otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: dark woods and earth – old European forests. Not much head though a collar lingers from start to finish. Swirls thicker along the edges.
Nose: dates, figs, prunes – pits and stems included. Dank in a black earth old musty earthy way. Bakers fudge. Oiled leather. Red apple skins along edges and in the back.
Palate: meaty and earthy with decadent chocolate cake in the back. Lightly dries top of tongue with chocolate cake and fudge. Fudge icing. Burnt caramel. Meaty and chewy with black root and burnt molasses. Touch of charcoal underneath. Old oiled leather along the edges. Decadent and earthen at the same time. Rustic quality.
Final Thoughts: not as complex as some of the other Jewbelations but I kind of liked that it wasn’t as complex. The flavors are richer, smoother, and quite seductive if I do say so myself…and I do.
douglas88 (8996) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown with some purple tint, a small white head. A great rich fruity nose, some vinous elements, yeasty, huge malts. A awesome flavor; massive dark sugars and dark fruity malts, berries, quite dry. Molasses and roast. Pushing the ASA to a Impy.
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a finger of khaki colored head on top of it.
S: Smells pretty boozy right away. Sweet dark fruits are evident and there is a lot of sugar and different malt smells to this one. Quite a bit of chocolate, especially the bitter variety, and a touch of coffee.
T: A very strong, bold flavor of chocolate, dark sugar, and dark fruits. Definitely some booze in there and some bready malts. The complexity of this recipe makes for sort of a muddled beer and flavor.
M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Just too much going on and not really in a good way. It doesn’t quite mesh/meld together.
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black with a nice tan head. Wood earthy hops, caramel. Taste is caramel, mookah, wood and earthy hops. Palate is heavy mouthfeel. Sticky. Overall a pretty good brew
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
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 (11161) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (1680) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, 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 (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Bailey’s 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 (486) - 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. It’s 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. It’s not bad, but my mouth is confused. This has so far been the lowest scoring of my jewelation ratings. Happy 28th to Me!