He'Brew Jewbelation 18
Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Barleywine - American
3.92 | pDev: 13.27%
Mar 09, 2020
Nov 10, 2014
Very Good
He'Brew Jewbelation 18He'Brew Jewbelation 18
Notes: Our 10th annual tribute to extreme beer: Jewbelation 18 was indeed brewed with 18 malts and 18 hops and finally dropped to a "sessionable" 12.4% abv so we can sell to all our states. This year's monster emerges as a big, big juicy dessert of a beer with rich sweet blasts of chocolate and mocha with layers of dark fruit notes of black cherry, date and fig. More like a port or sherry - hints of what might come from barrel aging - but this year just from the enormous amount of malt, piles of hops and the 8 weeks of fermentation and aging that brought our 18th anniversary creation to life. If your "sessions" include sharing precious ounces of huge beers with good friends and family, grab one now, save one for later, and enjoy!
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4.35 by GClarkage from California on Mar 09, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by darktronica from Indiana

Pours thick and syrupy, dark cola-brown with tiny bubbles clinging to the glass and erupting when swirled. Dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, anise, malty richness, and prune. Delightfully sludgy, and eminently boozy. Just as much boozy heat as it had when it was freshly released, and still with as much alcoholic character as the Jewbelation 17 that weighed in at 17%.

Sep 08, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Four year old, properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a fine, half finger light brown head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, dates, figs, a little plum and aged hops. Flavor is dark, lightly toasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, dates, figs, raisins, molasses, hints of cherry and plum. Light grassy, aged hops lightly in the malty, chocolatey finish. Excellent, medium body with moderate creaminess; soft silky mouth feel. Well, this one aged for longer than I anticipated and I wasn't sure what to expect, but it has aged very gracefully. I did not try it fresh, but liked the other annual incarnations. The hops have turned grassy and a bit tired, but are light enough to add a rustic note in the finish. The main taste is really chocolatey, which is enhanced by the creamy body; this is reminiscent of a foamed hot chocolate. There are fruit notes similar to port, lightly cherry and plum, but they meld nicely to the deep malt. I approached this with mild trepidation, but now I wish I had laid more of these away. Very nice and enjoyable and a cellaring success. The style is much closer to an American strong ale than a barleywine, in both depth of color and dark maltiness.

Jan 28, 2019
3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2018
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3.99 by gobuccos from Ohio on May 28, 2017
4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
2.91 by austincutler from Colorado on Apr 18, 2016
3.62 by brandonwnw from Washington on Feb 07, 2016
3.1 by BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by troyvar from Minnesota

Found this one sitting in the back of the beer fridge, no idea how long it's been there but time to let it out. Wow! Pours black as black, can't see a 5000K LED through it. Nice creamy off white head and the lace just sticks to the glass like it's supposed to be there. Smell is big, lots of malt, sweet with chocolate and coffee, fruit as well. Thick and creamy mouth, this is defiantly a desert to be shared.

Jan 22, 2016
3.6 by vma from California on Jan 18, 2016
3.56 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jan 10, 2016
3.83 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Dec 19, 2015
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4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

Really loved this out of the chute. Time to grab one from the cellar with a year on it.
look: Deep dark, nearly opaque brown. Full dark mocha head. Looks like liquid brownies.
smell: Chocolate port. Just decadent and inviting mocha, dark fruit and hints of booze.
taste: Liquid dessert. Like the nose, rich and decadent chocolate, and dark fruit.
overall: fantastic.

Dec 16, 2015
4 by sweemzander from Illinois on Nov 11, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

Poured a dark, dark copper color with a small, off-white head of foam. This beer blurs the lines between Barleywine, Stout and Quadrupel. There's chocolate, sweet toffee/malt, dried fruits and piney bitterness.

Nov 11, 2015
3.64 by warpig372 from Indiana on Nov 06, 2015
4.44 by bigleague from Michigan on Sep 20, 2015
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3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by CHickman from New York

Pours the darkest brown possible that looks black with a 2 finger thick foamy light brown head cascading up that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing and rings went down. A thick layer stayed on top and stuck around for a long time.

Smells of sweet dark fruit up front like cherries, plum, date, fig and chocolate dipped banana, followed by Hershey's chocolate syrup, toffee, molasses, cocoa powder, burnt coffee grinds, brown sugar, caramel, more dark fruit and a boozy sweetness like dark rum. The nose has none of the 18 hops listed on the bottle and is basically a giant sweet malt bomb that crosses over into cloyingly sweet. It smells good and complex to a degree, but it's so lopsided that it's nothing great to inhale.

