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He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17)He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17)

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!!!

Added by TheBrewo on 11-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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 PorterLambic
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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 teromous
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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 whatthehull
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass

A - Dark sludgy dirty oil color. Pretty neat. half finger brown very dense head and some sugar lacing

S - malt-o-mania! Brown sugar, caramel, slight coffee note, banana, bourbon, vanilla, pine, vine ripened plum, coca, crazy hops going on, a bit of funk and just all around awesome! Bet this thing smelled great when brewing!

T - huge silky sweet booze not up front, plum, TONS of malts, a little toasty, tons of hops, pine, floral, fruity, molasses, cherry, coke, slight weed, bourbon vanilla, terrior, chard wood, milk chocolate, sweet Hawaiian bread, very yeasty and even the smell is dense.

M - HUGE full body, medium plus acidity, actually very nice balance, perfectly complex and the finish is amazing. SO many flavors colliding into a sweet, bitter, boozey awesomeness, funky yeast, cherry, coca cola, bit of weed oil,

D/O - Actually very drinkable. I mean, don't think I am grabbing a sixer (yes, I know they only come in 22oz) or hell even a 4 pack. But I found myself downing this thing. Lots of stuff going on, so much so, that it makes it perfect. A perfect storm of smells and flavors. Pretty neat. Need to pick up one to age.

Final thoughts - The price is huge $16 for a bottle. Pissed me off because Jewbelation used to be tasty and inexpensive. BUT, still worth it for sure. The 17% abv is nuts, hahaha.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.34/5  rDev +11%
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 DonDirkA
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a huge beer. The nose packs a pretty massive wallop. Chocolate, booze, intense roasted malts, coffee, grapefruit, pine, bready, smokey and a bit a char. It smells a lot like a malt forward black IPA.

The taste is much hoppier than the nose but its also much more of everything. It is what we call “a beast”. Chocolate, tangerine, orange, pine, grapefruit, burnt malts, booze, smoke and char, vanilla, toffee, caramel, oak, raisins, dates and a handful of raisins.

It reminds me a lot of Clown Shoes’ Blaecorn Unidragon, which is a big, bitter Russian Imperial Stout. Its a lot like a stout but its so bitter and hoppy that it leans toward a double black IPA. Its hard to classify. However, I am pleasantly surprised by the balance of flavors here. Throwing that many ingredients into a beer could lead to a train wreck but they toed the line and came out with a delicious masterpiece.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready, toasty, and fairly earthy aroma with hints of hops and dark fruit undertones. Dark roasted malts with bready hints of biscuit, toasted bread, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, toffee, coffee roast, grains, yeast, nuts, and some smoke. Sweet hints of molasses and burnt brown sugar. Earthy hops with hints of grass and pine. Also some citrus hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Dark fruit presence with hints of figs, raisin, dates, plum, and prune. Some alcohol scent is noticeable. Actually a more laid back and drier aroma than expected. Pretty good.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a dry, bready, roasty, and earthy mix of malts and hops with dark fruits. Dark roasted barley malts with notes of biscuit, burnt toast, dark chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, nuts, and smoke. Some notes of sweet molasses and brown sugar. Big hop presence with earthy and herbal notes of grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and orange. Dark fruit undertones with notes of raisin, fig, dates, prune, and plum. Some alcohol heat is tasted. A pretty good taste that is actually nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and somewhat oily. Alcohol heat is definitely felt but its much smoother than 17% would suggest. Impressive balanced dryness considering the big amount of ingredients.

Overall:A pretty good massive strong ale. Huge mix of malts and hops but it is nicely refined and avoids becoming a sweet mess. Surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 3F Teku glass.

A- Pours a deep brown, muddy body with a decent 2 finger light chocolate head that reduces slowly to leave blotchy lacing.

S- Lots going on here, smells very complex. Sweet caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee, slight booze, candied sugar.

T- Starts off with tons of sweet malt notes that really follow the nose - caramel, toffee, dark fruits, light coffee and chocolate notes.. the finish is roasty and slightly charred.

M- Thick, rich body, low carbonation.

This exceeded my expectations.. a very well crafted beer. Remind me of a heavy version of a Quad. Would never guess it was 17%

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark , brown, basically opaque. Looks stout-like. No head, really, and no lacing.

Smells boozy, with tons of burnt/caramelized brown sugar and molasses.

Tastes great- the aforementioned caramelized brown sugar, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, burning alcohol, and some musty, tea-like hops. Some dark fruits are present as well, plums mainly.

Full and creamy mouthfeel. Very present alcohol keeps the drinkability down a bit. Essentially no carbonation.

17% ABV here- 17 malts and 17 hops used. This is an extreme beer, and tastes like it. It ultimately works, but I can bet that this beer will really benefit from aging, up to 5, maybe even 10 years. Some time down will really mellow out the alcohol and bring the sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors even more to the forefront.

