He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17)
Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17)He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17)
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American Strong Ale
3.95 | pDev: 12.66%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17)He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17)
Notes: How could we hope to top last year’s Jewbelation Sweet 16 with its cupcakes, unicorns, & Satan’s Ferrari birthday cake? massive challenge. So for Year 17, we threw in a whole new dimension to our shtick – we built our very own brewery! After 17 years of contract brewing, our first Shmaltz Clifton Park batch emerged 17 months after the first draft of the business plan. Coincidence? Renaissance means “Re-birth” in French & Italian. In Buddhism, the concept does not truly translate as “reincarnation” but instead as “becoming,” or a “stream of consciousness.” 11 syllables structure a haiku. Shakespeare penned 17 comedies. In The Simpsons episode “Duffness” Homer sings “When I was 17″ about buying his first beer with a fake I.D. “I drank some very good beer. I stayed up listening to Queen, When I was 17.” In The Office, Dwight recites Rule 17 that all Schrute boys must learn: “Don’t turn your back on bears, men you have wronged, or the dominant turkey during mating season.” Knowledge and growth come in many forms. It is taught that Nirvana is only attained when the soul transcends cycles of rebirth. Looks like Shmaltz just isn’t there yet. So with 17 malts, 17 hops, and 17% ABV, JEWBEL4TIONREBORN serves as another mark of our death as a contract brewer and proof of our conversion to a new life as brewery owner…… L’Chaim!!!
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Photo of Radcpa
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darknappearance with tan head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a malt with raisin. Taste is also a malt with raisin that is very smooth and no alcohol aftertaste. The year or so of aging really paid off.

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Photo of JayQue
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense dark brown, almost black color with a small light tan head. Head retention is surprisingly good for a beer of this strength. There is some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong and mostly malty with some dark fruit (figs, plums) and some molasses like sweetness. Some reviewers mentioned dank, earthy hops, but I held onto my bottle for 3.5 years and there is little to no trace of hoppiness. Flavor is more of the same, very sweet, very malty with some yeast and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is rich and sweet. I had this beer at a tasting once and noticed that there was almost no alcohol presence. There was some alcohol apparent in the bottle I just had. Not so much of a burn as an aftertaste. This is still a pretty impressive big beer but it was better when more fresh.

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Photo of darktronica
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure the best way to score this, given its age and my memory of it when fresher, but I suppose I'll rate it as is, given that I have occasionally still seen this on shelves (!) over three years after its release. Living in southern California at the time, I had little exposure to Shmaltz; this was the first beer that made me take notice of them. I was newer to the possibilities of craft beer back in 2013, and the concept of a 17% monster blew me away at the time.

Now, after a number of years in the cellar, Jew'belation 17 is pretty oxidized and showing a lot more fusel alcohol than it did previously. Still an interesting, complex melange, with its dictionary-length list of ingredients. I don't regret keeping a few bottles at all, but time is starting to win the battle. I think it's time to have the vertical tasting.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, wood, leather, tobacco, pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, wood, leather, tobacco, pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, dark fruit, licorice, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, pepper, wood, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying sweetness or astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness; increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy/slick and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal booziness. Overall this is a great strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Still quite hoppy after 3 years of age, which provides great balance to the huge malt flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shared at DLD but I don't think that hampers my view of it. Alcohol glides over sweet dark fruit such as fig and cherry making a cough syrup flavor. It's better than other beers that have turned into cough syrup, but only just. Ha!

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Photo of SHODriver
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass leaving minimal lacing
S: Smells of alcohol, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some faded hops
T: Taste is surprisingly hard to find. A little roasted malt and chocolate, with some faint hints of hops, and slight oxidation. swallow brings some grain, bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden given the lack of barrel aging and ABV
M: Big and slightly chewy in the mouth with very soft carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: Surprisingly gentle and drinkable for the ABV. Decent flavors and complexity so the time really helped this one out.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has been in the cellar for 2 years. Pours dark brown almost black. The smell is of dates and figs. Taste is pure malts. Glad we let this one age a couple years. Good beer.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle (from the Hannukah pack), aged not quite two years. Had this after Yom Kippur, to celebrate the ending of the fast.

Pours very dark, no head, no lacing. Rich, strong aroma, reminding me of plums. Feel is syrupy, with no carbonation, which goes along with this being a sipping beer, almost like a liqueur. The ABV is strong, of course, but it doesn't burn, and feels quite appropriate.

