He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9) | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9)He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9)

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 128
Reviews by GeoffFromSJ:
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really wasn't expecting this beer to be this good. Let's be honest. He'brew just sounds like a gimmick. But they seem to have fun with their identity and not take themselves seriously. You have to like that.

Pours black with a thick head. Not black as night though. Red is peaking through. Good head and lace. Chocolate malt and boozy smell, which is typical for higher alcohol brews. Taste mainly has that boozy taste. I think I'm noticing some hops. If I had more discrete points, I would give the taste a 4.25.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle, w/o the assistance of freshness dating. Pours very dark, very porter like in appearance. Dark tan head, dissolving to an almost tiny bubble film and leaving pleanitful lacing. Nose is of cocoa, caramel and burnt caramel. This is a very flavorful and full bodied uber Brown ale. Lots of sweet caramel, cafe au lait and roasty notes. Long finish, warming and clinging to the tongue and teeth. Yummy. Best brew I've had from He'brew. Well worth trying this tasty fall/winter ale.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm...a brown ale at 9%? Bring it...
Dark chocolate in color with a finger of tan head...what fades leaves behind a spat of lacing.
Was not expecting such a dark brew, but I guess with nine malts, its tough to avoid.
Chocolaty malt up front with a hint of heat...molasses, brown sugar, powdered cocoa.
The taste is where this strong brew scores big...this ain't your typical brown ale. Semi-sweet chocolate with more molasses, vanilla and some floral hop to bitter it up just a smidge.
The alcohol is there too, but masked much better than I've experienced with their other big beers.
Mouthfeel is above medium-bodied and the carbonation is spot on...goes down too easy slightly chilled.
My favorite He'brew offering to date.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. This beer was not as complex as I hoped it would be. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with not too much else going on. The flavor is more of the same, with some sweetness from the chocolate and some medium to heavily roasted malt. The alcohol also begins to creep in, but it is not as in your face as it is in some of the other Jewbelation beers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unusually good beer. Pours dark reddish brown, almost opaque, with a medium brown head. Aroma is hops and coffee. The flavor is a big mixture of tastes; hops, malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Problem is that the beer is completely unbalanced. Unique, but will probably not get again.

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Photo of ADR
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with clear character and reddish chestnut highlights. Nice puffy head, rocky and rises to almost an inch and sticks around. Nice thick globs of lace stick on the pint glass. Slightly fruity aroma, cherry, and sharp ginger spiciness and heat. Lower carbonation, mouthfeel is a bit too light. A bit of candied fruit to the flavor, a little ragged alcohol that doesn't come off well with the thin body. Fair amount of bitterness in this one and it comes on fairly strong mid mouth to the finish. I can't say this one is a favorite but I sometimes think there is something more to Shmaltz Brewing than the novelty appeal, some of the beers are interesting. This one is nice looking.

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

Appears a dark ruby brown caramel hue, forms a big cocoa tan head leaves chunks of even lacing all around my chalice. Aroma has plum, raisin, and a touch of apple with warming alcohol and hints of molasses and dark chocolate finishing with a flowery herbal hop bouqet bottle states 9 hop and 9 malt varieties, nice. Taste has a creamy alcohol soaked fruit edge bittering hops are upfront cocoa powder herbal leafiness bitter dark roasts touch of tart apple and raisin very nice and complex offering from Shmaltz. Mouthfeel Medium bodied smooth carbonation creamy textured goes down nicely. Drinkability best offering yet from Shmaltz very big lucious flavor that still remains drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Porter Beer Bar during a pub crawl event for the brewery.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of equal parts smooth roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate. Also present are hints of leafy and slight citrus hops. Also present and more prevalent as the beer warms are hints of cocoa powder.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate. The chocolate flavors lose some complexity midway through the sip and turn more toward cocoa powder. Finally, slight leafy hop flavors make a brief appearance near the end of the sip before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer didn't seem to fit into any traditional style but it did have more of an identity than the 8. Nothing special but still worth a shot.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - more label re-use, I see...

This beer pours a very dark cola colour, with barely discernible clarity, and two fingers of dense soapy beige head, which leaves a paint job of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of some surprisingly mild caramel and bread malts, and equally tame leafy, earthy hops. The taste fairly big caramel/toffee malt, some nutty breadiness, soft baker's chocolate, bitter coffee grounds, and leafy, edgy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body decently weighty, smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes sweet, yes, but with nice drying counterpoint - some nondescript hops, and the long-awaited appearance of a slight booze astringency.

For a 9% ABV monster, this is one well-behaved ogre. Nice full brown ale flavours, with an expertly hidden strength. Yikes.

