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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

264 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 17
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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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unibrew

New Hampshire

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

This beer deserves a perfect score! I really thought that getting up into the 14% range, they just weren't going to make it truly quaffable, but, I was wrong. It's the best offering since Jewbelation 11, which is my favorite. (And thanks to the vertical gift pack, I get to have the older versions again!) It's the typical dark fruit bearing flavors I've come to expect from the series, and this one doesn't disappoint. It's as smooth as a 5 year old bottle of Jewbelation #8 on tap in fact! It's 14%, not a lot of carbonation, and the booziness is very well hidden! Add to all that the AMAZING retail price of $4.99, and it's the greatest value in the beer world too! No need to wait for a sale! L'Chaim! Oy!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 21:55:46 | More by unibrew
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gwguest

Kansas

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-10-2011 23:07:39 | More by gwguest
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caninedevotion

Oregon

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-17-2011 00:44:54 | More by caninedevotion
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-14-2011 16:54:25 | More by seanwhite
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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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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-04-2011 18:43:31 | More by HopStoopid120
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PapiMagnum

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

02-13-2013 06:41:44 | More by PapiMagnum
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bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-22-2011 16:25:53 | More by bluntedboywonder
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kenm2118

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-15-2011 06:03:12 | More by kenm2118
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adrian21

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-29-2011 17:32:27 | More by adrian21
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Montrose79

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-12-2011 02:53:07 | More by Montrose79
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-24-2011 14:36:56 | More by Rochefort10nh
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wsnich

Texas

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-16-2011 12:26:11 | More by wsnich
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GrindFatherBob

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-14-2011 16:51:48 | More by GrindFatherBob
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jsh420

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours almost pitch black with a big 2+ finger pillowy mocha head that had great retention and left spotted lacing down the glass

smell - wow hop explosion big fruit citrus pine hops next to the chocolate roasted vanilla malts

taste is out of this world - reminds me of GI Nightstlaker but with more stout then ipa and now that i think about it more its closer to fresh bigfoot with lots of roast and chocolate

mouthfeel is heavy very smooth but not flat

drinkability - 14% abv holy cow - this 22oz bomber went down twice as fast as the 12 oz 13% GI BCS 2010 i had last night

every year they somehow make this beer better with 1 more malt and 1 more hop and of course 1% stronger - i cant wait to break into the 8 bottle box set and try them all (since i have only had the 11-14)

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:53:46 | More by jsh420
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
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]

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 23:02:20 | More by Metalmonk
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tops851

California

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

A: Raisin brown color, rather full spongy creamy head (for 14%), good cap and lacing (does fade towards the end).

S: Black-strap molasses, freshly toasted raisin bread, "C" grade maple syrup, light notes of Colombian Supremo @ medium-dark roast.

T: Complex to say the least; very sweet malts, rosiny black-strap molasses, caramelly caffé macchiato, medjool dates, boozy west-indies dark Rhum (mon), dark English toffee, dark chocolate, slightly smoky violets & toasted-herbs on the light hop finish.

M: Extremely full-bodied, creamy-syrupy, light carbonation.

D: Absolutely complex, rich rich flavours. I could drink as much of this, as I could Aunt Jemimah's & melted Coffee Haagen Daaz shakes!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 01:28:58 | More by tops851
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Elimination

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my favorite beers of 2010!

A very dark, soda like brown, very little light from the other side.

Smell is strong raisin, toffee, carmel, very sweet, has a bit of a red wine or even premium grape juice to it.

Taste is strong carmel, very rich darker fruits, molasses, butterscotch, for the abv it presents no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thick like a melted butter, slippery, oil thickness that oozes over the tongue

For 14 percent, this beer is a amazing, let alone a bargain. Will have to pick up another before it goes away

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 02:24:20 | More by Elimination
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

01-03-2012 17:10:11 | More by bcostner1
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thegrifter

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

08-28-2012 00:02:14 | More by thegrifter
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

07-14-2012 05:39:02 | More by ssjkyle
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep mahogany pour casting pure ebon in the glass. Lofty, tall, and thick dark tan crown grows quickly upon the top, Fluffing down to create a solid collar ring and some sifting skim. Inky lacing is iced across the glass.

An all encompassing darkly fruity, malt enduced wiffer. Deep, complexing aroma of dark rummy, port-like chocolate and molasses dashed with bold warmth, dark cherry, dates, raisin, and prune. A effervescence, or ghostly whisper, of mint within the heat can be found as it lowers into the glass.

Dense, dark, thick, malty gooey taster. Think Doppelbock meets Russian Imperial Stout. Big malt on the dark fruity front with massive, coarsing, dark molasses, and a slew of dark fruity thickness of prune, dates, and raisin. Then super dark and deep, yet mild, chocolatey bitterness ensues into the finish where the hops, all 14 varieties of them, obviously? Make their impression amongst the malt as it cinders late with late palate soaking warmth that's dark and rummy/port-like. Yum!

Thick, bold, creamy, dense, lush, forwardly full body. Lots of warming attributes that say the same things as ports and dark rum does. Damn dark, wonderfully warm, tongue tangled tangy, and grows greatly as it shifts into the finish. Woohf-da! Wholey mackerel! Fourteen definately has 14% as you get thru it. But really not. Dangerously drinkable and incredibly mind scrambling yummy!

Happy 14th Shmaltz(He'Brew)!! You've made me re-think the concept of fourteen...at age forty one, which is the number switch of fourteen...14 - 41. Whoa, what a trip man...

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 03:34:27 | More by tavernjef
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stylinprofiylin

California

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark rosewood almost black body. very little head brown in color. very similar to a stout

S - Grapes, apples, plum. malty malty malty.

T - very delicate warmth. the 14% is hard to mask but they did their best. the chocolaty, mildly bitter sweet taste does a good job at overwhelming and submitting my palate to its roasty malt character.

M - it sticks with you but not too heavily. medium carbonation very close to that of a soda.

D - most def a sipper if you're the classy type. this beer is a total commitment if your alone on it like i am. shit.... im feelin it. good job.

best way to describe this is its an awesome mixture. it had the look of a stout, the smell of a belgian, the taste and drinkability of a barleywine, and the feel of an IPA.

the notes on the side of all the stuff that adds up to 14 is pretty kewl

well done. its quite a brew

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 07:06:57 | More by stylinprofiylin
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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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Pencible

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly black cherry with some tan head.
S: It smelled predictably complex, like citrus and floral hops blended with rich caramel and chocolate and molasses malts, and some dark fruit and coffee and honey and vanilla.
T: Hops were dominant over the malts, but both very powerful and complex. It tasted like citrus and floral and copper, with chocolate and coffee and caramel and vanilla, with a bit of dark fruit and alcohol. It had a bold bitter aftertaste, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was very thick with moderate carbonation. Nice and full body.
D: This was another fantastic delight, like the previous Jewbelations. While basically all of the same flavor elements carried over from last year's brew, this year's version tilted the balance more toward the hops. So they did a great job of making this really seem more like a barleywine than a stout, even though the flavor elements were largely the same. Brilliant brewing, and delicious results. Great body too, and tolerable alcohol presence considering the ABV. But age will surely help mellow that further and making much smoother to drink. One of the best value beers out there. One of the best beers period?

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 15:24:23 | More by Pencible
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He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.