Last Saturday evening was quite “interesting”. My good friend Andy came down and we had quite a tasting party (if you haven’t already, check out Andy’s guest review of Ola Dubh Special 30 Reserve). As far as beer tasting goes, our methodology of getting trashed while reviewing was probably horribly out of regulation…whatevs.
Our pre-party search for high ABV yielded an interesting option from the Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. in Saratoga Springs, NY: Jewbelation Twelve ale rocks the scales at 12%! We waited until we had a good number of other beers under our belt before we cracked open the bottle of Jewbelation Twelve. Can you say “m-i-s-t-a-k-e”?
We got what we were looking for. You can taste every last percentage of that 12%ABV. “The Chosen Beer” kicks you square in the face packing a walloping 12 malts and 12 hops. From what I recall, it pours a very deep brown…almost black. It’s spicy and chocolaty. Felt more like stout than an ale. I could not ignore the after-taste of licorice.
The 1.5 pints that the bottle contained were WAY more than I needed. A single wine-glass would have been more than enough. After hauling through most of the bottle, my buddy and I stumbled to the living room and called it quits. I’ll admit that I actually poured out the last half-pint rather than forcing it down. Even having said that, I think (on a more sober evening and in less quantity), I might be able to enjoy Jewbelation Twelve.