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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
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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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

smakawhat, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

tdm168, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

22oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured pretty close to black in color with a thin, frothy, tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has sweeter, malty profile to it with some notes of brown sugar, toffee and molasses all coming through. A little bit of a hoppy citrusness is there as well as a hint of cinnamon like spice.

The taste also highlights a lot of the malty flavors throughout it. Toffee, brown sugar and molasses are again all things that come to mind. Some dry, roasty qualities come out in the finish and mix with just a hint of hoppy citrus.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. The malty flavors really had a nice range of flavors to it. Relatively easy drinking and balanced for the style and size of it as well. Very enjoyable beer overall.

billab914, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

sendbeer, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

PEIhop, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.5%

THECPJ, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

355ml bottle poured into tulip 23/12/11

A dark brown with cola at the edges, didn't expect much head with something this strong but is whips two fingers of dark mocha head that quickly falls to a thin film leaving no lace

S chocolate covered raisins and prunes, some others dark fruits both dried and fresh, molasses and brown sugar with some booze but nowhere near what you would expect at 15%, just a little licorice

T some hops on top of what I smell but I can't really pick out anything specific, much like the smell but just a little more intense, there's a little nutty toffee in there too, tastes great and the booze is there but I'd never guess it's as strong as it is

M thick and silky with just enough bubbles too give it some life, some heat but again not as much as one would expect, a little sticky on the lips

O lots of flavors with great complexity, well concealed booze with all things considered, pretty solid stuff

this would be great with a couple years on it, its drinking well now but after the already mellow booze mellows out completely it would be just awesome. I'll be buying a few bombers of this stuff but this single isn't going to make up for the price of the Gift Pack it came in

wordemupg, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Got the 15 as part of the mixed pack which was mixed and matched.

A - Much more head in the bottle pour, same dark body and tan head.

S - Caramel, toffee, raisins, (no bourbon) smells overall sweet.

T - My god this might be the single best beer over 14% I had! Over Samichlaus in fact! Smooth caramel and dark fruit flavors clash with a perfect balance of hops and malt. Could it be that I had some sort of different beer on tap?

M - With no ABV burn and balanced taste this one drinks around 8 or 9. So smooth and dangerously drinkable.

Overall man I have no idea what I was served on tap. Maybe it was that bourbon barrel aged barleywine, but my old review still stands since I am not sure. I would easily kill a bomber to myself no problem but these 12oz bottles are perfect for one a sitting. Maybe I will go back and mix/match the last two...

DrDemento456, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

AgentZero, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

bsuedekum, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Inch tall dark tan head on a dark brown body. Excellent head retention and spotty lacing,

Smells of faint booze, some hops.

Raisins, some rummy notes. Well hidden 15%abv, OMG. Rye flavor?

Medium moutfeel, ll syrupy. Good carbonation.

Value alert...great deal at $4. Pleasure to drink, different. Thanks Elliot!

Duff27, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

champ103, May 16, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

aasher, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DmanGTR, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

On-tap at Mikro.

A: Pours a clear, deep ruby-brown body with a thin cap of dense light-brown head; good retention and lace for such a big beer. Very nice.

S: Pungent: brown sugar, cherries, dark fruits, light acetone, and a hint of smoke. Very sweet and boozy, but thoroughly enjoyable all the same.

T: Follows the nose: huge malty and fruity sweetness up front, with some sweet and spicy alcohol building in on the finish. Hot, but more like 12% hot than 15% hot - quite smooth for what it is. Tasty.

M: Very smooth, medium-full body with moderate, creamy carbonation and only light stickiness. Excellent.

O: I enjoyed trying this one, and it's certainly a good value, but I really think that it would have been better if the ABV were less astronomical. It's not as solventy as some beers of similalry strength (cough DFH cough), but it could be better.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -1%

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's a while back, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Holy shit..this is 15%?! Pours a nice deep dark brown with a BIG two finger mocha head that leaves tons of side lacing and a very thick blanket. This is outstanding appearance.

S - Lots of caramel and sweet malts here with some light vanilla and chocolate. Lots of big sweet malts.

T - Similar to the nose with lots of malty sweetness some light dark fruits but mostly caramel sticky sweetness. The dark fruits really come out as the beer warms up.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty solid for such a boozy beer. Its a sipper by far, however, the carbonation is nice and prevents it from being syrupy, though it is a little sticky sweet in the mouth.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad beer just a bit too much on the sweet side for my liking. Like someone else said, I enjoyed 14 much better than 15.

rudzud, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

I am growing fonder of this brewery by the beer, so another big anniversary brew? Bring it on. 15/15/15. Put the car keys under the porch.

Pour is very dark with an inkling of amber around the periphery; plenty of jazz for a big steroid-infused beer. Nose is very sweet, muddled, maybe molasses? The sheer number of malts might be confusing my olfactory factory.

Jewbelation Fifteen richer than Robert Murdoch & not a tenth as offensive. Rich, & deep. Lovely sweet malts that mimic molasses on the tongue, sweet raisins, apple/grape juice, scorched sugars. Alcohol free, except for the heat leaking into my belly. Thicker than roof tar, this sticks to every vital it encounters. Tasty enough to be dangerous; this should have a bright warning label attached to it.

Wickedly excellent beer. Jewbelation might have a good shtick going on, but behind it they make really good beers. Here's another. Just don't drink it & try to operate a bulldozer.

maximum12, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

eawolff99, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

EgadBananas, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Pencible, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +2%

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).

lordofthewiens, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

BMart, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

Sean9689, Feb 20, 2012
He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.