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)

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Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Porter Beer Bar during a pub crawl event for the brewery.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of equal parts smooth roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate. Also present are hints of leafy and slight citrus hops. Also present and more prevalent as the beer warms are hints of cocoa powder.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate. The chocolate flavors lose some complexity midway through the sip and turn more toward cocoa powder. Finally, slight leafy hop flavors make a brief appearance near the end of the sip before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer didn't seem to fit into any traditional style but it did have more of an identity than the 8. Nothing special but still worth a shot.

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

Part of the recently released gift pack, this one pours a rich, inviting, dark brown color, dark garnet around the edges, with a pick, fluffy light brown head. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, dark malt, berries. On the palate, slightly thick, lightly carbed, with flavors of black cherry, earthy hops and chocolate.

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

Shmaltz Brewing Company--He'Brew The Chosen Beer--Jewbelation 5766--Celebrating 9 Years Of Delicious Beer And Delicious Shtick--Limited Release 2005 22 oz. Bottle. 9.00% ABV. 50 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale? Mild Head. Clear amber brown color. Malty mild hop front. Rich smooth toffee chocolate biscuit complex body. Clean mild hop end. Sampled 3/8/2006. Still have two buried in the fridge.

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Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick rich big brown ale. Large brown head with good retention and decent lacing. Clear but very dark, like a glass of Coke syrup.

Smell is sweet with malt and toffee. Burnt sugar and a hint of butterscotch as well. Alcohol hides in there adding kick to the scotch part. Firm hop florals and a spiciness breaks up the sweetness.

Taste is a very big brown ale. Coffee and charcoal wrapped around a toffee and burnt sugar core. Dark fruitiness , plum and figs cocoa undercurrent. The comlpexity of the malt backbone is impressive. A puckeringly dry finish recalls a dry red wine and features the hops and a lingering graham cracker sweetness and a light caramel. It also showcases the heat. The alcohol drys your mouth like isopropyl before a shot in the arm. Feel is full and tingly with a richness that is immensely satisfying.

Drinkability is quite good for the weight and abv. Definitely a sipper but you will enjoy this one as you respect it. One to seek out if you can find it.

Big thanks to hrking for this

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Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unusually good beer. Pours dark reddish brown, almost opaque, with a medium brown head. Aroma is hops and coffee. The flavor is a big mixture of tastes; hops, malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Problem is that the beer is completely unbalanced. Unique, but will probably not get again.

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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 slammo
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call it the Hebrew Hitter, the Hebrew Hammer or whatever you like. Oi vey this is one helluva an ale. Grab your yarmulke and take the ride. I tried this on a hot steamy night prior to grilling. Such deliciousness.

I am not a big fan of Brown Ales at this time of year. When poured this is one sheine madele! I give big points for appearance here for sure. Not to be let down by smell either but less noticeably major quality when compared.

The taste is the whole Magilla. Chocolate cocoa coffee and fruit and even more! Enough with the Yiddish... drink it!

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Photo of Crosling
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy color with a yellowish brown head, which shows great retention. Moderate aroma, which hints of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy texture and a warming, alcoholic feel. Cocoa powder and plum flavors abound, with a moderate cookie-like finish.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $4.99...
I absolutely loved Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA, so I had high hopes for this sample...
"Made with 9 malts, and 9 hops" on the orange, front logo sticker...
If I were to judge this as a "simple" brown ale, I would definitely say that this is a top-notch sample simply due to its hefty ABV of 9% and the fact that it seemed well balanced with an equal number of hops and malts, however, I would go as far to say that this might also be considered a Belgian Strong Dark Ale due to its strong similarities to the style...
Pours a deep, dark-brown, mahogany hue with a minimal frothy head that left a slight amount of lacing...
Strong, malty, nut-brown aroma bursting with a powerful suggestion of candied sugars, hefty malts, and rich cocoa...
The subtle chocolate and malt essences are really what stand out in this brew... There is also a strong hint of espresso, cocoa powder and burnt chocolate...
Good, rich, creamy, thick mouthfeel also contribute a well-rounded, solid brew as well as an average level of drinkability to match...
Good stuff, recommended...

