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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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90
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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 108 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 12-09-2011)
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Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kennylopez
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.

Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bobheed
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark brown, with a little red around the edges. About a 1/2 inch mocha colored head

S: This basically smells like Parabola. It is super sweet and there's almost nothing you don't smell in here. Got a dark liquor with some coconut, small amounts of hoppiness, lots of dark chocolate and vanilla as well

T: Follows the smell fairly well. Very, very complex. Got lots of coffee and dark chocolate notes upfront, which transitioned into a smooth vanilla and can definitely pick up some alcohol in this one.

M: Very thick and bordering on syrupy. About what I would expect as a culmination of the other characteristics of the beer. Got a slight alcohol burn as well.

Overall this on is tops. Just about the best value out there for $5-7 a bomber. Would recommend to anybody and I will be picking up more to cellar.

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of TechTriumph
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained from Whole Foods; Poured in a snifter.

A - Two inch light khaki and super creamy head with excellent retention; Very, very dark brownish, ruby color; A little lacing around the glass

S - Very nice and complex - I get new aromas every time I take a sniff; Orange and grapefruit hop aromas; Very sweet caramel and toffee; Lots of spices including cinnamon and ginger; Dark and bitter chocolate; Tobacco with woody and leathery notes; Faint presence of alcohol, but it's hidden very well

T - Pretty similar and just as awesome as the nose; Again, dark and bitter chocolate, tobacco, sweet caramel, toffee, hints of citrus hops, and a touch of spice and dark fruits towards the finish; Lots of sweetness in this beer, though it does turn a little bitter later in the sip; Tad bit of alcohol in the taste, but the collection of flavors mask this nicely

M - Very nice and creamy texture; Full bodied and has a nice chewy-like quality; Small amount of carbonation; Decent amount of warmth in the finish

O - This is just an excellent beer all around. To have 15 different varieties of malts and hops and 15% ABV, it's pretty impressive how well the flavors all come together. This is a brew to sip over time, but honestly you would never know the amount of alcohol just by tasting/smelling it. I may not get another chance to try this impressive brew, but I'm glad I had the chance to enjoy it as a nice treat after the busy holiday season.

Photo of homebrew311
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.

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter

Pours darkest of browns. No light penetrates through. Tan colored head that froths and bubbles like an active volcano. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles in the center of the glass.

Smells of chocolate, figs, plums and brown sugar, Syrupy sweet with a faint hint of alcohol. Hops are muted. A bit of citrus lies under the surface. Fantastic blend of dark, sweet aromas. Very complex aroma profile. I can't wait to taste.

Chocolate and candi sugar flavors that blend with figs, plums and syrup. Very sweet, yet very tasty. No alcohol burn whatsoever. All of these dark and heavy flavors never clash or create a mess. It is an extremely well integrated beer.

Medium bodied and creamy with appropriate carbonation. nice long finish. Falls just short of being cloying. Easy to drink for such a big, sweet and complex beer.

A great offering by He'Brew. And the price point is excellent. You'll be hard pressed to find better value. If you enjoy big, sweet, complex beers then it's a must try.

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 smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rudy0908
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wallymowrigley
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip. About one finger of tan head that quickly dissipated. Very dark.

S - Sweet smell of malt dominates with a presence of hops. Alcohol smell is not too dominant considering this is a 15% beer.

T - Sweet taste. Not quite a sugar bomb but the malty sweetness definitely dominates. Presence of hops is easily noticeable, but is second to the sweetness. Considering the bottle said it was brewed with 15 different hops, I was expecting a hoppier taste. Alcohol is covered up well and not overpowering considering the 15%.

M - It is a pretty thick beer. Goes down smooth. Carbonation is fairly low, but I think the carb level goes well with this beer.

O - This is a bit too sweet for my taste. It is a good beer but a few years could do it some good. Alcohol is not to obvious considering the percent, but a little age would help meld all of the flavors together. Pretty good beer.

Photo of pschul4
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NorCalYeti
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

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zachary80
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

Photo of Oneinchaway
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jnn4v
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown color - almost an espresso brown or dark mahogany. Little head, but the head that did exist was a medium tan color. No visible sediment or haze.

S: Rye, oak, pear, plumb, cranberry, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, pumpernickel bread, milk chocolate, dates, and figs. This is a ridiculously good smelling beer.

T: Perfect blend of dark malts and dark dried fruits. Basically reminds me of Gouden Carolus but without the Belgian yeast and possibly more complexity on the grain part of the malt.

M: Very rich mouthfeel. Velvety texture. Very silky and smooth.

O: Excellent beer. Wonderfully rich and tasty. I was quite impressed.

Photo of Abrahammer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of CMB2012
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.