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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by spartanfan on 10-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awsome pour! Big thich frothy tan head. Chunky lacing. Pours dark caramel and sits in the glass the darkest brown.

SMells of sweet malts, bread, and brandy.

Tastes of mollasis up front. Dark fruits, Belgium candy sugars, alcohol, and different "booze" flavors. Bitter aftertaste.

Thick, wet mouthfeel with creamy coating of the mouth. Perfectly carbonated.

A bit bitter for the drinkability catagory. I feel this brew will do GREAT with a year or two and be near perfect. Will go back to buy a few more to age!

Bravo again SHMALTZ!

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a pitch black with a mocha tan colored head that rises to three fingers and then falls slowly to a thin foam with a few bubbles on top. Definitely thick but not as thick as I anticipated from 13%.

S: Lots of bittersweet chocolate dominating the aroma, the booze comes through as well in addition to raisins and caramel. No hop presence easily recognizable although the aroma does have a crispness to it.

T: Follows the nose with the booziness intensified and some honey is detected upfront as well. Lots of roasted malt on the finish and the bittersweet chocolate really lingers.

M: Heavy body, but lighter than expected, nice carbonation really wakes up the taste buds but not too harsh. Booziness adds a little harshness.

D: Smooth and drinkable save for the booziness which isn't a bad thing throughout, just hinders drinkability. Still not bad for 13%. Great beer, needs time to develop in the bottle to add some complexity and balance.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Pours black as night with maybe a little light bleed from a distant city that gives it just the slightest bit of a orangey-reddish glow. Not as thick as I would have expected a beer of this size to be but I'm not complaining, head manages to stick around for a bit to, though not nearly as long as the massive alcoholic legs on this beer.

S: Chocolate, raisins, honey, tobacco, dark currants, though to be honest, bittersweet chocolate pretty much dominates the nose on this beer. Not bad but I don't need a beer this size to deliver massive chocolate aromas.

T/MF: Very toasty start that becomes suprisingly fruity along with a heaping helping of sweet, hot booze, honey, slick, syrupy chocolate sauce. Mouthfeel is super slick and sticky and certainly drinks as big as the bottle indicates.

D: Not bad but really didn't seem all that special, the beer certainly is huge and drinks huge but for what purpose, I am not really getting anything extra out of what this beer purports to be, not bad for the price but strictly a serviceable imperial stout.

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Photo of capra12
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep maple brown, with fine coffee colored head

Smell: Mix of dark and green fruits with a hint of over ripened banana.

Taste: Opens withe a strong alcohol soaked dark grape which fluctuates in intensity through out the sip with brief but intense hints of freshly peeled lychee fruit leaving a malty and alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, smooth and coarse, and minimally carbonated.

Drinkability: I would have this again on another night and would recommend this to those who seek an intense alcohol, dark malts and dark fruit brew which leaves the palate rather coarse and dry.

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Photo of Crayz
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz Bomber poured into a stemless red wine glass

A - Poured a dark deep blackish red, almost completely opaque. Not much head to begin with, but soon the light bronze film built up to a decent amount, then faded quickly back to a fine cover with no lacing.

S - What is that?! Awesome... Sweet dark fruits, hints of burned caramel, and something roasty, though not coffee or smokey; more chololately as it finishes. Those 13 hop varieties have yet to join this party.
As it warms, the 13% makes its appearance.

T - Finishes the story the smell started. Sweet over ripe fruit, maybe fig, raisins, or plums. Hints of brown sugar are quickly over taken by warming alcohol. I little too hot right now, but nothing unpleasant. The slight roast flavor is present start to finish as cocoa, and builds up to a nice finish behind the alcohol.
Its malty, but not a malt bomb. So those hops are in there somewhere balancing things out, I just can't pick up on them.
As it warms, things smooth out. The alcohol makes a little room for some hop bitterness, with a slight spiciness.

M - The head and retention foreshadowed the mouthfeel. Good balance of carbonation for the style and ABV, and not coming across as a chewy sludge for the malts and ABV involved. Feel thickens up a bit as it warms, and makes a good match for the change in nuances.

D - What do you say, liver? Up for another? 13%? Pretty good for a beer this big, but its a little hot right now. Give it a little age, and condition my liver some more and I could probably drink this - fairly - regularly.

Overall this beer is great. I look forward to re-reviewing it a year after its hot alcohol has had a chance to mellow out... and again in two years, then three... because I will be cellaring a few!

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Photo of dwilson01
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass

Appearance-Very dark although not quite complete blackness, I can still pick up a hint of dark brown redness when held up to the light. Some light carbonation, solid amount of frothy head retains for a few minutes before settling down.

