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

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

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

Pours a murky dark brown. Has a wisp of head.
Smells of dark malts, woody hops, dark fruits. Brown sugar, molasses and nuts in the taste. A bit of roast, cocoa, black licorice, nuts and coffee. Mildly bitter, finishes more sugary sweet. Medium bodied , solid feel with even carbonation. Overall, this is a good strong brown ale, a bit sweet, but I can dig it.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, murky brown with a tiny off-white head that disappears immediately. Scent is pretty "meh..," not too much going on. Some nice malty aromas, but that's about it. I'm guessing the sweet booze and other aromas have faded away over the last four years. Taste has a bit more going on. Dark malt flavors with some vanilla and dark fruits. Light chocolate with some grain and cherry flavors. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, but a bit watery. Drinkability is fairly high for 9%. You don't get much of the booze...just a little on the back of the tongue as the beer warms. Overall, it's a decent beer. I think this one would have been much better fresh.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle as part of the 8-15th anniversary box set for $30. Has been cellared in the closed box for a year since I bought it. 9 year anniversary beer brewed with 9 different grains (2-row, dark crystal, chocolate, victory, munich, carapils, wheat, oatmeal and rye), 9 different hops (warrior, northern brewer, mt. hood, centennial, cascade, vanguard, tettnang, czech saaz, and willamette) and 9% abv.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a tightly beaded, very creamy light tan head (like good cappuccino foam). Excellent head retention and solid thick sticky sheets of lace, moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is redolent of prunes, figs, raisins, spicy hops that have mellowed a bit, rum, carob, a little touch of bourbon, and subtle black walnut. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic due to the hops, with a chewy but not syrupy mouthfeel. Cleanly fermented, no off-flavors, even at this age. The taste is a recap of the aroma with a pleasant medium bitterness, in perfect balance with the malts, and some mild dark roasted malt flavor. Reminds me of a strongly hopped baltic porter, but not as roasted or astringent as a robust porter or American stout. Finish of black cherries, leather, mild pipe tobacco and cola. Compared to the 8, this has a little more green spiciness and +~10 IBU's from the hops, a touch more cola in the aftertaste, a subtle but noticeably different grain husk note and I prefer the more substantial mouthfeel that this offers.

An excellent beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sweemzander
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 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 LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 1/2011 notes.Bottle from the 2011 Holiday Gift Pack.Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a very dark red brown amber. Thin head and light lacing. Light malt aroma. Taste is mild dark malts, some nut flavors, faint chocolate and coffee. Everything is very low key. What flavor there is, is very pleasant. Would have scored higher with a bit more aggressive flavors. A good, but not remarkable brown ale

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out a little bit darker than I expected it too. The smell of the beer was pretty nice, lots of malts and hops on the nose, well balanced aroma from what I could tell. The taste of the beer was good to start off and as it warmed up I fel that it got a little bit better actually. The mouthfeel of the beer was heavy, and kind of on the thick side. Some carbonation in there to liven it up. Overall I though that it was a decent brew all together.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The next in my Jewbelation reviews since they re-released the entire series last year, this for the end of Channukah.

Pour looks thicker as it runs down the side of the glass, with a nice creamy 1 finger head rising up and fading fairly slowly with lots of soapy lacing, over dark murky pond water brown color with the slightest hints of burnt brown sugar brown colored light coming through.

I can smell the nose from a foot + away after the pour, loads of chocolate come wafting out, more like fruity chocolate, the candy bars my grandmother used to give me that has raisin and black cherry in it. A touch of cocoa, and more dark fruits, raisin, fig, etc. Then syrupy additions, caramel and molasses, touch of nougat and even vanilla. Lots of malts, mostly brown toasty malts. Very complex nose. A hint of booze as well. As it warms, lots more dark chocolate coming out and a bit more dark fruit.

Taste starts rich and complex as well. Lets see, starts with dark malts, crystal malts, bit of chocolate malt, reddish malts, and some other dark malts but no roasty malts or bitter scorched malts. Then syrups as well, plenty of caramel, molasses, nougat again, little coffee syrup. More chocolate as well, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, little milk chocolate, vanilla, and again candy bar chocolate with caramel, nougat, raisin, etc. Again dark fruits as well, little raisin and and fig, etc. A hint of bitterness comes through with a hint of warming booze, to help balance out the whole thing as it has a bit of sweetness. Finish gets a little more bitter, bit more cocoa and dark fruits, lots more caramel and fairly dry.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, dry finish but a little sticky, hint of warming booze, good carb.

