He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation FourteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 19
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: crusian on 10-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Fieldzy27:
Photo of Fieldzy27
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a Hofbrau hefe glass. I like doing this with barleywines because it displays them oh so well.

A-Pours almost black with flecks of redish-brown. When held to the light a few slivers of amber shine through but not much. I have seen lighter imperial stouts. The head is cappuccino colored and is think and rocky. Looks like a mocha-mountain range. who says you cant have good head with a lot of alcohol. No lace though.... only minor disappointment in an otherwise perfect beauty.

S-Very sweet and malty. Bit of bready-ness. Some dark fruit character...this thing is pretty nuts. Its really hard to pick out a large amount of any specific character and this makes sense when 14 types of malt are in the house. Not sure what hops were used but I can pick some Amarillo as its one of my favorites but really there is no citrus or floral hoppy anything. Lots of sweet goodness though. A small amount of alcohol is apparent but it adds more than it detracts.

T- Ok this is pretty hard but i would suppose a beer this complex should be? There is initial dark fruit sweetness like blackberries and then is immediately overtaken by rum soaked dark fruits. Alcohol is there and it lets you know. But it doesn't really distract from the beer. I feel a year of age on this bad boy would put it in the perfect range. Chocolate malt really stands out at about mid palate along with some more sweetness. There is hops in here but I cant even close to pick them out specifically. For the most part they are non-existent though. As it warms alcohol becomes more distracting and is there in the aftertaste as well. Still dark bitter chocolate rounds out the end of this guy. I kinda of feel like I could write about this beer for much longer but I need to get back to drinking it.

M- This sticky monster stays with you. Every sip coats your mouth with waves of flavor that hang around for minutes after. The feeling of it is lush,smooth,full and very attractive. Leaves you wanting more. No funky feeling after drinking and carbonation is a little low for a fresh beer I like a "smidge" more zing on a barley wine but I cant even begin to complain about this guy. Lucius and smooth should be reiterated.

D- This is a sleeper. It has some heat to it but no where near enough to even dream of 14%. It goes down smooth and its many layers of complexity distract you from the fact that you're killing a bomber. Yet another beer from an amazing brewery. There prices are perfect and they are slowly finding a way into my heart as one of my favorites. Keep em comin guys


(just noticed this was my 14th beer review on the 14th of November...random)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice a deep rich mahogany with very well formed tan colored head.Big sweet alcohol and dark fruit in the nose,bigtime raisin and prune.Not quite as hot as I thought it would be on the palate I have to say,the alcohol is there but it doesnt devistate every other thing about the beer.Dark fruit,brown sugar and heavy molasses flavors make it a sipper and it is kinda heavy though I gotta say.A real good sipper and another good Jewbelation brew.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Very dark brown color, thin tan head.
Roasted malt aroma, some dark fruit. Noticeable alcohol.
Great flavor. Coffee, chocolate. Some toffee. Taste reminiscent of a fruitcake. Alcohol still noticeable.
A little bit on the hot side, but still a pretty good beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my dad for sharing this beer that he picked up on vacation.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head.

The aroma is very boozy. In addition to alcohol, I get some chocolate, dark fruit and brown sugar.

The flavor is very complex. I get a ton of brown sugar, roasted malt, molasses, cherries and other dark fruit. This is all balanced out with a ton of alcohol booziness, which is expected since the beer is 14 percent ABV. The alcohol is very warming.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This is definitely a sipper. While it takes a long time to drink, every sip is enjoyable.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce into a Delirium snifter.

Pours a deep purplish black with a thick lacy tan head lining the glass.

Smells big and kind of hot with notes of sweet malt and chocolate.

Tastes malty and dry with a noticeable alcohol presence. Also some cocoa notes as well as a light bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with some alcohol in there.

I love this beer and have already grabbed a few more bottles. Not something to try to drink a lot of at once.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Young Augustine's in Atlanta.

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

Smells of sweet dark malts with large amounts of molasses. Also present are mild amounts of roast and slight amounts of dark chocolate aromas. As the beer warms the chocolate aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Molasses, dark malt, and roasted flavors kick things off. The sweetness subsides a bit midway through the sip with the addition of semi-sweet chocolate flavors. The chocolate flavors fade out fairly quickly, allowing molasses and light roasted flavors to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer, nor have I been with many of the malt and hop amalgamations. This beer is far from bad but it doesn't seem very refined. Worth a shot but not worth seeking out.

