He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.98/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - Pours an almost completely dark brown with some spots of ruby permeating the darkness. It settles into a mix of ruddy brown with blacks and reds flecked throughout. An active and frothy head steadily builds, culminating in 1.5-fingers of foam with nice retention, especially given the abv in this. The lacing leaves a little to be desired, however, with only minimal amounts sticking around.
S - Given the absolute cluster of ingredients in this, it's hard to pinpoint specifics in the aroma as many different smells come into play at varying times. I am getting more of a malty profile rather than hoppy, with a strong focus on sweet, earthy notes in the form of molasses, brown sugar, leather, and coffee grounds before transitioning into a lighter. fruitier note on the back-end. There's a good blend of pitted fruits here combined with the juicier citrus tones. There is a surprising amount of pine in here as well which seems to serve as a nice bridge between the grittier malts and airy citrus. In the finish, a touch of alcohol comes through, but the other characteristics do a good job of cover this as best as they can.
T - My first sip leaves me a bit torn as to which side this beer is pulling me towards. It is certainly full of rich, hearty malts, but right when I think it's going to lead to a crescendo of sweetness, it pulls back suddenly into a rather bitter mid-palate feeling where the espresso, chocolate, and flaked oats take over. This actually seems to be the strongest part of the taste, forsaking the noticeable dichotomy presented in the nose in favor of a taste that hits me all at once and leaves the drinker to decipher what to get out of it. It is important to note that this is mainly decided by the temperature of the beer, because as it warms it becomes sweeter and even a little more nuanced. The finish incorporates alcohol-soaked cherries, raisins, orange, pine, and some herbal qualities. A nice amount of booze is present; not overbearingly so but enough to let you know that this packs a punch.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with nice carbonation. A full mouthfeel without being syrupy, this beer finishes remarkably dry which helps keep it from being too overpowering as the flavors here are bold. A long-lasting finish keeps this developing well after you are done drinking.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I felt that this came together a lot better than I was expecting. Coming into this beer, I was expecting the 15 malts, 15 hops, and 15% abv to essentially be a gimmick; a brewery wanted to commemorate its 15th anniversary by going all out but not in hopes of creating a drinkable beer. However, I was wrong in that regard and it uses the ambitious recipe to deliver a beer that evolves and develops constantly, so while it's hard to track how each ingredient impacts the beer, I can certainly appreciate that the overall profile undergoes multiple changes throughout drinking the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2012 04:04:50 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Three finger head grows with aggressive pour. Brew is damn dark. Lots of purple and brown.
Hint of mint?!?!? Lots of red grape. Caramel.
WAY Sweet. Loads of bready, oaked, sugary, sappy, vanilla. Syrupy and pretty damn over done. Caramel is chewy and robust. Nearly a mess, but still put together nice. Carbonation is mild.
This one could use even more time on the shelf. WAY too sweet for my liking. Not sure how I feel about this...on-the-fence.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2014 02:38:57 | More by chugalug06
3.65/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A big beer, but being the first night of Channukah, I had to do it. The last few were awesome, although 14 was getting a little much, and 16 was way too much almost a mess. Hopefully this one does it nicely again like 13 did.
Pours a darker colored creamy slightly thick 1/2 finger head that fades fairly quickly though, at least there is a decent head for a 15% beer so I can't complain about the retention, very dark beer with hints of ruby molasses light sneaking through the edges.
Nose has another hodge podge of aromas, good and a bit meh. First is the malts, big sweet malts, candy malts with a little syrupy aroma, caramelized brown sugars, molasses, toffee, etc, and some candy sugar as well. Some dark fruits in there, mild candied raisins and touch of fig/date like, and eventually turns into very light cocoa and vanilla. It does have a mild paper like aroma, possibly oxidation onset but this was aged well in my cellar with tape around the cap... but a mild earthy like aroma almost root like from malts and possibly hops, which also bring an earthy hop tone, hint herbal too. Then booze, plenty of phenols and some not in a good way, and some esters, and heavy booze aroma.
Taste starts rich and thick, quite syrupy and turns a little bleh in overall flavor. Malts start with lots of dark malts, molasses, caramel, candied brown sugar, candy syrup and lots of syrupy flavors and feel, also a little cocoa and more of that earthy root like almost raw molasses kinda flavor that isn't the best. There are some hops too, again the earthy kind, with a little herbal note, and almost like old hops. Again dark fruits too, candied dates, raisin juice, a little prune juice too, and into a little earthy vegetal like cooked vegetable. Booze is not as warming as I thought it would be, but brings plenty of phenols, some good and some bad, with mild paper-flavored esters. A lot of over aged flavors, like too many overall malts, cooked too much, hops too hold, something... not quite sure how to label it. A mild spicy hop character towards the end adds another not so balanced character that gets a little meh. Finish is long, sticks to the mouth syrupy like, bit more cooked vegetable character, lots of old malts and syrupy dark malts, candy, little earthy hop too, all lingering for a while and mild booze.
Mouth is very big bodied, quite syrupy, pretty thick, nice carbonation, some warming booze and little tingle.
Overall.... hard to really get this... again just goes too much, too heavy in some areas, doesn't blend well, doesn't sit well, too syrupy, there is some cooked vegetable and paper like esters, phenols are good and bad. Just a mess, again after Bar-Mitzvhah #13, they seem to be going downhill as it just gets too much of everything and doesn't seem to meld well. But with all that said, I am nitpicking a pretty decent heavy strong ale beer, with some nice tasty characters in there too, just too much.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2013 03:39:55 | More by jlindros
4.46/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Cellared this on 12/19/11. Time to see what’s doing.
Popped the top and sweet smells abound from well over a foot away.
Pours a dark, dark brown ale with a nice beige colored head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a ring around the glass and light film over the top.
The aroma is filled with wonderful things. Still boozy up front with wakes up the nostril hairs, sweet malt, dates, prunes, grapes, chocolate, plums, rubber and syrup.
The taste is a touch on the sweet side but at 15% abv, it works well. There is enough dark fruits, sugary candy, prunes, brown sugar and malt to get your mind on this sweet brew….though again…it is sweet. Maybe a touch of hops but this a monster brew that does what it should.
Mouthfeel is slick and oily.
Overall I really enjoyed this monster. A strong ale indeed. I probably drank this a little early as I’m sure this beast can lay down for many years. Boozy and bold and worth the effort to enjoy. 15 hops and 15 malts and this is still something special. Just wish I bought at least five and drank one each year to see what fun I could have. Sigh.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2013 16:23:24 | More by kaseydad
He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.