He'Brew Jewbelation 12 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

very good
266 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rhinos00 on 10-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of PintOHops
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a thick oil black that basically kluges out of the bottle, a calm pour produces a wisp of a head and leaves no lacing. Smells of crisp fruitiness, apple & grape, along with notes of alcohol, over ripened plum, cherry, blackberry, blueberry dark fruits follow. Has a strong dark chocolate backbone with notes of caramel, molasses, coffee, honey, and soft biscuit. Wonderful!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of crisp grape notes with candied date/raisins, washes away quickly with a semi roasted & robust dark chocolate with soft coffee, caramel, molasses, and subtle buttery toffee like notes. Finishes with a roasted/toasted and burnt biscuit like bitterness, as well as a light alcohol burn which is hidden dangerously well by the robust flavors. Mouthfeel is very chewy, thick, oily, syrupy, and full bodied, it matches perfectly with the rich flavor profile.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Being that this is a 12% ABV brew, I was very surprised by how freaking easy it was to drink! Guys this thing is dangerous, the richness & robust flavors of this Stout like brew hide the alcohol to well, even as it warms you couldn't guess it was 12%! Highly drinkable beer with exceptional flavor & feel, I could enjoy 3 goblets of this delicious brew on a chilly evening. I absolutely loved this nearly flawless beer! The only thing that was lacking was the appearance, left no lacing, flimsy head, but maybe that's what you get with such a thick & oily brew, I still loved it. Highly recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of schnarr84
4.76/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of scottoale
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two fluid ounce brown bomber, poured aggressively into a Chimay chalice, a burnt copper dark brown ale with a dark tan 1/2" head. Bottling code on the bottom of the bottle, no freshness date...doesn't need one! The head dissipates as quick as it forms, leaving just a ring and a notch of fine delicate lace clinging to the glass.

The smell is sweet and powerful and gets more so as it warms. Full of fat maltiness and dark ripe fruits. Prune, raisen, toffee and alcohol please the nose in a big way. The smell grows with complexity as it warms.

The flavor, right off the bat, locks me in. The taste is amazing, loaded with fig, prune, molasses, toffee, caramel, black licorice and more. The hops eventually knock down the sweetness to a superbly balanced bittering finish. The alcohol helps push things through long, complex taste expirience...nicely!

The carbonation is tits with this brew, the body is big and bold, yet it is so well balanced that nothing seems to get out of hand...I can't imagine how well this stuff will age, seriously.

This brew is far to drinkable for it's whopping 12% ABV, I truly dig this ale and am amazed at what these brewers are doing. It's BIG and impressive!

This is a great example of what an Anniversary ale is all about. Special and something to be proud of. L'Chaim!

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Photo of Pencible
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nearly opaque ruby red with a bit of dark tan head. It smelled complex, with prunes, molasses, licorice, roasted barley, copper hops, and a bit of alcohol. It tasted very malty, like licorice, burnt chocolate, roasted barley, with some rusty copper hops and subtle citrus notes. It was somewhat thick with no carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very complex and tasty beer. I could sip and ponder this one for a long time. It had good body, was very clean, and was pretty easy to drink with the 12% alcohol hidden decently. I want to age this, but it's so good fresh, I don't know if I can ever hold onto a bottle!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$5.99 for a 22oz bomber. Brewed with 12 different grains/malts: Specialty 2 row, Kiln Amber, Carapils, Chocolate, Crystal Rye, Dark Crystal, Munich, Oatmeal, Rye Ale, Spelt, Vienna, and Wheat. Hopped with 12 different hops: Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Crystal, Fuggle, Hallertau, Mt. Hood, Palisade, tettnang, US Golding, US Saaz, and Warrior. 12% ABV.

