Sunday, May 31, 2015

He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn 17th Anniversary Ale


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1362) - Albany, New York, 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).

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.

Score: 7/10