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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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Reviews: 99
Hads: 131
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of HeBrew Jewbelation Vertical Pack - $25.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Did I have Jewbelation 8? I really can't recall. I can vaguely remember grabbing a bomber of 9 and 10 back in the day. Ah well, it's here now, that's what is important, right friends?

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a hearty, thick, tan head.

Smell: Dark, dusky malts, moderately roasty and earthy, with tones of sweet caramel, sugar dosed coffee, and chocolate hunks. Bright dark fruitiness in the nose. It also has a noted zip of freshly ground spices to it.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of semi-sweet chocolate, dark brown sugar and dark caramel with cinnamon-coated raisins and black cherries, toasted pumpernickel bread, and a sip of ashy coffee. Small hints of citrus and pine with a spicy, leafy, herbal hop quality. Snippet of black licorice rope. Fair amount of bitterness pushing back against the deep maltiness. Touch of earthy potting soil. A bit more of the chocolate, spice, and roastiness for the silky finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. It just feel 'right' on the tongue.

Drinkability: Enjoyable and richly flavorful. Now, to get Ninth nicely chilled and ready to go.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of the re-release of the entire Jewbiliation series last year. I meant to start this at the beginning of this Channukah, but looks like I'll start on the last night and try to go through the series.

Pours a creamy almost fizzy head fades with hints of lacing, over super dark molasses brown cola colored beer with slight hints of light around the edges.

Nose starts with a nice creamy porter, darker malts with a bit of milk chocolate, a nice robust dark malt aroma, light aromatic malt and a little bready, hint of caramel and vanilla. Overall too light on the nose though.

Taste is again more porter, hints of roast and some milk chocolate, lots of caramel and some vanilla, malty with some light bready malts, creamy oats. Then light earthy bitterness with a hint of hops and some from the roasty malts. It finishes with a chocolate covered caramel candy flavor, some vanilla and malty flavors, hint of bitterness, little sticky and still mildly sweet. Not really any booze.

Mouth is med to a little heavier bodied, creamy, decent carb.

Overall nice and drinkable, creamy nice porter, a bit more hops would have been nice, but pretty nice overall. Bitterness overall is nice, good malt flavors, and drinkable. Not a big heavy beer to sit on either.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich and strong dark ale. Quite nicely carbonated for a spritzy mouthfeel. A nice burn of alcohol keeps the malty flavors going and on into the slightly bitter aftertaste. Lots of roasted malt. Hint of dried cranberry, and some licorice in the nose. Less sweet than most of the Shmaltz big beers. Flavors dry out in the aftertaste. Seems to have a faded malt flavor where some of the sugar has gone away.

From the 12 oz bottle. A winey character but quite drinkable sip by sip.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/06/10 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with high carbonation evident and one inch of tan head.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and light citrus hops. As it warmed up also got some toasted malts and bready malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and hops, as well as some dark fruits as it warmed up a bit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent porter but not one of the better Jewbelation beers. Wouldn't look to have again if the others were still on tap.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is really dark brown, thin brown head, minimal carbonation, minimal lacing, minimal retention.

Aroma is really roasty, mildly sweet.

Beer is medium in body, mildly sweet, it tastes like a really weak stout, there is a lot of roast for a brown porter but nothing is coming through really in the front 2/3s of the mouth. A boring beer but I guess there's nothing wrong with it. If you like brown porters with 8% alcohol, here you go.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice burnt toffee and roasted malt scent. It's sweet with a touch of dry, roasted character. The taste is good. It has a bone dry, roasted character with a hint of burnt toffee sweetness. It goes down easy with a mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a well brewed porter. It dry and earthy with a touch of caramel sweetness for balance. The elevated alcohol content is well hidden, making this an easy drinking beer even at eight percent abv..

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown color, that is a brilliantly clear ruby tinted color when held up to the light. The head is frothy and a light brown color. The aroma is rich and full of dark malt notes, but it also has a not quite perceptible but a hint of light spiciness reminiscent of cinnamon and all spice. It smells sweet and lightly chocolatey as well. It is actually quite an appealing aroma that is quite a bit different than I was expecting.

