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He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation FourteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by crusian on 10-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark coloured body with a good sized head, lacey. Roasty, imperial stout resemblance. Acidic finish fom the roastd barley. Some burnt parts. Some chocolate malt, mollasses, burnt brown sugar. Not an everyday beer, this was a sipper. Jason's bottle from the revived vertical pack.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 2 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. Nice thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, bread/biscuits, caramel, and an alcohol aroma. Taste is of dark fruits, dark bread, caramel, and some citrus zest. There is a bit of a sour taste in the mix as well. This beer has a low level of carbonation and a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Leaves the palate a bit sticky. Overall, this is a good beer but my least favorite of the Jewbelation series I have tried to so far. You can definitely feel the 14% ABV on this one as it's consumed.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a thick black color with a decent sized head on it that is a light brown color. The smell of the beer is hoppy, with plenty of pine and citrus aromas that mix with the aromas of the dark malts. The taste of the beer is similar to a black ipa. The malts give off a the roasted flavors and the dark color but they use a ton of hops in the batch also which really kick this beers flavor through the roof. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the heavier side which is nice. Overall this brew was pretty impressive. Wasn't sure what to expect when I bought it but I really enjoyed it.

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

12oz bottle, again with the 22oz label; part of the vertical.

This beer pours a deep dark oily brown colour, with cola highlights, and one finger of thin foamy beige head, which settles quickly, leaving a short wash of lace around the glass. It smells of warm caramel malt, raisins, butterscotch, and bitter earthy hops. The taste is strongly hopped - citrus and pine, slugging the way through a morass of brown sugar, stewed black fruit, melted Toffifay, coffee, and a tempered booze edge. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body dense, syrupy, and viscous. It finishes with a palate-saving dose of dry, bitter hops, and alcohol fringe.

A big beer, not too unlike the 12 and 13 - another heavy, fruity, and malty sipper, as balanced as can be by the commensurate hop rainbow. Under the circumstances, meshuggah-easy to drink - emphasis on the 'crazy'. Now, to the increasingly relevant question - will there be a 15?

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark brown color. It had a small, light brown head of foam that kept rising to about 1 finger height. IT left some patchy lace.

S - It smelled very boozy and very malty sweet. That's about it.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt with some sweet breads. It was boozy with a mild cherry flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied beer with a strong alcohol warmth.

D - This is another great anniversary ale from Hebrew. Looking forward to 15!

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. I split the bottle with a few friends.

Appearance: Pours a super dark brown color with just a bit of light coming through. There is a smell layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Very sweet. There are hints of dark fruit, brown sugar, and some banana as well.

Taste: This beer is super sweet with a crazy amount of malt. I guess this is to be expected. I'm picking up dark fruit, brown sugar and molasses flavors. There is a mild hop bitterness as well, but it is definitely overshadowed. The finish is quite hot from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite think and syrupy. There is a very mild amount of carbonation and the finish is slick on the tongue.

Drinkability: I liked this beer, but I definitely couldn't drink too much of it. The sweetness makes it kind of tough to get through too much, but given the abv I expected this. The alcohol is quite hot, but it isn't unpleasant. I don't know that I'll look for any more, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for opening up this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head that falls to a thin cap quite quickly. This eventually fades into a thin collar around the edges of the glass. The nose is a bit plain with a light bit of caramel and toffee as well as some chocolate plus a bit of booze. The taste is slightly boozy with some chocolate and moderately-sweet malt. The mouthfeel is smooth, especially considering the alcohol level of this one. Drinks pretty well and is one of the better beers I've had from Schmaltz.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice a deep rich mahogany with very well formed tan colored head.Big sweet alcohol and dark fruit in the nose,bigtime raisin and prune.Not quite as hot as I thought it would be on the palate I have to say,the alcohol is there but it doesnt devistate every other thing about the beer.Dark fruit,brown sugar and heavy molasses flavors make it a sipper and it is kinda heavy though I gotta say.A real good sipper and another good Jewbelation brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker colored bubbly 1 finger head the fades semi quickly as the large bubbles pop, no lacing, over very dark brown beer with very little light coming through.

Nose brings lots of malts, dark malts and reddish malts, very barleywine-esque, a bit of roast, lots of dark caramel, toffee, molasses, hints of chocolate candy bar, hints of booze.

Taste brings lots of sweet dark malts, caramel, toffee, bit of roast, lots of dark crystal malts, a bit of minerality, burnt toffee, molasses, some boozy taste and warmth and hint of tingly booze, lots of sweet barleywine like flavors but with more roast and dark malts. Hints of earthy hops. Finishes with lingering booze, tingly booze, some minerality and burnt roast, caramel and toffee. Finish is not the best, lots of booze bringing warmth and tingle, some burnt minerality taste, and a sticky finish, but still not quite as bad as I expected.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, with decent carbonation and quite a bit of booze.

