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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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BA SCORE
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 EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark brown with crimson highlights. Decent head on the pour that recedes to nothing but a faint ring.
smell: Brown sugar and dark fruit.
taste: The expected flavors escalate into something better than expected. The promised brown sugar and dark fruits come together with more complex and pleasant flavors. Finish is right on.
overall: Nicely done. This one has the 10.9% label stuck over the 15%. Doesn't even seem to be 10.9 going down but the mouth feels like I had a shot afterwards.

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

Pours a dark brown with a sizable tan head which quickly dissipates, and not much lacing.

Smells of caramel, malt and spice. Kind of pungent, and sweet, with a hint of booze.

The first taste is fleetingly sweet which expands into a complex malt and booze flavor, which is reminiscent of soy sauce and fine spirits, which becomes more drinkable as it warms.

It feels a little oily and thick, like cognac with carbonation, and really boozy, but doesn't feel or taste like 15%.

This was a Christmas gift, and well appreciated. Thanks Brendan. While I enjoyed the beer, it's not something I will be buying, as this is a hair too much for me. Though it's doesn't feel or taste of 15%, that doesn't mean the alcohol is totally hidden.

DOA

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

A: Intensely dark brown color, almost morphing into black. Head wasn't very big, half an inch maybe, and dissipated rather quickly.

S: Vinous, fruity, especially prunes, molasses. Very sweet nose, pretty much convinces you that the taste will be just as sweet.

T/M: Very sweet, as was suggested by the nose, molasses, prunes, some raisins, some distant chocolate. Molasses are probably most prominent taste. Sweetness dominates. Not that it negatively affects the ale, but it seems to dominate everything; maybe a touch too sweet. Malts definitely overpower hops here, which are very distant. Medium to full body, but not too full; and not very viscous. Alcohol presence is barely noticeable, despite its 15% - very well hidden. Only about half way through the bottle does alcohol start announcing itself with warmth and just a touch of intoxication. But it's not offensive at all.

A very interesting brew. Not earth shattering but quite enjoyable and something you'd want to revisit again. A brew for desert. Tried it with dark chocolate, brie and smoked cheeses, and even pears - everything was complemented very well. And for the price of $8/22 oz it's a bargain. Would be very curious to try it in a year or two - it should hold pretty well.

Photo of adrian21
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of baybassboy
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

A- tight lacing after what was a poofy opening. Some of the bubbles popped, sizzled, and gave me the thought this was going to be a bad head. It settled down though and gave good retention. Very carbonated. Some lacing, not the best on that note. Otherwise, a very dark mohogony body.

S- Deep caramel and molasses sweetness. Some darkness and roast. Bits of plum, dark fruit, the deep ones. Less sweet, more berry.

T- Complex. Very sweet, caramel, molasses, grainy, some cardboard characteristic deep in the middle. Heat, ethanol, but not overwhelming. 15% done with a light touch it seems. It opens with the dark fruit unlike other beers. The dark fruits again are plums, raisins, and a generic berry like flavor... like sherry.

M- Thick, syrupy, creamy. Soupy. Sticky, lingering flavors. Light carbonation gives it a great body experience. Light heat in the mouth, deep fire in the gut. Gives me a nice beer coat in the face as well.

Love this beer. For 6$, this is the best buy in beer bombers right now. Unbelievable.

Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into oversized snifter. Black opaque body, zero light breaking the surface. One and a half finger sandy colored head. the head recedes rather quickly leaving a full sheet of lacing stuck to the walls of the glass.

The nose blends and interesting combination of chocolate, dark fruit and bright citrus. Rich chocolate, deep caramel and subtle molasses aromas greet the nose. Just behind the dark fruit aroma comes out. The raisin and prune scents merge with the chocolate up front beautifully. On the back a brighter citrus aroma provides some levity to the overall bouquet.

The flavor is not exactly what you would expect from the aroma. The same characteristics are picked up the the balance and intensity vary a bit. Chocolate flavor develops first but immediately transitions into a heavy caramelized sugars then on to a raisin and prune flavor. The flavor brightens a bit as it moves back. An underlying citrus sweetness combines with a sweet raisin flavor on the back. A lingering combination of chocolate, burnt sugar and sweet raisin remain after the swallow.

Medium to full bodied, a big beer but lacks viscosity. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Slightly slick texture left on the tongue. Finish is fairly long.

Overall another impressive offering from He'Brew/Schmaltz. The most impressive characteristic is the integration/cloaking of the alcohol. Very smooth beer, interesting combination of flavors but layered very well. Easy to drink, rather enjoyable. The price is right, no reason not to pick one up.

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark brown with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap and some bubbles

S: Nose was chocolate, dark fruits, light bourbon and booze sting

T: Big chocolate, dates, figs, raisins with a light booze feel. Some Earthy notes, toffee and caramel. Pine and fruits are noticable but pretty masked.

M: Hefty, a bit sticky, well carbonated, lots of flavor. The palate feels like a chocolate covered fig.

O: Very good. Lots of flavor, booze is well masked

Photo of Rjhami
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks a lot like Coke.

