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

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

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 63
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2010

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.
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Reviews by gnemesis:
Photo of gnemesis
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (part of the full vertical mix pack) poured into a snifter glass, on 03/21/2011.
This beer is black with some dark brown edges. It's topped with a creamy mocha head. Low retention but leaves significant lacing. I pick up gobs of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, sweet malts, touch of booze, and a dab of wood. I am far from disappointed! The taste is full of caramel, dark fruit (fig/plum), molasses, honey malts, and add in some roasted notes, slightly metallic, and rye whiskey and wood. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. This is a great beer and very unique! I will age as many as I can find for another happy day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a deep dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to the light,a one finger frothy off white head atop.Aromas of wood and vanilla mixed with sweet alcohol and dark fruit,not much hop presence but a whole lot of good malty vibes.Thick and coating mouthfeel,its chewey but not overbearing.Flavors of vanilla and oak with alcohol dipped dark fruit,the leafy hops come in and bring a light drying element.Its big and brash,for sure a sipper,it has alot of different malty complexities without being devoid of a hop profile,well done.

Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish brown with one and a half fingers of creamy looking light brown head. Head has nice retention. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Quite a bit of oak and vanilla. Roasted malts with a bit of char, lots of dark dried fruits, chocolate, toffee, and some coffee.

T - Similar to the nose, but the chocolate, toffee and dark fruits come through first, with the oak, vanilla and whiskey coming through later. The rye whiskey aging adds a bit of spiciness that is very nice. Finishes a bit sweeter, with some herbal hop bitterness thrown in. Very nice.

M - Full mouthfeel, but not overly heavy. Some sweetness, but drying from the oak really takes over on the finish.

O - I haven't had any of the base beer recipes yet, but this is blended well enough to come together and not seem like a blend. The rye whiskey aging offers a nice flavor alternative to the sweeter bourbon.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie and yelof77 for sharing this bottle. I am a big fan of the other Jewbelation beers so I have high hopes for this one. Review number 1,800 on Beer Advocate.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the rye whiskey, but I also get a lot of cherries, maple, oak and vanilla. A very inviting aroma.

The flavor is heavy on the brown sugar, rye whiskey, maple and roasted malt. The alcohol, as it is in most Jewbelation beers, is present. That being said, it goes very well with the other flavors and doesn't hurt the drinkability in any way.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very drinkable for a beer that is 10.5 percent alcohol. A great beer that didn't disappoint.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light black color. Not alot of head, but I can tell right away that it has a good amount of carbonation because I can hear it. Smells like bourbon, and burnt sugar. Tastes the same, just with some malt. I do like the bourbon, but this brew lacks depth. Light mouthfeel, quite a bit of carbonation. It's not that this is bad, but it's not worth what I paid for it (I think 14 bucks). I'd probably buy it again if it were half the price.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

into a snifter bottled on 12-1-2010

Pours black with a reddish brown hue up to the light. Has a nice thin tan head.

Smells like chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak and a noticeable alcohol presence.

Taste is gooey, sweet, and has a lacto stout like creaminess. The whisky makes this beer hands down. Crazy good.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with good carbonation.

Overall is amazing. The third bottle of this I've and it just keeps getting better.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Dan’s place – thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger dark tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with dark chocolate and vanilla aromas. Also present are mild amounts of rye spiciness.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Large roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by smooth vanilla. Joining in shortly thereafter are mild amounts of butterscotch and dark molasses flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of spicy rye that carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is the second time I’ve had this beer and it calmed down substantially from the previous time I’d had it (also on-tap). A surprisingly smooth beer that’s well worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
Batch/case 002/842 bottled date 12/1/2010
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a tan head that is sticky and a few tiny bubbles at the base.

S- This beer has a nice rich bourbon barrel aroma with a slightly sweet wood and caramel aroma with a paper straw quality to it.

T- The buttery vanilla oak has a softer bourbon taste to follow with some roasted malt flavor. There is some sweet caramel and toffee notes with dried fruit hint in the mix. The finish has a soft hop bitterness that completes the beer.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel is slightly creamy and there is no alcohol noticed until the beer warms a bit. There is a tight little scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is sweet but not cloying and a big rich malt flavor balances the big barrel flavor. The finish is just a bit to dry with a bitter quality coming through that is not really hop related. This beer is nicely blended and aged.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 10/4/2010, the last of the comprehensive Jewbelation variety pack...sigh...

