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)

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Added by crusian on 10-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bobhits
2.05/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I truly had no idea what I was getting into with this. WE used to get these beers in Kentucky but those days are over. I brought this back after a brutal exam I had in Chicago and well...I'm pouring it and just now realizing the 14% abv on it. I've had a few smaller beers so this might be interesting....

14 hops makes me think Ill get something balanced but no such luck. An extremely dark and malty beer. Chocolate, liquorish, raises, alcohol, brown sugar, molasses, all do be tasted here. All of this on a deep black, creamy to the point that it almost stops the beer from pouring out thick head.

I feel wrong for scoring this and worse for opening this. This is a beer that needs TIME and a LOT of it at that. Give this beer 5 years and try it. For now it's got an amazingly complex flavor, looks amazing, but it's darn right undrinkable unless split up with a few friends and you all just have a taste.

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

Dark chocolate color with a tan coffee head. The head is short lived, but does leave some sticky residue on the glass.

Smell is chocolate, light coffee, and piney hops.

This is a wonderfully complex beer. They're not kidding when they say 14 malts and 14 hops. It's a roller coaster, ranging from black licorice, coffee, chocoalte, to pine, dark berries, and raisins. There's a ton of booziness to it, but it serves to cut through the boderline overwhelming sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel is sticky and hot, but again works well with the robust and sweet nature of the malts.

Drinkability is the only knock on this beer as I struggled to finish a bomber. Weighing in at 14%, it's a sipper, and a hot one at that. At $4.99 this is an incredible bargain, much like the 13 was. Note that BA has this classified as a Barleywine. It didn't resemble a Barleywine in the least bit to me. It was more like a strong ale.

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

A - The decadence begins with a chewy stream of caramel brown enticing the eye as it heads for the edge of the glass. Thick espresso darkness quickly accumulates, while the head remains evasive until the very last moments in which it suddenly manifests itself as a silky smooth layer with the color of McDonald's Chocolate milkshake. (I never thought I'd refer to the golden arches in an A+ beer review, but there you go). Unfortunately, the head is not for keeps; it disappears fairly quickly, although not unreasonably, and leaves behind an expectation of milky chocolatiness that will not disappoint later on.

S - Most of the initial aroma is caramel and some background hoppy citrus notes. As the head withdraws, it allows the darker characteristics -such as crushed cacao nibs - to emerge behind a rush of milk chocolate notes entwined with a distinct creamy essence.

T - A candied sweetness leads the way on the fore-palate, which soon transforms into the creamy milk chocolate notes displayed on the nose. Vanilla then rolls in to deliver the milkshake impression suggested by the head, and the mid-palate follows with the richness of old world fruits - figs, plums, and medjool dates. Robust hops are next in the line, and balance the sweet malt presence with sophisticated grace. Through the chewiness also comes a biting bitterness of dark, roasted, low acidity espresso -Sumatran perhaps - along with the crushed cacao nibs foreshadowed by the nose. The finish sees a cleansing back drop of burnt toast with a mild, but persistent, hoppy spine.

M - Superb carbonation. Even at its height, the carbonation is incredibly well matched to the assertive flavor profile, and offers a robust, yet buoyant, backbone on which the sweetness is offset, and the flavors are kept distinct but not disjointed. As the brew settles, so does the carbonation, and the rigidity gives way to a soft and weighty silkiness aligned with the dessert-like flavor profile. Consequently, the mouth-feel provides yet another layer to an already bewildering experience of transformational complexity.

D - The massive 14 malts certainly do not shy away, so it's understandable if some find this beer to be slightly on the sticky side. However, the weighty booziness, perfect carbonation, roasty characteristics and confident hops all coalesce to play their part in what is ultimately an expert performance of balance and integration. The result is a soul-warming brew that will keep you sipping long after the logs run out on even the coldest winter night.

O - An insanely complex brew. It manages to incorporate the flavor - and feel - of the most decadent dark desserts into a single glass, while somehow tempering a massive dose of booze that makes for a perfect winter warmer. The real magic, however, is in the transitional genius that takes you from one tantalizing, perfectly balanced experience to another, over and over again.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical glass.

Appearance: Pours black in color with a medium-sized brown head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves behind large, thick spots of lace.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, prune (as well as other dark fruit that I can't quite put my finger on), and phenol.