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

A-Pours a dark brown w/tinges of rusty red where light makes it through. Formed a nice beige head. Decent retention, but very little lacing.
S-Lots to report. Smells of smoky sweet malt, chocolate, raisins and dates, coffee, hops, nut, faint spice, caramelized sugar, and alcohol perforates the sinuses.
T-Sweet smoky malt yields to spice and dark fruit, then to coffee, chocolate, more spicy hops, and finally bitter hops that mingle with the thick sweet remnants of the initial attack. I love it, but find the finish a little too rife w/what might be cascade hops--the bitterness dominates more than it cleanses, and the grapefruit sensation clashes with the sweet malts. I'm nitpicking, and this is personal taste preference. Overall, this is a really great ale.
M-Superb. Rich creamy body with nice carbonation backbone. The balance between sweet, spice, and dry is excellent (except for what I put about the cascade).
D-A great drink. I'm doing the whole bottle myself since my wife doesn't like it, and it's starting to kick my ass.

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Photo of hrking
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I happen to have about 5 bombers of this aging so I opened one for the football game..Wow glad I let this one sit becuase it's excellent. Brown Ale on steroids..This on is borderline porter in taste..Malt is more prevalent than hops but a nice smooth balance between the 2. Nice head retention depending on height of pour above glass..Taste of brown sugar.caramel,smoky malt with a creamy finish and easy on the palette,highly drinkable and a but kicker at 9% alc. excellent flavor a real winner I highly recommend to any fan of brown ales and porters which if you're a fan this beer straddles both categories and is excellent! According to Jeremy Cowans there are less than 2 cases of this beer left know to exist!

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Photo of macster
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber a deep, dark mahogny brown; close to ebony. Produced a handsome dense and creamy beige head with admirable retention. No lacing noted.

Aroma was that of a typical English Brown Ale but one on steroids. Hefty, assertive notes of roasted malts, nuts, toffee, dark chocolate and dark dried fruits such as figs and raisins immediately fil the nose. Some faint smells of spicy/herbal hops linger gently in the background.

Mouthfeel was superb. I personally enjoy big beers of this style having a thick and almost syrpy/oily texture and this did not disappoint. Thick and silky with a very subdued CO2 level. Just adds to the overall richness of a big Impy Stout, Barleywine, etc.

Flavor department was rich and assertive with lots of dark roasted malts, dark caramel, toffee, molasses, nuts and dark dried fruits taking center stage. The beer’s overall malty sweetness is nicely tamed by the presence of just a touch of spicy hop bitterness finishing things off.

The 9% alcohol is warming but in no way intrusive. This was an enjoyable late night treat.

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Photo of brantadid
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very, very dark brown into a pint glass. A carmel colored 1/8th inch head formed and diminished very quickly.

Smelled like toffe and dark chocolate with a hint of burnt coffee.

Wonderful malty flavor. Hops added a crispness on the back palate. I got a lot of heat from the alcohol. But still a lot of flavor.

The really odd aspect of this beer is that it didn't have very high carbonation but it felt very fizzy.

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

Reviewed from a discounted case of 12/22oz for 26 bucks with no Julian date on the case. So from reading the reviews I assume this is about 2 years old. Not that that is bad.
Pours dark brown. A lasting white lace presents a prevasively nice sweetly mild molasses roasted malt smell. Hints of slight licorice/coffee on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden, but the buzz catches up quickly. As it warms, it all comes together.
Nicely balanced. The distributor said it was a barleywine.
Whether a brown double or barley, it's pretty damn good.
I'll age my case with confidence of it getting even smoother and better.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9% ABV. Very dark brown with some ruby edges. Thick tan foamy head disappears quickly.

Big fruity, vinous notes. Sweet and sugary, with some black licorice in the nose as well.

Lots of darker, robust malty flavors. Nice floral and citrusy hop finish. Warming alcohol presence.

