Monday, December 13, 2010

MINI-REVIEW--Shmaltz He'Brew Jewbelation Fourteen

This is from Shmaltz' line of Jewbelation beers released once a year which one-ups the previous year. For example, last years was 13 and was brewed with 13 hops, 13 malts and was 13% ABV. This year it's 14 for all of the above. This is brewed in Saratoga Springs, New York and is an American Barleywine. Pours thick and black with a mocha head and actually looks more like a stout than a barleywine. The aroma is caramel and chocolate. Smells delicious! The taste of this 14% behemoth is wonderful with a smack of molasses, very chewy, with caramel, maple syrup and very sweet. We didn't really get any hop taste, but the hops are obviously there, just below the surface preventing it from becoming too sweet and cloying.

We give this a 4 out of 5 stars and have spread the word on just how good this beer is. Our only real issues is that it seems much more like a stout and nothing like a barleywine. Either way, at $5.99 a bomber, this is an absolute steal and one you must taste before it's gone!

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