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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 510   ABV: 17%
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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!!!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3715) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 650 ml. Opaque black with a lasting film of brown sugar foam. Nose is dark chocolate, soy sauce, tobacco, bread dough and a hint of merlot. Taste is lightly soured dark chocolate, oat, soy sauce, and dark rum. Finish has wheat and molasses with some touches of tobacco, wood and rum. To the sweet side but has enough balance to not become overly sticky. Heavy body is mostly smooth with a small tingle of carbonation and alcohol warmth, though it is surprisingly well masked for 17%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2388) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Blackish pour, smallish head, some lace/retention. Aroma is licorice, chocolate, caramel, touch of darker fruit. Full bodied, alcohol hidden well, sweet, slightly syrupy. A big malt bomb with really well hidden alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Captain_Bill (1) - Milton, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013 does not count
Great beer if you like a really strong American Ale. This was made in 2013, I think I may take one of my bottles and save it for next year. Only complaint is the booze taste is a bit to prevalent. I think it will mellow out with age. Its hard to hide 17 ABV in any beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11054) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown with a very slight, creamy tan head. Aroma has a bit of heat, and lots of Dark fruit. Maybye a bit of smoke. Full bodied +. Flavor is very malty, with dark fruit, coffee, could be chocolate. It’s almost meaty. Treacle is in it. It has hoppy bitterness, but it’s sort of a losing battle. Flavors are strong enough the alcohol gets lost from perception. Quite gobsmacking!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle to glass. Dark Brown pour with a medium thick khaki head. Nose is huge roasted malt, really sweet, faint booziness. Taste is sweet malt and chocolate. Figs, raisin, boozy finish. For 17%, it is definitely hidden.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Bomber. Poured very deep brown with a short, but easily-resuscitated toasted beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter cocoa, licorice, molasses, and maple topped by strong peppery alcohol, pine resin, and exotic citrus zest.. smelled quite boozy. The flavor found similar stuff.. a big, muddled array of malts at the core (sweet chocolates, licorice, and molasses primarily).. peppery alcohol, pine, and herbal bitterness around.. heavy sweetness masked at least some of the high boozage on the long, moderately-bitter, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with a good level of carbonation on the palate.. too sharp and aggressive in a number of places.. overall big with too much going on.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2607) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
25 nov 2013, tap. Black. Nose is toasted coconut, bran muffins. Med/thin body and fizzy. Alcohol is pretty noticeable, leather, burnt toast, meaty. Not sweet considering it is 17%. Pretty tasty! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (938) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle. The pour is dark and looks thin. The aroma has hints of bourbon. The taste is very heavy malt with hint of bourbon. A little harsh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4808) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate cherry, chocolate, molasses, grape, fruit, and alcohol. It pours a dark brown with an orange glow around the edges of the glass. It has a small tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, molasses, and caramel. The finish has moderate roast, light coffee, nuts, alcohol, raisin, and a hint of metal. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, it’s not nearly as sweet as the past few anniversary beers...and that’s a good thing. 12oz bottles in the gift pack are at least a start in the right direction compared to the 22oz bottles I’m still seeing.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1047) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2013
This beer is a very dark reddish brown that, although it is clear, you still cannot really see through it, and the head is large and brown. The aroma blends booze, raisins, roasted malts, caramel malts, and more booze. The taste has a strong umami flavor with a hint of sourness and a slightly higher amount of bitterness on the front end. The mouthfeel has an oily texture indicative of the booze, which is also seen through the waming finish, alongside a full body and a soft carbonation.


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