RCL (2029) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Significantly thicker and richer than the preceding jewbelations. Very chocolatey aroma and flavor. A wee bit off dry cold hot cocoa flavor with light notes of licorice.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thin beige head. Very malty nutty toffee aroma. Thick full mouth feel. Malty sweet. fruity, lots of dark chocolate. It has a very hopy bitter finish. This is an excellent brew. Best one so far. except for the 13. The 13 is amazing. The 12 is very complex and balanced with a deep palate. Very similar to the other jewbelation brews. But excellent none the less.
deyholla (4856) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an extremely dark brown with a a brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a relatively strong alcohol note as well as a dark bread note with a good amount of chocolate and toffee. Flavor began with a bit of alcohol but had a really nice chocolate bread note as well as a hint of toffee.
bleeng (1387) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Tap at Papago in Scottsdale AZ. Dark brown with a nice head. Lots of hops upfront with some whiskey notes. Sweet, sticky, and chewy with some spiciness. Lots of different flavors with alcohol evident. A sipper for sure.
boFNjackson (3631) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Baileyís Cellar Fest [2008 Vintage Keg]... Poured near black with a thick, tan head. Thinner palate with some fruit and yeast flavors. Also cocoa, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted almond. A lot of folks at the fest were big on this with the over two years of age on it, but I thought it was tasting pretty decent.
TheHulk (485) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I get a confusing exactly equal aroma of fruit, malt, %, and some burnt coffee/toffee smokiness. Itís almost too busy. There was a dissapointing head on on this one, and not much lacing on these jewbelations in general. The flavour takes a moment to wind up and then gives you a great pungh in the mouth; at first the % and grains are starting to creep in before they are overwhelmed by dark, strong coffee flavours, it sort of derails the original beer flavour. It sort of hands around for a bit and fades out with a oily coating in you mouth, quite smokey again. Itís not bad, but my mouth is confused. This has so far been the lowest scoring of my jewelation ratings. Happy 28th to Me!
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz, from Jewbelation vertical pack.
Pours deep dark, opaque brown. Head is medium on the low side, but the beer does retain nice full lacing. The nose is rich with dark fruit, port, and noticeable alcohol vapor. It smells wonderful and fruity. Medium-to-full body, less carbonation than is typical for the Jewbelation beers, creamy and slick. On the palate itís more dark fruit, with hints of chocolate, toffee, roast, soy. The finish is mildly bitter with resinous hop notes and tons of warmth. It seems to occupy a flavor profile between a barley wine and a really high ABV imperial stout; almost a lower-octane version of a World Wide Stout and Olde School Barleywine hybrid. Really freaking good, intense, and would love to see this one with some age. Interestingly enough, the ABV isnít as elegantly hidden as it was in Fourteen. These guys get better every year.
RZahler (46) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the tap into a snifter glass at Papago Brewing. The aroma has a strong barrel, with a roasted malt smell. The beerís appearance was a very thick dark black-copper color, with a little bit of a head. Very pleasing to the palate, with a nice chocolate, licorice, toasty flavor. Leaves your mouth salivating wanting to drink more. Sweet malt flavor lingers on the tongue.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is rather black with a small tan off white head. Nose is of sweet fruits, candied malts, and hops. Taste is mostly of dark fruits with a slight alcohol twist.
zizzybalubba (1161) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle as part of the Vertical Jewbelation gift pack (2010) purchased at Grape & Gourmet. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee, popcorn, and possibly a hint of candi sugar. The flavor is very sweet and the alcohol is certainly present. Much more malt forward than previous versions. Whereas Jewbelation 8-11 were increasingly better this one takes a step backward.