He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by LtCracker20 on 12-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
392
Reviews:
137
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
102
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 392 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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 littlespeaker
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of gtermi
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This looks amazing. It first poured a motor oil black, but then it got a littler lighter and poured just a dark brown. In the glass, the beer is super black with a dark brown head that is a few fingers thick. The head quickly fades and there isnt much left of the head other than a ring around the glass. It also doesnt leave any lace on the glass.

S: At first I got a lot of alcohol, dark fruit and a tiny bit of roasted malt... but then my wife told me that the beer smells like soy sauce. I told her she was crazy, but she brought the soy sauce bottle out and boy it does smell like soy sauce. I still think it smells pretty good though.

T: Now there is a ton going on with the taste. At first, the taste is very boozy. Then it turns into a sharp sweetness with a lot of dark fruit. The more the beer lingers, the more you start to get the roasted malt and some espresso chocolate. To me its like the little brother of Dogfish Head Palo Santo.

M: The beer is very smooth for as strong as it is. This is just so nice and it doesnt get any smoother than this.

O: I love this beer and this is one of the better American Strong Ales I have ever had. Just amazing

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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 SteveRod
1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter: Black body with deep crimson highlights under a mocha collar & island of bubbles. No lacing, but it's got legs.

Smell is...oooohhh. Deeply malty with a rich sugar character like stewing dark fruits, slightly vinous alcohol presence that gains some momentum as it warms.

Taste follows the smell, with a dense, dark, sweet fruit character, caramel, even a pound cake quality. Very mild roastiness, & a slightly rum-like alcohol character.

Full-bodied, just rolls on back & rests like a blanket. Smooths, coats the palate without being heavy & overwhelming.

Wow, this is frickin' awesome. Big & flavorful while not totally overloading you in any aspect, & dangerously drinkable. Hides the booze very well. Cheers to Shmaltz on this one!

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY.
Poured into 8oz glass.
Dark golden brown syrup looking, slight head and lacing.
Great aroma...sweet candies fig, raison, and alcohol.
Taste is very similar; of sweet fig and raison...maybe some date, with alcohol and a bit of spice.
Its very strong and boozey, like a good barley wine should be, but lots of flavour to balance it all out. Nice.

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Photo of wattershed
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Pencible
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany, with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like candied apricots and rich caramel and creamy milk chocolate, with some sweet raisin and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and creamy milk chocolate and honey wheat bread and candied apricot, with some raisin and fig and rye. It had a clean and smooth aftertaste with lasting sweetness.
M: It was fairly thick with a little carbonation. Pretty full body.
D: This was an amazing beer, with tons of complexity that was well integrated into a delicious scent and taste. The body was great too, and the alcohol was hidden crazy well, so it was way too easy to drink. Age may improve this beast, but it was already fantastic fresh. Highly recommended.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich dark brown color that is opaque and doesn't have much of a head to speak of.
S: Alcohol. Also some nice sweetness from the varieties of malt and some nice blends of hoppiness from the varieties used. This has a some bread, some nut and some cocoa aromas.
T: The taste is very complex and surprising. Some bready malt coupled with some dark fruit flavors. The hops add some spice notes to the malt like a floral lavender and corriander.
M/O: Very rich and overpowering alcohol aroma did not show up as much in the flavor. It's a unique flavor with some good blends.

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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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Photo of zchall23
2/5  rDev -50.1%

Photo of Huffaroma
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kennylopez
3.02/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mini snifter.

Appearance: a dark brown with a tan fingers worth of head that fades to a film and leaves no lacing.

Smells: a sweet plum and caramel malt with little hop notes but a dark fruit like figs are apparent.

Tastes: this is a really malty brew. there is sweet dark fruit flavors and a maple hint that last trough to the aftertaste. There is a little hop character that is floral from what I pick up.

Mouthfeel: there is a super sweet aftertaste, but it balances the 15% quite well. I enjoy the carbonation as I drink it because I though it was going to less than it did from the appearance.

Overall: at 7 bucks this is a flavorful brew with a kick. I think its a dessert beer better suitable for sharing and well worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of Bobheed
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark brown, with a little red around the edges. About a 1/2 inch mocha colored head

S: This basically smells like Parabola. It is super sweet and there's almost nothing you don't smell in here. Got a dark liquor with some coconut, small amounts of hoppiness, lots of dark chocolate and vanilla as well

T: Follows the smell fairly well. Very, very complex. Got lots of coffee and dark chocolate notes upfront, which transitioned into a smooth vanilla and can definitely pick up some alcohol in this one.

M: Very thick and bordering on syrupy. About what I would expect as a culmination of the other characteristics of the beer. Got a slight alcohol burn as well.

Overall this on is tops. Just about the best value out there for $5-7 a bomber. Would recommend to anybody and I will be picking up more to cellar.

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Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of TechTriumph
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained from Whole Foods; Poured in a snifter.

A - Two inch light khaki and super creamy head with excellent retention; Very, very dark brownish, ruby color; A little lacing around the glass

S - Very nice and complex - I get new aromas every time I take a sniff; Orange and grapefruit hop aromas; Very sweet caramel and toffee; Lots of spices including cinnamon and ginger; Dark and bitter chocolate; Tobacco with woody and leathery notes; Faint presence of alcohol, but it's hidden very well

T - Pretty similar and just as awesome as the nose; Again, dark and bitter chocolate, tobacco, sweet caramel, toffee, hints of citrus hops, and a touch of spice and dark fruits towards the finish; Lots of sweetness in this beer, though it does turn a little bitter later in the sip; Tad bit of alcohol in the taste, but the collection of flavors mask this nicely

M - Very nice and creamy texture; Full bodied and has a nice chewy-like quality; Small amount of carbonation; Decent amount of warmth in the finish

O - This is just an excellent beer all around. To have 15 different varieties of malts and hops and 15% ABV, it's pretty impressive how well the flavors all come together. This is a brew to sip over time, but honestly you would never know the amount of alcohol just by tasting/smelling it. I may not get another chance to try this impressive brew, but I'm glad I had the chance to enjoy it as a nice treat after the busy holiday season.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 392 ratings.
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