Jewbelation 20 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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4.06/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Samlover55 on 10-27-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
10
Ratings:
25
pDev:
7.39%
 
 
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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This had to be one of the most disappointing Hebrew/Shmaltz anniversary ales ever... no depth whatsoever, just malty booziness and that is about it. I got bored after about one-quart of the bottle and went for something else. At least it wasn't expensive...

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter----This BIG ALE pours a rugged
deep dark cola brown with a moderate head of off white foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin wispy pool, and sports light lacing. Nose of booze, sweet
brown sugar malts, some date and fig notes, toasted malt notes, cherries,
and light anise notes. Flavors hit it out of the park with a clash of flavors that
vary widely with warmth---brandy and cherry notes swim with date and herbal
hops with notes of dark brown sugars and tobacco mixing with warming booze
and a sublimely balanced hop note that is balanced with herbal and light bitter notes
playing off of the malt. Excellent mouth feel; medium full juicy body, smooth as
a brew of this heft could possibly be like silk, and warming with a medium hop and
sweet malt finish. Overall this is the biggest beast of a great brew I have come across
with this many ingredients that is balanced and not a mangled mess. Worth trying.

Excellent work Shmaltz----and thanks for the Schtick!

Cheers

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Photo of jaydoc
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TBoneJones
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark pour into a stout glass, and the head is fairly nice, fair lacing as well. Rich near-black body.
Smell is a strong blend of dark malt and dark fruits.
Taste is a robust strong ale with rich roasted malt notes and hop bitterness with all the hops used (10 of each apparently, hops and malts). Not overly sweet, but a sippable malt beverage of high strength and fine flavor this is.
Feels medium-rich with medium carbonation; a little bit sticky on the palate.
While nothing sticks out in a grand fashion with this big brew, the various malts, to me, are somewhat tasty throughout as this warms. And yes there's burn at the end, since we are talking a beer north of 16 abv.

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Photo of Sak3
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jewbelation 19

Look: Very deep brown that nears a black hue in the body while maintaining a brown edge to it, The head is an off white that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Coffee and loads of it. Without many other notes of anything detected here.

Taste: Seems to be almost entirely toffee and caramel.

Feeling: The high alcohol made the feeling remain an interesting drink throughout the entire drink. It was a very worth while feeling with the loads of excitement in the high content of it.

Overall: A very tasty drink that is worth to hold onto for a good occasion.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle for about 10 bucks tax included from the Beermuda.

A - Wow actually surprised to see some head just a 1/4 inch of mocha tinted foam that slowly settles to a small lace ring. It may be dark but their are some ruby hues to the bottom of the glass.
S - Boozy but not overly so with strong woody tones and sweet malts.
T+M - Surprisingly kind of balanced and boring. ABV is well masked with just a warming feeling to the finish and sweet malts to hops are so well in play all I could taste is slight anise and maybe some oak. Maybe some molasses? Touch of tobacco? Sipping this like a normal beer could get you in trouble.

Overall for what I paid its good wish I could say its stellar like West-fied but for the ABV its actually pretty palatable.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjrider
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown beer with a medium head. Very strong taste. Not exactly hoppy but like it was brewed with some hard liquor. took awhile to drink this beer. This is a "Big Boy" beerr

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Photo of runeatdrink
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MeIquiades
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber, this brew is a dark, thick beer with a dense tan head. The aroma is serious alcohol and malt. Strong aromas and flavors. Lots of spice and booze-soaked ripe fruit. The taste is mildly sweet, bitter, and very warming. Alcohol dominates the flavor, although there is some malt and peppery spice as well. Full in body. Wow.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/21/2016. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, toffee, toasted biscuit, molasses, cocoa, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, date, herbal, wood, pepper, and tobacco; with lighter notes of dark chocolate, coffee, anise, smoke, char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/roasted malts, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Very mild booze in the aromas as it warms. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, toffee, toasted biscuit, molasses, cocoa, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, date, herbal, wood, pepper, and tobacco; with lighter notes of dark chocolate, coffee, anise, smoke, char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, toffee, toasted biscuit, molasses, cocoa, dark fruits, herbal, wood, pepper, tobacco, light coffee/smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roasted malts, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/hop bitter/sweet balance; with zero cloying, acrid, or astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/char bitterness, increasing though the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a small increasing warmth, with very mild booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic American strong ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roasted malts, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. Very rich and complex; never feels out of balance, despite all of the different hop/malt additions. A highly enjoyable offering. Really superb for only being 7 months old at the ABV. Would be interested in cellaring another. Outstanding price for the bomber vs ABV ratio.

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Photo of zeff80
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some amber tinting, akin to a burnt caramel. Tastes like a high-powered old ale, with a strong malt backbone, good bitter hop character, and some cherry fruit and muscovado sugar notes to balance it out. As the beer warms, more flavors emerge, largely other stonefruits and varieties of sugar, most notably plum and blackstrap molasses.The nose is fairly muted and muddled, however, which is a bit of a mystery to me after so many years enjoying this annual release.

I always enjoy Shmaltz's Jewbelation anniversary beers for their adventuresome spirit at blending so many different ingredients; at 10 malts and 10 hops, this is one of their tamer efforts from recent years. Jewbelation is always complex and interesting, even when the ultimate result is unbalanced or not entirely coherent. Weighing in at 16.8% ABV, this rivals their booziest release (Jewbelation 17, which was appropriately 17%).

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Celtics76
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mschrei
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is caramel, malts and mild vinous/scotch. The flavor is caramel, scotch, malts/dark bread, dark fruit/vinous and a mix of slight tartness and warming alcohol in the finish.

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Jewbelation 20 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 25 ratings