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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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351 Ratings
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.18%


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:
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(Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 12-09-2011)
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spunionring


5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious experience of an over the top beer. So you say you like hops? So you say you like malts? Strap yourself in for a heavy, rich, flavor experience like no other I've had. This beer is a sipper, and each sip will bring a multilayered (15 of each to be precise) wave of hops and malts that is a treat for your tongue.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 21:27:06 | More by spunionring
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dgugliuzza

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter

Pours darkest of browns. No light penetrates through. Tan colored head that froths and bubbles like an active volcano. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles in the center of the glass.

Smells of chocolate, figs, plums and brown sugar, Syrupy sweet with a faint hint of alcohol. Hops are muted. A bit of citrus lies under the surface. Fantastic blend of dark, sweet aromas. Very complex aroma profile. I can't wait to taste.

Chocolate and candi sugar flavors that blend with figs, plums and syrup. Very sweet, yet very tasty. No alcohol burn whatsoever. All of these dark and heavy flavors never clash or create a mess. It is an extremely well integrated beer.

Medium bodied and creamy with appropriate carbonation. nice long finish. Falls just short of being cloying. Easy to drink for such a big, sweet and complex beer.

A great offering by He'Brew. And the price point is excellent. You'll be hard pressed to find better value. If you enjoy big, sweet, complex beers then it's a must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:31:11 | More by dgugliuzza
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TechTriumph

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained from Whole Foods; Poured in a snifter.

A - Two inch light khaki and super creamy head with excellent retention; Very, very dark brownish, ruby color; A little lacing around the glass

S - Very nice and complex - I get new aromas every time I take a sniff; Orange and grapefruit hop aromas; Very sweet caramel and toffee; Lots of spices including cinnamon and ginger; Dark and bitter chocolate; Tobacco with woody and leathery notes; Faint presence of alcohol, but it's hidden very well

T - Pretty similar and just as awesome as the nose; Again, dark and bitter chocolate, tobacco, sweet caramel, toffee, hints of citrus hops, and a touch of spice and dark fruits towards the finish; Lots of sweetness in this beer, though it does turn a little bitter later in the sip; Tad bit of alcohol in the taste, but the collection of flavors mask this nicely

M - Very nice and creamy texture; Full bodied and has a nice chewy-like quality; Small amount of carbonation; Decent amount of warmth in the finish

O - This is just an excellent beer all around. To have 15 different varieties of malts and hops and 15% ABV, it's pretty impressive how well the flavors all come together. This is a brew to sip over time, but honestly you would never know the amount of alcohol just by tasting/smelling it. I may not get another chance to try this impressive brew, but I'm glad I had the chance to enjoy it as a nice treat after the busy holiday season.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2011 15:01:01 | More by TechTriumph
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Bobheed

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark brown, with a little red around the edges. About a 1/2 inch mocha colored head

S: This basically smells like Parabola. It is super sweet and there's almost nothing you don't smell in here. Got a dark liquor with some coconut, small amounts of hoppiness, lots of dark chocolate and vanilla as well

T: Follows the smell fairly well. Very, very complex. Got lots of coffee and dark chocolate notes upfront, which transitioned into a smooth vanilla and can definitely pick up some alcohol in this one.

M: Very thick and bordering on syrupy. About what I would expect as a culmination of the other characteristics of the beer. Got a slight alcohol burn as well.

Overall this on is tops. Just about the best value out there for $5-7 a bomber. Would recommend to anybody and I will be picking up more to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 07:56:13 | More by Bobheed
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter: Black body with deep crimson highlights under a mocha collar & island of bubbles. No lacing, but it's got legs.

Smell is...oooohhh. Deeply malty with a rich sugar character like stewing dark fruits, slightly vinous alcohol presence that gains some momentum as it warms.

Taste follows the smell, with a dense, dark, sweet fruit character, caramel, even a pound cake quality. Very mild roastiness, & a slightly rum-like alcohol character.

Full-bodied, just rolls on back & rests like a blanket. Smooths, coats the palate without being heavy & overwhelming.