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Photo of emsroth
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Definitely more brown than #8 with a lighter color, but equally voluminous head.

Smell: A heavy dose of dark chocolate dominates the nose. A bit of candied fruit in the back.

Taste: Similar to # 8 but much smoother and less bitter. The malt bill seems to fall a bit flat with little flavor. A touch of spice from the rye, however. Finishes with dominantly citrusy bitterness.

Again, seemingly thin mouthfeel for something this strong. I guess I like my full-bodied beers.

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Photo of cokes
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deepened, clear ruby-brown that apes utter blackness in most lighting conditions. A proud buttery brown head reside atop.
Scented lightly of cocoa powder and pumpernickel, with tracers of black cherry and dark rum. On the whole, the olifactory experience is dilute.
Into the mouth, it's multigrain with special nods towards the aforementioned pumpernickel and rye with its spiced bready edge. From here, it drifts towards coffee and chocolate, never really reaching either but certain in its suggestions. A vague smokiness materialized roughly midway, with a suggestion somewhere between peat and Bamburg. Henceforth it gathers itself into a convincing imitation of peanut butter and (grape) jelly. A few lingering tendrils of smoke and general roastedness tag along toward the non-explicit, bland pinecone and dried herb hop closure towing a sharp but evaporating astringency.
A weird brew, texture-wise. It enters with heft and nearly excess girth but thins dramatically by the time it reaches halfway across the tongue. At the swallow, it seems nearly thinnish. Alcohol is a non-entity.
For a "big-beer" this succeeds more in drinkablity that speciality. On the whole, it isn't bad....but it isn't memorable either.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison. A gimmicky anniversary brew by a gimmicky brewery...sign me up.

Pours an almost opaque dark brown/black with a finger of caramel khaki head that melts quickly. Smell is bitter, roasted barley malt and mild choco/coffee. Taste is straightforward caramel/roasted, bready malts, a dash of bitter coffee and a hint of metalic alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. This is the definition of an imperial brown ale. Neither outstanding or offensive in any way. It gave me a buzz, it was flavorful enough. Try it, or don't. Either way.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear. Very deep brown - almost black. Minimal dark mahogany accents peek out from the base of the glass. Frothy and then creamy medium-tan head. Pretty good retention. A fair amount of thin lacing - some rings, some patches.
S: Dark malt. Licorice and dull chocolate. Some tropical fruit in the background, namely coconut and papaya.
T: An interesting beer. Thin in the mouth but fully flavored. Fruity, chocolatey, with a hint of licorice. Alcohol is present but not aggressive. Are the hops lending a minty edge that combines with the dark malt to give the impression of anise, or is there something going on with rye malt? There's an almost balanced teeter-totter of dark malt vs. spicy. Firm bitterness. Finishes dry, chocolatey, slightly minty/spicy, a touch acidic (from the dark malt), and with a splash of alcohol.
M: Medium bodied. Gently crisp and then a touch creamy. Seems kind of thin overall.
D: A pretty decent American brown ale. At first the strength is pretty well-cloaked, but towards the end of the glass it shows. There's a solid flavor as well, but it seems kind of undefined, neither here nor there. Mostly balanced. I enjoyed my first one, but not so much my second.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a short yet dense khaki colored head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of brown bread, some caramel and toffee. Perhaps some brown sugar notes as well. Nothing great, just malty.

The taste is of a smooth brown bread malt, some toast, light powdery cocoa, and a shot of buttery caramel. I pick up some grassy hops in the end.

Moderate to well bodied with semi-soft carbonation. The beer actually has a nice smooth feel to it. It is sweet on the palate but not overly so. A trace of hop bitterness in the end. Perhaps a touch of alcohol in the finish.

A very malty brown ale. It could use some more flavor for the high abv bill. Not a huge fan of the buttery caramel flavor.

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Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick rich big brown ale. Large brown head with good retention and decent lacing. Clear but very dark, like a glass of Coke syrup.

Smell is sweet with malt and toffee. Burnt sugar and a hint of butterscotch as well. Alcohol hides in there adding kick to the scotch part. Firm hop florals and a spiciness breaks up the sweetness.

Taste is a very big brown ale. Coffee and charcoal wrapped around a toffee and burnt sugar core. Dark fruitiness , plum and figs cocoa undercurrent. The comlpexity of the malt backbone is impressive. A puckeringly dry finish recalls a dry red wine and features the hops and a lingering graham cracker sweetness and a light caramel. It also showcases the heat. The alcohol drys your mouth like isopropyl before a shot in the arm. Feel is full and tingly with a richness that is immensely satisfying.

