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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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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 271
Photo of jayhawk73
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a super dark brown color w/ a thin chocolate head. Not much lacing, as excpeted w/ a 14% beer. In the nose, I get Malt, toffee, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Really well balanced, and very pleasant smelling. The taste is really about the same as the nose profile- Maybe not quite to the level of the nose. Feel is full, syrupy, and a super smooth finish. Overall, a really nice beer- I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of alpineclimber
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle brought back from NY this past spring.

A dark brown, almost black brew is poured into a chalice, a single finger head forms and then recedes.

Smell is of sweet dark malt. Alcohol is preceptible as well as a lactose sweetness, dark fruit and majule dates. The fourteen types of hops are not perceptible in the smell.

Taste is fairly sweet upfront and just like the smell suggests, dark malt, dark fruit and some sweet chocolate candy notes. A slight bitterness in the taste but this is a sweet malt forward beer. A fairly full mouthfeel, the alcohol is detectable but not overwhelming for a beer that is 14%.

American Stong Ale is what this beer is according to the style on this site. This beer is something like a very sweet imperial stout. I am not too sure about the fourteen types of hops, the hops certainly did not appear in the smell or taste. This is a single dimensional brew.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Thick, dark maple syrup brown. Finger and a half of whipped, light cocoa head. Good lacing up the tulip. Rich, warming nose. Notes of sugary caramel, figs, toffee, bread pudding, and smaller doses of sherry, maple syrup, and vanilla. Nice.

Slight woody bitterness up front quickly gives way to intense malty sweetness. Big caramel, brown sugar, and toffee dominate. Rummy fruits mix in, along with some fig and even a little licorice. Herbal, woody bitterness gets pretty well hidden, but flashes again in the finish. The finish is long, peppery with rummy alcohol, warming, and plenty of lingering sweetness. Full-bodied with a thick, creamy feel. This is a big, sweet, malty, intense sipper, but still drinks pretty good for 14%!

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber that was almost a year old. Picked this up at a local store that had a case in the back and didn't know it until now-thanks!!

Super dark brown with a little ruby color. Even black looking at times. A nice medium brown head that expoded into a 2 finger froth. Nice!

It smells like dark fruit out the ass! Got some alcohol smell with the massive 14%er, but not like you would imagine.

Taste like prunes, dates, toffee, roasted malts, hoppy bitterness, and soy sauce. This may go on my next plate of fried rice to give me a buzz at lunch. Nothing really mind blowing, but a complex beer that is fun to drink.

The mouthfeel is heavy and slick on the tounge. Pretty bitter with all the hoppiness and the ABV catches up to you here. I would guess this is a 10% abv- well hidden.

Can't wait to try the 15 and 15:15. These He'Brew beers are really out there and fun to drink. Grab one if you can because they are a steal!!!! I payed $5.49 for this bomber from Whole Foods.

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Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid black body with a short but supple looking head of dark khaki foam.

Very sweet smelling with nice complexity. Getting toffee and brown sugar with some dark fruit. Hints of vanilla and rum raisin with cereal grain.

Huge sweetness and quite warm from the alcohol. Sweet and almost syrup like up front with the warm alcohol and malt enveloping throughout. Very deep flavor that is tough to break down. Sweet fig, raisin, date and dried plum up front with burnt sugar, molasses, vanilla and dark rum through the middle. The end is quite toasty and hoppy, yet sweet. Complex this is.

Full bodied, a bit sticky, but very smooth. Lots of heat on this one.

I really like this one overall. It really is a pleasureful beer because there is so much going on, but it all works. Every sip keeps you guessing, but thankfully it's not a sloppy mess. The flavors work well together and really offer up a unique experience.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


pours jet black with a coffee and cream head about an inch and a half thick. Very slow dissipation.

Smells of coffee, brown sugar, plums, figs, molasses, chocolate and cinnamon.

The taste is the same plus bourbon, oak and vanilla.

