trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brouwer’s (in 2011). Pours glossy black, with a medium-tan head. Nose is full of mildly burnt brown sugar, dark fruits, some chocolate and vanilla... almost like if you coated a smallish date in cookie dough. Delicious. This may be the best-balanced of the Jewbelations - it’s big, thick, and has a full mouthfeel, and while the alcohol is (somewhat) present, it retains a wonderful smoothness and balance that is lost in the later years of this series. Mostly sweet malts (almost like someone ground up a few whoppers and tossed them in here), but there’s a nice bitter roasty note on the finish. Man am I a fan of this beer - it’s just unlike anything else, and this is a great vintage.
DuffMan (5780) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, opaque, medium brown head. First to great the nose is cocoa, followed by a storm of molasses, light aniseed, and foggy fruit. Richly fudgey, burnt sugar, prunes, vanilla, dusty wood, and a bitter hoppy end. The most choclatey of the Jewbel series so far, and once again, delicious!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good dose of cocoa and coffee in the aroma. Flavor has quite a bit of licorice and hints of dark cocoa. Not bad.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from the Jewbelation Vertical Collection. Pours semi-opaque black, with a ruby hue. Thin, yet persistent off-white head, very nice lacing. Nose is dark fruit (dates? figs?), more dried fruit than fresh, some vinous notes that are reminiscent of dried berries. Some lifted notes, that are somewhere in the neighborhood of vanilla or coconut can be found as well. Smells a bit boozy, especially as it warms up. Flavours are well-integrated, and again driven by dried, figgy, fruit, with some roast and toast (toasted coconut perhaps?) coming through as well. Not as boozy in the mouth as the nose would suggest, thankfully. Solid.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with a very thin head. Deep malty aroma, very fruity. Bold and malty with a slightly alcoholic bite. subtle hops. A very big beer. Very nice, but very very similar to the 9th. Good beer, But I feel like i have had it before.
jtclockwork (6222) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Ginger Man in NYC. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of tons of malts, dried fig, raisin, licorice candy, apple and toffee. Medium body.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, light diacetyl, burnt caramel, and slight dark ripe fruit. Poured brown/cherry-wood in color withe a medium-sized, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, slight roasting, light coffee, light hops, and burnt caramel. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, burnt caramel, and slight roast finish is dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout. A real malt bomb.
deyholla (5381) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a near clear brown with a slight red hue and a light brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma has notes of dark fruits with toffee and dark fruits with a hint of backing alcohol. Flavor starts with dark fruits but has a growing chocolate note with hints of smooth toffee in the finish.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille, part du vertical pack 2010. Couleur acajou/cuivre, mousse est fine un peu café au lait. Pas trop de changement par rapport a la version ’9’ si ce n’est un malt et un houblon de plus.
Au nez, arôme de malt, caramel et chocolat avec influence de pin/houblon.
En bouche, on note de suite les 10%, malt avec un peu de chocolat amer allant un peu vers la réglisse. Aussi qcq notes de malt fumé, un peu sec en bouche avec une fin de chocolat amer et de fines notes de houblon donnant un aspect pin/citronné. En se réchauffant un peu, je note plus de café et un profile chocolat qui est épais en bouche.
Pas mauvaise, mais au fini, ils auraient pu arrêter cette série bien avant la ’14’.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black-brown pour with a small, loose, off-white head. Moderately roasty aroma with some dark fruit notes and hints of molasses, mixed berries, and tobacco. The flavor is roasty upfront with a little chocolate, some over ripe tree fruit, raisins, fig, tobacco, leather, and alcohol on the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.