He'Brew Jewbelation 12 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation 12He'Brew Jewbelation 12

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rhinos00 on 10-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 213
Reviews by morebeergood:
Photo of morebeergood
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered on tap at Picco in the South End. Served in a white wine glass. Different type of presentation. Dark brown color, no real head to speak of, and no carbonation at all. Smelled like cherry and raisins, but you could also smell this beer was high in abv. Taste was much better than I expected. The flavor of chocolate covered dried fruits were all over my palate. Wow, a well put together flavor. Thick enough to make it a sipper, but smooth enough to drink with dinner. A bit high in the abv, which really stands out, would be the rationale behind the somewhat small serving size. Probably the best tasting beer I've tried from Shmaltz Brewing Co.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Last years anniversary beer (11) is one of the best beers I have had in the last year, I was hoping this would be as good,well it didnt quite live up to it.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep cola color with some reddish tint thruought,a 1/2 finger beige head atop that was gone quickly.Aromas of bitter chocolate dark fruit and roasted nuts but nothing really sticks out,still pleasant enough.Very sweet on the palate,molasses and brown sugar hit at the onset with some roasted notes underneath but the sweet sticky flavors are to big to overcome.The body coats the mouth and is full and chewey,the sweetness can become cloying and the alcohol does rear its head after the beer warms.Not bad but I was a little dissapointed to be honest.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Cheers to 12 years. Their dozen is represented with 12 malts, 12 hops and a 12-percent ABV. Dark brown in color with garnet edges when put up to the light. Impressive head retention as it leaves a massive crowning of lace after sipping half a pint away. Sweet aroma of light molasses, faint anise, raisins, brown bread and sweetened iced coffee with a slight boozy alcohol in the nose. Full bodied with a luxurious, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, almost like sipping on a cordial. Sweet, semi-roasted maltiness shows an obvious dominance--dark chocolate, sweetened coffee, brown sugar, brownies and burnt cookies come to mind. The 12 hops lend a dollop of bitterness and herbal flavor that barely balance; thankfully, the alcohol swings in with a prickly peppery warmth that helps and moves the sweetness along with a mild raisin flavor. Pleasant, sweet, roasty finish with a bit of clean solvent alcohol on the breath.

Delicious. No doubt a big beer here that is a slow and very enjoyable sipper and a prime dessert beer to boot.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has quite a bit of molasses and chocolate in it, as well as quite a bit of alcohol. The flavor is more complex and was the best of the Jewbelation flight in my opinion. I get some nice dark fruit notes, with some cherries and grapes, as well as some roasted malt and chocolate notes. There is also some sugar and molasses-like notes, as well as a good dose of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of magictrokini
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown with a very small tan head. Swirling aroma of malt; caramel, crystal, and roasted. Fair amount of nuts, mostly peanuts. Viscous, non-carbonated mouthfeel. Rich, nutty flavor. Pecan and walnuts. Tons of malt, almost like liquit nougat. Hops take the backseat, and they are of the pepper and veggie varitey. A beer with almost too much in it.

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Photo of deanwilson
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

we had a 22oz bottle we purcahsed from Canals in Mounnt Holly, NJ

A. Very dark, rich looking, with a nic esmall tan head

S. Sweet, complex, caramel like, and a scent of oatmeal

T. Sweet malt up front and through most of the taste, hops at the end, some surprise hints of fig, chocolate, and barley

M. Full, rich, and velvety

D. Nice appertiffe beer, good on its own. A nice change during a session. I dont think we could have had more than 1 bottle between us in a sitting.

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Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells interesting. Caramel and roasted malt aromas are joined by whiffs of chocolate and floral hops. It is a mish-mash of different flavors.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Buttery caramel and roasted malt flavors up front. The caramel gets bigger as the beer warms and the chocolate comes out then as well. Citrus hop flavors poke out every now and then and there's a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. Thickness is good with a nice carbonation that makes it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This is by far the best Shmaltz beer that I've had. All the flavors are interesting.

Overall this is an interesting beer that's worth a shot but that has too much going on to be a very good beer.

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Photo of Reino
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A manly pour produces 2 fingers of cappuccino head that doesn't stick around too long. The lacing left behind is not that impressive. Actually, it's pretty week, but the beer itself is a nice, super dark brown (really close to being black). A tiny bit of purple shines through when held to light.

Smell- I initially smell a bunch of fruity and floral hops, but lying underneath is a malt monster. Roasted malts, mocha latte type coffee aroma, milk chocolate, cab sauv sweetness, a bit of liquid caramel, and a bit of rich butteriness.