Tastes just as sweet as it smells with the dark fruit leading the way front and center as the assault starts with cherries, fig, plum, date, grape and rotting pear, brown sugar, red wine like merlot, toffee, molasses, cocoa powder, syrup, coffee, caramel, and dark rum. The 12.4% ABV is well hidden, but it's so sweet I may need an insulin shot after this bottle. It's got some nice malty complexities, but the hops are non-existent and the sweetness is so overpowering that it's like a sugar drink mixed in a red wine with rotten fruit tossed in it.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick but the feel is very thick and almost like a syrup, with that level of sweetness. No carbonation in this viscous beer-soup, it's a lava type of booze that is very dense. Chewy does not describe how heavy this bad boy is. Overall this was too sweet, even for a slow sipper. Just too extreme in one direction, the malts could not pull off the sweetness alone and needed the complimentary hops or at least some spice bite to lessen the candy essence that just seemed like the fermentation turned this brew into a bag of sugar cane. This was like honey or a thick mead and missed the mark for me.

Cheers to 18 years Rabbi Cowan, the effort was appreciated.

Aug 26, 2015
4.2 by DruC4 from Michigan on Aug 11, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/26/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, chocolate, light coffee/nuttiness, raisin, plum, plum, cherry, fig, date, red wine, herbal, light pepper/pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, chocolate, light coffee/nuttiness, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, red wine, herbal, light pepper/pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, chocolate, light coffee, raisin, plum, fig, date, red wine, light pepper/pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic black barleywine style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Aug 08, 2015
3.88 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Jul 03, 2015
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4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by stortore from Illinois

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours almost black, no head to speak of, nor much lacing. Smells of malt, chocolate, red wine, a little mustard (?), touch of yeast. Not thinking I'm describing this well, but it smells great. Taste follows on the malt and chocolate. It's sweet, but not cloying to me. Might be to others. Getting some wine on the taste, as well. Full bodied, great aftertaste.

Wow, I love this beer, wish I had another to age a bit. I'm struggling to put the details of this beer into words, but it's really, really good. Try it, if you can still get one.

Jun 13, 2015
3.84 by Theniz from Indiana on May 30, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

Thoroughly enjoyed in a snifter----this beast of a barley wine pours a cloudy blackish brown with a moderate light tan head of foam that becomes a decent ring and nice oily/soapy lacing. Nose of chocolate, strong booze, dates, dark fruits of cherries and plums, grapes, and sherry. Flavors follow on the nose with dark chocolate and plum notes crashing into raisins and cherries. Sweet sherry dances with figs and dates settling with a moderate spicy hops character that is luscious and extravagant. A finisher to be certain, this barley wine boasts some serious heat and low carbonation that sizzles in the back giving it a lightly oily mouth feel that is slick and easy to sip. Finish is long on the malt department. Beefy, meaty, and bouncy. What a barley wine should taste like. Another great from a great brewery.


May 24, 2015
4.38 by dutesanch from California on Apr 11, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight roasted malt, strong alcohol, strong yeast, slight wood, dark citrus, and hops. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, strong sweet malt, slight roasted malt, dark citrus, hops, hint of coffee, yeast, and wood. Overall, great appearance, strong aroma, strong body, good blend, and a great feel.

Mar 28, 2015
3.78 by mousebeer from New Jersey on Mar 16, 2015
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4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Halfpump from New York

First sip was a surprise. Lot of things going on in this beer, pruny, carmally, lots of malty sweetness, and nice alcohol taste balance. Lots of nose, excellent smooth rich mouthfeel that you look for in a big beer like this. Overall, lots of layers of flavor. Definitely a memorable beer!

Mar 15, 2015
4.12 by Beer21 from Florida on Mar 10, 2015
3.88 by amvrana from Texas on Mar 08, 2015
3.87 by TheBishopco from Tennessee on Mar 05, 2015
4.07 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia on Mar 05, 2015
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3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer poured out of the bottle like motor oil and is jet black in color. It initially had a short dark tan head that left some small patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose—dates, figs, and grapes seem to stand out in particular—along with notes of boozy sweetness.
T: Like the smell, the beer is like a malt bomb bursting with flavors of chocolate, dates, figs, grapes, plums, port wine, and soy sauce. There is also a light to moderate amount of malty sweetness. No hop flavors or bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels full-bodied and very thick on the mouthfeel, coating the inside of your mouth. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer to sip and savor on a cold winter night as it has lots of different complexities. It is rather drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. The only thing that really makes this a sipping beer is its full body.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 26, 2015
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