He'Brew Jewbelation 11 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation 11He'Brew Jewbelation 11

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tpd975 on 10-11-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of darktronica
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Now that the 20th anniversary is out, I'm going through a vertical of the Jew'belation beers in my possession (11, 15-20, and the 8-14 vertical blend). Starting out with 11, which is now a bit long in the tooth. Quite thick in appearance, with fig and prune on the nose, alongside strong malt and some harsher fusel alcohols. The latter are more prominent on the palate, with a dry alcoholic heat producing a short finish. Charred toast and hints of grapefruit intrude on the sweeter stonefruits and caramel. Past its prime, but still enjoyable.

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of seand
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a couple years old, from the vertical gift box where they re-brewed a bunch of previous years' beers.

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown, with just a bit of dark tan head on the top. A ring around the edge of the glass retains well enough to leave minor lacing.

S: Sweet with deep complexity, with some fruit notes.

T: Again, sweet and deep; it leads into a somewhat bitter note towards the finish. The flavors are blended and deep in a way that you really only get from aged beers.

M: Full body, low but still noticeably prickly carbonation.

Overall, good, and has aged pretty well.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahogany color in the Tripel Karmeliet tulip, with an impeccable head. Bubbly and zingy on the tongue with a lovely foamy mouthfeel that renews with each swirling sip. An odd fruitcake aroma.

This is so intensely full of dark malty fruit, it seems to be turning into some kind of chocolate and black raisin bar. No boozy barrel flavors needed with this one. Essence of figs and burnt raisin toast. This seems to have turned in the drier direction but there is no hint of any off flavors or sourness. I think of all the malty Weizen-style beers I've had turning bacterial-- whoever brews these Shmaltz malt bombs must have some clinical brewing cleanliness.

Another of the never-disappointing Jewbelation brews to savor. From the 12 oz bottle in the 2011-12 holiday mixed pack purchased at Grapevine Wine & Liquors in Denver.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Pours a dark brown with no sediment. A yellowish tan off white foam forms and has good staying power. Aroma of dark bread, dried fruit, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. In the taste, cocoa and prune, molasses, coffee and smoke. Has an even, leafy, tea-like hop flavor and fair yet dated bitterness. This full bodied ale still holds a medium carbonation. Has a warming effect as well, which is why the Jewbelation is a great holiday brew. With the AC set on 70 degrees, this beer certainly makes for an ideal companion. A malty monster, this brew has held up pretty nicely. With that being said, Jewebation 11 will continue to evolve in time.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of yamar68
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As dark as the devil's dick... pitch black with a finger of khaki brown head. Loads of sexy lace, looks boozy.

Chocolate, licorice, butterscotch, peanut butter, sweet booze, caramel, sweet and smooth. So far so good.

Dry with a papery tobacco sweetness. Faint brown sugar and a detectable alcohol presence. Bitter booze and black malts. Some peat, some maple... not overly exciting but interesting nonetheless.

I definitely prefer this to Fifteen, but would opt for Sixteen any day.

I'm nervous to see what next year's brew will look like...

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Photo of Mitchster
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$4.99 for a 220z bottle @ Oryana food co-op. Brewed with specialty 2-row, dark crystal, chocolate, victory, munich, and carapils malts, wheat, oatmeal, 'rye ale', crystal rye, and spelt. Hopped with warrior, northern brewer, mt.hood, centennial, cascade, vangaurd, tettnang, czech saaz, willamette, simcoe and amarillo hops in 11 additions. This year, they added the spelt and amarillo from the prior recipe. 11% ABV. If you want, you can go to their website and download the recipe note-for-note.

I thought that this bottle was flat when I poured it. It's not, it's just that the beer is so thick that it takes a while for it to achieve a head. Pours out to a thick nearly black, forming a dense whipped medium tan head with very good retention and sticky sheets of lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is great, with a huge malt bill up front reminscent of sticky raisins and prune juice, carob, cocao, black walnut, beef bouillon, soy sauce and then a dark underbelly of earthy and pine-laden hops. The body is dense, but the mouthfeel is actually very smooth and soft...liquid velvet. The taste of the beer is a recap of the aroma. There is a huge opening of sorghum molasses, followed by that dark pine sap hop bite. The bitterness is moderate in comparison to the hefty malt body. I would have actually preferred it a little less hop intense, because these malts taste so good. As is, they are a little buried. Finished with a pronounced chalkiness as it warms, and a lingering aftertaste of green oily hops and deeply roasted malts.

I think this may be my first He'Brew beer. I've got 2 other bombers in my fridge and after this, I'm looking forward to them. Well brewed and worth a try.

Re-review 2/15/13-Compared to my original review, the hop bite I mention isn't quite there, although this is an aged 120z bottle from the gift set. The chalkiness isn't there either. Nose of dark fruit and toasted bread crust malt with earthy, herbal and spicy hops and dried fruit esters. Good head with excellent retention, medium carb, ~2.5. Flavor is a recap of the aroma: Lots of carob, molasses, prune juice, herbal hops and a touch of spiciness. Warming mouthfeel and full bodied, not very astringent. No fusels or oxidation. Outstanding.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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He'Brew Jewbelation 11 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 243 ratings