Wow, this is frickin' awesome. Big & flavorful while not totally overloading you in any aspect, & dangerously drinkable. Hides the booze very well. Cheers to Shmaltz on this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 22:50:06 | More by OneDropSoup
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Pencible

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany, with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like candied apricots and rich caramel and creamy milk chocolate, with some sweet raisin and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and creamy milk chocolate and honey wheat bread and candied apricot, with some raisin and fig and rye. It had a clean and smooth aftertaste with lasting sweetness.
M: It was fairly thick with a little carbonation. Pretty full body.
D: This was an amazing beer, with tons of complexity that was well integrated into a delicious scent and taste. The body was great too, and the alcohol was hidden crazy well, so it was way too easy to drink. Age may improve this beast, but it was already fantastic fresh. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 19:57:30 | More by Pencible
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

Probably everybody knows the story by now: 15 malts, 15 hops, 15% ABV, 15th year anniversary.

The malts are specialty 2 row, best malz vienna, canada munich, canada wheat, fawcett chocolate, fawcett crystal rye malt, fawcett dark crystal, canada rye malt, MFB caramunich 40, Best Malt Caramel malt pils, Best Malz caramel malt light, MFB Kiln amber, wyermann chocolate wheat, G&P flaked oats, flaked spelt, and flaked quinoa.

The hops are ahtanum, amarillo, apolla, cascade, centennial, citra, columbus, crystal, fuggle, golding, palisade, simcoe, summit, tettnang, and willamette.

In addition, they used rice hulls, promozyme, biocellulase, whirfloc, servomyces, 700lbs of cane sugar, 50lbs of raw sugar, and 55lbs of dark candi sugar with a 225 minute boil. Whew!
$5.49 for a 22oz bottle. What a deal.

Pours out to a very dark brown, near black, forming a dense creamy dark tan head with superior retention and solid lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is rich with dark fruits...prunes, dates, figs, carob, raisins, rum, milk chocolate, leather, and moist pipe tobacco. When swirled, I get an interesting green ho character. Lovely stuff, this. The mouthfeel is dense, syrupy and thoroughly coats the mouth and tongue. The taste is a recap of the aroma...all the dark fruits in droves, followed by carob and pipe tobacco, and a green hop nose. Honestly, I could stand to use more bittering hops to balance this sucker out. Sharp acidity, no doubt from the copious hops. I think adding some gypsum would help this as well. Long aftertaste of dark fruit. The alcohol is not as potent as one would think. The flavors are so rich, it overwhelms what you otherwise would pick up in something more subtle.

A lovely beer. Well worth storing and aging. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:00:36 | More by Mitchster
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tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 04:32:25 | More by tdm168
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 04:11:07 | More by joemcgrath27
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AmitC

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jewbelation 15 - Made from 15 different malts and 15 different hops. 15% ABV. This one is going to be a fun ride down the alcohol train.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

While pouring it appears as a dark brown malty liquid. Inside the glass, it is pitch black. Good shining brown colored head that fades rather quickly and forms a ring. Just decent lacing. Not sticky enough for such a heavy beer. Opaque. Looks good.

Aroma: Strong malt presence. Roasted malts, caramel and chocolate flavor dominate the aroma. Sweet smelling. Some hint of booze but still mild enough for a 15%. Not a very strong smell but dark malts, chocolate and alcohol shine through.

Flavor: Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, slight vanilla. Semi-dry and slightly sweet finish. Apparent booze but not very strong. Hops and burnt up malts do appear but somewhat subdued.

Mouth feel: Full bodied. Slight astringency due to alcohol, but that is very much expected out of this strong brew. Should have been more boozy. Warm.

This definitely does not fit any style. Correctly classified as strong ale. To me it reminds a lot of RIS - sometimes BCBS and Brooklyn BCS. Do try and drink slow. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 01:59:13 | More by AmitC
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FACEMEAT

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:50:19 | More by FACEMEAT
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Khazadum

Illinois

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

A- tight lacing after what was a poofy opening. Some of the bubbles popped, sizzled, and gave me the thought this was going to be a bad head. It settled down though and gave good retention. Very carbonated. Some lacing, not the best on that note. Otherwise, a very dark mohogony body.

S- Deep caramel and molasses sweetness. Some darkness and roast. Bits of plum, dark fruit, the deep ones. Less sweet, more berry.

T- Complex. Very sweet, caramel, molasses, grainy, some cardboard characteristic deep in the middle. Heat, ethanol, but not overwhelming. 15% done with a light touch it seems. It opens with the dark fruit unlike other beers. The dark fruits again are plums, raisins, and a generic berry like flavor... like sherry.

