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He'Brew Jewbelation FifteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by LtCracker20 on 12-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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136
Ratings:
389
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
23.69%
 
 
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Photo of bcostner1
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours syrupy and with some definite viscosity. Thin mocha head that quickly dissipates, leaving a glass full of deep, dark mahogany colored liquid. Attractive beer for sure.

S: Maple Syrup, molasses, some brown sugar, malt. Some gumdrops maybe(?) Mildly detectable ethanol element.

T: Delicious. I tried this when it first came out and I thought it was a little hot. I bought 5 bottles total and I am reviewing the 2nd one now with about 6 months of age on it. Much, much smoother than I remember. There is a lot going on here. Following the nose, there is a strong maple syrup element complemented by molasses, brown sugar, honey, and bomb's worth of malt sweetness. Very faint hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Fine tasting beer; the flavor profiles change for sure as it warms as well with maple coming even more to the forefront.

M: I knocked this a little for the syrupy, thick, viscous mouthfeel. It's not terrible but does become a little cloying after a while. I still gave it a 4 though b/c for such a high ABV beer, the alcohol is still well hidden and this remains a dangerously drinkable brew.

Overall, another quality anniversary brew by He'Brew. Of the ones that I have had, I still enjoyed the Vertical Jewbelation the best, followed by Fourteen, and then this one. Still, when they are all this tasty, IMO it's almost splitting hares to pick a top one among them. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Shoo65
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a half finger of tan head which holds very well.
S: TOFFEE, lots of toffee
T: Very complex , toffee up front with raisins in the backround, no alcohol in the slightest
M: Heavy,very light carbonation
Overall: Gonna pick up a another one if i see one. Overall a very good sipping beer, impressed.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip. Appearance is darker than I anticipated, but it's nice. It's dark. Almost black. Good carbonation yields a decent head which dissipates into a nice ring around the glass.

Smell is pleasant, sweet, slightly boozy. This smells like a 15% abv beer. There are some dark fruit and chocolate notes on the nose.

The taste is good. Mild hop presence. Taste is similar to the nose: boozy and chewy. This is delicious. It's a big beer, but it's not overwhelming. I'm loving it.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, but the carbonation makes it a pleasing drink.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. For $8 it's really a steal. I almost wish I had bought more bottles of this. Cheers!

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Photo of projectflam86
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottle label says 10.9% ABV. A quick search of the forums and a reply from Zak of Shmaltz explains that batches were blended for states that have ABV restrictions. As a result, this beer is actually a slightly lower alcohol version of the 15th anniversary. My review is with this in mind...

A- Pours a very dark red brown nearly black color with a thin tan head that leaves little lacing.

S- Deep dark fruit aroma with tons of caramel malt and spicy hops. Almost wine like in the nose with plums, apricots, raisins, pine, floral, toffee, and alcohol coming through. Lots of stuff going on here, but it smells good!

T- Very similar to an English Barleywine. The malt outweighs the hops but both make an incredible showing in a big way. A very sweet beer in general with flavors that match the nose. Plums, raisins, caramel, brown sugar, red grapes, brandied cherries, and alcohol all make up the malt backbone. Some nice bitterness in the finish with pine as the showcase.

M- Smooth and full bodied with great carbonation.

O- Wow, now I wish I knew what the 15% version tasted like! A very solid brew that I'm glad I got a chance to try.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown around the edges with a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted dark caramel malts, chocolate malts, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, coffee, with a bit of citrus and pine hops and some booze.

T - Starts off with some dark caramel malts, chocolate malts, raisin and other dark fruits, and some black licorice with a bit of grapefruit. Through the middle, pine hops, coffee and more dark chocolate malts come through. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, molasses, a bit of pine hops and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good complex malty profile with enough body and booze to balance.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown that is almost completely black. Moderate bubbles and about two fingers of deep tan head that fades away pretty quick. Lacing is pretty light.

Smell: Dark, fruity, and pretty sweet. Dark malts with big hints of caramel, toffee, and a little chocolate. Lots of dark fruit with hints of fig, plums, raisins, dark cherry, and grape. Some cherry licorice. Big sweetness coming from molasses, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Quite a bit of alcohol which is expected at 15%. Hops are fairly subtle compared to the huge malt presence.

Taste: Big, rich, and sweet as expected, but smoother and not as cloying as I thought it might be. Rich dark malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Big mix of dark fruits with notes of plums, figs, raisins, dark grapes and cherry. Some noticeable licorice taste that is more cherry than black. Quite a bit of molasses, burnt brown sugar, and syrup. Some taste of booze. Quite complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Big full body with a fairly low level of carbonation. Robust, syrupy, and creamy. Some alcohol heat is felt as you would expect but this goes down smoother than expected.

