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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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 392
Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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 wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 23/12/11

A dark brown with cola at the edges, didn't expect much head with something this strong but is whips two fingers of dark mocha head that quickly falls to a thin film leaving no lace

S chocolate covered raisins and prunes, some others dark fruits both dried and fresh, molasses and brown sugar with some booze but nowhere near what you would expect at 15%, just a little licorice

T some hops on top of what I smell but I can't really pick out anything specific, much like the smell but just a little more intense, there's a little nutty toffee in there too, tastes great and the booze is there but I'd never guess it's as strong as it is

M thick and silky with just enough bubbles too give it some life, some heat but again not as much as one would expect, a little sticky on the lips

O lots of flavors with great complexity, well concealed booze with all things considered, pretty solid stuff

this would be great with a couple years on it, its drinking well now but after the already mellow booze mellows out completely it would be just awesome. I'll be buying a few bombers of this stuff but this single isn't going to make up for the price of the Gift Pack it came in

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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 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 emcohen
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks a lot like Coke.

Aroma: This beer has a complex array of aromas that I need some help identifying. I can get some brown sugar/molasses flavors, plus vanilla, raisins and a ton of malty character.

Taste: Malt and brown sugar jump out at first with caramel notes and a bit of alcohol at the end. There's also a bready character that must come from one of the fifteen malts.

Mouthfeel: Kind of heavy and syrupy with light carbonation. The sweetness lingers and nicely balances out the small alcohol burn.

Overall: Pretty solid beer considering the amount of ingredients at play. The 15% ABV is hidden nicely and the sweetness doesn't become too cloying even after sitting out for a while. I bet this beer would be great in two years when the sugar dies down a bit and some of the other qualities shine through.

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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is hard not to love what they have done with their anniversary series. This time the bottle price went up about 3 bucks, but it is still a great value at 15% under 9 dollars.

With a strong pour I get a rich bread crusty brown head that stands nearly three fingers. Retention is nice and the head gets rocky and leaves lace as it slowly fades. Nose has an even balance between hops and malts as you get resiny hops and sweet malts. There is a spicy feel to the nose that is created by the hops. I take the first sip and I am taken by how big and thick this beer is yet incredibly smooth. Richness is bold and sweet with tons of malt backbone. Toffee, chocolate and molasses all come to mind. Hops play to balance the brew and bring a little dryness and nice bready bitter. Almost becomes port like as it warms. Mouthfeel is not as thick as you might expect, very nice. This is a wonderfully drinkable all night sipper.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to joemcgrath27 for including this treat in our latest cross-Canada trade. Cracked this brew in celebration of finding out the sex of my child-to-be... It's a girl!! :-)

A - Pours pitch black with a ruby red hue on the edges, two thumbs of beige head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is bold and robust with dark fruit, cocoa, hints of maraschino cherries, smokey peat, burnt toast and raw hide leather.

T - Flavour follows the nose with explosive dark fruit and raisins, dark chalky cocoa lingers on the finish alongside hints of smoked wood, hints of ABV sweetness and leafy green hop notes.

M - This one is lower in carbonation, comes across thick and velvety, yet is surprisingly fitting. A perfect sipping consistency.

O - What a great brew to celebrate the news... This is a fantastic ale that has incredible flavours, though is certainly not for the faint of heart. The ABV is incredibly well hidden, making it dangerous. That being said, the thicker mouthfeel keeps you from consuming it too quickly.

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

I've been intrigued by the idea of this beer, and finally found a bottle at Bottle Caps in Daytona Beach.

The beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Interesting aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, and some herbal hops.

Big brown sugar/caramel taste. Also a lot of raisins and plums. Plus a little bit of piney hops.

This was a very malt-forward beer. I didn't get a very large hop presence. The alcohol was very well hidden (at least until I finished the bomber).

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Properly (but accidentally; forgot about it) cellared bottle. Poured into an Elysian snifter. a very dark russet brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted and caramel malt, dark and dried stone fruit, hint of chocolate and red wine. Flavor of caramel malt with hints of toasted malt, dried stone fruit and raisins, slight cherry and chocolate. Complex and well integrated. Warming, but not boozy, which is amazing. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Wish I had tried this fresh to compare, but with one year on it, this is very, very nice and very possibly much better balanced. Lots of barley wine elements, but also lightly toasted and sweet malt. Wish I had put two away, but glad I had a chance to try this.

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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 vkv822
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black, with a foamy light brown head.

Sweet, toffee, brown sugar, boozy, dark fruit. Leathery, light cocoa in both the nose and taste.

Medium, moderately viscous body, with low carbonation.

A very warming, well done beer. Hides the ABV very well. Fairly sweet overall, but enough bitterness to keep it drinkable.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- dark brown, 1 finger cola head with almost no lacing.

