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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Jewbelation FifteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen

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Ratings: 350
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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at7000

Florida

1.53/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am going to make an oxy-moronical statement- This is hands down the worst beer I have ever tried, yet I recommend everyone to try it. I don't even know where to begin, three days later and I am still having nightmares about it. There was no point at all in adding hops, this is like concentrated malt to the ninth degree. An 8 oz glass has a cup of molasses and brown sugar in it. It's like pure malt extract, pure malt sludge. Sweeter than blackstrap molasses! The most insane beer I have ever tried. The malts made the hops its bitch.... This beer would make even the most die-hard malt-head, freak out completely. It's like a pure malty syrup with an alcohol kick. Ok, try it, and if you live, please post a review here. I was able to consume about 16 oz of a 22 oz bomber. A 22 oz bomber of this could supply the malt for 25 complete full kegs of Budweiser.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2012 04:50:22 | More by at7000
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured like a Quadrupel with some tan-ish head. Dark, again like a Quad, amber red/amber colour.

Smell: Smells of a ridiculous amount of malt. Probably too much actually. No hoppiness in the aroma as it's dominated by sweet, sugary malts.

Taste: Bleh! This tastes of soy sauce and sugar. Again, no hoppiness in flavour but there is some bitterness. This is probably the most intensely malty beer I've tasted. There is a strong, concentrated dark fruit flavour...But it's too much.

Mouthfeel: It's so cloying that I didn't enjoy it whatsoever. I understand that it's a sipper, but why ship it in a 650 mL bottle? That could serve 10 people easily and everyone would be ready to move on to something else. It had strong soy sauce saltiness with crazy plum-concentrate sweetness.

Overall: Not enjoyable. I couldn't drink more than a sip and I've tried some pretty ridiculous beers before. I appreciate the idea of a 15th Anniversary beer brewed with 15 malts, hops and 15% alc/vol...But where do you draw the line? 23% ABV for the 23rd Anniversary brew? Novel idea, but not very well executed in my opinion. To each their own, of course.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 18:56:46 | More by Hornet2003
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kennylopez

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mini snifter.

Appearance: a dark brown with a tan fingers worth of head that fades to a film and leaves no lacing.

Smells: a sweet plum and caramel malt with little hop notes but a dark fruit like figs are apparent.

Tastes: this is a really malty brew. there is sweet dark fruit flavors and a maple hint that last trough to the aftertaste. There is a little hop character that is floral from what I pick up.

Mouthfeel: there is a super sweet aftertaste, but it balances the 15% quite well. I enjoy the carbonation as I drink it because I though it was going to less than it did from the appearance.

Overall: at 7 bucks this is a flavorful brew with a kick. I think its a dessert beer better suitable for sharing and well worth a try if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 00:42:12 | More by kennylopez
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DovaliHops

California

3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a medium tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is packed with sweet molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits and plenty of sweet and roasted malt. Vanilla and toffee with an intense amount of sugary sweetness. Something tells me this beer is going to be overly sweet. Taste is initially molasses and burnt sugar, followed by brown sugar and vanilla. Such a malt bomb! This beer has so much malt flavor it's ridiculous! Intense sweetness...not very boozy at all for such high ABV, but I'm pretty positive you can't taste the alcohol due to how sugary and sweet this is. There are some pleasant flavors within this beer, it's just too much. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy. Drinkability is low. Overall, I will not be able to finish this bomber. I was able to drink a bottle of Fruet to myself the other night, and it was a bigger bottle and more ABV...this one is just a bit messy. This beer reminds me of the 2009 Dark Lord I drank. So I'm sure Dark Lord fans will enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 07:49:45 | More by DovaliHops
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aasher