This beer pours a deep, very dark cola hue, with two fingers of thin frothy beige head, which settles soon enough, leaving a Cartesian map of lace around the glass. It smells strongly of the trappings of bourbon - corn, spice, and astringent, woody alcohol, with an underlying roasted malt. The taste is much more sweet upfront - chocolate malt, a bit of bittersweet coffee, vanilla and caramel barrel flavours, some oily nuttiness, a bit of soused black fruit, and a general rye whiskey-inflected alcohol burn, which overrides any nascent hop presence. The carbonation is there, but fairly mute, the body medium-full in weight, a bit viscous, and smooth, but for a zingy edge surfing the tongue. It finishes off-dry, in the 'Imperial' sense - a residual woody sweetness, held up by a boozy bitterness.

The bourbon barrel essence features prominently, and if that's your thing, this'll wow your socks off. Me, I'm more on the fence, but can still admit this is a very well made big beer. The hefty 10.5% ABV isn't nearly as evident as the associated whiskey flavour would suggest. An agreeable sipper, to be sure.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

more than exceeded my expectations. Had it on tap 2-3 months ago and was not at all impressed.

Sure loving it now from a 6 month old bottle, bottled Dec 1, 2010

A - DARK brown, almost black - excellent head retention, lacing and very active still in the tulip. Swirls bring up a sold one inch head that sticks around!

S - very good but when warms, fantastic. Chocolate caramel brownie soaked in brown sugared Bourbon.

T - Matches nose but add some Oak, rye bourbon and vanilla, molasses and a wee bit of liquorice. Bourbon integrated perfectly. Does not overpower, nor take a back seat. Let's the complexities of the verticals still shine and make their place known.

M - I wanted to give this a 4 because I'd like more of a velvet softer stout mouthfeel with this one but it's not a stout. It's a Strong Ale and Phuck. The mouthfeel is about as good as it gets for a Stong Ale friends...

O - At the $11.99 price tag a STEAL! Other Breweries take notice. I wish I had another to age another 6-12 months. *EDIT* Now that I'm finishing this gem...it really is one of the better Bourbon Bal-aged beers out there...grab one if you can. Easiest Bal-aged bomber I've ever finished...could kill another if I had it.

Recommended for sure.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[Bottling date: 12/1/2010] Huge fan of the Jewbelation series since the 10/Monumental, so I had to purchase this, despite not being 100% into whiskey-barrel aged beers. Of course, some exceptions have blown me away, so I couldn't wait much longer to pop the cap...

The Jewbelation beers always look phenomenal, and this one is no different: huge fluffy mocha/tan head, very firm and long lasting, sitting on top of a black as dark and dire as midnight in hell.

Aroma is already sending up some warning flags for those of us that don't actually like whiskey much, because that's very much the dominant smell here. For the whiskey buffs, this blend of the seven previous Jewbelations was aged in "Sazerac 6 Year Rye Whiskey Barrels." This aroma doesn't let many other traits of the beer through, other than a light touch of chocolate. I would say "a whiff of alcohol" too, but that seems an inseparable component of the whiskey element.

I was hoping the whiskey component wouldn't glaze over everything else that these beers are offering (TONS of malt, TONS of hops), and it doesn't quite do that. It succeeds better than the aroma at offering a well-rounded array of flavors. There's a wide variety of dark fruits (especially fig, raisin and plum), an exquisite and rich chocolate/toffee mixture, a wood/smoke/alcohol/whiskey symbiosis, and an attempt on the part of the hops to impart their green brightness in this rather dark, malty, beastly beer. Alcohol isn't dominant, nor is it timid, performing at just the right level. A generic (ie. hard to define, not bad) spiciness prevails mostly through the finish.

The feel of the beer is top-notch, a slick syrupy texture that is chewy without feeling over-weighty. Nice job there.

I like this a lot. But given my aversion to whiskey barrel-aged beers that lean too heavily on the whiskey side of the equation, it's easy for me to say that I prefer the Jewbelations in their relatively virgin state (although even those are some pretty wild and mutated beers). All in all, a memorable experience and one any fan of the Jewbelation series should try.

