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He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8) - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8)He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8)

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2004)
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Reviews by Guinness4me:
Photo of Guinness4me
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Odd. I had to smell this beer three times before I could really SMELL this beer. It poured well enough, but when I went to smell it, I got nothing. Even after a few sips from my snifter, I still barely get a beer smell.

The taste had a little more kick, but not much. The only thing I really get from it is a very slight alchohol kick near the end.

The mouthfeel is average at best, but it has a strange deep chest burn long after you've swallowed.

Doesn't really seem like a porter to me, but I'm not really sure exactly what it is. Odd.

Guinness4me, Dec 09, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of OStrungT
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a light brown head that looks creamy. It fades slowly leaving only a small lacing. It smells of roasted amlt and chocolate. It also has a slight nutty aroma. It tastes quite malty. The hop flavor balances it well. It had a caamel flavor. It also had a dark fruit flavor to it, like plums maybe? It is carbonated decently. This beer might not be the best session beer. It is a little lacking in flavor, maybe more chocolate malt? It is also a little thin for the style. It would be much better if it was just a little creamier. I think this beer is decent. I probably would not buy it again.

OStrungT, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bookhouse Pub during a pub crawl event for the brewery.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of a muddled combination of roasted, toasted, and chocolate malts. Also present are faint hints of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more defined. Lightly roasted malt flavors with a sweetness that I usually expect from toasted malts kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of semi-sweet chocolate flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending..

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this beer just wasn't very crisp and there's nothing about it that makes me excited about another. Of all the anniversary beers I've had (8-13) this was the least impressive. Not worth seeking it but if you're a fan of the brewery then it still is worth a shot to see for yourself.

glid02, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- Pitch black brew with a thin dirty white head that is pretty smooth.

S- roasted malt aroma with just a faint nuttiness and a spicy hop smell in the background

T- good roasted malt with a bit of an astringent finish with a slight hint of cola. Hops play into the finish but not as big as the malt. Nice citrus to the hopiness at the end.

M- the mouthfeel is a light medium body with a gentle carbonation

D- Nice drinking porter but not the depth that I would expect from the 8 grains and 8 hops that the bottle states. A good strong porter and a well balanced beer.

rhoadsrage, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (though the label proclaims a 22oz measure - huh). Anyway, nice to see 2004 revisited, in a physical way - it was a good year, if only from memory.

This beer pours a solid, deep dark brown colour, not quite black, with no penetrating light, and three fingers of dense foamy beige head, which settles slowly, eventually rendering some hefty rings of lace around the glass. It smells of toasted malt, dry coffee, bittersweet chocolate, earthy black fruit, and mild warming alcohol. The taste is roasted bready, caramel malt, dry chocolate, a twinge of sour milk, and bitter herbal hops. The carbonation is on the down side of average, the body smooth, decently weighted, and not lacking in creaminess. It finishes a bit sweet, the 8 malts not to be denied by a noticeable, but underwhelming counter force of hops.

A pretty good porter, drinkable by the product line's standards, the booze well integrated. Little did this 'katan' beer know what it was spawning for the coming decade or so...

biboergosum, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of emsroth
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not jewish, but I will be celebrating hanukah this year!

App: Huge thick tan head sits on a deep, dark body with ruby hues on the edges.

Smell: Superb aroma--what a porter should smell like. A blend of sweet, creamy coffee; chocolate; and plenty of caramel with a dash (I want more!) of herbal hops.

Taste: Creamy coffee flavor upfront, a touch of that roasted malt sourness (not the best in a porter). Wonderfully sweet and herbal hop flavor in the finish. As much fruitiness in the hops as there is earthiness. Must be from that 8 hop blend. The alcohol hides pretty well in the hop flavor. Ends extremely dry and bitter from the hops and roasted malts.

Note: After reading the ingredients, it does not surprise me that oats are an ingredient. This beer has a slight creamy quality.