Overall nice, great flavors, nice malts, syrup flavors, fruits, chocolates, etc. Drinkable with a hint of booze, but a little sticky finish. Little sweetness but dries nicely. Definitely tasty beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very rich creamy mouthfeel. I wonder if they had to give it a dose of nitrogen for this latter-day bottling. Deep, dark flavors with a hint of licorice. Some burnt malt and browned biscuits. Flavors end with a nice hoppy burr. It does seem like the malt sugars have faded to a hint of dishwater. Thinner and drier than I would like for all the complex flavors. Toffee nose. Some dark caramel and toasted almond flavors.

A very drinkable and interesting beer that seems to defy categorization. I liked one comment about this being somewhere between a porter and a doppelweizen. Or is is more of a Scotch ale?

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

Really dark brown, no head, no lace.

Raisins, slight nutty cocoa aroma. Pedro Ximenez sherry again!

I swear to god that this is bitter, carbonated sherry. Not that its a bad thing, just not what I was expecting.

Fairly light bodied for the flavors and abv. Medium carb.

Despite what it says in the review, I like this quite a bit. Kinda like a light RIS or dark English barleywine with some age on it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, as part of the re-release box set.

appears very dark brown, with cream colored head that fades to a thin covering. aroma has loads of sweetness. like brown sugar.

taste is full of rich malt flavor, but enough balance with a touch of hops. roasted nuts, sugar, vanilla. medium to full bodied. smooth, nice mouthfeel.

overall, a nice big brown ale.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle from last year's gift set.

a - opened and filled my cbs snifter. poured a deep rich shiny brown with a thin light brown head. the brew settled much darker in the glass, none-the-less, quite attractive.

s - nutmeg. grape. brown sugar. malts. sweet just right. smells pretty great for a brown ale. much more complex than you normally smell, fruity, but well proportioned.

t - much like the nose, nutmeg, grape, brown sugar, a wonderful dark fruit medley and then it hits ya. BAM 9 percent. no way to hide all that booze in this brown ale.

m - definitely leaves a tingle. pretty full bodied for the style, but not syrupy.

o - overall, a great brown ale...more like an american strong? that being said...this is a cross between the two. as a fan of american strong, i dig it...a bit boozy (even at this age!!!), but not classic brown...more complex.

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

A: Pours a dark translucent brown, with a pretty large amount of dense tan head. Most of the head disappears quickly, but a some patches retain, and leave sticky walls of lacing.

S: Thick sweet toffee along with strong roasted malts.

T: Sweet, and again thick and dense. Toffee leading into a toasted bitter note. Finish is a bit dry.

M: Very full bodied, with medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty good, not outstanding. I'd have it again, but wouldn't seek it out. It's a solid beer and high alcohol enough that with another year it might be a bit more interesting.

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Photo of J0E
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #37 American Brown ale on the best of lists on beeradvocate.com. Also served in a Hebrew vertical glass because I can and you would if you could.

Beer is brown, dark, clear, thin lazy head of off white / tan bubbles, some lacing but low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with some alcohol, way less than the 11.

Beer is medium in body and malt sweet on the front with a mildly dry and somewhat bitter and liquor finish on the back. Not as much alcohol as the 11 but still has the bite. I don't think I'd have ti again but it is fine as a 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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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9)

Appearance: dark brown, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, spices, and roasted malts.

Taste: roasted malts and some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a nice almost-earthy roasted brew. The flavors are very nicely balanced.

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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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Photo of Retsinis
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as in the Holiday Gift pack as a Birthday gift. Already had the 8 a few weeks back, time for the 9.

A: The beer pours a deep dark brown, with ruby red hue highlights. A nice off white half inch head slowly rose, and pretty much stuck around the whole time I was sipping on it. Good lacing on the glass as well.

S: Black cherry, coconut, dates, licorice, and some herbal hops, and caramel.

T: Mostly mirrors the nose, but it's an odd concoction of rye type flavor malts, and herbal hops. The flavor that stands out the most for me is like this mint, or medicinal note in this. Reminds me of a mild Nyquil. Alochol is well hidden, but comes through a bit, though not in a distracting way.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky, with a mild crispness. Although bit thin for a brown ale.

