Saturday, October 31, 2009

He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13)

He'Brew Jewbelation
Bar Mitzvah (13)

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew)
San Francisco, California

American Double / Imperial Stout

13.00% ABV

I can’t believe that this is my 60th beer review. But I should have a good one here.

Last year I found an outstanding beer, He’Brew Jewbelation 12. It was the 12th anniversary beer from the Shmaltz brewing company, He’Brew the Chosen Beer, gotta love wordsmith. I thought it was the best new beer of last year; 12 malts, 12 hops and 12 % alcohol. It was also a limited release and could not be found after the spring of 2009.

I heard rumors of the next anniversary brew but never really knew when it was gong to be released. Every week I would check the shelves at State Line but never saw it. I really have been waiting for this beer for months. Finally I saw that Mark from VideoBeerReviews on YouTube posted a review on it. The next day after seeing Marks review I emailed Robert at State Line and he told me that it was due in on Friday afternoon.

So this Friday after work I stopped over at State Line Liquors, which seems to be my Friday routine. I did not see it on the shelf and was concerned that it didn’t come in. The store was very crowded but Robert sent one of his workers to the loading dock to bring up a case. So a young man brought up a case and asked me how many I wanted. I paused and thought about buying the whole case but I didn’t. Since I haven’t had this beer yet I settled for four bottles. It was pretty cool being the first one to check out with He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13).

As with the 12 this beer is brewed with 13 malts, 13 hops, and it is 13% ABV. This beer is an Imperial Stout.

This beer pours a dark brown almost black, stout black. I can’t see any light getting through this beer not even on the bottom edge of the glass. There is a very nice tan head, very fluffy with just a few soapy bubbles.

Wow, what a nose on this beer. It has just about everything coming off of this beer; rich roasted malts with notes of chocolate and coffee. There is also a sweetness; could be some of those hops making there presence known. I just can’t wait to dive into this beer.

Oh my, wow, that was everything I hoped for and more. I’ve been anticipating this for months and I am not being let down one bit.

 Wow, I’ve going to have hard time explaining this one. This is just phenomenal. I’m just thrilled with it. I’m like a little kid that just got everything he wanted for Christmas! Ok, a bit of an exaggeration but I do need to get a grip so I can describe this to you.

It starts out with that classic rich roasted malt sweetness; like a rich dark chocolate sweetness. There is not much in the middle of the taste but the back end is unbelievable. The back end has a hop drying effect along with that rich malt sweetness but more intense and to top it all with that 13% of alcohol. The final finish is part classic roasted malt stout but the drying effect of the alcohol and hops just gives it an over the top malt finish that is a bit beyond my explanation. After the full tasting experience there is a complete warming effect felt through the chest. This is like the ultimate winter warmer.

Sorry, this is the most difficult beer I’ve ever tried to explain the experience of tasting. This is one of those situations that I wish I know more about beer so I could accurately explain what I’m experiencing with this beer.

This nectar is now at 64 degrees and it just keeps getting better. The malts are more pronounced now but the beer also seems to be getting smoother and creamier.

I almost forgot to mention that the lacing on this beer is also pretty impressive.

The last few sips in glass are now at 67 degrees. It’s just unbelievable how much this beer keeps getting better as it warms. You would expect a beer with this much malt to get syrupy at this temperature but this is still smooth and creamy.

Well, I’m going to have to pour another glass while I work on my final thoughts. I did not put the bottle back into the frig so this second class is pretty close to room temperature already, now at 67 degrees.

Already I can feel the effects of the alcohol and I don’t mean that warming effect either. This is one of those sitting by the fire roasting peeps (if you’re Missy) beers. This is not a beer to take lightly. The alcohol is not very noticeable in the taste or mouthfeel of this beer. Well, it doesn’t seem like 13 percent anyway but it does catch up with you.

This is one phenomenal stout.  The end of the second glass is now at 69 degrees and there is nothing unpleasant about it. Usually a beer picks up some unpleasantness at room temperature but not this one.  This beer is rich and creamy to the last warm drop.

This is just an outstanding beer; a truly phenomenal brew. A rating of an A+ doesn’t seem do it justice.

I highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes a rich malty stout. The taste, mouthfeel and warming effect of this brew is truly something to be experienced. If you have this beer in your area please pick it up while you can. It will be an experience that you will not regret.


  1. Hi John. This is Zak Davis from Shmaltz Brewing Company. Wow! That was a pretty impressive review. I'm so glad that Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah lived up to your expectations. We've been thrilled with the response so far, and I personally think it's a pretty delicious concoction. Thanks so much for taking the time to write about it. This will be a great beer to age, so I'd definitely suggest picking up a few extra bottles and sticking them in the back of the closet for a couple of years. L'Chaim!! ~Zak

  2. Zack,
    Thank you for the kind words and congratulations to Schmaltz on producing such a phenomenal brew. I just try to write it as I experience it and that was one fantastic experience. Thanks for the cellaring suggestion; I already have one in the beer cabinet and I’m certainly going back to the store for more.
    Thanks Again,

  3. Hey John,

    Great review! It really is a great beer. You were spot on when you said that there is a lot going on with it. The flavor is great and I think it will be even better in a couple of years. I have 2 extra bottles and I might go back for another couple.