Smell: It smells pretty heavy, lots of malt in this one! Not too much sweetness, I can definitely pick up the alcohol in the scent, slight caramel and nutty smell to it as well. I pick up a little spice in the smell so the hops are noticable but not too prominent to me.

Taste: The taste is pretty awesome I must say, much more balanced than I got out of the smell I really like it. Gets a little alcohol flavor in the aftertaste but it's not as much as I had predicted. You can tell it's a stout, but there is a lot of hoppy flavoring to it as well so this seems to me like more or a balanced stout I would probably even catagorize it under the American Strong Ale label (the abv definitely suit it to that!).

Mouthfeel: It is smooth, not as smooth as some stouts I've had which is something I definitely enjoy about it, it has a little bite to it, not much but you can tell it's there and it gives this beer some distinct character. So I guess I would say it's about medium weight-wise and very smooth but not creamy.

Drinkability: Yes! honestly this review may seem kind of skeptical at first but I would definitely buy this beer again, it's very complex in it's flavoring and I mean VERY complex...I keep thinking about what I wrote initially and want to revise it but I'm sticking to first impressions here. Smoothness and spiciness in perfect balance with each other and just enough sweet in there to kill the alcohol flavor...13 malts and 13 hops, I believe it, Cheers!

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is black and lightens up to a dark espresso around the edges. There was a nice two and a half finger head, and that was in both pours from the bomber.

The nose is deep and dark. Hops, dark berries, and chocolate. I'm even picking up some root beer and dark bread.

The taste is also complex. 13 malts and 13 hops? I don't doubt it. The malts are baker's chocolate, sweet molasses, and caramel (amongst a list of other things I can't pinpoint, that's for sure.) The hops are bittering and fruity. The finish is reminiscent of dates.

Mouthfeel is thick but well carbonated, and very dry. The alchohol is there, but I would never have guessed 13% abv.

For such a vivid and high abv, this goes down exceptionally well.

Did I seriously pay just $4.99 a bomber for this? I'm going back and grabbing a couple more. This is one of the best bang for the bucks out there.

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Photo of erz316
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at Finch's in a small goblet

this was an odd one. the restaurant had the beer labeled as an american strong ale, but that was clearly a load of bull. the bartender must suck pretty hard, because none of the beers I had that night had a good foam. then again, the glasses they give you are so damn small, maybe he wanted to give me as much as possible. the body was black, but the nose wasn't very strong or complex. taste was pretty good too, you dont notice the booze, that's for sure. there was a peculiar strong ale like characteristic in the finish, where it really does taste like barley or whatever is in an asa.

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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 jwinship83
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle drank out of an over sized snifter.

A- this one pours out a completely black colored body. no light or color can be seen when it is held up to the light. a large fluffy tan colored head forms on top and quickly becomes a skin on top of my glass leaving behind small spots of lace.

S- wow...huge blast of alcohol right off the bat. other than that there are faint roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate in here.

T- thankfully, the taste is a little less hot than the smell. dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some dark fruits like cherry and plum. there is a strong alcohol presence in here as well, but thats expected with something this large.

M- full bodied and rather chewy. a great low level of carbonation. strong warming sensation from the alcohol.

D- as always, an interesting anniversary beer from hebrew. anything at this strength is one and done. i wish i had someone to split this with this evening. ill check back on this one in a year to see how its doing.

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

Poured from a bottle slightly chilled from the cellar into a brandy snifter. Is this really an Imperial Stout?

A-Deep dark appearance. Slight ruby highlights when held to a light bulb, but this sucker is dark. Slight tan head that fades to virtually nothing. A little ring maybe. Looks rich and tasty. Wish it had a head.

S-Stout? Not sure about that, but I'll leave it to the taste. I'm smelling barleywine, and a rich one at that. Dark candied sugar fruits and alcohol throughout. A bit of a yeasty background.

T-Holy cow! An H bomb of taste explosion in the first sip. The nose carries into the taste, with rum soaked dark fruits predominating, a hint of dark ripe cherry, and some bittersweet bakers chocolate somewhere behind leading to a slightly astringent bitter finish. A deeply sweet roasted taste to all. I have to cleanse the palate with sharp cheese and crackers between sips to try to pick out all of the flavors in this exceedingly interesting (abd very strong) brew. This may be a case of "too much is too much"...13 hops, 13 malts, 13 ABV, but although it is very over the top, it is fairly balanced and is not overly hopped. I like this, and I bet with some age, it will mature into something pretty special.

M-On the heavier side, slighly oily, a bit chewy, and carbonation is spot on. Just about right for this brew.