There's a lot of depth to the flavor, which is quite intense, but there isn't a lot of variety, if that makes any sense. Some strong dark ales show you a lot of different flavors; in Jewbelation 17, the flavors have all combined into a sweetish syrupy whole. It's good, but it's not great.

There are other strong dark ales and stouts that I find more interesting. I wouldn't buy this again (not that I could), but if I see the Hannukah pack at a reasonable price this fall, I'll probably pick one up (since there are a lot of interesting beers in it), and I'll see what the 2015 Jewbelation is like.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 month aged bottle poured into Teku glass

Dark chocolate brown look with one finger tan head, doesn't last long

Smell of roasted malts, some vanilla, some dried stone fruits

Taste pretty much follows smell, some chocolate and coffee up front as well. Some alcohol on finish, but not a huge burn.

Reasonably well-balanced, maybe another 2 years aging would have been useful. Medium-full bodied, not too syrupy, but drink slowly for sure. No carbonation, really. Drying finish due to high ABV and minor burn.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle fresh and and could barely finish it. This bottle had about a year and a half of age on it. The smell was amazing, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Taste was of coconut bourbon, Carmel and vanilla. Still quite boozy even after year and half of age. Those who still have a bottle or 2 in the cellar I recommend gaining a few more years to let it mellow out even more. This was so much better with some aging compared to fresh

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head that just doesn't want to stay for the party, dropping to a film and a little scattered lacing.
Smell seems weak at first but a little temperature rise brings out notes of roasted malt, dark fruits and a touch of molasses, maybe? Good balance.
In the mouth is where it's at with this brew. Notes of roast malts, whiskey, dark fruits, vanilla, a touch of chocolate, all balanced very well.
Not the first Schmaltz beer I've had but by far the best. Full bodied, smooth, lighter effervescence, warming from the time it hits your lip. Aftertaste has a slight, albeit not offputting at all, medicinal note. It's got the whole fruitcake experience going for it. High praise from me. This is an amazing brew.

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Photo of NoseOverTail
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Excellent bottle. Has a strong cherry/dark chocolate taste which I'm not that into. Strong beer so a bomber should be split between a friend or two or four. I had Jewbalation for the first time in Boston for Beer fest back in 2008 (sponsored by BeerAdvocate). At that time it was my favorite beer until now. Wasn't impressed. Hopefully in a few months when Jewbalation 18 is on the shelves it will be better. I feel like the 17% abv is a little overboard for beer, but hey, I'm no expert.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this cellared bottle at the Dusty Sheep in Lancaster, enjoyed in a tulip chilled.

The color is brown almost black with thin tan head with fine bead and little spots of lace collect. The smell is strong with booze and light roasted aroma with subtle dark cocoa and slight brown sugar with earthy woody nose. The feel has an intense booziness with medium high carbonation and light roasted with dry finish and slight thick feel with mild bitter aspect in the finish.

The taste has intensity in every way with light brown maltiness in a roast quality with slight piney hop and some strong alcohol mid palate with light spice and some hop flavor mid palate which brings pepper and the malt continues into the finish with a rich roasted and light raisin flavor with alcohol in the residual taste. Overall a better taste than feel and aroma therefore I enjoyed it as a good strong ale with nice herbal hop in the finish.

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Photo of philbe311
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly more than a fingers worth of late to develop audibly fizzy medium brown colored crisp frothiness... Decent retention... The head turns richer and creamier as it settles a bit... Once fully settled there is a mostly fully thin veil of lacing and thin to moderate collar... Aubergine in color... Limited carbonation which is micro-sized an quite sluggish and can only be seen towards the top of the glass... A rich, deep and complex aroma... Dark fruit... Grape juice... Brown sugar... A light layer of hopiness lingers beneath the surface... A hint of molasses... Given the high 17% ABV, there is no booziness detected on the nose... The bouquet is spot on for the style... Dark fruit... Raisins... Dates... Cherries... Plums... Brown sugar... Light hints of vanilla and molasses... There is a subtle red wine tannin character through out... Thick... Viscous... Chewy... Surprisingly smooth... A light boozy burn on the deep finish... A sipper for sure... Much more well rounded and sophisticated than I had expected... No disrespect to He'brew, but any time you combine 17 different hop and 17 different malt varieties, the potential exists for a hot mess, but He'brew pulls this one of exquisitely... This one ends up being a rock solid and world class American (Very) Strong Ale... Shalom...

