He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

picked this up locally at fairway for like $5 (what a deal!!!!)...enjoyed in my E snifter.

a - poured a really nice rich plum with a generous frothy greyish tan foamy head. really surprised to see that head on such a big beer. nice staying power on the head and semi-slippery lacing.

s - nuts and malts. then some grape nutmeg and sweetness. some dustiness...kind of bock like. nice.

t - OH WOW. that's a tasty beer. big blast of grapes and nuts. then a wash of sweetness and nutmeg. finishes leaving a bit of an alcohol zing, which you get used to fast and then the flavors REALLY come out.

m - silky. the alcohol is definitely there (as expected on a 15%er), but it comes off a fruity candied sweetness.

o - overall a rather impressive beer. the stuff coming from shmaltz these days have been the secret sleepers of the year. 15 is definitely one of the better anniversary beers...they seem to get better each year. really well done beer for something this huge. unfortunately when i found this locally it was the only one i saw on the shelves, but this is one to stock up on!

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 Pencible
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Aged 1 year.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 3/4 inch tan head that fades fast to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some sparse surface foam. Small clots of lacing cascade down the glass.

S- Heavy dark fruit notes such as plum, fig and raisin. There's also a strong roasty quality accompanied by plenty of alcohol fume. Sweet as well, with some caramel, vanilla and chocolate.

T- Punch of roast in the beginning giving way to a very sweet middle and an alcohol kick to round things out. The flavors meld pretty well but the sweetness is quite overbearing and doesn't lend itself well to the high alcohol. Same notes of dark fruit as mentioned with the nose and maybe some molasses to add to the list.

M- Starts out a bit creamy but becomes syrupy with low carbonation not helping out much. Body somehow manages to be robust and thin at the same time if that makes any sense. Also a bit dry. Mouthfeel is the downfall of this beer.

O- Definitely smoother than the fresh Jewbelation 15 I had a year ago on tap, but it's still very hot and not too balanced. Hopefully the Jewbelation 16 I just bought will be better.

Photo of jmdrpi
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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 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 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 jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid brown with a cap of light brown foam.

Raisin, prune, dates, caramelized sugars, brown sugar. Hops are more outdone by all of the sweet scents.

Very rich and sweet. Maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, lightly toasted malt, dates, raisin and lightly bourbony booze. Hops are present, but all of the sweetness just overpowers it. Lots of depth to the flavor here. Love it.

Sticky and full feeling, but not syrupy. The finish is extremely clean.

I think this is a terrific beer. Loads of flavor and character. The alcohol is actually pretty well hidden for how big of a beer this is. An absolute bargain too at $6.25 for a bomber. I'll lay one down to see how it develops. Would actually grab more if I see it again.

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

Props to joemcgrath27 for including this treat in our latest cross-Canada trade. Cracked this brew in celebration of finding out the sex of my child-to-be... It's a girl!! :-)

A - Pours pitch black with a ruby red hue on the edges, two thumbs of beige head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is bold and robust with dark fruit, cocoa, hints of maraschino cherries, smokey peat, burnt toast and raw hide leather.

T - Flavour follows the nose with explosive dark fruit and raisins, dark chalky cocoa lingers on the finish alongside hints of smoked wood, hints of ABV sweetness and leafy green hop notes.

M - This one is lower in carbonation, comes across thick and velvety, yet is surprisingly fitting. A perfect sipping consistency.

O - What a great brew to celebrate the news... This is a fantastic ale that has incredible flavours, though is certainly not for the faint of heart. The ABV is incredibly well hidden, making it dangerous. That being said, the thicker mouthfeel keeps you from consuming it too quickly.

Photo of Dope
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark brown pour with a good sized, dense light brown head. Fades slowly, leaving a pretty decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Huge aroma, can smell it across the room. Doesn't smell very far from a spiced rum. Boozy, loaded with molasses, figs, grapes and raisin. Lots of caramel in there too and perhaps some toffee and brown sugar. No real evidence of hops found, but not really that surprising given the strength of the malt base. Super big and super sweet.

T: Very thick and ridiculously sweet. I'm getting tons of sweet caramel and molasses up front with a touch of brown sugar. Some dark fruits kick in, especially the fig and raisin. Aftertaste has a touch of cocoa in it as the sweetness fades away. Pure malt sweetness all the way through. Just a hint of alcohol burn in the aftertaste but it's mostly covered up by the sugary sweetness.

M: Ridiculously heavy, syrupy and cloyingly sweet.

O: Some big beers try to balance their sweetness with hops. This beer is like drinking maple syrup. Over the top sweet. It's like drinking an iced english barleywine or something. I had a tough time putting down the whole bottle it was so rich. Then again it also hides its alcohol well and its very complex. Hard to decide on a score.

Photo of Sean9689
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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

On tap at the Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY.
Poured into 8oz glass.
Dark golden brown syrup looking, slight head and lacing.
Great aroma...sweet candies fig, raison, and alcohol.
Taste is very similar; of sweet fig and raison...maybe some date, with alcohol and a bit of spice.
Its very strong and boozey, like a good barley wine should be, but lots of flavour to balance it all out. Nice.

Photo of homebrew311
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from codysjb when he came to Amsterdam for a visit. Cheers for flying over all that delicious stuff man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, fizzy, looser looking, dark tan head with horrible retention. Head crack and snaps its way down to a light ring. Bistre brown body with almost no carbonation evident. No head or ring remains and it looks relatively lifeless by the end. Unimpressive.

