He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13)He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13)

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by spartanfan on 10-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pVCropley1
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Finally decided to open this '09 while watching football. Poured it into a porter glass. Head was minimal. Five years ago the alcohol was just too obvious; coupled with Shmaltz's ritual of matching the malt to the year in question (13), it was too sweet for my palate. Still can't find the 13 hops. Alcohol has definitely mellowed and malt much less sweet.

Enjoyable slow drink. Nice coffee-like aftertaste. Not bitter.

Glad I waited five years. Sorry it was my last bottle.

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Photo of jdcollens
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, purchased fresh in 2009. Drinking from a Duvel tulip. Thought I'd crack this and a 2010 Pumking to support the Rangers (my adopted Eastern team since I'm moving to NY in a few weeks... plus, the Kings beat my Hawks so I can't rightly support them). I stored this bad boy in a box in an interior closet. Ideally, I'd have kept it at about 65-70F, but I live in GA and that's just unreasonable, so it's been at 68-75.

A: Deep, dark brown with a creamy 1-finger head that fades a bit quickly. I'm surprised at the head - at 13% and aged for 5 years I didn't expect much of it.

S: Mostly a sweet malty smell, though there are some nice coffee/toffee scents as well. Maybe even some raisins. Some very mild ethyl booziness lingers.

T: Great malt sweetness. I remember drinking one of these fresh 5 years ago and thinking the boozy flavor overtook the milder, better flavors (I was somewhat of a newbie at the time and still noticed the booze). Now, the situation is reversed. The alcohol has mellowed a lot in the bottle over time and the malty sweetness is at the forefront now. Some coffee and toffee, but the roasted malts are the stars here. A very small amount of chocolate comes in on the back end.

M: Very viscous and silky. This is exactly what I was hoping for all along.

O: Oh, man. If you can find this one, 5 years out, do yourself a favor and locate it. I know some folks are tapping it in the Northeast every once in a while. Look for a Shmaltz tap takeover and get some of it. It holds up even better than the 2007 Black Ops I had last month.

I should note that, as I typed this up, the damn Kings came back from being down 4-2 to tie it up. Jerks.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Henrietta, NY. '09 vintage.

Pours an opaque dark brown, with a creamy mocha like head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells include intense dark fruits, roasted malt, and caramel.

Similar tastes. This is very fruity, lots of raisins, plums, and cherries, bringing to mind a cross between a Belgian Dark Ale and a Barleywine. There are some stout like characteristics- some roasty malt and a little bit of chocolate.

Full bodied. Any alcohol burn has faded away at this point. Low to little carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Another vintage Schmaltz beer that was a winner. This seems to have aged well (I didn't have it fresh).

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Photo of rudzud
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Russell's in Amherst years ago. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark dark brown hue with a good almost two finger dark tan head that fades to leave a thin thin cloud and light halo.

S - Aromas of figs, raisins, molasses, strong malt sweetness, toffee, light light smoke, faint booze.

T - Taste is tons of big sweet malts, figs, raisins, dark fruits, molasses, smoke roast, caramel, toffee, light char, sweet sticky goodness.

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, very sticky and syrupy. Alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall, a tasty beer. Not sure how this was fresh, but it did age nicely. Would prefer it to be less sticky on the mouthfeel though.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from the 2011 Holiday Pack.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark brown, almost black color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A rich but deep malt profile with bits of raisin.

(T)- A good dense roasted grains component with raisin and molasses. Subtle bits of cocoa.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good roasted bit near the end. A smooth feel to it despite the hefty ABV.

(O)- Overall, a solid strong ale that is quite drinkable despite its strength.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, from the 2010 Vertical Boxset.

appears a very dark brown color, off-white head that fades to nothing. aroma of plum, fig, tobacco, spiced rum. similar flavors in the taste. complex and blended taste. medium to thick body, lower carbonation.

overall - they added one more grain and one more hop, but it's still very similar to Jewbelation 11 and 12.

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Photo of MrOH
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque brown-black with a thin ring of light brown foam.