Photo of nkersten
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Kevin, thanks man! Pours black with a one finger off white mocha head that settles to a collar with a tiny bit of lacing. Smells very malty, lots of bourbon and oak, spicy rye, figs and currents and other dark fruits. Taste is similar, but not what I was expecting. Bourbon, oak, vanilla up first with some sweet roasted malts following. Finish is slightly bitter with lots of barrel flavors and a hint of char. No alcohol heat or burn, this is a very solid beer. Heavy body with a light carbonation, slightly coating but not sticky. This is by far my favorite of the Jewbelations, the rest have all been a bit on the boozey side. I cant say that I can pick out any individual anniversary beer, but the combination is quite good. The barrel lends its flavor seamlessly into the mix. Definitley recommend this beer.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex, strong, whiskey right there, some sourness. Black with big lace. Would have this again, but it is big, and noticeably boozy. jason's bottle. Above average mouthfeel.Whiskey and barreling come through in smell.Possibly the best in the series because of the differing tastes work with a meal.

Photo of socon67
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CTSparky for sharing this at a tasting.

A - Pours velvet black with a good sized mocha colored foam. Some carbonation that quickly settles. Decent lacing in my tulip glass.

S - Complex with notes of vanilla, herbal spices, fresh bread, and a hint of coffee. Just an awesome mixture that make for one heck of an air freshener.

T - You can quickly taste the rye oaky flavor that tastes like a good irish whiskey. I can taste some fresh vanilla, some molasses, and the finish has a corss between herbal tea or a breakfast belnd coffee.

M - A good sipper. A thick beer with plenty of bite. Some bite hits the back of the tongue.

O - A nice concept beer. I would like to try this again and after some more age. The layers of falvors will certianly change the profile over time.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomb, bottled 12/1/10

appearance: served in ommegang goblet, dark brown body, thin capuccino cream. quite dark but with ruby highlights in the light

smell: creamy chocolate, lots of caramel

taste: big big beer - like drinking a brownie. thick layers of chocolate, woody notes from the barrel, ferocious alcohol presence - whiskey, bourbon, dark fruits, rye loaf, caramel. I'm regretting opening this bomber while at home by myself - going to be a beast to finish. Very good, but split it.

mouthfeel: very thick, alcohol present from start to finish.

overall: very solid - quite a big beer and perhaps a little heavier than it needs to be

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/01/2010-Batch 002-892 cases

Vertical Jewbelation pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It's almost opaque, but light reveals burgundy highlights at the center and edges. A soft, tan head caps it off. It stands about a finger tall before falling quickly. A moderate web of sticky lace was left clinging to the glass.

The nose is pretty good, but is lacking a little in the strength department. It's malty up front, but doesn't smell very sweet. Caramel and bittersweet dark chocolate are appreciated. There is a hint of whiskey, but it's subtle and complementary. I like that pretty well. It's restrained, and not overdone at all. Secondary notes of oak, vanilla, coconut, and light coffee are noted. Alcohol is blended quite well, and doesn't come through strong at all.

The flavor is definitely a couple of notches above the nose. It has a very diverse malt base that features caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. It's a strong combo. The barrel aging imparted a very nice, light whiskey flavor that complements the malt base perfectly. I have no idea how long it was in barrels, but it was the right amount of time. Oak and vanilla are secondary, but add quality depth and character. Other flavors include coconut, roasted coffee, and very subtle molasses. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't come through too strong. It's not warming or hot at all. Finishes malty with a touch of coffee and whiskey. Damn...this is very impressive.

Vertical Jewbelation has a light medium body that feels too thin. Carbonation is very light, but it still feels too thin. It is nearly smooth though. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor quite a bit, and it goes down easy. It is a bit strong, but this bomber is disappearing quickly nonetheless.

I don't pick up beer from Shmaltz Brewing Company very often, but this is one instance in which I'm very glad that I did. Vertical Jewbelation is a blend of all seven Jewbelation recipes that was aged in Sazerac whiskey barrels. The result is a winner. Yeah, the nose could use more strength and more body would help immensely. But, this is very good beer nonetheless. If you see a bottle, grab one. I suspect you'll be skeptical (as I was), but this is good stuff.

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel like sometimes when you blend too many things together, instead of getting a more complex beer, the high notes get lost and the beer gets dumbed down. This was such a beer.

I will say, it was surprisingly smooth and a nice dessert beer. I got a couple toffee and coffee notes, but mostly this beer sat on the smooth chocolate malts and spicy vanilla barrel character. It was quite nice, I just wanted more depth.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I got my hands on a few bottles of these.

Pours a super black with a thin tan head. No lacing.

Aroma is lacking a bit on this beer. Smells like a sort of infected stout. Like the 09 Abyss. Sort of roasty. But not much more.

Taste is great. Sort of oakie and a little roasty with a bit of toasted sugars and caramel. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is good. Not to viscous and good carb.

Overall a solid beer that I am glad I have a couple to age. Hopefully it gets even better. Get some if you can.

