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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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BA SCORE
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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 62
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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.

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russwbeck

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this was on-tap, not cask, at Churchkey DC for #DCBW11

Black pour with a small white head and nice lacing. The smell starts with a blast of whiskey and mellows with chocolate and roasted malts. The taste begins with chocolate and improves to the whiskey. Man the taste is strong. Malts, molasses, hints of alcohol, chocolate, whiskey. All nicely balanced. Perhaps some coffee on the backend. Heavy, low on carbonation and a twinge of alcohol. Impressed. Really liked how the whiskey pulled it all together.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 17:07:23 | More by russwbeck
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Pahn

New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 2, bottled 12/1/2010. Thanks to Jennifer from Shmaltz for sending this bottle to me in response to a problem with one of the Jewbelation gift packs I bought.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lacing. Pours black with ruby highlights and leaves sparse spots and swatches of lacing.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, whiskey, vanilla, and a surprisingly strong hop presence (herbal, spicy). Lots of malt notes (pastries, ambiguous dark fruits). Molasses comes out with warmth, as does more rye whiskey. Love the way the hop notes blend with everything else. Gets fruitier further into the bottle.

Taste: Up front there's some of those herbal hops, followed by a heavy hit of oaky whiskey and vanilla. Ends with rich pastry-like malts. Aftertaste is mild dark chocolate.

There's a lot going on in the flavor, but I'm not sure it's all working together. It's sort of an unpredictable buffet, with chocolate, grapes, raisin, yellow cake, and even pine and other unexpected flavors popping in and out in various sips. The basic "heavy oak hit, then chocolaty/toffee-y malt finish" progression is very consistent though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. High side of moderate carbonation. Mildly dry at the end (good). Steadily building alcohol heat. Mostly unremarkable; could benefit from being smoother, and maybe a bit fuller bodied.

Overall: Good beer for a good price, as expected from Shmaltz. Doesn't quite sing like Jewbelation 13, an equally kitchen sink style beer that still manages to work perfectly as a whole. Mouthfeel detracts kind of a lot for me as well. Still, very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 03:01:21 | More by Pahn
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cosmicevan

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from the gift set. poured into a duvel taster tulip.
batch 001/230 bottled on 10.4.2010

a - poured a soft brown which settled darker with a reddish tint fringe when held to the light. thin creamy barely beige head that was gone shortly after it showed itself leaving a ring around the surface and a few small islands of head.

s - yum. vanilla and wood jump out at first. little toffee in the background. smells wonderful.

t - the barrels really work well with this beer. everything seems to really nicely compliment each other. again nice vanilla and wood dominate, but the beer in the background is pretty awesome as well.

m - smooth and light. really easy to drink. dangerously easy to drink.

o - overall, WOW...what a sleeper. this is a really great beer and i'll definitely be looking to grab a few more of these. i really look forward to digging through the contents of this beer as i drink down the gift set.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 02:13:01 | More by cosmicevan
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:27:20 | More by oberon
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claspada

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

UPDATE: Adding the 22oz version/Batch 2 to my review. Tastes are not as intermingled as I remember and the Whiskey flavors overpower the base beer here. Still quite good but not as worldly as I remember.

12 oz bottle, from the Jewbelation mega-pack with the candles. Bottled October 4, 2010.

Pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing.
Aromas begin with rich and complex cocoa, dark fruits (mainly prune and figs), light toffee and vanilla. Nice rustic spice quality from either the rye barrel.

The tastes begin with toffee and smooth milk chocolate with extremely well integrated slight rye spice and vanilla barrel character. I just had an Abacus yesterday and this drank smoother and was a more "balanced" blended, barrel-aged beer. I have to say I like this more, which is ridiculously high praise considering the caliber of Firestone Walker's blended, barrel-aged beers. As it warms you get nice brown sugar, light roasted dark maltiness and slight maple syrup flavors as well. Not too boozy or sweet or anywhere close to cloying.

The mouthfeel is full with adequate carbonation for the style (much more so than Abacus), which I prefer to help balance the heaviness and high ABV of the beer.