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple last year. Loved it and finally getting around to the 2nd.
look: Very dark crimson. Huge mocha head on the pour, for such a big beer.
smell: Decadent dark fruit and caramel.
taste: More of the same. Just delicious, and rich.
overall: Guess i'm the minority in thinking this is an elite brew. Not sure if that means my palate sucks or the opposite :) In any case, loving this. The booze is there but well hidden for 17%. Kudos.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Have had this in the cellar for the past year, and didn't have the patience to let it sit any longer.

Pours with a surprising 1F of brown head over the thick, black body ... some mahogany on the edges.

Aromas are full of black strap molasses, lots of oak, tree bark, and some hops in the background.

Mouthfeel is of course very sticky, but with an impressive level of carbonation for this high ABV crusher. Flavors are dominated by charred wood (but different from Rauchbier), dark unsweetened chocolate, oak, molasses, and pumpernickel. Still pretty hot, but that's to be expected.

My goodness, this goes down slow. Probably a good thing.

Simply incredible what they did with this beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as part of the 2013 Holiday gift pack. 17 malts, 17 hops, 17% ABV.

Brewed with 2-row, spelt, vienna, munich, rye, wheat, einkorn, emmer, chocolate, crystal rye, dark crystal, roasted barley, roasted wheat, flaked oats, caramunich 40, carapilsner and kiln amber.
Hopped with warrior, Columbus, Apollo, palisade, Golding, tettnang, ahtanum, cascade, Czech saaz, centennial, Chinook, santiam, simcoe, summit, Amarillo, citra, and crystal.

Pours out to an apparently clear near black with walnut highlights, forming a espresso crema head of medium tan with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is a little on the softer side, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose is of soy sauce, black walnut, dark molasses, chocolate syrup and fruity hops. The mouthfeel is syrupy, uber-dense, rich and oily. The taste is a recap of the aroma, however there is a pronounced woody note and more roast character than I picked up in the nose. The roast character is akin to that expected in a RIS, and it adds a moderate tartness to the mouthfeel (too much roasted malt and the tartness subtracts from the mouthfeel and drinkability for me). Brown sugar, pumpernickel crust, prune juice, dates and figs linger on the palette into the long aftertaste. Bitterness is moderate, enough to balance the huge malt bill nicely. The alcohol adds a peppery flourish to the finish, but is otherwise well hidden. Interesting cardamom note is barely perceptible. Very very subtle cardboard note but not enough to interfere or detract.

This is from the new Clifton park brewery and I'm happy to say, tastes just as good as all their other jewbelation beers. This beer is super-sturated and rich, demanding to be sipped over an hour. 1/2 bottle later and I'm feeling it. Yummy stuff.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, sweet, syrupy. This is some strong medicine. Splashed out 1/3 each for son-in-law, his dad and meself on Father's Day. Really packs a wallop. Very little head, but so many complex flavaz in there, smoky and lots of spice and fruit. Mouthfeel is great, like Robitussin with exactly the same effect.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, 2013 brewed

very dark brown, almost black in color with ruby highlights. thin khaki head that stays awhile. rich malty aroma, dark fruits, burnt sugar. similar in the taste, slightly sweet, also a bit earthy. fairly viscous, lower carbonation. coats the mouth.

overall - pretty damn smooth for a 17% abv beer. Hebrew does it again

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin film of brown foam that leaves slight lacing. Rich aroma of dark sweet caramel and toasted malt, vanilla, licorice, dark dried fruit, molasses, slight booziness. Flavor of molasses, sweet dark toasted malt, dark dried fruit, toffee with a rapidly developing hop and dry earthy bitterness, finishing with grassy hops and grain alcohol infused malt. Medium bodied with light carbonation. This starts out quite nicely, with a great complex aroma and initial taste, but falls apart in the end as the really substantial malt and flavor is defeated by the huge ABV. It is an interesting and satisfying strong ale, but shows the limits of pushing the proof boundaries. The base beer is nice, but one has to drink this very, very slowly and is left with a boozy after taste. I've enjoyed following this series from moderate ones through the latest incarnation; but wonder if Shmaltz can pull off the next few. They have done great and I hope for the best.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly pitch black in color with a small light tan head that eventually reduces to a small layer, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- lots of booze on the nose, some herbal hop notes, floral hop, sweet caramel malt, burnt brown sugar and toasted malt on the finish

T- big, sweet and boozy. Flavors are all over the place, picking up some floral and herbal hop, sweet caramel, brown sugar, booze and candied sugar

M- thick and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a sticky and chewy mouthfeel with a warm finish, lots of alcohol burn at the end

O- this one was a bit harsh, which was expected seeing how fresh it was. Some time in the cellar may mellow it out a bit, definitely one to share as drinking this on your own will put you on the floor

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Photo of teromous
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Black body with a light tan head. Fluffy and creamy looking head. Good lacing.

