He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
Tis the night to enjoy a Jewbelation, apparently! pours a rich brown with caramel and ruby hues. surprising clarity. a voluptuous two-finger caramel head lingers before fading to a thin collar. lacing is sparse.
aroma is strong, pungent, powerful, yet mellow at the same time. heavy malts, strong hops, a hint of booze and a even spice. seems old ale-ish. Almost smells like HOTD Adam.
taste is shockingly balanced given what's put on the table. for 14 malts and 14 hops, it's neither overhopped nor overmalted. it's balanced and earthy. almost clean. neither too sweet nor bitter. I'm not sure if it's balanced or so horribly unbalanced that it balances out. either way, it's tasty. A good bit of alcohol heat, kind of reminiscent of Manichewitz, but in no way does it seem like 14%.
Carbonation is ample to courageously cut through the syrupy mess that this brew turns into. which isn't a bad thing. It all works harmoniously... fervent carbonation and overwhelmingly sugary jewiness like bubbie.
All in all, I'm surprised by this one. I'm not certain how this is an American Barleywine... seems like a straightforward strong ale to me, but either way, I'm lovin' it. Despite 14% and intense malt and hop claims, all of its obtuse and obnoxious corners seem to somehow meld together in a pleasant harmony. Kind of like a klezmer band. And unlike a klezmer band, this one has great potential with some additional age on it.
12-02-2010 06:22:41 | More by djeucalyptus
4.08/5 rDev 0%
A-Pours the color of black coffee, with 1/2 inch of cola colored head. Leaves moderate sticky lacing.
S-Malty, sweet, phenolic.
T/M-Very well balanced for 14%. I expected this to be excessively sweet, given that they use 14 malts, but this is lush and elegant. Flavors of caramel, toasted whole wheat, and coffee beans, with grassy, lightly bitter hops on the back palate. Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a pleasant warming quality.
D-This series has been getting interesting over the past few years. This is solid fresh, and will only get better with a few years on it.
12-02-2010 02:45:34 | More by DaveHS
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
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!
12-02-2010 00:59:26 | More by GhostMtnAbbey
3.08/5 rDev -24.5%
Appearance - Dark and opaque. A thick head that dissipates at a good pace.
Smell - Malts. Syrup. Caramel. It smells exactly like it looks. I feel like I could stick my head really close to where the syrup comes out of a maple tree and get a similar smell. Well, if I had a bag of malt grain with me too.
Taste - Malty and bitter. It's not as sweet as I initially thought it would be. It's definitely bitter and I can feel the alcohol flow through my blood on every sip. However, I can't taste the alcohol, so that's really nice.
Mouthfeel - It stings in my nose. It's got a bit of a burn to it, which is probably the alcohol, and the sugar makes it a little uncomfortable to drink. The way the beer encompasses my mouth with the burn is really not my thing.
Drinkability - I don't really enjoy it from the heavy malt and alcohol. As far as a beer for a fun occasion (the first night of Hanukkah) I'm totally fine. I can't see myself drinking this again..it's just too malty.
12-02-2010 00:15:51 | More by lpolinsky
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
poured darker than i expected for a barleywine, but with 14 different malts, i expected as much. almost black brown color with a cascading mocha colored head that settles to two-fingers in height and lasts at that height for a few minutes while leaving some good lacing.
smells like a barleywine. cereal grains, caramel, and toffee, with tons of fruit and a considerable hop presence.
taste first reminds me of chocolate covered raisins. definitely fruity (berries and dark fruits) with a lot of dark roasted malts and some burnt cereal grains. lots of herbal, earthy, and piney hops with some bitterness and a touch of citrus. a touch of anisette makes its way in and there is a considerable alcohol burn that falls just shy of harsh.
pretty full bodied, which is to be expected, with a generous carbonation level and a lingering alcohol heat throughout the entire mouth.
drinks very well. a huge beer in all aspects, which keeps it from excelling in this category, but is not unintended. Tons of flavor and complexity crammed into this one. A superb value, as well. easily the best I have had from this brewer.
