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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of kennyo
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark Ruby red color with tan, soapy head, a lot of belgian lace. Aroma is black cherry, smoke, alcohol.Taste is fruity, alcohol and dry chalky finish. For a 9% beer there does not seem to be enough malt in the flavor.

The label is hilarious and is probably the best part of this whole drinking experience

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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 UA8
2.92/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Jewbelation Pack

Pours a dark brown brown body with a tallish dense foam brown head.

Hardly any scent to speak of. Maybe a very subtle hint of some caramel malt and a touch of yeast.

Some roasted malt notes, touch of smoke, and a bit of yeasty spice.

Moderate levels of carbonation, mouthfeel is much less harsh on the 9 vs the 8. Overall pretty smooth.

Well the 9 is much better than the 8 but that's just pretty much saying that the 9 is drinkable. A fairly boring beer for an anniversary beer. not sure why he'brew thought that they would do what amount to 2-3 "brown" ales in a row when they are doing beers 8%+ not sure I've ever heard someone go "Wow that's an incredible imperial brown." I'm hoping that the lack of imagination and low quality of these early beers is just reflective of the fact that they were a younger brewery at that point.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of trep
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very dark brown, almost black in the glass. Mocha colored head with a little bit of carbonation. A nice looking brew. Smells rich and malty with a little alcohol sting. Some chocolate and a little bit of hops.

As predicted, very rich and nutty with a solid hop presence. Hops are actually maybe too bitter for the style. Malt profile isn't enough to make up for it though. Overall its a very big beer for the style.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability gets low marks due to the overly bitter hops without the malt backbone to keep it balanced.

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3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being Jewish I've had He'brew a good amount, it's a big hit at the family parties, and its not a bad beer. I saw this beer and had to get it. Its brown/black in apperance, head is off white. It has a sweet smell. Starts sweet and gets bitter. It is smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of cbl2
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$4.99 22 oz. 9.00% No best by date.


Pours almost pitch black with 2 inches of creamy tan-brown foam. Very dark for a brown, with ridiculous head retention. Takes forever to settle.


Sweet roasted malts with overtones of chocolate and coffee. More reminiscent of a porter than an American Brown.


Sickly sweet with mochacino flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, alcohol is nicely masked, though this one is too sweet by far.

I've always avoided He'Brew because it seemed too gimmicky, and perhaps their anniversary is not the place to start, but it seems completely off-style, and too sweet, even though it's not bad.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on tap at the P.O.P.E. in South Philadelphia

the beer looks great: dark and smooth, very little little carbonation.

Faint scent, but the alcohol comes through here.

Honestly, the alcohol in this brew overwhelmed the flavor. I got a grapey flavor that reminded me of a wine or cognac, with some sugary sweetness in the middle and a lot of bitterness at the end. However, the beer began to taste and smell much better as it warmed up, and as I got to the bottom half of the glass. I'm inclined to believe they should have served this at a warmer temperature, or that I should have ordered another beer while I waited for this one to warm up.

This is a sipping beer: take it nice and slow, let it warm up.

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3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My foray into He'Brew's anniversary ales continues with the second iteration, this one brewed with nine malt and hop varieties. This is the re-brewed version included in this year's variety pack (along with handy instructions for making your own manorah!).

Looks: a clearish mahogany that coalesces into inky blackness. It's capped with a head the color of grated ginger that's about a finger thick, densely packed and sticky, leaving lots of jagged lacing as it recedes.

Smells: like raisins. Lots of deep flavors of the dried fruit meld with prunes, cinnamon, a very light toastiness and a bit of cocoa. Yeasty and pretty damn sweet.

Tastes: boozy. Like the nose, the flavor begins with lightly sweet raisins and prunes but quickly cedes to flavors of bitter charred toast and a tiny bit of chocolate. The finish is oddly drying and brings notes of dark rum and bottom-shelf vodka.

Feels: like a cloud. The medium body is pillow-soft and velvet-smooth, accentuated by a medium-light, prickly carbonation. I'd call this feel perfect if not for the alcohol, which is noticeable everywhere: liquor-like flavors, fumes in my nose, warmth in my chest. This one drinks bigger than its nine percent.

Drinks: like too much of a good thing. I'm a bit dismayed with what's happening as these beers increase in ingredients: not much more complexity or flavor, but a LOT more booze. Hopefully number 10 will break the cycle.

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3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown. Similar to the others in the series. A small but quickly dissipating head even when poured aggressively into a snifter.
S: Sweet brown sugar and molasses. Some raisin/ dark fruit as well as a big malty bread presence.
T: Very similar to the nose with a bit of drying alcohol. Much less noticeable alcohol than the 10 and 12, but its still there and warming. A little bit of bitter chocolate comes through as well as the sweet fruits that were apparent in the smell.
M: Medium bodied. Not as sticky as I expected from the smell.
O: It's a good beer, but for a "big" brown ale, I'll take a Palo Santo over this any day. Still a well done beer.

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3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from the 2011 Holiday pack

(A)- Pours a very dark brown; almost black color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A good raisin dark fruits with rich malts for a smell profile.

(T)- Grainy malts with lots of raisin; straightforward.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a solid balance. Good raisin bits in there.

(O)- A solid porter. I definitely liked this better than the 8, even though that was in a different style.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 22 oz. bomber, this beer poured out deep chestnut brown in color that bordered on black. The head was light brown to beige and formed to decent two finger thick size, considering the strength, before slowly dissipating. The smell was woody, nutty, burnt, and little too alcohol laden. The taste was sweet toffee, with a herb like hopping, and a strong alcohol presence. A little sourness ands some soy sauce also crept in, until a hot and hoppy aftertaste wiped it all away. Not a highly complex beer, and felt lacking in body considering the amount of alcohol present.

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Photo of bucko
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a dark brown with minimal tan head. The aroma is hoppy and vineous, almost port-like. The flavor is strong... malty, slightly alcoholic and not unlike a barley wine in some respects. Hints of smoke and charcoal. Interesting, but not exciting to me. Good, perhaps not excellent. Mouthfeel is nice and heavy as to be expected. Overall an interesting beer, perhaps not something I'd personally get excited about, but I can definitely see the draw.

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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 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 Schmittymack
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into the tasting glass that came with the giftpack. Poured a pretty dark brown with very little head. A little bit of lacing did stick around on the inside of the glass, however. On the nose, I got malt, some cherry, licorice, and a bit of caramel. Taste was not really what I was expecting: malt goodness, smooth, with a bit of caramel. Alcohol well hidden; the finish was a tad disapointing, however; something like a sweeter and thinner cough syrup/medicine? Not bad but I like the Vertical mucho better.

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3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vertical gift pack.

Darkest of brown in color with a thinner tan head that produces some subtle lacing.

Faint caramel nose.

Lightly roasty with caramel, toffee and burnt sugar notes. Nothing outrageous, but tasty.

Smooth and lightly creamy. The body is a bit thin.

A nice brew, but nothing real special. It does drink well, but I would expect more for an anniversary beer.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Overall a little intense for what it is.

Appearance was dark brown, carbonation was brown as well but dissipated quickly.

Aroma was of dark fruit, dates, figs, etc with some hops in there as well.

Flavor was also intensely dark fruit but the alcohol was a little too present for me, making this more like a strong dark belgian than a strong brown.

Not my favorite beer from this brewer but I do lover the way they are always innovating styles.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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