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

Poured from a big brown bomber into my waiting pint glass. This beer is an elegant brown that shines red in direct light. Nice off-white head that starts big and fades to half-a-finger and then hangs out like that for the duration. Pretty.

Smells Like: 9 Malts and 9 Hops? I smell the 9% alcohol. Ooh! I should swirl my glass. Ahh, there we go. Currants and darker fruit like plum and nectarine are apparent. Some dark chocolate, too. Pretty damn good.

Taste: I'm still waiting for those 9 hops, but alcohol and dark Special B raisin notes dominate up front. Really, that's the taste. Still, very pleasing. Some breadyness and some toast. Wonderful warming aftertaste. Bitteness really shines through once this sucker warms. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Just about exactly what you would want in a winter warmer. Supposedly "9" is an American Brown Ale, but there is just way too much booze for that to be true. Nicely attenuated and quite dry with tons of residual malt sweetness. Good.

Overalll: I really like this beer. Not sure where it fits styleisticaly and you know what? It doesn't matter. You got cold nights? Then you want the warming bang! of He'Brew's 9. Quite nice.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: Poured a very solid brown with a toffee colored head. The lacing covered the glass throughout consumption.

Smell: This beer has a lot going on. There is a strong malty prescence balanced by spicy hoppyness. The beer has good sugary fruity complex that I cannot totally identify; however, I like this beers smell.

Taste: Waves of malty goodness supporting great hoppy mixture of spicyness. As with the smell, there is a lot of fruityness I cant identify. I just like the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied and gets better throughout consumption. My wife bought this for me as a gag gift; however, I think this is really a good beer.

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

An interesting beer/style....

Appearance was dark brown/orange. Very cloudy, nearly opaque. Vigorous little bubbles in the pour made a 3/4" head that quickly became a slight ring around the top. Lots of lacing with very fine bubbles.

Nose: Earthy, maybe grass/barnyard. Tons of malt. The alcohol is present in the nose. Almost Belgian nose.

Taste: Curious. Very sweet, lots of malt. Caramel. The 9% ABV seems to show up in the finish, but it is hidden for most of the taste. Not sure what to make of this, especially if I am supposed to think American Brown Ale....

Mouthfeel: Very thick. Coats the palette.

Drinkability: Not sure... The 9% ABV is well hidden. I'm sure I could drink several of these, and probably will. I think it will take a couple more to decide how much I really like this. Certainly something different to try.

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

The second brown ale I've had recently that qualifies as a double brown ale (Dogfish Head's Indian Brown ale being the other).
Another big beer with impressive characteristics.
Pours like a porter or a stout and smells almost Belgian. Definately overlappig in styles... instead of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, this would be an American Strong Dark ale?
Very smooth and quite tasty. Definately beyond the common brown ale.
Smokey, coffee, carmelized goodness all around.
This is an anniversary beer that a brewery can be proud of.

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Photo of scooter231
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark dark. Just shy of opaque. Big beautiful creamy tan head. Brown ale you say? Hmmm...
Nose is malty and sweet, with a hint of red wine near the end. A bit unbalanced, but inviting nonetheless. Taste is quite nice- coffee and sweetness, slightly winey, with a big burst of dark fruits near the end, followed by a dash of bitterness and breadyness to round the whole thing out. Flavorful, but slightly unbalanced yet again- don't get me wrong, I like it, but there's just something sliiiightly off...
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and thins out near the end to an almost watery texture. VERY drinkable- 9%? Never would have guessed. Very warming. And I ask, once more- brown ale? I do not think so...

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

American brown ale... this is a bit of a misnomer in my opinion. When I poured my first glass I was thinking barley wine, but when I got through the rest of the bottle it was all imperial stout.
This is a hugely complex brew.
Pours a deep dark brown, this is so close to black... but not quite. Head is small, but makes a nice light tan. Aroma is all about the malt, very rich, dark roasted caramel. Tastes of chocolate and caramel, roasted, coffee, toffee, dark fruits, malted milk, well rounded dark flavors. Medium to full on the palate, just a little bit sticky, warms as it goes down. Nice brew, I am still confused that this is considered to be a brown ale.