6 month revisit: head seems bigger than last time, and last forever surprisingly. I expected the head size/retention to go down a bit over time.
aroma is a bit less hoppy and more caramellly/biscuity, but still plenty fruity.
flavor is much more leathery with plenty of raisin a bit of malted milk, chocolate, with much less hop presence and little to no alcohol burn even smoother than before which is impressive.
I'm definitely going to revisit in another 6 months, and maybe a couple times after that.
12-01-2010 04:00:12 | More by silentjay
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
11-30-2010 05:34:22 | More by bum732
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
He'Brew Jewbelation 14 from 22oz bomber @ 45* into DFH oversized snifter. First let me start by saying I always stock up on these releases, I literally have at least five Jew 11's, three Jew 12's, nine or ten Jew 13's, and now the happy owner of twelve Jew 14's plus the Vertical pack and more to come. And now with the review.
Pours a deep, dark jet black with a small 1" dark tan head that settles quickly into a thin layer. On the nose, ALOT of different aromas are present and almost difficult to decipher, detecting sweet figs, alcohol soaked grapes & prunes, slight licorice, a little bitter chocolate, a tad of hops coming through. Really too many aromas to list. The licorice scent does become more evident when this brew warms up a bit. Taste for me , is honestly too hard to describe at the moment, ALOT is going on here. I can go ahead and say that through years 9-14 this is a favorite by far, they really dialed this beer in nicely. Overall these brews are highly ranked on my top beers list, and are always a treat to have. These are some of the most complex and flavorful beers I have ever had the pleasure to drink and I highly recommend these brews to the extreme beer enthusiast. Drinkability score is lowered due to super high abv%. I'm very sorry for the shotty review and I will update as soon as I pop another open most likely on Christmas day. Cheers!
11-29-2010 18:10:26 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
Snagged this beer at the common market in Charlotte NC.
Pours a deep black with mahogany notes on the edges and a little khaki head.
Smells of roasted malts, deep caramel, thick molases and a little belgian aromatic malt. There's a deep but still bright chocolate and prune note to it as well. Definite alcohol on the smell as well.
Taste lends far more to sweetness than roast character. Lots of raison, caramel, chocolate and bitter sweet malted character. Lots of prune underlining with some cherry notes. There's some heavy biscuity sweet body that builds up the other sweet notes.
Finishes rather dry with some heavy alcohol but not stinging.
11-29-2010 04:14:23 | More by chaz410
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
11-29-2010 03:54:25 | More by SpdKilz
4.08/5 rDev 0%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours brown with a firm off-tan head. Nice lace, good retention.
S: Dark chocolate, figs, ethanol.
T: Sweet crystal type malt, very barleywine like, with a lot of chocolate. Sweet, but well structured, very tasty.
M: Smooth, full-bodied, creamy, soft carbonation.
D: It astounds me that a huge beer of this quality can still be had for $4.99/bomber. Really tasty beverage, a sipper for sure.
11-28-2010 03:36:38 | More by Halcyondays
3.38/5 rDev -17.2%
A - Would look amazing for a stout but is over carbonated and too dark for a barleywine in my opinion. It pours black with a thick head that fades down to a thin head that remains.
S - Boozy notes come through mostly. If I had to pick up on anything else I'd say maybe some dried prune or raisin whiffs in there. If you really look for it you can pick up on some hop aroma as well.
T - Has the "hot" or alcohol taste that you'd expect from something 14%. This is a good beer, but it has a lot going on and almost seems out of balance. Fruit sweetness with some bitter finish.
M - Fine, nothing really to comment on.
D - It's high alcohol will make it hard to be considered an easy drinker. Combine that high alcohol with it's lingering finish and this beer is more of a sipper than anything else.
11-27-2010 00:50:13 | More by bsuedekum
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Only two bottles of Fourteen remained at the great Neil St. Piccadilly, so I would have been a fool not to have grabbed one of them for sampling. This was a tremendous call.