Overall: This works pretty well. This has at least a few months of age on it and I think that helped smooth it out. The syrupy sweetness and booze taste is definitely there but it doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. Very nice dark fruit flavor here. This is kind of like an amped up Dubbel. As smooth and balanced as a 15% beer can be.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Well, Hanukkah starts today, or so says my multicultural, realtor-sponsored calendar, and this Golem of a beer just seems like a spiffy accompaniment, poured into my Jewbelation glass from last year's vertical gift pack.

This beer appears a solid brown abyss, until you check the edges, and find some relatively bright cola-hued inroads. It gives up two fingers of foamy and frothy mocha head, which settles at a leisurely pace, eventually exposing a sloppy paint job coating of shoreline lace around the glass.

It smells of warm brown sugar, molasses, caramel/toffee, mild oily leather, some chocolaty cereal grain, and citrusy and leafy hops. Any booze is not surprisingly sly - I've seen this trick before, in this very offering's predecessors.

Jumping into this headfirst, the initial gulp explodes my mind, and blurs any attempt at dissection. Upon picking up the pieces, and going back in for a more tempered, and now somewhat acclimatized sip, I get some big, big (big) dark chocolate, earthy molasses, sauced black fruit, taffy, mildly toasted grain, subtle citrus cream, and bitter leafy, almost herbal, hops, which weirdly, and admirably, suppress a weakly rising alcohol warming.

Somewhere in there, I suppose there's a nod to some seriously oppressed bubbles, but that's really just a minor concern to the here and now. The body is one big ball of smooth, heavy, unctuous, and syrupy, well, potential, one that steadies the pace to a thankful degree. It feels like something has got to give (up or out), and the finish kind of disappoints in that matter, as it more or less just hums with further anticipation - sweet and malty, you bet your ass - but also more assertively hoppy and simmeringly warm than anything up to this point in the game.

They've sure and well done it again, another proverbial notch in He'brew's big-boy belt. An insane numbers-based beer that would easily moisten the average accountant's pants, with the less than common bonus caveat of stellar large beer goodness. It kind of seems like a disservice to describe this beast as drinkable, if not quite totally balanced, but lo and behold, it just seems that way. And crazily so - eight nights' worth, even!

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out an intense deep opaque brown hue, capped by a creamy mocha head that quickly settles to a thin dense layer that retains.

Intense boozy sweet notes on the nose: figs, dates, molasses, raisins, Concord grapes, black cherries, rummy brown sugar, toffee, mocha, mild leafy hop. Complex.

The flavour ensures that we have a return of the calibre of the amazing Jewbelation 13. Purple grapes, black cherries, guava and papaya up front in the flavour, followed with treacle and rummy raisins. A dryness sets in of cocoa, dark grains and spicy, leafy hops. Sticky, boozy, vinous finish and aftertaste with a lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side, texture is heavy and velvety, low carbonation.

Following the relative trend of the Jewbelations to be hit miss hit miss, this one lands on the upswing of a hit, and is of the same complex and high standard that He'Brew set with the Jewbelation 13, which until now was their zenith of excellence. This one's a bit murkier when it comes to all accountable elements, but it just leaves more leg room open to pull off a Scooby-Doo/Hardy Boys mystery in unravelling everything else to be found lurking in this big beer. Snap one up if you can, I'll be grabbing more.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on late 2011. Pours pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big molasses, toffee, toast, caramel, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, cherry, prune, fig, chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, leather, light smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of huge molasses, toffee, toast, caramel, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, cherry, prune, fig, chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, leather, light smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Slight herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, cherry, prune, fig, chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, leather, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and fruit yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, moderately slick, and lightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible strong ale! All around outstanding complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this up locally at fairway for like $5 (what a deal!!!!)...enjoyed in my E snifter.

a - poured a really nice rich plum with a generous frothy greyish tan foamy head. really surprised to see that head on such a big beer. nice staying power on the head and semi-slippery lacing.

s - nuts and malts. then some grape nutmeg and sweetness. some dustiness...kind of bock like. nice.

t - OH WOW. that's a tasty beer. big blast of grapes and nuts. then a wash of sweetness and nutmeg. finishes leaving a bit of an alcohol zing, which you get used to fast and then the flavors REALLY come out.

m - silky. the alcohol is definitely there (as expected on a 15%er), but it comes off a fruity candied sweetness.

o - overall a rather impressive beer. the stuff coming from shmaltz these days have been the secret sleepers of the year. 15 is definitely one of the better anniversary beers...they seem to get better each year. really well done beer for something this huge. unfortunately when i found this locally it was the only one i saw on the shelves, but this is one to stock up on!

