sonnycheeba (6360) - 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. dlovell2 (2315) - 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. jandd1983 (4606) - Wentzville, 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. Beardaxe (294) - - 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. Rodriguez (364) - 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.
BeerFanDan17 (1121) - 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. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, 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).
Bricks (1151) - Delaware, USA - NOV 16, 2013
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.
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2017 Dark as night, not much head. Aroma of sweet, dull malt... fairly neutral. Taste is super sweet, but good. Smooth, thick palate that over time, begins to stick to your mouth. A fair bit of alcohol on the aftertaste. This is something to split amongst several people. Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle to glass. Dark Brown pour with a medium thick khaki head. Nose is huge roasted malt, really sweet, faint booziness. Taste is sweet malt and chocolate. Figs, raisin, boozy finish. For 17%, it is definitely hidden. nearbeer (5610) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 650 ml. Opaque black with a lasting film of brown sugar foam. Nose is dark chocolate, soy sauce, tobacco, bread dough and a hint of merlot. Taste is lightly soured dark chocolate, oat, soy sauce, and dark rum. Finish has wheat and molasses with some touches of tobacco, wood and rum. To the sweet side but has enough balance to not become overly sticky. Heavy body is mostly smooth with a small tingle of carbonation and alcohol warmth, though it is surprisingly well masked for 17%.