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

Poured a dark brown color into a pint shaker glass with about a quarter inch of creamy tan head that disapated fairly quickly. Aroma of smoke, soy sauce, coffee, and malt. Taste is the most bitter of the Jewbelations I've had from the gift set thus far--not that this is a bad thing at all. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, bitter chocolate, and a touch of coffee with a fair amount of bitterness all the way through. I like this one (as I have all the Jewbelations; hope I can score more at some point).

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 OZ pour from Vertical Jewbelation box set poured into Schmaltz custom tumbler.

A: Deep brown ale, thin half inch head. Clings to the glass. Head disappears after a few minutes as I wait for it it warm up a bit before tasting.

S: Soy Sauce, dried figs, molasses, candy apple caramel. Not super into the smell.

T: Ahhh, much better than the look or smell. Delicious super malty ale. Tastes of coffee, dried fruits, port, lingering red wine, vanilla. This is delicious, maybe the tastiest of the series. The dominant flavor at the close seems to be vanilla bean, this is a really tasty and great after dinner companion, I just finished a nice big spicy meal and this really hits the spot as I get amped up for the Bulls to beat the Pacers tonight :) . Amazingly, it's not boozy at 13%. My head feels it, but there is nothing astringent about it and it's not that hot feeling.

M: This beer has a surprisingly moderate / medium mouthfeel for its maltiness and high ABV. It actually tastes and feels a bit sharp, there is a nice refreshing carbonation to it as well.

O: Overall, this is a delicious and extremely tasting strong ale. I think this is the best in the Jewbelation series. If this were regularly available I'd buy it. I have a few bombers of this and the 14 cellaring right now that I look forward to trying them next year when it gets cold out. Big thumbs up on this.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - this one is dark! Not quite at a stout/porter darkness, but aside from some ruby around the edges it's very close. Very small tan head lasts just a minuted and resolves without lacing.

S - lots of caramel and licorice on this without much hop nose.

T - this one is all molasses, licorice and caramel malt (reminds me a lot of Alesmith's Wee Heavy); some initial bitterness is overwhelmed by all the dark sweetness.

M - velvety carbonation and thick; really coats the mouth and lingers. Moderate alcohol warming, but it's not overpowering (impressive considering it's 13%!)

D - this is a sipper, but it is really enjoyable. Very nice beer.

Another impressive offering in the series and very. very heavy. Lots of raw power in this beer.

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Photo of gnemesis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (vertical mix pack) poured into snifter on 03/16/2011.
Pours black topped by a mocha head. Dissipates quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing. Brown sugar, sweet malts, caramel, mollasses, roasted malt, vanilla, and booze in the nose. Taste follows suit but adds some honey notes, the sweetness really shows up. Some dark fruit and lots of alcohol round out the flavor profiles. This one has a thick, full body and low/medium carbonation. I liked it but didn't love it- alcohol notes are distracting and could use some age to mellow out.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found the last bottle of this at Beers of the World and cellared it for 8 months.

22oz.bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an absolute black with a muddy/tan 1/8" of head, sticky spiderweb lacing all around the glass. Upon first whiff you catch the alcohol, then plums, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, sweet cherries and a mild medicinal scent. The taste is perfect, so delicious and full. Tastes of dark chocolate, juicy pit fruit, molasses, dark roasted malts, caramel and a surprising mild hop flavor on the back. Super thick, sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish. I wish I could drink this beer forever, so sad it's retired.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shmaltz short tumber.

Pours a very dark brown with dark ruby highlights around the edges. Tan head of about one finger, lingers for a few minutes. Some lacing.

Aromas of dark fruits, prunes, figs, dark cherries, rum raisins. No hop aroma.

Flavor of deep, rich malt, caramel, dark fruit, prunes, rum raisins. No hop flavors. Light bitterness compared to the malt bomb that this one is. Alcohol is very present. Finish is warming alcohol, and rum raisins, that stretches into the night, very long finish.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, malty, with a big alcohol heat.

Very drinkable. But hops are there mainly for balance, they do not really make their presence know, so using "13 hop varieties" is a bit wasted.

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

22 oz bottle. I think this stuff came out in October or November 2009.

Appearance: Its pretty dark. I'd call it black, but it does have some dark red highlighs at the edges of the snifter when held to the light. Light brown head with surprisingly good retention and lots of spotty lacing.