Taste: Begins sweet- tasting of chocolate and a slight herbal flavor, finishing with more chocolate flavor alongside roastiness and touches of bittersweet alcohol and a pilsner-esque flavor. Also a hint of a metallic flavor in the finish, though this is far from off-putting

Mouthfeel: Thick body with light carbonation and a sticky finish with warming alcohol.

Drinkabilty: A highly enjoyable sipping beer. The alcohol is not overpowering, though it doesn't necessarily have the depth that it could given the number of ingredients. However, this beer should age very well, and tastes like a beer that would be very good after two or three years in a cellar- if you can wait to crack this open, do it.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blackish, very dark brown with a small head, trace amounts of lacing.

S: Ripe dates, plum, jammy, big malt aroma, traces of coffee and chocolate in background.

T: Heavy alcohol, intense warmth, mild bitterness, very sweet, ripped fruits, cocoa.

M: medium to heavy body, slight carbonation.

D: This a sipper! Amazing beer for the price. Such an intense experience of smells and tastes. Best to be shared with other beer lovers. For the most part, Smaltz Brewing seems to deliver good beer for a very reasonable price.


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Photo of potownbill
2.66/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Light brown head with good lacing.
Smell: Overwhelmingly strong sweet malt. Raisins.
Taste: Way too sweet. Dried fruit. Powerful alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Sticky. Ends with a hops bitterness.
Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: Overly sweet. Strong alcohol. Very difficult to finish a glass.
I have had other Barleywines, and although I don't enjoy the style, I have appreciated the craftsmanship of the beer. This one is just overpowering.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't paying any attention to the description when I picked this one up, but wow, what a cool concept.... let's see if it works...

Poured at cellar temperature into tulip glass with a very large, thick tan head over an opaque black body. Good amount of lacing.

Aromas are very sweet: dark milk chocolate, roasted malts, white-russian-style alcohol, nutty, and some toffee beneath the alcohol.

Extremely creamy on the palate - almost too much so for the style. Flavors carry much of the sweetness in the aromas. Peat smoke, toffee-to-molasses, dark chocolate, and a fair amount of hoppy bitterness tries hard to balance, but make no mistake, this is a sweetness first, bitterness last effort.

Just remarkable mouthfeel - for all that heat, there is just enough carbonation to cut through and keep this one drinkin smooth and velvety.

Drinkability is very high for a 14% Barleywine.

All in all though, this is not necessarily a style match - this one is more like 1/2 American Imperial Stout, 1/3 Barleywine, and the remaining being a good Old Ale.

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

Tis the night to enjoy a Jewbelation, apparently! pours a rich brown with caramel and ruby hues. surprising clarity. a voluptuous two-finger caramel head lingers before fading to a thin collar. lacing is sparse.

aroma is strong, pungent, powerful, yet mellow at the same time. heavy malts, strong hops, a hint of booze and a even spice. seems old ale-ish. Almost smells like HOTD Adam.

taste is shockingly balanced given what's put on the table. for 14 malts and 14 hops, it's neither overhopped nor overmalted. it's balanced and earthy. almost clean. neither too sweet nor bitter. I'm not sure if it's balanced or so horribly unbalanced that it balances out. either way, it's tasty. A good bit of alcohol heat, kind of reminiscent of Manichewitz, but in no way does it seem like 14%.

Carbonation is ample to courageously cut through the syrupy mess that this brew turns into. which isn't a bad thing. It all works harmoniously... fervent carbonation and overwhelmingly sugary jewiness like bubbie.

All in all, I'm surprised by this one. I'm not certain how this is an American Barleywine... seems like a straightforward strong ale to me, but either way, I'm lovin' it. Despite 14% and intense malt and hop claims, all of its obtuse and obnoxious corners seem to somehow meld together in a pleasant harmony. Kind of like a klezmer band. And unlike a klezmer band, this one has great potential with some additional age on it.

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

A-Pours the color of black coffee, with 1/2 inch of cola colored head. Leaves moderate sticky lacing.

S-Malty, sweet, phenolic.

T/M-Very well balanced for 14%. I expected this to be excessively sweet, given that they use 14 malts, but this is lush and elegant. Flavors of caramel, toasted whole wheat, and coffee beans, with grassy, lightly bitter hops on the back palate. Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a pleasant warming quality.