Overall not bad, but not great. Mostly nice flavors but too many downfalls even though none of the downfalls are big.

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

The massive malt that the Jewbelation series is notable for. Thick, rich, powerful, dark, and delicious. Beautiful mahogany color in the Orval chalice. Nice swirling foam, pleasing sudsiness.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally full without being sticky. The creamy carbonation adds to the pleasure. Even going back to a bottle opened yesterday, the carbonation is good. All the roasted malt flavors, from sweet caramel to bitter burnt. An assertive hop bitterness carries the end. Plenty full of sugar, but nicely balanced with the hot alcohol and the hoppiness.

A great strong beer that combines the best qualities of a barleywine and a RIS. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of HeBrew Jewbelation Vertical Pack - $25.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, walnut-toned body with a large, relatively dense, light tan head.

Smell: Sweetish, alcohol-soaked aroma with modestly aromatic notes of chocolate, toast, and sugar-coated roast with dark fruits teamed up with figs and faintly tart cherries. The ethanol seems to be the heaviest hitter in the nose.

Taste: Notably sweet opening, tasting of chocolate sauce, molasses, brown sugar, and table sugar but with a vein of cutting, heated alcohol running down the center. Small splash of espresso. Fruity accents comingled with the continued alcohol giving hints of fig liqueur and cherry cordial dressed up with a bit of orange zest. Earthy flavors of wood, Cavendish tobacco, and spice fight to be felt beyond the booze. Moderate bitterness. Robust maltiness and still plenty of sweetness on the hot finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Brute force flavors and big on the alcohol, it's a little rough around the edges, but expected at this level of octane as it were. Many of the HeBrew anniversary beers were good now and later, after time in the cellar, but this one might need some time to settle. I'm ready for a Sunday nap after this bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a very BIG beer. Just wanna put that out front first. Poured a deep dark brown, with a big head that fadeed to nothing. Some nice lace down the glass, lots of activity left in the film on top, looks good. Smell was so complex it is even hard to describe. Everytime you went near it you smelled something different. Bready tones the first time, spiceness the second, alchol, some fruitness, a bit of the hops, it offeres a variety in every sense of the word. the taste is big, thick, full of alcohol, which is not even remotely hidden here. Lots of dark fruits and berries can be found in here if you look. Grassy tones, apricot, pear, very complex and lots of flavors seem to be battling each other. Almost tastes like a cross between an american and belgian strong due to al the complex things going on in here. This was a good beer, but I think it needs to sit down for a year and relax, and I will give it the time it needs.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at macadoodles in Jane, MO

Pours ebony with much effervescence and a pinky fluffed up mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Plums, tobacco notes & figgyness, & boozey cherries

T: Follows the nose, some molasses, cherries, dryness & earthy hop bitterness & hints of carob up front. Dark fruit, dryness, a touch of boozey warmth & leafy hops as this warms, some persimmons & pralines on the edges too, Finishes with much figgyness, warming booze & cherry pie flavors

MF: Chewy as all get out, low carbonation. Nice balance, good warming sensation & sooo rich

Drinks easy for the ABV, although I buy this more as an English BW, a damn good one at that IMO. At $5 a bottle this is a STEAL!!!

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a dark copper with little head formation. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Raisins, brown sugar, a little caramel, and a ton of alcohol. Makes me a bit hesitant to taste it.

T: Lots of dark fruits - raisins and plums. Also some toffee and caramel. The alcohol is overwhelming though. It overtakes the flavor.

M/D: Medium to full bodied. The booziness was too overpowering for me. I would consider trying it again with a few years on it, but probably won't bother.

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

From 01/15/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. Haven't had it yet due to a mislabeled keg at FireWorks.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, alcohol, sweet dark fruits, and molasses.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, oak, sweet dark fruits, sugar, molasses, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A little thick and while not overly hot, you can tell the alcohol is there.

o - Overall a very nice beer; probably one of the better Jewbalation's I've had. A sweet and strong beer I'd recommend sharing with people. Would have it again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a Hebrew vertical glass because I can. Beer is ruby copper in color with a tan head, thick, small and medium bubbles. Lots of lacing, looks good.

Aroma smells malty and sweet, like raisins. Where are those 14 hops?

Beer is thick in body and really sweet. Seriously, where the hell are those hops. It tastes like an Old ale almost. Finish is dry and the midpalate is a little boozy. The finish also has some roasted bittered malt. Interesting, it's a good beer but not great.