Smell: Huge load of sweet, dark fruit. Caramel malt. Some roasty aromas and hints of chocolate. Complex, malty, and slightly boozy. Very good.

Taste: Boozier than the smell suggests, but it is a 13% beer. Rich malt flavors with caramel and raisins dominating. A more subtle chocolate flavor. Minimal roast flavor. Bitterness from the ethanol helps to balance the flavors out. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Just huge. Thick, smooth, chewy. Long sweet finish.

Drinkability: A big, complex, delicious beer. Way, way more than what I was expecting. I didn't drink one fresh, but I think a year in the bottle has certainly not hurt anything.

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Photo of asnider
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, to get the full aroma profile, and it is absolutely black. There is an oiliness in the black, but it's black. Even holding the glass up to the light didn't reveal a slight hint of red, as tends to be the case with very dark beers. A fairly aggressive pour produced a brown, foamy head that faded to a thin ring pretty quickly.

Aromas of ripe fruit and caramel. The main smell seems to be plum.

The flavour profile on this baby is excellent. There's so much going on here that it's tough to identify it all, but I've managed to pick up plum, caramel, hints of chocolate, lots of ripe fruit flavours, and a nice touch of molasses.

The mouthfeel is good: a syrupy texture coats the mouth and lingers for a long time after swallowing.

Drinkability is quite high for something that is 13% ABV. There is a definite lack of the alcohol burn that sometimes comes with high octane beer. While it has the flavours and texture of a good barley wine, it would be very easy to throwback the whole 750mL bottle, especially if paired with a hearty meal. That said, if you're not drinking this with food, it might be a good idea to share it with a friend or two.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a snifter. From the Vertical Jewbelation gift pack.

A: It pours an opaque pitch-black color with a finger and a half of tan head that recedes to the edges, leaving a thick coating and excellent lacing behind.

S: Intense, booze-soaked dark fruits, molasses, and bourbon.

T: Strongly geared to sweet dark fruits - much more so than the others in the series - with maple syrup, boubony vanilla, and a little chocolate. The fruity flavors linger for a while, becoming quite complex as the beer warms.

M: It has a thick body with a syrupy/sticky feel and some creaminess. Unlike Jewbelation 12, it avoids becoming "hot".

D: This is fantastic; it's possibly the best Jewbelation.


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Photo of devilben02
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, it had a deep, nearly opaque chestnut brown color, and a creamy tan head that only briefly appeared before receding to a slender ring against the edge of the glass. The aroma provided a pleasant but subtle combination of dark, sweet malts, licorice, booze, and earthy hops. The flavor was more potent, with the licorice particularly being more pronounced and the alcohol less. There was also a pleasant grainy character, like one of those fancy artisan breads with forty kinds of oats baked on top. The texture is a bit thin, but the thinness is almost welcomed, as it lightens up the beer, helping it go down fairly easily (especially considering the 13% ABV).

Overall, although this one is categorized as a strong ale, I would compare it more to a lighter imperial stout (if that is really a distinction). Specifically, I would compare this one to a lighter-bodied version of Bell's Expedition Stout due to the smooth but strong licorice character. Mazel tov to Shmaltz for a solid celebration beer.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Vertical Gift pack.

Poured into a snifter to get all the goodness. Aggressive pour with a dark brown ale produced and a beige foamy head that won't stay around. Small foam on the sides and a slight film on top. Roasty aroma with some raisins, caramel, butterscotch and booze in the mix. If you whiff deep enough the nose hairs will sting. The taste is the best of the bunch so far. Fruity with a nice malty background with an underlining alcohol presence. No real burn though. It's there and I know it's there, but it is very subtle. Buttery, oily mouthfeel. Very smooth. 13%? If all 13% beers could be this smooth we would all be in trouble. Great stuff!

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Photo of Phelps
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Congrats, Jewbelation -- you're finally a man! This 13th anniversary beer was poured from a 12-ounce bottle included in the 2010 variety pack, meaning it's a re-brew of the original beer.

I have to give it to this series of beers -- I don't know what it is, but the liquid is lent a creaminess that leads to a perfect pour every time. The syrupy liquid convenes in the glass with inky blackness, topped by a fuzzy half-finger head of dark tan that fizzles away to a wide, lingering ring.