Pours out to a very dark brown, forming a dark brown, almost purple tinged head with excellent retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma opens with intense dark fruits...lots of figs, dates, prunes, and raisins, chocolate, vanilla, walnut, dark molasses and some distant herbal/resinous hops. The mouthfeel is huge, rich, silky smooth, complex and syrupy. Huge, dense body. The taste opens with dark molasses, soy sauce, prune juice and chocolate, akin to Sam Adams Triple Bock. Slight fusels are hidden in the finish, but disappear quickly. There is a slightly perfumy, floral quality that I can't put my hands on. Aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate, prune juice and soy sauce. Compared to the 11, there is much more prune juice and soy sauce and the mouthfeel is more syrupy.

At $5.99/bomber, this is an amazing steal for an exceptional beer. I just called my best friend up and told him to buy whatever was left in the store. This should cellar amazingly well. HIGHLY recommended. The best beer I've had in a long time.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So pleased I grabbed Jewbelation 12! Two thick fingers of light tan head on a muddy mahogany body; good duration and lacing. Rich, impressive aromas--lots of raisin, fig, molasses but also oily hops; just tremendous.

Great taste, very well hopped and chewy, but also smooth and viscous. This drinks more like an excellent Imperial Stout than a ramped-up brown ale. The mouthfeel couldn't be better, an ideal blend of smooth and resiny, malt and hops texture.

This is even better than I had hoped, having heard good things about it from friends. Nothing short of brilliant.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If this really is suppose to be a brown ale its the darkest, blackest one ever...inky black in the glass and quite thickly on the pour. A nice dallop of tanned foam sits about a finger high in a firm stand before fading to a light skimming and collar. A few specks and thin threads of lace glaze the glass.

Aroma is clean and malty with a dark fruity tang of prune, date, and raisin with a rounded in chocolateyness. Quite Baltic Porter-esk.

Taste is heavenly thick, lush, and creamy with a certain chocolate fluff and silky cakeish filled tone that has all sorts of dark malty fruity things emerging in each wonderful sip of yummyness. A Baltic Porter would be proud to call this its twin brother as a Brown Ale. Tamed, but forward and lofty dark fruity tang of date and raisin is drenched in a lovely dark chocolate goo with slices of vanilla pods adding some slight twinge in the finish as it calmly bitters off into more chocolatey warmth. In a word I just made up, fuckingyum!

The mouthfeel is quite full, thick, lush, creamy, and bold with a nice touch of fluff in the middle and finish, like that of a cream filled truffle, cake, or cookie. The finish has a wonderful touch of dark chocolate bittering and feathery dryness as warmth creeps up way late like a really good port. Watch out for that 12%, its there in a simple touch within its yummyness.

Happy 12th Shmaltz! This stuff rocks!

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Photo of stumac
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 Joe_mclagan
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Frosty80
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: pours brown but sits an extremely deep, dark amber

Smell: reminiscent of a barleywine: lots of dark fruit, alcohol and caramel sweetness

Taste: aroma translates well to taste. lots of warming alcohol, complex malt sweetness and dark fruit notes. finish is pretty clean with just a hint of yeast and malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: low-full body. low carbonation. creamy.

Notes: not what i was expecting, especially since the bros lead us to believe this is simply a brown. it might be, but it definitely pushes the boundaries. excellent nonetheless. very flavorful with a great alcohol punch

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, opaque, almost black. Small 1/8 inch or less of brown head forms and disappears quickly. Some lacing.

S - Lots of sweet caramel malt. Dark fruit lurks in the corners but nothing distinct. Lots of chocolate as well with a hint of coffee, very nice. Some floral hop notes hide in the background.

T - Amazing. Caramel and chocolate make an impressive entrance followed by a buttery and coffee taste with a lingering flavor of anise. Slight citrus and a minty/grassy flavor pull through near the finish. Aftertaste is of coffee and butterscotch, with a touch of leafy-ness from the hops. Warmth and astringency from the alcohol are noticed but do well to compliment the other flavors.

M - Full bodied with a very soft carbonation. Very nice.

D - For a huge, thick, high ABV beer, this stuff is fantastic. I've gone through this bomber without issue and am wishing I had more. Really good stuff.