Aroma: This beer has a complex array of aromas that I need some help identifying. I can get some brown sugar/molasses flavors, plus vanilla, raisins and a ton of malty character.

Taste: Malt and brown sugar jump out at first with caramel notes and a bit of alcohol at the end. There's also a bready character that must come from one of the fifteen malts.

Mouthfeel: Kind of heavy and syrupy with light carbonation. The sweetness lingers and nicely balances out the small alcohol burn.

Overall: Pretty solid beer considering the amount of ingredients at play. The 15% ABV is hidden nicely and the sweetness doesn't become too cloying even after sitting out for a while. I bet this beer would be great in two years when the sugar dies down a bit and some of the other qualities shine through.

Photo of wyatt
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of therobot
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of dblab33
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cavedave
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with red highlights, thick looking and almost opaque, with a finger of light brown head. Head kicks back to a lively skim and thick ring.

Fifteen malts in this baby, and the aroma is full of sweet and roasty complexity. Caramel, toffee, rye bread, hints of chocolate and treacle struggle to remain dominant over hoppy goodness of grapefruit, orange, mango, and pine. Holding it together is a warm alcohol spice vapor.

Madre de dios, what a strong and wonderful taste. Leading the parade is candi sweet, toffee, grapefruit rind, and pine. Alcohol quickly jumps the play, and orange, more pine resin, roasted grain, and a myriad underflavors beyond demarcation end things. Complex, somewhat disjointed, bright, interesting, delicious.

Quite thick, resinous, low carb., with an excellent dry finish.

Another outstanding offering from the numerical nabobs of malt majesty and hops heroics at He'Brew. Highly recommended.

Photo of layapandora
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of davidthebruce
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 BeerImmediately
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 1F brown head over an opaque deep brown color. Appropriate.

Aromas are full of 'the sweet'... molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and then there is some herbal/floral hop presence. Almost creme bruleee like.

Rich yet slick on the palate. Flavors come thru with a more burnt sugar characteristic than the aromas, but still tasty. The bitter bark-like hop quality helps to tame the sacharine sweetness. It's not as sweet as Southern Tier's dessert beers, but gets close.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Touch of carbonation, but there's some stick on the tongue.

I loved this beer, about as much as the 14. Would definitely recommend giving it a go.

Photo of pBRale
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Well, Hanukkah starts today, or so says my multicultural, realtor-sponsored calendar, and this Golem of a beer just seems like a spiffy accompaniment, poured into my Jewbelation glass from last year's vertical gift pack.

This beer appears a solid brown abyss, until you check the edges, and find some relatively bright cola-hued inroads. It gives up two fingers of foamy, frothy mocha head, which settles at a leisurely pace, eventually exposing a sloppy paint job coating of shoreline lace around the glass.

It smells of warm brown sugar, molasses, caramel/toffee, mild oily leather, some chocolaty cereal grain, and citrusy, leafy hops. Any booze is not surprisingly sly - I've seen this trick before, in this very offering's predecessors.

Jumping into this headfirst, the initial gulp explodes my mind, and blurs any attempt at dissection. Upon picking up the pieces, and going back in for a more tempered, and now somewhat acclimatized sup, I get some big, big (big) dark chocolate, earthy molasses, sauced black fruit, taffy, mildly toasted grain, subtle citrus cream, and bitter leafy, almost herbal, hops, which weirdly, and admirably, suppress a weakly rising alcohol warming.

Somewhere in there, I suppose there's a nod to some seriously oppressed bubbles, but that's really just a minor concern to the here and now. The body is one big ball of smooth, heavy, unctuous, and syrupy, well, potential, one that steadies the pace to thankful degree. It feels like something has got to give (up or out), and the finish kind of disappoints in that matter, as it more or less just hums with further anticipation - sweet and malty, you bet your ass - but also more assertively hoppy and simmeringly warm than anything up to this point in the game.

They've sure and well done it again, another proverbial notch in He'brew's belt. An insane numbers-based beer that would easily moisten the average accountant's pants, with the less than common bonus caveat of stellar big boy beer goodness. It kind of seems like a disservice to describe this beast as drinkable, if not quite totally balanced, but lo and behold, it just seems that way. And crazily so, eight nights' worth, even!

Photo of Lerxst
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no date found, poured into a snifter

A-Pours a very dark brown with a frothy one and a half finger dark beige head that has good retention and leaves a few wisps of lace.

S-Dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, rich malts, smells slightly sweet and also a hint of booze.

T-Sweet, but not cloying; Rich and malty with brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses, a touch of earthy hops, chocolate and a bit of boozy heat. There is a lot going on here, but it works.

M-Full bodied, yet with somewhat crisp carbonation. Lush and coating. Kind of silky.

O-This is an impressive beer. Its a sipper, but each one is enjoyable. The sweetness never gets cloying. I enjoyed this one and hopefully can still pick some more up before they disappear.

Once again, I wish I could grade in quarter points. A 4.25 overall hits this one on the head in my book. But since I can't honestly say its a 4.5 overall, I'll have to give it a 4.

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