M- Thick, syrupy, creamy. Soupy. Sticky, lingering flavors. Light carbonation gives it a great body experience. Light heat in the mouth, deep fire in the gut. Gives me a nice beer coat in the face as well.

Love this beer. For 6$, this is the best buy in beer bombers right now. Unbelievable.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:33:18 | More by Khazadum
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jnn4v

Virginia

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

A: Very dark brown color - almost an espresso brown or dark mahogany. Little head, but the head that did exist was a medium tan color. No visible sediment or haze.

S: Rye, oak, pear, plumb, cranberry, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, pumpernickel bread, milk chocolate, dates, and figs. This is a ridiculously good smelling beer.

T: Perfect blend of dark malts and dark dried fruits. Basically reminds me of Gouden Carolus but without the Belgian yeast and possibly more complexity on the grain part of the malt.

M: Very rich mouthfeel. Velvety texture. Very silky and smooth.

O: Excellent beer. Wonderfully rich and tasty. I was quite impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 00:57:43 | More by jnn4v
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kaseydad

California

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
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gtermi

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:08:46 | More by gtermi
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jamespub

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 04:32:42 | More by jamespub
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

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

Pours with a 1F brown head over an opaque deep brown color. Appropriate.

Aromas are full of 'the sweet'... molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and then there is some herbal/floral hop presence. Almost creme bruleee like.

Rich yet slick on the palate. Flavors come thru with a more burnt sugar characteristic than the aromas, but still tasty. The bitter bark-like hop quality helps to tame the sacharine sweetness. It's not as sweet as Southern Tier's dessert beers, but gets close.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Touch of carbonation, but there's some stick on the tongue.

I loved this beer, about as much as the 14. Would definitely recommend giving it a go.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 03:50:06 | More by BeerImmediately
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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

Deep, deep ruby brown colored beer, very nearly black. A small and bubbly tan head sits on top and dissapates quickly down to nothing but a bubbly patch on one side, the other side with no head at all. Very complex nose, with a little bit of everything. Some things that come to mind are figs, tobacco, raisin, dark stone fruits, toasty dark malts, and of course a soft but slightly burning booziness. Its hard to pinpoint any one thing that stands out, but I know I like it. Its very aromatic and seemingly heavy.

Can't say I've ever had a beer that tasted much like this. Shares some qualities with really good port, but not nearly as sweet. Its a complex bunch of flavors that takes on a different life on every part of the palate. It starts sweetish, with a juicy burst of fresh stone fruits in front that moves into more of a dried fruit taste in the front-middle. Throughout this, a dark chocolate runs through the taste, creating a layer of deep complextity from start to finish. The dried fruit tastes transform into a dark roasted malt and coffee-like taste in the middle of the palate that gives the beer a certain weight, as well as a great little flavorful punch for the sake of balance. This all moves into an almost barleywine like fresh apple taste that is very subtle, but again adds another weird layer of complexity. It finally finishes with a big hoppy kiss that is both bitter and balancing. This hoppiness very nearly covers the alcohol tastes, but a bit more than a breath of that 15% ABV finds its way through. And not unpleasantly as a good sipping beer. It would be very easy for that 15% to be cloying, but it seems weighed down by the roasty taste in the middle and the herbal and earthy hops in the end. The finish is both juicy and then dry, giving even more depth. There is a lingering mix of pretty much everything from the taste profile in the aftertaste as well.

What a crazy beer. It seems to have that "everything but the kitchen sink" mentality, but it all works together in some way. Its deeply complex, but the flavors are so bountiful that you don't need to search hard see that. Very unique beer, and perfect for splitting with a friend or two if you want something different that is on the extreme side of things. Definitely give it a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 06:34:12 | More by chodinheaven
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bnes09

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nearly black, chocolate colored ale. Incredible head after an aggressive pour, especially for the strength of the brew. Head is cream colored and has a cascading effect immediately after agitation. Excellent retention for the style and even some lacing. Opaque in appearance.

Aroma is rich and robust. Toffee, smoked hickory, licorice, and maple come to mind. Just the slightest alcohol presence in the nose.

Flavor is incredibly complex! Fifteen malt varieties blend together to form an elaborate sweet and spicy character of caramel, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, roasted almonds, toffee, licorice, and smoked hickory. Hops are assertive with an earthy, herbal character and appear subdued underneath the malt fortress. Hints of sherry. Great balance with focus on the malt. Increases in complexity as it warms. Alcohol is sensed more by tactile sensation than taste.