SMELL: Lots of fruits and caramel sugars on the nose. Grapes, raisins, caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar and some chocolate covered cherries. Boozy rum qualities as well. Really bold and interesting. Nice and complex for sure.

TASTE: Lots of sweetness here. Dark fruits, red wine for sure, with grapes and raisins, as well as some caramel and brown sugary sweetness up front. Boozy rum with more surary and caramel sweetness at the swallow. Bold and very persistent aftertaste with lots of sugary sweetness, butterscotch, rum, with some dark cherries and a touch of bitter dark chocolate as well. This is boozy for sure, but very flavorful, complex and generally delicious.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with no real bite and finishes slightly sticky. A touch of heat lingers. Very good for such a big beer; only some more weight would help give it top marks.

OVERALL: This is some fantastic stuff. Boozy, but not hot; flavorful and complex, but not tiresome. This bomber was way, way too easy to drink. I've had my fair share of American strong ales, and I feel pretty confident saying that He'Brew makes the best of its kind in the USA. They're always flavorful, complex, surprisingly balanced, and nowhere near as hot as they could be. Definitely pick this one up if you can, or any of their other strong ales for that matter. Thanks again codysjb. Highly recommended.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown around the edges with a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted dark caramel malts, chocolate malts, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, coffee, with a bit of citrus and pine hops and some booze.

T - Starts off with some dark caramel malts, chocolate malts, raisin and other dark fruits, and some black licorice with a bit of grapefruit. Through the middle, pine hops, coffee and more dark chocolate malts come through. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, molasses, a bit of pine hops and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good complex malty profile with enough body and booze to balance.

Photo of Mitchster
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle an opaque black color with a finger of bubbly tan head.

Lighter aroma of molasses, butterscotch, vanilla, and booze.

The taste was rich and sweet. Raisin, caramel malts, coffee, vanilla, molasses and butterscotch. The 15% alcohol made this heavy on the boozy side.

Full bodied and syrupy with a lighter carbonation.

This made for a perfect beer for sharing on a cold evening.

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 IronDjinn
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out an intense deep opaque brown hue, capped by a creamy mocha head that quickly settles to a thin dense layer that retains.

Intense boozy sweet notes on the nose: figs, dates, molasses, raisins, Concord grapes, black cherries, rummy brown sugar, toffee, mocha, mild leafy hop. Complex.

The flavour ensures that we have a return of the calibre of the amazing Jewbelation 13. Purple grapes, black cherries, guava and papaya up front in the flavour, followed with treacle and rummy raisins. A dryness sets in of cocoa, dark grains and spicy, leafy hops. Sticky, boozy, vinous finish and aftertaste with a lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side, texture is heavy and velvety, low carbonation.

Following the relative trend of the Jewbelations to be hit miss hit miss, this one lands on the upswing of a hit, and is of the same complex and high standard that He'Brew set with the Jewbelation 13, which until now was their zenith of excellence. This one's a bit murkier when it comes to all accountable elements, but it just leaves more leg room open to pull off a Scooby-Doo/Hardy Boys mystery in unravelling everything else to be found lurking in this big beer. Snap one up if you can, I'll be grabbing more.

Photo of brotherloco
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a mostly opaque root beer brown with about half a finger of beige foam. Settles quickly to a slight ring. A spot or three of lacing.

Aroma of marshmallow, vanilla, chocolate. Toffee and roasted malt. A lot of sweetness with an alcohol presence that floats on top and reminds me of a red wine.

Taste is quite sweet with a medium hit of toffee and a big hit of smokey molasses. A blend of hop and roasted bitterness emerges in the middle and leads to a lingering roasty finish.

Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Feels a little thick, which is to be expected with something this big. Still, it gets a little sticky.

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

Extremely dark brown (almost black) and definitely opaque. Head starts thick and brown, but fades quickly to a thin top.

Robust, dark currants, figs, and dates mixed with rich malts dominate the nose.

This is a thick, chewy beer; very complex in flavors. Molasses, brown sugar dominate the flavors. A very sweet tasting beer with ever so slight smokiness and noticeable vanilla and sweet chocolate overtones. The aftertaste brings out a little bitterness that takes the edge off of the alcohol warmth.

This is one big, complex, well-balanced and powerful brew. Incredibly rich and enticing.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Jewbelation. I have a soft spot for this beer, as it's one of the beers that introduced me to high-gravity craft back in the day. With each year it becomes a little more over the top. But it's still affordable, at $7 a pop.

A: Pours an opaque, mahogany body capped with 1" of mocha-colored head that lasts and lasts. Hmm. It's well-carbed for a 15% beer, and the anticipation it builds is quite nice.

S: Cinnamon, bread, toffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. I expected this to be as grape-dominated as I remembered some past Jewbelations being, but it has more of a brown sugar aroma instead.

T: I'm pleasantly surprised by what I can pick up. The treacly grape flavors of the past have vanished, replaced with a more robust brown sugar, cinnamon, bread, toffee, caramel, chocolate. Lots of malts were used here, and instead of blending into a hopeless mess, they contribute a nice, substantial character to the beer. I enjoy the fig and orange flavors I pick up in the finish. It's lightly boozy, but very well hidden for a beer of its size. While I've described all the malts so far, I should mention that there seems to be enough bitterness and attenuation to prevent the beer from being syrupy (though it IS sweet, don't get me wrong).

M: Medium+ body, low-medium carbonation. Well-hidden booze. Pleasant mouthfeel overall.

O: I'm impressed, almost despite myself. I don't love it, but it's a good drink on a rainy California night (the closest we get to winter).

He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.