S- amazing mix of chocolate, vanilla, leather, coffee, molasses.

T- sweet toasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, some bitterness but more malt heavy.

M- full body, lower carbonation not heavy at all, abv is noticeable but not hot.

O- another solid big beer from Hebrew! I loved 14 and 15 did not disappoint. Think this beer will only get better over the next couple of years.

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

22oz bottle to NB globe

A -Maybe a 3/4 finger solid beige head. Quickly dissipates, but that is right for a strong ale. Dark black, barely able to see any brown when held up to the light.

S - Great chocolate and some sweeter notes. Things like cherries, prunes, molasses and the like. Yes, it's good.

T - The sweet is a bit much like they tossed in too much white sugar. Otherwise very good milk chocolate, caramel, and molasses flavors.

M - A heavy body that has slightly lighter carbonation. Definitely sticks in the mouth.

O - There is no doubt this is a great beer for the money. I get it for $7 and I know some get it for cheaper in places. Would think this was a $15 bottle and not think twice about buying it. My rating says it, but it doesn't matter how much it costs, this is a good beer.

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Photo of sommersb
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-22-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Black in color, with only a hint of brown seen at the edges of the glass, with no light getting through. Head is tan and small, with little lacing and low retention, but that's not a surprise given the high alcohol content.

S: Rich and malty aromas, including molasses, vanilla, raisin, and overripe bananas. I also get some earthy hops and a woody/oak smell. Strong aroma of alcohol too.

T: Wow - this is a strong beer! Malty sweetness including vanilla, caramel, and dark breads. Bitterness is low. Flavors also include oak, earthy and wood notes. Features quite a bit of alcohol heat.

M: Very rich, with a full body and low carbonation. Due to the strength, this is a sipping beer for sure. Finish is of malt sweetness and alcohol.

O: Overall an impressive, powerful concoction of 15 malts and 15 hops! I enjoyed it, but it is definitely an occasional or sharing type of brew.

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Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from late 2011, almost 5 years old, reviewed 9/17/2016

A: Dark, dark brown pour with a tall and dense dark brown head. Decent head retention. Spotty bits of lacing.

S: Huge sweet aroma. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some dark fruits.

T: Ahh I remember this one. Super duper sweet, but not QUITE as sweet as I remember. Caramel and toffee up front. Milk chocolate joins it in the middle. Some light dark fruits float over everything. Fairly quick finish with just some lingering chocolate and vanilla. Absolutely zero alcohol taste or heat. Scary.

M: Big, heavy, sweet.

O: Well, definitely a big improvement after 5 years. I was afraid the sweetness would turn even more syrupy but it didn't. It's still very sweet but a bit more tolerable now. No sign of alcohol at all which is crazy for 15%.

Review from 4/2012 (fresh-ish bottle)

A: A very dark brown pour with a good sized, dense light brown head. Fades slowly, leaving a pretty decent amount of lacing on the glass. (4)

S: Huge aroma, can smell it across the room. Doesn't smell very far from a spiced rum. Boozy, loaded with molasses, figs, grapes and raisin. Lots of caramel in there too and perhaps some toffee and brown sugar. No real evidence of hops found, but not really that surprising given the strength of the malt base. Super big and super sweet. (4.5)

T: Very thick and ridiculously sweet. I'm getting tons of sweet caramel and molasses up front with a touch of brown sugar. Some dark fruits kick in, especially the fig and raisin. Aftertaste has a touch of cocoa in it as the sweetness fades away. Pure malt sweetness all the way through. Just a hint of alcohol burn in the aftertaste but it's mostly covered up by the sugary sweetness. (3.5)

M: Ridiculously heavy, syrupy and cloyingly sweet.(4)

O: Some big beers try to balance their sweetness with hops. This beer is like drinking maple syrup. Over the top sweet. It's like drinking an iced english barleywine or something. I had a tough time putting down the whole bottle it was so rich. Then again it also hides its alcohol well and its very complex. Hard to decide on a score.(3.5)

Total: 3.82

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Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mikro.

A: Pours a clear, deep ruby-brown body with a thin cap of dense light-brown head; good retention and lace for such a big beer. Very nice.

S: Pungent: brown sugar, cherries, dark fruits, light acetone, and a hint of smoke. Very sweet and boozy, but thoroughly enjoyable all the same.

T: Follows the nose: huge malty and fruity sweetness up front, with some sweet and spicy alcohol building in on the finish. Hot, but more like 12% hot than 15% hot - quite smooth for what it is. Tasty.

M: Very smooth, medium-full body with moderate, creamy carbonation and only light stickiness. Excellent.

