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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 510   ABV: 17%
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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!!!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10800) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6586) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2225) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle share with Ron. Thanks Ron! Very dark, slightly red, minimum head and lacing. Interesting complex, nice nose. Spicy, malty, grapes, brown shugga. Palate very sweet in the intro. Mellowed/balanced by booze, carbonation, slight hops. Just barely not too sweet. Lots of body, fruity, thick, decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1009) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours a dark cola with tan head. Aroma of dark fruit with definite hints of booze. Taste of the darkest fruits with the booze still there and a bit of caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3325) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
22oz bottle 6/19/14 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-50° in Snifter-Pours dark brown with a nice sized tan head. Aroma of dried fruits, malt, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. Taste of caramel, malt, dried fruit, and sweetness. This full bodied brew has a lot going on but it is well balanced and goes down smooth. I still don’t know how Shmaltz hides the ABV so well. This beer ROCKS #3200 Rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (313) - Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Deep dark pour dark tan head dissipates quickly. Boozey aroma with fermented fruit aromas and a hint of licorice. Flavor is a bit roast. sweet, boozey, sticky. Very nice, share the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6148) - Newark, New Jersey, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4649) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1666) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Opaque black pour with a fair amount of khaki foam. Lace. Creamy dark chocolate with hazelnuts. Cherry cordials. Substantial malt flavors. Big and smooth but not may notes. The aroma feels mostly blank. The high alcohol becomes noticeable halfway through. The combo feels like a muted creamy stout that is hiding enough of its alcohol to be way to easy to drink. Good, but could be tweaked in more interesting directions.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (990) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Pours a very dark brown with a big tan head. Mediciny mild horehound nose. Thick sticky mouthfeel. Horehound, sorghum, and alcohol flavors.


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