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He’Brew Jewbelation Reborn (Seventeen)

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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 510   ABV: 17%
How could we hope to top last year’s Jewbelation Sweet 16 with its cupcakes, unicorns, & Satan’s Ferrari birthday cake? massive challenge. So for Year 17, we threw in a whole new dimension to our shtick – we built our very own brewery! After 17 years of contract brewing, our first Shmaltz Clifton Park batch emerged 17 months after the first draft of the business plan. Coincidence? Renaissance means “Re-birth” in French & Italian. In Buddhism, the concept does not truly translate as “reincarnation” but instead as “becoming,” or a “stream of consciousness.” 11 syllables structure a haiku. Shakespeare penned 17 comedies. In The Simpsons episode “Duffness” Homer sings “When I was 17″ about buying his first beer with a fake I.D. “I drank some very good beer. I stayed up listening to Queen, When I was 17.” In The Office, Dwight recites Rule 17 that all Schrute boys must learn: “Don’t turn your back on bears, men you have wronged, or the dominant turkey during mating season.” Knowledge and growth come in many forms. It is taught that Nirvana is only attained when the soul transcends cycles of rebirth. Looks like Shmaftz just isn’t there yet. So with 17 malts, 17 hops, and 17% abv,JEWBEL4TIONREBORNserves as another mark of our death as a contract brewer and proof of our conversion to a new life as brewery owner…… L’Chaim!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (9213) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
Sample at de la gare with friends. Thin off white head. Clear amber pour. . Lovely brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured into the small shaker-type glass that came with the holiday pack. Deep brown with a slight creamy tan head that you’re likely to miss if you blink. Complex aroma with earthy notes of dark fruits, molasses, alcohol, and even a bit of smokiness. As for the taste, there’s a lot going on here. But what would one expect in a brew that has a total of 34 malts and hops? It’s definitely malty and slightly sweet... it’s even a bit salty to me. One thing it’s not, though, is cloying. Previous entries in the Jewbelation series have been overly syrupy, but not this one. It conceals its massive ABV quite well, and is therefore somewhat dangerous. In any case, I enjoyed this one a lot. L’Chaim!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cordy (8) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014 does not count
Rich dark brown. Toffee malts. Strong taste and strong finish, just the way I’d expect. Bit of a malty-chocolateyness to it. How could I not give it an overall score of "17."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottles from Smith’s and Capone’s. Pours medium in viscosity, and not nearly as thick as a beer this big should dictate, with minimal tan head. Nose is Gargantuan roasty dark malt, blackstrap molasses, hops. Tastes rich but not dense at all in palate heft, and somewhat light in palate density. The flavor is big charred dark malt, hops, molasses, mild plummy and nutty notes. Tastes a bit discombobulated. A mild disappointment for the good Doctor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5258) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Deep brown almost black with a cream head. Chocolate, rich malts, chewy, light alcohol. Great palate, chewy, rich, chocolate, syrup, alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewballs (215) - USA - JAN 15, 2014
Dark plum colored brew. Lacy head. Performs like an American Strong Ale. A bit boozy. Figgy and bitter.You definitely can taste it. Full bodied. Complex. Not for everyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5841) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Aroma is dark malts, dubbel characteristics and earth/coffee. The flavor is caramel, dark malts, dark fruit/grapes, slight nuttiness and a slightly sour/alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2014
tap - Pours very dark amber, nearly black, with a small tan head. The aroma is of alcohol, roast, and a little dark fruit. It’s very sweet with obvious alcohol tones and some roasted chocolate with a touch of dark fruit. This one is just so sweet. Syrupy. It’s good but I think I’ve liked some of the earlier in the series more. Maybe at such a huge abv it’s time they changed things up a bit, maybe go more for a huge stout or barley wine instead of simply getting sweeter and sweeter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (3158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pour dark brown with moderate head. Rich caramel toffee aroma with roasted malts and cotton candy. Flavors of dark brown sugar, heavily roasted malts, a melange of hops (but not overly bitter), and chicory. More like a thick barley wine. Alcohol is present but nothing like what I expected 17% would bring to the party. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip from 53F cellar. Pours a very dark color, almost black, with light tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly but never goes completely away. There is no lacing to speak of. Aroma - alcohol, dark red fruits, malt, a bit of milk chocolate. Taste - good grief there’s a lot in there. Very complex, moderately bitter coffee flavor, followed by dark dried fruits, raisins, and dark cocoa. Alcohol is apparent with a light warming burn at the back of the throat. Finish is quite long and somewhat bitter. Carbonation level is average, but a bit spiky on the tongue. It has a full, oily mouth feel. This is a big complex beer and nice on a very cold day.

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