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)

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 270 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Jason. Rather chocolate, roasty, could pass as a sweet stout. Coconut there suggesting barrel againg. Average mouthfeel. Very dark with an off-white head, lots of lace. Sour aromas. Complex malt and also coffee.Fine, but not the most enjoyable Hebrew I have had.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep, dark, shoe-polish brown colour, with mahogany edges, and three fingers of creamy, foamy beige head, that keeps rising, even when you think it has exhausted that particular trick. It leaves a thick wall of lace around the glass as it beats its retreat. The aroma is strong caramel and toffee in the malt side of things, some chocolate, fruity and zingy hops, and alcohol. The taste is big astringent pine hops, strong dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, and chocohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body full, dense, and lusciously smooth, and it finishes with the weight of the front-loaded, top-heavy nature of the beer - sweet, boozy, and hoppy, in equal and copious portions.

For a bottle that is the equivalent of your average table wine, strength-wise, the alcohol is very well sublimated, to a surprisingly gentle warming. Amongst this, an amazing array of flavours, that distract nicely from the eventual effect of a bomber's worth of indulgence. Oh, and Go, Canada, beat 'dem Yanks! And I'm aware of the irony of the American heritage of this beer...

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Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked this one open on Christmas Eve.

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, light brown head of thick foam. The head slowly receded to leave sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate (bittersweet), toffee and molasses. The was a roasted malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted of boozy alcohol flavor with bittersweet chocolate, molasses and a bitter sharp hop kick.

M - It was soft and smooth but also thick and chewy. A full-bodied, slow-sipper.

D - This is a very good strong ale. It really got better as it warmed up.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice thick 2 finger darker head, over pitch black dark colored beer. The head fades semi slowly with thick fluffy head and lots of large bubbles.

N: Malts galore. Sweet malts, brown sugar, molasses, crystal malt, some roast, chocolate malt, some bakers chocolate.

T: Semi sweet to start. Lots of malts again, super thick malts. Chewy, thick, and slightly boozy with all the sweetness. Brown sugar, caramel malts, sweet syrupy, some boozy qualities, dark malts overall. Little roast, some chocolate malts, bakers chocolate. Spicy booze and alcohol flavors. Pretty thick and smooth, but pretty high abv bite. Stouty earthy bitterness from the heavy thick charred malts, as well as some earthy spicy hops add a nice bitter spicy hop flavor.

M: Semi thick, semi smooth, and quite a bit of an abv bite with decent carb. Slightly smooth and velvety but offset by the heavy alcohol and sweet thick malts feel.

F: Some sweetness, but lots of bitterness. Dries pretty well which adds to the bitterness, a combination of some earthy spicy hops and charred malts. The alcohol is somewhat heavy and almost too much. The slightly sticky sweet malts linger as well. Some coffee, roast, and some lingering chocolate. A very slight salty mineral finish that's not there on the initial taste, but comes out a bit on the finish.

A nice heavy stout, with lots of malts, alcohol, and a nice hop bite. Very heavy overall, which I bet will do very well with a few years under its belt.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass a ruby tinged dark brown,a large clingy light almond colored head atop that took the duration of the glass to settle into a frothy mass.A mix of dark fruit,sweet alcohol,and roasted nut in the nose,slight chocolate is in the background.Full and silky in the mouth,it coats but is not sticky,very nice.Sweeter flavors at the onset,dark fruit and dark brown sugar flavors mixed with sweet alcohol make it warming,there is a slight roasty flavor in the finish,its sweet but not cloying.This a sipper no doubt,the alcohol does show itself with ease,buts it is what it is a big bold beer that isnt overly sweet,I like it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body with no light showing through. The foam settles rapidly and leaves only minor lace on the glass.