O: A good sipper, I liked it, but it was unlike any brown ale I've ever had. Hard to classify something with 9 malts & 9 hops, other than a balanced blend of a beer. I like it better than 8, but not nearly as much as 14 & 13. (which I've already had in bombers, though still have in this set)

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive nitro looking head on this one. Dark brown molasses color in the body

Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, roasted malts, some residual sweetness

Flavors of overdone molasses, roasted malts, caramel, brown raisin, a bit of coffee and toffee. Hop presence is mild of english fuggle or other english hops.

Very thick mouthfeel and a mild light carbonation leaving a relatively chewy experience which far overreached my expectations for this brew. A fine brown ale it is. Similar in flavors to Indian Brown Ale but noticeably more body in here.

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

2010 re-release as part of the Vertical Jewbelation set.

A: This poured a clear, dark ruby with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy prune and raisin and cocoa powder, with a little molasses and orange.
T: It tasted like floral hops and molasses and cocoa powder, with orange and raisin. It had a bittersweet aftertaste that was a little dry.
M: It was fairly thick with a little carbonation. Nice.
D: This was another solid brew, a lot like Jewbelation 8 but not as good of a scent. The taste wasn't as dry either, which I preferred. Very easy to drink, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (from the vertical pack) poured into a snifter on 03/14/2011.
Pours black- colorless black, topped with a creamy off-white head. Dissipates quickly but leaves decent lacing. Nose is filled with caramel, brown sugar, sweet with a touch of honey, and gobs of dark fruit. The taste does not disappoint- raisin/fig, chocolate/vanilla swirl, and a bit of earthiness. Full bodied, light/medium carbonation, great mouthfeel. A very tasty brew indeed! Aged well- seek this out.

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Photo of SirRuss
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Prologue - "American Brown Ale"... really??? Surely the closest classification anyone can reach for this little compilation has got to be an American Strong Ale. Regardless...

A - Relentless dakness. The dense red hue in the 8 is all-but-gone, and the malty brown head is one lick thicker. Retention remains respectable, and the lacing causes no complaints either.

S - Fig, toffee, and clotted cream fudge all dominate an enticing aroma. Burnt caramel and fresh coffee bean play in the background as a slight jalapeno spice wafts within the medley.

T - This brew has an enticing element of rogue about it. It defies all standard expectations on the forepalate in that it offers..well...absolutely nothing.

Yet as a rogue, this brew knows that it can defy initial expectations and still redeem itself with an unctuous, smooth talking, high rolling midpalate - and that is exactly how this maverick operates as every ounce of aromatic potential transitions into an oral reality. Toffee and coffee wear the pants, while milky chocolate and fruity notes flourish in a satisfying undercurrent of decadent complexity. Bitterness derives from roasted malts drowning-out spluttering hops, and that jalapeno spice plays perfectly with a wayward alcoholic heat that seems more charming than lamentable.

M - Think sweet popping coffee candy... but dry. This brew has pretty much every aspect covered, and in such precise proportions that the culminating components create an awesome synergy. Credit is owed largely to the carbonation, which lifts the sweetness, exacerbates the dryness, and keeps the whole profile from overwhelming mortal senses,

O - This is by no means the weightiest jewbelation out there, but it exhibits the balance-checked intense complexity that is the signature move that separates them from the rest of the crowd.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - dark brown ale with a small tan head that resolves with little to no lacing; some ruby around the edges

S - grassy hops mixed with some roasted notes and a hint of coffee

T - slight initial bitterness evolves quickly into bit roasty and coffee malt tinged with molasses; the molasses stays around for a while

M - surprisingly light with a hint of warmth, lots of carbonation at the tip of the tongue that resolves quickly

D - moderately smooth going down, but the bitterness and molasses would likely hamper too many in one night

Decent ale; a bit heavier and significantly more roasted malt qualities than the 8

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color; almost no light. poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention dissipating to a skim. Laced n wavy rings.

S: Nutty malt. Prunes and raisins. Bitter chocolate and alcohol.

T: Much like the nose. Dark fruits and phenols come through prominently. Malt comes through really big in the taste. Clean and warming in the finish for a big beer.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry and warm in the finish.

D: Complex and flavorful. The ABV is evident but not overbearing.

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