In the nose: dark chocolate, raisins, plums, brandy, sweet black molasses. It's got a very similar aroma to 12, though with more malty sweetness.

The flavor begins with fruity brandy-soaked plums and raisins along with sweet molasses. After the swallow, roastier flavors show themselves: subtle toasted bread, dark chocolate, booze. A strong bitter roasted malt character grips the back sides of the tongue mightily.

The mouthfeel is a little feeble for me. The body's a shade under medium-light, smooth but just a bit watery, and the carbonation is a prickly medium-light. Doesn't feel right for a beer of this magnitude. The alcohol content, however, is handled well. The warmth traveling into my chest is powerful, but not 13 percent powerful.

13 is kind of a disappointment after 12. The addition of two more ingredients hasn't added anything; indeed, it seems to have detracted from the beer's complexity. Hopefully 14 can right the ship.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Fatheads Pittsburgh.

A: Pours a dark brown color almost black color with a dark brown foam head that quickly dissipates to a film. There is some slight spotty lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate, caramel, coffee, raisins, figs and alcohol.

T: There is a lot of thick rich creamy malt hitting the palate first. Lots of chocolate and roasted coffee with some dark fruit. THere is also a little alcohol taste as well.

M: A big rich creamy finish.

D: This is definitely a sipper. A really tasty beer but a lot of alcohol. Definitely would seek this out and drink it again.

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

120th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

App- A very dark dark brown. Poured like a liquid chocolate. The head was a single finger espresso brown that quickly left.

Smell- This provided a big malty, boozy, thick and somewhat hoppy note. I didn't get the 13 hops but just got a little of them.

Taste- This is a pretty good beer. A nice mix of flavors that play well with eachother. The booze is there with the malty backbone and a nice hoppy tinge at the same time.

Mouth- A higher light body if that makes sense. The carbonation is pretty high as well. I wasn't to sure how this would drink when it poured so thick, but this was a very tasty brew. Thanks to the hole in the wall liquor store for this one.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the hebrew vertical jewbelation glass

A: pours a deep brown with a slight reddish tint, pours with no head, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: sweet scent, deep malt notes, slight caramel scent

T: sweet notes, nice malt depth, slight alcohol burn

D/M: strong carbonation tingle, nice depth makes it enticing to drink, does go down very smooth

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Photo of Retsinis
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Currently have two bottles aged 1 year. Recently opened one this weekend.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip Glass.

Appearance was dark with a nice heavy mocha tan colored head rising about a half inch. The head recedes, leaving thin lacing that sticks to the side of the glass. The color is a deep brown, almost black, but is actually a hazy maple amber when held to the light.

Aroma has both chocolate & coffee notes. Some hops, surprisingly after a year, but with 13 varieties, not unexpected.

The taste is big, complex & delicious. Layers of dark fruits, such as raisins & figs. Also pick up oats, toasty rye, chocolate, & coffee. Alcohol is present, @ 13%, though it is well hidden, and tastes closer to 8 or 9%. The complexity really comes through, and the 13 different malts stand out the most.

Mouth feel is a bit creamy with a dry finish. It is a sipper, but the ride improves as it warms. The $5 bargain per bottle is a steal with this series, and I already have two of the 14. Wishing I had more of this one, than just the one left, but will be interesting to see how this changes a year from now. The year age is already further blending the flavors, and mellowing the alcohol too.

Excellent beer!

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

On cask at The Busy Bee served in a standard pint glass a deep almost opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a bit of sweet dark malts and mild fruits. The taste is a blend of smooth dark chocolate and black licorice giving way to a lingering dried fruit finish. The beer is a bit on the heavy side, but is an enjoyable sipper. This one is certainly different than the draft I had last week, in a good way!

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

22oz bottle.

Pours almost opaque dark brown, with mahogany edging and a thin tan head. Smeary lines of lacing and a partial skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with roasted chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, nuts, and nougat. Boozy and rich.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a chewy, somewhat tacky mouthfeel. A bit grippy.

Bakers chocolate, roasted malts, char, and boozy bourbon start the palate. Some nutty, oaky character steps forward along with vanilla and coffee grounds.

Finishes with lingering booze, chocolate, and char.

Tasty beer. Quite substantial but very smooth. I don't like to compare one beer to another, but this one reminds me of Angel's Share (but not the price).

