the bottle and filled my ccb snifter. the brew poured a rich purple, but settled more brown in the glass with a thin off white head that fizzled away in moments leaving a ring around the glass.swirling the glass easily rebuilt the head but lacing was always slick.
s - as soon as i opened the bottle i smelled the familiar grape boozy smell of a good strong ale. upon closer inspection, it's all there, but more in your face. nutmeg up the wazoo. really nice. exactly what i'm looking for in a strong ale. like a doppel on steroids.
t - as the nose suggested, grape and nutmeg...but BAM is that boozy. you can definitely taste the 13% or at least a good 10% of it. give it some time and this is a champ.
m - gives a boozy tingle. pretty thick, but by no means sludgy or syrupy.
o - overall, really nice strong ale. this is one to grab a few bottles of and forget about for a few years. great flavor, but just powerful on the booze.
11-13-2011 04:26:56 | More by cosmicevan
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a very dark, reddish brown with a small, off-white head. Scent comes off very sweet. A very malty aroma with a lot of caramel and a bit of dark chocolate. Lots of candied dark fruit aromas. Taste is very rich, chocolate malt. Sweet, velvety caramel and chocolate malt balls. Brown sugar with hints of toffee and sweet dark fruits. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly syrupy. Drinkability is fair, as this is a very rich and boozy beer. Overall, it has definitely balanced out over the years, but still a little too boozy to handle too much of. Definitely a sipper.
10-04-2011 06:28:29 | More by DovaliHops
3.2/5 rDev -21%
Poured into tulip glass.
Appearance: Black in color, pours 1/2 finger of tan head, moderate lacing.
Smell: Malty, caramel, boozy, plums, figs, vanilla, brown sugar, hoppy.
Taste: Sweet, boozy, syrupy, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, oak, bourbon, hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good carbonation, boozy.
Overall: A decent beer, very boozy.
10-03-2011 15:42:43 | More by phichifiji00
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Dark chocolate brown to black in color with a creamy little cap of dusty brown foam on top. Some good lacing as well.
A deeply complex smell of sweetness. Malt, maple syrup, rum raisin, plum, prune. Very lovely nose.
A medley of sweet malts happening here as well. Dark fruit with molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, toffee and caramel. Some maple syrup in there as well perhaps. The hops are not completely outdone however and add some distinct bitterness. Getting some solid roast from the malt as well.
Full and very smooth bodied. Soft carbonation with a lightly sticky finish.
This is a nice big sipper of a brew here. Very enjoyable and complex strong ale. Looking forward to Jewbelation 14 in the future and hoping for more greatness.
08-27-2011 03:14:37 | More by jera1350
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
This beer actually worked surprisingly well on cask- I was somewhat shocked. Poured black with a relatively thin white head. Fairly soft aromas, but notably there is lots of brown sugar. The taste comes together nicely. It is sweet and strong, but not overly hot. Instead you get vinous flavors, a huge malt profile, and a nice warming booziness. The cask mellows things a bit. Fairly enjoyable.
08-21-2011 18:29:22 | More by Georgiabeer
2.7/5 rDev -33.3%
Thick brown body almost black complete with a thick creamy cap floating on top. Aroma’s are toffee, burnt coconut marshmallows, an almost soya sauce but not really, and some cheery. Man you could smell this stuff for hours and constantly pick up new stuff. Flavor wasn’t nearly as intense as I thought it would but it’s still pretty strong. Burnt sugar dominates with only a slight hint of the 13% but I’m sure the room will be spinning very soon. This beer is thick and chewy and has a slightly bitter coffee finish. Cherries plums and other flavours are all noticeable. Good beer, complex beer, but not a every day beer.
07-16-2011 07:10:21 | More by BlackWednesday
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
Pours a very dark brown color with a short dense toasted khaki head that settled into a light ring.
The aroma is of dark bread, caramel and toffee. Some pruney dark fruit sweetness. A bit of a mustiness. Has an olde ale type of aroma.
The taste is of toasted pumpernickle with notes of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Some caramel and light dark fruit flavors. The sweetness is not as strong in the flavor compared to the aroma. This has a nice roasted kick to it. Some grassy hops detected.
The beer is well bodied with tingly carbonation. Mostly bitter on the palate. Finishes slightly sticky. ABV presence is detected, a bit fusel.
One of the better sample in the vertical. It is not overly sweet like most.