Good body, and complexity. Easy to drink, despite the ABV.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend and I found this in the foodery in Philly. It was dusty, so it's been their for a while (they also had the 8 year anniversary one, the Miraculous Jewbelation, as a side note). The body of the beer was very, very dark with a tan head with really no retention. It slowed to a nice lacing after a few sips and that was it. The smell was very malty and very alcoholic. There was a faint hint of a nuttiness to it that was intriguing. I figured the high alcohol level was probably because it was sitting in a warm area in the Foodery for about a year. The taste was very similar to the smell. Very, very malty and pretty alcoholic. Faint hints of nuts in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty full-bodied. It was kind of syrupy however, which caught me by surprise. This beer was not too drinkable, at least not after a year of aging in a hot area in a store in inner city Philly. Overall, the beer was still good and seemed like it would have been a solid beer a year ago when it came out.

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Photo of Badgersno1
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being Jewish I've had He'brew a good amount, it's a big hit at the family parties, and its not a bad beer. I saw this beer and had to get it. Its brown/black in apperance, head is off white. It has a sweet smell. Starts sweet and gets bitter. It is smooth and very drinkable.

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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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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 brewdlyhooked13
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - a dark, dark red pour. A finger of thick and bubbly foam, light mocha in color. Rich looking, thick lacing.

Aroma - heavy malts, citrusy hops, cocoa. Settles into a raisiny, cocoa, even smoky aroma. Complex, resilient, and wonderful.

Taste - starts out sweet with roasty malts. Begins to show off some hops, moderately citrus with a low-key bite. Then, a delicious dark chocolate and espresso combo show up. As the palate dries, a hint of hop bitterness remains. Finishes sweet, warm, chocolatey, delicious.

Mouthfeel - solid-feeling, a bit drapy which I like. A tad too carbonated to allow the full flavor to be palatized, but that's the only knock on this beer, and it's quite minor.

Drinkability - I'll be hunting down more of these. A fantastic find.

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

Just picked up a bottle of He'brew 10, so I decided to try a 9 and the 10 tonight. Congrats to Schmaltz for ten years of brewing success. Pours a three finger caramle-tan head over a very dark brown liquid. Smells oxidized, piney, and sour. Caramel and toffee.

Tastes smooth malty sweet. Caramel toffee thickly sweet with just enough alcohol to lighten the burden. A little bit of woody dry hops poke through the sea of sweet. Chocolate is mild and lightly drying. Some dark fruit esters (plum). Thick body and moderate carbonation. Quite a tasty treat.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pours a soda like body and a brown head, nice and thick.pours nice lacing on the glass.

s-smells like a brown ale,malts come through the beer.

t-creamy head with bitterness going down then leads to slight bitterness.there is a taste i cant describe in this,its somthing i had before but cant put my nose on it.my girlfriend said there may be carmel or chocolate in the taste but its not sweet.

m-goes down smooth and is not thick.

d-i like this stuff,ive never had a "hebrew" beer before and they taste pretty good.i saw that this is retired so this may the only time i can get it.Its good none the less.


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

Hey, good lookin'. Very dark brown with some amber around the edges. One finger of khaki head. Smells heavily alcoholic, but malty enough. Were none of those 9 hops I read about on the label aromatic varieties?

Taste is again heavy on the booze and malt. Quite good malt flavor, coming out nutty with a an espresso finish that comes sooo late -- clear as a bell as much as 10 seconds after I swallow. Very thick and creamy, with just the right bubble content to tickle the tongue.

That's a good beer. Can I find more, as it has apparently been retired?

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm...a brown ale at 9%? Bring it...
Dark chocolate in color with a finger of tan head...what fades leaves behind a spat of lacing.
Was not expecting such a dark brew, but I guess with nine malts, its tough to avoid.
Chocolaty malt up front with a hint of heat...molasses, brown sugar, powdered cocoa.
The taste is where this strong brew scores big...this ain't your typical brown ale. Semi-sweet chocolate with more molasses, vanilla and some floral hop to bitter it up just a smidge.
The alcohol is there too, but masked much better than I've experienced with their other big beers.
Mouthfeel is above medium-bodied and the carbonation is spot on...goes down too easy slightly chilled.
My favorite He'brew offering to date.

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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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