Taste- This is a flavorful bitch. Lots of stuff going on. Caramel macchiato, sweet milk chocolate, vinous sweetness, dark fruits, and some toffee. This beer has some extraordinary flavors. My only problem is in the finish. As is common in lots of big stouts (I know this isn't a stout, but it's not a brown ale either), the roasted, bitter malts goes over the line from pleasant roastiness, to chewing on an electrical cord, and some sharp metallic notes. There's not that much heat for the abv, but it comes in at the same time as the other off-putting flavors. This doesn't effect the overall flavor that much, but it keeps this beer from being something very special.

MF- The same problems with the finish are holding the feel back, as well. The beer is full bodied, with a nice, lower amount of carbonation. Those off flavors and heat linger a bit too much on the tip of my tongue and the roof of my mouth, though.

Drinkability- If not for the flaws I've mentioned, this beer is crazy drinkable for the abv, and quite tasty. I'll probably pick another one up considering the very reasonable price ($6.25).

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black hue, with mahogany edges in the light, and dense tan head, that leaves thick lacing around the glass. The smell is citrus hops, prunes, raisins, and alcohol heat. The first taste knocks me on my ass - it is big. Once my taste buds settled, and I accepted my fate, I started noticing the roasted malt, sweet black fruit - more plum and raisin, the citrus and pine hops, chocolate, and the over-arching warmth from the booze. The carbonation is quite low, the body approaching Pennzoil territory, and the finish is smooth and sweet, with sozzled fruit and mild roasted malt lingering. This is drinkable, in a sipping, but hardly on the slow side, way. Then the realization dawns 3 quarters of the way through the first glass, that you're drinking a table wine strength equivalent beverage. L'Chaim, indeed....

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12th anniversary, 12 malts, 12 hops, 12%. I like the numerical symbolism but I wonder if this is more for taste or marketing. Actually, I'm pretty sure I know the answer.

Served just a bit cooler than cellar temp.

Pours from a bomber into a highball glass. No other reason than the glasses are new and it seems like a slow-sipping kind of drink.

It has a very dark brown color with light only passing through on the edges. The small amount of head is gone quickly leaving just a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with carmel, cherries, and alcohol. Not unpleasant but I can tell it's going to be a strong one.

Flavor is nice but sweet with roasted malts, cherries, and port wine. I don't know for sure if this was aged but I get some oak out of it as well. For being so strong and sweet, it does have decent balance to it. The 12 hops, whatever they are, seem to give it just enough bitterness to balance the abundant malt.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied, smooth and silky with just enough carbonation to not be flat. In a style like this, this is how it should be.

Drinkability is good but this is one that should be enjoyed slowly over the course of an evening and having some hearty food to eat with it isn't a bad idea.

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Photo of asabreed
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Chimay chalice. Will Jewbelation 18 eventually be 18% ABV? One can only hope.

Appearance: Not surprisingly nearly opaque, with hints of dark amber peeking through when pushed into the light. Off-white head leaves decent spotty lacing circularly around the glass.

Smell: Hugely heady and boozy, with a ton of stuff going on. Big earthiness and roots and dirt, which is odd but intriguing, with some charcoal in there too. Caramel malts, bitter chocolate, mild mild coffee. Hints of vanilla and maple. Whiffs of almost scotch or whiskey from the alcohol, which is pleasant. Definite tobacco and dark berries as it warms. I don't get a lot of hops going on here, but the aroma, as huge as it is, is pleasantly subdued and not over the top.

Taste: What I love about this beer is the insane complexity with every second that passes. I like to enjoy my beers from about 20 minutes out of the fridge until they eventually warm up to room temperature, and with a beer like this, that happens over a long period of time. First off, an amazing job is done with the balance, both the malt and hops, and the hiding of the alcohol. The flavors are there in numbers. Deep earthiness and bitterness with citrus flavors from the hops more in the backbone in the finish. But early on the mild chocolate, vanilla, maple, charcoal, molasses, dark berries, and toasted caramel malt flavors are in full force, always shifting and becoming something else or melding with other flavors. And by the end the hops seem to do their job, curbing the sweetness and the alcohol and leaving a lingering bitterness with the fruit flavors and chocolate from the malt still on the tongue. The reason I didn't give this a perfect score simply has to do with the fact that I think with some age this beer could go a long way, into something really really incredible once the hops dissipate and let the malt flavors really do their thing and become evident with age. Now, though? Wonderfully balanced and big and complex and highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously creamy and full bodied but balanced all around. Like a good boozy barrel-aged brew, though this somehow is not one.