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Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark brown (almost black) and definitely opaque. Head starts thick and brown, but fades quickly to a thin top.

Robust, dark currants, figs, and dates mixed with rich malts dominate the nose.

This is a thick, chewy beer; very complex in flavors. Molasses, brown sugar dominate the flavors. A very sweet tasting beer with ever so slight smokiness and noticeable vanilla and sweet chocolate overtones. The aftertaste brings out a little bitterness that takes the edge off of the alcohol warmth.

This is one big, complex, well-balanced and powerful brew. Incredibly rich and enticing.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark brown with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap and some bubbles

S: Nose was chocolate, dark fruits, light bourbon and booze sting

T: Big chocolate, dates, figs, raisins with a light booze feel. Some Earthy notes, toffee and caramel. Pine and fruits are noticable but pretty masked.

M: Hefty, a bit sticky, well carbonated, lots of flavor. The palate feels like a chocolate covered fig.

O: Very good. Lots of flavor, booze is well masked

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Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid brown with a cap of light brown foam.

Raisin, prune, dates, caramelized sugars, brown sugar. Hops are more outdone by all of the sweet scents.

Very rich and sweet. Maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, lightly toasted malt, dates, raisin and lightly bourbony booze. Hops are present, but all of the sweetness just overpowers it. Lots of depth to the flavor here. Love it.

Sticky and full feeling, but not syrupy. The finish is extremely clean.

I think this is a terrific beer. Loads of flavor and character. The alcohol is actually pretty well hidden for how big of a beer this is. An absolute bargain too at $6.25 for a bomber. I'll lay one down to see how it develops. Would actually grab more if I see it again.

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Photo of marchoftheclouds
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought in 2011, drank a snifter a few days ago, finished it today (7-16-2016). I wish I would have cleared out the store of their inventory of these. It passes all the tests of good beer ...
Look: you can't see through it
Smell: oh my goodness, so complex, sweet and boozy
Taste: everything a dessert beer should be, over the top, well-hidden 15% alcohol
Feel: chewy

As I was reading negative reviews of this beer, I was wondering if the low reviewers thought maybe they were buying Schlitz instead of Schmaltz?

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Photo of TTAmod
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – very very dark brown, with about half a finger’s worth of dark tan-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – much like the description belies…it seems very heavy on malts, but with a kick that would result from a heavy amount of hops as well. Sweeter notes from maybe molasses or caramel, and biscuity hints to boot.

Taste – the malts get the first stab at the palate. Right away one notices a sweet but firmly based, biscuity/chocolaty/roasted coffee-like taste, which permeates into the middle part of the tasting as well. The hops don’t even make an appearance until toward the finish and are felt through the aftertaste, but again the malts and extracts win out there too.

Mouthfeel – quite well on the creamy side, but that would be expected from a brew with so many malts added.

Overall – despite the even balance of hops and malts, the malts seem to take precedence in this ale. I don’t mind it, but it’s something to be worth noting I think. Very interesting tasting brew, and well worth the try!

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Photo of Lerxst
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no date found, poured into a snifter

A-Pours a very dark brown with a frothy one and a half finger dark beige head that has good retention and leaves a few wisps of lace.

S-Dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, rich malts, smells slightly sweet and also a hint of booze.

T-Sweet, but not cloying; Rich and malty with brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses, a touch of earthy hops, chocolate and a bit of boozy heat. There is a lot going on here, but it works.

M-Full bodied, yet with somewhat crisp carbonation. Lush and coating. Kind of silky.

O-This is an impressive beer. Its a sipper, but each one is enjoyable. The sweetness never gets cloying. I enjoyed this one and hopefully can still pick some more up before they disappear.

Once again, I wish I could grade in quarter points. A 4.25 overall hits this one on the head in my book. But since I can't honestly say its a 4.5 overall, I'll have to give it a 4.

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Photo of cavedave
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with red highlights, thick looking and almost opaque, with a finger of light brown head. Head kicks back to a lively skim and thick ring.

Fifteen malts in this baby, and the aroma is full of sweet and roasty complexity. Caramel, toffee, rye bread, hints of chocolate and treacle struggle to remain dominant over hoppy goodness of grapefruit, orange, mango, and pine. Holding it together is a warm alcohol spice vapor.

