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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2004)
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Photo of aasher
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

aasher, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jdprmd
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

jdprmd, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Appears the same dark brown murky color as all the other Jewbelations in my tasting session, with the signature tan single finger of fluffy head with reasonable retention but mediocre lacing.
Smells lightly of cracked black peppercorns and allspice on top of a bouquet of porter / stout malts with medium levels of dark fruit aroma.
Tastes like a blend of roasted porter malts and bold sweet malts reminiscent of optimator, but with more spicing (nutmeg, allspice, perhaps even a nuance of oxidized herbal hop tones?) behind the flavors and a slightly thinner body than I would have preferred for the heavy flavor profile.

WastingFreetime, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

DrDemento456, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.6%

djrn2, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

imperialking, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of mrshoes
3/5  rDev -19.6%

mrshoes, Jan 07, 2012
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 jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

jlindros, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

mactrail, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +7.2%

plumcrazyfx, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Jefe73
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Jefe73, Dec 21, 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 MrOH
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

brown-black with orange around the edges. Thin tan head. Nice rings of lace, at least.

Raisins, toffee, currant jelly, sherry and port notes, whiskeyish, a touch of chocolate, but very much a fortified wine type aroma.

Tastes like Pedro Ximenez sherry mixed with stale coffee and cocoa powder. Tastes better than that sounds, but still not that great. Lots of oxidized flavors, very flat in taste. Medicinal bitterness at the end that feels disjointed.

Fairly thin in body, despite being slightly sticky. Low carbonation.

Bought the gift pack last year and held onto it to drink this year, and this is the first of the bottles that I've cracked. Good aroma, but falls pretty flat on the palate.

MrOH, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +7.2%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +7.2%

HopStoopid120, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of nunzo
3/5  rDev -19.6%

nunzo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +7.2%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.2%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the holiday gift set.

a - opened the 12 oz'er and filled my E snifter. poured a silky watery black that had just enough head to cover the surface. pretty classic porter...grey yellow fizzy head that fizzed away leaving a ring around the surface. nothing fantastic...never really knew that porters were good for aging (is this aged or a new batch?).

s - smells quite nice. bakers chocolate offset with a nice crisp roastiness. smells full bodied and richer than most porters.

t - big and bold as the nose suggested. roasted chocolate malts with the porter char. finishes a bit nutmeg and bready with a subtle bitterness.

m - mouth has the porter char in the middle. pretty full bodied but with a fizzy water presence.

o - overall a fun gimick and fairly tasty beer at that.

cosmicevan, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, from the re-release "box set".

almost black, brown around the edges. tan head that fades to a thin covering. huge aroma of fig & raisin.

taste highlighted by coffee, toffee, espresso. like a robust porter. medium to thick body, medium carbonation.

overall - very interesting for a porter, with the big dark fruit flavors.

jmdrpi, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of J0E
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark cola brown with about a a fingers worth of head when poured into a snifter. The head lingered for maybe a minute, then dissipated and left very little lacing.

S: Very sweet raisins. That's pretty much all I get in the nose. Raisin, maybe plum or prune. It's ok, but I'm not catching any malty/bready notes at all. No hops to speak of, for me.

T: The first few sips were all raisins, like the smell. After my palate got acquainted to that, there is some caramel and some of that crusty bread I'd like from a porter. A little hint of chocolate in the finish as well.

M: Pretty thin actually. It isn't palate coating, and so tastes don't linger as long as I'd like. Higher carbonation than expected.

O: This is OK, and it is a decent beer. Not "standard" in terms of porters, which I can appreciate. I have a hard time not comparing it to others in the Jewbelation series that I've enjoyed more (10 and 12).

J0E, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

drabmuh, May 12, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 re-release as part of the Vertical Jewbelation set.

A: This poured a clear, dark ruby with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like fig and plumb and rich caramel, with some toffee and milk chocolate.
T: It tasted like dry earthy caramel and toffee, with some floral hops and coffee and plumb. It had a very smooth bitter aftertaste with some sweetness.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Decent.
D: This had an amazing scent, with very nice taste and body. The alcohol was decently hidden, so it was easy to drink too. I could definitely see this improving with age, but unfortunately this is all I'll ever see of this beer. Very enjoyable brew.

Pencible, Apr 12, 2011
He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.