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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tpd975 on 10-11-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 208
Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bloody mahogany that doesn't quite reach opacity with fading afternoon sunlight behind the glass. As well, a wide band of scarlet, amber and orange can be seen along the bottom edge. The golden brown sugar colored crown looks great. It's thick, rich and creamy. It's also sticky enough to plaster the glass with thick sheets of stippled lace.

The aroma is underpowered at first. Once it creeps closer to 60 degrees than 50, it open up nicely and smells at least as good as its predecessors. The short version is that it smells like a hoppy Imperial brown ale. That's all the more impressive since it's more than one year of age.

For the specifics of the malt and hop bills, see my review of Jewbelation 9. Jewbelation 10 added rye crystal malt and Simcoe hops. This vintage added spelt and Amarillo. Where will it end? I can't wait to taste Jewbelation 25.

These Shmaltz Anniversary Ales are getting to be beasts. It isn't a problem, though, because they've still managed to keep all those ingredients in check so things don't spiral out of control. There's a wee bit more appreciable alcohol than I like (especially given the age), but it's easily within the realm of acceptable for such a big bruiser. You didn't expect to chug it, right?

Imperial brown ale gets it about right. There isn't enough of the darker malts for it to be in the stout family and American strong ales aren't usually this chocolate malty. Sweet and bitter are both weighing down the scales in impressive fashion. Hops win handily at the wire and take an extended victory lap. Or two. They must have been killer right out of the gate (i.e. last year).

Flavors include melted milk chocolate bars, dark toffee, molasses, plums macerated in dark rum and a hefty amount of citrus zest. One thing time has almost certainly accomplished is a melding of the various members of the flavor profile that was unlikely to have been present immediately after bottling. Eleven is at least as good as 9 and 10. Possibly slightly better.

If you like big beer, the mouthfeel is a treat. It's slightly more full than medium (for the style) and is kept from being overly viscous and sticky by alpha acids and well-behaved alcohol. Expertly buried bubbles help as well.

Again, I'm not sure how long SBC can keep this up if they insist on matching malt, hops and ABV to the year. Never mind the future. The present (as of 2007 anyway) is bright for the Jewbelation series of ales. Note: I love the Spinal Tap quotes on the main label and the amplifier knob turned to '11' on the neck label.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm strong ale Iam not so sure to me its more of a imperial porter but either way its the shiznit.Poured into a 220z nonic a deep dark chocolate brown with just a hint of ruby hue when held up to the light a creamy light mocha colored head atop that leavs choppy lace as it settles into a creamy mass.The porter elements really show through in the nose,dark roasted malt with big chocolate and dark fruit notes with a mix of piney hop and earth lingering.Bitter dark chocolate and raisin hit up front flavor wise with some espresso roast coffee and vanilla as well, the killer big resiny finish comes through more as the beer warms.Wow an awesome brew it has everything going for it for malt lickers and hop heads,I still say imperial porter.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet and roasted chocolate malts, rye, dark fruits, some hops and alcohol.

The flavor is roasted chocolate malts and some dark fruit and cola followed by a decent sized bitter and burnt alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation (almost watery).

Overall, an interesting beer. I'd like to try it a few more times to see if I really liked it or not. Right now it's a bit hot. It has interesting parts but the sum is a bit lacking.