D-A snifter of this is about all you can take at a time...it is strong, potent and flavorful and would definately make a great after dinner beer (or one enjoyed with a good cigar). Buy it again? Hell yes, and I'm putting some away to see how this ages. My guess is a bit of age on this, and it may easily be a new favorite.

Not sure how this got to be called an Imperial Stout. Seems more like a Barleywine, or perhaps a strong ale, but it does have some stoutlike characteristics. Let's just say that it defies characterization. Try it. If you like strong flavor packed brews, you will like it.

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Photo of nerow
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-An agressive pour into a standard snifter leaves a one finger head. Standard Imperial Stout appearance, almost opaque with good retention.

S-Smelling dark fruits and brown sugar. Some bready yeast aromas.

T-This one is a big ol' malty SOB. Plenty of plum flavour married with cocoa and brown sugar. Some toffee taste. Not a very apparent hoppy flavour except at the end with a bit of grapefruit. An oaky flavor shows up at some points. Almost similar to a port wine, as some other reviewers have noticed.

M-Big and rich, but not cloyingly syrupy unlike some other Imperials I've tasted. Not as large an alcohol burn as I would have expected. The flavour lingers for a bit, which with a beer like this one is not unwelcome.

D-Exceptionally good. Devastatingly good. How the fuck do they hide the 13% ABV so well?

A very well constructed dessert beer. Pleasant on it's own, this beer would compliment a chocolate or cheese platter. For 6$ a bomber, this is about as good as it gets. This beer deserves respecting, otherwise you'll be waking up with a nice hangover...hugging your toilet like it became your new best friend overnight. Mazel Tov to Schmaltz Brewing Company!

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Photo of Pencible
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like creamy milk chocolate and honey wheat and pineapple, with some toffee and fig and a bit of light coffee and vanilla. It tasted like cherry and pineapple and copper hops balanced by rich chocolate and roasted barley and sweet caramel and toffee malts, along with a bit of creamy yeast and coffee. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was basically the best of every beer from almost every style. It had so many different scents and flavors all mixed together in perfect harmony. The only thing it didn't have was funk or barrel aging. Otherwise, the depth and complexities seemed endless. It had excellent body as well, and the alcohol was amazingly hidden, so it was all too easy to drink. You really need to be careful with this one! An immense delight fresh, and it will possibly improve further with age. L'Chaim!

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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 glid02
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark fruits - figs, plums, and hints of dark cherries. Also noticeable are hints of dark chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by well-integrated fruit flavors. The roasted malt flavor reasserts itself before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness that's thicker than I expected with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass and I could have another.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer as it is, but judging from Jewbelation 11 this will get much better after letting it sit for a bit. Still, it's worth a shot now and down the road.

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark, dense, opaque blackish brown with a creamy tan head that adheres to the sides of the glass.
S-Sweet, fruity and yeasty, like cherries soaked in bourbon or a cherry rum cake.
T-Lots going on here: bread and sweet stone fruits along with raisins and currants and a strong caramel and dark liquor flavor. Super.

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Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HopLeaf.

A: Served in a tulip with 2 fingers of creamy, deep tan colored head. Not much retention, but good lacing. Beer itself is very dark brown in color.

S: Smells of sweet dark malts. Molasses, prunes, port, and brown sugar.

T: Sweet malts. Cola. Molasses. A long drawn out finish that lingers nicely on the tongue.

M: Heavier body with low carbs. Sweet.

D: An excellent sipper whose 13% alcohol content is relatively well hidden. Not to say you can't taste it, but I've had beers with less than half of this ABV that have had harsher alcohol flavors. I will say, I am surprised to see this listed as an Imperial Stout. I wouldn't have guessed this one was an Imperial Stout by tasting it as the flavors (and ABV) lend more towards a heavily malt-centric barleywine. However, I don't care what you call it, its still an excellent beer.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into a glass mug.

Appearance: Dark cola color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves foam behind.

Smell: Molasses with sweet tea, toast, and flowers.

Taste: Begins with caramel and chocolate sweetness, finishing with a strong alcohol flavor under roasted coffee and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, with sharp carbonation thinning out as it goes, with warming alcohol and a dry finish.

Drinkabolity: Definitely a beer to sip. Still, complex and good.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours dark brown. sits a very deep, dark ruby.

Smell: full of rich, deep and complex malt character. reminds me of a barleywine with its sweetness and dark fruit notes and strong but pleasant alcohol presence. hops are mild and definitely take a backseat to support the malt.

