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 | website

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
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
389
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
23.69%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
102
For Trade:
1
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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.

Cheers!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of Lerxst
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no date found, poured into a snifter

A-Pours a very dark brown with a frothy one and a half finger dark beige head that has good retention and leaves a few wisps of lace.

S-Dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, rich malts, smells slightly sweet and also a hint of booze.

T-Sweet, but not cloying; Rich and malty with brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses, a touch of earthy hops, chocolate and a bit of boozy heat. There is a lot going on here, but it works.

M-Full bodied, yet with somewhat crisp carbonation. Lush and coating. Kind of silky.

O-This is an impressive beer. Its a sipper, but each one is enjoyable. The sweetness never gets cloying. I enjoyed this one and hopefully can still pick some more up before they disappear.

Once again, I wish I could grade in quarter points. A 4.25 overall hits this one on the head in my book. But since I can't honestly say its a 4.5 overall, I'll have to give it a 4.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours mahogany with a small off-white head, fair retention, light lace.

S: Lots of brown sugar, dates, molasses.

T: Sweet malt dominates. Dark fruit, caramelized brown sugar. Sweet and to the point. Not really boozy.

M: Full-bodied, never really cloying for how sweet it is. Soft carbonation. Elegant finish.

O: Great QPR, something this big for only $8 a bomber. I miss it at $5, but what are you going to do. This could age forever, so much sugar and ethanol.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a 1/2 inch of light brown head, Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is boozey, malty, earthy with some dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste is booze, sweet malts, dark fruits. Earthy and malty. Maybe some burnt caramel near the end. Sweet aftertaste. Pretty hot beer. Good bang for your buck at $8. Would like to try to age this thing. A bit too hot and sweet right now, but still decent. Overall, might be worth grabbing one to age.

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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 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 whatthehull
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip

A - deep dark brown almost glugs out, minimal deep dark fan head and a bit of sticky lacing

S - bready, very sweet, toasted, boozey, cinnamon, floral, some nice hop scent, syrup, toasty, roasty, terrior, minerals and some salty sea wood

T - Very sweet, tons of toasted malts, caramel, maple syrup, dark fruits, dried dark berries, nuts, slightly hoppy, earthy, dried green, nice sweet and funky yeast, boozey and more sweet

M - full bodied, medium balance, huge complexity, low acidity and long finish

D - huge beer, so much sweet and booze. Not for the light faint of heart. Crazy Flavors and very filling. I would say if you are dabbling in craft, stay away, otherwise enjoy

Final thought - at 15% and $5 a bottle this is a great beer. Hopefully the others I bought will age well

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Photo of aasher
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours the darkest of browns, on the verge of black with a one finger khaki head. The aromas are incredibly sweet and malty. I also get some almond butter in the nose with a boatload of molasses and sorghum. Their is also some raisin and figs. It's a little much. The flavors too, syrupy and overly sweet. You get so much honey, sorghum, figs, and molasses that it's hard to pick out anything else. It's definitely "dark fruity". It's cloyingly sweet. It drinks medium bodied and overly sticky. There is just so much sugar. This beer isn't very drinkable. The alcohol isn't noticeable until a couple minutes after your last sip, then it's warming. Overall this is a strange beer and not worthy trying in my opinion. Get back to me if they barrel age it.

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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 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 FACEMEAT
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep, dark brown with only a few highlights when held up to the light. Head is substantial after an aggressive pour and dissipates into a thin cap following a few minutes of rest. Lacing is minimal.

S: That borderline sour note from an African coffee hit me first. What follows is chocolate cake, dates and a hint of soy sauce.

T: The taste follows the nose with an additional buttered chocolate muffin element that kept me coming back way too soon. The hops struggle to rein in the dark malt explosion near the end and fail every time. That's okay with me. The supposed alcohol content is 15% and hidden masterfully.

M :It's velvety to the max. The liquid Sticks around forever. Carbonation is low but appropriate for the alcohol level.

O: This is a very, very powerful beer in terms of both alcohol and drinking impression. How they were able to provide such drinkability is beyond me. This is one that can be appreciated now and later.

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Photo of dfernandez77
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Very deep warm brown, nearly black. Crystal clear but dark, so it almost seems translucent. Warm tan head, suitable to style.

smell: Malt assault, roasty caramel, molasses, prunes. Luscious and phat. Alcohol is present - but not in a boozy way - clean. No discernible hop aroma.

taste: Rich and smooth. Lot's of smooth phat malts. Roast and bittersweet chocolate. Hops are present in bitterness for good balance. Sweetness is all melanoidens and dextrins - complex and not candy sweet.

mouthfeel: Medium heavy, slick. Roast and a bit of astringency haunt the finish while the slickness remains. Luxurious.

overall: Fantastic balance in a huge strong ale. Like a huge Baltic Porter with a splash of Strong Old Ale. It's a little aggressive in youth, but I'm going to try to get a case of this to wax and hide away for more than 12 months.

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

22 oz bomber for 7.99

A- deep brown and reddish color with thick tan head about two fingers. did not last too long

S- Big nutty and carmel malts with a small hint of the hops.

T- Awesome, taste more of the malts than the hops being there fifteen of each. kinda maple and oaky. You would never guess this is 15%

M- smooth and creamy with nice thick coating on the tongue.

O- great strong ale and once again at 15% this one could hurt you but you wont know it just by drinking it. well done men!

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Photo of jamespub
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought today and split with a friend.

A- Dark, transparent along the edges. Not quite black like a stout, but plenty dark. Very thick looking. Nice carbonation the dissipates slowly into beautiful caramel colored swirls that linger throughout the drinking.

S- BOOM! Smells big, boozy, and malty.

T- The first thing that came to mind was bells batch 9000. It is super malty with the taste of black licorice, not overpowering, but incredibly pleasant. where is the alcohol? for 15%, I can't taste it. The etoh smell is there, but this beer is velvety smooth. There is a mild, crisp bitterness that reigns in the malt towards the end. Completely opened up as it warmed. this was my first shmaltz brew, and it blew my mind.

M- viscous. this was a winter beer. very smooth feel. the flavor up-front lingers in the mouth for days, and it is very welcome. the feel left nothing to desire. it was all there, and scratched every itch.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep mohogany brown with a 2-finger tan head that doesn't stay around too long, but on par for the ABV. No lacing at all.

S- Slight dark fruits, molasses, candied sugar, and an apple aroma. Almost none of the ABV is present.

T- All the flavors in the smell meld together very well. Some brown sugar is in the flavor but again, almost no burn in the flavor and that's pretty impressive with the 15% ABV.

MF- Just about a medium body with a little carbonation. I think it could've a little more body, but it did have the right amount of carbonation.

O- I can't believe how well the ABV was hidden in this one. I've like the last few versions of this beer and the 15 was no different. I'll definately pick up another to put away.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen from Shmaltz Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.
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