Sherry, raisins and other dark dried fruits, a touch of roast and nuttiness, a light earthiness as well.

Restrained roast, then the earthiness, lots of dried fruit and sherry, and then a dry dark chocolate finish. Perhaps the driest of the series so far.

Pretty heavy-bodied despite the dryness, low carbonation.

A slow sipper, but well done. Would go nicely with a cigar or the right cheese. Has a lot of subtle notes if you're willing to take the time to look for them.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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 very dark brown amber, appearing black with thin brown head and little lacing. Aroma of molasses, dark malt and alcohol. Dark fruit, dark malts, molasses and booze, finishes hot with dark fruits and malt. I'd age this one if they were available. Nicely done.

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Photo of duceswild
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Forgot that I had this beer which I picked up a while ago and finally got around to trying this evening. Pours a dark reddish brown with a very thin amount of head.

Smell is of alcohol, malt, and caramel however the alcohol vastly over powers the other scents.

Taste is a burning boozy alcohol. I get some chocolate/coffee on the after taste. I would have though this beer may have died down some after a few years, but that is not the case here.

12oz of this would have sufficed, but 22oz was a little hard to get down given the overly powerful booze scent and taste with this one.

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Photo of ales4baldo
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-Cool celebratory look with the 15 in the back ground.

A-Pretty dark with little to no head. Light brown head and poured a little thin.

S-Greenn apples and some cinnamon as well. Little chocolate and smoky smell. Soft booze smell for 15% beer.

T-Really good. Has a nice sweet taste that comes from the booze. Dark chocolate and plums with also some almonds. Cinnamon and raisins as well.

M-A nice soft smooth silk like draw thats nice. Full bodied and stout like feel. Carbonation is low and should be. Dark roasts and chocolate stick to the palate.

O-A really nice beer overall. Like the complexity of the flavors and the stout like feel. Will probably get better with age.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a recent trade with STEG. Thanks for the brews man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: First pour was a little weak, but the second pour was straight down the middle and ended up being more impressive. Straight pour produced a two finger, thicker looking light tan head with really good retention. Head slowly fades to a wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Transparent bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end and leaves some sticky lacing at the top of the glass.

SMELL: Big nose on this one. Caramel and toffee notes, dark fruits, such as raisins, dark grapes and dates, and some boozy aromas as well. Some smoky notes and touches of coffee as well. Big, sweet and boozy stuff.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Caramel and toffee up front with lots of dark, fruity sweetness. A good dose of booze at the swallow, followed by some sweet molasses and caramel with notes of bitter coffee and some leathery qualities as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste is sweet with some bitterness as balance and a nice, rummy booze base. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Nicely creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A slight burn at the swallow and some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Another solid beer from He’Brew. Lots of good flavors in this one, and the rest of the beer is well put together. This brewery continues to impress and I’d gladly drink any of their strong ales again. Thanks for the trade STEG. This was another solid brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I had some fun with this beer last week, she's all about anything that's darker. Usually that entails some kind of a stout or porter for her tastes but I was happy to see this 13% Jewish strong ale pour as dark as it did. Almost pitch black with some ruby highlights making it through when held toward the light, a full formed tan head after a pretty rough pour, leaves behind speckled lacing down the sides of my chalice. Aroma is nice full of big fruit, plums, roasted caramel malts, dark charred malts, a bit herbal and peppery with earthy hops and a touch of the booze to meld things together. Flavor wise there were layers of caramel malts, nearly burnt brown sugar, with roasted hints of dark malts balancing the sweetness. Juicy luscious ripened dark fruits, plums, raisin, some tart apple with a rustic dark chocolate caramelized nearly burnt sugars with a touch of vanilla in the finish. Really 13 malts, 13 hops it could taste like anything. Hops as many different ones as there are form a muddled citrus tea earthy quality that balances out the booze and malt sweetness to make this thing actually drinkable. Mouthfeel is full bodied with near reduced syrup textures at times, carbonation carries it all pretty well and like I said besides a bit of 13% booze lighting things up it's pretty smooth as a whole. Repeat purchase maybe after I try the rest of the crazy Jewbelation beers I really need to find that variety pack they have out. Last year it had all of the Jewbelation varieties up until 14.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. From last winter's re-issue 8-pack. Served at cellar temp.