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours the darkest of browns, on the verge of black with a one finger khaki head. The aromas are incredibly sweet and malty. I also get some almond butter in the nose with a boatload of molasses and sorghum. Their is also some raisin and figs. It's a little much. The flavors too, syrupy and overly sweet. You get so much honey, sorghum, figs, and molasses that it's hard to pick out anything else. It's definitely "dark fruity". It's cloyingly sweet. It drinks medium bodied and overly sticky. There is just so much sugar. This beer isn't very drinkable. The alcohol isn't noticeable until a couple minutes after your last sip, then it's warming. Overall this is a strange beer and not worthy trying in my opinion. Get back to me if they barrel age it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:42:24 | More by aasher
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jdaelhousen

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark colored body, almost completely opaque. Small amount of brown head on top of stagnant appearance of the body. Aroma contains notes of molasses, chocolate malt, dark fruit. Toffee aromas pertrude throughout. Flavor contains a center of strong molasses, cocoa, figs, and raisins. Brown sugar apparent in this sugary malt bomb. Finish provides an inkling of hops, but the sugary malt is still the predominant force in this beer. Alcohol percentage is greatly noticed, as this beer is a slow sipper. Aftertaste leaves molasses and the thick mouthfeel coating on the palate, with the spicey hop finish lingering. Overall, a strong beer but not very drinkable, a bit too sweet and cloying.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 22:19:53 | More by jdaelhousen
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champ103

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a near opaque black. Just a hint of ruby/brown around the edges. A bubbly tan head is slow to rise, but eventually reaches to a finger. The foam gently recedes with some patchy lace.
S: Not much in the nose. Roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate.
T: Really big and really sweet. Way under attenuated, but still not bad. The roast tries to balance that out. Big alcohol punch as well.
M/D: A full, sticky, and syrupy body. Of coarse there is lots of alcohol, which makes this hard for me to sip on and finish.

I am stating the obvious, but this is really big. Lots of sweetness, lots of alcohol, and just to much right now. For me anyway. This needs to sit for a few years to be enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 00:41:49 | More by champ103
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Muthacack

California

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours very thick out of the bottle. Viscous and dark, resembled a dirty motor oil. Poured a one finger head that was gone right away leaving no lacing on the glass. Held it up to a light and nothing changed... dark, thick, black.

S- 15-15-15 Malts, hops, alcohol was not as expected. The Malt took over here, I struggled to find the hops as the sweetness of molasses was prevalent. The alcohol was hiding a bit.

T- Tastes very sweet, almost too sweet for me. The molasses really takes over. I was hoping for more hops to come through and balance out the roasted malts, but they just weren't there. The bitterness only shows slightly in the aftertaste.

M- Sticky and viscous with little carbonation. The alcohol is warming and it felt a lot warmer than my serving temperature.

O- I was a little disappointed with the bitterness, when I see that 15 hops are used with the 15 different malts I expect more balance. I guess when malt is in the company's name, it should be expected that malt takes over. Even with this there is no doubt I would buy it again because $5 for a 15% beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 04:59:01 | More by Muthacack
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a large-sized, toasted khaki-colored head.

Smell: Layers of sugar, dark syrup, sugar, and more sugar over roasted fruits with a spritz of swelling liquor. Over the years, their anniversary brews have gone from bold and big to now morbid and despondent.

Taste: Sharply sweet Coca-Cola soda syrup and chilled molasses glazed figs, dates, and prunes. Sweet enough that I cringed a bit, and it's well-known I likes'm sweet. Remains notably fruity throughout, maybe even kicking up a notch. Also super sweet throughout. Faint, ineffective flutterings of citrus, spice, and leafy hops trying to shine through the heavy malts and residual sweetness. Some bitterness felt. Some ethanol felt, too. Very sweet, highly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Some sticky syrupiness here.

Overall: I thought last year's Fourteen needed some time to settle and smooth out, and I most certainly feel the same for Fifteen (plus a tall glass of water to help wash it down). It's all quite decent (for a 15% brew), but I'm really beginning to long for the big, bold, but more well-rounded anniversary brews of past years.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 20:01:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At 5.99, I must say the price is right. Poured into RR -tion glass.