D-This series has been getting interesting over the past few years. This is solid fresh, and will only get better with a few years on it.

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Photo of GhostMtnAbbey
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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Photo of lpolinsky
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Dark and opaque. A thick head that dissipates at a good pace.

Smell - Malts. Syrup. Caramel. It smells exactly like it looks. I feel like I could stick my head really close to where the syrup comes out of a maple tree and get a similar smell. Well, if I had a bag of malt grain with me too.

Taste - Malty and bitter. It's not as sweet as I initially thought it would be. It's definitely bitter and I can feel the alcohol flow through my blood on every sip. However, I can't taste the alcohol, so that's really nice.

Mouthfeel - It stings in my nose. It's got a bit of a burn to it, which is probably the alcohol, and the sugar makes it a little uncomfortable to drink. The way the beer encompasses my mouth with the burn is really not my thing.

Drinkability - I don't really enjoy it from the heavy malt and alcohol. As far as a beer for a fun occasion (the first night of Hanukkah) I'm totally fine. I can't see myself drinking this again..it's just too malty.

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

poured darker than i expected for a barleywine, but with 14 different malts, i expected as much. almost black brown color with a cascading mocha colored head that settles to two-fingers in height and lasts at that height for a few minutes while leaving some good lacing.

smells like a barleywine. cereal grains, caramel, and toffee, with tons of fruit and a considerable hop presence.

taste first reminds me of chocolate covered raisins. definitely fruity (berries and dark fruits) with a lot of dark roasted malts and some burnt cereal grains. lots of herbal, earthy, and piney hops with some bitterness and a touch of citrus. a touch of anisette makes its way in and there is a considerable alcohol burn that falls just shy of harsh.

pretty full bodied, which is to be expected, with a generous carbonation level and a lingering alcohol heat throughout the entire mouth.

drinks very well. a huge beer in all aspects, which keeps it from excelling in this category, but is not unintended. Tons of flavor and complexity crammed into this one. A superb value, as well. easily the best I have had from this brewer.

6 month revisit: head seems bigger than last time, and last forever surprisingly. I expected the head size/retention to go down a bit over time.
aroma is a bit less hoppy and more caramellly/biscuity, but still plenty fruity.
flavor is much more leathery with plenty of raisin a bit of malted milk, chocolate, with much less hop presence and little to no alcohol burn even smoother than before which is impressive.
I'm definitely going to revisit in another 6 months, and maybe a couple times after that.

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Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Rich toffee and caramel, earthy, slight oak, herbal like, savory almost, touch of cinnamon and spearmint.

L: Medium tan head, good retention with great sticky lacing. Very dark brown bordering on black.

T: Rich toffee melanoindens followed quickly by a touch of spicy hop flavor. More bold toffee, intense toffee sweetness. Medium-low herbal bitterness leads to slight roastiness and more sweetness. Finishes quite sweet with a touch of oak.

M: Medium-full body, slick almost cloying, low carbonation.

An interesting beer for sure, a total sweet toffee bomb. Good but i couldn't drink a lot of this, diabetes in a bottle.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

He'Brew Jewbelation 14 from 22oz bomber @ 45* into DFH oversized snifter. First let me start by saying I always stock up on these releases, I literally have at least five Jew 11's, three Jew 12's, nine or ten Jew 13's, and now the happy owner of twelve Jew 14's plus the Vertical pack and more to come. And now with the review.

Pours a deep, dark jet black with a small 1" dark tan head that settles quickly into a thin layer. On the nose, ALOT of different aromas are present and almost difficult to decipher, detecting sweet figs, alcohol soaked grapes & prunes, slight licorice, a little bitter chocolate, a tad of hops coming through. Really too many aromas to list. The licorice scent does become more evident when this brew warms up a bit. Taste for me , is honestly too hard to describe at the moment, ALOT is going on here. I can go ahead and say that through years 9-14 this is a favorite by far, they really dialed this beer in nicely. Overall these brews are highly ranked on my top beers list, and are always a treat to have. These are some of the most complex and flavorful beers I have ever had the pleasure to drink and I highly recommend these brews to the extreme beer enthusiast. Drinkability score is lowered due to super high abv%. I'm very sorry for the shotty review and I will update as soon as I pop another open most likely on Christmas day. Cheers!

