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

He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9)He'Brew Jewbelation 5766 (9)
170 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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