Much more thin than I expected. It certainly doesn't show it's strength in flavor or body.

emsroth, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark scarlet, inching close to black. It appears clear, but is too dense to tell for sure. The head is modest and tan.
Nose of gingerbread, covered in Cool Whip, backed with nods towards roasted grain, and a rusty metal-edged cardboard that precludes total delight.
Begins with a minor roastedness. Not really coffee-like, and not really chocolately. Just a slight impression of burn. Sweetens with caramel, then into a dominating gingerbread epoch, just as the aroma promised, and likewise, it has some milky, vanilla whipped topping counterparts. It's thick and lingering with, finally, chocolate making its statement towards the conclusion, combining with a edge towards black grape. For something that boasts of 8 different kinds of hops, this has very little hop-associated flavor. It carries a tepid backend bitterness with a grassy, herbal pang or two.
All told, this is as lightly flavored as something this big gets.
It's tasty, even approaching delicious, but simple of mind. A big (ginger)bready brown ale is what you get here. Dense bodied, but not a trace of its strength is found.
I like it for what it is, but there seems a greater potential here.

cokes, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber.

Dark, chocolatey-brown with ruby reflected from penetrating light. One finger of creamy, light brown head reduces quickly to lace the glass.

The aroma is faint, with wisps of roasted malts and a touch of hops, but not much else, coming through.

The taste is slightly bitter and smooth, with roasted malt flavors dominating. There are hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, nuts, and maybe a touch of caramel, but really, it's mostly the roasted malts. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Jewbelation is ridiculously drinkable for the style, leaving the tongue slick. It isn't very complex, but its creamy simplicity is appreciable. Still, I found myself looking for a bit more in this one...

RockyTopHeel, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here we go, proof porter is kosher. Nu? Isn't it a stout with some extra yeastiness in the aroma. Quite roasty with a sour Baltic porter finish. Very black, very roasty. Coffee, hops, refreshing, but also syrupy sweet and awkward conglomeration of ingredients.

Sammy, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First I have to say L'Chaim! And then... thank God that Shmaltz has finally come out with a beer good enough to step from the shadow of their entertaining but gimmicky marketing. This beer is actually decent! It pours an almost black body with ruby highlights beneath a creamy head of dark tan. The head retention could be better, but how much can you really ask for in a beer?.... you tell me! Anyway, the yeast lends it a soft red-fruit character in the nose; and that overides any subtle dark maltiness that might be there (not unlike some of their other beer). There is a soft, nougaty malt note that comes through though. It's smooth but not creamy across the palate with a moderate carbonation and medium body. Dark malt is present in the flavor, however, but it's somewhat muted and never really gives any distinctly chocolatey or roasty characteristics until the finish.... instead it's more like baker's chocolate, or a limited quality dark chocolate. But don't take that in the wrong way... it's still good, it's just somewhat muddled. There are some nice caramel notes, and some low-level roastiness, as well as its yeasty fruitiness and a touch of spiciness (alcohol?). But with 8 malts in there what can you expect! ... ... Unfortunately, the same is true for the 8 hops - they just don't show. There's a little bit of a piney/leafy character that comes out in the finish, and perhaps a touch of citrus along the way, but other than that the hops seem to be there more for bitterness. Still, it's alcohol is very well hidden, and it's "rich" to a certain extent. I enjoyed a full 22 oz. bottle and would probably buy another one... not bad.

NeroFiddled, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried as part of the re-release pack (NB: it is a re-brew). I wrote this review in a hot tub at a hotel in Rehoboth Beach, visiting DFH. In case that colored my reasoning any.

Thin trace of tan head, some lace and surface memory. Opaque chocolate brown body.

Malt in the nose, along with some leather. Nice.

Potent dry malt in the taste (it's a Jewbelation, duh), some bitter coffee. Much more subdued and less sticky than later Jewbelations.

Kinda sudsy.

Nice, malty but mellow.

zaphodchak, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of beerluvr
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an average tan head over clear deep brown liquid. Sweet and lightly malty/roasty nose. Quite hoppy with a depth of roasty maltiness and molasses underneath the initial bitterness. Slight coffee tones. Finishes with very little alcohol tasted/detected. Nice to try once or twice, that's about it though. Corny name too.

beerluvr, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of Imbiber
4.88/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 'bomber' bottle puchased at Bierkraft, Brooklyn. This beer was brewed under contract at Saratoga Springs, NY.

