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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Aged since 2008

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruit (fig and plum), chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel. Moderate aromas of dark malts and a light hint of booziness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts and light flavors of roasted malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee sweetness. That is followed by light notes of nuts and moderate to strong flavors of dark fruits (fig and plum). Light amounts of earthy + spicy hops are present in the finish which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer ages really well with a much smoother mouthfeel and better hidden alcohol after time in the cellar. A slow sipper but definitely a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer appears black when viewed from afar; when held up to a bright light traces of brownish red are visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a short beige head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is quite malty, having aromas of nutty malts and toffee.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has added complexities with additional hints of brown bread, dark fruits, molasses, and raisins.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with just abound a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer ages particularly well, which seems to lend some smoothness to the mouthfeel. The alcohol is extremely well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2008 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hebrew Jewbelation 12

LOOK: Pours a dark brown, opaque, but without sediment. Short lived tan head forms and fades somewhat quickly. Carbonated bubbles rise lazily to the surface, as if the alcohol by weight in this beer has made them dizzy.

SMELL: Chocolate malt, alcohol, rye, toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, tobacco, leather, nuts, dark fruits.

TASTE: Roasted malts, nuts, and alcohol upfront. Molasses, coffee and mild bitterness on the back end. Earthy, raw hop flavor with notes of herb, citrus, mint and leaves. Tobacco and extra dark brown sugar are in the finish, giving off a strong candied malt impression. A bit of extra dark soy sauce has crept into this brew, showing a bit of oxidation. Finishes with chocolate syrup and a presence of alcohol

FEEL: A full bodied ale, just enough carbonation has held up to carry the beer. The low level of carbonation and relatively heavy body makes for a syrupy brew that some tasters describe as chewy.

OVERALL: There are some bold flavors in this brew, and the age is starting to show. Pleasing enough to sip upon, and warms the soul. A good strong ale, the cellar is treating me good today!

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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 sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from the 2011 Holiday Pack

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice rich malt profile overall. Some good raisin and a subtle grassy citrus note with molasses.

(T)- Alot of nice dark fruits: plum, prune, fig, and raisin.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice balance throughout and a smooth feel despite the ABV. Perhaps a little time helped?

(D)- Overall, I quite like this one in the lineup. Smooth, but fruity and malty at the same time.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, from the 2010 Vertical Jewbelation gift pack.

deep dark brown, garnet highlights in the edges. off -white thin head that fades. aroma is boozy, dark fruit, raisins, very complex. taste is dark malt, but not roasty. sharp alcohol bite, pipe tobacco, black cherry. very nice. medium to thick, a bit viscous. soft carbonation. appropriate for such a strong beer.

overall - similar to the other Jewbelation beers. Although I'd call it a Strong Ale or Old Ale, not a brown ale.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Bottle from the 2011 Holiday Gift Pack. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a dark red brown, minimal head and slight lacing. Sweet and dark malts, dark fruits. Nice sweet, malty finish with light hops and alcohol. A more assertive and complex effort than earlier Jewbelations. Enjoyable.

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Photo of MrOH
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark brown, bordering on black with garnet highlights. No head. A few spots of lace are left here and there.

Raisins, figs, date, cherries and other dark dried fruits. Brown sugar, biscuit, and slight fudge quality. A bit of herbal hop. Sherry-like oxidation.

Taste echos the nose, with a slight tobacco note and the chocolate being more prominent. Espresso-like bitterness. Balanced for so much going on.

Heavy mouthfeel, light carbonation.

A very complex beer, good for sipping on a chilly night. The best so far of the vertical.

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Photo of mactrail
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites of the Shmaltz big malt brews. Nearly black, with a hint of red in the Ommegang chalice. Modest foam around the edges. Assaults all the senses of taste-- sweet, sharp, hot, spicy. Big aroma of licorice. So rich and fruity. Tastes like dark raisins, stewed prunes, and dried figs.

Boozy but refined, without any hint of the barrel. Clean. Strong as hell. More licorice and maybe some other spices, but all very well integrated, nothing stands out. On the whole it's a giant slab of flavor, and you have to like the sweet malt. Definitely a dessert kind of beer.