On a different note, this entire brewery is a joke, it's all marketing. How about you focus on the beer for once? This particular beer has 14 malts, 14 hops, and is 14 percent all for their 13th...errr...I mean 14th anniversary. This illogically consistent theme is brought to you by the same brewery that makes an Oktoberfest that has 6.66% alcohol and DYED RED with food coloring. All hail Satan. Give me a break. Seriously.

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

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful warm, malty scent that boasts of caramel and roasted malts; rich and sweet. The fourteen varieties of hops used create a killer hop nose that balances a robust malt character. The taste is awesome! Wow, what a complex and delicious malt experience. It's rich and warming with tons of burnt toffee and caramel notes. It goes down slow and sweet with a nice alcohol burn in the finish. The hop character is mildly aggressive. It has a nice bitterness up front with a lingering hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. Fourteen malts and fourteen hops for fourteen years of business. I can't wait for fifteen.

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Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from wordemupg, 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pretty much black in colour with a finger or so of light brown head. Huge lacing, and quite nice retention. Lots of chocolate in the nose and fruity, dark malts. Some molasses and licorice, and a touch of alcohol. Taste has more chocolate, dark breads and fruity dark malts that evoke some Fruit Loops grape flavour. Syrupy and some molasses. Dense body, some alcohol but doesn't suggest 14% by any stretch. Low carbonation and thick. A good beer, but I wasn't blow away.

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

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a very deep reddish brown amber. Thin light tan head and lacing. Aroma of dark and light fruit, roasted malt and booze. A sweetish dark fruit and malt start, malt, molasses and caramel middle and coffee malt finish. Fairly mellow for the high ABV, complex with flavors shifting during the drink. Seems somewhat understated, but pleasant and interesting.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my dad for sharing this beer that he picked up on vacation.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head.

The aroma is very boozy. In addition to alcohol, I get some chocolate, dark fruit and brown sugar.

The flavor is very complex. I get a ton of brown sugar, roasted malt, molasses, cherries and other dark fruit. This is all balanced out with a ton of alcohol booziness, which is expected since the beer is 14 percent ABV. The alcohol is very warming.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This is definitely a sipper. While it takes a long time to drink, every sip is enjoyable.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some hops. Taste is malts up front, coffee, some hops kicking in with just a touch of sweetness at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a solid inch of off white, tan head. Leaves some lace behind on the pint. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, cherry, and alcohol. In the taste, very sweet with loads of brown sugar and molasses. Quite sweet, but it cuts the booze that one might expect from a 14%ABV beer. Light roasted malt flavor adds a porter like element. Hints of vanilla, brown sugar, and malt candies are all over this decadent brew. Coffee, malty sugars, caramel and a slight earthy hop. The hops are done for, this beer is sweet. It's really good actually, though just shy of cloying. Toasty and sweet, and quite good indeed. There is a medium bodied, velvety mouthfeel with low carbonation. Smooth and really hardly any alcohol burn. This is a fine strong ale, which really holds up well. A malt bomb, with just enough roast and strength to keep it interesting. I'd buy up a bottle of this if I came across it, I think 14 is peaking.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours brown with a firm off-tan head. Nice lace, good retention.

S: Dark chocolate, figs, ethanol.

T: Sweet crystal type malt, very barleywine like, with a lot of chocolate. Sweet, but well structured, very tasty.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, creamy, soft carbonation.

D: It astounds me that a huge beer of this quality can still be had for $4.99/bomber. Really tasty beverage, a sipper for sure.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is complex and attractive, showing chocolate, prunes, dark fruits, vanilla and a hint of bourbon. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this rich, sweet, powerfully alcoholic beer. Thankfully, there's enough hoppy bitterness to buoy the sweetness, though the beer is still dominated by the sweetness and bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, rich finish. Drinkability isn't too bad considering the abv. in this beer, though needless to say a litte bit goes a long way in this beer.

Very impressive beer from the folks at Schmaltz. La' Chaim!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA 1/2/11

A: Just lovely. Dark amber, with a faint hint of light peeking through the bottom of the glass. Nice head retention - the lacing sticks around for a while.

S: Strong hints of maple syrup and fresh cut pine.

T: This is where everything falls apart. I had this from a bomber about three weeks ago and just fell in love with it. On tap though, it was an entirely different experience, and one I wasn't nearly as fond of. It was extremely resiney and overly boozy. A strong pine tar tartness stuck around on my palate a lot longer then I had invited it to.

M: Good viscosity. Not overly rich and thick, but it definitely had a backbone.

O: I will need to go back and review my next bottle to compare, because it truly is a night and day experience. I loved it in the bottle, and found it bordering passable on tap. If presented a choice, buy a bottle and call it a day.

*Paired with a turkey dinner

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