He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen | Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Jewbelation FifteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen
BA SCORE
4.02/5
392 Ratings
He'Brew Jewbelation FifteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LtCracker20 on 12-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
392
pDev:
13.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
102
Trade:
1
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Photo of darktronica
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Now that the 20th anniversary is out, I'm going through a vertical of the Jew'belation beers in my possession (11, 15-20, and the 8-14 vertical blend). 11 was pretty oxidized and dry, but 15 is much different. This is more along the lines of what I remembered, with heavy notes of fig, raisin, molasses, and malt. Very little hop character present after five years in the bottle. The sweetness has nothing to restrain it, and the low carbonation leaves the mouthfeel syrupy and verging on cloying. A bit more complexity as it warms, with the addition of vanilla and brown sugar, but nothing that changes the first impression. The near-flatness is suggestive of other high-ABV, cognac-like sippers such as Xyauyu or Utopias, but it's not nearly in the same class.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sendsilk
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of marchoftheclouds
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Bierliebhaber3
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Probably one of the stranger beers I’ve ever tried. It’s an amazing 15% alcohol, which has some effect on the flavor, but not as much as many very high alcohol strong ales. This isn’t that surprising considering there are 15 malts and 15 hop varieties there to compete with it. This is one of the most complex beers I’ve had with a strong raisin/date and mixed fruit flavor followed by a subtle, but persistent chocolate/rum after taste. It is quite sweet, but still definitely tastes like a beer. On first taste I didn’t like this beer all that much, but it definitely grows on you. Strong ales I’ve found to be a mixed bag and this is about average. I’ve definitely had some that were far better and better balanced, but I’ve also had ones that were a lot worse.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeanWormer
2.4/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Imagine beer-flavored cough syrup. Ales are all about the balance, but apparently the malt-zoh ballers at He'Brew applied the Mae West theory that "too much of a good thing is marvelous." It's not. It's just too much.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.89/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of imperialking
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stezz420
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Bought a few of these in 2011 and drank one a year – just ran out. L: Bright, deep brown crowned by a 1” frothy, lacy light tan foam collar. S: Rich dried fruit flavors that become more sherry like as the beer ages. Also brown sugar, chocolate. T: Big malt, rich dark dried fruit, prune, anise, caramel, winey, alcoholic, bitter hop finish. F: Creamy, chewy, warming. O: This is a rich malt elixir.

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

Photo of shagal
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lovethebelgians
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cheah
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jas45678
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rsqrd1
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DemoniChris
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tikk
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Maverickdp
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Trmsocool13
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 392 ratings
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