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He’Brew Jewbelation Reborn

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 15/20
yespr (36243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2014
75 cl bottle. Pours thick brown to black, small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate and liqourice. Dry malty, malty, alcohol and roasted. Breadish. Roasted. Dry. Sweet caramelish, bitter hoppy and dry malty. Bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGB (572) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Light aroma of spice and malt. Taste is malty and quite spicy, but quite tasty and complex. Palate is quite nice for the ABV, yes it is hot, but it’s 17% ABV so you’d have to expect that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3508) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2014
From a bomber. Pours cola brown with a bubbly beige head. Tastes super smooth, strong, alcohol, raisin, malt. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like strong raisin, malt, and booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4388) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with tan head. Aroma is bready malts, alcohol spice, plums, raisins, faint floral notes, and some caramel. Flavor is chewy malt base, booze, dark fruit and caramel sweetness, and light woody bitterness; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1312) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, vanilla and booze. This is a big flavorful brew. Huge roasted malt flavor, dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Finish is very boozy and large vapors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3234) - Florissant, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 5, 2014
Poured from bomber into tulip. Pours black with little head. Heavy carbonation that needs to be toned down through aging. Flavor is complex and varied. The hops announce themselves, but never get out of hand. Same with the malts. there is a nice balance there. for being 17%, the alcohol masking is excellent. Easy drinking and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rodriguez (322) - Quito, ECUADOR - DEC 30, 2014
A lot of marketing for this beer. I couldn’t find 17 hops or 17 malts or even 17 degrees alcohol. It is not a bad beer, but it is not something special. A lot of figs and dark fruit aroma and flavor, alcohol is well hidden. It has a medium body, and it it is very sweet. It was complex, not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFanDan17 (1034) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2015
This beer is insane. Crazy strong with deep milk chocolate, coffee, and prune notes. Pours a rich dark brown with a short head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1470) - 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

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