He'Brew Jewbelation 12 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky blackish-brown with a tiny dark tan head.

S - Smells sweet, wafts of alcohol, raisins, caramel, sweet roasted malts, a bit of hoppy floral bouquet. Very complex.

T - There is way too much going on here for my palate to be able to fully discern, but I do know it's tasty. Sweet dark fruit, toffee, maybe some light coffee flavor, lots of maltiness, the hops are in there but not overpowering.The finish is punchy from the high alcohol content.

M - Medium to full bodied with some tingle down the tongue from the mild carbonation.

D - Strong, delicious, complex.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 12/10/08.

Pours very dark brownish-black with hints of ruby around the edges. About one finger of dense brown head slowly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is chocolaty, toffee, caramel, sweet malt, and some dark fruit, raisin, and brown sugar.

Taste is pretty intense. Full of both milk and dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark fruit (raisin, date), and a slight cherry flavor. Sweet and malty up front, with a bitter floral hop finish. The alcohol (12%) is noticeable in the taste.

Feel is thick and smooth with a low amount of carbonation. A fair amount of alcohol warming. This is a pretty heavy beer. Drinkability is a tad low. It's a very big beer, definitely a sipper, and one that should probably be shared with a friend.

Overall, a very interesting beer, and very reasonably priced (~$5). The label says they use 12 different malts and 12 different hops, but they aren't very distinguishable. Definitely give this a shot, it's worth it.

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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 antilogic
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got to try this over the weekend @ Beachwood BBQ on tap.

I was surprised this was listed as a brown ale. I'm not sure what I would classify it as, but it has a lot of alcohol and a lot of flavor -- most likely due to the 12 malts and 12 hops Shmaltz uses. I would have called it a Belgian strong dark almost due the sweet taste and aroma with hints of fruits and raisins.

Very tasty and well made, but a definite sipper. If you have not checked out the marketing on this, check out Shmaltz's website. They give stone a run for the money on text about their beer.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a super dark brown color with a light tan head that's fairly small, it leaves some nice lacing around the glass. Nothing too special.

S: A whole lot fragrance going on with this beer....smells of caramel, coffee, sort of a fruit type of smell I can't nail down possibly a slight strawberry scent just an overall very malty smell. Very complex and nice.

T: Woh, super malty with some excellent tastes coffee, caramel, very similar to the smell a slight fruit taste and then ends on a nice mellowed earthy hop flavor, definitely hides the 12% abv quite well.

MF:A very nice velvety feel, a smidge low on the carbonation but pretty close to being damn near greatness.

D: While it is easy to put down one, it's a bit too high in ABV to enjoy any more than one in a weekend, but this is another one of those beers that would bee a lot of fun to share with a group of friends.

Quality beer!!!!

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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 Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very dark brown with a thick, rocky off-white head, leaves good retention and lacing.

S: Lighter than expected, some dark fruit, molasses and ethanol.

T: Very malty, sweet, light soy sauce character. Molasses and syrupy caramel sugar clearly evident. Lots of dark fruit, raisin and mission fig. Definitely has a fermented candi sugar quality to it.

M: Full-bodied, thick/viscous, 12% is very well hidden, slightly cloying.

D: Another good big beer from He'Brew. A slow sipper for me, but it certainly doesn't get me tired of drinking it. Definitely try it.

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

22 oz bottle I got from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Served up in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a suprisingly dark, brown. This beer might as well be black. When held to light, the shades of brown come out a bit more. Just a touch of dark red light comes through when exposed to a light source. A whole bunch of carbonation bottles are stuck to the side of the glass, seemingly trapped. Got about a finger of of tan head, but the retention was a bit of a let down. No real lace to talk about. There is a slick film that sticks to the glass though. Good looking brew.

S: At first smell, those 12 hops really come out. A lot of earthy tones are coming out. Earth, dirt, water, and flowery goodness. There is some citrus in there as well. Malts round it out with just a sweet kiss of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar smells. Not bad.

