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He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Jewbelation FourteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen

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BA SCORE
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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%


Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crusian on 10-21-2010)
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abriggs1

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I put this beer away almost three years ago, I knew that hot mess was going to turn into something special. I've never been so glad to be so right. Fresh, Jewbelation 14 was a heady beast; just a ton of hops with interesting malts in the background. Now it's developed into something that's perfectly balanced.

There are still some hops here, unless that bitterness is from some of the malts or from the yeast. But the malts are the superstars here. I taste tons of smokey and maple syrup flavors. Sort of like a porter, but much more deep and complex. There are so many flavors going on that it's hard to even start to list them; raisins, birch beer, plums, overripe bananas, apple pie spices, madeira wine, and just about everything in between. It's like a Thomas Hardy's old ale met Life and Limb, exchanged DNA in a wild malty love affair, and popped out a beautiful child after being pregnant in my basement for three years.

This is easily one of my top 5 beers in the world, and quite possibly the best beer I've ever had. A perfect score is much deserved.

I have another in my possession, and I'm thinking I'll try it in another 3 years.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:54:09 | More by abriggs1
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a gift pack that included Jewbelation 8-14 and vertical. Brewed with 14 grains (specialty 2-row, Vienna, Munich, wheat malt, chocolate malt, crystal rye, dark crystal, rye ale, caramunich 40, carapilsner, kiln amber, flaked spelt, flaked oats, and flaked quinoa.). Hopped with 13 hops (amarillo, apollo, cascade, centennial, crystal, fuggles, german spalt, Northern brewer, simcoe, styrian bobeck, summit, tettnang, vangaurd and warrior)..and you guessed it, 14% ABV.
Brewsheet available here: www.shmaltzbrewing.com/HEBREW/J14/J14_BREWSHEET.xls

Pours out to as clear black, not super viscous and oily as one might expect, forming a whipped and espresso crema like head of medium tan with superior retention and rock solid sticky sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The aroma is tons of dark fruit...black walnut, prune juice, soy sauce, figs, dates, carob, some subdued (in comparison) herbal and spicy hops with a touch of roast character. No appreciable off aromas. Not boozy at all considering the 14% ABV. Mouthfeel is viscous, oily, syrupy and leaves a glamorous sheen on the tongue with a huge richly dense body...velvety in nature. The taste is a recap of the aroma...all of the dark fruits are here in droves, balanced by a spicy and herbal hop bitterness which is very well balanced with the huge malt body. There is a subtle sting of the hops in the finish with an herbal acidity. There is also a lingering coffee bite in the finish.

An excellent beer. The Jewbelations are a tour of force when it comes to huge concentrated flavor, pleasant drinkability, balance and affordability. They are consistently excellent. Highly recommended. Would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 01:43:56 | More by Mitchster
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a solid inch of off white, tan head. Leaves some lace behind on the pint. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, cherry, and alcohol. In the taste, very sweet with loads of brown sugar and molasses. Quite sweet, but it cuts the booze that one might expect from a 14%ABV beer. Light roasted malt flavor adds a porter like element. Hints of vanilla, brown sugar, and malt candies are all over this decadent brew. Coffee, malty sugars, caramel and a slight earthy hop. The hops are done for, this beer is sweet. It's really good actually, though just shy of cloying. Toasty and sweet, and quite good indeed. There is a medium bodied, velvety mouthfeel with low carbonation. Smooth and really hardly any alcohol burn. This is a fine strong ale, which really holds up well. A malt bomb, with just enough roast and strength to keep it interesting. I'd buy up a bottle of this if I came across it, I think 14 is peaking.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 21:14:37 | More by Stinkypuss
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: It is a very dark brown with a nice amber tinge to it with a nice tiny mocha head. It is

S: Smells like a strong, slightly boozy barleywine. Raisins, caramel, toffee, and sweet malts all over.

T: There is a bit of funky aftertaste that you get way in the back but it is very faint. It is quite delicious with a bit of booziness to it. This is quite full tasting and actually quite sweet. Caramel, toffee, sweet malts, and lots of raisin flavors. There is also a quite a lot of chocolate and a tiny bit of espresso as well.

