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He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) - Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend)He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend)

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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%


Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

100% barrel-aged ale, a blend of seven recipes of Jewbelation (from year 8 to year 14). Aged in Sazerac 6 year rye whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2010)
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very, very dark brown with dark burgundy too. Nice 2 finger tan head on top. I like my beers dark and this one definitely meets that requirement.

S: Malt, slight vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, some wood, and a little maple maybe. Very complex. Nothing is particularly overpowering...there are subtle hints of a lot of different things going on.

T: Truly an awesome beer. Sweet, smooth, dark malt. Heavy caramel. Candy sugar and brown sugar. Some oakiness with just a twinge of whiskey. The whiskey is not overpowering at all. Some dark fruits/plums. Hint of vanilla. Hint of chocolate. Slight coffee aftertaste. Some molasses maybe(?) Like the aroma, the taste is very complex. I get something different every time I drink it.

M: Not overly carbonated. Smooth. Not syrupy or overly viscous. I could do a whole bomber no problem. Leaves vestiges of wood, caramel, and dark sugar.

O: Man, I really like this beer a LOT. I was kind of surprised too. I had only had the Freaktoberfest (which is my all time least favorite beer, bar none) from Shmaltz but this one is at the exact polar opposite end of the spectrum. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it. I don't understand why it doesn't get more attention and praise. It is really a phenomenal beer. I bought a case of it while I could find it and still wish I had bought more!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 22:37:55 | More by bcostner1
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Smell: Figs, fudgey chocolate cake, desserty vanilla, brown sugar, and non-boozy bourbon. Toffee, leather and caramel too. 4.5/5

Taste: Caramel, toffee, vanilla, molasses and cocoa throughout with a touch of alcohol warmth in finish. There is a nice kick from the rye too. Tons of toffee and fig in finish. Dark fruit and plum are also present. Excellent medley of malty flavors and barrel character! 4.5/5

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Overall: Easily He'Brew's best beer. If the carbonation was a little lower this would have been even better. I wonder if they'll ever attempt to replicate this beer by blending and barrel aging more recent vintages. I am glad I have a few more bottles of this, as it is aging wonderfully.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.