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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 12-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 378 | Reviews: 132
Reviews by Etan:
Photo of Etan
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, split with my brother.

A: Dark dark brown with a moderate tan head. No retention or lacing after a couple of minutes.

S: Very sweet. Candi sugar, plum and fig, grape juice, a bit of crisp hop leaf.

T: Sweet as well. Treacly plum cake, molasses, grape juice, some dark grain, a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Tiny bit of alcohol at the end.

M: Thick with soft carbonation.

O: Incredibly well-hidden alcohol for 15%, but somewhat simple and boring. Not much complexity from a beer with 15 malts and 15 hops.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been intrigued by the idea of this beer, and finally found a bottle at Bottle Caps in Daytona Beach.

The beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Interesting aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, and some herbal hops.

Big brown sugar/caramel taste. Also a lot of raisins and plums. Plus a little bit of piney hops.

This was a very malt-forward beer. I didn't get a very large hop presence. The alcohol was very well hidden (at least until I finished the bomber).

Photo of BashOnABike
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 650mL bottle into 16oz pint glass.

A: Dark, reddish-brown hue, light tan head, slow to dissipate with messy, foamy lacing

S: Lots of apple juice..and malt! Somewhat sour cherries, bit of hop and citrus, but overall sugary and heavy.

T: Really, really malty, like a fist of malt. More apple juice, nuts, burnt hazelnut in finish. Almost no alcohol (surprisingly)

M: Very smooth, low carb, long on tongue without much fizz. Pretty palateble, if a bit heavy

O: A good beer, with an interesting phenol mix (namely the apple juice). Certainly unique, although a little bit like a wee heavy. I would buy it again, but might water it down with club soda or layer with an ESB; it really is that heavy!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside Genesis 15:15 and Funky Jewbelation.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is exactly like most of other beers in this series. I get a ton of booze as well as a big dose of molasses. The flavor is similar. There is a ton of brown sugar/molasses, as well as some chocolate and caramel malt. The alcohol is also very noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. While I do like this beer, I really wonder how much longer Schmaltz can keep going with this series because all of the beers are beginning to be very similar - huge, boozy brown ales.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown that is almost completely black. Moderate bubbles and about two fingers of deep tan head that fades away pretty quick. Lacing is pretty light.

Smell: Dark, fruity, and pretty sweet. Dark malts with big hints of caramel, toffee, and a little chocolate. Lots of dark fruit with hints of fig, plums, raisins, dark cherry, and grape. Some cherry licorice. Big sweetness coming from molasses, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Quite a bit of alcohol which is expected at 15%. Hops are fairly subtle compared to the huge malt presence.

Taste: Big, rich, and sweet as expected, but smoother and not as cloying as I thought it might be. Rich dark malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Big mix of dark fruits with notes of plums, figs, raisins, dark grapes and cherry. Some noticeable licorice taste that is more cherry than black. Quite a bit of molasses, burnt brown sugar, and syrup. Some taste of booze. Quite complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Big full body with a fairly low level of carbonation. Robust, syrupy, and creamy. Some alcohol heat is felt as you would expect but this goes down smoother than expected.

Overall: This works pretty well. This has at least a few months of age on it and I think that helped smooth it out. The syrupy sweetness and booze taste is definitely there but it doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. Very nice dark fruit flavor here. This is kind of like an amped up Dubbel. As smooth and balanced as a 15% beer can be.

Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Well, Hanukkah starts today, or so says my multicultural, realtor-sponsored calendar, and this Golem of a beer just seems like a spiffy accompaniment, poured into my Jewbelation glass from last year's vertical gift pack.

This beer appears a solid brown abyss, until you check the edges, and find some relatively bright cola-hued inroads. It gives up two fingers of foamy, frothy mocha head, which settles at a leisurely pace, eventually exposing a sloppy paint job coating of shoreline lace around the glass.

It smells of warm brown sugar, molasses, caramel/toffee, mild oily leather, some chocolaty cereal grain, and citrusy, leafy hops. Any booze is not surprisingly sly - I've seen this trick before, in this very offering's predecessors.

Jumping into this headfirst, the initial gulp explodes my mind, and blurs any attempt at dissection. Upon picking up the pieces, and going back in for a more tempered, and now somewhat acclimatized sup, I get some big, big (big) dark chocolate, earthy molasses, sauced black fruit, taffy, mildly toasted grain, subtle citrus cream, and bitter leafy, almost herbal, hops, which weirdly, and admirably, suppress a weakly rising alcohol warming.