Feels full and oily with soft carbonation in the roof of the mouth.

Super delicious and very potent, this is a great beer for sipping by the fire. Very heavy and filling. A beer that you would have on rare occasions and enjoy immensely.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours opaque dark mahogany with a one inch head of beige, tight foam. Some dotting of lacework and a few whisps on the surface for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with booze-steeped dark fruits, figs, chocolate, oak, vanilla, nougat, and roast. Hints of bourbon, dark rum, and brownie batter follow through.

Full bodied with a sticky, tacky, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Plenty of chew to this one.

Kahlua, whiskey, raisins, vanilla, and bakers chocolate start the palate. Hints of char, toffee, rum, brown bread, and Oreo shells follow through.

Finishes very warm with plenty of booze-barrel goodness and lingering chocolate.

Great beer with great potential in the cellar, and what I consider "the poor man's Angels Share".

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

Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with ruby/purple highlights. A short, soapy cap of brown bubbles hung around for a while, leaving a smattering of clumps on the glass. There's a lot going on in the aroma - alcohol and sweetness mostly, but with a bit of hop character too. Lots of caramel and toffee, toasted bread, slight roast, chocolate, raisins, prunes. Tons of caramel and malty sweetness in the flavour, enough to tame the alcohol somewhat. Bitterness was solid, but balanced, and there was plenty of roast, prune and raisin to keep things rich and delicious. Lingering citrus. Alcohol character was more prominent in the aroma, but there was considerable heat on the palate. Full bodied and sort of heavy with medium to low carbonation, nice texture for such a big beer. This hit the spot after several months of mostly lighter beers. I think I had palate fatigue for a spell, but this has me interested in trying more big, potent brews.

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

Poured into a snifter. 14 malts, 14 hops, 14% ABV! What am I getting myself into?!?!?

4.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is phenomenal given the ABV and some spotty lacing.

4.0 S: Interesting. There sure is a lot going on here. At first whiff, I though that this was aged in bourbon barrels. Alas, there is no barrel aging, but many of the same aromas are present and brought out by the malts. The strongest aroma is a peaty woodiness followed by plum, fig, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a small touch of leather and cherry on finish. There is a subtle underlying hoppiness that gives just hints of citrus, pine, and earth. Reasonably balanced, but sweet overall. The alcohol at this point is just about gone.

4.0 T: Plenty of dark fruits - plum, fig, prune, and date. Lots of raisin and tobacco, which wasn't all that strong in the nose. Molasses, brown sugar, dark caramel, and roast add some serious girth. Chocolate, lightly peaty, and leathery. Booze is easily detectable, but maybe not all of the 14%. Normally super thick, super complex beers turn out to be messes, but everything is quite complementary in this.

4.0 M: Thick as hell, heavy body on this one. Chewy, amylase clumping sweetness. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy, but a tad too cloying to be smooth.

4.0 D: A beer like this needs to keep all the flavors working toward the same goal. Fortunately this does just that. Take note FW.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a dense short lived head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet and one dimensional. There is some caramel sweetness, some toffee and a touch of raisin but that is about it. Perhaps a subtle touch of toasted bread.

The flavor is quite malty and smooth. There is a general pumpernickle breadiness to the brew. Some caramel, light licorice/anise, roasted malt, tin, and a touch of char. Perhaps some chocolate and toffee notes.

The feel is very thick with soft carbonation. Probably one of the thicker beers that I have had. It is malt sweet on the palate with a roasted bitter finish.

A malt bomb for sure. All of these jewbelation beers have a very similar flavor and keep getting thicker. Drinks like a meal.

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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 DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber to myself poured into a sniffer.

A - Wow what a pretty mocha head on this one! Wasn't even expecting any for the volume... Also pours the murkiest black I have seen in a while. Oily even.

S - First sniff was very good a good amount of roast and smoke with a touch of toffee and chocolate. No noticeable alcohol in the nose.