Photo of richkrull
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this one at Brasserie V in Madison based on the bartenders recommendation.

Poured a dark copper color with a bit of tannish brown head. Not a heavy smell, I don't pick up much alcohol. But a nice aroma, sweet malt. Very complex beer, fairly bitter. It's got a big flavor, but the 14% alcohol is not overpowering at all. Very smooth drinking beer, good feel. I really enjoyed this beer, very drinkable. I'd love to try this again.

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

12oz bottle, again with the 22oz label; part of the vertical.

This beer pours a deep dark oily brown colour, with cola highlights, and one finger of thin foamy beige head, which settles quickly, leaving a short wash of lace around the glass. It smells of warm caramel malt, raisins, butterscotch, and bitter earthy hops. The taste is strongly hopped - citrus and pine, slugging the way through a morass of brown sugar, stewed black fruit, melted Toffifay, coffee, and a tempered booze edge. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body dense, syrupy, and viscous. It finishes with a palate-saving dose of dry, bitter hops, and alcohol fringe.

A big beer, not too unlike the 12 and 13 - another heavy, fruity, and malty sipper, as balanced as can be by the commensurate hop rainbow. Under the circumstances, meshuggah-easy to drink - emphasis on the 'crazy'. Now, to the increasingly relevant question - will there be a 15?

Photo of mdaschaf
2.63/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a dark copper with little head formation. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Raisins, brown sugar, a little caramel, and a ton of alcohol. Makes me a bit hesitant to taste it.

T: Lots of dark fruits - raisins and plums. Also some toffee and caramel. The alcohol is overwhelming though. It overtakes the flavor.

M/D: Medium to full bodied. The booziness was too overpowering for me. I would consider trying it again with a few years on it, but probably won't bother.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best factoid on this year's Jewbelation label (love reading the small print on these each year): "Humans fart an average of 14 times a day." I don't feel so ashamed now!

With all that malt in here (14 different malts) it's no wonder this thing is so dark. Might as well call it black, and I'm not surprised that the toasted tan/light brown head doesn't hang around long, but it's a beautifully creamy mocha wonder while it lasts!

Prevailing aroma is that of dark fruits, like date and raisin, soaked in grain alcohol. Yeah, at 14%, how can the alcohol not figure in here? But it's neither harsh nor astringent, and keeps that deep dark succulent fruit thing going. Burnt grain, fruit pipe tobacco and cheap dark roast coffee can be found in here as well. Intriguing, that's for sure.

Oh my, Shmaltz does it again. I've been a fan of all the Jewbelations since discovering them around the 10th year, and this one wallops me in the spirit of the previous years' offerings. HUGE fig, HUGE date, HUGE raisin, smothered in chocolate cake batter and chocolate milk. Caramel, spruce tips, cherry, molasses, pumpernickel. Big black licorice (a trait common in most of the Jewbelations). A dash of hazelnut/pecan liqueur and, my god, this is fraggin' delissshhhhusss...

Ahem. There isn't much more that needs be said. This is a bit less cluttered than some of the previous Jewbelations (all have been great). That, along with this incredibly lush, round, silky, decadently creamy texture, makes this a rare pleasure.

How is it this is not an alcoholic mess? How is it so drinkable? How can it be so damn good???

A thing of wonder. This is why I continue to champion high-ABV beers. Not because I want to get buzzed, but because, when in the hands of great brewers, they can go beyond just being beer to being something transcendental. This is the reason I'll keep coming back to each year's Jewbelation. How will the 15%-er be? The mind boggles...

[14 songs on Split Enz's 'Frenzy' album (the 1981 version); 14 songs on Pearl Jam's 'Vitalogy'; 14 songs comprise Porcupine Tree's 'The Incident' epic]

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark coloured body with a good sized head, lacey. Roasty, imperial stout resemblance. Acidic finish fom the roastd barley. Some burnt parts. Some chocolate malt, mollasses, burnt brown sugar. Not an everyday beer, this was a sipper. Jason's bottle from the revived vertical pack.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild pour from growler into goblet yields almost no head, but some lacing (day after opening though; first day gave a thin head). Second pour: A more aggressive pour yields a head and persistent lacing even on the second day.

Appearance is opaque brown; some cream-colored lacing.

Nose is mild, malt and apricot, very faint booze considering the ABV.