S - A rich aroma of dark caramel malts and roasted character, balanced by juicy, citrus hops. Notes of burnt caramel, chocolate, toffee, mild coffee, and molasses with spicy, pine resin that darkens with the malt to produce a hint of velvety pipe tobacco.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee up front with a thick, molasses sugary character. The round sweetness of the initial impression is quickly pushed aside by huge spicy, bitter hops and dark, acrid malt. Grapefruit and pine flavors manage to shine through the thick and dark malt notes of burnt chocolate, coffee, and rum. The spicy character continues into the finish, where it is reinforced by a significant alcoholic warmth and a smoky, pine-wood fire character that lingers on the palate. Lots of sharp bitterness from both hops and roasted grain combines with the rich, sweet caramel malt to produce a spicy, cigar-like aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a huge beer, I almost think that 13 malts and 13 hops may have been over the limit. The aroma is a very nice and complex blend of malt and hops that fits well in the American Barleywine/Strong ale range and succeeds particularly well in letting the hops shine through despite the strong malt. The flavor profile is less well put together and seems like it might benefit from extended aging. There is a dominant spicy/hot note throughout that comes from the hops, the malt, and the alcohol. In some ways, this helps to balance out the inherent sweetness in a beer this big, but it is so powerful that it begins to make the beer taste like floor polish by the end of the glass. There is no date on the bottle, so I don't know how old it is, but from the taste, I would guess that it would benefit from several years of aging (it reminds me of young Old Crustacean, which needs 3+ years to mature). I might pick up another one and see what it can do in the cellar.

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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 russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 3+ fingers of brown head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Plums, figs cocoa, leafy hops & general jammyness

T: Caramel, oakyness, leafy hops & figs up front, plus a slight port boozeyness. More figgyness, plus a little of vanilla as this warms, along with rich dark fruittyness, a hint of persimmons, & more dryness. Finishes oaky, fruitty & figgy & hints of carob

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, very warming

Drank really easy for the style & ABV, got better as this warmed. Good/interesting take on the style

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Presents an imposing black body with some very dark brown hints on the edges of the stemmed tulip glass and capped with a thin layer of creamy-looking, ecru head.

Smell: A heady concentration of rich malts notes -- everything from espresso to chocolate to licorice to sugar-steeped dark fruits to ooey, gooey molasses.

Taste: Willikers! For me, this beer really gives a sense of fresh-baked pumpernickel bread, along with tastes of roasty espresso powder, molasses, powderized dark chocolate, zesty rye, crumbled snickerdoodle cookies, and smoked black licorice. Oh, and lets not forget the dark fruitiness. In the background, there's a perpetual, bold bitterness peering through the heavy blanket of malts. Warming finish with a concluding taste of pumpernickel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. This one has a very smooth mouthfeel. Why, it's positively velvety!

Drinkability: A robust, hearty beer packed with flavor and complexity that drinks fairly well given the purported ABV percentage. While it's a lovely beer now, I'd like to see what a little time tucked away will do to it (which should be easy to do given the very reasonable, sensible price of $4.99).

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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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 brown color, almost black, with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks exactly like Jewbelation 11.

s - Smells of toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, light oak, and light bourbon.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, alcohol/bourbon, dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - I liked this one a lot. I enjoyed the light bourbon notes. I think after Jewbelation 11 this was my faovrite of the normal Jewbelation beers. Would like to have again.

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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 Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli on 2/13/10.

A - A very dark brown like coffee w/ medium brown hue at the glass's base w/ light golden brown cream w/ pin sized bead, the lace holds the glass well

S - the smell lets you know what you are in for -lots of malt, caramel coffee and woody notes w/ moderate spice and some alcohol. Dark toffee notes w/ a molasses essence.

M - The feel is rather thick on the tongue, viscous almost w/ roasty texture and bitter malt w/ a long finish that has alcohol warmth

T - The flavor of this strong ale is intensly malty and pretty bitter too - both malt wise and spiced with hops. The smooth toffee flavor is there with mild bitter cocoa and molasses w/ a hint of licorice and mild caramel butteriness. The alcohol tends to come forward near the middle and brings out some astringent hop essence with it as well as more of a treacle taste in the flavor with burnt sugar and dark bread to round it out. The hops are there in the long finish w/ pine aspects - the malt and hops never truly win out over one another as it seems pretty balanced throughout

D - The strong emphasis is here making me wonder if this was brewed with cellaring intended. 1/2 pint serving woudl be adequate for me, but I am not sure I could handle a whole bottle - this would be a good candidate for sharing -better than average

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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 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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 270 ratings