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Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a dark brown body, opaque in the glass. A thick khaki head rises tall and deposits lavish clingy lacing. Aroma is pine and grapefruit hops with waves of different malts serving up alternating doses of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Thick and rich on the palate, well carbonated, almost creamy. Taste is exceedingly complex. Dark roasted malt bitterness opens, kissed by some scorched caramel sweetness. Assertive hops are not far behind, offering pine and citrus rind. A hint of fresh pulpy orange adds interest. Chocolate and coffee notes are also present. Alcohol is well concealed but definitely present. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is very similar to several other Jewbelation beers: a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, and fairly straightforward. The flavor is similar. There is quite a bit of chocolate, as well as quite a bit of booziness from the alcohol. There is also quite a bit of sweetness and some molasses-like notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Pours dark brown, with a medium tan head and some lacing. Rich aroma of nuts, caramel, earth, figs, prunes, roasted malt, and tobacco. Viscous mouthfeel without being too heavy for the style. A nicely blended and complex taste. Bitter hops, nuts, peat, tobacco, and malt up front. It slowly moves into a warm, sweet, malt, caramel, honey, and resiny finish. Each sip seems to give a consistent taste, but with new flavors (if that makes sense). Hints of leather, grapefruit, pine, raisins, smoke, and grapes pop up from time to time in different intensity. An excellent beer.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of monkeybeer
1.96/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Very Dark Brown almost black with large foamy tan cream head with lots of lacing.

S- Very malty and hoppy

T/M- Taste is an abundance of hops and a little roasted malt. You can defiantly tell that there are a lot of hops in this one.

D- This one was not for me, I could not even finish it. I am not a big fan of over hopped beer.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color, with a thick, fluffy light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a sweet caramel malt aroma. It smells slightly of figs and raisins. It has a slight brown sugar aorma.

This beer tastes of dark fruits. Figs, raisins, prunes. It is quite sweet. It also has a mild molasses flavor.

This beer is pretty full bodied. It goes down smooth, with the alcohol warming slightly. It leaves a raisin like aftertaste. Carbonation is low.

This beer would probably not make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the flavor is pretty aggressive.

Overall: Decent beer, but nothing that I would get too excited about.

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Photo of glid02
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate with good amounts of smooth roasted malt and hints of dark fruits - mostly plums and raisins. As it warms the aroma sweetens a bit but it's never overwhelming.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Dark chocolate flavors up front are sooned joined by a mild roastiness and good amounts of dark fruits. Near the end of the sip the dark chocolate flavors gain a bit of bitterness before the equally bitter and sweet ending. As with the aroma it sweetens as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass withotu a problem and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer. Most other offerings I've had from Shmaltz has been good but this one was good and then some. Well worth a shot if you can still find it.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There is a lot of bitterness going on in this beer, but then with 11 different hops I suppose there would be.
It's not all hop bitterness though. There's a whole bunch of dark burnt malts giving way to bittersweet chocolate, bakers chocolate, burnt espresso and coffee flavors before you get to the bitter hops mixing it up at the end. Then almost a medicinal alcohol finish that makes this one feel and taste very hot (11%...what did I expect?)

**Note: Age it a couple of months and the alcohol becomes very pleasant and neither hot nor medicinal at all

This is interesting, but right now there is too much going on in here for me to truly appreciate it. In fact, I had to chill the bottle just to settle out some of the intense action to give it any kind of a decent review. Enjoyed at around 50 - 55 it is honestly enjoyable and very complex, although still way too young IMHO.
I think this beer has a whole bunch of potential but a potential that won't be realized for a least of year so I am going to pick up a couple more bottles and forget that I have them for a while.
***Note again:
Age it...it only takes a couple of months and everyting seems to balance. I'm enjoying a room temperature bottle tonight...VERY much...and will go back to the store tomorrow and pick some up while they still have it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the recent re-issue variety pack.

This beer pours a deep dark brown colour, with burnt amber highlights, and three fingers of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves a pock-marked paint job of lace around the glass as it slowly settles. It smells of zingy dark fruit - cherry, mostly - toasted caramel, brown sugar, and mild warming alcohol. The taste is bready, nutty caramel malt, figs, under ripe grapes, a bit of metallic alcohol, and bitter earthy hops. The carbonation is just on the soft side of average, the body medium heavy in weight, generally smooth and creamy but for the boozy edge. It finishes warm, and surprisingly soft amongst the big sweetness and tugging multifaceted dryness.