T - I can detect a good bourbon tone but it's quickly washed with a sweetness of caramel or toffee then bitter hops in the finish. Repeated sips can pick up some ashy smoke, coffee, mocha tones, and chocolate. Dare I say this stuff is good for the high ABV.

M - It is full bodied for sure. First sip was kind of watery but by closer examination it's big if not oily.

Overall damn this stuff is actually good and better than I expected which sucks since the only place I know that still have bottles is out in Wexford and they are 8.50 a bottle. Ow well maybe I can pick up another and a 13th for a review.

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Photo of n2185
3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark brown with a finger of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some roasted malt and sweet chocolate notes at first followed by lots of sweet fruits: raisins, dates, and plums. Molasses notes with a touch of soy follow along with an alcohol aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is a hint of roasted malts and chocolate at first. Lots of sticky, sweet flavors follow: molasses dominates with plums, raisins, and just lots of sweetness. Light alcohol burn towards the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is very syrupy and sticky feeling rather than being creamy.

O: An alright beer. I was honestly expecting it to be worse at 14%. It suffers mainly from the same problems that other really high gravity beers have, which is that it's just way too sweet to enjoy much of. A small glass isn't bad, but an entire bomber is too much. I'd prefer the sweetness to be more balanced with roasted malts or hops. Still, it's not a bad beer.

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

12oz from the gift set. shared with the wife.

a - opened the bottle and filled 2 duvel taster tulips. pours a super rich and dark brown that settles as an almost black or dark purple. there was a thin off-white, almost beige head which was gone in a few moments, leaving a ring around the surface of the liquid. looks pretty attractive and has a nice glow to it.

s - oh yum. super purple grape...almost bock like. all malt, nice sweetness. pretty spot on for what i like in a strong ale.

t - big flavor...at first seems like strong grape and booze. there is so much going on that my tounge got all confused. this beer is BIG. seems like a little too much is going on in this beer, but it is still good...just SUPER hot.

m - mouthfeel is tingly. this is a strong beer and the mouth doesn't hide it.

o - overall, this is a novelty gimmick but also a worthy strong ale. for what it is, it is quite good. it's a sipper and doesn't pretend to not be HUGE in the ABV, but it all seems appropriate for a beer such as this. perhaps a novelty, but better put together than most of the DFH big beers.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Really dark brown beer, almost close to black. Had a small tan head that dissipated rather quickly to a partial cap, without much stick left on the sides.

S - Some booze, not surprising when I found out this was 14%. Has a lot of malty sweetness with a little dark fruit and chocolate.

T - Taste is about what you would expect from the nose. Fairly rich flavor with some appropriate alcohol burn. Dark fruits, carmamel, brown sugar, little chocolate, all good stuff and this tastes pretty decent.

M - Fairly smooth, with decent carbonation. Close to full bodied.

O - Good beer, surprised as I haven't had tons of beers I've found memorable by Schmaltz. A sipper, but worth trying.

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

22oz Bomber. Into tulip.

Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of beige foam. Settles slowly and forms a thin head. Medium amount of lacing settles quickly as well.

Smells of toffee malt, chocolate ice cream, red wine. Plenty of bright citrusy hops on top of that. Some booze. Complex.

Taste is super sweet and delivers on the complex malt mixture promised in the nose. Really coats the tongue and evolves over time. As the initial sweetness slowly fades, bread and toffee notes emerge and things get more bitter. Roasty bitterness lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. You get a bit of the alcohol in the finish, but it's very well integrated for 14%.

Full bodied with fairly low carbonation. Combine that with the ABV and this is a real sipper.

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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 Motladiwa
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip from draft. I have had all of the series in the bottle and didn't care much for the 14 but it translates well on draft.

Pours black with a black cherry hue around the edge of the glass. This beer smells like I just ate a cherry fig newton followed by a strawberry and then a blueberry fig newton. Fruity with a vanilla biscuity note. I can taste the alcohol a bit but that helps counter the sugary sweetness of the overall mouthfeel

Overall this is a very nice beer and I am glad I got to try it on draft. Really looking forward to the Vertical to see how the blend translates after barrel aging, as well as having it on draft.