Somewhere in there, I suppose there's a nod to some seriously oppressed bubbles, but that's really just a minor concern to the here and now. The body is one big ball of smooth, heavy, unctuous, and syrupy, well, potential, one that steadies the pace to thankful degree. It feels like something has got to give (up or out), and the finish kind of disappoints in that matter, as it more or less just hums with further anticipation - sweet and malty, you bet your ass - but also more assertively hoppy and simmeringly warm than anything up to this point in the game.

They've sure and well done it again, another proverbial notch in He'brew's belt. An insane numbers-based beer that would easily moisten the average accountant's pants, with the less than common bonus caveat of stellar big boy beer goodness. It kind of seems like a disservice to describe this beast as drinkable, if not quite totally balanced, but lo and behold, it just seems that way. And crazily so, eight nights' worth, even!

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To start, the most impressive aspect of this beer is it's balance clocking in at 15%. It's a bit boozy but nowhere near what one would expect for 15% ABV.

A - Darkest of browns poured into a tulip glass. Almost cola like with slim to no head or head retention or lacing to speak of.

S - Boozy dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, raisins and prunes backed by a caramel sweetness.

T - Much the same as the nose but it's also woody with a touch of vanilla and cocoa. Maple comes to mind as pretty dominant as well. This beer is also SWEET. Too much so for my palate after about 8-10oz. Many complexities going on in here once you get past the sweetness factor.

M - Syrupy and very sugary. At the same time some might say thin for 15%ABV but that's what made the mouthfeel impressive for me. Perfect light carbonation for a beer so big.

O - More bittering to balance out the sweetness would be my improvement on this beer. It just gets too sugary after 8-10oz. To each their own though. Some prefer what I'm complaining about and I respect that. Not a bad beer by any means but not one I'll be revisiting again. Excellent desert beer if sharing 22oz with one or two others.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a thin lacing of cappuccino head that has good retention. The nose dark fruit, chocolate malt, and woody, earthy tones. The nose is so complex it's hard to identify all of the aromas. The flavor is chocolate, caramel, barley, pine, dark fruit, rich, sweet, sugary, cherries, oak, wood, maple...oh the list goes on. This is so complex. This is a full bodied, well carbonated, rich, smooth beer.

I'm so impressed that out of 15 malts and 15 hops would come something so balanced and so rich and smooth. I can't say enough about it, it's so delicious. At 15% though this could be a very dangerous beer.

Photo of wallymowrigley
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip. About one finger of tan head that quickly dissipated. Very dark.

S - Sweet smell of malt dominates with a presence of hops. Alcohol smell is not too dominant considering this is a 15% beer.

T - Sweet taste. Not quite a sugar bomb but the malty sweetness definitely dominates. Presence of hops is easily noticeable, but is second to the sweetness. Considering the bottle said it was brewed with 15 different hops, I was expecting a hoppier taste. Alcohol is covered up well and not overpowering considering the 15%.

M - It is a pretty thick beer. Goes down smooth. Carbonation is fairly low, but I think the carb level goes well with this beer.

O - This is a bit too sweet for my taste. It is a good beer but a few years could do it some good. Alcohol is not to obvious considering the percent, but a little age would help meld all of the flavors together. Pretty good beer.

Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost pitch black with some ruby brownish notes around the edges. The head is brown, a finger thick, but fleeting; leaving a nice ring of white creaminess on top.

Very malty. Roasted barley, toffee, coffee and even a bit of chocolate fill the nose. Lurking in the background is the alcohol.

Tons of malt. Despite 15 types of hops, there's little hop presence. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Again, the ridiculous amounts of alcohol are there, but masked til the finish. Has a grainy alcohol taste.

Despite everything in it, it's a creamy beer. Almost sweet, then slightly acidic before the bit of heat in the swallow. Full bodied.

Really, a pretty good beer here. The ABV scares me and I know I'll be asleep in no time, but it's gentle on the palate and taste buds.

Photo of dbossman
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Near black with a slight red tint and a thin but steady brown head and decent lacing

S: Rich roasted malts; sweet and boozy: dark fruits, molasses, chocolate

T: Yep, this is sweet and boozy with plenty of raisins, plums, prunes, molasses--perhaps a bit too sweet but it doesn't become cloying

F: Creamy with a pleasant chewiness

O: This is sweet and boozy without being overpowering but the sweetness is a bit wearing

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a dark, murky brown color with 1.5 fingers of mocha head. Has good retention, very nice lacing.

Nose is thick and boozy- definitely some maple, clove, anise, chocolate and a hint of pine.

Taste is also very thick but maybe not quite as boozy as would be expected. Sticky sweet maple up front, mid palate has some spice, anise, clove, smoothes out into chocolate and a little bit of maple. Finishes very sweet.

