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:
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 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 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 t0rin0
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Lonehill Liquor. $5.49. Neat paragraph on the side of the bottle making a lot of "12" references.

Pours dark clear brown with a small tan head that disappears quickly. No lacing, some bubbles appearing.

Aroma is nearly non existent but pleasant. Noticeable smells of nuts, brown malt, and just barely a touch of alcohol. I give it a 4 because it does smell like a brown ale and it doesn't smell much like 12% abv.

Flavor is fairly intense. Interesting mix of roast, dark fruit, alcohol, and brown ale. I would say this is closer to a roasty porter than a brown ale but the fruit flavor is a nice surprise. Since it claims to have 12 different malts I am assuming that one of these malts is either some darker crystal or maybe even special B. Quite bitter and has a dry aftertaste.

Body is heavy and oily. Low carbonation but that's ok for a brown ale. Pretty drinkable but 12% abv.

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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 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 brentk56
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours just like a stout and I never would have guessed the style by looking at it; an espresso cap covers the liquid and leaves legs, if not lace

Smell: A kitchen sink of malty complexity, with dark chocolate, molasses, oak, tobacco, brown bread and rye

Taste: Opens with a fudgy character that adds dark fruit complexity, molasses and an earthy hop bitterness by mid-palate, when the alcohol starts to make an appearance; after the swallow, the alcohol juts out just as the beers sweeter elements begin to dominate; the hops are relegated to a supporting role but are noticeable even in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation and warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: The sweetness is a bit much, as is the alcohol, but the complexity makes it worth the effort

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Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a small, bubbly, mocha-colored head. It left sticky lace and soapy legs.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee, caramel and boozy alcohol. Some floral aromas are muted.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and strong caramel malt. There was also a bitter hop sting mixed with a boozy flavor.

M - It was soft, creamy and port-like in its mouthfeel. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a great tasting beer. Seems more like a RIS. It is a powerful (ABV) beer that needs to be slowly sipped.

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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 mothman
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Samuel Smith Pub Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger pop-like fizzy head. Very, very brown head. Doesn't last very long. No lace. Color is a solid black. No light going through this one. I think this is more of a stout than a brown ale.

Aroma: Definitely a lot going on here. Chocolate, coffee, booze. Very rich and complex. Stout-like. Vanilla, fresh earthy hops, syrupy and molasses.

Taste: Booze (too much), coffee, dark chocolate. Heavy roasted malts. Caramel shines through. A lot fresh earthy hops are present. Molasses and syrup again. The malts are way more present than the hops are. This beer is interesting and has a very complex flavor. Pretty good, but I still think it's a stout.

Mouthfeel: It is bitter/crisp, but creamy and malty at the same time. Very full bodied. Seems to have a somewhat high carbonation. Leaves an aftertaste of booze and all the roasted malts present.

Overall, this 'thing' was way to big for me. I would have enjoyed a 12 oz more. I am hitting a big buzz off this and would never be able to finish another. It is tasty, but would be better split with a buddy. You finish one glass, then you are like woah it's finally gone. Then you realize half the bomber is still sitting next to you and you are like... oh FML!

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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 jlindros
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FluffyMcTingle for sharing this with me.

A: Fluffy light 1/2 finger head fades quickly over a super dark brown colored beer almost black.

N: Malty, dark malts, sweet with some syrupy like characteristics, caramel and molasses. Lots of fruit with a little raisin, plum, date, some nuts, and with that is a slight earthy hop taste too, chewy malts and chewy hops.

T: Very rich and slight creamy. Lots of malts again, somewhat sweet but not really syrupy at all. Some roast and dark malts, biter too. A nice hop taste, spicy, earthy, and chewy hops with lots of chewy malts. A little scorched malt earthy bitter taste as well.

M: Semi thick and creamy, chewy. Lower carbonation but not bad.

F: Slightly sweet with a little sweet stickiness. Some bitterness with a some earthy hop bitterness mostly and a little charred malt bitterness with that. Some malts as well on the finish.

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

10 oz. serving for $4.50 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Onyx black body with an inch of creamy-looking, light tan foam.

Smell: Malty, earthy nose with full notes of creosote, chocolate-flavored coffee, and even a spilled ink well. Fruitiness mingled in as well smelling of prune juice.