T: Taste really showcases the malt. This brew is sweet. Lots of bitter coffee. Chocolate is not as dark as I imagined but still tasty. Caramel is there in full force. Then a bit of the hops come in with an earthy kiss. Citrus, flowery, and herbal flavors come out. Then when you think it is done, the malt attacks again. Heavily roasted malt comes out with what tastes of smoke and wood. Then there is some butterscotch and then what tastes like the sticky goodness of the filling of a pecan pie. This beer is crazy but so good.

M: Full bodied brew that really coats the mouth. Carbonaton is somewhat high, but works incredibly well. ABV actually isn't that bad considering it sits at 12%. Aftertaste is so varied and lingering it is amazing. It really is the beauty of the beer.

D: For such a big, complex beer, this is damn easy to drink. Don't be fooled, this beer is complex. COMPLEX. There is so much going on in here and it is amazing that they actually got it to work. Much respect to the brewer for this achievement because it truly is that. Damn good beer.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

According to the information located on the factoids-about-the-number-Twelve-crammed label, Shmaltz's 12th Anniversary bottling utilizes a dozen hop and a dozen malt varietals, and the resultant brew clocks in at a stiff 12% abv. Though I imagine such a burly elixir might lay down for aging very well, the Caesar of this realm (me) has decreed that this particular bottle is to be executed today-- to be beheaded, then disemboweled-- the double-deuce bomber-sized vessel doomed never to reach the year 5770/2009... So it goes.

Poured into a small tulip glass, Jewbelation Twelve is a dark, oily chestnut in color with a cap of coffee-stained tan foam atop. The bubbles reduce quickly to a ring, as if gobbled up by the opaque, light-absorbing brew beneath. Only a mere few freckles of lacing dare attach themselves to the interior of the glass.

The smell is multifaceted and fruity, with each whiff at the glass bringing a different olfactory sensation forward. Alcohol is prominent, with plenty of vanilla and overripe red apples pervading, accompanied by warm notes of brown sugar-laced rum, spiced with fresh plum juice, orange zest and snipped spruce needles. A juicy, tart citrus sting is layered into the profile, as is a spicy, dark breadiness that deepens and enrichens the aroma.

The taste is darkly malty at its essence, with rich, dark-kilned grains providing a base for aromatic boozy fireworks. Alcohol-fruity flavors take full advantage of the courtesy, with a swirl of fermenting pineapple and brown sugar-sprinkled red apples smacking down the base notes of burnt cocoa-dusted vanilla caramel. As the drink warms significantly, the fruitiness fades a bit, allowing the dark, sugary malt backbone to stretch out a bit to warm the drinker. A mild bitterness languishes in the aftertaste.

Jewbelation Twelve is one big mofo of a beer-- rich, strong, and very barleywine-like. The full-bodied drink is silky smooth with fine carbonation, and is in every way, shape, and form a sipper. Lovely stuff I'd like to see again with a bit of age on it.

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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 paco1029384756
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with minimal head and nice lacing.

Scent of brown sugar, prunes, roasted malts and some nuts. A pretty damn good scent, but being 12% I expected it to be a little stronger, but is is fairly tame.

Taste of prunes, sugars, roasted malts and a hint of coffee initially. Finishes with some roasted malts, slight sugars, and prunes. A nice big rush of flavor initially that balances itself out quickly, that's what I expect from a big beer like this.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy with a bit of carbonation.

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Photo of drxandy
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz to snifter, pours a deep dark brown with hints of red, creamy tan head is forced from a heavy pour but fades quick - nice

smells of super malt, raisins, plums, hops, smells like a silky barleywine

taste is bitter, roasty, hot hot alcohol, slight apple, creamy, hops are bitter but hidden behind the agressive malting, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, tobacco, leather, hops impart earthy goodness, mmmm, love to see what some age could do to this one :D

mouthfeel is thick and oily, bitter, roasty, alcohol heat, loads and loads of flavors piled together but not overdone, a sipper indeed.. yum!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a long-stemmed goblet.

Pours a syrupy, almost opaque maple in color beneath a half-inch; almost creamy, tan head. The tan head slowly fades to a practically intact filmy sheet. A few trails of patchy lacing.