M: Just a nice bit of prickliness in there but it is quite smooth and just a bit syrupy/velvety. Low carbonation.

O: I can't imagine liking this fresh, but it is tasting quite good now. Excellent sipper. It is quite a lot for a 22oz. bottle but that is about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 08:33:46 | More by gillagorilla
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Boto

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours an inky, bark brown color. There was a bit of a brown head on it that leaves some lacing. Decent enough nose. Lots of malts to the nose. Chocolate, caramel, dark fruits are most prevalent. Also getting some citrus and pint hops. Also a bit of alcohol. The taste is pretty good. Some caramel and chocolate malt sweetness. Raisins, vanilla, molasses, hints of coffee. Lots going on here, but a pretty decent mix.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 21:27:37 | More by Boto
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sweemzander

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle from the 2011 Holiday Pack

(A)- Pours a very very dark brown color with some reddish highlights. Some tan froth too.

(S)- A deep malty and rich profile. Bits of booze and raisin.

(T)- Similar to the smell. a deep/rich malt profile overall with noticeable raisin.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A good balance even though it is quite hefty in the malt department; almost a bit too much actually.

(D)- Overall, it is solid, but easily the booziest of the lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 14:04:33 | More by sweemzander
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jsulko

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Been saving this one. The 15 is next.

Pours a dark black with hints of brown. Slight off-white/brownish head.

Smell is carmel and sweetness with strong dark fruit notes.

Taste is heavy on the dark fruit with little of the sweetness ifrom the malt. Finish reminds you a bit of the high alcohol content.

A very excellent beer in a category I am not always a fan of. Bought the 15 without ever having this off of a recommendation and am glad I finally cracked this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 03:11:46 | More by jsulko
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the reissue 2010 Box set

appears a dark mahogany color, 1/4" khaki color head. great head retention.

awesome aroma of tobacco, black cherry, spiced rum. taste is similar. bold flavors- a bit boozy, caramel, toffee, figs. nice thick smooth sticky body. drinks appropriate for the style, and great for the taste.

overall - the series continues and gets better it seems as the years go on

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 02:21:23 | More by jmdrpi
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from wordemupg, 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pretty much black in colour with a finger or so of light brown head. Huge lacing, and quite nice retention. Lots of chocolate in the nose and fruity, dark malts. Some molasses and licorice, and a touch of alcohol. Taste has more chocolate, dark breads and fruity dark malts that evoke some Fruit Loops grape flavour. Syrupy and some molasses. Dense body, some alcohol but doesn't suggest 14% by any stretch. Low carbonation and thick. A good beer, but I wasn't blow away.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 03:45:55 | More by liamt07
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a hint of brown around the edges with a thin finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark caramel malts, dark fruits, coffee, caramelized sugars, with some grapefruit and pine hops and some booze.

T - Starts off with dark sweet caramel and caramelized malts, with raisin and other dark fruit, molasses, and some grapefruit and citrus hops. Through the middle, some coffee flavor comes through with some vanilla, pine hops, and a bit of bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, dark toffee malts, dark fruit, molasses, a bit of coffee, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good strong malty base with enough body and alcohol to balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 04:13:08 | More by ngeunit1
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MrOH

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with some brown around the edges, then brown head that recedes quickly.

Raisin, burnt sugar, a whiff of peat, slight herbal hops, and some alcohol in the nose.

Toffee, burnt sugar, ash, dark stewed fruits, dried cherry, and raisins coat the palate and a subtle yet firm and lingering bitterness to finish.

Very heavy and low carbonation.

