He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by davey101:
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Batch no. 002 / Cases: 892. Bottled on: 12/01/2010. 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pro tip: Let this one breath for a bit!
A - Pours a dark, dark red/brown body. Appears black until held up to the light. Massive head forms, then settles into a fingers worth of light khaki foam. Super sticky lacing with long lasting retention.
S - Holy mother of rye! Rye spice, sweet caramel, figs, maple, raisins, vanilla, oak, chocolate, pears...man this is a great smell. Very sweet with that distinct rye bite to balance things out. The interesting thing is that it really balances on the line between stout and barleywine without adhering to a real style.
T - Rye spice, oak, vanilla, chocolate, raisins, and butterscotch. Not as impressive as the nose but its still awfully intriguing and unique. Very barleywine-esque with plenty of chocolate and barrel notes to shake things up a bit.
M - Medium bodied and creamy with low to moderate carbonation.
O - This is drinking very damn well right now! Very unique blend of beers with a fantastic rye whiskey edge on it. I was very impressed by this beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2013 04:10:26 | More by davey101
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4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A blended beer, this was in the holiday jewbelation pack several years ago, which also came with a glass that broke in my dishwasher today. The beer was cracked in its honor.
LOOK: A dark amber brown brew with a tan head with good retention. This beer coats the glass like a good whiskey or scotch.
SMELL: Big aroma! Loads of malt, toffee, rye, wood and fruit. Sugary, sweet, a bit boozy, I've been waiting to try this one for a while.
TASTE: Huge flavors here as well of vinous grape, raisin and chocolate. Carries some oxidized notes of tobacco, leather and dark soy. Hop bitterness is loose and a bit acidic on the edges, or could be from the barrel. There is a nice chocolate and spice note from the large amount of malt in the rye whiskey barrels.
FEEL: Smooth, creamy and well carbonated. This has a velvety feel and is quite satisfying.
OVERALL: A rare treat with great flavor and complexity. Reminds me of a lost abbey or even utopias in the aroma and taste. Alot going on!
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2014 01:13:45 | More by Stinkypuss
4.34/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Reviewing the Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew) out of Saratoga Springs, New York. This strong ale is a blend of He'Brew's eight, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, thirteen and fourteenth anniversary beers, which was subsequently barrel aged in 6 year rye whiskey barrels. I have been sitting on this bottle for a few years.
2013 vintage bottle served in a GLASS and enjoyed on 02/24/13 to celebrate the Oscars. Review is from iPhone notes.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color that is almost black in color. Not opaque, with amber highlights atop and bottom when held up to the light. A finger-plus of beige head off the pour. Good lacing and retention. 4.25/5
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
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Quite malty with a good sweetness, but it's not a "sweet" beer. A touch over carbonated, but that is nothing that letting the beer sit out on the counter for 30 minutes can't solve. 3.5/5
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.
Cost: $12.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2013 15:59:41 | More by jegross2
He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.