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Photo of chaz410
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged this beer at the common market in Charlotte NC.
Pours a deep black with mahogany notes on the edges and a little khaki head.
Smells of roasted malts, deep caramel, thick molases and a little belgian aromatic malt. There's a deep but still bright chocolate and prune note to it as well. Definite alcohol on the smell as well.
Taste lends far more to sweetness than roast character. Lots of raison, caramel, chocolate and bitter sweet malted character. Lots of prune underlining with some cherry notes. There's some heavy biscuity sweet body that builds up the other sweet notes.
Finishes rather dry with some heavy alcohol but not stinging.

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

Appearance - Pours an impressive dark mahogany. Over two fingers of dark tan head that dissipates at a very slow pace, leaving great looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Heavy dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs), dark roasted malts, booze, chocolate, coffee. Strong molasses and caramel backbone.

Taste - Similar to the nose for certain. A massive amount of caramel sweetness comes through immediately, followed by dark fruits similar to rum. The figs and raisins are quite prominent in the flavor, and I only get a slight chocolate taste along with almost no hop presence. Pretty damn tasty if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, nice and creamy, lower carbonation, finishes a hint bitter and dry.

Drinkability - Holy cow. I absolutely do not believe this is 14% abv. This barleywine/stout mixture was an absolute pleasure to drink. I notice just an absolutely miniscule alcoholic presence in the taste, and slight warming on the way down. This has to be one of the easiest high ABV beers I have ever had. I will without a doubt go and pick up at least two more of these to age. And hell, at around five dollars a bottle, are you kidding me? Blown away by this beer especially because I was not expecting much going into it. For what it is, very well done.

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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 bsuedekum
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Would look amazing for a stout but is over carbonated and too dark for a barleywine in my opinion. It pours black with a thick head that fades down to a thin head that remains.

S - Boozy notes come through mostly. If I had to pick up on anything else I'd say maybe some dried prune or raisin whiffs in there. If you really look for it you can pick up on some hop aroma as well.

T - Has the "hot" or alcohol taste that you'd expect from something 14%. This is a good beer, but it has a lot going on and almost seems out of balance. Fruit sweetness with some bitter finish.

M - Fine, nothing really to comment on.

D - It's high alcohol will make it hard to be considered an easy drinker. Combine that high alcohol with it's lingering finish and this beer is more of a sipper than anything else.

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

Only two bottles of Fourteen remained at the great Neil St. Piccadilly, so I would have been a fool not to have grabbed one of them for sampling. This was a tremendous call.

Two fat fingers of dark mocha froth top an impenetrable black body that would make Pam Grier jealous. A heavy coating of mocha lace adorns the trusty D.A.B. mug, with significant head duration; magnificent. Boozy nose filled with molasses, dried fruit, and chocolate--all with a distinct bourbon aroma.

Rich, complex taste. The molasses run throughout this bruiser, but fig, raisin, semi-sweet chocolate, and vanilla bean complement Fourteen's dense molasses taste exceedingly well. The first half of this monstrosity was more hopped in taste and texture than the second half, which was very strong, a little hot with alcohol, but definitely smoother, thus making the mouthfeel just fantastic for being so well-rounded as well as alternatingly gritty and smooth.

The 14% ABV caught up to me just over halfway through, somewhat reducing the drinkability of Fourteen. Yet for all its advertised brawn--and as a follower and fond fan of He'Brew, I am struck by how strong these beers are no matter how prepared I think I am to imbibe them--this is a rather accessible beer. It's just so potent that it is definitely best shared. Having no one with which to share, I was "forced" to shoulder this well-crafted goon on my own in the back alley. Call it a draw, and me highly satisfied with the latest concoction from Shmaltz.


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

From notes;
Pours a huge tan head that slowly receded to lacing at the edges. Smell of fig and raisin flowing out of the cup mixed with brown sugars and heavy barleywine aromas. Lots of sugar, plenty of hops and of course plenty of malt aromas.

