He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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)

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Added by LtCracker20 on 12-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Jewbelation. I have a soft spot for this beer, as it's one of the beers that introduced me to high-gravity craft back in the day. With each year it becomes a little more over the top. But it's still affordable, at $7 a pop.

A: Pours an opaque, mahogany body capped with 1" of mocha-colored head that lasts and lasts. Hmm. It's well-carbed for a 15% beer, and the anticipation it builds is quite nice.

S: Cinnamon, bread, toffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. I expected this to be as grape-dominated as I remembered some past Jewbelations being, but it has more of a brown sugar aroma instead.

T: I'm pleasantly surprised by what I can pick up. The treacly grape flavors of the past have vanished, replaced with a more robust brown sugar, cinnamon, bread, toffee, caramel, chocolate. Lots of malts were used here, and instead of blending into a hopeless mess, they contribute a nice, substantial character to the beer. I enjoy the fig and orange flavors I pick up in the finish. It's lightly boozy, but very well hidden for a beer of its size. While I've described all the malts so far, I should mention that there seems to be enough bitterness and attenuation to prevent the beer from being syrupy (though it IS sweet, don't get me wrong).

M: Medium+ body, low-medium carbonation. Well-hidden booze. Pleasant mouthfeel overall.

O: I'm impressed, almost despite myself. I don't love it, but it's a good drink on a rainy California night (the closest we get to winter).

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

A: Near black with a slight red tint and a thin but steady brown head and decent lacing

S: Rich roasted malts; sweet and boozy: dark fruits, molasses, chocolate

T: Yep, this is sweet and boozy with plenty of raisins, plums, prunes, molasses--perhaps a bit too sweet but it doesn't become cloying

F: Creamy with a pleasant chewiness

O: This is sweet and boozy without being overpowering but the sweetness is a bit wearing

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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 bum732
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Rich toffee, prominent raisins and dried figs.

L: Very dark brown, tan creamy head with 1/8 inch retention, good lacing.

T: Huge toffee notes up front, nutty, almost peanut like. Low bitterness yields a wave of rich dark fruit, raisins mostly. Sweet caramel in the finish. Fairly sweet finish.

M: Chewy, full bodied. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Medium low carbonation.

Great beer. Big, bold flavors but kept in check. Sweet, but not close to being cloying, really enjoyed this one.

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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 Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inch tall dark tan head on a dark brown body. Excellent head retention and spotty lacing,

Smells of faint booze, some hops.

Raisins, some rummy notes. Well hidden 15%abv, OMG. Rye flavor?

Medium moutfeel, ll syrupy. Good carbonation.

Value alert...great deal at $4. Pleasure to drink, different. Thanks Elliot!

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To start, the most impressive aspect of this beer is it's balance clocking in at 15%. It's a bit boozy but nowhere near what one would expect for 15% ABV.

A - Darkest of browns poured into a tulip glass. Almost cola like with slim to no head or head retention or lacing to speak of.

S - Boozy dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, raisins and prunes backed by a caramel sweetness.

T - Much the same as the nose but it's also woody with a touch of vanilla and cocoa. Maple comes to mind as pretty dominant as well. This beer is also SWEET. Too much so for my palate after about 8-10oz. Many complexities going on in here once you get past the sweetness factor.

M - Syrupy and very sugary. At the same time some might say thin for 15%ABV but that's what made the mouthfeel impressive for me. Perfect light carbonation for a beer so big.

O - More bittering to balance out the sweetness would be my improvement on this beer. It just gets too sugary after 8-10oz. To each their own though. Some prefer what I'm complaining about and I respect that. Not a bad beer by any means but not one I'll be revisiting again. Excellent desert beer if sharing 22oz with one or two others.

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Photo of silentjay
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

almost opaque deeep brown to black with a nicely sized and very dense mocha head that sticks around for a long while and laces very well.

not as strong an aroma as I expected, with maple and brown sugar coming first with some caramel, molasses, woody and slightly piney hops and a touch of citrus on the end. not as boozy as expected, but definitely a honey bourbon finish.

molasses and maple with some licorice root, some woody, piney hops, a touch of honey, plenty of caramel. rather smooth for the style/abv. definitely a bit different from what 14 was fresh, less fruity (though there is still a semblance of fruit, though it leans towards lighter stone fruit and tropical fruit than the raisin-heavy 14) and not as deeply roasted, but a lot sweeter overall with the honey and maple notes. as it warms, a bit of a bitter cacao quality appears. definitely complex yet surprisingly smooth for its freshness.

syrupy full-bodied with a subtle smooth carbonation level that lets the flavors pop, but doesn't become prickly. it finishes with tons of caramel sweetness and maple syrup. booze warmth is there, but not harsh.

another impressive inclusion to the series. Can't wait to see what they can pull off next year. I'll cellar a couple of these for sure.

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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 KimenTshom
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the tap at Wine Affairs

A - Very dark brown and opaque almost like a porter or stout. About two fingers of dense, tan head.

S - Overwhelming malty, syrupy notes with a medicinal quality (as would be expected in a beer of this strength). Despite being advertised as having "15 varieties of hops", that fact is undetectable in the nose.

T - Very sweet malt with a syrupy or molasses-like backbone followed by hints of tobacco and dark fruits. The hops show through a bit at the very end with a nice bitterness that helps to balance the sweetness. Not as well-balanced as it could be, but impressive considering the alcohol.

M - Thick and syrupy with very low carbonation.

O - Considering that this is something of a "novelty" beer (15 malts, 15 hops, 15% alcohol celebrating 15 years of the brewey), it is surprisingly drinkable. Not as complex as it potentially may be a couple years down the road with proper aging.

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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 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 jayhawk73
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark brown with a nice one finger chocolate head. Amazing amount of lacing for a 15% ABV beer. A frothy layer of bubbles remains long into the session. The nose is mainly raisin, toffee, figs, alcohol, malt, dark fruit, dates. The alcohol doesn't overwhelm, but it's there. Still, a pretty pleasant fairly balanced nose. The taste follows the same profile. The alcohol is there, but it's hidden more than you'd think for 15%. Crazy easy to drink at slightly below room temperature. Feel is pretty amazing too. SUPER smooth, w/ a nice sweet, malty feel w/ a slight alcohol burn on the back end. Really well done, and very drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent brew that would probably just get better and better w/ a little age on it. Very well priced too. I know I'll pick this up again, it's very enjoyable. Cheers.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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