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Photo of beerhan
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle, split between two of us. Very nice thick brown head with a dark opaque body. Smells like molasses and honey and vanilla. Tastes very chocolatey and malty. A super sweet beer that is more like a dessert. It has a creamy and heavy mouthfeel but this is too drinkable. I could easily drink one of these by myself in a short amount of time but I choose not to because the booze will sneak up on you and take you down. This is delicious but be careful.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head.

The aroma is dark fruit, maple, molasses, alcohol and some chocolate. The beer is very boozy smelling, but the other aromas I get mix very well together.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. The alcohol is very present - but I also get a lot of brown sugar, molasses, chocolate and some roasted and burnt malt. The alcohol is very warming.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a tight khaki head.

In the nose chocolate and raisin are most profound along with some earthy hop notes, but this is mostly malt in aroma.

The taste is similar. A minimally dark molasses of a brew with hints of fruitiness in the center and which then rolls into a bittersweet coffee and dark chocolate finish with a hop bite.

This beer has serious flavor. Mostly malt but some hops are there lingering in the dark shadows. It is robust, roasty and delivers a bite, with a boozy punch.

It's heavy, syrupy, thick, chewy and slick on the palate, don't let this be your first venture beyond Bud Light.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, ever since I heard the 14th was coming out, I knew I finally had to review this son of a stitch. Chilled for days, let to warm for a while on my computer desk, and poured into my brandy snifter that started it all.

A- An acceptable head formation. Maybe even above par. Very controlled, tons of tiny bubbles, some interesting lacing formation down the side with wide gaps between the collar and peaks. The melted milk chocolate in warehouse lights covering slowly dies down to what I would consider a biofilm and jersey collar. Carbonation is hard to note, but existent on the above view. You can almost mistakenly call this inky darkness if you don't take the time to gaze deep into its soul. It giggles a crimson secret to the world.

S- The second this bottle popped I remarked quietly to myself "Smells great!" Some interesting notes come out in this beer. Its just a giant syrupy crockpot of love. Maple syrup is the dominant notes I smell. That brown sugar like aroma. There is a bourbon sweetness going on as well, without that barrel aging effort. Almost over attenuated, but never disagreeable. The outflow is something earthy... wooden.. sweet. It is not vanilla, but similar.

T- Opening is identical to the nose. We have this sticky, sweet mixture of caramels that explodes. It is followed up by an explosion of dark fruits, blackberries?, hazelnut, brown sugar, and some hints of fresh baked bread in the middle. Lost thoughts of cherries, wood of the palate persuasion, and ethanol blended perfectly. The finish is unusually psuedoclean. Very few memories of flavors linger on the palate.

M- Thick, chewy, viscous, sticky, smooth, carbonated well, and surprisingly clean. Some reminders are left deep in cracks and crevices but nothing like a hop bomb would have.

D- This is the type of beer I've been searching for for a long time now. It is thick, flavorful, and commanding. It has all the qualities I've been searching for that DL portrays without being in that class. Delightful, smooth, and will drink again.

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

Pours a very dark brown color with a nice tan head that left nice lacing as it fell. The smell was that of dark malts, coffee, toffee, and molasses. There was also some hop presence and a hint of fruit. the taste is very complex. It tasted sweet with notes of molasses, toffee, caramel, and coffee. There was some nice hop presence and bitterness to cut the sweetness though. The finish of the beer left a bitterness and citrus taste in the mouth. the mouthfeel was good. I thought it was going to be thcker than it really was, which was a pleasant surprise. It coated the mouth very well and had a medium/heavy body with medium carbonation. The drinkability on this was pretty good. It went down pretty easy even though it took me a little while to drink. I like this beer, but I think one is enough for one night. I reall liked the beer though and I cant wait to try Jewbelation 14. Cheers.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark, black color with a tan head.

Smelled of licorice and raisin.

The taste is a mix of raisin, black licorice, and heavy roasted chocolate malt. The high alcohol was masked nicely. It held the same flavor throughout the entire glass, even as it warmed. THAT I enjoyed.

It was a thicker beer and the carbonation wasn't overhelming. It had a really nice balance.

A surprise as I didn't know what to expect. It was a really good beer but at 13%, you can't have too many of these suckers.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 269 ratings.
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