He'Brew Jewbelation 12 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Jewbelation 12He'Brew Jewbelation 12
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rhinos00 on 10-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of shagal
2/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of KeefD
2.48/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Dark brown with no head whatsoever. Lacing is nonexistent. Aroma is incredibly boozy, alcohol is not well hidden at all. Some dark chocolate and dark fruits mixed with vodka. Flavor is hot rubbing alcohol, lots of dark malts, plenty of hop bitterness, some chocolate, hints of citrus fruits from the enormous hopping mix well with the dark fruity maltiness. Thick and creamy, very light carbonation. Incredibly hard to drink because the alcohol is so high and noticeable. Age this one for about 5 years and it might taste good.

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Photo of MVotter
2.92/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from the top of the freshly opened bottle: sweet malts, raisins

aroma after pour: black licorice

The pour was very uneventful; no head to speak of. Immediately after the pour, a very slight tan film appears on the surface and quickly dissipates.

The mouthfeel is instant oil; takes some getting used to.

The taste is a very, very rich, sweet licorice flavor with hints of molasses ... even cinnamon. The hops "back in" with the after-taste.

The 12% abv is hidden in the flavor, but it doesn't take long for a "warming" hummm to become a bonafide buzz.

This was almost like drinking a brandy.

Honestly, I wasn't prepared for the distinct texture of this brew. The lack of carbonation/effervescence made for a very "flat" presentation.

If there are peeps out there who are fans of bubble-challenged brews, this HE' BREW'S for you!


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Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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 rushpatrick
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle with little to no head. The smell had little charectaristics other than a slight sweetness like pancakes. Beer coated my mouth very uniformly with a honey taste in the front of my mouth and bitter taste in the back like a barelywine. This lead to an aftertaste of not much other than alcohol. The flavor alcohol is the only quality that counts against this beer. Wouldn't try it again, but rock it if you want.

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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 GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12/13/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Caramel brown in color. Slighter 1/4 inch head with some light lace spotting.

Smell- Alcohol notes with a base of deep roasted caramel and some dark sugared fruits.

Taste- Hefty alcohol taste that really covers up the lightly sugary and malty base. Some plums and dates and rasins, but not outgoing. Hops are there and combine with the alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a somewhat harsh alcohol taste on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability- Probably my least favorite output from He'Brew. Have liked the other annuals much better.

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Photo of philbertk
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Shmaltz Brewing Company--HE'BREW The Chosen Beer--Jewbelation Twelve--12th Anniversary Ale--Brewed With 12 Malts And 12 Hops--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 12.00% ABV. 100+ IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Stout--Imperial? Thick pour. Thin mild lace espresso head. Clear opaque dark black red color. Rich roasted plum cherry raisin malt aroma. Sweet complex roasted mixed fruit spicy cacao coffee thick hot overpowering body. Thick spicy hop malt EtOH end. TOO MUCH. Big not smooth. Sampled 3/14/2009. 2 @ $5.49 Each.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that fades. Aroma is quite fruity-- lots of apple cider, apple skins, and slight fig. Flavor of alcohol, raisins, green apple (from acetaldehyde?) and slight apple cider. Meh, not that flavorful and a little on the strong side (although I'm not sure I believe this is actually 12%). Ok beer but nothing to get excited about. Where are the hops??
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Flavor: 6/10
Overall: 14/20

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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 JAA
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown with a small head that is gone in a flash.
Kind of looks like flat soda after settling into the glass.

The Booze and caramel just wafts out of the glass and smacks you in the face. Notes of vanilla and dark fruits are also apparent.

Tastes boozey and sweet. A little overpowering in both those categories. The sweetness comes in the form cola syrup and vanilla. Then more booze. Burns a bit when swallowed.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, but with decent carbonation and alcohol burn, it almost feels like drinking cola.

At twelve percent ABV, it's not all that drinkable. And to be honest, the flavor isn't all that appealing. I enjoyed Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. much more than this brew.

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Photo of claytong
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From old notes.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a finger of khaki colored head on top of it.

S: Smells pretty boozy right away. Sweet dark fruits are evident and there is a lot of sugar and different malt smells to this one. Quite a bit of chocolate, especially the bitter variety, and a touch of coffee.

T: A very strong, bold flavor of chocolate, dark sugar, and dark fruits. Definitely some booze in there and some bready malts. The complexity of this recipe makes for sort of a muddled beer and flavor.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Just too much going on and not really in a good way. It doesn't quite mesh/meld together.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 12/06/10 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA as part of "The Chosen Bar" Jewbelation takeover. Part of the re-brewed beers they did for 2010.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel malts, and very light dark fruits.

t - Tastes of alcohol, dark fruits, roasted malts, and raisins. Alcohol is way too prominent.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Wasn't a big fan of this one; I thought the booze was way too prominent in the taste; it was just a lot of booze and dark fruit. Worst of the Jewbelation beers I tried tonight, wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of rka758
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reissued 12oz bottle poured into tulip.
$34/gift pack

A: Poured a deep brown with no head. A thin lacing along the edge of the glass.
S: Smells of dark fruits and sweet malts. The alcohol plays a background aroma.
T: When I sip for tasting I get tastes of dark fruit and caramel. When I sip it to drink it I get a kinda mess of dark fruit with a heavy alcohol after taste.
M: Syrupy. Not exactly what I am used to with a brown ale.
D: This is a sipper. I'm glad that I got to taste this 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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Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

yes i've had this but it really shouldn't be in the same catetory as these other "brown" beers. This is too strong to be in the same category. However, as a strong or old ale, in which category it belongs, this bee is a little fruity for this kid of beer but is worth trying at least once anyway.

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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 wcudwight
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a tight thin creamy lace on top of the glass. Weird aroma. Lot's of complexity but it's kind of ADD. Vanilla, prune juice and burn toast. Big boozy flavor. Again burnt toast, rum, raisins, vanilla. Very heavy on the malt. Nice cherry finish. Taste kind a earthy. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Filling. It's a bit boozy for me but overall I'm glad I had it. It's a one and done beer but I appreciate the one.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


Deep brown complexion with a slight brown head. Roasty aroma dominated by black licorice and dark candy sugar. Palate follows the nose, with a nice compliment of hops, aside the aggressive malt bill. Luscious, creamy, syrupy and viscous. Alcohol present and strong.


This is one big beer. The malt bill is in my opinion too big, as well as the alcohol. No amount of hops could assert themselves against this sweetness. That said, this one of my least favorite styles, and this is an imperial version, so I may not be the most objective reviewer. A good enough beer for a glass, but too big in every way for more than that. Big Aroma, Big malt, Big texture, Big Alcohol. This is an example of why brewers need to make more beers in 12oz bottles. Either that, or I need more friends to split bombers of small batch beers with.

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep, dark brown with a beige head; no light penetrates. Lots of lace.

Strong caramelized sugar aroma; quite sweet with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Smells like a powerful Barley Wine.

I am reminded of the Hispanic beverage Malta, with an alcohol kick. Powerful molasses with a sizable balancing hop bitterness. This is obviously very potent as the alcohol is pronounced. This is not an easy beer to drink due to the intense flavors.

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Photo of illidurit
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Old review from notes.

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Dark brown color with a light tan head that sticks around forever, almost like a nitro pour. Very sweet, dark aroma with prunes, molasses, pepper, alcohol, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is black cherries, brown sugar, prunes, dark yeasty dough, and plenty of booze. Thick body with subdued carbonation. Interesting beer but far too sweet and a little hot.

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He'Brew Jewbelation 12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.9% out of 100 with 266 ratings
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