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  • Brewery: Shmaltz Brewing Company
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  • Country: United States
  • State: New York
  • Style: Russian Imperial Stout
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  • PHM Grade: C-

He’Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13)

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After reading a couple of reviews for Shmaltz Brewing Company’s line of He’brew ales, I decided to give them a try. On a mission, I managed to walk through the endless aisles of beer (which usually distract me) to find this “chosen beer.” One that particularly caught my eye was their 13th Anniversary Ale. Not reading the bottle I grabbed it off the shelf, found a couple more beers to try and headed home.

Once home, I opened this special brew and eagerly poured myself a glass. What was to follow only confirmed in my mind that you should always read the label in its entirety before you drink its contents. I took a quick sniff and a big gulp which I would liken to a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to the face. This is not your average beer and should be sipped very slowly and probably with a cigar in hand.

For starters it is brewed with 13 malts and 13 hops. Power packed with ingredients it also has an ABV of 13%. It was this aspect of the beer I was not prepared for. In my years of sampling beer I have had some high alcoholic beers, but I was ready having read the label. Jewbelation does offer some roasted coffee and burnt malt aroma, but it is overshadowed by the strong alcohol presence. The taste is not much different. I did notice some minor bittersweet dark chocolate undertones and picked up on the bittering from all the hops. The strong ABV gives this a somewhat unpleasant quality, but if you can brave Imperial Stouts you might find this rather enjoyable. This is definitely a full-bodied brew with a heavy mouthfeel which coats the palate. At the end, there is a nice dry coffee aftertaste which gave this beer a redeeming quality. I bet if this beer was stored in an oak barrel for a year of so it would mellow out rather well.

ABV: 13.0%

Grade: C-

  1. Hi Tom. This is Zak Davis from Shmaltz Brewing Company. Thanks so much for picking up that bottle of Jewbelation. Every year we brew that beer with the number of malts, number of hops, and percentage of alcohol as we are years old. Since we’re celebrating our 13th birthday this year, it was only appropriate to brew the beer with 13 malts, 13 hops, and 13%. Hard not to make a 13 percenter not boozy. You’re absolutely right though, some time in a barrel, or even in your cellar will really mellow it out. I expect that 2 to 3 years down the line it will be perfect. If you’re looking for something a little bit more manageable, you should check out Messiah Bold. It’s a nice, light-bodied, nut brown ale. Very easy drinking, but complete with all of those wonderful complex roasted malt characteristics. Thanks again for the support, and hope you have a happy and healthy holiday and new year. L’Chaim!! ~Zak

    Zak Davis — December 23rd, 2009, 8:23 PM
  2. Zak, good to see a loyal brewer connecting with the customer/fan base! In saying that, I will be sure to try one of your brews! Send us some some colorful marketing stuff and I will help you spread the word around the Midwest!

    Brett — January 18th, 2010, 11:38 PM
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