He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn (17) | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
311
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
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7
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61
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Photo of darktronica
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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 dental
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 lochef81
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hazen
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of austincutler
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDHopster
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHODriver
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Vylo
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MShloss
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tjmiller718
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of TheHopsman
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rden4654
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBucks
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +0.3%
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 moodyxc9
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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