He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen
Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Jewbelation FifteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Strong Ale - American
4.08 | pDev: 13.73%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
He'Brew Jewbelation FifteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen
View: Beers
Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 394 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by JohnnyK:
Photo of JohnnyK
JohnnyK from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Aug 23, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been intrigued by the idea of this beer, and finally found a bottle at Bottle Caps in Daytona Beach.

The beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Interesting aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, and some herbal hops.

Big brown sugar/caramel taste. Also a lot of raisins and plums. Plus a little bit of piney hops.

This was a very malt-forward beer. I didn't get a very large hop presence. The alcohol was very well hidden (at least until I finished the bomber).

Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Ohiovania
Ohiovania from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%

Aug 29, 2014
Photo of SgunnarW
SgunnarW from California

4/5  rDev -2%

Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off white head and a bit of a collar throughout. The nose h some chocolate and dark fruits with a bit of booze. Flavor is retry smooth with a nice dark fruit presence along with coffee and a touch of roast. Some warming booze is around in the background. Body is medium to full with a bit too much heat. Pretty good, but there's too much heat on the backend to be super enjoyable.

Feb 25, 2012
Photo of electtodefer
electtodefer from New York

4/5  rDev -2%

Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Abrahammer
Abrahammer from California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Dec 26, 2011
Photo of M1A2
M1A2 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jun 15, 2014
Photo of hannaho
hannaho from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Mar 07, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
jaasen64 from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single 12 ounce bottle

A- Pours a very dark slightly syrupy opaque brown. Lots of carbonation especially for a dark beer, can see lots of small bubbles rising from the bottom of glass. Thin laver of head, a little bit less then a quarter of a finger of brownish beige head. Leaves fairly thick layered lacing.

S- Very malty, one of the maltiest beers I've smelt, can definitely tell this beer is pack with 15 different malts. Strong molasses smell, a little bit of brown sugar, some bourbon, very sweet.

T- Like smell- sweet, very malty, molasses, fairly sugary, some bourbon in the background, fairly sweet aftertaste.

M- Fairly thick and syrupy, definitely on the heavier side. Very light alcohol burn, but not bad at all for 15%. Fairly smooth for the high abv. Carbonation not as much as I was expecting.

O- This was a pretty decent strong ale that hid the 15% abv very nicely. I liked the mix between molasses and slight bourbon taste while all the malts blended in fairly nicely. My complaints though are it was a little bit too sweet and syrupy for my liking. Overall I would recommend trying this beer if you like high abv beers and you can pick this up for a decent price. In my opinion it was a great deal on sale for only $3.20 at my local liquor store. If they had more bottles I would definitely consider picking another one up, however I wouldn't go out of my way to get another one.

May 12, 2012
Photo of LtCracker20
LtCracker20 from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep mohogany brown with a 2-finger tan head that doesn't stay around too long, but on par for the ABV. No lacing at all.

S- Slight dark fruits, molasses, candied sugar, and an apple aroma. Almost none of the ABV is present.

T- All the flavors in the smell meld together very well. Some brown sugar is in the flavor but again, almost no burn in the flavor and that's pretty impressive with the 15% ABV.

MF- Just about a medium body with a little carbonation. I think it could've a little more body, but it did have the right amount of carbonation.

O- I can't believe how well the ABV was hidden in this one. I've like the last few versions of this beer and the 15 was no different. I'll definately pick up another to put away.

Dec 09, 2011
Photo of jdprmd
jdprmd from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
Jeffo from Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from codysjb when he came to Amsterdam for a visit. Cheers for flying over all that delicious stuff man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, fizzy, looser looking, dark tan head with horrible retention. Head crack and snaps its way down to a light ring. Bistre brown body with almost no carbonation evident. No head or ring remains and it looks relatively lifeless by the end. Unimpressive.

SMELL: Lots of fruits and caramel sugars on the nose. Grapes, raisins, caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar and some chocolate covered cherries. Boozy rum qualities as well. Really bold and interesting. Nice and complex for sure.