The taste is lightly sweet with rich dark fruity notes and a slightly alcoholic finish. This beer is quite interesting, it is not at all what I was expecting. I must admit that I am enjoying this beer. It is a nice cold weather sipper. It is sweet and rich, though perhaps a bit unbalanced in its sweetness, but still I am enjoying it. I get notes of raisin, chocolate, espresso, plum, cinnamon, clove, and allspice.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep dark brown beer that can I can just barely pass some light through the edges. No real head formation here.

Smell is light and mildly sweet and fruity. Nice aroma of coffee and some chocolate. Fruity scent is mostly plums.

Taste is a big chocolate flavor and caramel with a slight charred malt flavor. The flavor starts off as chocolate but it ends with an Italian espresso flavor, similar to Starbucks coffee. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

All things considered this is a slightly better than average. If you see this one for $4 or so it is worth a try but this is no super beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 year aged bottle...
Appears a dark, hazy brown with scattered off white lacing.
Smell is of caramel malts, dark fruits, and a touch of spice.
Taste is of the same aromas with caramel and light hops standing out.
Mouthfeel is sweet and bitter with a light watery feel to to overall body.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of aasher
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a part of their recent Holiday pack.

This beer pours a medium bodied molasses brown in color with a watery lacing. The nose is very, very sweet. It wreaks of candied malts. The flavors are full of sugar, caramel, and watery sweet malt. This is no porter. It's syrupy sweet yet oddly really light in body. It's too sweet for the abv, the supposed style, and overall. I really don't like this one. It's just really strange.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle bought at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head above the dark, almost opaque mahogany brew. Frothy head lasts reasonably well, with average lacing. Aroma is dark grains, and that's about it. Seems like it's missing something, not sure exactly what. Taste is as well the dark malts, with a parting blow of coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. An interesting beer, but not particularly one I would be rushing out to replace in the fridge.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip dec27 2010

A dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to the light with a 3 finger head that retains quite well and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S faint chocolate with a little molasses, a little nutty with some dark fruit and booze

T mimics the smell fairly well with a little sweetness, a bit of a strange brew if you ask me I think this could fit into several beer styles

M a little syrupy and sticky on the lips, the bubbles thicken it up a bit and the flavors linger

D decent brew and for 8% it went down pretty quick

picked this one up in my vertical pack and never really fingered out a beer style for this one

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color; almost no light. poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention dissipating to a skim. Laced n thin rings.

S: Mild toasted malts; slightly smokey. Earthy hops and alcohol.

T: Toasted malts like the nose. Dark, fruity esters. Malt comes through really big in the taste. Clean and warming in the finish for a big beer.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy then dry and warm in the finish.

D: Complex and flavorful for many of its style. The ABV is evident but not overbearing.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Damn guess I poured too hard about 1 1/2 inch mocha head fluffy and sticky atop of a dark brown almost black beer with only a slight ruby hue at the base.

S - Roasty and malty with some coffee, tobacco, hops, and leather.

T - Wow that's dry one of the drier porters I have drank in a while. The taste is mostly dry cocoa powder that turns to a light roasted coffee flavor. I am surprised that after a while I get a sweet finish. Interesting.

M - Medium to thick body and the dry finish actually reminds me of a cup of coffee.

Overall it is one dry Baltic porter but one of the better ones I had since it's very smooth and full bodied. They really should make this part of their regular lineup.

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Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of chocolate and roasted malt, but subtle, not in your face. Some earthy hops smells as well.

The taste follows the nose. Pretty smooth. Decent amount of hop presence, underlying earthy balance. Roasted malt and chocolate come out in the flavor. Smooth and well balanced. Finishes balanced and dry. Flavors all improve as it warms. Definitely can't taste 8 different hops though, really glad I don't actually. As it warms some dark fruits come out as well.

Overall this is a good start for the Jewbelation series for me. Drinks extremely light for the ABV. Not crazy amazing but just good.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its disembarking the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a deep ruby-brown color with a Bunyanesque sized frothy light brown head that every so slowly dissipates leaving a thick blanket of lace to obfuscate the glass. Nose is lightly toasted grain, sweet malt, fresh and clean to the senses; start is nicely malted, somewhat sweet with the top light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is persistent in its carbonation and the hops forthright in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, certainly worth a sample.

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