He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation FourteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by crusian on 10-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer deserves a perfect score! I really thought that getting up into the 14% range, they just weren't going to make it truly quaffable, but, I was wrong. It's the best offering since Jewbelation 11, which is my favorite. (And thanks to the vertical gift pack, I get to have the older versions again!) It's the typical dark fruit bearing flavors I've come to expect from the series, and this one doesn't disappoint. It's as smooth as a 5 year old bottle of Jewbelation #8 on tap in fact! It's 14%, not a lot of carbonation, and the booziness is very well hidden! Add to all that the AMAZING retail price of $4.99, and it's the greatest value in the beer world too! No need to wait for a sale! L'Chaim! Oy!

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I put this beer away almost three years ago, I knew that hot mess was going to turn into something special. I've never been so glad to be so right. Fresh, Jewbelation 14 was a heady beast; just a ton of hops with interesting malts in the background. Now it's developed into something that's perfectly balanced.

There are still some hops here, unless that bitterness is from some of the malts or from the yeast. But the malts are the superstars here. I taste tons of smokey and maple syrup flavors. Sort of like a porter, but much more deep and complex. There are so many flavors going on that it's hard to even start to list them; raisins, birch beer, plums, overripe bananas, apple pie spices, madeira wine, and just about everything in between. It's like a Thomas Hardy's old ale met Life and Limb, exchanged DNA in a wild malty love affair, and popped out a beautiful child after being pregnant in my basement for three years.

This is easily one of my top 5 beers in the world, and quite possibly the best beer I've ever had. A perfect score is much deserved.

I have another in my possession, and I'm thinking I'll try it in another 3 years.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of jsh420
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours almost pitch black with a big 2+ finger pillowy mocha head that had great retention and left spotted lacing down the glass

smell - wow hop explosion big fruit citrus pine hops next to the chocolate roasted vanilla malts

taste is out of this world - reminds me of GI Nightstlaker but with more stout then ipa and now that i think about it more its closer to fresh bigfoot with lots of roast and chocolate

mouthfeel is heavy very smooth but not flat

drinkability - 14% abv holy cow - this 22oz bomber went down twice as fast as the 12 oz 13% GI BCS 2010 i had last night

every year they somehow make this beer better with 1 more malt and 1 more hop and of course 1% stronger - i cant wait to break into the 8 bottle box set and try them all (since i have only had the 11-14)

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best factoid on this year's Jewbelation label (love reading the small print on these each year): "Humans fart an average of 14 times a day." I don't feel so ashamed now!

With all that malt in here (14 different malts) it's no wonder this thing is so dark. Might as well call it black, and I'm not surprised that the toasted tan/light brown head doesn't hang around long, but it's a beautifully creamy mocha wonder while it lasts!

Prevailing aroma is that of dark fruits, like date and raisin, soaked in grain alcohol. Yeah, at 14%, how can the alcohol not figure in here? But it's neither harsh nor astringent, and keeps that deep dark succulent fruit thing going. Burnt grain, fruit pipe tobacco and cheap dark roast coffee can be found in here as well. Intriguing, that's for sure.

Oh my, Shmaltz does it again. I've been a fan of all the Jewbelations since discovering them around the 10th year, and this one wallops me in the spirit of the previous years' offerings. HUGE fig, HUGE date, HUGE raisin, smothered in chocolate cake batter and chocolate milk. Caramel, spruce tips, cherry, molasses, pumpernickel. Big black licorice (a trait common in most of the Jewbelations). A dash of hazelnut/pecan liqueur and, my god, this is fraggin' delissshhhhusss...

Ahem. There isn't much more that needs be said. This is a bit less cluttered than some of the previous Jewbelations (all have been great). That, along with this incredibly lush, round, silky, decadently creamy texture, makes this a rare pleasure.

How is it this is not an alcoholic mess? How is it so drinkable? How can it be so damn good???

A thing of wonder. This is why I continue to champion high-ABV beers. Not because I want to get buzzed, but because, when in the hands of great brewers, they can go beyond just being beer to being something transcendental. This is the reason I'll keep coming back to each year's Jewbelation. How will the 15%-er be? The mind boggles...

[14 songs on Split Enz's 'Frenzy' album (the 1981 version); 14 songs on Pearl Jam's 'Vitalogy'; 14 songs comprise Porcupine Tree's 'The Incident' epic]

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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Raisin brown color, rather full spongy creamy head (for 14%), good cap and lacing (does fade towards the end).

S: Black-strap molasses, freshly toasted raisin bread, "C" grade maple syrup, light notes of Colombian Supremo @ medium-dark roast.

T: Complex to say the least; very sweet malts, rosiny black-strap molasses, caramelly caffé macchiato, medjool dates, boozy west-indies dark Rhum (mon), dark English toffee, dark chocolate, slightly smoky violets & toasted-herbs on the light hop finish.

