He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen | Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Jewbelation FourteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen
BA SCORE
4.08/5
273 Ratings
He'Brew Jewbelation FourteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
273
pDev:
11.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
50
Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MrOH
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with some brown around the edges, then brown head that recedes quickly.

Raisin, burnt sugar, a whiff of peat, slight herbal hops, and some alcohol in the nose.

Toffee, burnt sugar, ash, dark stewed fruits, dried cherry, and raisins coat the palate and a subtle yet firm and lingering bitterness to finish.

Very heavy and low carbonation.

Less oxidized than the others in the series. Almost like a bittersweet liquor. I liked it a lot more than the Amaro that some guy bought me a couple of weeks ago.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BostonHops
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a deep, dark brown/borderline black (opaque) with a solid finger-plus of a creamy mocha/khaki colored head. respectable retention as well as lacing.

really impressive nose on this one. notes of molasses, coffee, roasted malts... yet also an evident hoppy presence. wow, flavor is something, exceeding the aroma in terms of complexity. there's the coffee, molasses, roasted malts; also maple, raisin, and maybe a touch of brown sugar... earthy/floral hoppiness - maybe a bit of citrus - opens up mid palate and carries some hops bitterness through the finish. my only knock is the alcohol presence, which, at 14% you obviously have to expect some, but it's not quite as hidden as i'd prefer. that said, a very complex and tasty beer.

rich, creamy, coating mouthfeel; full bodied with medium carbonation. this is a huge beer in every sense... a classic sipper.

originally reviewed: 01-11-2011

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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A one finger tan head is slow to rise, and gently recedes. Nice lace is left behind.
S: Big roast up front. Chocolate, cream coffee, sweet toffee. Lots of nondescript hops linger that leaves a strong bitter finish.
T: Lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Tons of sweetness. Sticky toffee. A bit under under attenuated. Lots of bitterness in the finish.
M/D: A full body that is slightly sticky. Though good carbonation and smooth. A monster ABV, and harder to sip on than I would like.

This needs more time. Just to big, to sweet, and to bitter of a finish. Something to hold on to for years, but not that accessible right now.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Big M Potsdam NY for 6.99

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and very light hops. There is also some dark fruit flavour - either cherries or raisins and a bit of caramel/toffee. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall - I was really surprised how well the alcohol was hidden in this beer. The taste was delicious and the feel was perfectly velvety. I'd like to have a few more bottles of this to keep for winter nights.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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 chugalug06
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown around the edges with a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly, leaving OK lacing (which should be expected for such a massive beer).

Smells of sweet caramel, syrup, molasses, roasted malts, brown sugar, floral hops, grains, biscuit, dark fruit like raisin and alcohol like rum or bourbon. A lot of sweetness in the nose that is quite powerful and reeks of booze.

Tastes very, very sweet, with caramel, syrup, molasses, roasted malts, brown sugar, toffee, burnt coffee, floral hops, grains, biscuit, cocoa, dark fruit like raisin and cherry, alcohol like rum or bourbon and light burn from the ABV. Very sweet and bready like bread pudding soaked in chocolate and syrup, fruity and complex, the sweetness rules as this beer has so much going on that the sugary sweetness just dominates. It is too sweet and I wish some of the 14 hops used added some bitterness and lessened the sweetness, but it is what it is.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy and chewy, like beer tar, with little to no carbonation, a thin feel and sweet burn that trails off malty. A meal in a glass as they say.

Very dynamic and more drinkabe than expected considering the 14% ABV, but this is a slow sipper that is best to share. A nice barleywine that's worth a try; to me this is a barleywine and not a strong ale, so that's how I see and taste it.

11/21/14-Cracked open a very well aged Jewbelation Fourteen and found the aroma and flavor just as sweet and boozy overall, with more brown sugar and molasses coming through with the booze that was like a dark rum, merlot and bourbon mixed together. It was very complex and had a lot of malty characteristics jump out as it warmed, with just a massive amount of sweetness that tamed the alcohol enough to make this an enjoyable slow sipper. This is a big, thick, bold in your face brew that was pretty much that same with 2.5 years of age to it.

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4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding barleywine strong ale. One of the darkest colored of its kind and certainly one of the best tasting/after-taste.

I experienced it on tap at the superior Heorot Pub in Muncie, Indiana, and out of the 4 beers I had in the two hours spent there, this was the best. The aroma has equal amounts of caramel and fruitiness, the head is more apparent than any barleywine I have tried in the past, and there is the least amount of bitterness in the after-taste of this strong ale.

Bravo!

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 273 ratings
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