ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shmaltz has been making anniversary ales for many years and they get bigger and bigger each year. Their 17th Anniversary Ale – “Jewbelation Reborn” – is made with 17 malts, 17 hops and is 17% ABV. With those statistics you’d think this would be a complex and massive robust. It’s actually a lot less insane than you’d think (then again the bottle I was drinking was 2 years old so it may have mellowed out some).
I poured a 22oz bottle into a Shmaltz snifter. Thanks to Alex and Marissa for this bottle!
Appearance: Dark blackish/brown hue, though not completely opaque. Pours to a small, brown, foamy head which quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Strong black licorice notes; slight Belgian-like characters (candi syrup and fruity esters); chocolate syrup notes. Surprisingly, the alcohol is not present in the nose.
Taste: My first sip immediately conjures up memories of other very strong imperial stouts. Though not technically a stout, the beer has a similar flavor profile: chocolate syrup, black licorice and piney/dank hops. Slight Belgian-ish flavor lingers in the background, too: rum-soaked raisin, fig, dates, and a bit of perfume. The alcohol is certainly a major flavor component and imparts and drying sensation, but it’s not distracting – it blends with the palette quite well. Tasty and interesting to be sure.
Drinkability: At 17% ABV, He’Brew Jewbelation Reborn is not a beer to be taken lightly. Each sip is an intense sensation. Alcohol gives the mouthfeel a hot sensation with a lingering warming sensation in the throat – akin to capsaicin. The mouthfeel is thick, sticky, syrupy and cloying. To call this a sipping beer is understatement – it was rare I took more than a half sip at a time. Four ounces is a sufficient and satisfying serving size – don’t drink more than that unless you’re brave or a fool.
rodenbach99 (4251) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
EBF 2015. Un monstre de fin de soirée à Boston. Un liquide visqueux aux saveurs de vieux vins mutés. De la mélasse, du sucre, du malt et encore du malt.
tsd08460 (838) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: caramel, alcohol, raisin,
Appearance: black, clear, brown foam,
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, boozy
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Yow. Heavy but I like it!
AirForceHops (6284) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Deep dark brown. Aroma is chocolate, brown sugar, caramel and cherries.
Body is medium yet sticky, syrupy sweet. Holy Christ this is sweet. Flavor is booze soaked raisins, stupid crazy, sugar. 17 malts is maybe to much?? Cloying....
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark black, some brown edges. no head on the pour straight from the bomber. Aroma is boozy, chocolate, fudge, tobacco, maple syrup. Very dense bubbles, thick, syrupy. There’s a ton of flavor here. really hard to describe each flavor here. Syrup, sweet, chocolate, maple. intense
SlovakSniper (5130) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rendu à cette étape de la soirée, je n’ai pas réalisé que ce monstre tirait un gros 17% d’alcool. Au nez et en bouche, beaucoup de malts épais et de fruits foncés. Ça sent le porto et ça goûte aussi la mélasse, le rôti et les fruits liquoreux. L’alcool arrive maintenant et me pince la langue. La finale assez chaude arrive à atténuer l’aspect lourd des malts. Pas mauvais. Quand même un drôle de choix de ma part.
smith4498 (3557) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear very dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, toffee, and booze. Raisin and fig flavors with toffee, molasses, and some booze. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Dark garnet with no head. Toffee, candi, and booze. Thick and strong. Hides the ABV well.
BeerFanDan17 (1083) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is insane. Crazy strong with deep milk chocolate, coffee, and prune notes. Pours a rich dark brown with a short head.
Rodriguez (357) - Quito, ECUADOR - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lot of marketing for this beer. I couldn’t find 17 hops or 17 malts or even 17 degrees alcohol. It is not a bad beer, but it is not something special. A lot of figs and dark fruit aroma and flavor, alcohol is well hidden. It has a medium body, and it it is very sweet. It was complex, not.