He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen | Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Jewbelation FifteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen
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He'Brew Jewbelation FifteenHe'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

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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Photo of homebrew311
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At 5.99, I must say the price is right. Poured into RR -tion glass.

A: pours chestnut brown with amber highlights. Dense tan head upon pour which vanishes to a thin layer. No lacing to speak of

S: the nose begins with an attack of sweet sugary malts, brown sugar and molasses are present in a big way. Bits of vanilla come seeping through among a firm booziness. Hints at maple and walnut are detected at the end.

T: the taste is over-the-top sweet with sugar malts overwhelming the palate. I wonder what the finishing gravity is on this thing, because it tastes like it is high! A bit of maple and vanilla barely sneak through, the bourbon provides primarily heat with faint accents of vanilla.

MF: thick, syrupy, moderate carbonation

O: holy geez this thing is sweet. Some bitterness would be nice, or even the slightest evidence of hops. I'm sure they're in there, but I can't find them. At the cost, this is well worth the price, but get your insulin ready.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter

Pours darkest of browns. No light penetrates through. Tan colored head that froths and bubbles like an active volcano. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles in the center of the glass.

Smells of chocolate, figs, plums and brown sugar, Syrupy sweet with a faint hint of alcohol. Hops are muted. A bit of citrus lies under the surface. Fantastic blend of dark, sweet aromas. Very complex aroma profile. I can't wait to taste.

Chocolate and candi sugar flavors that blend with figs, plums and syrup. Very sweet, yet very tasty. No alcohol burn whatsoever. All of these dark and heavy flavors never clash or create a mess. It is an extremely well integrated beer.

Medium bodied and creamy with appropriate carbonation. nice long finish. Falls just short of being cloying. Easy to drink for such a big, sweet and complex beer.

A great offering by He'Brew. And the price point is excellent. You'll be hard pressed to find better value. If you enjoy big, sweet, complex beers then it's a must try.

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

Probably everybody knows the story by now: 15 malts, 15 hops, 15% ABV, 15th year anniversary.

The malts are specialty 2 row, best malz vienna, canada munich, canada wheat, fawcett chocolate, fawcett crystal rye malt, fawcett dark crystal, canada rye malt, MFB caramunich 40, Best Malt Caramel malt pils, Best Malz caramel malt light, MFB Kiln amber, wyermann chocolate wheat, G&P flaked oats, flaked spelt, and flaked quinoa.

The hops are ahtanum, amarillo, apolla, cascade, centennial, citra, columbus, crystal, fuggle, golding, palisade, simcoe, summit, tettnang, and willamette.

In addition, they used rice hulls, promozyme, biocellulase, whirfloc, servomyces, 700lbs of cane sugar, 50lbs of raw sugar, and 55lbs of dark candi sugar with a 225 minute boil. Whew!
$5.49 for a 22oz bottle. What a deal.

Pours out to a very dark brown, near black, forming a dense creamy dark tan head with superior retention and solid lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is rich with dark fruits...prunes, dates, figs, carob, raisins, rum, milk chocolate, leather, and moist pipe tobacco. When swirled, I get an interesting green ho character. Lovely stuff, this. The mouthfeel is dense, syrupy and thoroughly coats the mouth and tongue. The taste is a recap of the aroma...all the dark fruits in droves, followed by carob and pipe tobacco, and a green hop nose. Honestly, I could stand to use more bittering hops to balance this sucker out. Sharp acidity, no doubt from the copious hops. I think adding some gypsum would help this as well. Long aftertaste of dark fruit. The alcohol is not as potent as one would think. The flavors are so rich, it overwhelms what you otherwise would pick up in something more subtle.

A lovely beer. Well worth storing and aging. Highly recommended.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

And time to finally finish off Hanukkah gift pack. Poured into a nonic pint glass for review.

A real nice colored light chocolate head, kind of creamy and foamy in appearance. Head though is barely a finger tall but manages it seems a thick puck for some time while drinking. Keeps a good collar. Body color is a dark reddish brown can't quite see through it.

Nose feels very barleywine like. Sweet malts and fruit, a little bit of vinous sense, hints of sour cherry and juicy.

Very creamy mouthfeel with a big juicy palate. Cherry juice fruit bomb on the palate, with an almost syrupy sweetness. Rich tasting and big. Alcohol stomach warming, luckily not boozy tasting. Bursting sweet red cherries.

Overall quite enjoyable. Probably the best beer in the gift pack. Not sure if this has meant that I am up for more Shmaltz but who knows.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rudy0908
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wallymowrigley
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip. About one finger of tan head that quickly dissipated. Very dark.

S - Sweet smell of malt dominates with a presence of hops. Alcohol smell is not too dominant considering this is a 15% beer.

T - Sweet taste. Not quite a sugar bomb but the malty sweetness definitely dominates. Presence of hops is easily noticeable, but is second to the sweetness. Considering the bottle said it was brewed with 15 different hops, I was expecting a hoppier taste. Alcohol is covered up well and not overpowering considering the 15%.

M - It is a pretty thick beer. Goes down smooth. Carbonation is fairly low, but I think the carb level goes well with this beer.

