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 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 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 brentk56
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a nice tawny head; plenty of lacing

Smell: Some roasted malt and bitter aromatics; a bit understated

Taste: Strong chocolate, dark fruit and coffee flavors; starts out wirh daek chocolate and then, mid-palate, a significant bitterness emerges and lasts through to the finish with a tobacco aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An intriguing concoction with elements of a double stout, a doppelbock and a brown

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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of HeBrew Jewbelation Vertical Pack - $25.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a medium-small, thought sustained, light ecru-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of suspiciously burnt bread crusts dunked in morningtime coffee and blended with chocolate-coated dark fruits, chopped nuts, spices (a bit like aniseed and allspice), and discarded wood shavings.

Taste: Roasty grains, charred toasted, molasses, a smidgen of chocolate with a sweet, deep, satisfying dulce de leche taste. Fruitiness of everyday raisins mixed with golden raisins with a slight vinous character. Underlying woodiness. Thin drizzle of almond syrup. Zested citrus fruits and a little pine resin. Moderate bitterness. Earthy spiciness, a bit of bitterness, and noted alcohol warmth on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamyish, inviting mouthfeel.

Drinkability: As with Eighth (8th), a tasty treat and, I must say, a wonderful gift from a brewer to dust off and revive some old, seemingly forgotten brews.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-dipped roasted pecan with dark cherry highlights when backlit. The caramel nougat cap is a monster that is currently filling more than half the glass after a vigorous pour. As it slooowly deflates, barely broken sheets of lace stick with authority. This is a great looking brown ale.

It's obvious from the nose that this is big beer. On a good note, it smells like a roasted malt barleywine. On a not-so-good note, alcohol is too prominent. I still like it. It's chocolate malty and immensely powerful. Just don't go looking for complexity because it's about subtle as a sledgehammer.

I had some concerns that after more than a year in the bottle, Jewbelation 9 had peaked and was on the downhill side. It's impossible to know for sure since I didn't taste it fresh, but at the moment it's delicious beer that tastes like its best days are yet to come. Frankly, it could use a little more time for the alcohol to fade into the background.

I've never understood the thinking behind dumping so many types of malt and so many varieties of hops into your beer... except as a gimmick. There's no way that each one adds something of value or brewers would do it all the time. For the record: Pale, Dark Crystal, Chocolate, Victory, Munich, Carapils, Wheat, Oatmeal, Rye... (breath)... Warrior, Northern Brewer, Mt. Hood, Cascade, Centennial, Vanguard, Tettnang, Willamette and Saaz.

The flavor profile doesn't quite jibe with American brown ale, despite the obvious chocolate malt flavors. I'd call it an American strong ale. Let's see... chocolate liqueur, dark rum, creme de cacao and fire-roasted hazelnuts. Please note that the first three are some variety of alcohol. This sucker drinks like it's 12.0% at least.

Amazingly enough, an impressive amount of hop bitterness is still present. Considerably less hop flavor has survived; assuming that much was present to begin with. I'd like to be able to say that I can appreciate some characteristics of some members of the hop bill... but I'd be lying. The bitterness is cumulative and easily stands up to all the malt sugars. Yep, this beer has a few good years on it yet.

The mouthfeel has a lot to recommend it. However, I'm not tempted to grant the next highest score because it's neither velvety smooth nor caramel chewy. Close, but no cigar. The carbonation is on its best behavior and, therefore, is just what was required.

I had no idea that He'Brew Jewbelation 9 was retired or that Jewbelation 10 has already been released. Looks like I'd better pay closer attention to what's in my cellar. No worries though. As noted above, this beer is good now and has a chance to be even better in another twelve months. L'Chaim!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/06/10 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA as part of "The Chosen Bar" Jewbelation takeover.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of toffee, roasted malts, caramel, and dark fruits.

t - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel malts, light oak, and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, super smooth and creamy body. Great mouthfeel.

d - A decent brown ale. I did not like this one as much as Jewbelation 10, but moreso than 12 (the other 2 Jewbelation brown ales). Would try again.

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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 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 feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, ....thanks to Brad the Beerguy for the gift!

Dark brown body, fully opaque, lush cocoa head standing tall above...