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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 67cuda
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby red color, with a really large brown head that never goes completely away.. Very nice! Very good smell, caramel, sweet, chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste is sweet, with caramel and chocolate, and a bit of bitterness as well, no hint of how high the ABV is in the taste; quite nice! Great mouthfeel, its smooth and velvety, with just the right amount of carbonation.. excellent.. I'm still surprised at how well this beer hides the alcohol content in the delicious flavors that overwhelmed my mouth. I'd say this is quite drinkable, despite the high ABV. Definetly a beer to at least try.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Interesting, yet hard to read due to the small letters, paragraph on the side of the label about the number 9. I'm currently listening to the Beatles Revolution Number Nine as I review...just for shits and giggles.

Deep, dark brown, almost black with one finger plus of tan that shows decent retention and has good stickyness.

"Rise! Rise! Riiissee!"

The nose is roasty with some walnut aromas, chocolate and bitter hops come in as well. Smells close to a porter, but I like it.

"Take this brother, may it serve you well."

The roasted malts pass quickly giving way to the nuts and a growing hop bitterness. Dry finish with just a bit of alcohol warmth on the exhale. Nice!

"If...you become naked."

The mouth is a tad thin, but this is a smooth one and in light of all its merits, very drinkable.

"Number Nine. Number Nine. Number Nine..."

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My second imperial brown. My second beer from He'brew. My second beer tonight. As much of a coincidence as this beer states itself as.

Appearance: Dark maroon body, almost opaque. Small tan head, leaves a nice creamy layer on top of the beer that is pretty long lasting.

Smell: Roasted malt and alcohol, very mellow and subdued for the abv of this one. Some nuttiness present, somewhat appealing.

Taste: Alcohol and roasted malt make up backbone of this beer, Slightly sweet, but not too much, slightly smokey and chocolatey, also. The hops and chocolate make this one finish very similarly to a stout would.

Mouthfeel: Defintitley thinner than a stout, but still well carbonated, and a great, interesting sipper.

Drinkability: Awesome versus the pseudo/neu style of double brown ales. I have only had tommyknockers, and this blows that one away. Very interesting, worht a try.

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Photo of Gusler
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After it’s de-capping, the beer pours a deep rich brown with a portly tan head that is semi-creamy in texture, the lace for a thick and sticky blanket to surround the glass. Nose is rich in malt, sweet, nutlike, hints of caramel, a real mouth watering nose; start is sweet and rich in grain and the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is pleasingly acidic, the hops stinging in their spiciness, nice dry aftertaste, with a hint of alcohol at the very end, yummy brown ale to be sure and well worth a sample.

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Photo of battlekow
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jewbelation 5766 pours a ruby/garnet/other BA-approved synonym for red-tinged dark brown. It seems like the last twenty or so beers I've had have been mostly headless, or at least lacking that big, beautiful fluffy head. Jewbelation 5766 does not; it has a giant, soapy tan crown that never completely disintegrates, providing excellent lacing. Huzzah, a vaguely Jewish sounding interjection! Smells malty and slightly roasty. Good but rather dull. Taste is all malty sweetness upfront, like a brown ale, but expands to feature chocolate and both roasted bitterness and hoppy bittering in the finish; these characteristics, along with the 9% ABV, to me mean that Jewbelation 5766 should probably be an porter, not a brown. Succulent, velvety mouthfeel thanks to the carbonation. Quite drinkable given the alcohol content. Again, I think Shmaltz is dooming a quality beer to gimmick status with the name.

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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 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 Sephiroth
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I released this into my tulip. It is a deep, ruby, dark brown. The nose is slightly metallic on the first pour, The second is better, with slight chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste is hoppy. Piney bitterness dominates, but the coffee, chocolate, toffee, and caramel malt are all there too. This beer is young for sure.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with small (bubbles), lively carbonation. I will purchase more of these, as they are only $3.99 at the local store.

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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 JohnnyDuvel
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As was the case with their 8, this beer is suprisingly thin and mild tasting for a high (9%) abv offering. Somewhere between a porter and a doppelbock, well balanced and inoffensive. Pours a dark hue, with a foamy head. Good start, but just doesn't deliver much in the way of flavor. Some dark fruit notes are there, but any good porter or doppel would best this one in a taste test. Not a bad beer by any means, but there are so many better brews readily available.

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