Overall I was extremely impressived with this beer and surprised to say the least because I have hated almost every beer from this brewery I have had (Human Blockhead, Lenny's Rye IPA, Barrel-aged Lenny's Rye, etc.) but this was spectacular. So well balanced and smooth and not too heavy on the barrel/booze flavors. Waiting almost a year to drink this was a good idea and I find all barrel aged beers really need a year so the flavors fully "mingle" with one another. I will have to buy more of this while I still have the chance and I've heard/seen it in 22 oz bottles which is sweet so I don't have to buy all those other average Jewbelations beers again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:59:20 | More by claspada
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought in Manhattan, Kansas but brought back and enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City.

Marked as "Batch/Cases No. 002/892, Bottling Date 12/1/2010"

An amazing beer.

Pours a very pretty dark brown, approaching black with a really pretty generous tan head that leaves lots of Belgian lace.

Aroma is rich and malty.

Flavor is intense and complex. Alcohol is dominant. Some bitter toastiness. Bits of chocolate and cream. Some cab sav red wine notes. Some molasses and maple syrup. Fair amount of hops in there. Raisins. Vanilla. Very dry backbone. A little bit of the whiskey for sure and maybe some of the rye spiciness.

Exquisite mouthfeel. Delightfully smooth and velvety texture.

A legendary beer. World class.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 04:52:00 | More by jmbranum
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 04:38:22 | More by trappistlover
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babaracas

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a chunky tan head, leaves a few rings of lace down the glass. Smell: the whiskey barrel shows up, then dark brown sugar, mild roast, little coffee note, dark fruit - raisin, fig. Slightly spicy, almost rye bread. Taste: sweetened dark fruit, fades into mild coffee with a syrupy dark chocolate component. Raisin throughout, and now the whiskey barrel contributes. Mild earthy hopping. Semi-syrupy to creamy to an earthy finish. Not sure how useful the first few or so Jewbelations were in making this beer, since the last 3 had every ingredient under the sun. The barrel aging had a solid but not overwhelming contribution. Pretty good. After 6 months or so (bottled 12/2010), the alcohol is pretty well buried.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 03:42:34 | More by babaracas
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mark for sharing this one. I've been meaning to try it for awhile now.

A: The pour is a dark brownish-amber color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar on the nose with plenty of barrel notes. Lots of oak and whiskey coming through with a sweet vanilla aroma. Dark fruits such as raisins and plums are also present.

T: The rye whiskey and vanilla flavors are fairly potent. Nice charred oak notes with the sweet toffee and caramel. The raisin flavor provides some additional sweetness and more depth.

M: Medium in body with a smooth feel on the tongue.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I've had lots of lackluster beers from He'brew, so this was a nice change.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 17:17:22 | More by womencantsail
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 21:44:58 | More by rhoadsrage
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Impfan

Washington

4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All the dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, nutty, and smoky complexity of the regular Jewbelation with the addition of the absolutely perfect level of Sazerac barrel aging, which mitigates a good deal of the sweetness in the finish, and adds a spicy twang of beautiful rye. The body seems a bit less syrupy/chewy than the standard Jewbelation, and this contributes to a better drinkability.

Fantastic brew!

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 21:22:38 | More by Impfan
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1Adam12

Indiana

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:14:28 | More by 1Adam12
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:25:04 | More by tempest
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with slight ruby highlights. Head is thick and creamy, and hangs around awhile.

Aroma is malty and sweet. A good bit of brown sugar, smoke and dark fruit.

Taste is intensely rich and malty. Smokey dark grain, dark fruit, and generous chocolate. Molasses and brown sugar make an appearance. This general sweetness is balanced by an herbal hop bitterness that lingers. Finishes with a tart, woody bitterness and a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Viscous and resiny.

Overall, a very flavorful malt bomb. Wonderful dark fruit, and chocolate notes. A tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 01:09:58 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 00:56:19 | More by bashiba
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 22:30:26 | More by Metalmonk
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dirtylou

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 22:01:51 | More by dirtylou
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Motladiwa

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer on draft after high anticipation since I had it in the bottle back in January.

Appeared to pour black but had a reddish hue around the bottom of the tulip that it was poured into when I shined light on it and had a white background. Head was a lighter brown that went away as I let it warm for about an hour.

Smell of this is straight up watered down rye. Sweet with a stinging bite. At first sip I truly wondered if they actually blended all 7 brews then aged them combined in a barrel.