O - This is a bit too sweet for my taste. It is a good beer but a few years could do it some good. Alcohol is not to obvious considering the percent, but a little age would help meld all of the flavors together. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of pschul4
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- dark roasted character, dark fruit such as prunes, reminds me of a dark belgian style beer, had a barrel-aged character to it...slightly tanic, sour notes

color- dark brown, chestnut

clarity- pours clear and dense

smell- hard to pick out dominant notes

body- smooth, beer opens up with a hop presence toward the end of the drink, alcohol is well masked

appearance- completely dark in the glass with a slightly off-white froathy head with little lacing

overall impression- thought this would be a "huge" beer but i thought it was underwhelming. was expecting a huge blast of hops and instead was greeted by a slightly-sweet, slightly malty beer

notes and comments- this style also strikes me as a barleywine. questioning whether this beer is totally fresh or this is the style the brewer was going for. whatever the case, i wasn't thrilled given the hype this beer received

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, 12/22/11, $6.99, 22oz

glassware: tulip

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zachary80
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black body, hints of brown. Nice creamy tan head, moderate retention, good lacing.

Aroma is sweet and raisonous, bready, almost like a dark Belgian brew. Don't really smell any of the fifteen hops.

Flavor is full and complex, although the malt almost totally dominates the hops. Overly sweet, almost cloying as it warms up more. Hard to pick out any definite characteristics.

Mouthfeel is good, the alcohol content is well hidden, carbonation and body seem right for the beer.

Overall 15 is a good beer. Would prefer more hop character since without it is overly sweet and somewhat muddled

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Photo of Oneinchaway
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jnn4v
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown color - almost an espresso brown or dark mahogany. Little head, but the head that did exist was a medium tan color. No visible sediment or haze.

S: Rye, oak, pear, plumb, cranberry, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, pumpernickel bread, milk chocolate, dates, and figs. This is a ridiculously good smelling beer.

T: Perfect blend of dark malts and dark dried fruits. Basically reminds me of Gouden Carolus but without the Belgian yeast and possibly more complexity on the grain part of the malt.

M: Very rich mouthfeel. Velvety texture. Very silky and smooth.

O: Excellent beer. Wonderfully rich and tasty. I was quite impressed.

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Photo of Abrahammer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of CMB2012
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, but it's not black. Sort of a medium, milky mocha head of about a half finger forms which seems more than appropriate for this kind of ABV. The aroma is slightly port or vinous in regards to noticeable initial alcohol. There's big layers of dark, roasted malts, chocolate and a minty hop bit to the nose. The taste is big and malty, big chocolate, with a boozy finish...it's appropriate and isn't at all overkill. Some dark fruits and a big warming finish. It's very thick, with an oily, coating viscosity.

I have to hand it to Shmaltz...I have to imagine that it's not the easiest thing to take so many hops and malts, with that big of an abv, and make it drinkable, tasty and not just a big jumbled mess o' crap. This'n is a win.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Drinkerofales
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a sizable tan head which quickly dissipates, and not much lacing.

Smells of caramel, malt and spice. Kind of pungent, and sweet, with a hint of booze.

The first taste is fleetingly sweet which expands into a complex malt and booze flavor, which is reminiscent of soy sauce and fine spirits, which becomes more drinkable as it warms.

It feels a little oily and thick, like cognac with carbonation, and really boozy, but doesn't feel or taste like 15%.

This was a Christmas gift, and well appreciated. Thanks Brendan. While I enjoyed the beer, it's not something I will be buying, as this is a hair too much for me. Though it's doesn't feel or taste of 15%, that doesn't mean the alcohol is totally hidden.


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Photo of Sesmu
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Intensely dark brown color, almost morphing into black. Head wasn't very big, half an inch maybe, and dissipated rather quickly.

S: Vinous, fruity, especially prunes, molasses. Very sweet nose, pretty much convinces you that the taste will be just as sweet.

T/M: Very sweet, as was suggested by the nose, molasses, prunes, some raisins, some distant chocolate. Molasses are probably most prominent taste. Sweetness dominates. Not that it negatively affects the ale, but it seems to dominate everything; maybe a touch too sweet. Malts definitely overpower hops here, which are very distant. Medium to full body, but not too full; and not very viscous. Alcohol presence is barely noticeable, despite its 15% - very well hidden. Only about half way through the bottle does alcohol start announcing itself with warmth and just a touch of intoxication. But it's not offensive at all.

A very interesting brew. Not earth shattering but quite enjoyable and something you'd want to revisit again. A brew for desert. Tried it with dark chocolate, brie and smoked cheeses, and even pears - everything was complemented very well. And for the price of $8/22 oz it's a bargain. Would be very curious to try it in a year or two - it should hold pretty well.

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Photo of adrian21
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you want a bargain, this 15% brew was a steal at a mere $5.99 at Whole Foods.

A - Super dark beer, almost black. There's a nice brown head with some decent lace.

S - Smells exceptionally sweet. Lots of caramel, some syrup, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit. A bit like a sweet quad in some aspects.

T - This is very sweet. At 15% there is some booze present, but nearly what you would expect as the brown sugar and dark fruits tone it down considerably. Too sweet for me, but not bad.

M - Full bodied, thick, moderate carbonation.

O - Nice beer, great bank for the buck. Probably won't buy it again as it's too sweet, but it's solid.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80.6% out of 100 with 392 ratings
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