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Photo of pasadoit
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Bier Stein.

A - Dark with a thick head.

S - Stong malt and booze. Very nice.

T - Great. Caramel stood out. Some vanilla maybe. Sweet, but not cloying at all.

M - Very smooth.

D - Awesome beer. Would love to drink a couple of these, but the alcohol would catch up with you.

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Photo of DantheMan75
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep coffee brown from the bottle producing about a pinky's width of brown head that dissipated relatively quickly.

S: Sell is complex and very appetizing. There are aromas of coffee, molasses, and even a little smokey wood to top things off. Dark roasted malt also comes through very clearly.

T: Sweet upfront with initial flavors consisting of mocha, molasses and a little bit of apple followed by a bitter aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is thick, but not too thick. There's still a good bit of carbonation that leaves a little tingle on the tongue afterward.

D: A very good beer. I have to say that this is my first He'Brew and I'm not the least bit disappointed. Obviously a lot of care went into the crafting of this beer and the result is a a draught that I'd be willing to drink again and again.

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Photo of droomyster
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really something special. Pours a clear, very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Smells of rich dark fruits and dark chocolate and smokiness. Tastes like chocolate covered raisins with a charred bitterness that I find absolutely delicious. Body is full and heavy and its flavors give it a nice roundness. Not a cheap beer but definitely worth every dime. At 12% abv it makes for a terrific night cap.

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Photo of grumpy
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only two reviews? And I've already quaffed this in the backward Midwest?

OK, then - I'm thinking... chocolate cherry bomb. Tasty, tasty beer.

Listed as an American Brown Ale?? Perhaps American Strong Ale? Barley Wine? No matter. Just a delicious concoction. The aroma is in elite company. Fruity, malty, chocolate.... The taste follows suit and then the cherry hits. The 12 percent ABV is very well hidden. This could pass for 9 percent. Balanced just to the sweet side. Twelve hops? That's lost on me, but I don't care. Dangerously drinkable. Medium body and mouthfeel. A bit creamy.

mmmm mmmm good. And reasonably priced by today's standards.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from the bottle

A-Very dark brown blocks out direct light, fluffy head about 2 fingers at 1st then a lingering flim at the top

S-Brown sugar and molassis very sweet smell with notes of malt and alcohol.

T-pretty much the nose tells all on this one with one exception it has a rather dry finish.

M-Smooth and viscous very full body

D-At 4.59 this is a steal i'll be buying a few more to sit on and see how time does for it.

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Photo of lessthanhadley
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown, small head that dissipated very quickly.

S: Very malty, a bit of fruit but mostly malt

T: A lot going on here...Malt, fruit, caramel, alcohol

M: Very low on the carbonation.... Not much else to say there

D: Way too drinkable for the 12% ABV I could easily polish off a bomber or two of this in a sitting

A very high quality beverage from a brewery that I have been somewhat disappointed with in the past.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just bought this bomber tonight and poured it into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass.

A- Beautiful almost mahogany color with little head.

S- Very sweet molasses smell mixed with some licorice notes very appealing to the nose!

T- A lot like it smells. Thanks to the 12 hops it is quite hoppy up front. I was expecting hops but not that much (I mean that in a good way).

M- Mmm hops. Sorry I just can't get over how nice this feels in my mouth. Its very thick. I totally agree with the review below, this is a real crossover beer. Its got great characteristics of RIS,Brown,Barleywine, and Strong Ale making it very pleasing to the palate.

D- Well the alcohol is well hidden. I'm working on this bomber by myself so we'll see if I'm still going to have another beer after this. This is very drinkable in my opinion for a 12% abv. I'd love to sit down with this bomber poured into my oversized snifter and watch a movie as I slowly drink this beast. I definitely recommend trying this beer out. I want to throw some in the cellar as I'm thinking this will be very nice when aged.

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He'Brew Jewbelation 12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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