He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
06-03-2012 00:16:49 | More by bnes09
4.03/5 rDev 0%
Bomber poured into a snifter
A- Pours pitch black like motor oil. A one finger light brown head with surprisingly good retention. Huge alcohol legs.
S- Smells like an imperial stout and an imperial IPA put together. Its a massive smelling brew. A lot of hop flavors come though, some pine but mostly an older hop character with grapefruit and other overly ripened fruits. Malts are all over the place, chocolate, caramel and everything in between.
T- Tastes like a crazy hopped up imperial stout. A lot of the hop flavors match the smell. Old fruits, grapefruit and a kind of skunkyness. The malt profile is all over the place. There a lot of chocolate malt, a lot of caramel flavors, a creamy breaddy flavor. This beers malts balance out well with the huge amounts of hop bitterness and create a very complex and strange tasting brew. Surprisingly, little to no alcohol taste.
M- This is a big beer and is super thick and syrupy, not surprisingly. It goes down about as easily as you would expect from a 15% beer. A lot of alcohol warming also not surprising. It does have a very full and very creamy feeling to it. Its smooth and the alcohol helps to cut it back and keep it from being total sludge.
O- I enjoyed this concoction. I read the label and knew I had to try it out. This beer is brewed with excellent care and quality and that alone lets this be an enjoyable beer. I don't think combining every ingredient you have into a beer is necessarily a good idea but its a nice change of pace and worth buying.
06-01-2012 02:00:06 | More by TwelveOunces
3.33/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
05-16-2012 00:41:49 | More by champ103
3.95/5 rDev -2%
Single 12 ounce bottle
A- Pours a very dark slightly syrupy opaque brown. Lots of carbonation especially for a dark beer, can see lots of small bubbles rising from the bottom of glass. Thin laver of head, a little bit less then a quarter of a finger of brownish beige head. Leaves fairly thick layered lacing.
S- Very malty, one of the maltiest beers I've smelt, can definitely tell this beer is pack with 15 different malts. Strong molasses smell, a little bit of brown sugar, some bourbon, very sweet.
T- Like smell- sweet, very malty, molasses, fairly sugary, some bourbon in the background, fairly sweet aftertaste.
M- Fairly thick and syrupy, definitely on the heavier side. Very light alcohol burn, but not bad at all for 15%. Fairly smooth for the high abv. Carbonation not as much as I was expecting.
O- This was a pretty decent strong ale that hid the 15% abv very nicely. I liked the mix between molasses and slight bourbon taste while all the malts blended in fairly nicely. My complaints though are it was a little bit too sweet and syrupy for my liking. Overall I would recommend trying this beer if you like high abv beers and you can pick this up for a decent price. In my opinion it was a great deal on sale for only $3.20 at my local liquor store. If they had more bottles I would definitely consider picking another one up, however I wouldn't go out of my way to get another one.
05-12-2012 00:20:57 | More by jaasen64
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip. Pours almost completely black, with a huge 3 inch tanish head that leaves an attractive amount of lacing, especially considering its huge ABV. Smell is a huge amount of dark fruit, hints of chocolate, biscuit, leather, and some alcohol. Taste is holy dark malts everything from the nose, but the flavor is even larger, with a balanced smokeyness and roasted brown sugar. Body is medium maybe, with enough carbonation for the style, not dry, and very drinkable for the size of this massive brew. This is a beer for fans of huge beers, that are sweet, and dominated by the malts.
05-07-2012 23:59:19 | More by SawDog505
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
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!!
05-01-2012 06:46:28 | More by azdback
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Pours black, with a foamy light brown head.
Sweet, toffee, brown sugar, boozy, dark fruit. Leathery, light cocoa in both the nose and taste.
Medium, moderately viscous body, with low carbonation.
A very warming, well done beer. Hides the ABV very well. Fairly sweet overall, but enough bitterness to keep it drinkable.
04-29-2012 07:13:42 | More by vkv822
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
04-29-2012 02:43:56 | More by maximum12
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
04-18-2012 03:03:09 | More by Dope
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
04-16-2012 01:07:10 | More by jera1350
He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.