He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8) - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev +4.8%
LOOK: Unknown vintage, pours a murky brown with an off white foam collar. Looks like the carbonation is still strong, and defintely an unfiltered brew.
SMELL: Richly malty and pungent nose on this. Definitely leather and tobacco, along with a cascade of dark fruit and alcohol fumes. Kind of smells more like a Baltic porter than the sweeter, American interpretations of the style.
TASTE: Dried fruit and dusty cocoa notes dance on the palate being quite nice. The hops have faded slightly but remain earthy, piney and resinous. There is a faint faint note of grapefruit juice. Pipe tobacco, molasses, roast, coffee and must round out the profile quite nicely. For 8% alcohol by weight, there is little evidence of that in the taste.
FEEL: Medium bodied, medium to low carbonation, and a chalky residue all contribute to the mouthfeel. Has some age on it, so it has smoothed out in time.
OVERALL: A very good porter in the vein of its European brethren. Tasty, strong, complex and quite rewarding. One of my favorites from the Jewbelation series, this is a cellar treat.
08-03-2013 01:58:46 | More by Stinkypuss
4.34/5 rDev +16.4%
12oz bottle as part of the 8-15th anniversary box set for $30. Has been cellared in the closed box for a year since I bought it. 8 year anniversary beer brewed with 8000lbs of malt with 8 different grains (2-row, crystal, chocolate, victory, munich, carapils, wheat and oatmeal), 8 different hops (warrior, northern brewer, mt. hood, centennial, cascade, vanguard, tettnang, and czech saaz) and 8% abv.
Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a tightly beaded, very creamy light tan head (like good cappuccino foam). Superior head retention and solid thick sticky sheets of lace, moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is redolent of prunes, figs, raisins, spicy hops that have mellowed a bit, rum, carob, a little touch of bourbon, and subtle black walnut. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic due to the hops, with a medium rich, but not syrupy mouthfeel. Cleanly fermented, no off-flavors, even at this age. The taste is a recap of the aroma with a pleasant medium bitterness, in perfect balance with the malts, and some mild dark roasted malt flavor. Reminds me of a strongly hopped baltic porter, but not as roasted or astringent as a robust porter or American stout. Finish of black cherries, leather and mild pipe tobacco.
An excellent beer. My only complaint (and I'm sure I won't have to wait long considering I have the rest of the series to go) is that the mouthfeel is a touch too thin considering the flavor and abv. Highly recommended.
01-24-2013 01:31:54 | More by Mitchster
2.9/5 rDev -22.3%
12oz. bottle from the 2011 Holiday Pack
(A)- Pours an almost black color with some reddish highlights. Some tan froth.
(S)- Some raisin in there. Otherwise its actually kind of a subdued smell.
(T)- A nice malty grain profile with some raisin dark fruits.
(M)- A nice carbonation level. A good mellowed balance with a basic porter feel.
(O)- Not bad for a porter; straightforward with no strings attached.
09-26-2012 14:08:56 | More by sweemzander
3.25/5 rDev -12.9%
Pours a dark, cola-brown with a patchy ivory haze. Really nice aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, and roasted nuts. Sweet and malty. Taste is similarly malty and sweet, with chocolate, caramel, and some dark berry flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner then I expected/hoped, probably medium-thin overall with a smooth body and moderate carbonation. Decent beer, but nothing memorable.
09-26-2012 03:20:50 | More by jsanford
3.58/5 rDev -4%
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of black strap molasses, brown sugar and roasted malt. The flavor follows suit, with the roasted malt complimented nicely by the sweetness from the brown sugar and molasses. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-13-2012 20:24:15 | More by Mora2000
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a deep reddish brown amber. Thin light brown head and lacing. Aroma of dark fruits and dark malt. Mild dark and roasted malts, some hints of chocolate. Finishes with light malt and some hoppy bitterness. Decent flavor, but subdued and almost tastes watered down. An adequate, but not exemplary porter.
04-12-2012 03:17:58 | More by LiquidAmber
He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.