A: pours chestnut brown with amber highlights. Dense tan head upon pour which vanishes to a thin layer. No lacing to speak of

S: the nose begins with an attack of sweet sugary malts, brown sugar and molasses are present in a big way. Bits of vanilla come seeping through among a firm booziness. Hints at maple and walnut are detected at the end.

T: the taste is over-the-top sweet with sugar malts overwhelming the palate. I wonder what the finishing gravity is on this thing, because it tastes like it is high! A bit of maple and vanilla barely sneak through, the bourbon provides primarily heat with faint accents of vanilla.

MF: thick, syrupy, moderate carbonation

O: holy geez this thing is sweet. Some bitterness would be nice, or even the slightest evidence of hops. I'm sure they're in there, but I can't find them. At the cost, this is well worth the price, but get your insulin ready.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 09:52:56 | More by homebrew311
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 21:50:56 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Etan

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:58:10 | More by Etan
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 01:05:44 | More by Hopdaemon39
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a 1/2 inch of light brown head, Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is boozey, malty, earthy with some dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste is booze, sweet malts, dark fruits. Earthy and malty. Maybe some burnt caramel near the end. Sweet aftertaste. Pretty hot beer. Good bang for your buck at $8. Would like to try to age this thing. A bit too hot and sweet right now, but still decent. Overall, might be worth grabbing one to age.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 05:12:53 | More by PicoPapa
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

consumed with some brewer friends last night during the super bowl.

A: dark brown with a dark brown head. not surprising considering the use of 15 malts. retention and lacing is average.

S: dates and figs. grapes. vinous. a little bit of vanilla. pleasant sweet aromas. not nearly getting a similar hop presence, but i really cant say that i mind. the malt makes for quite the symphony.

T: sweet bomb. the 15 malts are definitely showing. the 15 hops? meh, not so much. im struggling to find balance here....drinks more like an english barleywine. similar fruit flavors that were in the nose.

M: moderate amount of fizz. some bottle conditioning would be a nice treat for something of this magnitude. full bodied.

D: overall, this is still a pleasant sipper. not nearly as much heat as i expected. however, definitely worth sharing rather than ripping this bomber back solo.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 16:01:33 | More by Jimmys
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match1112

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep brown almost black with some ruby highlights. a full inch of khaki colored head quickly settles into a thin ring. nose is dominated by brown sugar, but lets some dark fruit and molasses peek thru. taste is very swet with brown sugar leading the way again. also taste some figs and raisins. hints of bread, nuts, and chocolate are in there as well. mouthfeel is very full and sticky. goes down creamy, has good carbonation, and a little bitterness from the hops, and you can't ignore the warming feeling thru out this drink. overall this is a bit much for me. it seems to be well balanced for a beer with fifteen of everything, and also seems to be better the warmer it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:42:52 | More by match1112
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin ring.

S - Dark fruits, booze, light burnt sugars, and oak. Very sweet and booze, but not in an off-putting way. Just a monster beer.

T - Definitely a sipper. Big booze, oak, burnt sugars, and dark fruits. The 15% is evident, but still, not off-putting and it works well with what this beer is trying to be. Finish is sweet carmel dipped in booze.

M - Full body, rich, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - This is pretty much what I thought it was going to be. Big, sweet, boozy...yet still good. It's a sipper, no doubt. I think some more age would help smooth it out, but it's still nice to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 20:48:10 | More by Sean9689
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mactrail

California

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in the Stella chalice. Looks, and tastes, like melted brown sugar. Toasted marshmallows on top. Viscous and syrupy. The aroma of hot caramel is nice.

This is more of an after dinner liqueur. Really, it's better than Benedictine and that kind of stuff. Every shade of roasted malt and burnt barley seems to make an appearance, like some kind of variety show. Bitter hops create a little disturbance, and the sweet and bitter flavor is not so great. But the show goes on with molasses and some sharp fruity notes. Thoroughly interesting and nuclear powered.