Taste: Intense, bold blend of malts -- plenty of roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice, and charred wood flavors. A quarter teaspoon of teriyaki sauce. Splash of prune liqueur. Earthy finish with final tastes of creosote and chocolate sauce. There's a warming booziness throughout, but with all of the thick, heavy malts present, it doesn't get a chance to really project itself.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This year's He'Brew anniversary release has a definite malt leaning as the purported twelve different hops took a backseat to everything else going on in this brew. Decent drinkability, but it's ultimately a slow sipper with deep, heavy layers of various flavors to savor and enjoy.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer."

--Robert Frost

Bloody chocolate brown with generous burnt orange and candy apple red highlights. The beer isn't quite opaque, but it might as well be. The golden brown sugar colored crown is whipped creamy and does a bang-up job decorating the glass with lace. All beers of this series look great. This one is no exception.

He'Brew Jewbelation 12 smells like an Imperial brown ale. No surprise there. When so many different types of malt are used (from pale on the light end to chocolate on the dark end), the end result is bound to something along these lines. None of the 12 different hops are identifiable... also no surprise. A faint whiff of alcohol is expected. An ABV this high is pretty hard to cover up without a ton of roasted malt or a ton of pungent hops.

First mouthful impression: 12 might just be the best Jewbelation yet. This is one bold ballsy beast of a beer that explodes with deliciousness on contact. Time and many more ounces will determine whether the flavor score (which was 4.0 for Jewbelations 9, 10 and 11) will now be bumped to 4.5. Big beer lovers will love what Shmaltz hath wraught, that much is certain.

I've always been of the opinion that matching the number of different malts, the number of different hops and the ABV to anniversary year screams gimmick. And it does. Anyone with functioning taste buds knows that brewing a complex beer isn't as easy as throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the kettles. Having said all that, this is pretty damn complex beer when style is taken into consideration.

Flavors include chocolate-covered toffee, brown sugar, dates and figs soaked in Sambuca, spicy rye toast, a dollop of molasses and a shot of espresso. Hop flavor and hop bitterness are still generous, even multiple months after bottling. This is a beer that fires both barrels and does so gleefully. Maybe it's the 12.0% talking, but I'm becoming pretty gleeful my ownself.

How could the mouthfeel be anything other than extraordinary with so many malt sugars in the mix? It's at least medium-full and hangs on seemingly forever. A nougat-like chewiness and laid back carbonation are just what the doctor ordered.

It's official... Jewbelation 12 is my favorite Jewbelation series beer to date. As always, I'm kicking myself for not buying more when I had the chance. Keep 'em coming guys. Let's see how loud this sucker will go.

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

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is molasses, malts, and a syrupy thing. Flavor is thick, almost like a porter really. Lots of molasses as well. A slight burn of alcohol. Quite robust and sturdy. Feel is thick on liquid and the carbonation is lower with a slight hit on the mouth. Overall a hearty brew that isn't too shabby. For so much alcohol, you really can't tell it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter:

Pours pitch black with a light brown head that forms nicely before dissipating to a thin cover - Dots and thin strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of molasses, sweet dark fruit and sugar cane.

The taste is of sweet molasses, a bit of ash and some brown sugar. An earthy, slightly metallic touch fades into a raisiny/pruney dark fruitiness as it progresses. The more I drink it, the more I like it. Sweet, but balanced enough to be not overly so.

It has a rich, full - a bit thick - sticky, but not too, body with a touch of carbonation - just enough to keep it sliding down.

Drinks fine for a 12% abv brew. A nice dark fruitiness emerges as it progresses. A beer that quickly "grew" on me. Doesn't fit neatly into a style, but that's fine, here. A nice, dark/brown tribute to this brewery's twelfth anniversary!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm going in not knowing anything about this, save the 12 malts,12 hops thing.

Dark brown, with ruby edges, tanned head, stays lim.

Faint aromatics. Dark malt, subdued hops, nothing sticks out. Too bad.

Taste:rich. Raisins, and aniseed, meets maple. With a cola twist,and a spicy kick.

Meaty malt, medium body...and I would not guess that this was anywhere near 12%abv.

Nice one. Cheers on making 12, Jeremy!

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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 Tone
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol up front, then roasted malt comes through, a biscuit flavor is present, a hop background is noticeable, and the finish is again roasted malt. Overall, the beer tastes pretty good, but the appearance is greatly lacking. I was worried after this brew had almost no head at all! Nevertheless, the aroma and flavor was there, but just think what could have been with a nice frothy head.

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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 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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