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

Poured from a bottle without a best before date into a schooner.

A - deep, deep brown (ok, basically black with only the slightest hint of ruby at the edges when exposed to a light). Very compact brown head that disappears quickly without lacing.

S - grassy hops, which is then powerfully displaced by caramel and molasses

T - immediate impact is the sweetness, which is considerable; this melts away and I got strong caramel, licorice and molasses. Any hops in the initial taste are blown away by the malts.

M - this is the thickest of the series and really coats the mouth. Carbonation at the initial sip and at its end, but not a lot.

D - definitely some alcohol warming in this one; no hiding it! This is a solid sipper!

The last of my bottles except the combo bottle that has contributions of the 8% to 14%. Powerful and impactful; is a bit of a dark malt bomb, but nice to sip.

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

Last one from the Vertical gift set. Poured a dark brown into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Nice tan head that disapated a bit too quickly but left a lingering tan film on the top of the brew and some tannish lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, caramel, dark fruits, and coffee. Taste is toasted malt, coffee, caramel, a touch of maple syrup, and booze. A bit more bitter than the other Jewbelations in the gift set (which is NOT a bad thing). Kind of hot--a couple of the others hid the alcohol better--but a nice sipper nonetheless. I would seek this one out again next winter if available.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pour is a deep, dark brown color with a finger and a half of off white foam that dissipates slowly and coats the glass as it recedes. Aroma is mostly caramel malty, with some plum, raisin - typical of a strong ale.

First sip is.... wow mouthfeel! Very thick, syrupy, massive body. Sweet caramel, followed by a sharp booziness, and finishes with a coffee flavor. There is a decent amount of lingering bitterness that hits your palate after you swallow. The booze and bitter flavor is a little harsh, but for a 14% ABV beer, I am suitably impressed. I feel like there is a little room for some hop flavor to balance this beer a bit, but the residual sweetness is probably drowning out any hop presence.

I think this bomber was only like $4-$5... amazing value for such a huge, complex beer. Too bad it was probably a one time shot.

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

Poured into a Shmaltz short tumbler. Pours a deep dark russet brown with barely any garnet highlights around the extreme edges. Mocha head of about a finger doesn't last, leaving a bare wisp of foam.

Aromas of dark fruits, raisins, figs, prunes. An earthy hop aroma.

Flavors of dark fruits, raisins, figs, prunes, mostly prunes, alcohol heat. Some sherry-like notes. Licorise, brown sugar.

Mouthfeel of full malt, alcohol.

Overall, one of the better beers in the lineup. Alcohol is a little overpowering.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled from my cellar and poured into a Remy Martin snifter. Pours a super deep, dark brown with a few ruby highlights. Has a small tan head, no lace.
The smell is a little strange, musty bandaid, caramel, slight chocolate, something sour and a bit of booze.
The taste makes up for the smell easily. Sweet, sweet malts, plum, current, chocolate, roasted coffee, some grassy hops and alcohol spice. Goes down thick and smooth, obviously with some heat.
Another great beer from Hebrew/Schmaltz anniversary collection. One was enough, but at 14%, that doesn't mean it was bad.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured thick and heavy into the glass. Very dark brown with a minimal head that quickly left.

S: Huge malt coming off this guy. Barley, brown sugar, molasses. Very earthy hop notes. Grass and weeds.

T: Malt bomb! Tons of dark sweetness. Toffee, barley, rye bread, some caramel. There is a hop presence here but it plays second to the malts. More earthy hop notes as the scent predicted: grass, rich soil, weeds, a little pine. The alcohol is always there in this brew but doesnt overwhelm you until you try to walk.

M: Thick and syrupy

O: Very interesting beer. Seemed like a malt bomb to me with a strong enough earthy hop presence to warrant drinking more. I respect this beer for what it does.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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