Drinkability: What a brew for everything that's gone into it. It takes on so many shapes and sizes and colors and textures, and manages to be highly drinkable at the same time. I think there's much potential in laying this down, as the hops dissipating could possibly let so much malt complexity come through that it would be overwhelmingly good. All for less than 6 dollars too? To be it'd be criminal not to pick this up if you see it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ebony/coal with a thin toasted brown head. During the pour and with a little swirling, this looks like one mighty thick beverage.

Had to give the aroma time. At first it wasn't happening, but after a bit some subtleties emerged: smoke/roast, coffee, steamed milk, raisins, alcohol and chocolate, none of them dominant but all mingling nicely.

Serving this at cellar temp was the only way to go. Wow! The flavor is rich, decadent and simply awesome. Like fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, all gooey and comforting, with a grassy hop character and subtle cream/berry-like roundness adding depth. Brownies, chocolate cake, fudge, licorice, black strap molasses, dates--you get plenty to chew on if luscious dark pastries/candies/fruits are your thing. And if big flavorful monster beers are your thing, this is good too, although the well-incorporated 12% makes it more like a dessert than an aperitif.

Thick, gooey, smooth, creamy and just carbonated enough to give it some lift. Wonderful on the palate and appropriate for the bold flavor.

Their 10th anniversary ale was wonderful, a rich dessert beer that I longed for after my case was depleted (yeah, went a little crazy with that one). This one matches it. It's somewhere between a Russian Imperial Stout and an American Strong Ale. A Brown ale? If so, it's one of the biggest, most bad-ass brown ales ever, but I think it's at an advantage for the style-dodging that it does. What it is is simply delicious, and I plan on being around for every Shmaltz/He'Brew anniversary ale as long as they're brewing 'em. The mind boggles at what the 20th anniversary ale will be like?!?

[Also: loved seeing yet another reference to Rush on the label text, this time "2112"...hail Lerxt, Dirk and Pratt.]

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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

RIP, this beer was aged two years in my cellar and did not make it. Just above flat, it poured deep chocolate with a little head. It was not too drinkable nor enjoyable. Soft mouthfeel, but it was a little pungent and chocolate. The chocolate, the coffee liquer was nice but the whole drink did not hold together, it had it.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's strong ale fest. Dark dark brown, black maybe, but not completely opaque, some light can shine through. Smell is slightly roasty and big raisin, fig, sugar. The taste is also somewhat sweet, burnt caramel, light roast. Medium to medium-heavy body. Very sweet beer which I would not want to drink a whole lot of.

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a short yet dense khaki colored head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is big and malty. Big blast of caramel and toffee. Strong prune aroma. Some carob notes as well.

Big toffee flavor with some burnt caramel. Starts off very strong but mellows nicely towards the end. Prune is very present and provides additional sweetness. Dark toasted bread and a roasted nut flavor provide a nice support for the sweet flavors. There are some woody and smoke notes as well.

Big heavy feel and quite sticky. Sweet and bitter on the palate; all malt. The ABV definitely pops its head out and its a bit raw.

I am mixed on this beer. I don't like how it starts out but like how it finishes. Kind of grossly sweet at first but finishes with quality earthy flavors.

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Photo of morimech
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, almost black color with a small tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Looks like a stout. Malt fills the nose until the alcohol quickly wipes it away. I do detect hints of dark fruit and aniseed. The flavor starts off sweet and malty but is dominated by the hot alcohol flavor. Hard to detect the intricacy of the beer because of the alcohol. Has a big body with a very good creamy texture. If this beer had a few percentage points lower ABV, it would be so much better. I appreciate what the brewer was doing but it just falls a little short.

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Photo of drcarver
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep syrupy black with medium brown highlights. small head which fades quickyl leaving little lacing.

S - sweet fruitiness and some nuttiness but not very strong. not quite what I expected from an ale this strong.

T/M - full bodied, thick, and creamy. sweet brown sugar, molasses, and soy. creamy finish. a hint of burn. little after taste.

O - a great beer. each one in the pack gets better and better.

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Photo of elricorico
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite a dark brown in colour, like a deeper shaded porter. Finger of tan head that falls to a thin cap quickly. Some lacing all around.

I can't say I've smelled anything quite like this beer. Citrus, toffe, coffee, raisins and melons all at once, in varying degrees. Citrus probably is the strongest, but a smorasbord of aromas attacks the nose. Certainly interesting, appetizing to me. Not quite to the point of mouthwatering though.