Deep ruby red in colour, appearing black until you hold it up to the light. Small to medium tan head. Big malty aroma. Flavour is wonderfully complex: malt, quite a bit of licorice, hops, it's all there and perfectly balanced. Not too highly carbonated which I find good, just enough for the smooth array of flavours to be enjoyed. Finish is smooth and malty, slightly sweet.

If Jews had Christmas, this could have been described as liquid Christmas pudding. But since they don't, I'll just say this beer is truly outstanding; pity it isn't permanently available...

Imbiber, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour a dark brown color with a small yet dense tan colored head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is quite subtle. Some brown bread with hints of raisins; that's about it.

Big raisin flavor which transitions into a toasted brown bread. There is some tea and lemon flavors as well.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but has some toasted bitterness. Good balance. ABV well hidden.

A decent porter with a big raisin presence. Not sure I like the raisin presence in a porter but its fine.

Gmann, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of nunzo
3/5  rDev -19.6%

nunzo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of drcarver
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown body with a small light brown head with decent lacing streaking the glass.

S - surprisingly light, but it was rather cold. toffee, dark fruit.

T/m - sweet with hints of roasted malt at the back followed by dark fruits (prune, fig, etc). no sign of alcohol. medium bodied with little aftertaste.

O - not bad. I'm glad I tried it, a little light for a porter and higher abv than I used to in the style.

drcarver, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: It pours a very dark brown color that is nearly opaque, showing red hues in light and a finger and a half of moderately thick light khaki head that has average retention and laces poorly.

S: Mild roastiness, some buttery diacetyl, biscuit, and some smokiness as well.

T: Rather sweet dark fruitiness, considerable roastiness, very doughy biscuit flavors, chocolate, and a touch of smoke.

M: This has a medium body with a very creamy feel that is quite chewy at times and a slighly bitter-but-palate-cleansing finish.

D: This has the smell and taste of a lower strength English porter but with more complexity and the 8% ABV is never noticeable.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours clear dark dark ruby brown with a 1 finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of dark fruit malts some vanilla and chocolate

taste of dark fruit roasted malts but i do not get any vanilla that i pick up in the nose - lots of roast/chocolate in the aftertaste - for an 8% beer i detect no booze

mouthfeel is light thin with tons of carbonation that makes it feel a fuller then it really is

drinkability is so so - being over carbonated helped this beer a lot if this was low/flat it might have be a drain pour

jsh420, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

jsanford, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of lou91
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m not one for gimmicks but having read the reviews this beer looked promising based on the premise and the reviews submitted. The beer looked just like a cola – dark brown and a thin head. The nose was tough to find despite swishing around and sticking my nose way deep into the glass - faint hints of maple and bitter chocolate. The beer has a nice balance of malt/hops but a precarious balance. The malt side is rich, thick and sweet with the hop side dry, astringent and also sweet.

lou91, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

LiquidAmber, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: brooklyn snifter, only a sheet of carbonation that essentially disappears after settling, the beer is a deep garnet red - black when held away from any light

s: wow - striking aromas of oxidized tree fruits - prune puree, plum preserves, balsamic fig reduction, fermenting cherries in chocolate sauce, the predominant sweetness is counterbalanced with a mild sourness of dark fruits rotting on the ground, all parts have fused with age into this singular aroma, really liking this

m: carbonation almost gone but still just slickly kicking, body heavy but cleans up quickly

t: heavy prune flavors and overripe chocolate covered cherries dominant with mild plum skin tannins coming out after the swallow, sweet and smooth with the gentlest poke of bitterness, aged-tempered roasted malts linger in the background

d: one to take your time with, reading old reviews it's obvious that this beer has changed drastically, while flashbacks to the original beer still flicker on and off

around 4 years old at this point - and 2.25 years since the last review, bomber courtesy of HimerMan in No BS 4; 'bout time to gear up for 5

blackie, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

DrBier, Jul 15, 2014
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He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.