M: Extremely full-bodied, creamy-syrupy, light carbonation.

D: Absolutely complex, rich rich flavours. I could drink as much of this, as I could Aunt Jemimah's & melted Coffee Haagen Daaz shakes!

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Photo of Elimination
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my favorite beers of 2010!

A very dark, soda like brown, very little light from the other side.

Smell is strong raisin, toffee, carmel, very sweet, has a bit of a red wine or even premium grape juice to it.

Taste is strong carmel, very rich darker fruits, molasses, butterscotch, for the abv it presents no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thick like a melted butter, slippery, oil thickness that oozes over the tongue

For 14 percent, this beer is a amazing, let alone a bargain. Will have to pick up another before it goes away

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep mahogany pour casting pure ebon in the glass. Lofty, tall, and thick dark tan crown grows quickly upon the top, Fluffing down to create a solid collar ring and some sifting skim. Inky lacing is iced across the glass.

An all encompassing darkly fruity, malt enduced wiffer. Deep, complexing aroma of dark rummy, port-like chocolate and molasses dashed with bold warmth, dark cherry, dates, raisin, and prune. A effervescence, or ghostly whisper, of mint within the heat can be found as it lowers into the glass.

Dense, dark, thick, malty gooey taster. Think Doppelbock meets Russian Imperial Stout. Big malt on the dark fruity front with massive, coarsing, dark molasses, and a slew of dark fruity thickness of prune, dates, and raisin. Then super dark and deep, yet mild, chocolatey bitterness ensues into the finish where the hops, all 14 varieties of them, obviously? Make their impression amongst the malt as it cinders late with late palate soaking warmth that's dark and rummy/port-like. Yum!

Thick, bold, creamy, dense, lush, forwardly full body. Lots of warming attributes that say the same things as ports and dark rum does. Damn dark, wonderfully warm, tongue tangled tangy, and grows greatly as it shifts into the finish. Woohf-da! Wholey mackerel! Fourteen definately has 14% as you get thru it. But really not. Dangerously drinkable and incredibly mind scrambling yummy!

Happy 14th Shmaltz(He'Brew)!! You've made me re-think the concept of fourteen...at age forty one, which is the number switch of fourteen...14 - 41. Whoa, what a trip man...

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

WHOA! Dark thick rich brown with TONS of black hues. head pours delicately, slowly rising thick compacted toffee colored foam. One finger head stays around for quite some time. Clarity looks to be 100% intact

Holy heavy Malt Bomb scent! Nice hop background backs up tons of rich caramel, smokey, and chocolate malts. Nice grape-pine resin stands out, even with a year or two in the cellar, impressive. By far one of the most complex scents i've ever experienced with beer. Very unique.

Tons of red massed grapes engulf your taste-buds with strong arms and flavor. Very strong vanilla mash also takes over. Very thick and syrupy. Drinks a lot like a Port. Very suagry, but in a non-offensive way. No off flavor, but there is a *slight* dry bitterness on the back end of the brew along with mild heat from the high ABV. Perfect carbonation.

This brew has tons of thought and love put into in, you can taste it... this brew could easily have held up for many more years in the cellar. This brew embodies what a great brew should look, smell, and act like, a (near) perfect brew, IMO. This is one sweet brew, but is not a sugar bomb, just very sweet and well done at that. Highly recommended, if you find one, let me know; I'll trade, heavy.

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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark rosewood almost black body. very little head brown in color. very similar to a stout

S - Grapes, apples, plum. malty malty malty.

T - very delicate warmth. the 14% is hard to mask but they did their best. the chocolaty, mildly bitter sweet taste does a good job at overwhelming and submitting my palate to its roasty malt character.

M - it sticks with you but not too heavily. medium carbonation very close to that of a soda.

D - most def a sipper if you're the classy type. this beer is a total commitment if your alone on it like i am. shit.... im feelin it. good job.

best way to describe this is its an awesome mixture. it had the look of a stout, the smell of a belgian, the taste and drinkability of a barleywine, and the feel of an IPA.

the notes on the side of all the stuff that adds up to 14 is pretty kewl

well done. its quite a brew

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4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that has to be judged in a category of extremes.

It is designed to be huge, malty and bitter.

Given that, it does not disappoint. It pours thick and viscous with a dense dark tan head.

The nose is more mellow than I thought it would be but you can smell the alcohol and hops.

Strangely its very malty without being sickly sweet - a big achievement. Overall, think toasted marshmallows with molasses and maple syrup - but with half the sweetness. Odd but true.

Similarly the alcohol is very present without tasting like moonshine.. Its very balanced with the high levels of malt.

Its about as drinkable as a 14% beer can be. Definitely a special occasion beer. Plus its kosher!

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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