A nice, balanced, in the sense of skyscraper construction workers, big-ass ale. With so much going on, though, it is very much like an amp cranked to 11 - still good, but the shitload of sensual distortion makes for some potential misperception.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a soapy head. Stouty, lacey, rye, hides the alcohol.Some, but not overpowerng roastiness. Drying finish. Carbonation is right there. The re-issue pack, Jason's bottle. Lots of ideas, will likely strike me differently next time. A pint would be a lot.

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Photo of hreb
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured cold into American pint glass. Pours like motor oil: thick and black, black, black. Very still, showing no signs of carbonation, or head. Aroma is of burning motor oil. Just kidding. Malt, figs, and burnt toast. At the very edge of the beer I can see a hint of brown, but below that is pure darkness.

I'm sure this is the darkest colored beer I've ever had. It's not quite as pretty as Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout, but it is darker. I want it to be a stout, but the body is lighter. It doesn't quite have the creamy or thick mouthfeel of stout. It does have the toasty qualities, and there's something milky about the flavor too. And a mild nutty flavor. Would probably be good with cheese. It's hoppy, but not any more than many American imperial stouts.

It's also STRONG. But there's no obvious alcohol flavor.

Dumping the rest of the bottle into my glass for the sake of forcing some head, I get a small amount, and it's a medium dark tan-brown. The added foaminess of the head works really well with the flavor. I should also mention that the thick brown lacing on the glass seems like it could hang there for days.

On the label there's some nonsense about Spinal Tap and 911.

I should get some more of this just for the sake of aging it for a year or two. It should develop well.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pour from growler into goblet: creamy tan head that eases off into some nice lacing, and bold malty nose taste. Nearly opaque black body. Taste has bitter chocolate with a hoppy clean finish; mouthfeel is exceptional and creamy. Drinkable considering the alcohol, but you'd better love malt and powerful flavor. Recommended if you're already a fan of Skullsplitter.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jewbelation 11 celebrates the 11th year anniversary of Schmaltz Brewing Co. with an ale brewed with 11 malts and hops with 11% ABV. An 11oz bottle would have been funny, but double is always better isn't it?

22oz bottle poured into a large tulip glass. Pours a dark black color with a tan head that provides a solid amount of lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts with hints of cocoa, caramel and coffee. The taste is dark and roasty with bitter dark coffee flavors and a pretty hoppy finish. The alcohol is certainly noticeable in the brew, but for 11% it really is not too bad. Overall, He'Brew Jewbelation 11 is a really solid beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The best thing I can really say about this beer is that it really hides it's alcohol well. Unfortunately, there really isn't much flavor for such a strong beer. It smells and mostly tastes like a generic English cask ale with an overpowering bland cream flavor. There a little bit of grassy hops is the aftertaste, but it really doesn't do much. I guess I'd call it an English strong ale for what it's worth.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown, blood-red highlights towards the end of the glass...when you hold it up to light. Pours with a light brown/tan head, pretty good retention, and with slight lacing.
S: One word: Malty-as-hell (the hyphens make it one word)
T: Malt upfront, with very little bitterness. Even a little chocolately in the finish.
M: Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Hard to drink quickly.
D: Pretty drinkable, despite heavy mouthfeel and (IMO), a slight imbalance toward the malt side.

Easier to drink as you go along, as it warms and as you consume. After all, it is 11% ABV. Not for the faint of heart, or for those who drink quickly. I almost made that mistake.

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany/black with 2 fingers of brown head. Nice viscous look to it, great lacing & above average head retention

S: Roasty malt & fruittyness (figs), leafy hops as this warms, brown sugar & a bit of booze

T: Roasty malts, chcolate, some fruittyness & licorice up front. Plummy notes along wth candy sugar dryness, cakeyness, leafy & piney hops as this warms. Finishes roasty, fruitty with hints of licorice & leafy hops with dryness

MF: Sticky, chewy, with minimal carbonation

Drinks a little slow, due the heft & the complexity. I dig this though, super Belgian/American type hybrid. Great offering

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown (with a bit of garnet coming through the body) with 2 fingers of red tinged mocha colored head. Retains well, leaving a smattering of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma has quite a bit going on with it, revealing notes of chocolate and caramel sweetness, tingling rye notes, dark fruits, roasted malts, and piney hops. Lots in there and it seems to blend together rather nicely.