Mouthfeel is ok- very full bodied, moderate carbonation, very syrupy. This is an interesting beer but it is certainly a sipper. Could not drink it faster if I wanted to. I wouldn't get it again but I thought, "It's got at least 30 distinct ingredients and it's 15% ABV; I might as well". You might as well try it.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 600th official review I decided to go with the biggest brew in terms of ABV that I've tried to date. Here's to Beer Advocate and all the advocates out there, CHEERS!
A - solid brown/black, one finger of mocha head held its own, very impressed at that given the ABV, settled a a thin vocering
S - a chocolate raisin aroma, other dark fruits, sweet molasses, cherry, an enticing and complex mix
T - like the nose starts with chocolate and dark fruits, a definite roasty malt quality comes through, hints of tropical citrus hops, brown sugar, molasses, grapes, there is just so much going on here, the end result is a great tasting big brew
M - big body, creamy smooth, you would NEVER guess anything close to 15% ABV, sticky sweetness lingers on the finish coating the mouth, innards fully warmed
O - RIDICULOUS

Photo of jamespub
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought today and split with a friend.

A- Dark, transparent along the edges. Not quite black like a stout, but plenty dark. Very thick looking. Nice carbonation the dissipates slowly into beautiful caramel colored swirls that linger throughout the drinking.

S- BOOM! Smells big, boozy, and malty.

T- The first thing that came to mind was bells batch 9000. It is super malty with the taste of black licorice, not overpowering, but incredibly pleasant. where is the alcohol? for 15%, I can't taste it. The etoh smell is there, but this beer is velvety smooth. There is a mild, crisp bitterness that reigns in the malt towards the end. Completely opened up as it warmed. this was my first shmaltz brew, and it blew my mind.

M- viscous. this was a winter beer. very smooth feel. the flavor up-front lingers in the mouth for days, and it is very welcome. the feel left nothing to desire. it was all there, and scratched every itch.

Photo of bum732
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Rich toffee, prominent raisins and dried figs.

L: Very dark brown, tan creamy head with 1/8 inch retention, good lacing.

T: Huge toffee notes up front, nutty, almost peanut like. Low bitterness yields a wave of rich dark fruit, raisins mostly. Sweet caramel in the finish. Fairly sweet finish.

M: Chewy, full bodied. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Medium low carbonation.

Great beer. Big, bold flavors but kept in check. Sweet, but not close to being cloying, really enjoyed this one.

Photo of FACEMEAT
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep, dark brown with only a few highlights when held up to the light. Head is substantial after an aggressive pour and dissipates into a thin cap following a few minutes of rest. Lacing is minimal.

S: That borderline sour note from an African coffee hit me first. What follows is chocolate cake, dates and a hint of soy sauce.

T: The taste follows the nose with an additional buttered chocolate muffin element that kept me coming back way too soon. The hops struggle to rein in the dark malt explosion near the end and fail every time. That's okay with me. The supposed alcohol content is 15% and hidden masterfully.

M :It's velvety to the max. The liquid Sticks around forever. Carbonation is low but appropriate for the alcohol level.

O: This is a very, very powerful beer in terms of both alcohol and drinking impression. How they were able to provide such drinkability is beyond me. This is one that can be appreciated now and later.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with an utter dark opaque color. A surprising amount of head for such a high ABV beer. Almost two fingers of tan head is achieved with a relatively hard pour that dissipates slowly and leaves thick lacing.

Smell – As with their other high ABV anniversary beers, boozy brown sugar, dark fruits, molasses, toffee, plums, raisins, slight pine and hops.

Taste – Seeing it is a high ABV beer…heavy malts and booze. Roasted malts and the dark fruits come through later, slight alcohol, grapes, nuts. As the beer warms, the flavors become more predominant.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, lower carbonation.

Overall – A solid offering for sure. The alcohol content is barely noticeable for such a high ABV, and the flavors meld surprisingly well. Will buy another to cellar.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. In Founders snifter. Viscous black/brown pour. Just a thin layer if light tan bubbles.

Aroma, quite a bit of malt, prune and brown sugar. Light chocolate, herbal hop presence.

Taste, big malt, toffee, burnt brown sugar. Prune, plum, chocolate and some creme brûlée. Big and sweet, like an English Barleywine. Takes on a bit of a burnt bitter in the finish.

Slick full body. Borders on cloyingly sweet. 15% very well hidden, though there is a definite warming. Another very good anniversary brew by them, but I think they have been slowly eclining since #13.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is hard not to love what they have done with their anniversary series. This time the bottle price went up about 3 bucks, but it is still a great value at 15% under 9 dollars.