Pours a dark, murky oily brown. Stout-like. Thick finger of dense khaki head. Nice lacing and retention. Rich nose of dark rummy fruits, caramel, candied figs, molasses, and banana liqueur, with hints of licorice, milk chocolate, and sweetened coffee.

Some singed, roasty notes up front. Light coffee and herbal hop(?) bitterness sets the background for a sweet, boozy, malt surge. Lots of big, rummy fruits, chewy caramel, meaty molasses, and buttery toffee take center stage. Roasted notes come through near the finish, along with a little licorice, smoke, and tobacco. Herbal bitterness carries through the finish, with lingering malt sweetness. Full-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel. Delicious and deceptively drinkable!

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Photo of tewaris
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 10/2009 shared with friends on 11/2011 with 2 years on it.

Pours dark brown with a tiny brown head. Vanilla, fruit, caramel, sweet malts in the aroma. Drinks with plenty of dark fruit and chocolate with ample roast at the back.

Good body and medium carbonation. The finish is quite sweet, but the 13% ABV is hardly felt. Overall it's very good and has closet aged very well.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from holiday gift set.

a - opened the bottle and filled my ccb snifter. the brew poured a rich purple, but settled more brown in the glass with a thin off white head that fizzled away in moments leaving a ring around the glass.swirling the glass easily rebuilt the head but lacing was always slick.

s - as soon as i opened the bottle i smelled the familiar grape boozy smell of a good strong ale. upon closer inspection, it's all there, but more in your face. nutmeg up the wazoo. really nice. exactly what i'm looking for in a strong ale. like a doppel on steroids.

t - as the nose suggested, grape and nutmeg...but BAM is that boozy. you can definitely taste the 13% or at least a good 10% of it. give it some time and this is a champ.

m - gives a boozy tingle. pretty thick, but by no means sludgy or syrupy.

o - overall, really nice strong ale. this is one to grab a few bottles of and forget about for a few years. great flavor, but just powerful on the booze.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, reddish brown with a small, off-white head. Scent comes off very sweet. A very malty aroma with a lot of caramel and a bit of dark chocolate. Lots of candied dark fruit aromas. Taste is very rich, chocolate malt. Sweet, velvety caramel and chocolate malt balls. Brown sugar with hints of toffee and sweet dark fruits. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly syrupy. Drinkability is fair, as this is a very rich and boozy beer. Overall, it has definitely balanced out over the years, but still a little too boozy to handle too much of. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Black in color, pours 1/2 finger of tan head, moderate lacing.

Smell: Malty, caramel, boozy, plums, figs, vanilla, brown sugar, hoppy.

Taste: Sweet, boozy, syrupy, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, oak, bourbon, hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good carbonation, boozy.

Overall: A decent beer, very boozy.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown to black in color with a creamy little cap of dusty brown foam on top. Some good lacing as well.

A deeply complex smell of sweetness. Malt, maple syrup, rum raisin, plum, prune. Very lovely nose.

A medley of sweet malts happening here as well. Dark fruit with molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, toffee and caramel. Some maple syrup in there as well perhaps. The hops are not completely outdone however and add some distinct bitterness. Getting some solid roast from the malt as well.

Full and very smooth bodied. Soft carbonation with a lightly sticky finish.

