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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Reviews: 150
Hads: 247
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 81 | 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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Photo of kawilliams81
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 16oz.snifter

A- thin black pour. Thin tan head with fairly thick lacing that resides quickly.

S- aroma is amazing. Dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, leather, and dark fruits.

T- bitter chocolate, vanilla, sour dark fruits, and astringent bitterness at finish.

M- medium body, a little thin. Slightly acidic, bitter but relatively easy to drink.

O- had this a year ago and don't remember the sour dark fruit notes. Still a very good BA beer. (457 characters)

Photo of patm1986
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottled 10-4-2010

out pours a muddy dark brown with a bit of head, cream-colored with some retention but not much lace. sits looking brandy-like.

aromas of black plums and fresh figs, light brown sugar, vanilla, whiskey is very subtle--definitely would not be able to tell it was rye.

taste lots of stone fruits: plums, pear. figs again. there's a port quality here. vanilla and caramel sweetness. it's so unbeleivebly mellow, i'm in shock. the flavors are all so wrapped up in a tight progression that none of them are any more dominant or overpowering than the next; it's really incredible. the barrel flavors are really smooth.

so smooth. not too big or hot; you don't get that 10% or that whiskey barrel bite. creamy. exceptionally smooth.

epic. i wish i had more. the barrel aspect of this beer is as smooth and accepting as anything i've had. it actually reminds me of the type of success achieved in KBS. it's really incredible. i'm so curious as to how this drank a year ago, because with nearly twelve months on this piece, it's more drinkable than i would've imagined.
cheers (1,091 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 10/4/10.

Black bodied with a dense head of tan foam. Excellent retention and lacing.

Rich and complex smelling. The main component is the whiskey barrels. There is also some dark fruit and a sweet malt character.

Pretty high sweetness up front to go with the whiskey. As it moves along, more of the roasted malt and dark fruit come in to play. The whiskey stays throughout the whole sip. Finishes moderately boozy, but not really hot, with whiskey and vanilla bean notes with some hop bitterness. Maybe a little maple syrup in there also.

Pretty smooth. Close to a full body, but not quite there. Seems to be a bit over-carbonated, otherwise fine.

A very nice brew. The barrel aging is exceptional to this beer. Without it, I don't think I would enjoy this beer nearly as much. After a year, this thing still has plenty of whiskey flavor, but not much heat. I have a couple more bottles that I look forward to in the future. (944 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany color with a fluffy head that is almost root beer colored. Retention is good, but there is no lacing.

Wood, whiskey, booze and malty sweetness.

The woody flavors from the barrel are bitter at first, but this mellows eventually. Malty sweetness takes some time to take the prominent role it deserves, but it does. The woody barrel character remains, though it is not as dominant as when it was first opened. It's boozy, and the whiskey from the barrel is present, but it is all quite well balanced by the end of the sample. Yeah, it's pretty damned good by the end, but it struck as as overly bitter at first. But it was colder then.

Adequate carbonation, rich full body, medium viscosity, with some bitterness rising into and lingering after the finish.

I am glad to have found and tried this beer. I like the He'Brew beers, especially the special ones. I find it tasty, pleasantly aromatic, fairly well balanced, and moderately complex. For as many different recipes that went into this, it manages to avoid any significant flaws. (1,048 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of STEG. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A dark pour yields a two finger, medium-thick, fluffy, light beige head with very good retention. Dark sienna brown with mahogany hues, opaque, with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A good full wisp remains until the end with some dots of lacing down the glass. A bit too much carbonation perhaps, but good looking with a nice, attractive head.

SMELL: Barrel forward for sure. Whisky, oak and vanilla notes with some milk chocolate as well. Dark and caramel malts with some dark fruit as well, raisins and grapes perhaps. Nice, bold nose, with plenty of barrel in there.

TASTE: This is very nice. Dark malts and piles of whisky barrel up front, with some nice oak and vanilla notes. Sweet caramel and dark grapes through the middle into a whisky forward finish. Aftertaste is big and persistent, with lots of whisky, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate, as well as some spicy booze and dark malts. Bold and delicious stuff.

PALATE: Awesome body on this one. Full body and medium carbonation, very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Very nice feel and only a touch of heat lingers on the palate. A touch more weight for a perfect score here.

OVERALL: Another extremely solid brew from He’Brew. A great whisky barrel aged beer with a strong enough base beer to support the show. A great feel on this one as well. This brewery has impressed on two occasions, so hopefully more of their stuff will find its way over here. Thanks again for the fun trade STEG. (1,666 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, split with the wife while sitting around on a Saturday night enduring a ridiculous October Minnesota heat wave. I'm sweating. WTF?

Pour is dark brown, which somehow is strange to say, because how is brown liquid different than black? Is it? Lovely vanilla wafts up off the surface along with malts dressed in dark suits.

Jewbelation Vertical has one of the straightest rye whiskey profiles of anyone who hasn't been booked & fingerprinted. Barrel notes are dominant without being overbearing, long slats of vanilla, bourbon, oak sliding this way & that. Nice charred malts underneath play off the sweetness. Enough of the rye whiskey survives so there's actually a bit of rye spiciness in the aftertaste: nice. Soft & dense. Lovely.

Wavering between excellent & very good, but this is a very nice beer with a subtle but strong rye whiskey component. OK. Excellent. (884 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,481 characters)

Photo of Ungertaker
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A- dark amber with almost no light penetration. One-finger of white, foamy head that slowly faded and left a thick lacing.

S- whiskey, malt, vanilla

T- rye, hops, raisins, cherries and rye linger on the end. The spiciness of the rye comes through in the aftertaste.

M- medium to thick with mid-level carbonation

O- this is one of the most underrated beers I have ever had. Age has done this so much good. I wish there was more access to it. (477 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany brown, body is opaque. Three finger fluffy sand colored head. The head recedes slowly leaving spotty moth eaten lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

Rich brown malt aroma up front complimented by a pleasant rye whiskey characteristic. Bready and fig malt characteristics are prominent up front. Subtle brown sugar aroma set behind. The rye whiskey is very well integrated. Pleasant vanilla aroma provides some cohesion

The flavor displays much more depth than the aroma. Bready malt and molasses flavors are contrasted by a brighter fruit characteristic. There is a bit of raisin and plum flavor which provides some much needed complexity. The rye whiskey is a bit more assertive than in the nose but still very well integrated. Soft oak and vanilla flavors accompanied by a pleasant warmth.

Full bodied beer. The carbonation is slightly higher than I would expect making the mouth feel a bit lighter on the tongue. Very soft and smooth texture. Moderate finish, the flavor does not linger on the tongue as long as one would imagine.

Vertical Jewbelation is a seriously overlooked beer. A barrel aged beer that hits the mark in each category should seriously garner more attention. Very easy to drink. Rather enjoyable, multiple pours are certainly welcomed. For the price and availability this beer is hard to beat. Hats off to He'brew. (1,364 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4/5  rDev -5%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,687 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,899 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of Impfan
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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! (403 characters)

Photo of 1Adam12
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (596 characters)

He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.