Madre de dios, what a strong and wonderful taste. Leading the parade is candi sweet, toffee, grapefruit rind, and pine. Alcohol quickly jumps the play, and orange, more pine resin, roasted grain, and a myriad underflavors beyond demarcation end things. Complex, somewhat disjointed, bright, interesting, delicious.

Quite thick, resinous, low carb., with an excellent dry finish.

Another outstanding offering from the numerical nabobs of malt majesty and hops heroics at He'Brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of suspect
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters Snifter.

A: Deep dark mahogany color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger light mocha head that fades pretty quickly. Lacing is present but not very prevalent.

S: Lots of dark fruits, figs, licorice...big sweet malts. ABV is present but mixes nicely with the sweetness.

T: Follows the nose almost directly. Man is this thing full of flavor. Big sweet malts with tons of sweet dark fruits with a twist of bitterness at the end mixed with a touch of hotness at the very end.

M: Big bold bodied. Wonderful creamy finish. Perfectly carbonated.

O: A nice easy drinking humongous beer. Congrats He'Brew on another wonderful anniversary beer.

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Photo of dfernandez77
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Very deep warm brown, nearly black. Crystal clear but dark, so it almost seems translucent. Warm tan head, suitable to style.

smell: Malt assault, roasty caramel, molasses, prunes. Luscious and phat. Alcohol is present - but not in a boozy way - clean. No discernible hop aroma.

taste: Rich and smooth. Lot's of smooth phat malts. Roast and bittersweet chocolate. Hops are present in bitterness for good balance. Sweetness is all melanoidens and dextrins - complex and not candy sweet.

mouthfeel: Medium heavy, slick. Roast and a bit of astringency haunt the finish while the slickness remains. Luxurious.

overall: Fantastic balance in a huge strong ale. Like a huge Baltic Porter with a splash of Strong Old Ale. It's a little aggressive in youth, but I'm going to try to get a case of this to wax and hide away for more than 12 months.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark brown with crimson highlights. Decent head on the pour that recedes to nothing but a faint ring.
smell: Brown sugar and dark fruit.
taste: The expected flavors escalate into something better than expected. The promised brown sugar and dark fruits come together with more complex and pleasant flavors. Finish is right on.
overall: Nicely done. This one has the 10.9% label stuck over the 15%. Doesn't even seem to be 10.9 going down but the mouth feels like I had a shot afterwards.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a thick deep black with a small tan head that is slow to build and quick to fade.
S: Smells of alcohol, some burnt sugars and molasses and a decent amount of piny/cat piss smell from the hops
T: like beer porn with layer upon layer of complexity. Slight sour/tart note which is a bit odd for the style but I can dig it. Deliciously bitter on the swallow that lingers
M: Very thick and slightly chewy, carb is there but not overbearing. Alcohol is a bit astringent, I left it in my mouth so long it started to burn my tongue like mouthwash
O: Another huge beer from Schmaltz that gets bigger every year. Here's to hoping they never decide that enough is enough.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am growing fonder of this brewery by the beer, so another big anniversary brew? Bring it on. 15/15/15. Put the car keys under the porch.

Pour is very dark with an inkling of amber around the periphery; plenty of jazz for a big steroid-infused beer. Nose is very sweet, muddled, maybe molasses? The sheer number of malts might be confusing my olfactory factory.

Jewbelation Fifteen richer than Robert Murdoch & not a tenth as offensive. Rich, & deep. Lovely sweet malts that mimic molasses on the tongue, sweet raisins, apple/grape juice, scorched sugars. Alcohol free, except for the heat leaking into my belly. Thicker than roof tar, this sticks to every vital it encounters. Tasty enough to be dangerous; this should have a bright warning label attached to it.

Wickedly excellent beer. Jewbelation might have a good shtick going on, but behind it they make really good beers. Here's another. Just don't drink it & try to operate a bulldozer.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. No light can penetrate through. There is about two fingers of tan head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and leaves behind a few specs of lace on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of roasted malt in the forefront. There are some good aromas of dark fruit, vanilla, molasses, chocolate, and booze. I am also getting some coffee, maple syrup, and some spiciness.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some dark roasted malt and some smokiness. There is some dark fruit flavor and a decent amount of chocolate. There are also some flavors of vanilla, molasses, syrup, spiciness, and some booze. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, syrup, dark fruit, chocolate, and booziness behind on the palate.

M - This has a pretty full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a pretty smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness and a good amount of roastiness. Some boozy warmth is present in the finish.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a sipper, but it has great flavor. The flavor is very nice and complex. All the flavors really work well together, and the booze presence is surprisingly well hidden. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and a great addition to the jewbelation series. I recommend picking a bottle of this up, I definitely think it's worth it.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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