07-15-2011 00:36:39 | More by Gmann
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
06-02-2011 21:49:29 | More by womencantsail
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
Powerful flavors in a big burning fuel rod of a beer.
Deep reddish mahogany color in the Orval chalice. Head is modest, lacing swirls a bit. Pleasant carbonation on the tongue, if you still have one after wrapping it around this powerhouse. Deep, dark flavors of dried cherries, licorice, burnt caramel. Wonderful balance between the sweetness and the big hops, and a complexity unmatched by most barley wines.
This is so rich, so full of flavors, it has a rum-like feeling, but the alcohol is well integrated. Just a little hot on the tongue. But a great beer and a fine example of the "more is more" theory.
Tasted another 22 oz bottle from the cellar on 12/13/11 and it's sensational. The licorice comes out even more. This has to be one of the most strongly flavored beer ever-- if you ignore the hop slam varieties-- it's all done with a sensational amount of malt. Darker and darker flavors pile on. It's quite amazing.
05-27-2011 06:12:33 | More by mactrail
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a nice 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. Nice distinct lines of lacing around the glass on the drink down. Very nice smells of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, butterscotch, biscuits, and alcohol. Taste is very much like the nose with caramel/toffee/butterscotch, brown sugar, fresh baked biscuits, and citrus zest hops on the finish. Mild bitterness and alcohol burn after each sip. Very thick and creamy in the mouth. The beer coats the mouth with a slightly sticky feel. Overall, this a very good beer that reminds me very much of a barleywine. You definitely need to slowly sip this one and take time to enjoy the bottle.
05-11-2011 01:57:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
As a fan of Jewbelation 14, I was happy to find a bottle of this Jewbelation 13 Bar Mitzvah sitting on the shelf at a beer distributor I had recently visited. I was interested in seeing how it differs from it's younger brother.
I poured the Jewbelation into a glass goblet at about 56 degrees. I found that it poured and looked very much like the 14 a rich deep dark brown with ruby hues. It had a nice tan head that receded but not completely with some moderate lacing.
The smell was similar but more pungent then it's younger brother. It smelled of malt, very ripe dark fruits, chocolate and cherry notes.
The taste was as good as the 14 if not better. It has an initial malty sweetness that gives way to those dark fruits. The alcohol is not as predominant as it is in the 14 and I believe it's a combination of starting off at a lower ABV and having a year to mature.
Overall, this is still a favorite of mine for a fun good tasting brew that packs a powerful Kosher punch. Certainly I would reccomend this to anyone that enjoys a flavorful brew. Enjoy!!!
05-10-2011 01:53:13 | More by AnPiobaire
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Poured a dark brown color into a pint shaker glass with about a quarter inch of creamy tan head that disapated fairly quickly. Aroma of smoke, soy sauce, coffee, and malt. Taste is the most bitter of the Jewbelations I've had from the gift set thus far--not that this is a bad thing at all. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, bitter chocolate, and a touch of coffee with a fair amount of bitterness all the way through. I like this one (as I have all the Jewbelations; hope I can score more at some point).
05-04-2011 13:29:01 | More by Schmittymack
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
12 OZ pour from Vertical Jewbelation box set poured into Schmaltz custom tumbler.
A: Deep brown ale, thin half inch head. Clings to the glass. Head disappears after a few minutes as I wait for it it warm up a bit before tasting.
S: Soy Sauce, dried figs, molasses, candy apple caramel. Not super into the smell.
T: Ahhh, much better than the look or smell. Delicious super malty ale. Tastes of coffee, dried fruits, port, lingering red wine, vanilla. This is delicious, maybe the tastiest of the series. The dominant flavor at the close seems to be vanilla bean, this is a really tasty and great after dinner companion, I just finished a nice big spicy meal and this really hits the spot as I get amped up for the Bulls to beat the Pacers tonight :) . Amazingly, it's not boozy at 13%. My head feels it, but there is nothing astringent about it and it's not that hot feeling.
M: This beer has a surprisingly moderate / medium mouthfeel for its maltiness and high ABV. It actually tastes and feels a bit sharp, there is a nice refreshing carbonation to it as well.
O: Overall, this is a delicious and extremely tasting strong ale. I think this is the best in the Jewbelation series. If this were regularly available I'd buy it. I have a few bombers of this and the 14 cellaring right now that I look forward to trying them next year when it gets cold out. Big thumbs up on this.
04-19-2011 01:21:56 | More by Avantyawn
He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.