Two fat fingers of dark mocha froth top an impenetrable black body that would make Pam Grier jealous. A heavy coating of mocha lace adorns the trusty D.A.B. mug, with significant head duration; magnificent. Boozy nose filled with molasses, dried fruit, and chocolate--all with a distinct bourbon aroma.
Rich, complex taste. The molasses run throughout this bruiser, but fig, raisin, semi-sweet chocolate, and vanilla bean complement Fourteen's dense molasses taste exceedingly well. The first half of this monstrosity was more hopped in taste and texture than the second half, which was very strong, a little hot with alcohol, but definitely smoother, thus making the mouthfeel just fantastic for being so well-rounded as well as alternatingly gritty and smooth.
The 14% ABV caught up to me just over halfway through, somewhat reducing the drinkability of Fourteen. Yet for all its advertised brawn--and as a follower and fond fan of He'Brew, I am struck by how strong these beers are no matter how prepared I think I am to imbibe them--this is a rather accessible beer. It's just so potent that it is definitely best shared. Having no one with which to share, I was "forced" to shoulder this well-crafted goon on my own in the back alley. Call it a draw, and me highly satisfied with the latest concoction from Shmaltz.
11-27-2010 00:13:07 | More by Gehrig
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a huge tan head that slowly receded to lacing at the edges. Smell of fig and raisin flowing out of the cup mixed with brown sugars and heavy barleywine aromas. Lots of sugar, plenty of hops and of course plenty of malt aromas.
Taste of sugar cookies, Raisin, light tobacco, figs, and white birthday cake with vanilla frosting. There is so much sugar presence in this it is amazing that it does not taste sweeter, but is rather balanced for such a massively put together beer. I had thought 13 was good, this one clearly takes the cake in terms of flavor and roundedness. A chewy beer in every sense, with low carbonation. Also very well put together with time to grow in a cellar. This is one of the steals of the year for the price and the taste. Hard to find a better deal. I was reminded of Arctic Rhino and think that it would be a fair comparison to put the two side by side for a blind taste test. I wouldnt be surprised if the votes were split among a group as to which tasted better.
Very drinkable, which is scary for such a big beer. I would recommend splitting with a friend because otherwise you might be hurting in the morning if you have even one other beer before this.
11-26-2010 13:24:59 | More by alpinebryant
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
11-26-2010 03:00:13 | More by bucklemyshoe
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
11-24-2010 04:47:18 | More by dwilson01
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
A- Pours almost black, dark opaque red in light. Two inches of tan head up top w/ decent lacing.
S- Malt is smelled first, followed by dark fruits. The scent of alcohol bellows throughout each scent.
T- Sweetness at first followed by a massive malt overload. Throughout the back, the figs and dark fruits can be tasted.
M- Covers the palate and is high is viscosity.
D- Take it slow with this one. Very harsh on the booze. A good sipping beer but its just a bit too intense for me.
11-23-2010 21:03:03 | More by ChugginOil
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
Bomber into pint glass.
A: Thick, carbonated body topped by a half-inch brown head that blows out quickly into a very skinny ring and some patchy islands of bubbles, then nothing. Body is just about jet black.
S: Alcohol, raisins, and hops, in that order. Very sweet smelling, with just a bit of floral hopping--maybe some pine notes, but otherwise pretty malty. Not bad, just a bit odd. I guess it might even be over-hopped for a barleywine.
T: Flavor's not bad, actually. More malty bitterness than hops bittering. Sweetness in the beginning peters out into something more balanced than I expected for the size of this thing. The lingering bitterness is not all that charming, however--vaguely metallic or something. The hopping is pretty confused, as is the beer in general. The diverse grain bill doubtless yields many competing subtleties, too, none of which I can discern--again, just too confusing.
M: Good, full body with appropriate carbonation for the style. Not very boozy tasting, but with 14 different kinds of malts, I'd expect that aspect to be covered up well.