Taste of sugar cookies, Raisin, light tobacco, figs, and white birthday cake with vanilla frosting. There is so much sugar presence in this it is amazing that it does not taste sweeter, but is rather balanced for such a massively put together beer. I had thought 13 was good, this one clearly takes the cake in terms of flavor and roundedness. A chewy beer in every sense, with low carbonation. Also very well put together with time to grow in a cellar. This is one of the steals of the year for the price and the taste. Hard to find a better deal. I was reminded of Arctic Rhino and think that it would be a fair comparison to put the two side by side for a blind taste test. I wouldnt be surprised if the votes were split among a group as to which tasted better.

Very drinkable, which is scary for such a big beer. I would recommend splitting with a friend because otherwise you might be hurting in the morning if you have even one other beer before this.

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

22 oz. bottle at 45* into a snifter.

A: This pours a completely black color with a finger of tan-khaki head that laces well and into large clumps.

S: It features aromas of dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs, and dates), candy sugar, and lots of molasses.

T: It has an astonishingly bold flavor with notes of dark fruits, molasses, booze, and some background hoppiness.

M: It has a very thick body with some creaminess and finishes sticky sweet.

D: This has such a bold flavor and manages to conceal the alcohol burn completely.

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Photo of dwilson01
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass. When they say 14 different malts they definitely put some dark ones in here, the body is black like an imperial stout with some very dark red brown about the edges when held up to light. The head is a delicious dark brown mocha color, almost the color of pumpernickel bread.

The scent is malt forward, I get a ton of dark sweet wheat bread, molasses, toffee, and a hint of milk chocolate. The hops are tough to distinguish amongst all this but they are there lingering in the background, dark cherry, plum, and some spiciness coming out.

This bad boy is ripe with flavor, again the malts dominate it for me with a chocolate molasses infusion. The dark cherry comes through and a fresh cut freshly rained on piece of dark wood pops into my head. Also raisins, after some thought it's reminding me greatly of a Belgian but extremely heavy. The alcohol flavor is pretty much nonexistent, the only hints you get are the hotness in the back of your throat after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is pretty much astounding, super thick like the consistency of motor oil (or molasses if you prefer sweeter things).

Great beer, if you like big dark brews then this guys is for you, if you like this one I would also highly recommend the SN 30th anniversary black barleywine.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours almost black, dark opaque red in light. Two inches of tan head up top w/ decent lacing.

S- Malt is smelled first, followed by dark fruits. The scent of alcohol bellows throughout each scent.

T- Sweetness at first followed by a massive malt overload. Throughout the back, the figs and dark fruits can be tasted.

M- Covers the palate and is high is viscosity.

D- Take it slow with this one. Very harsh on the booze. A good sipping beer but its just a bit too intense for me.

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Photo of wschmit
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pint glass.

A: Thick, carbonated body topped by a half-inch brown head that blows out quickly into a very skinny ring and some patchy islands of bubbles, then nothing. Body is just about jet black.

S: Alcohol, raisins, and hops, in that order. Very sweet smelling, with just a bit of floral hopping--maybe some pine notes, but otherwise pretty malty. Not bad, just a bit odd. I guess it might even be over-hopped for a barleywine.

T: Flavor's not bad, actually. More malty bitterness than hops bittering. Sweetness in the beginning peters out into something more balanced than I expected for the size of this thing. The lingering bitterness is not all that charming, however--vaguely metallic or something. The hopping is pretty confused, as is the beer in general. The diverse grain bill doubtless yields many competing subtleties, too, none of which I can discern--again, just too confusing.

M: Good, full body with appropriate carbonation for the style. Not very boozy tasting, but with 14 different kinds of malts, I'd expect that aspect to be covered up well.

D: This was a good value beer--only 6.99 for 14%ABV? Couldn't pass it up. Overall, though, I don't think the formula--14th Anniversary, 14 malts, 14 hops varieties--makes for an appealing beer. It's big and boozy and will get the job done, but there are better barleywines out there. Overall a cute concept and a good value drink, but I think one's enough for me.

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

Tried a 12 ounce bottle, courtesy of the Jewbelation gift pack (first one I forgot to pour in the included glass). Pours a dark brown color, with a good two inches of quickly receding tan head. Aromas of black licorice, coffee and roasted malt. On the palate this one is medium bodied, and somewhat creamy, with maple, booze, raisins and chocolate. Probably my favorite from the pack.

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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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