Less oxidized than the others in the series. Almost like a bittersweet liquor. I liked it a lot more than the Amaro that some guy bought me a couple of weeks ago.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 00:48:11 | More by MrOH
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a deep, dark brown/borderline black (opaque) with a solid finger-plus of a creamy mocha/khaki colored head. respectable retention as well as lacing.

really impressive nose on this one. notes of molasses, coffee, roasted malts... yet also an evident hoppy presence. wow, flavor is something, exceeding the aroma in terms of complexity. there's the coffee, molasses, roasted malts; also maple, raisin, and maybe a touch of brown sugar... earthy/floral hoppiness - maybe a bit of citrus - opens up mid palate and carries some hops bitterness through the finish. my only knock is the alcohol presence, which, at 14% you obviously have to expect some, but it's not quite as hidden as i'd prefer. that said, a very complex and tasty beer.

rich, creamy, coating mouthfeel; full bodied with medium carbonation. this is a huge beer in every sense... a classic sipper.

originally reviewed: 01-11-2011

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 22:41:16 | More by BostonHops
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mactrail

California

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The massive malt that the Jewbelation series is notable for. Thick, rich, powerful, dark, and delicious. Beautiful mahogany color in the Orval chalice. Nice swirling foam, pleasing sudsiness.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally full without being sticky. The creamy carbonation adds to the pleasure. Even going back to a bottle opened yesterday, the carbonation is good. All the roasted malt flavors, from sweet caramel to bitter burnt. An assertive hop bitterness carries the end. Plenty full of sugar, but nicely balanced with the hot alcohol and the hoppiness.

A great strong beer that combines the best qualities of a barleywine and a RIS. From the 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 04:32:13 | More by mactrail
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champ103

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A one finger tan head is slow to rise, and gently recedes. Nice lace is left behind.
S: Big roast up front. Chocolate, cream coffee, sweet toffee. Lots of nondescript hops linger that leaves a strong bitter finish.
T: Lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Tons of sweetness. Sticky toffee. A bit under under attenuated. Lots of bitterness in the finish.
M/D: A full body that is slightly sticky. Though good carbonation and smooth. A monster ABV, and harder to sip on than I would like.

This needs more time. Just to big, to sweet, and to bitter of a finish. Something to hold on to for years, but not that accessible right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 00:33:26 | More by champ103
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Big M Potsdam NY for 6.99

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and very light hops. There is also some dark fruit flavour - either cherries or raisins and a bit of caramel/toffee. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall - I was really surprised how well the alcohol was hidden in this beer. The taste was delicious and the feel was perfectly velvety. I'd like to have a few more bottles of this to keep for winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 17:55:26 | More by spinrsx
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a very deep reddish brown amber. Thin light tan head and lacing. Aroma of dark and light fruit, roasted malt and booze. A sweetish dark fruit and malt start, malt, molasses and caramel middle and coffee malt finish. Fairly mellow for the high ABV, complex with flavors shifting during the drink. Seems somewhat understated, but pleasant and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:16:15 | More by LiquidAmber
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WHOA! Dark thick rich brown with TONS of black hues. head pours delicately, slowly rising thick compacted toffee colored foam. One finger head stays around for quite some time. Clarity looks to be 100% intact

Holy heavy Malt Bomb scent! Nice hop background backs up tons of rich caramel, smokey, and chocolate malts. Nice grape-pine resin stands out, even with a year or two in the cellar, impressive. By far one of the most complex scents i've ever experienced with beer. Very unique.

Tons of red massed grapes engulf your taste-buds with strong arms and flavor. Very strong vanilla mash also takes over. Very thick and syrupy. Drinks a lot like a Port. Very suagry, but in a non-offensive way. No off flavor, but there is a *slight* dry bitterness on the back end of the brew along with mild heat from the high ABV. Perfect carbonation.

This brew has tons of thought and love put into in, you can taste it... this brew could easily have held up for many more years in the cellar. This brew embodies what a great brew should look, smell, and act like, a (near) perfect brew, IMO. This is one sweet brew, but is not a sugar bomb, just very sweet and well done at that. Highly recommended, if you find one, let me know; I'll trade, heavy.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:12:32 | More by chugalug06
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CHickman

New York

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown around the edges with a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly, leaving OK lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel, syrup, molasses, roasted malts, brown sugar, floral hops, grains, biscuit, dark fruit like raisin and alcohol like rum or bourbon. A lot of sweetness in the nose that is quite powerful and reeks of booze.