D: This was a good value beer--only 6.99 for 14%ABV? Couldn't pass it up. Overall, though, I don't think the formula--14th Anniversary, 14 malts, 14 hops varieties--makes for an appealing beer. It's big and boozy and will get the job done, but there are better barleywines out there. Overall a cute concept and a good value drink, but I think one's enough for me.
11-23-2010 05:05:24 | More by wschmit
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Tried a 12 ounce bottle, courtesy of the Jewbelation gift pack (first one I forgot to pour in the included glass). Pours a dark brown color, with a good two inches of quickly receding tan head. Aromas of black licorice, coffee and roasted malt. On the palate this one is medium bodied, and somewhat creamy, with maple, booze, raisins and chocolate. Probably my favorite from the pack.
11-22-2010 03:55:06 | More by emmasdad
5/5 rDev +22.5%
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!
11-20-2010 21:55:46 | More by unibrew
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, with two fingers of tan head that stays for about five minutes and leaves a nice lacing. I smell figs, raisins, brown sugar and alcohol, in that order. Tastes are sweet malt at the front, immediately followed by brown sugar, figs, and more brown sugar with a slightly hoppy finish. There HAS to be brown sugar in here. Mouthfeel is thick, as expected. Drinkability is subjective, some beer "geeks" would probably only drink one glass and then go to their 1 bedroom apartment, listen to Arcade Fire, and clean their new "ironic" saucony or adidas shoes. I am drinking an entire 22, Hebrew FTW!
11-20-2010 04:38:55 | More by Lukafer
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
A - Pours a very dark brown color with a very small tan head. The head had good retention and left decent lacing on the glass.
S - It smells dark, roasty, and boozy. There is also a sweetness to it as well. Also, there are notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.
T - Right when it hits the tongue I catch some caramel sweetness, then they roasted malts and booze come in hard. There are notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits as well. The finish is boozy and bitter, but it only lasts a second or two.
M - This has a medium body with decent carbonation. The body was lighter than I expected it to be, which is a good thing. It goes down pretty smooth considering the alcohol content. It also has a warming quality to it.
D - For 14% ABV This is a pretty drinkable beer. It goes down smooth, and was less harsh than I expected it to be. Overall I liked this beer. I hope they keep it up with these anniversary beers. I cant wait to see what next years will be like. I also cant wait to see whats gonna happen on their 20th anniversary, now thats gonna be interesting. Anyways, I think this is a good beer and it's definitely worth trying. Cheers
11-17-2010 08:05:28 | More by JizackFH
4.68/5 rDev +14.7%
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...
11-17-2010 03:34:27 | More by tavernjef
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
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?
11-16-2010 15:24:23 | More by Pencible
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
This is classified as a Barleywine now?
Pours a very very dark brown with creamy one finger tan colored head, thin but very persistent sheet of lace. Smell: 14 malts: caramel, dark chocolate syrup, dates, a whiff of burnt, spicy rye; 14 hops: lots of citrus peel, leafy, green and earthy...aaand booze. Taste: hop soaked pumpernickel, caramel, dates, rye, piney and citric hops (as with the other Jewbelations, the hop flavors are pretty muddled), aaand booze. Anise in the finish. Sweet, sticky, and just enough carbonation. A serious sipper, very boozy... would likely age well.
11-15-2010 05:37:43 | More by babaracas
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Black, with a slight bit of ruby on the edges. Big 3 fingers of head, tan in color, with lots of lacing.
Noticeable booze on the smell, with equal notes of dark fruits, roasted, smoky malts and some chocolate and candied sugar. It's rather pleasant, and none evasive with the booze.
Taste is very candied in flavor at the startl very sweet. Not too sweet or cloying though. There is a smokiness about it as well, along with very roasted malt notes. Some chocolate bitterness works it's way in as well. Those '14' ingredients definitely give it a bit of complexity...
The feel is good, and thick. Solid full body, with a sticky, creamy feel.
This thing is is pretty good. And though the booze does not punch you in the face, this is a total sipper. It's just more enjoyable that way. I cant wait to see how the rest of the bottles I picked up do over the years!!!
11-14-2010 04:01:44 | More by EgadBananas
He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.