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
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.