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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)

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 170
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a short He'Brew tumbler.

Pours a very deep ruby with about a finger of tan head. Head slowly drops leaving a wisp of foam and some nice lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts, light nuts, toffee, no real hop aroma.

First sip is of a nut brown ale on steroids. Deep nutty flavor, light caramel and toffee notes. Some light chocolate malt flavors. Light bitterness from lightly roasted grains and hops. No particular hop flavor can be picked out. Not an aggressive bitterness, as would be typical in most "American" styles. Finish is mostly bitter (roasted grains and hops) and is slow to fade.

Mouthfeel is medium, slight resiny coating. Carbonation is good, with no carbonic bite or prickle. Barely there alcohol warmth.

Very drinkable, excellent example of the style. Not aggressive. Flavors and aromas are in balance. Hides the alcohol very well.

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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 claspada
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of coffee blended with chocolate-coated dark fruits. Some earthy hop character as well.

Taste and nose are extremely similar to Jewbelation 8. Really not discernible at all to be honest. Some roasted malts, molasses, a smidgen of chocolate with a sweet, dark fruitiness . Some underlying hop earthiness. Moderate bitterness.

Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy, finished less dry than Jewbelation 8. Overall this is a fine beer once again, nothing to write home about or that needs to be sought after. Hope these improve as the vertical sampling continues.

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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 edwardhenry
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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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 kaseydad
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second from the vertical gift set.

Snifter pour and I am met with a dark brown ale and a nice beige foamy head that slowly dissolves to a ring around the glass. The aroma has the presence of brown sugar, bitter chocolate and plums. The taste starts off sweet and then dishes out a little hop bite followed by a toffee/caramel finish. A slight bitter aftertaste is present but in no way distracting. Nice pretty full mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok though I could see this as a single 12 oz. consumption sitting. Good though and happy to have tried it.

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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 jera1350
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 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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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 IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the He'Brew Vertical Jewbelation set. Pours out a deep dark brown hue, loose creamy light beige head with long retention and sticky lacing.

Sweet toasty and caramel malt, some dry cocoa notes on the nose.

If only most browns were like this. Rich toasty malt up front with hints of chocolate and coffee, sweetens up a bit in the middle, with a dry toasty finish and light kisses of spicy hops.

Medium-full mouthfeel, somewhat smooth texture that becomes sticky in places, moderate carbonation but still a solid body.

A solid offering, would be great if He'Brew offered this on a regular basis. If you're into Brown Ales, or even Brown Porters, this one delivers the goods.

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

Dark brown pour, with a light brown head. No lacing.

Big woody, oak quality, with some nutty, brown sugar and a tinge of heat.

Sweet, woody, slight bitterness, some alcohol, leather. Somewhat dry, and warming.

Medium in body, low carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, though the warming alcohol could limit things.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a snifter glass. This is the 2010 re-created brew, part of the 2010 Jewbelation Holiday Gift Set.

Pours a deep mahogany with decent clarity, showcasing a smallish light tan head that falls away rather quickly to a thick bubbly ring, leaving behind some light splotching of lace on the walls of the glass.

The nose strikes almost as Barleywine-like -- in fact, at first whiff, I thought this may very well be a barleywine in style. Sweet malt notes in the forefront, caramel-like, followed by notes of dried fig and golden raisin. Not too much hop character going on in the aroma.

Medium-full in body with a more invigorating hit of carbonation than expected -- not too much, but it provides more to the feel than appearances would suggest. Sweet, caramel and toffee introduce themselves to the palate, with a touch of coffee grounds and toasted almond following through and mingling with fig, prune, and a little bit of dark chocolate. Hop bitterness shows up a little intensely in the middle, providing a touch of herbaceousness and a huge dryness before the finish, which is long and a tad roasty, with a hint of alcoholic warmth showing up near the end along with a bit of nut shell.

This a deceptively drinkable beer, and I'd like to attribute it to the dryness near the end and the uplifting carbonation. When sipping more slowly, the sweetness and complexity really shine through, but I'd wager that at lower temperatures and consumed in larger quaffs, this one would go down as smoothly as (pardon my regional bias) a Sweetwater Georgia Brown. And that's saying something because, as Sweetwater likes to put it, it's "Smoother than a Bill Clinton apology."

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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 siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip

A. Poured 1+ finger of head. Permanent collar of head. Not much lacing. Color is super dark brown/black.

S. Smell is roasted malt, has a nutty biscuity smell. Maybe a little chocolate smell. Not overly complex. A big malty smell going on with a little bit of alcohol aroma.

T. Taste is interesting. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Has a roasty malt flavor. Some dark fruit that provides some sweetness.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

D. Drinkability is good. Alcohol is hidden well. Don't know for sure about the style classification. Certainly doesnt taste like any Brown Ale I have had. I would say this is close to the same level as Jewbelation 8, but slightly better. On to Jewebelation 10.

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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 BigPlay1824
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the hebrew jewbilation vertical tasting glass

A: pours a very deep black with a slight amount of creamy brown head that disipates. Leaves a considerable amount of lacing

S: nice deep malt notes, slight woody scent

T: very smooth taste, nice maltiness, slight coffee notes are detectable

D/M: smooth on the pallet, drinks light, no alcohol bite is detected, drinks much lighter than it appears

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

Had this as part of the He'Brew Hanukkah 8-pack.

L: Pours a deep brown color with a medium sized but thick tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing down the glass as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of coffee, toffee, caramel, and some dark fruits.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, coffee, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, some chocolate mixed in as well.
M: Rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation, smooth, heavy bodied (but that's what happens when you let it sit this many years).
D: Very drinkable, I thought this was an awesome interpretation of a brown ale.

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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 alexgash
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Part of the re-release in 2010.

Dark cola body with ruby edges. Two fingers of thick, creamy, khaki head. Good lacing. Nose of dark fruits, powdered sugar, manuka honey, tropical fruits, and a little bit of cocoa.

Toasted, slightly roasted malt notes up front. Woody, mildly herbal bitterness follows. Sugary dark fruits fill in the palate, with notes of burnt sugar and milk chocolate. Finish shows some dark chocolate bitterness along with roasted coffee, and some carob. Slightly charred character throughout. Medium-bodied, with a slick feel that turns creamier. Not bad.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a deep almost opaque black that shows ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped with a thin diminishing head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of dried fruit and dark malts. The taste is dried fruits in front of dark malts and mild hops. The beer is slightly heavy with mild carbonation. This one was a bit of a let down.

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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 davesway10
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium Tulip. Really nice dark brown color, beautiful tan head. Taste some nice dark chocolates, molasses. I really enjoyed this beer and I'll seek out the jewbelation series again if I can find it. Looking forward to (10)

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Photo of Phelps
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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He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.
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