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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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)

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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:
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch puffy dark khaki head that fizzles down to nothing. Random spots of lace drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of lots of malt, dark fruits, alcohol. Taste is of toasty/roasty/sweet malt, candied fruit, cocoa, and an alcohol bite. There is a bit of a soy sauce flavor on the aftertaste. This beer is pretty hearty and thick with a sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty great beer based on the smell alone and the taste is good but it seems a bit muddled right now. I bet this one will age into something awesome compared to some of the other Jewbelations I have tried.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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 metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only a few traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin, dense tan head that quickly faded away, leaving only a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits in the nose—prunes seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of brown sugar.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of dark fruits along with hints of chocolate.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Not much stickiness is noticeable. Little, if any warming from the alcohol is perceptible.
O: This beer is definitely a slow sipper given its strength but the alcohol is surprisingly well masked from the taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger brown head of light foam. It left very minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, burnt molasses and boozy notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and caramel. Subtle booziness - for 15% its hidden pretty well. Just enough bitterness for some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence and dry finish.

O - This is good. Not as boozy as you'd expect for 15% ABV.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big beer, but being the first night of Channukah, I had to do it. The last few were awesome, although 14 was getting a little much, and 16 was way too much almost a mess. Hopefully this one does it nicely again like 13 did.

Pours a darker colored creamy slightly thick 1/2 finger head that fades fairly quickly though, at least there is a decent head for a 15% beer so I can't complain about the retention, very dark beer with hints of ruby molasses light sneaking through the edges.

Nose has another hodge podge of aromas, good and a bit meh. First is the malts, big sweet malts, candy malts with a little syrupy aroma, caramelized brown sugars, molasses, toffee, etc, and some candy sugar as well. Some dark fruits in there, mild candied raisins and touch of fig/date like, and eventually turns into very light cocoa and vanilla. It does have a mild paper like aroma, possibly oxidation onset but this was aged well in my cellar with tape around the cap... but a mild earthy like aroma almost root like from malts and possibly hops, which also bring an earthy hop tone, hint herbal too. Then booze, plenty of phenols and some not in a good way, and some esters, and heavy booze aroma.

Taste starts rich and thick, quite syrupy and turns a little bleh in overall flavor. Malts start with lots of dark malts, molasses, caramel, candied brown sugar, candy syrup and lots of syrupy flavors and feel, also a little cocoa and more of that earthy root like almost raw molasses kinda flavor that isn't the best. There are some hops too, again the earthy kind, with a little herbal note, and almost like old hops. Again dark fruits too, candied dates, raisin juice, a little prune juice too, and into a little earthy vegetal like cooked vegetable. Booze is not as warming as I thought it would be, but brings plenty of phenols, some good and some bad, with mild paper-flavored esters. A lot of over aged flavors, like too many overall malts, cooked too much, hops too hold, something... not quite sure how to label it. A mild spicy hop character towards the end adds another not so balanced character that gets a little meh. Finish is long, sticks to the mouth syrupy like, bit more cooked vegetable character, lots of old malts and syrupy dark malts, candy, little earthy hop too, all lingering for a while and mild booze.

Mouth is very big bodied, quite syrupy, pretty thick, nice carbonation, some warming booze and little tingle.

Overall.... hard to really get this... again just goes too much, too heavy in some areas, doesn't blend well, doesn't sit well, too syrupy, there is some cooked vegetable and paper like esters, phenols are good and bad. Just a mess, again after Bar-Mitzvhah #13, they seem to be going downhill as it just gets too much of everything and doesn't seem to meld well. But with all that said, I am nitpicking a pretty decent heavy strong ale beer, with some nice tasty characters in there too, just too much.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in the Stella chalice. Looks, and tastes, like melted brown sugar. Toasted marshmallows on top. Viscous and syrupy. The aroma of hot caramel is nice.

This is more of an after dinner liqueur. Really, it's better than Benedictine and that kind of stuff. Every shade of roasted malt and burnt barley seems to make an appearance, like some kind of variety show. Bitter hops create a little disturbance, and the sweet and bitter flavor is not so great. But the show goes on with molasses and some sharp fruity notes. Thoroughly interesting and nuclear powered.

You either like this kind of stuff or you don't. Shmaltz excels at the ridiculous malt bomb kind of beer, and this one sets a new high, or low.

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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured pretty close to black in color with a thin, frothy, tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has sweeter, malty profile to it with some notes of brown sugar, toffee and molasses all coming through. A little bit of a hoppy citrusness is there as well as a hint of cinnamon like spice.

The taste also highlights a lot of the malty flavors throughout it. Toffee, brown sugar and molasses are again all things that come to mind. Some dry, roasty qualities come out in the finish and mix with just a hint of hoppy citrus.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. The malty flavors really had a nice range of flavors to it. Relatively easy drinking and balanced for the style and size of it as well. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a large-sized, toasted khaki-colored head.

Smell: Layers of sugar, dark syrup, sugar, and more sugar over roasted fruits with a spritz of swelling liquor. Over the years, their anniversary brews have gone from bold and big to now morbid and despondent.

Taste: Sharply sweet Coca-Cola soda syrup and chilled molasses glazed figs, dates, and prunes. Sweet enough that I cringed a bit, and it's well-known I likes'm sweet. Remains notably fruity throughout, maybe even kicking up a notch. Also super sweet throughout. Faint, ineffective flutterings of citrus, spice, and leafy hops trying to shine through the heavy malts and residual sweetness. Some bitterness felt. Some ethanol felt, too. Very sweet, highly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Some sticky syrupiness here.

Overall: I thought last year's Fourteen needed some time to settle and smooth out, and I most certainly feel the same for Fifteen (plus a tall glass of water to help wash it down). It's all quite decent (for a 15% brew), but I'm really beginning to long for the big, bold, but more well-rounded anniversary brews of past years.

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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 tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a thin lacing of cappuccino head that has good retention. The nose dark fruit, chocolate malt, and woody, earthy tones. The nose is so complex it's hard to identify all of the aromas. The flavor is chocolate, caramel, barley, pine, dark fruit, rich, sweet, sugary, cherries, oak, wood, maple...oh the list goes on. This is so complex. This is a full bodied, well carbonated, rich, smooth beer.

I'm so impressed that out of 15 malts and 15 hops would come something so balanced and so rich and smooth. I can't say enough about it, it's so delicious. At 15% though this could be a very dangerous beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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