Tastes of sweet caramel, syrup, molasses, roasted malts, brown sugar, toffee, burnt coffee, floral hops, grains, biscuit, cocoa, dark fruit like raisin and cherry,alcohol like rum or bourbon and light burn from the ABV. Very sweet, bready, fruity and complex, the sweetness rules as this beer has so much going on that the sugary sweetness just dominates.

Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, with little to no carbonation, a thin feel and sweet burn that trails off malty.

Very dynamic and more drinkale than expected considering the 14% ABV, but this is a slow sipper that is best to share. A nice barleywine that's worth a try; to me this is a barleywine and not a strong ale, so that's how I see and taste it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 05:05:13 | More by CHickman
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding barleywine strong ale. One of the darkest colored of its kind and certainly one of the best tasting/after-taste.

I experienced it on tap at the superior Heorot Pub in Muncie, Indiana, and out of the 4 beers I had in the two hours spent there, this was the best. The aroma has equal amounts of caramel and fruitiness, the head is more apparent than any barleywine I have tried in the past, and there is the least amount of bitterness in the after-taste of this strong ale.

Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 01:00:43 | More by neckbracesub
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 01/15/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. Haven't had it yet due to a mislabeled keg at FireWorks.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, alcohol, sweet dark fruits, and molasses.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, oak, sweet dark fruits, sugar, molasses, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A little thick and while not overly hot, you can tell the alcohol is there.

o - Overall a very nice beer; probably one of the better Jewbalation's I've had. A sweet and strong beer I'd recommend sharing with people. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 20:41:11 | More by mdfb79
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass- little to no head with no retention or lacing. Poured a deep mahogany color that looks very syrupy.

The smell is what you would expect from a beer with 14 different malts and 14 different hop varieties- it's a menagerie of scents; some coffee, some citrusy hops, some breadiness, a touch of alcohol. It's a lot to take in.

The taste is very similar to the smell- very rich flavor, almost like a watered down single malt scotch. The malty sweetness and breadiness is omnipresent and is punctuated by hops and some spice. Alcohol is well hidden for being 14% ABV but it is definitely apparent that this is a very high alcohol content beer.

Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy- almost no carbonation except a hint towards the end of the sip. Obviously not something to pound down. This is certainly an interesting brew and hats off to He'Brew for managing to balance so many different ingredients as well as they did. Not something I would seek out however...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 23:06:09 | More by Hopdaemon39
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55bob

California

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown chocolate color.

Medium head with light lacing.
Over sweet but I like that and the slighty bitter balances the sweet.

Aroma is lots of carmel and honey.

Flavor is also carmel, honey and coffee, toffee and dark cherries. Wonderful!

The thick body hides any alcohol burn that could have been there with a 14% ABV beer.

Overall, excellentt balance of hops and malts.

Considering this is 14 malts and 14 hops they did a great job formulating this beer.

If I can find more I will buy lots of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 08:37:41 | More by 55bob
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

He'Brew Jewbelation 14

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: hops, toffee, caramel, and dark fruit.

Taste: roasted malts, hops, chocolate, and a faint dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: heavy.

Overall:
This brew is a heavy and chewy one. The flavors are potent without being overbearing. The initial aroma is hops, but they seem distant in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 05:03:01 | More by megahurts4
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers coffee-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was dark black, it just looked heavy and dense.
s - sweet spices like cinnamon come through first then raisins and other dark fruits come out followed some semi-sweet chocolate.
t - dark fruits, cherries, molasses, chocolate with a hint of roastiness.
m - slick and creamy.
o - i aged this one for a year and it was worth it. a little boozy at first but that was enjoyable. a terrific beer and the jewbelation beers continue to impress every time i have one.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 15:09:22 | More by GPHarris
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a super dark brown color w/ a thin chocolate head. Not much lacing, as excpeted w/ a 14% beer. In the nose, I get Malt, toffee, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Really well balanced, and very pleasant smelling. The taste is really about the same as the nose profile- Maybe not quite to the level of the nose. Feel is full, syrupy, and a super smooth finish. Overall, a really nice beer- I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 02:09:05 | More by jayhawk73
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He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.