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He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation FourteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 18
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: crusian on 10-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 267 | Reviews: 173
Reviews by dwilson01:
Photo of dwilson01
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass. When they say 14 different malts they definitely put some dark ones in here, the body is black like an imperial stout with some very dark red brown about the edges when held up to light. The head is a delicious dark brown mocha color, almost the color of pumpernickel bread.

The scent is malt forward, I get a ton of dark sweet wheat bread, molasses, toffee, and a hint of milk chocolate. The hops are tough to distinguish amongst all this but they are there lingering in the background, dark cherry, plum, and some spiciness coming out.

This bad boy is ripe with flavor, again the malts dominate it for me with a chocolate molasses infusion. The dark cherry comes through and a fresh cut freshly rained on piece of dark wood pops into my head. Also raisins, after some thought it's reminding me greatly of a Belgian but extremely heavy. The alcohol flavor is pretty much nonexistent, the only hints you get are the hotness in the back of your throat after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is pretty much astounding, super thick like the consistency of motor oil (or molasses if you prefer sweeter things).

Great beer, if you like big dark brews then this guys is for you, if you like this one I would also highly recommend the SN 30th anniversary black barleywine.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +2%
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 +3.2%
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 virinow
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of daveytheformer
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -0.5%
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 kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of richkrull
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +4.4%
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 -35.4%
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 MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
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 -10.8%
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 +2%
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 -1.7%
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 +10.6%
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 -3.7%
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...

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 despond
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of raymo55
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -5.2%
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!

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