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Photo of philbe311
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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 jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Bready, plums. Figs & a bit of booze as this warms up

T: Follows the nose, a touch of pumpernickel & booze up front, plus dryness, some carob & molasses as well. Molasses, carob, plums, prunes & booze heat as this warms & a touch of charred grain as well. Finishes fruity, dry, with charred grain & molasses, plus some boozeyness

MF: Chewy as all get out, warming, slight carbonation

This is complex & not easily drank in one go by yourself. Still hides some of its heft fairly well. Not always a huge fan of these anny offerings from these guys, but this one delivers. I bet this one will drink great for years if not decades...

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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 AtrumAnimus
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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 LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Axnjxn
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a shmaltz glass.

dark brown pour , big beige head. smell is big on raisins and figs. taste is much like a Belgian strong .. dark fruits..figs, raisins, ABV absolutely undectable on the palate. but you can feel it in your stomach. big body of course but easy drinking for 17% . recommended.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Modest starting head that settles to rim bubbles. Little lace--just some spots. The liquid is deep brown where light shines through on the edge of the glass.

Interesting aroma of slightly darker malts (despite the very dark color, there's no burnt smells). Light hop given that there are 17 different varieties.

Extremely rich beer (with a low-ish carbonation). Soft start but it does become a flavor bomb quickly. The malt is complex without any particular style being dominant. Like the smell, taste wise it is closer to light toast with no burnt elements. There's a potent alcohol warmth throughout the tasting. Good hop presence. In a word, balanced. it is extreme on the body and the alcohol.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body, almost black, with two finger head and lace patches all over. A slightly boozy malt driven aroma with touches of bread, sweetness thanks to chocolate and possibly toffee and some dark fruits (your requisite figs and plums reference). I can see where this beer is not for everyone because while not overpowering the booze is noticeable and plays a part in this beer. I occasionally love sipping on a good whiskey or scotch (they are different) and this beer reminded me of that, just "nursing" it and enjoying little packets of sweet flavor in every sip (I must say I eventually finished the bomber, on my own, and the alcohol doesn't gain more prominence as beer warms but the sweet malts do, although after the bomber I was done for the night). This beer is thick, at times sticky, passes over easy w/o burn and has a slightly hoppy bitter finish that balances a rather sweet beer, complete with chocolate, caramel, syrup, toffee, bread, and dark fruits malt notes so it's a rather complex sweetness. Even get a little vanilla bourbonesque twang near the end of the bomber (or my buzz was stronger than expected). This is one I enjoyed and would recommend to anyone who likes to take chances on stronger, boozy beers with a sweet edge.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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 artoolemomo
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up about half a finger's worth of head which has some retention. The head is a dark beige/mocha while the body is an opaque dark chocolate body. Some lacing extends from the surface of the beer but I do not expect this beer to leave much lacing. It does leave considerable lacing.

Nose- Lots of presence with most of that presence coming from the bold caramel of the aroma. Vanilla and toffee with hints of coconut. A little bit of bubblegum with other candy like notes. The nose is very sweet and portends a very sweet beer. Reminds me a lot of a barleywine. Shows none of the 17 percent. Coconut starts to assert itself over the caramel. This beer has a lot of promise. Some butterscotch.

Taste- Definite caramel that moves into burnt caramel with definite coconut and some vanilla and toffee. Very reflective of the nose except there's a bunch of alcohol (Who woulda thunk it?) However, it's quite tame for 17 percent. Some woodiness (mostly oak) on the finish but it really can't compete with alcohol. The oak works well with the vanilla and slight toasted notes that occupy the front of the flavor profile. Some raisins are tucked in the background but like almost all of the other notes, this gets sent packing because of the high heat. But do not think that the high heat is a negative because it isn't. It may inhibit some of the complexity of the profile but it itself is not obtrusive. Some bumblegum and slight candy. As I wrote before, not much of a departure from the nose. The strong woodiness gives it a bitterness that suggests coffee and roasted notes. Some leather and a little bit of astringency from the alcohol. Nevertheless, this is very well rounded for such a high gravity beer. I would really like to see what aging would do for it and because of that, I think I will be purchasing another of these beers. Good to very good.

Mouthfeel- Almost heavy. Lots of syrup to the texture but a good amount of carbonation helps cut that.

Drinkability- It's a little scary. Great integration and balance. I should not be drinking a bomber alone. Seems deserving of its 12 buck price tag if only for the fact that it kicks every wine's ass in regard to alcohol content. Plus it tastes good.

Overall- Is it an Imperial Barleywine or a Imperial Wee Heavy? The last one seems more accurate but it has elements of both. Definitely worth a try. I haven't had the last two efforts but I don't know how they are going to keep uping the ante. I will certainly buy more of this. It is fine fresh and seems worthy of aging.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
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