This is a nice big sipper of a brew here. Very enjoyable and complex strong ale. Looking forward to Jewbelation 14 in the future and hoping for more greatness.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer actually worked surprisingly well on cask- I was somewhat shocked. Poured black with a relatively thin white head. Fairly soft aromas, but notably there is lots of brown sugar. The taste comes together nicely. It is sweet and strong, but not overly hot. Instead you get vinous flavors, a huge malt profile, and a nice warming booziness. The cask mellows things a bit. Fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of BlackWednesday
2.66/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thick brown body almost black complete with a thick creamy cap floating on top. Aroma’s are toffee, burnt coconut marshmallows, an almost soya sauce but not really, and some cheery. Man you could smell this stuff for hours and constantly pick up new stuff. Flavor wasn’t nearly as intense as I thought it would but it’s still pretty strong. Burnt sugar dominates with only a slight hint of the 13% but I’m sure the room will be spinning very soon. This beer is thick and chewy and has a slightly bitter coffee finish. Cherries plums and other flavours are all noticeable. Good beer, complex beer, but not a every day beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a short dense toasted khaki head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of dark bread, caramel and toffee. Some pruney dark fruit sweetness. A bit of a mustiness. Has an olde ale type of aroma.

The taste is of toasted pumpernickle with notes of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Some caramel and light dark fruit flavors. The sweetness is not as strong in the flavor compared to the aroma. This has a nice roasted kick to it. Some grassy hops detected.

The beer is well bodied with tingly carbonation. Mostly bitter on the palate. Finishes slightly sticky. ABV presence is detected, a bit fusel.

One of the better sample in the vertical. It is not overly sweet like most.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a small of-white head.

S: Lots of sweet and malty notes to the aroma. Big time toffee and caramel, as well as some molasses and brown sugar. Some milk chocolate, dark fruits, and even a bit of vanilla.

T: Dark fruits and dark sugars really dominate the flavors. Molasses, brown sugar, and toffee are all there, as is some chocolate. A bit of roasted malt and vanilla, too.

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

O: This was a really solid beer. Really great maltiness to it.

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Photo of mactrail
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Powerful flavors in a big burning fuel rod of a beer.

Deep reddish mahogany color in the Orval chalice. Head is modest, lacing swirls a bit. Pleasant carbonation on the tongue, if you still have one after wrapping it around this powerhouse. Deep, dark flavors of dried cherries, licorice, burnt caramel. Wonderful balance between the sweetness and the big hops, and a complexity unmatched by most barley wines.

This is so rich, so full of flavors, it has a rum-like feeling, but the alcohol is well integrated. Just a little hot on the tongue. But a great beer and a fine example of the "more is more" theory.

Tasted another 22 oz bottle from the cellar on 12/13/11 and it's sensational. The licorice comes out even more. This has to be one of the most strongly flavored beer ever-- if you ignore the hop slam varieties-- it's all done with a sensational amount of malt. Darker and darker flavors pile on. It's quite amazing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a nice 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. Nice distinct lines of lacing around the glass on the drink down. Very nice smells of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, butterscotch, biscuits, and alcohol. Taste is very much like the nose with caramel/toffee/butterscotch, brown sugar, fresh baked biscuits, and citrus zest hops on the finish. Mild bitterness and alcohol burn after each sip. Very thick and creamy in the mouth. The beer coats the mouth with a slightly sticky feel. Overall, this a very good beer that reminds me very much of a barleywine. You definitely need to slowly sip this one and take time to enjoy the bottle.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of Jewbelation 14, I was happy to find a bottle of this Jewbelation 13 Bar Mitzvah sitting on the shelf at a beer distributor I had recently visited. I was interested in seeing how it differs from it's younger brother.

I poured the Jewbelation into a glass goblet at about 56 degrees. I found that it poured and looked very much like the 14 a rich deep dark brown with ruby hues. It had a nice tan head that receded but not completely with some moderate lacing.

The smell was similar but more pungent then it's younger brother. It smelled of malt, very ripe dark fruits, chocolate and cherry notes.

The taste was as good as the 14 if not better. It has an initial malty sweetness that gives way to those dark fruits. The alcohol is not as predominant as it is in the 14 and I believe it's a combination of starting off at a lower ABV and having a year to mature.

Overall, this is still a favorite of mine for a fun good tasting brew that packs a powerful Kosher punch. Certainly I would reccomend this to anyone that enjoys a flavorful brew. Enjoy!!!

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He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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