A mass of malts on the tongue, coming out as a sweet boozy blend. Hops notable, but don't quite stand up to the malt sweetness and liquor. Definite alcohol burn to finish, substantial, but not quite harsh. Not bad, but a little too brash for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, with a fair amount of carbonation required to cut through the body. Leaves a stickiness on the tongue. Not bad.

Big and in your face, but I think this one could have great aging potential. I'll probably pick up a couple of bottles to sit on for an extended period (likely 3 and 5 years even). There is so much going on, I'd like to see what it becomes over time.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. From the Vertical Jewbelation gift pack.

A: The pour is black and completely opaque with a finger and a half of tan head that holds very well and leaves good lacing.

S: It is quite boozy from the start with bitter dark chocolate, raisins, roatiness, and some oaky vanilla.

T: Boozy dark fruits, raisins, licorice, bourbony vanilla, and some medicinal notes.

M: It has a thick body with plenty of alcohol heat - especially late - and a bit of a sticky finish.

D: It's way too boozy (to the point of feeling it move through my stomach), lacks the complexity of Jewbelations 8-11, and loses carbonation too quickly.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oily dark brown pour, dark cream head that quickly disappated. Roasted malt, mocha aromas, some booze. Tastes similarly, with some caramel and toffee. Slight hop presence. Some coffee bitterness in the finish. Alcohol peaks through with some definete warming. Nice balance of carbonation and creaminess. I think I liked the 11 slightly better, this is starting to push the edge with too many ingredients to properly manage. Make no doubt though, this is very good.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from checkii, thanks! 22oz into small chalice.

Tasted: 1/15/10

I know, it's an "american brown ale" and that's fine. But this thicker, boozyer, has a good deal more depth of malt character. I'd put it closer to a barleywine light. Or somesuch. Regardless, it is tasty and I'd imagine it'll hold up for a while as it is still a bit hot out of the gate.

Aroma has a lot of wood, booze and malt. It is a bit on the earthy side.

Really chock full of different flavors. This is my first of any of the Jewbelation's and it is quite good. The malt notes and wood notes make me think of port, this is obviously much thinner.

I can't reconcile the mouthfeel with the aroma, the style, the booze. There's a bit of oily finish but otherwise, it's fine just unexpected.

I can't say it isn't drinkable, but the way it drinks, the abv, and the feeling that I'm drinking an after dinner drink all combine to make this an enjoyable treat but not a go to bottle.


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Photo of jsh420
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 1/2 finger tan head that faded to nothing and left no lacing

smell is almost identical to dfh palo santo - very intoxicating

taste - again palo santo clone with out the wood - vanilla booze chocolate

mouthfeel is not good - the body is too light and the carbonation mixed with the booze stings my mouth

drinkability takes a hit due to the mouthfeel but the flavor on this beer is great and maybe some age will mellow the carbonation?

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Photo of philbe311
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky mix of deep ruby red and rich caramel brown... Thin dark khaki head quickly fades leaving only the faintest signs of lacing around the edges of the glass...

S - Sinful... Sweet sweet malt... Raisins... Dates... Brown Sugar... Caramel... Alcohol...

T - The taste is not nearly as sweet as the nose... The high ABV is the first thing one notices... Solvent... The sweetness is definitely secondary... Light toffee... Raisin... Malt... Charred BBQ wood... Hint of banana...

M - Full bodied... Syrupy and highly viscous... Chewy... The warmth of the alcohol is unavoidable...

D - A rich a delectable sipper with a potent alcohol kick... Bold and assertive... Very rich... Awesome aroma... Above average in all other categories... An enjoyable experience, but certainly not an everyday beer...

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black, with a thick off-white head. The head lasts a while, but leaves very little trace behind.

S - Roasted malts dominate the smell of this beer. There's a bit of spicy hops in the background, but it smells like a malt monster.

T - First impression--malty! Almost syrupy with malt sweetness up front. There's some roasted notes and some spicy hop bitterness towards the end, but this is a very malty beer. A slight burn in the throat is the only real sense that this is a high alcohol beer.

M - Very heavy bodied beer, due to the huge malt character. Low carbonation lends to this syrupy character.

D - I like it as an experiment but the malty sweetness is a bit too out of control, and not balanced well against the hops. It does score points for hiding the 12% alcohol well, which makes it remarkably palatable for a beer of this strength.

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He'Brew Jewbelation 12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 266 ratings