Taste is a real knockout; super-malty (as the 11 was), sweet and raisiny/dark fruit with very faint hazelnut and cherry; almost syrupy, balanced (but not overwhelmed) by some hop bitterness and nice mouthfeel and mellowed with some oaky vanilla; again, alcohol taste is very subdued.

Mouthfeel remains solid; very pleasant even on the second day of this growler being open, chewy and a bit creamy; really necessary to avoid the brew becoming syrupy and less drinkable.

Drinkability is quite high for something this strong in alcohol, but the strong flavor precludes terming it 'sessionable.' Definitely one to share!

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

Make no mistake - this is a big one! While I enjoyed this beer, if I had a do-over I'd wait a year before uncapping this one. It may benefit from the extra time.

The brew is hugely complex, but the high alcohol works against it a bit. One of the few knocks against this beer is that you notice the alcohol more than the flavors at times, especially as it warms. The depths of the flavor is in a special class shared by Three Floyds' Dark Lord and Short's Sustenance. Surprisingly affordable (Thanks, Binnys!).

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

During the initial pour I found this beer to be a lucious opaque black with ruby edges in the glass. It poured into the brandy snifter with a thin creamy brown head. My initial nosing was of sun dried fruit i.e raisins and figs with a hint of chocolate. Although the alcohol was evident I didn't find it as overpowering as some other reviews have stated. I found the taste to be initially of vanilla and cherries sliding into dark chocolate and raisins. The mouth feel was chewy and thick with a bold flavor. Again I did not find the alcohol to be overpowering to the palate. However, I was certainly well on my way to a good time by the end of the bottle. I plan on going back to the specialty grocery where I found this gem and plan on relieving them of their stock for future enjoyment. I would reccomend this to fellow beer advocates that are into the bolder spectrum of the beer scale.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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...

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at macadoodles in Jane, MO

Pours ebony with much effervescence and a pinky fluffed up mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Plums, tobacco notes & figgyness, & boozey cherries

T: Follows the nose, some molasses, cherries, dryness & earthy hop bitterness & hints of carob up front. Dark fruit, dryness, a touch of boozey warmth & leafy hops as this warms, some persimmons & pralines on the edges too, Finishes with much figgyness, warming booze & cherry pie flavors

MF: Chewy as all get out, low carbonation. Nice balance, good warming sensation & sooo rich

Drinks easy for the ABV, although I buy this more as an English BW, a damn good one at that IMO. At $5 a bottle this is a STEAL!!!

Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate color with a tan coffee head. The head is short lived, but does leave some sticky residue on the glass.

Smell is chocolate, light coffee, and piney hops.

This is a wonderfully complex beer. They're not kidding when they say 14 malts and 14 hops. It's a roller coaster, ranging from black licorice, coffee, chocoalte, to pine, dark berries, and raisins. There's a ton of booziness to it, but it serves to cut through the boderline overwhelming sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel is sticky and hot, but again works well with the robust and sweet nature of the malts.

Drinkability is the only knock on this beer as I struggled to finish a bomber. Weighing in at 14%, it's a sipper, and a hot one at that. At $4.99 this is an incredible bargain, much like the 13 was. Note that BA has this classified as a Barleywine. It didn't resemble a Barleywine in the least bit to me. It was more like a strong ale.

Photo of IKR
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark cola brown with 1+ finger of light brown head, which dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Raisiny/brown sugar aroma that increases with warming.

T: Raisiny dark fruit taste with a slight roast taste following. Hops come through on the finish which keeps the beer from coming off too sweet. It's sweet on the front end but finishes fairly dry.

M: Full body, moderately low carbonation.

D: Nice combination of flavors with the alcohol coming through very muted especially considering it's 14%.

As other reviewers have noted I'm not too sure about the style classification on BA (listed as a barleywine initially), but I applaud Shmaltz brewing for bringing all of their anniversary series out at a very good price point. At less than $6 a bomber this shames a lot of offerings going for far more. Factor in the ABV and malts used and it's a bargain. Let's see what Jewbelation 15 brings!

Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured a massively dark brown with a red hue around the edges when held up to the light with a one finger tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit, sweet fruit, big alcohol, and slight bitter hop. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that great either. If I'm honest, it was definitely better than 13, just more boozy. Based on my experience with 13 last year I vowed to never drink another one again, and here I am drinking another one... To give it another shot? Hardly... This one is in-and-out of the Top Buzz List and I'm trying to tick them all. That is the only reason why. If I'm completely honest I don't know why this one is in-and-out of that list as this isn't a great beer. The only thing it needs to be good is less booziness in my opinion as it is quite invasive on the palate. Cellaring might do this one some good...