Very thick, almost like syrup and sticky texture throughout and in the finish. Moderate carbonation and a bit higher than many other beers of this strength.

Overall, an incredible brew! It is amazing how these brewers can combine so many different flavors together and allow them to blend as well as they do. A treat for the adventurous beer connoisseur.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:16:49 | More by bnes09
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jayhawk73

Maryland

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

Pours a super dark brown with a nice one finger chocolate head. Amazing amount of lacing for a 15% ABV beer. A frothy layer of bubbles remains long into the session. The nose is mainly raisin, toffee, figs, alcohol, malt, dark fruit, dates. The alcohol doesn't overwhelm, but it's there. Still, a pretty pleasant fairly balanced nose. The taste follows the same profile. The alcohol is there, but it's hidden more than you'd think for 15%. Crazy easy to drink at slightly below room temperature. Feel is pretty amazing too. SUPER smooth, w/ a nice sweet, malty feel w/ a slight alcohol burn on the back end. Really well done, and very drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent brew that would probably just get better and better w/ a little age on it. Very well priced too. I know I'll pick this up again, it's very enjoyable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:17:46 | More by jayhawk73
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silentjay

Massachusetts

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

almost opaque deeep brown to black with a nicely sized and very dense mocha head that sticks around for a long while and laces very well.

not as strong an aroma as I expected, with maple and brown sugar coming first with some caramel, molasses, woody and slightly piney hops and a touch of citrus on the end. not as boozy as expected, but definitely a honey bourbon finish.

molasses and maple with some licorice root, some woody, piney hops, a touch of honey, plenty of caramel. rather smooth for the style/abv. definitely a bit different from what 14 was fresh, less fruity (though there is still a semblance of fruit, though it leans towards lighter stone fruit and tropical fruit than the raisin-heavy 14) and not as deeply roasted, but a lot sweeter overall with the honey and maple notes. as it warms, a bit of a bitter cacao quality appears. definitely complex yet surprisingly smooth for its freshness.

syrupy full-bodied with a subtle smooth carbonation level that lets the flavors pop, but doesn't become prickly. it finishes with tons of caramel sweetness and maple syrup. booze warmth is there, but not harsh.

another impressive inclusion to the series. Can't wait to see what they can pull off next year. I'll cellar a couple of these for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:47:38 | More by silentjay
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep mohogany brown with a 2-finger tan head that doesn't stay around too long, but on par for the ABV. No lacing at all.

S- Slight dark fruits, molasses, candied sugar, and an apple aroma. Almost none of the ABV is present.

T- All the flavors in the smell meld together very well. Some brown sugar is in the flavor but again, almost no burn in the flavor and that's pretty impressive with the 15% ABV.

MF- Just about a medium body with a little carbonation. I think it could've a little more body, but it did have the right amount of carbonation.

O- I can't believe how well the ABV was hidden in this one. I've like the last few versions of this beer and the 15 was no different. I'll definately pick up another to put away.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 21:25:04 | More by LtCracker20
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours thick and pitch black into my DFH glass. A one finger dark tan head hangs around for a good while and leaves some oily lacing

S- Dark cherries, dried figs, raisins, prunes, vanilla, honey, dark roasted malts, bitter 75% chocolate, and some alcohol on the end.

T- Deep dark dried fruit, vanilla and cocoa. Roasted pecans, cashews, marshmallow and sweet dark malts. This is part stout, part quad! Friggin' brilliant!

M- Slick and oily! Creamy, fruity, honey, dark and delicious! A little dark chocolate bitterness, deep dark dried fruits and a little bit of alcohol.

O- For $5.49 this has to be one of the best bombers ever!!! This has such an amazing blend of flavors that roll endlessly on the tongue! Glad I have more of this piece of brewing art!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:05:27 | More by Thickfreakness
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:00:58 | More by biboergosum
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Shoo65

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a half finger of tan head which holds very well.
S: TOFFEE, lots of toffee
T: Very complex , toffee up front with raisins in the backround, no alcohol in the slightest
M: Heavy,very light carbonation
Overall: Gonna pick up a another one if i see one. Overall a very good sipping beer, impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:31:22 | More by Shoo65
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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.