Fresh, vinous fruit: red apple, grape, plum. Faint hints of tart citrus: grapefruit, honeydew. Rounded hints of alcohol intermingling with a semi-sweet molasses-malt base. Soft hints of vanilla. Interesting range of aromas for a Brown Ale that work together quite well.

Monstrously sweet caramel, milk chocolate, molasses, and dark toffee with a hefty dose of caramelized brown sugar and nutmeg. The alcohol presence is bulky even though the intense rich flavors try to mask the 12% abv. Traces of dried grape and prune with a cedar/oak presence by mid-sip. Notes of ginger add a spice flavor that is just a little off, leading to a slick, alcohol-laden aftertaste.

Full bodied; hot and slick, but also almost dry with the oak and ginger. A little too slick, attributed to the alcohol and sweetness, but as balanced as can be for such a full-flavored Impy Brown.

Like nothing I've ever had in terms of the style. Too sweet for my taste, and the alcohol really shows. A daring concoction, but not an offering you could drink all night.

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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 Taverner420
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent - not as good as last year's though. Pours a black-brown with no head. There's carbonation there, just no head. Nose is molasses like malt and alcohol. Taste is molasses and caramel. Too many malts IMO. Despite all this, it is fairly drinkable and doesn't warm until it hits the belly.

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Photo of rye726
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. The nose has rich malts, alcohol, fruits, candy and hops. Taste is similar, very malt heavy with a subtle hop presence. Medium body has adequate carbonation. Very similar to the 11th jewbelation. A good beer at a good price.

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

Vigorous pour into imperial pint glass produces tidal foam that quickly recedes into a black night.

I partake.

Malt tsunami floods the pallet. Malt for forty days and forty nights, but the ecletrical charge of hop can be discerned--like a small radio tossed into a large pool--just enough to electrify the malty midnight swim.

I behold the color--crimson around the edges, like a deep red sky and a black sun at sunset.

The night blooming jasmine outside my window is overpowered by the ale in my glass. All I can smell is malt.

I inspect the fine print on the bottle. Listed is everything significant about the mumber 12: 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Gods of Mt. Olympus, 12 months in a year, 12 step program. But most salient for me is the fact that I can buy three more of these bottles for a little over 12 bucks.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce brown bottle. Shmaltz might be one of my favorite breweries.

Appearance: Jewbelation 12 pours out a deep brown, almost black color that shows some rich ruby highlights. A strong pour resulted in about two fingers of thick, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention, head fades slowly and leaves behind a thick coating of sticky lace on the glass. Really a nice looking beer.

Smell: This smells like a sweet one. Heavy doses of fruit, plum and raisin to be specific. Noticed some subtle alcohol notes. Underlying layers of malt and hops. Slight hints of cigar tobacco deep in the background.

Taste: This one doesn't just smell sweet, it is sweet! Not overwhelmingly sweet though. Very complex flavors packed into this beer. Definitely some dark fruits, again plum and raisin. A subtle breadiness comes through with a bit of booze. Finishes quite dry with another hint of alcohol. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden. Big, bold flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Thick, yet not syrupy, full bodied mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Beer coats palate nicely.

Drinkability: Drinkability suffers a bit from the huge complex flavors. This is a sipper in my opinion. I'll have to get more of this tasty brew!

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Photo of Yesac
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown.. appears solid brown/black in the glass. Very small light brown head that seems to keep a thin layer on top as the glass empties.

S - Grassy and sweet fruity tones. Very unique.

T - First off I've got to say that for 12%.. the alcohol taste is well hidden. The manner in which it just briefly makes its presence up front is great. This is one smooth brew and is complex at the same time, the flavors are unique and I'm having trouble relating what exactly they are. The bottle says 12 malts and I believe it, there is a plethora of malt complexity here.. chocolate.. roasted.. and burnt tasting malts. Hops are here but hard to pick out.. they are giving off a more grassy type taste.

M - Thick bodied and medium carbonated.. overall rich and smooth on the palate. There is a great freshness feel and taste, I like it.

D - Extremely easy drinker here, even at 12%! Brew is so smooth and complex. Could sip or drink it fast. Excellent job He'Brew!

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