You either like this kind of stuff or you don't. Shmaltz excels at the ridiculous malt bomb kind of beer, and this one sets a new high, or low.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 05:55:29 | More by mactrail
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you want a bargain, this 15% brew was a steal at a mere $5.99 at Whole Foods.

A - Super dark beer, almost black. There's a nice brown head with some decent lace.

S - Smells exceptionally sweet. Lots of caramel, some syrup, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit. A bit like a sweet quad in some aspects.

T - This is very sweet. At 15% there is some booze present, but nearly what you would expect as the brown sugar and dark fruits tone it down considerably. Too sweet for me, but not bad.

M - Full bodied, thick, moderate carbonation.

O - Nice beer, great bank for the buck. Probably won't buy it again as it's too sweet, but it's solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 16:26:52 | More by AgentZero
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich dark brown color that is opaque and doesn't have much of a head to speak of.
S: Alcohol. Also some nice sweetness from the varieties of malt and some nice blends of hoppiness from the varieties used. This has a some bread, some nut and some cocoa aromas.
T: The taste is very complex and surprising. Some bready malt coupled with some dark fruit flavors. The hops add some spice notes to the malt like a floral lavender and corriander.
M/O: Very rich and overpowering alcohol aroma did not show up as much in the flavor. It's a unique flavor with some good blends.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 19:34:10 | More by pzrhsau
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azdback

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip. A dark black, like the color of brewed coffee. Dark brown highlights with a small one finger head that is creamy in appearance and mocha in color.

Smell is dark burnt sugar and molasses. Dark roasted smells, chocolate and charred wood. Alcohol as it warms

Taste is very rich and sweet. Initially this is sweet like syrup and doesn't get much more complex than that. Great flavor but not much more than the sweet, burnt sugar. Not a hint of alcohol at 15% this one hides it well.

Mouth is viscous with creamy carbonation. Body is full to heavy and the finish is long and wet.

Overall I expected more from this one. The Fourteenth last year was much better and complex. A great score for 5 bucks though. If you get the chance go for it!!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 06:46:28 | More by azdback
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, from 2011.

appears extremely dark brown, nice khaki colored head that fades fairly quickly. smells a bit of fig and plum, some booze. doesn't seem quite as complex as the last few editions of Jewbelation. taste is similar to aroma, a bit fo sweetness and spiced rum. medium thickness, lower carbonation, not quite as sticky.
overall, not quite as nice as the 13 or 14.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 00:58:01 | More by jmdrpi
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zachary80

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black body, hints of brown. Nice creamy tan head, moderate retention, good lacing.

Aroma is sweet and raisonous, bready, almost like a dark Belgian brew. Don't really smell any of the fifteen hops.

Flavor is full and complex, although the malt almost totally dominates the hops. Overly sweet, almost cloying as it warms up more. Hard to pick out any definite characteristics.

Mouthfeel is good, the alcohol content is well hidden, carbonation and body seem right for the beer.

Overall 15 is a good beer. Would prefer more hop character since without it is overly sweet and somewhat muddled

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:19:39 | More by zachary80
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NorCalYeti

California

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- dark roasted character, dark fruit such as prunes, reminds me of a dark belgian style beer, had a barrel-aged character to it...slightly tanic, sour notes

color- dark brown, chestnut

clarity- pours clear and dense

smell- hard to pick out dominant notes

body- smooth, beer opens up with a hop presence toward the end of the drink, alcohol is well masked

appearance- completely dark in the glass with a slightly off-white froathy head with little lacing

overall impression- thought this would be a "huge" beer but i thought it was underwhelming. was expecting a huge blast of hops and instead was greeted by a slightly-sweet, slightly malty beer

notes and comments- this style also strikes me as a barleywine. questioning whether this beer is totally fresh or this is the style the brewer was going for. whatever the case, i wasn't thrilled given the hype this beer received

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, 12/22/11, $6.99, 22oz

glassware: tulip

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 05:48:47 | More by NorCalYeti
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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.