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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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Reviews: 174
Hads: 271
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of unibrew
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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!

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Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
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)

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
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]

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Photo of tops851
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

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Photo of Elimination
4.82/5  rDev +19%
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

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Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
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...

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Photo of chugalug06
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of stylinprofiylin
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Photo of GhostMtnAbbey
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that has to be judged in a category of extremes.

It is designed to be huge, malty and bitter.

Given that, it does not disappoint. It pours thick and viscous with a dense dark tan head.

The nose is more mellow than I thought it would be but you can smell the alcohol and hops.

Strangely its very malty without being sickly sweet - a big achievement. Overall, think toasted marshmallows with molasses and maple syrup - but with half the sweetness. Odd but true.

Similarly the alcohol is very present without tasting like moonshine.. Its very balanced with the high levels of malt.

Its about as drinkable as a 14% beer can be. Definitely a special occasion beer. Plus its kosher!

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Photo of imagese
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into IRS tulip

A- viscous pour of jet black with half finger toffee head that leaves very little lacing

S- candied plum with a dark mocha finish. Super bitter dark chocolate awesomeness

T- bitter dark chocolate and fruit. So bittersweet and menacing. Not for the timid

M- chewy perfection. The massive malt and hop assault make for some thick perfection

D- simply amazing. 14% abv that drinks like a mild chocolate porter

I have 2 bottles to cellar, but I may need to get more. I can't imagine how awesome this beer is going to age. I had 10-13 on tap at the awesome Avenue Pub in NOLA last month, and this beer already can hang with those!!!

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Photo of Pencible
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
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?

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Photo of neckbracesub
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.


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Photo of GPHarris
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of 55bob
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. I picked up a few of these intending to age them, knowing that time would round out some of the big malty alcoholic hop flavors and pull them into something smoother. I couldn’t wait. It pours brilliant dark brown, producing a 1” frothy, tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass as it goes down. Bread, alcohol, nd dark dried fruit aromas rise for the glass. The palate throws a few elbows with big rich malt, alcohol, alcohol warming, dark dried fruit, bodacious hops and some definite wine like qualities. Its chewy, creamy, soft and rich.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful warm, malty scent that boasts of caramel and roasted malts; rich and sweet. The fourteen varieties of hops used create a killer hop nose that balances a robust malt character. The taste is awesome! Wow, what a complex and delicious malt experience. It's rich and warming with tons of burnt toffee and caramel notes. It goes down slow and sweet with a nice alcohol burn in the finish. The hop character is mildly aggressive. It has a nice bitterness up front with a lingering hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. Fourteen malts and fourteen hops for fourteen years of business. I can't wait for fifteen.

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Photo of mactrail
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of toetag39
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! 14 malts, 14 hops, 14% 14th Anniversary, $5.49!

This beer was a treat!

Poured into a pilsner glass, it's the darkest ale I've seen yet. Nice brown head on top. The aromas of the malts and hops hits your senses. Hints of caramel, molasses and brown sugar. First taste, was extremely smooth. I can taste the hops and different malts, but the alcohol taste wasn't strong making this a great brew. I will be definitely purchasing more of these!

Instant favorite

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Photo of Erish
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. I poured this bottle into a large wine glass.

A: clear raisin brown color, full creamy head, good cap and lacing.

S: raisin bread, molasses, maple, light coffee note.

T: complex; very sweet malt, vinous, raisin, coffee, boozy, toffee, oak, slightly smoky, floral/herbal hop finish.

M: full-bodied, creamy, light carbonation.

D: amazingly complex, full depth of flavors. I would drink this with a stack of pancakes.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


pours jet black with a coffee and cream head about an inch and a half thick. Very slow dissipation.

Smells of coffee, brown sugar, plums, figs, molasses, chocolate and cinnamon.

The taste is the same plus bourbon, oak and vanilla.

Feels full and oily with soft carbonation in the roof of the mouth.

Super delicious and very potent, this is a great beer for sipping by the fire. Very heavy and filling. A beer that you would have on rare occasions and enjoy immensely.

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Photo of morningthief
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Pabst chalice.

Appearance is dark, opaque, brownish-black like a piece of modern furniture. One-finger tan head dissipates quickly leaving behind nice lacing.

Smell is overwhelming with notes of roasted malt, caramel, and some chocolate. I can barely detect any hop character in the nose, but I'm not really looking for it here either. A faint alcohol scent is also present but masked well considering its high percentage.

Taste is... wow. Sweet up front with more notes of chocolate and burnt sugar. Toasty and pleasant with slight citrus hop flavor. The sweetness continues all the way down. This is a big, big beer, but you'd be surprised by its easy drinkability. Alcohol flavor is well masked but present.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but syrupy. Not this beer's best quality, but not at all bad considering. I'd certainly not classify this as a particularly hot beer. Again, let's consider its actual percentage here.

I split this beer with my wife as drinking an entire bomber by oneself is not recommended. This is a rich beer with tons of big flavors and a high alcohol content. As such, it's a sipper, but by virtue of its flavor and price, also a deceptively delicious brew. I could certainly imagine accidentally consuming the entire bottle alone.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.