TASTE: Lots of sweetness here. Dark fruits, red wine for sure, with grapes and raisins, as well as some caramel and brown sugary sweetness up front. Boozy rum with more surary and caramel sweetness at the swallow. Bold and very persistent aftertaste with lots of sugary sweetness, butterscotch, rum, with some dark cherries and a touch of bitter dark chocolate as well. This is boozy for sure, but very flavorful, complex and generally delicious.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with no real bite and finishes slightly sticky. A touch of heat lingers. Very good for such a big beer; only some more weight would help give it top marks.

OVERALL: This is some fantastic stuff. Boozy, but not hot; flavorful and complex, but not tiresome. This bomber was way, way too easy to drink. I've had my fair share of American strong ales, and I feel pretty confident saying that He'Brew makes the best of its kind in the USA. They're always flavorful, complex, surprisingly balanced, and nowhere near as hot as they could be. Definitely pick this one up if you can, or any of their other strong ales for that matter. Thanks again codysjb. Highly recommended.

Jan 11, 2013
Photo of PorterBoy14
PorterBoy14 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Feb 24, 2012
Photo of caninedevotion
caninedevotion from Oregon

5/5  rDev +22.5%

Dec 17, 2011
Photo of BigTrubble
BigTrubble from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

Apr 08, 2012
Photo of TTAmod
TTAmod from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into chalice.

A: A very seductive color. Dark, dark brown with mahogany and ruby streaks. There is a one finger medium-brown head with decent retention, especially for the high ABV.

S: Smell is of roasted malts, alcohol, cherries, plum, chicory, and ash. Reminiscent of a BSDA and a strong RIS.

T: A lot going on in the flavor department. An obvious malt bomb. Starts with pretty subtle fruit flavors, such as plum and raisin. The fruit is enveloped in a cocoon of molasses, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. The tail end of the beer tastes of roasted malts, tobacco, ash, and a tad of bitterness.

The alcohol, really surprisingly, is nowhere to be found. There is no way in hell this is 15%. I've had beers in the 9% category taste more alcoholic. For supposedly 15 different kind of hops being used, there is sadly a lack of hop flavor.

M: Velvety smooth and heavy. Drinkibility is pretty good. The alcohol isn't a factor, but this one is still a sipper.

O: Quiet a stellar brew. Really, really complex. I'd hope for a bit more hop flavor, but oh well. The mouthfeel is good and it looks good.

This one is a beer that Shmaltz should be proud of.

Jan 10, 2012
Photo of TobinMitnick
TobinMitnick from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Mar 26, 2012
Photo of atone315
atone315 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 31, 2011
Photo of TubbyDullard
TubbyDullard from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.5%

Feb 06, 2012
FACEMEAT from California

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep, dark brown with only a few highlights when held up to the light. Head is substantial after an aggressive pour and dissipates into a thin cap following a few minutes of rest. Lacing is minimal.

S: That borderline sour note from an African coffee hit me first. What follows is chocolate cake, dates and a hint of soy sauce.

T: The taste follows the nose with an additional buttered chocolate muffin element that kept me coming back way too soon. The hops struggle to rein in the dark malt explosion near the end and fail every time. That's okay with me. The supposed alcohol content is 15% and hidden masterfully.

M :It's velvety to the max. The liquid Sticks around forever. Carbonation is low but appropriate for the alcohol level.

O: This is a very, very powerful beer in terms of both alcohol and drinking impression. How they were able to provide such drinkability is beyond me. This is one that can be appreciated now and later.

Dec 16, 2011
Photo of CaseyCooper

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Feb 25, 2012
Photo of robwestcott
robwestcott from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2%

Jan 02, 2012
Photo of neckbracesub
neckbracesub from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Nov 14, 2012
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
abcdefghijkyle from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Feb 14, 2013
He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 394 ratings