Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of grape, raisin, chocolate, plum, and some light alcohol. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small tan off-white head that fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with chocolate, plums, raisin, and light citrus notes. The finish has some citrus hops and light-moderate alcohol. Full bodied with mild carbonation.
bvc (1123) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Pours a dark cola brown with soft but tight head. Malty fig newton cookie, leather, estery peat malt, roasty, molasses. Full body with slick feel and right amount of carbonation. Sweet maltiness with raisin and figs that quickly picks up some bitterness then earthy peat and tobacco notes. 13% is very well hidden in this one. Has some flavor characteristics that remind me of Adam a bit. There is nothing wrong with this beer at all.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the release of Flaming Fury. Pours a cola brown with a thin beige head. Roast, plums. Better than expected, as I’ve been let down by most of the other He-Brew stuff I’ve tried. A bit too sweet, but still tasty.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
heavy, heavy, heavy. dark fruit like plum and raisen with sugary malt sweetness. you can tell the thickness from the pour, which is dark brown with big head. nose is big and massive. lots of surprises popping up, but most notibly sweetness. mouthfeel is again, heavy. the taste is very similar from last year’s "12," but much heavier. and exceptional improvement over last years great outing.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brouwer’s, tasted alongside the Jewbelation 11 and 12. Killer vertical. Pours deep, dark brown with a ruby tinge and a tan head. Lots of apple in the aroma, countering the brown sugar, spices, and molasses of all those malts. This thing has a gigantic mouthfeel, and at 13%, the alcohol is definitely starting to show through (though you’d never guess it was 13). Apple predominates - interesting that it comes through at all - must be the spices combined with all the hops. Wonderful balance, and a dry finish - I’m a big fan... though it doesn’t have quite the smoothness of the 12.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RnH: CASK: pours a very dark mahagony, lots of red tones. The nose is rather sweet, yet sharp... the esters make their way through. The beer is surprisingly smooth and well balanced. Despite the uber heavy esters there is a nice offset with the cooked brown sugars and floral tones as well as some cinnamon at the end.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, LA Beerfest. I feel bad for Schmaltz. I treat them poorly: I like many of their beers, but won’t do them the decency of actually purchasing their stuff from a store. So it was a perfect opportunity to continue to try their beer without actually buying it at LA Beerfest. Once again, I liked it. Color is dark red-brown with a medium sized head. Nose has sweet complex fruit and bread on the nose, a nice balance that smells incredibly mature. This was also my experience with Jewbelation 12. Flavor lingers on an impressive note of dried apricot and brown sugar, certainly full-flavored. Palate is full and syrupy. Finish rides a wave of dark fruit and caramel into a bit of boozy astringency, to be expected at 13%. Overall, this is a good sipper beer. I enjoyed it, though in general Jewbelation 13 is likely to overwhelm people after a few ounces of it.
drfabulous (3380) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very pretty beer with a solid, dark body and creamy head. Taste is raisin, figs, alcohol, some chocolate. Mmmm. This one is nice. Some cherry in the aroma and taste as well. Quite enjoyable. I’m waiting for my wife to say she doesn’t like it.
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 12oz bottle from vertical pack. almost black under a small brown head like the others. a malty dark fruit aroma. the booze in aroma and flavor is covered much better than the 12. lots of chocolate.
deep deep ruby purple color under a small tan head. robust aroma of chocolate, caramel, sour red fruit, hops. really just a bunch of everything. flavor is both of a 2ipa and an imperial stout. leaning more towards the stout. thick full body. oily. chalky. a bit hot. a real beast of a beer. a really good, well made one too...just not my thing. 10/23/09
Palidor19 (2847) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
awesome stuff, the aroma is just a touch off but the flavor and palate are superb in every way. the dark malts with toast, dark fruit. the mouthfeel is thick and rich. one to must have.