With a strong pour I get a rich bread crusty brown head that stands nearly three fingers. Retention is nice and the head gets rocky and leaves lace as it slowly fades. Nose has an even balance between hops and malts as you get resiny hops and sweet malts. There is a spicy feel to the nose that is created by the hops. I take the first sip and I am taken by how big and thick this beer is yet incredibly smooth. Richness is bold and sweet with tons of malt backbone. Toffee, chocolate and molasses all come to mind. Hops play to balance the brew and bring a little dryness and nice bready bitter. Almost becomes port like as it warms. Mouthfeel is not as thick as you might expect, very nice. This is a wonderfully drinkable all night sipper.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, but it's not black. Sort of a medium, milky mocha head of about a half finger forms which seems more than appropriate for this kind of ABV. The aroma is slightly port or vinous in regards to noticeable initial alcohol. There's big layers of dark, roasted malts, chocolate and a minty hop bit to the nose. The taste is big and malty, big chocolate, with a boozy finish...it's appropriate and isn't at all overkill. Some dark fruits and a big warming finish. It's very thick, with an oily, coating viscosity.

I have to hand it to Shmaltz...I have to imagine that it's not the easiest thing to take so many hops and malts, with that big of an abv, and make it drinkable, tasty and not just a big jumbled mess o' crap. This'n is a win.

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

And time to finally finish off Hanukkah gift pack. Poured into a nonic pint glass for review.

A real nice colored light chocolate head, kind of creamy and foamy in appearance. Head though is barely a finger tall but manages it seems a thick puck for some time while drinking. Keeps a good collar. Body color is a dark reddish brown can't quite see through it.

Nose feels very barleywine like. Sweet malts and fruit, a little bit of vinous sense, hints of sour cherry and juicy.

Very creamy mouthfeel with a big juicy palate. Cherry juice fruit bomb on the palate, with an almost syrupy sweetness. Rich tasting and big. Alcohol stomach warming, luckily not boozy tasting. Bursting sweet red cherries.

Overall quite enjoyable. Probably the best beer in the gift pack. Not sure if this has meant that I am up for more Shmaltz but who knows.

Photo of Vec2267
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown to black with light lacing

S - molasses and booze

T - molasses, chocolate, dark fruits, some booze

M - very syrupy, very rich

O - huge malt booze bomb

Very sweet - which I like. Nothing spectacular - if you like molasses and dark fruit - you will like this - don't expect much else - the word "balance" does not apply to this beer. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming, other than in my head.

Photo of gtermi
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This looks amazing. It first poured a motor oil black, but then it got a littler lighter and poured just a dark brown. In the glass, the beer is super black with a dark brown head that is a few fingers thick. The head quickly fades and there isnt much left of the head other than a ring around the glass. It also doesnt leave any lace on the glass.

S: At first I got a lot of alcohol, dark fruit and a tiny bit of roasted malt... but then my wife told me that the beer smells like soy sauce. I told her she was crazy, but she brought the soy sauce bottle out and boy it does smell like soy sauce. I still think it smells pretty good though.

T: Now there is a ton going on with the taste. At first, the taste is very boozy. Then it turns into a sharp sweetness with a lot of dark fruit. The more the beer lingers, the more you start to get the roasted malt and some espresso chocolate. To me its like the little brother of Dogfish Head Palo Santo.

M: The beer is very smooth for as strong as it is. This is just so nice and it doesnt get any smoother than this.

O: I love this beer and this is one of the better American Strong Ales I have ever had. Just amazing

Photo of yamar68
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - Black as the devil's jewels with a slowly swelling layer of dark latte head. Ends up being around a finger when all is said and done.

s - Licorice, dark fruits, haunting booze, caramel, creme fraiche, more licorice. This really beefs up with a little warmth. Exceedingly complex.

t - Big licorice and toffee, all soaked in booze. I rather enjoy it. It's like a big imperial stout with a jagermeister shot depth charge. Super aggressive and exciting to sip. Increasingly smooth as it warms to room temperature.

m - Sticky, thick, a bit more oily than others in this range. Could use a little boost maybe.

o - Enjoyable. I'm glad I've got a few of these to mature. They could use a bit of balance but, that being said, a really splendid pick.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Properly (but accidentally; forgot about it) cellared bottle. Poured into an Elysian snifter. a very dark russet brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted and caramel malt, dark and dried stone fruit, hint of chocolate and red wine. Flavor of caramel malt with hints of toasted malt, dried stone fruit and raisins, slight cherry and chocolate. Complex and well integrated. Warming, but not boozy, which is amazing. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Wish I had tried this fresh to compare, but with one year on it, this is very, very nice and very possibly much better balanced. Lots of barley wine elements, but also lightly toasted and sweet malt. Wish I had put two away, but glad I had a chance to try this.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.