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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation FifteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen

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133 Reviews
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Reviews: 133
Hads: 385
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 23.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 12-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 385
Photo of champ103
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of azdback
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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!!

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Photo of vkv822
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out of the bottle a brooding,pitch black body that looks kind of like a thin stout.2 inches of light tan foam quickly died down to a 1/2 inch and left broad rings of sticky lacing.

S-Sweet roasted malts,dank citrus,dark caramel,molasses,semisweet chocolate,dark dried fruit(prune,raisin)

T-Sweet chocolate,date,medium roast coffee,booze,fig,caramel,and light citrus.

M-Medium/full with a pretty intense sweetness and a strong alcohol warmth.ABV is relatively well hidden but still a little hot.No real sign of the 15 hop varietals.

O-Maybe a touch sweet right now.Good but a little one note.

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Photo of Muthacack
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only a few traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin, dense tan head that quickly faded away, leaving only a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits in the nose—prunes seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of brown sugar.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of dark fruits along with hints of chocolate.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Not much stickiness is noticeable. Little, if any warming from the alcohol is perceptible.
O: This beer is definitely a slow sipper given its strength but the alcohol is surprisingly well masked from the taste.

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Photo of Hornet2003
2.18/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost pitch black with some ruby brownish notes around the edges. The head is brown, a finger thick, but fleeting; leaving a nice ring of white creaminess on top.

Very malty. Roasted barley, toffee, coffee and even a bit of chocolate fill the nose. Lurking in the background is the alcohol.

Tons of malt. Despite 15 types of hops, there's little hop presence. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Again, the ridiculous amounts of alcohol are there, but masked til the finish. Has a grainy alcohol taste.

Despite everything in it, it's a creamy beer. Almost sweet, then slightly acidic before the bit of heat in the swallow. Full bodied.

Really, a pretty good beer here. The ABV scares me and I know I'll be asleep in no time, but it's gentle on the palate and taste buds.

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Photo of BashOnABike
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 650mL bottle into 16oz pint glass.

A: Dark, reddish-brown hue, light tan head, slow to dissipate with messy, foamy lacing

S: Lots of apple juice..and malt! Somewhat sour cherries, bit of hop and citrus, but overall sugary and heavy.

T: Really, really malty, like a fist of malt. More apple juice, nuts, burnt hazelnut in finish. Almost no alcohol (surprisingly)

M: Very smooth, low carb, long on tongue without much fizz. Pretty palateble, if a bit heavy

O: A good beer, with an interesting phenol mix (namely the apple juice). Certainly unique, although a little bit like a wee heavy. I would buy it again, but might water it down with club soda or layer with an ESB; it really is that heavy!

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

Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip. Appearance is darker than I anticipated, but it's nice. It's dark. Almost black. Good carbonation yields a decent head which dissipates into a nice ring around the glass.

Smell is pleasant, sweet, slightly boozy. This smells like a 15% abv beer. There are some dark fruit and chocolate notes on the nose.

The taste is good. Mild hop presence. Taste is similar to the nose: boozy and chewy. This is delicious. It's a big beer, but it's not overwhelming. I'm loving it.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, but the carbonation makes it a pleasing drink.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. For $8 it's really a steal. I almost wish I had bought more bottles of this. Cheers!

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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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off white head and a bit of a collar throughout. The nose h some chocolate and dark fruits with a bit of booze. Flavor is retry smooth with a nice dark fruit presence along with coffee and a touch of roast. Some warming booze is around in the background. Body is medium to full with a bit too much heat. Pretty good, but there's too much heat on the backend to be super enjoyable.

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Photo of sommersb
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-22-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Black in color, with only a hint of brown seen at the edges of the glass, with no light getting through. Head is tan and small, with little lacing and low retention, but that's not a surprise given the high alcohol content.

S: Rich and malty aromas, including molasses, vanilla, raisin, and overripe bananas. I also get some earthy hops and a woody/oak smell. Strong aroma of alcohol too.

T: Wow - this is a strong beer! Malty sweetness including vanilla, caramel, and dark breads. Bitterness is low. Flavors also include oak, earthy and wood notes. Features quite a bit of alcohol heat.

M: Very rich, with a full body and low carbonation. Due to the strength, this is a sipping beer for sure. Finish is of malt sweetness and alcohol.

O: Overall an impressive, powerful concoction of 15 malts and 15 hops! I enjoyed it, but it is definitely an occasional or sharing type of brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Jewbelation glass. This is something that happens in my house.

Beer is dark brown and visibly thick as it leaves a coating and legs on the walls of the glass, big tan / brown head, small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is sweet and boozy, mild roast.

Beer is very thick, very sweet, a little dry and bitter on the end from a grainy roastiness. An interesting beer but it is a lot to take in. This bomber put me to bed last night, this is an unlikely repeat.

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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.

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Photo of Thingus
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting, 12 oz bottle until Delirium tulip...

Appearance; pours a cola brown, appears black in the glass with cola edges when held to light... Absolutely minimal tan colored head, retention is terrible and that is to be expected given the alcohol content in this monster. Minimal lacing appearing in goofy blotches on my glass...

Smell; this smells really complex, raisins, dates, prunes, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, caramel...

Taste; the first thing that I noticed in this beer is that it is SWEET! Holy cavities batman!! And that's coming from someone who greatly enjoyed Choklat... As the beer warms and my taste buds become accustomed to the sweetness the flavors really start to shine... Caramel, brown sugar, sweet dark fruits, molasses and hints of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel; sticky and thick, this is certainly a full bodied stout... I can feel it sticking to my tongue and teeth and hanging around my mouth...

Overall; I wasn't prepared for a beer like this... I love Mephistopheles but that seems like a one trick pony compared to Jewbelation... While I have no problem with the alcohol content in either, I feel like Mephistopheles really shines fresh and becomes muted and dull with age, I am certain Jewbelation would calm down and smooth out with time, that the incredible sweetness would become subdued and really propel this beer from good into the world class range.. I'll have to pick up another to put away and age... Good beer, but damn is it sweet...

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.