S: Alcohol with a complement of caramel, in that direct order. Nothing else that I can discern. I'd say it smalls okay. It's not uninviting, it's just telling me "expect caramel and a lot of alcohol" and leaving it at that.

T: Wow very crazy rich. It's like drinking molasses, coffee, chocolate syrup (the ice-cream kind), and dare I say it bourbon. I find it pretty hilarious that I don't find any of this on the label. Huge bourbon flavor. Medium roasted coffee. Lots of rich dark chocolate. Insane flavor profile here. It tastes like unfermented beer. It's worth buying just to experience this flavor bomb. Not balanced at all, just a huge explosion of flavors. When I think of people going off the charts, trying to expand the limitless boundaries of what we call "American Strong Ale," this is exactly what I think of. Admittetly I am very impressed. I wasn't sure what to expect from a label that boasts "17 Malts, 17 Hops, 17% ALC. By Vol." I honestly was ready for it to be a mess, but approached it open-minded. As the beer warms, it lends flavors of oak to the palate.

M: Very full bodied, slick, sticky, syrupy. It's pretty hard to drink considering how thick this beer is, but it's so worth drinking. Absolutely a sipper. It's hard to rate it, because I can tell that the modus operandi of this beer is to be big and bold. I can't rate it perfect because it is very thick and syrupy, but it is a crazy wonderful feeling beer.

O: Well...I picked up this beer on a whim. I was not expecting how good this thing would be. I don't know if this is just one of the best secrets in the beer world or if it was just an amazing batch. This is the first beer I've had like this from the Shmaltz Brewery, but I will definitely be looking closer at them in the future. This beer is legendary.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short dense dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing covering the surface, a patch of bubbles in the center, and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts, raisins, and toffee are present in the smell along with some hints of alcohol. The alcohol becomes much stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and also has some initial flavors of oak. Once the beer warms up, the taste of alcohol becomes a lot stronger and seems to overshadow the other flavors. Slight bits of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends some warming to the mouthfeel and makes your mouth tingle a little.
O: For such a strong beer, it manages to hide a decent portion of the alcohol, but only when the beer is cold (it definitely tastes strong, but nowhere near has the level where the alcohol is overwhelming and makes this undrinkable). The drinkability does deteriorate as the beer warms up and the alcohol become a lot more prominent.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one I stored in the wine chiller so it would be warmer and ready to drink like a proper ale.

This beer pours a rich deep black with a THICK tan to brown head that is more like a slice of bread in thickness than foam. The lacing doesn't exist because the head is so thick it pulls the foam down with it.

The nose is sweet malts, alcohol and hints of hops with notes of coriander, vanilla, fructose, and honey. The high alcohol content is there but surprisingly not a detractor from the nose.

The taste is rather complex with the dark roasted malts being dominant with hints of coffee and caramelized sugar. The beer is extremely fruity and sweet with the blend of 17 ops making their presence quickly known as well. One would expect that this beer would be somewhat off balanced, and have too many extremes due tot he incredibly large number of ingredients. The spiciness is an undertone that exists throughout that is slightly overburdened by the presence of the 17% alcohol. The sweetness is present int he beginning and the finish as well as being present when you lick your lips afterwards. The hops pop in the middle and are so complex I cannot distinguish them. Despite all of the allegedly distracting notes, excessive complexity and moonshine worthy alcohol content this beer is surprisingly subdued by the enormous amount of flavor.

The mouthfeel is very rich and heavy and coats the palate nicely.

Overall very drinkable and enjoyable but just too strong and heavy to be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a rich dark brown color with a dense cap of creamy brown head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is huge on the malts and alcohol. Tons of roast, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit and sweet simple syrup.

Whoa, this is sweet - diabeetus sweet. Malts are the main player with lots of molasses and cocoa powder flavors. Alcohol is big, hops are surprisingly lacking. Mouthfeel is unsurprisingly thick and syrupy. I am not a fan, I thought 16 was ok, but this one is all over the place...maybe a couple years in the cellar will smooth it out.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 316 ratings