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a dense short lived head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet and one dimensional. There is some caramel sweetness, some toffee and a touch of raisin but that is about it. Perhaps a subtle touch of toasted bread.

The flavor is quite malty and smooth. There is a general pumpernickle breadiness to the brew. Some caramel, light licorice/anise, roasted malt, tin, and a touch of char. Perhaps some chocolate and toffee notes.

The feel is very thick with soft carbonation. Probably one of the thicker beers that I have had. It is malt sweet on the palate with a roasted bitter finish.

A malt bomb for sure. All of these jewbelation beers have a very similar flavor and keep getting thicker. Drinks like a meal.

Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Rich toffee and caramel, earthy, slight oak, herbal like, savory almost, touch of cinnamon and spearmint.

L: Medium tan head, good retention with great sticky lacing. Very dark brown bordering on black.

T: Rich toffee melanoindens followed quickly by a touch of spicy hop flavor. More bold toffee, intense toffee sweetness. Medium-low herbal bitterness leads to slight roastiness and more sweetness. Finishes quite sweet with a touch of oak.

M: Medium-full body, slick almost cloying, low carbonation.

An interesting beer for sure, a total sweet toffee bomb. Good but i couldn't drink a lot of this, diabetes in a bottle.

Photo of alleykatking
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. I think this came from Lukafer..I can't remember though. Thanks like always Luke!

A- Pours a cola brown color. Some red hue when held to the light around the glass edge. Half finger brownish head that dies rather quickly. Small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Very malt forward in the nose. Caramel malts with a nice helping of toffee notes as well. Darker fruits mostly plum and figs come out in the middle of the nose with a hint of chocolate. Some warming alcohol in the backing of the nose. Brown sugar notes and piney hops come in the ending of the aroma.

T- Caramel malts along with the toffee pairing in the aroma comes in the front of the beer. There is a light darker fruit in the middle that is soaked with milk chocolate. There is a light darker fruit that leads to the ending before giving way to a light roasted taste that blends with a piney hop bite that is settle. The alcohol in this comes in the backing but is subdue overall.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Caramel malts with a light darker fruit left on the palate. Warming alcohol and darker fruit with some roasted malt gets left in the aftertaste. Overall balance was there with the hops bringing out a little balance to all the malts used. Clean tasting overall.

D- This was a good tasting beer with some nice overall flavors going on. The ABV doesn't seem to fully come out until it is all the way gone in the glass. This makes it a sneaky drinker in my book. I do like this beer a lot but there is something about it I can't put my finger on it that makes this beer a fantastic drinker.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an impressive dark mahogany. Over two fingers of dark tan head that dissipates at a very slow pace, leaving great looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Heavy dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs), dark roasted malts, booze, chocolate, coffee. Strong molasses and caramel backbone.

Taste - Similar to the nose for certain. A massive amount of caramel sweetness comes through immediately, followed by dark fruits similar to rum. The figs and raisins are quite prominent in the flavor, and I only get a slight chocolate taste along with almost no hop presence. Pretty damn tasty if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, nice and creamy, lower carbonation, finishes a hint bitter and dry.

Drinkability - Holy cow. I absolutely do not believe this is 14% abv. This barleywine/stout mixture was an absolute pleasure to drink. I notice just an absolutely miniscule alcoholic presence in the taste, and slight warming on the way down. This has to be one of the easiest high ABV beers I have ever had. I will without a doubt go and pick up at least two more of these to age. And hell, at around five dollars a bottle, are you kidding me? Blown away by this beer especially because I was not expecting much going into it. For what it is, very well done.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle at 45* into a snifter.

A: This pours a completely black color with a finger of tan-khaki head that laces well and into large clumps.

S: It features aromas of dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs, and dates), candy sugar, and lots of molasses.

T: It has an astonishingly bold flavor with notes of dark fruits, molasses, booze, and some background hoppiness.

M: It has a very thick body with some creaminess and finishes sticky sweet.

D: This has such a bold flavor and manages to conceal the alcohol burn completely.

Photo of aepb1
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with reddish hues at the edges, off-white creamy head

S- Sweet malts, really not by way of nose

T- Big malty sweetness, molasses finishes with some bitterness

M- Alcohol burn, sticky and full-bodied

D- The great complexity in the taste makes up for the nose and mouthfeel deficiencies

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.