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He’Brew Jewbelation Reborn

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RATINGS: 142   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!!!

drtbrewster's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drtbrewster (40) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2014
A huge beer that is big in ABV and comes through, the malt really carries through the palette, I enjoyed this beer and is a must try for all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1661) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
Bomber, cellared about a year. Ruby hued deep dark brown, mocha foam settles and fades. Dark roasted chocolate malt aroma. Taste is mostly rich sweet dark roasted chocolate malt, molasses, dark fruits, quite boozy and intense, totally over the top. Softer carbonation, full bodied, lightly hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2015
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $0 ][ Shot glass ][ 08.15.15 ]
tepid sepia. Light chocolate and oxidation, booze creeping in. Heavy chocolate syrup and booze all over a la southern tier, sugar stinging mid-late. Deplorable balance, no nuance, no grain, no hops, no yeast.. no water. Beer?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
furthur (546) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle, deep black beer, a little cardboard colored head dissapeared, some lace. Aroma raisin, malt. Molasses, toasted barley, brown sugar, toast. Taste hot! Raisin, anise, molasses, coffee, burnt sugar, toasted barley Palate rich but not thick, this is not under attenuated. Carbonation very subdued. Finish is sweet, but this stuff is hot enough to need that. More like brandy than beer. Over all effective, but it just not that tastey

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11156) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Bomber shared by DCLawyer at the WWWW Mid Atlantic Summer Beer Tasting. Clear copper, thin fizzy tan head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate, caramel, raisin, booze. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, caramel, cranberry, booze, mild smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (5076) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2015
650ml bottle pour a dark brown color with a finger and a half of light beige head that retains well and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate and roasted grains with some pine and and dark fruits. Taste is a dark fruit and chocolate malty sweetness with a roasted grain and light pine hop bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable, but subdued. This is a well done brew that is nicely balanced and quite flavorful. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (4121) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle at the RateBeer WWWW Tasting shared by DCLawyer, thanks! Dark brownish black with beige head. Aromas of booze, bourbon, dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, chocolate, booze, bourbon. Medium body with a dry finish. Booze for days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5989) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Big roast and caramel. Pours Dark brown with mocha head. Syrupy some citrus. Barley wine kind of feel. Boiled down malt. Bottle thanks to Dclawyer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (17715) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle courtesy of DCLawyer. Deep clear amber. Aroma of boozy caramel. Taste is just booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2015
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.

Score: 7/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3688) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2015
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.

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