Drinkability is quite good for the weight and abv. Definitely a sipper but you will enjoy this one as you respect it. One to seek out if you can find it.

Big thanks to hrking for this

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Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass. From the Vertical Jewbelation gift pack.

A: It pours a dark mahogany color with a finger and a half of tan head that has decent retention and above-average lacing.

S: Heavily nutty, brown sugar, caramel, ripe and sweet dark fruits, and toffee.

T: Hazelnut, sweet plums and dates, brown sugar, some biscuit, caramel, mild roastiness, and some hoppiness similar to that of English Brown Ales.

M: It is rather creamy with a medium-thick body and a flavor-lingering finish.

D: This is a very flavorful brown ale that is quite drinkable and the ABV tastes and feels more like 6% than the listed 9%.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 9 different malts and hops.

A: Poured a deep dark black cherry color with thick tan head.

S: On the nose was dried fruit (cherries) with a hint of smokiness and dried citrus.

T: The flavor yielded a sweet burnt caramel and fresh cherries for flavor as well raisins. Malty texture with heavy body and a nice earthy hop aroma. Some alcohol when it warms, and chocolate hints as well.

M: The mouthful was medium full, smooth and creamy and very nice. Drinkability was nice, a good drink none the less. Very good.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 22 oz bottle poured into the Chimay goblet. The ale is chilled.

Appearance: The ale pours deep and dark. When held to light, little changes in the color. The ale poured with a decent head (1 finger's worth).

Smell: There is a light hop aroma in the nose. Outside of that, nothing special jumps out.

Taste: The hops get you in the taste. They make themselves known immediately. After the hop kick, a strong malt taste hits the tongue and lingers well after the beer has been swallowed.

Mouthfeel: The hops and malts are very well balanced and give a pleasant sweetness to the ale.

Drinkability: Give this ale a shot, the hop and malt characters blend well and the ABV is not too overpowering.

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Photo of jsh420
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours dark brown with a 1/2 finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smell was faint but i picked up roasted malt some dark fruit

taste - for 9 hops i do not get much - just malts sweet caramel bitter chocolate coffee dark fruit nutty flavors - decent

mouthfeel - medium/full body little sticky with good carbonation

drinkability is so so - flavors got old after the first 6oz's and i struggled with last of it - glad it was not a bomber

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Photo of Jredner
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sharp black licorice and roasted malt aroma. Dark brown to black with a HUGE mocha head that is both bubbly and creamy. Almost tastes like a thin Imperial Stout. Very concentrated roasted/burnt flavors in the fore followed by sweet black licorice and anise in the middle and finish. Notes of chocolate appear as well, but they are muted. Has a very nice flavor walk from fore to finish and I’m pretty impressed

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Photo of pfknapp
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bomber of this last night and I was muchly impressed. It appeared out of the bottle thick and dark brown, almost opaque, but not black. A nice layer of head that lasted and lasted. It really was a beaut. The smell was wonderful, very chocolatey. I picked up some caramel and roast quality along with the faintest wisp of hops. The taste was much of the same. Very chocolatey smooth, with some sweetness countered very nicely with the roastiness,hoppiness and some alcohol following it all down. Overall it gave the perception of being balanced, even though I knew it was very malty. The mouthfeel was also outstanding. It was so creamy that it reminded me of a nitro pour, Moderate carbonation kept it perfectly light on the tounge, but still let you feel the body of the brew. All in all it was excellent. I only knocked it slightly on drinkability because the alcohol came through enough to feel it and it was so creamy that I couldn't session it. Otherwise it was beautiful.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with some reddish notes. Relatively, large puffy tan head.
Aroma has some dark fruits, spicy yeast notes and a hint of medicinal alcohol.
Flavor has some caramel covered fruitiness and some alchololic pop followed by some continually increasing bitterness with no real flavors.
Mouthfeel is moderate with a good malty base but the alcohol takes a little too much of the forefront on the tongue and diminishes this a bit.
Drinkability is above average but not really memorable. Exceeded expectations but just didn't have enough going on to be solid.

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4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour epuals a even 50/50 split, half head, half body. Body is black which is very dark for a brown ale. Head is a thick light mocha brown that stays a long while.

Nose is a deep penetrating electric malt dance. Smokey and sweet.

At first sip you get the chocolatey sweet smokey malt feel. This is big and chewy. Dark fruits round out the palate. Warms the belly well. Ever so soft bitter nibble on the finish. Very bold but smooth and well balanced.

A lovely beer that is hard to classify regardless of what they call it. You could drink a few of these (with caution).

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He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 170 ratings