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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark brown with a rich but transient tan head and a strange grain aroma. There is a strong chocolate and treacle flavor with a very warm alcohol trail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (1270) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle poured brown, thin off white head that leaves quite quickly. Aroma malts, piney hops, and lots of booze. Taste is quite malty (no shit right...??? 17 malts) a bit sweet, and you obviously feel the alcohol too, surprisingly is not overwhelming, nice beer, quite enjoyable but definitely a sipper...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark sweet and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EcnarM (112) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Pours a nice dark color with a tan/brown head that disappears in a few minutes. Nice aroma that agrees with the taste. Finish is smooth and even for such a strong beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2014
22oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. Dark brown, slightly red color. Good thin brown head. Plenty dots of lace. Big dark fruit, some dark chocolate, light roast aroma. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Chewier texture. Long, dark fruit, roast malt aftertaste. Bigger moderate bitter taste. Very dry finish. SOme more alcohol noticeable now, but doesn’t burn. Just a light bite and warmth. Impressive for how big the ABV is. Not necessarily super tasty, though it isn’t bad. Some light ashiness... very not bad for 17%. It’s impressive to watch them go at this series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2014
22 oz bottle shared with the group. Pours a dark cola brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, herbal notes, wood, the alcohol is noticeable, but not quite to the 17% that it is. I wonder how this will age?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle:   Surprisingly black, soft and thin foamy tannish head, little lacing.   Big rich bready and roasted malt nose, a bunch of alcohol, at 17% its a bit hard to hide.   Hard to believe that this one is 17 malts and 17 hops.   Moreso, hard to believe its 17%.   Big and rich breadiness on the tongue.   From the get-go you know this is gonna be a bruiser.   Big huge malty background, strong biscuit and roasted malts.   Almost nearing Imperial Stout territory.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   This is a big beer, very big beer.   Its a combo American Strong crossed with Imperial Stout.   Young but not green.   Well built beer, especiall for something that is 17%.   Thick and rich, this one will put a lot of people.to bed!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Huhzubendah (3480) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff! The beer is dark brown with a thick beige head that fades to nil after a few minutes. The aroma is intense. Lots of pine and alcohol. I can’t pick out any specific hops or malts individually but it smells like there are copious amounts of both. Whoa. This is a slow sipper. Probably best to split this beer 17 ways. Or maybe drink it over 17 days. If you drank this by yourself, you’d have a hangover for about 17 hours. I could think of 17 beers I’d rather drink. If you poured this over Frosted Flakes, you might puke about 17 times. You might need to do 17 loads of laundry if this happens. Full bodied and viscous. oily, resinous hops and a sticky, syrupy feel. Not for the feint of heart. Bold, brash, flavorful, loaded with alcohol and an armada of malt and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (9002) - 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!

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