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He’Brew Jewbelation Reborn (Seventeen)

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RATINGS: 150   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!!!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coachd (563) - Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Complex multilayered aroma. I’m getting traces of cinnamon, starfruit, roasty malt, very light hops, overall sweetness. No booze at all detected in the smell, surprising for 17% ABV. I love the aroma of this beer. Smells more like a Belgian ale than an American Strong Ale. Striking dark brown color with thin off white foam. Tastes like booze, spice and black licorice with some hop bitterness at the end. I don’t mind a little heat in my stronger beers, and this one certainly brings that, but I was expecting it. Palate is smooth, and it has a huge aftertaste that might not ever go away. This beer tastes and feels like drinking whiskey. Definitely not for the faint of heart. I would like to try an aged bottle of this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3792) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2016
Black,tan head.Unpleasant alcoholic nose.Big chewy malt and alcohol palate.Nothing else

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7001) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Deep plummy brown, and a very thin light tan head. Big nose of port and earthy berries and deep English toffee malt. Gigantic flavor with a load of earthy toffee, huge sweetness, some port tones, deep semisweet cocoa. Booze, stone fruit, a little plum and date, and warm fruity dark malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, molasses, caramel, dark fruit, & black licorice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, molasses/syrup, caramel, dark chocolate, some rye, dark fruit, and licorice; Warm boozy finish; Fairly well balanced; What to say - interesting for sure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2519) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Noticable exhale upon opening the brew. Thin head at best which dissipates quickly. Signature stong malty alcoholic aroma. Raisins and plums along with loads of sweet malts and molasses. Color is an oily black. Loaded with flavor, malts and alcohol like all of their anniversary brews. Licorice, cough syrup, burnt toast, roasted grains. This brew is actually much better and more balanced that some of their previous anniversary brews. Maybe because i let the one rest for about 2 years before opening. A pretty damn good and tasty brew from HeBrew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle... Pours tar-black with a tiny, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The aroma is a hearty and complex swirl of tawny port, singed toffee, dark raisins, toasted nuts, ethanol, cigar tobacco and black bread. Full-bodied and syrupy with prickly carbonation. The flavor features candy sugar, milk chocolate, caramel, dark raisins, dates and tawny port with loads of harsh, boozy heat. There is quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is a touch metallic, but not offensive. Charcoal, burnt caramel and ethanol heat linger quite a while after each sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DCLawyer (2521) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle share at the WWWW beer tasting at iphonephan’s. dark brown with small tan head. Loads of booze, with sweet caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses in a muddy boozy mess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Shared a 22oz bottle with some friends. Poured a pitch black color with a small tan head - more carbonation and head than I expected on this one, but head doesn’t last very long. Wispy remains behind. Aroma is dark fruits, like a ton of dried fruits - lots of burnt malt notes too, brown sugar. Bitter earthy notes, brown sugar, booze. And I mean a lot of booze is in this one. Very warming, but a year or so has mellowed out the edges a bit on this one so it was actually pretty drinkable for what it was since only two of us were partaking in this one, but I don’t think I’d return - I hear they no longer try to match the anniversary year, which is probably a smart move.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (5782) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2015
22oz bottle pours out black topped with pretty much no head. Nose is roast some soy plenty booze and a bit of malty sweetness. Taste is more of the roast malts soy some burnt sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1908) - 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 (4303) - 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?

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