Taste: alcohol is very obvious throughout and gets just a little boozy towards the end. malt sweetness domimates with caramel and hint of chocolate with dark fruit notes. bitterness is low to none and hops dont really make an appearance til the end and are mellow at that. finish is balanced and mellow

Mouthfeel: light-full body. smooth with low carbonation

Notes: imperial stout?! this site needs to be governed a little better. this highly complex, strong and delicious beer is more like a barleywine

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

A=motor oil black with a lighter than anticipated yellowish golden head that dissipates quickly, bubbles are small

S=initial notes of brown sugar, alcohol presence is noted

T=coffee, caramel and chocolate

M=full bodied feel, with some oiliness and light carbonation

D=as drinkable as the style allows, given the ABV, good overall

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Photo of homebrew311
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pitch black, thin tan head, opaque, looks velvety

S: a huge dose of sweet malts, dark fruits, and a huge whiff of ethyl alcohol, little to no roasty character which I had hoped for

T: like the nose, a huge wallop of sweet malts, this one is cloyingly sweet and finishes extremely hot, notes of molasses and dark fruits

MF: syrupy, velvety, somewhat sticky

D: this one is far too hot and sweet for me to consider it drinkable, over all I was disappointed by this one. I love imperial stouts, but this one did not have any of the qualities that I appreciate in an imperial stout. Perhaps it just isn't one for me.

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Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Nearly black brown pour, just a ring of cream colored head. Aroma is somewhat subdued, roast malt, dark chocolate, dark red fruits. Smell really doesn't give away the flavors. Taste is some roast and malt, but more dark chocolate, molasses, port, blackberry, currant. Finishes just a little espresso and bakers choc. Nice thickness. Drinks fairly well for such a large beer, though I only drank half of this bottle. Alcohol catches up a bit as it warms. A nice thick malty side Imperial Stout, closer to the Eleven, which I liked much more than the 12. Will certainly buy a few more for $4(!) a pop. Definetely gets some points for being extreamely cheap in my locale.

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Photo of charlzm
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Four ounce sample, consumed 2009/11/14 at the Hollywood Brewfest.

Deep brown beer with dim garnet highlights. A very fine tan head floats atop the beer.

Aromas of leather, red grapes, cinnamon and dark, pitted fruits.

Flavor is more or less the same, with the dates and prunes proving to be the dominant tastes. Some wood appears on the palate as well. Finishes very clean with almost no aftertaste. There's almost no hint of the 13% ABV.

This may mellow and mature over time, but previous anniversary beers from this brewer did not age well, so I think this may be as drinkable as it's going to get. As such, it veers pretty markedly from the establishes flavor profile of a big stout, and that's to the beer's detriment. Kudos for experimentation, but I'm not loving this beer like I did the Jewbelation 11 and 12.

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Photo of cbutova
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like pitch black oil with a creamy tan two finger head. Almost spilled over the top, did not appear to be very carbonated at first but the head surprised me. Head dies down to about one finger and pauses there, already leaving thick lacing on my glass, this is a very nice looking beer. Smells of mostly roasted malts and dark fruits with some sweetness. Some hoppiness and booze sting the nose as well. Taste is much of the same (actually tastes exactly like the 2008 Lost Abbey Brandy Angel's Share but 1/5 of the price). Lots of roasted malts, alcohol, earthy hops, bitterness, some sweetness and a dark fruity/raisin taste as I sip on this one some more. There is a good amount of cocoa present in the taste and smell too. The smell could be a bit stronger, some of the elements were hard to pick up. Mouthfeel is thick and very oily, much like most very strong imperials I have had, probably hard to attain creaminess in a 13% beer. The beer is almost hot due to this alcohol. A huge coat of roasted malts and earthy hops stays on the tongue for minutes. Drinkability is strange here. The beer tastes so good and was only $6/22oz, it is very drinkable, just not a lot at a time. I would love to have this one again, will definitely check out more He'brew beers. The alcohol WILL take over even in the 22oz bottle.

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

A- Jet black in the pint glass. Healthy looking tan head.

S- The first sniff is great as I can just immediately get a whiff of complexity. It's an imperial stout for sure.. roasted malt dominance, chocolate malt, earthy tones and a hop and booze presense. Complex however the aroma isn't strong.

T- Big roasted malt and cocoa up front carries through to a dark fruit, black licorice and slight hoppy bitter middle and then the 13% booze locks in the end. Whew.. my palate got a workout on this one.

M- Medium bodied, low/medium carbonation. Alcohol burn from the 13% on the finish. Not to dry or sticky.

D- I really enjoy these anniversary brews from these guys. The complexity is very refreshing and unique. Quite boozy. Crack one of these guys open next to a campfire on a cold night.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 269 ratings
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