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He’Brew Jewbelation Reborn (Seventeen)

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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10015) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong booze, wood, dark fruit. Thin mouthfeel with strong booze, dark fruits, vanilla, wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2014
12oz. bottle. The 17% trainwreck beer that I’ve kept in the cellar for nearly a year and I come face to face... Aroma is comprised mainly of huge, dark, sweet malts, dried fruits and alcohol, with notes of molasses, black bread, slight roast, raisin, red grape, cherry, licorice, spicy, earthy hop, a faint hint of tartness as well as some light fusel -- yes, more alcohol just in case you somehow forgot it was a ridiculous 17%. Mostly black in color with some faint dark brown-red highlights, no head to speak of here, nor lacing, nor sediment, just clean and very dark. Flavor profile is every bit the trainwreck it was promised to be, with all kinds of things going on between sips, such as hugely sugary and dark malts, a slight tanginess throughout, earth, coffeeish roast, chocolate, black cherry, prune, tinges of red wine, hot, peppery alcohol, deep, lasting hop bitterness and some jammy fruit in the background, to name a few. Hot and lightly syrupy on the palate, thick and coating with a body that can only come from 17 different varieties of malt. Leaves the glass quite sticky. How far will they go, folks??

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3831) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2014
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of rich caramel toffee with roasted malts and some cotton candy. The taste was of dark brown sugar, roasted malts, hops and a hint of earth. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
22oz bottle - Aroma - rubbing alcohol, overripe plums/black grapes. Nothing special Appearance - deep, dark brown/black body, 2-finger tan head, average retention, average lacing. Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, thick and viscious Flavor - dark dried fruits, toffee, almost mocha-ish. Over-the-top sweetness hides any hot alcohol trying to be noticed. Overall - I think these guys and their beers are getting a little tired. You can only keep throwing the kitchen sink into the mashtun and expect different results. Tasty, a novelty but been there, done that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
17%!! Kept it in the fridge for a couple of weeks trying to decide between big night and sharing. Found a re-usable cap and split over two nights. Still had a nice head on day two. Kind of wonder at the merits of a 16th hop or malt ingredient but it is fun to celebrate 17 years. Strong beer but smooth. Hops are muted by thick malt. Strong licorice-molasses taste and bitterness. A nice drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1404) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
Bomber into a tulip Black pour, light mocha head. Obvious ABV legs. Nose is chocolate, roast, anise, pine and alcohol. Oddly enough the ABV is pretty restrained. Still very evident. Taste is licorice bullets, chocolate, pine, citrus, roast. Strong bitterness with the pine but well balanced by the roast. Full on, aggressive beer by the roast and bitterness. Strangely drinkable though. Or it was sharing it with two friends helped. ABV really kicked in later. Was hammered by it later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle from ABC. Nose is pomegranate, molasses, sweetness, figs, marker, some roast. Pours a dark, dark brown, beige head. Flavor is sweet malts, figs, plums, hot alcohol notes, lightly roasted, intense. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jh773 (247) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Opaque brown-black. Thin brown head that fizzes off quickly. Rich peat, prunes, dried dark fruit, licorice, molasses. Taste is smoke, thick brown sugar and molasses, tobacco. Bitter finish that burns in the back of the throat. All the booze is making my stomach upset; way too strong for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (1166) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Aromas of alcohol, prunes, sawdust, orange peel (or is that my arm pit?). thick coffee w/ cream head on darkest brown. Flavors of alcohol, milk chocolate, licorice, lime & roast malt. Very creamy mouth feel. Too much. Quickly fiery in the stomach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8178) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Draft. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Super rich and sweet, with dark fruits, toffee, rum cake, and caramel. Maybe a bit too sweet, but it works.

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