Photo of bashiba
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouerd a very deep dark brown with mahogony highlights and a thick and fluffy long lasting tan head.

The smell is very dry and woody with hints of the sazerac rye poking through with light vanilla and pepper notes.

Wow! The flavor is huge a big blast of bright vanilla sweet malts mixing in with dark chocolate and roasted barley, quickly the Rye kicks in with a big blast of oak and spicy rye whiskey. Very sweet with some big dark fruits coming through nicely as the beer warms. Incredibly complex with a big depth of flavors. Outstanding.

The mouthfeel isn't as thick and chewy as I would expect, very dry oak notes lend itself to a nice medium body.

Fantastic barrel aged beer, putting it into a barrel of one of the all time great whiskeys doesn't hurt it at all.

Photo of IKR
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Dr. Pepper brown color with an effervescent light brown head, which dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Whiskey/Bourbon aroma dominates with a hint of rye?

T: Whiskey/Bourbon taste with some roast malt notes following. Faint hop presence. There is a dark fruit/raisin presence. The Whiskey/Bourbon notes leads to a slightly sweet initial taste.

M: Body is on the light side of medium, fairly low carbonation.

D: Whiskey/bourbon taste is prominent with the alcohol present but not overwhelming

Fans of Bourbon Barrel aging will like this. It's not done overtly and there are some other flavors present but they play second fiddle. I'm a fan but at almost double the price I paid for Jewbelation 14 it's not the same bargain, but to me it does present a more complex palate.

Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the event for He'Brew at Barley's Greenville. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a massively dark brown, almost black, with a one finger very light tan head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, rye, alcohol, cream, and caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Really enjoyed it much more than the others by themselves. This one is definitely a sipper, so be warned. Glad I only had to commit to a pint and not a bomber of this. Would try again, but not anytime soon.

Photo of Gmann
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just over a year old since bottling. Pours a near black color with just some hints of brown at the edges. The head is short but dense and sturdy; settles into a light ring.

The aroma is quite malty as expected. Notes of toasted bread and pumpernickle. There is a raisin/prune sweetness to it. The rye whiskey aging left a light aroma but mainly added some oak and vanilla notes. More malty than anything else.

The taste is of a very smooth thick malt. Very bready with notes of toast, pumpernickle, and lightly charred wood. There is some scorched caramel and raisin sweetness but it is kept in check, not like some in this verticle series. There is a light oak and whiskey flavor from the barrel which blends nicely with the body of the beer. A touch of spice from the rye whiskey as well. No big bold flavors, they all blend in nicely.

The feel is thick and chewy. The body is broken up by some fizzy carbonation; perhaps a bit too strong for the style but I don't mind so much. It is sweet mostly throughout the palate but does finish with a roasted malt bitterness. Definitely finishes sticky. The ABV is nicely hidden.

A malt lovers dream. Probably the most malty beer I have drank outside of some stouts. It is very smooth despite the carbonation and has a good balance between sweet and bitter. The barrel flavors could use a boost and the beer could be less sticky and carbonated but I am nitpicking. Very nice brew and a great way to finish off a challenging verticle.

Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(22oz bottle from El Cerrito Market and Liquor). Pours a dark brown-almost black color-with chunky 2 finger tan head that gives some lacing. Lots of small carbonation bubbles. Aroma is rye whiskey, wood, vanilla, and spices. Taste is sweet with some peppery rye whiskey bite and bit of alcohol heat. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Surprisingly dry finish with some spices. Ok, but alot of flavors going on here.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 01/05/2011:

Bottle date: 12/01/2010. Batch 2/892. 22 oz. bottle at 45 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours an absolutely black color with two and a half fingers of khaki head with great retention and lacing.

S: Heavily bourbon-esque, vanilla, mild roastiness, and lots of smoky, oaky aromas.

T: The taste really opens up as it warms: dominant bourbon and vanilla, mild roastiness, complex dark fruit notes, and a bittersweet rye finish.

M: It has a thick and syrupy body with perfect carbonation and a bit of bourbon heat.

D: The bourbon aging might have been overdone a touch which kept this from being nearly perfect.

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Dark murky brown pour, just a thin layer of light tan head. Just barely a ring retains.

Aroma Malt, molasses, vanilla. "Earthy".

Taste, even more pronounced version of the nose. A load of malty caramel, vanilla, oak, molasses, brown sugar.

Just light of full bodied. Coating, barely warming. Pretty easy to drink for the abv.

Eat your heart out Lost Abbey, this could compete.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.