RyanMM (416) - 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 it’s 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 isn’t as elegantly hidden as it was in Fourteen. These guys get better every year.
RZahler (47) - 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 beer’s 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 (1844) - Raleigh, 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.
phaleslu (9797) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle as part of the Vertical Jewbelation pack, purchased from Wine and Cheese Place. Looks just like the others on the pour- a deep cola brown with a tan head that starts small, builds upon finishing the pour, and descends into a small cap. Aroma of plums, raisins, figs, dates, soy, sherry, oak, earth, roasted malts, molasses, grapes- just a ton of dark fruits. Flavor of a lot of the same dark fruits, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, flat cola, rusted metal, soy, and overripe apples. Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a deep, fruity mouthfeel. Doesn’t deliver on the promise of the nose, though this is still pretty good.
thornecb (5737) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep mahogany into a tulip. Mocha head recedes to hug rim. Toffee, raisin, prune and treacle aromas. Full with upfront prune and toffee turning to a dry, lasting soy and vanilla alcohol burn.
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
32 oz. growler from Whole Foods. Dark brown with medium tan head. A lot going on in the aroma. Dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and bourbon. Taste is rich with malt. Starts sweet and finishes dry and boozy with some firm bitterness. Leaves a little alcohol warmth behind. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Not a bad sipping beer although a little over powering.
BrewBoxer (2613) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Hannukah pack. I’m drinking these in order and to me they all seem to taste very similar. Pours a dark purplish color with no head. Smells of booze, figs and almonds. Alcohol taste is present from the beginning. Has a cough syrus soy sauce with some raisins. Not something I’d have frequently, but I’ll definitely have it during the holidays or a cold day.
mcberko (16065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, as part of the Jewbelation 8-pack, pours dark brown with a reddish tinge and a small head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, bourbon and alcohol. Flavour is complex dark fruits, bourbon, caramel malts, and alcohol. Huge jump from 11 to 12 - this is really excellent.
dchmela (3041) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Redlight. Dark brownish copper pour. Huge dark fruit notes, roastiness, figs,dates in the aroma. Taste is really creamy, spiciness really comes through, lots of dark fruit, toffee. Of all of the vertical jewbelations, this was my favorite.