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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 382
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 12
Gots: 104 | 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:
Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 12-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 382
Photo of at7000
1.63/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am going to make an oxy-moronical statement- This is hands down the worst beer I have ever tried, yet I recommend everyone to try it. I don't even know where to begin, three days later and I am still having nightmares about it. There was no point at all in adding hops, this is like concentrated malt to the ninth degree. An 8 oz glass has a cup of molasses and brown sugar in it. It's like pure malt extract, pure malt sludge. Sweeter than blackstrap molasses! The most insane beer I have ever tried. The malts made the hops its bitch.... This beer would make even the most die-hard malt-head, freak out completely. It's like a pure malty syrup with an alcohol kick. Ok, try it, and if you live, please post a review here. I was able to consume about 16 oz of a 22 oz bomber. A 22 oz bomber of this could supply the malt for 25 complete full kegs of Budweiser. (863 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, split with my brother.

A: Dark dark brown with a moderate tan head. No retention or lacing after a couple of minutes.

S: Very sweet. Candi sugar, plum and fig, grape juice, a bit of crisp hop leaf.

T: Sweet as well. Treacly plum cake, molasses, grape juice, some dark grain, a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Tiny bit of alcohol at the end.

M: Thick with soft carbonation.

O: Incredibly well-hidden alcohol for 15%, but somewhat simple and boring. Not much complexity from a beer with 15 malts and 15 hops. (543 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside Genesis 15:15 and Funky Jewbelation.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is exactly like most of other beers in this series. I get a ton of booze as well as a big dose of molasses. The flavor is similar. There is a ton of brown sugar/molasses, as well as some chocolate and caramel malt. The alcohol is also very noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. While I do like this beer, I really wonder how much longer Schmaltz can keep going with this series because all of the beers are beginning to be very similar - huge, boozy brown ales. (638 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,246 characters)

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

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. (1,519 characters)

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. (715 characters)

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. (1,403 characters)

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. (610 characters)

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!! (766 characters)

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. (354 characters)

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. (950 characters)

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. (1,254 characters)

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. (721 characters)

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. (603 characters)

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. (1,137 characters)

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. (712 characters)

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. (568 characters)

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. (332 characters)

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
O - RIDICULOUS (816 characters)

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. (859 characters)

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. (1,150 characters)

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. (774 characters)

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! (710 characters)

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! (706 characters)

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. (402 characters)

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