From the 12 oz bottle in one of the annual gift packs. I have enjoyed it in past years in the regular 22 oz bottlings. I love the label with the background of all their label art in a stained glass look.

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Photo of alexgash
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Served at cellar temp.

Lusciously dark brown body. Small, short-lived, dirty khaki head. Not much lacing. Nose of rummy fruits, vanilla, licorice, oak, butterscotch, and dark chocolate.

Sweet, dark fruit malt right up front. Slightly toasted edge to it. Maple syrup and dark brown sugar dominate mid-palate. Dates, figs, pecans and earthy caramel. Some roasted barley and dark chocolate provide a touch of bitterness. Rummy fruits show up again in a warming finish. Lingering maple syrup. Medium-full body with gentle carbonation. Nice, albeit a bit sweet.

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

Reviewed from session notes.

Has the same appearance as all the other Jewbelations in the tasting session; dark brown with garnet highlights, one finger of tan head with nice retention but mediocre lacing.
Smells of partially burnt milk chocolate, dulce de leche, caramel and raisins.
Tastes mostly of partially burnt brown sugar and dark fruit medley. Also has a Tootsie roll sort of flavor that resolves into a semi-boozey drying finish. Heavy bodied, yet really smooth in texture, absolutely delicious. The only thing I am missing is some kind of nuttiness... basically plays similarly to a high-octane doppelbock.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some red when the light hits the beer. There of a layer of creamy off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Really sweet, which is to be expected. Malt and caramel, this one is chalked full of dark fruit notes, maybe some raisins.

Taste: Extremely sweet from the malt. Reminds me of malt syrup. I'm getting caramel and dark fruit with some warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good beer. I'm glad I ended the night with it and only had a small pour. The warm alcohol was nice in the finish.

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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 cosmicevan
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from last year's gift set.

a - opened the bottle and filled my ccb snifter. brew poured a purple black that had no head whatsoever. as the beer settled, a small head appeared but was gone in an instant looking like a shiny barrel aged delight...way more american strong ale than american brown.

s - nice malt forward leading with nuts, grapes, and a nutmeg almost dopplebock smell.

t - big and bold...grapes...nuts. again, very dopplebock like. some boozy bite in the finish.

m - rich and full bodied. a bit syrupy.

o - overall, an interesting beer. the booze isn't too in your face, though it is there. not bad, not great.

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Photo of J0E
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Opaque brown black with almost no head. It's what I was expecting.
s: Strong alcohol, and sweet roasted malts. Faint molasses and fig.
t: The roasted malts are not as sweet as the nose would suggest, and there's a nice amount of coffee bitterness to balance it out. The dark fruit taste is present at first with the malty sweetness, but then gives way to the chocolate and coffee. Heat from the alcohol is very present
m: very smooth and creamy. What you would expect from a beer this with this high of an abv%. A sipper for sure.

O: This was a nice, balanced, strong brown ale. Would drink again for sure.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

He'Brew Jewbelation 12

Appearance: dark brown, very small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, and a bourbon sweetness.

Taste: nice roasted malts, chocolate, and a vanilla/bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy.

This is a good Jewbelation. The balance is very good, but the alcohol is not masked very well.

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

Received in a recent trade. Thanks to Thunderroad! I believe it's a 22 oz bottle (at least). The label says it's a borwn ale, not my favorite style, but not disgusting to me either.

A- DARK brown, super dark for a brown ale. Nice frothy head, considering this bottle is at least 2 years old, it has great carbonation.

S- Super. A really great smell of sugar, plums/raisins, malts. Reminds me of the smell of a Bells Batch 9000.

T- Surprisingly good. Sweet fig, raisins and malt with a slight chili spiciness in the finish. Slight alcohol burn. I am pleasantly surprised by this beer.

M- Somewhat thin, but for a brown ale it's definitely not out of line.

0- Isn't it great when you have a beer you keep passing over because you think it's nothing special and when you finally do decide to try it, it far surpasses any previous expectations that you had? Very nice indeed!

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve is black bodied with a ring of tan foam and no lacing.

The nose is very sweet and malty with a big dose of grassy hops.

The flavor is nice and moderately complex with no trace of the twelve percent alcohol. Molasses, some roast, solid sweetness and lots of grassy notes from the hops.