The sips evaporated quickly from the tongue but there is a sticky sweetness that sticks to the sides and cheeks.

Taste reminds me of a dark cherry soda. I taste just that with a hint of vanilla, some chocolate and some oaky sweetness. Carbonation is more than I expected and that is a pleasant surprise for me given the style that I am drinking.

Mouthfeel is actually refreshing due to the carbonation and the sugars stick to the sides as expected. Smooth but confusing because when I look and smell the beer I would think it would have a fuller body. To say the least, it is full in body just not what I expected.

All in all this is a wonderful beer and I am glad I got to have it on draft and I think it is one of their better beers. Well balanced with warmth but could use a bit more aging.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 06:51:28 | More by Motladiwa
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 19:22:06 | More by daveytheformer
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:18:40 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am feeling very fortunate to get this beer. Picked up a Bomber for around $10
Poured rough and put away wet into the glass creating a couple inches of light brown froth that sits there far longer then I want it too because I just want to drink it. :)
Leaving a modest cap of whipped topping consistency head and all around the glass coatings of lace.

Color is a very dark brown, not transparent and not really glowing and not reaching black.
Aroma is sweet delicious malt bomb extravaganza. Dark fruits, plenty of sweet caramel laced with burnt sugars, no heat at all, and a small amount of oaty malted milk ball aroma. A+ aroma for sure.
Smooth silky feel with mild amounts of carbonation, but present to balance the creamier feel of the beer.
Taste is much like aroma with more of a burnt sugar flavor, touch of Cinnamon and loads of malt. Not overly sweet either and balanced by a burnt sugar/ roasted malt flavor that bitters into the finish and becomes fairly pine like.

This is one amazing beer, it woo'ed the hell out of me. I want more!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:40:31 | More by Buebie
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is - WOO WEE, strong, malty, woody, with an alcohol underpinning and yeasty and floral hints. It pours a pretty chocolaty brown that is opaque save at the edges, with a fairly good beige head. Flavor is - not for the faint of heart! Quite strong, it is woody, malty, a little honey sweet, slightly fruity, slightly nutty, with a good alcohol edge. Texture is smooth and edgy, leaving a woody and tingly finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:20:01 | More by Cyberkedi
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mandoman1

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap to a snifter at the Barley Oak in Mandeville, LA. Dark, opaque appearance. I did not realize it was rye barrel cured while tasting. The flavor was more of a sweet chocolate and a good choice after a big meal. I could not consume more than a few of these back to back as they are very full bodied and pack a pretty good kick. Sticky but sweet. oo lala.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 15:15:40 | More by mandoman1
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Pencible

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with hints of brown, with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled amazing, like strong rye and oak, with rich caramel and toffee and dark chocolate and some tobacco and coffee.
T: It tasted like tons of rye and oak and caramel, with some dark chocolate and toffee and tobacco and vanilla and sweetened coffee. It had a smooth bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Very nice.
D: This was a fantastic beer. Better than any of the other Jewbelations, and I really liked most of those! The rye barrel aging really added a lot, even though some of the hops and other Jewbelation complexities weren't noticeable. Huge body and very well hidden alcohol made this so easy to drink. But please sip and savor this gem. Maybe best fresh, but could definitely keep for a while too. Highly recommended.

Note: I had this in the same evening with Black Ops, Bourbon Angel's Share, Bourbon Old Stock, and Consecration. But this may have been my favorite of the night.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 15:26:57 | More by Pencible
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing his Blind BIF 5 haul, and even more thanks to the man who sent this tasty number to him.

Pours a deep black body with a nice tan foam. Everything about this screams bourbon barrel imperial stout. It smells of molasses, oak, vanilla, whiskey, dark chocolate and some malty notes just to round it out. This actually tastes much sweeter than I had expected it would. Obviously there's still some whiskey in the flavor, but I had expected to get bombarded by bitter roast and dark chocolate, and they ended up more of an accent then I expected. I suppose you can't judge a book by it's cover, as much as you want to. Pretty boozy still, though the body seems nice and hearty and velvety. This is really really good, I expect this to be one of the top tier BBA Imperial Stouts. It obviously wasn't, but that doesn't mean that it wasn't damn good, and heck I was even wrong on the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 14:49:27 | More by Vdubb86
He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.