Like the aroma, the taste profile provides another nice complex treat of hoppy rye and pine notes mixed with more big notes of chocolate and caramel sweetness. I'm picking up some definite dark fruits and more earthy hop character as well. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a dry and bitter feel that is left on the palette. Carbonation is actually fairly low and although there is a bit of alcohol beef to the body, it stays fairly well hidden for the most part.

Another very nice Anniversary beer from He'Brew with a beefy and complex character. Maybe a tad too big to really call drinkable, I split the bomber with a buddy and was perfectly fine with it. I'd love to have another bottle to sit down and see how it develops.

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Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A genuine dark brown in hue, when poured into a chalice (I was in the mood to drink out of my Chimay glass, sue me) a very minuscule beige head formed and rapidly faded to a thin collar, naked in middle. There was no subsequent lacing. While the color is attractive, nothing else about the appearance is noteworthy.

The malt profile wants to be complex but the potency is so low I can’t understand it. I was expecting more Strong Ale and less Brown Ale; the bouquet, I guess, it could be summed up as a Strong Brown Ale. Aw, fuck labels. The basic aroma is dark cherries soaked in caramel drizzled chocolate. There are also notes of nuts, raisins, and toffee which supplement the nose nicely. The lack of chattiness hurts the invitation to drink. I have to call the bouquet disappointing as I just don’t smell much.

The palate, on the other hand, is quite flavorful. The cherry-caramel-chocolate combo is vocal with some brandy notes and good alcohol warmth. A smattering of dark fruits, toffee, molasses and tobacco leaves appear. Towards the finish a mild bitters arrives; this beer isn’t all that sweet (which is a good thing). Something is lacking in the depth of the malt though, there is no strong second layer (and completely lacking a third layer); all the flavors sort of lie on top of the surface. While this beer is tasty it just isn’t great… sure, it is good. No, it is tasty… a tasty Strong Brown Ale.

No more than medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is slick and lacking bulk. While this aspect could be better it is not detrimental to the overall enjoyment.

I like this beer probably more so than the numbers (and maybe words) indicate. It drinks much less than 11%, for some reason I bet this beer would kill with fondue. Dangerously easy to drink but still enjoyable enough to sip and savor. At less than $5 a bomber in Omaha I will probably enjoy a few bottles. Recommended.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber shared with a friend, multiple samplings...

A- Thick, dark, muddy, black/brown color with a massive tan head that would not go away. Lacing and carbonation bubbles. Near perfect looking brew.

S- Smell was completely malty with no hops detected at all. Some serious nose going on here...sweet and sugary with a dessert/cake/icing scent.

T- Exactly what I expected. Malty goodness. Some roasted coffee beans, and other "bold" flavors, but this one stayed sweet and sugary. Chocolates, creams, cinnamon, cake. This had it all.

M- Rich, thick, medium bodied, and very creamy. Perfect dessert beer to pair with a chocolate cake.

D- Way too drinkable for 11%. Could not notice it. The flavors could be seen as cloying, but overall, its so enjoyable that you wont notice.

Seek this out, its awesome.

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Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a dense brown head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma is lighter than expected; I pick up scents of roasted malt, roasted nuts, raisins and chocolate. The taste is of big roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a light hop twang, and a pruney/raisin presence. All the flavors mix very well together though the ABV does pop through. The feel is full bodied and has an almost creamy texture, its a bit sticky and finishes bitter sweet. A real nice malty brew. A good nightcap.

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