Smooth, but only medium bodied. Nice lightly dry finish.

A really tasty big brew that actually drinks quite well for the abv. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Motladiwa
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am happy to have this on draft at one of three accounts in Indiana to receive the entire package.

A- Would look better if it retained its head but that quickly went away. Nice and black, very pretty beer.

S- Faint hint of booze after a sweet dark cherry. Smells like it tastes, delicious and welcoming.

T- Malty fruit, caramel, Michigan cherry, rye bread. Dried coconut?

M- Very smooth and well balanced. A bit dry. Creamy with dry finish.

All in all I truly enjoyed this beer on draft. It's a one and done serving given the abv. Very enjoyable and I can't wait for the 13th to be tapped. Especially looking forward to the Vertical. This is a great series to go through release by release and taste how the addition of more components transitions the flavors. Although more complex, very well balanced and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle release from 2008.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 2 inch multi-colored head that fades to a small cap. Half of it is a dark khaki and half is a lighter tan. Decent rings of lace stick around the glass on the drink down. Smells of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, ripe dark fruits, and sweet bread. Very delicious smelling. Taste is of raisins/plums, caramel, dark bread, and slight soy sauce. Good carbonation but with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that I have been sitting on for a while. I am glad I finally cracked this one open.

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

Part of the Jewbelation vertical gift set. Poured into a pint shaker glass a dark brown with a very small tan head. No lacing. On the nose, I get malt, caramel, a bit of smokiness, and a touch of chocolate. Taste was quite good: caramel, molasses, some black licorice, sweet(er) malt, and a small touch of smokiness. Mouthfeel was fairly thick and the taste stays with you a bit. Alcohol well hidden in this one. Not exactly a "Joe Sixpack" kind of brew but a very nice sipper. Should've cracked this one up in the mountains after hitting the slopes during the winter. I'd do this one again, given the chance.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Fantome tulip because I'm too lazy to wash my Hebrew vertical glass. Beer is dark brown and hazy with nearly no head. No lacing, low carbonation.

Smells like molasses and alcohol. Super sweet in the nose. Malt bomb.

Beer is pretty thin but not very hot. At 12% the alcohol is there but it's a little more like liquor than just pure heat. The finish is drier than I thought it would be. Really sweet up front and not bitter at all. These anniversary beers are likely the same beer just at different ABV, they all taste similar, this is a relatively well done high alcohol ale.

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Photo of SirRuss
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prologue - Again, how is this categorized as an American Brown Ale, Bros?? American Strong Ale all the way.

A – A thin head, split-second retention, and minimal lacing, all contribute toward an appearance that is nothing to scream about. However, the dark soy sauce coloured body, and similar viscosity offer hope for a rich experience ahead.

S – Floods of caramel, coffee and chocolate dominant, and a clean spiciness joins a medley of hops on the back-note.

T – The sweet chewy burnt sugars flavours lead the way, and smoothly digress into the roasted malt expressions exhibiting espresso and an almost indescribable sharp rustiness. The hops intermingle respectfully with the roasted notes, and the finish is as complex as the fore and mid palates with further herbal expressions of coriander and spices from nutmeg to chilies joining the thickening ranks.

M – Superb. The carbonation acts to lift the voluptuous body to a perfect weight under which the tongue is pampered without being spoiled. The precise prickliness injects energy into the brew and deflects any threat of flabbiness that may have occurred without it. The alcohol is anything but backward, yet this brew has incorporated the booziness into its personality as successfully as Cindy Crawford converted her mole from blot to hot.

O – Yet another awesome Jewbelation from He’Brew. Incredibly well constructed, near perfect in balance, and obnoxiously bold across its profile. Bring on the rest of the series.

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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner; no obvious best before date.

A - deep brown with some ruby at the edges; small tan head resolves quickly with little to no lacing.

S - lots of caramel, but also a bit of smoke and grain on the nose.

T - fairly sweet caramel backed by molasses and licorice. Very little hint of hops. Some mixed enduring bitterness and sweetness.

M - very lightly carbonated and thick; coats the mouth and the flavor runs on and on.

D - thick and warm; not overly drinkable, but a nice sipper.

Another strong entry in the series - it's got a slight smoky character making it a bit different from the 13.

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