O: I enjoyed trying this one, and it's certainly a good value, but I really think that it would have been better if the ABV were less astronomical. It's not as solventy as some beers of similalry strength (cough DFH cough), but it could be better.


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Photo of WrathsU
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a very thick and long lasting tan head. Lacing looks good.

S - Malty sweetness and semi-sweet chocolate up front strong. Caramel and roast moderately strong in the middle, a touch of vanilla and alcohol finish off the nose. Smells disappear moderately quick.

T - Intense malt sweetness up front. Honey, vanilla, and milk chocolate are all moderately strong after that. Alcohol is pronounced throughout as well. Burnt marshmallow and more chocolate round off the taste.

M - Heavy bodied and slick. Good carbonation levels and surprisingly not crazy amounts of alcohol burn for a 15% beer.

O - A very good beer from Shmaltz. Not the most easy to drink as its a huge beer, but a great beer to sip on and enjoy amongst friends.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the 15 as part of the mixed pack which was mixed and matched.

A - Much more head in the bottle pour, same dark body and tan head.

S - Caramel, toffee, raisins, (no bourbon) smells overall sweet.

T - My god this might be the single best beer over 14% I had! Over Samichlaus in fact! Smooth caramel and dark fruit flavors clash with a perfect balance of hops and malt. Could it be that I had some sort of different beer on tap?

M - With no ABV burn and balanced taste this one drinks around 8 or 9. So smooth and dangerously drinkable.

Overall man I have no idea what I was served on tap. Maybe it was that bourbon barrel aged barleywine, but my old review still stands since I am not sure. I would easily kill a bomber to myself no problem but these 12oz bottles are perfect for one a sitting. Maybe I will go back and mix/match the last two...

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a gigantic oversized "pint glass."

Appears super dark and velvety with practically no head at all.

Smells richly of dark fruit: dates, prunes, figs, and raisins. There's more sweetness from the malt than any perceivable hop bitterness.

Taste/mouthfeel: It hits deeply from the booze burn on the way in, tingling the lips. it moves then into a heavy sweet molasses that made me wonder if there was sediment (there was not). It ends with anise in the back of the throat.

I was pretty impressed with this beer and would gladly have it again. It could stand to age a bit to mellow out some of its booziness. I'm at the start of a battle with this one. 15% delivers the goods. It should come with a set of flannel pajamas.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Jewbelation glass. This is something that happens in my house.

Beer is dark brown and visibly thick as it leaves a coating and legs on the walls of the glass, big tan / brown head, small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is sweet and boozy, mild roast.

Beer is very thick, very sweet, a little dry and bitter on the end from a grainy roastiness. An interesting beer but it is a lot to take in. This bomber put me to bed last night, this is an unlikely repeat.

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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost pitch black with some ruby brownish notes around the edges. The head is brown, a finger thick, but fleeting; leaving a nice ring of white creaminess on top.

Very malty. Roasted barley, toffee, coffee and even a bit of chocolate fill the nose. Lurking in the background is the alcohol.

Tons of malt. Despite 15 types of hops, there's little hop presence. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Again, the ridiculous amounts of alcohol are there, but masked til the finish. Has a grainy alcohol taste.

Despite everything in it, it's a creamy beer. Almost sweet, then slightly acidic before the bit of heat in the swallow. Full bodied.

Really, a pretty good beer here. The ABV scares me and I know I'll be asleep in no time, but it's gentle on the palate and taste buds.

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

Bomber poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black like motor oil. A one finger light brown head with surprisingly good retention. Huge alcohol legs.

S- Smells like an imperial stout and an imperial IPA put together. Its a massive smelling brew. A lot of hop flavors come though, some pine but mostly an older hop character with grapefruit and other overly ripened fruits. Malts are all over the place, chocolate, caramel and everything in between.

T- Tastes like a crazy hopped up imperial stout. A lot of the hop flavors match the smell. Old fruits, grapefruit and a kind of skunkyness. The malt profile is all over the place. There a lot of chocolate malt, a lot of caramel flavors, a creamy breaddy flavor. This beers malts balance out well with the huge amounts of hop bitterness and create a very complex and strange tasting brew. Surprisingly, little to no alcohol taste.

M- This is a big beer and is super thick and syrupy, not surprisingly. It goes down about as easily as you would expect from a 15% beer. A lot of alcohol warming also not surprising. It does have a very full and very creamy feeling to it. Its smooth and the alcohol helps to cut it back and keep it from being total sludge.

O- I enjoyed this concoction. I read the label and knew I had to try it out. This beer is brewed with excellent care and quality and that alone lets this be an enjoyable beer. I don't think combining every ingredient you have into a beer is necessarily a good idea but its a nice change of pace and worth buying.

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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 Sesmu
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 392 ratings.
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