Sweetness in the nose, nuts, cocoa, hints of maple and espresso...invigorating and inviting, reminiscent of both brown ales and porters, ...very nice, I like it a lot.

Down the hatch: rich and malty, lovley dark flavors rushing to greet the palate, chocolate and caramel, whispers of coffee and carob, ...judicious lacing of hops hovering on top of the flavor. Alcoholic strength creeps to the fore assiduously, but never overshadows the flavor, in fact keeps perfect step.

Full bodied, strong and long dark, rich, malti-licious finish. Dangitidang, I like this one.

While I enjoy the rest of the bottle, some of the important appearances of the number 9 in Jewish history, courtesy of Jeremy Cowan, as found on the side of the label: "Adam Sandler was born on 9/9. Danielle Stelle has 9 children and writes a book every 9 months. Gene Simmons moved to Brooklyn at age 9. Robert Downey Jr.'s father gave him a joint at age 9. Jack Roy struggled 9 years at comedy before changing his name to Rodney Dangerfield." And so on, and so forth, including some facts actually having to do with religion.


Closer to end of the bottle....I still really like it. Highly recommended.

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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 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 Gavage
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep burgandy in color with a 3" tan colored head. The head lasts a while. Nice lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: roasted malts and ripe fruits.

Taste: thick roasted malts, prunes, raisins, licorice, hints of dark bitter chocolate, and a bit of nuttiness. Hints of earthiness along with some decent bitterness. Dry.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth and lightly syrupy throughout, along with some dryness. The flavors linger long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: decent, but this could grow tiring after a while for the tastebuds.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a robust roasted malt scent along with a slight chocolate malt sweetness. The taste is good as well. It has a killer roasted malt flavor; very dry and earthy. There is a touch of caramel/chocolate malt sweetness, but it's faint at best. It goes down smooth and easy with little alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very good brown ale. It's smooth with excellent roasted character; a good, slow drinker.

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

Pours initially with a light brown, frothy, three finger thick head that sits atop a deep brown, almost black colored beer. The aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and chocolate notes. In fact the chocolate is probably the dominant aromatic note in this beer. The aroma is actually pretty nice, and I have not done it justice in describing it; it sort of reminds me of chocolate cake with a dusting of spiciness.

The taste is sweet and fairly full on the palate. Up front there are notes of raisins, sweet plums and a smattering of figs. This quickly moves to the finish which is a nice mix of chocolate flavors and a bit of roasted character. The roast notes remind me of coffee, and chocolate malt, though there is a significant amount of caramelized malt notes here which keep this brew fairly chewy and a bit sweet. This beer is definitely focused on the malt side of the spectrum. It does hit quite a few different malt notes, which keeps it interesting (from the dominant sweet chocolate, to the caramel and toffee notes, through to the hints of coffee).

This is definitely tasty, at times though I can't quite help but think that it is fairly simplistic, but on the other hand something like a good Scotch Ale is all about the simple malt notes. In the end this beer is really quite enjoyable, and definitely a fitting addition to the holiday rotation of beers.

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip jan2 2011

A dark brown with some cola at the edges with a thick thumbs width of head that has great retention and leaves some unorganized patches of lace

S dark toffee and molasses with some faint chocolate

T a little nutty, chocolate comes out a little more and some faint coffee on top of what I smell

M good carbonation and a little sticky on the lips, not too heavy but far from thin

D pretty good for 9% the booze is well hidden

decent beer and the last in my vertical pack, I drank them in a pretty random order but it was fun well it lasted

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer a little more than one year ago when it came out and saved two bottles for aging. This is teh first bottle. Aged almsot exactly one year after buying.

Appearance- Head was solid after a few minutes, but receded to a ring after that. Strong and deep nutty brown hue with little highlights to speek of when holding it to the light.

Smell- Lots of lightly yeasty nuts an caramel underneath a blanket of deep roasted and toasted malts.

Taste- Starts with a sharp nutty caramel with some hints of butterscotch and figs. Then some medium roasted coffee hits the middle mixed with the hoppy bitterness of this Jew Brew.

Mouthfeel- preety smooth. Not as bitter as it was a year ago, ut mellowed and became a little more complex . Glad I gave it a shot.

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He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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