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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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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2010)
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Photo of MrOH


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown, thick dark tan head that recedes fairly quickly.

Raisins, dark fruits, tobacco, vanilla, oak, and a bit of roast all swirled together. Very well balanced nose.

Vanilla, dark dried fruit, woody spice, raisins, a bit of cocoa. Again, well balanced and tasty. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Pretty dang hefty with low carbonation, but what else would you expect?

Overall, this is a damn fine beer, and the best of the gift pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 01:35:22 | More by MrOH
Photo of jhighlandbrewing


4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-26-2012 17:27:08 | More by jhighlandbrewing
Photo of rkarimi


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-07-2012 00:40:29 | More by rkarimi
Photo of JVan


4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-29-2012 13:38:55 | More by JVan
Photo of nas4atu

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-25-2012 14:33:17 | More by nas4atu
Photo of laituegonflable


3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown colour, just coloured around the edges. Head is beige, nice and foamy but a bit loosely connected, without a huge amount of retention. Lace is OK.

Smells malty and sweet. Plenty of spicy roast with hints of nougat, wood smoke, chestnut and buttermilk. Could use more of the peppery spice that comes through at the back, as it's slightly sweet for me.

Taste is quite similar. Similar roast, in that it's there but subdued. Similar sweetness, with a touch of treacle and chestnut on there. Some buttery notes and a disappointingly heavy, sinking burntness on the back, giving over-roasted coffee and actually a grassy note which seems to come from nowhere. Bit sweet and a bit unbalanced, in that the flavours don't really mesh. Also slightly heavy overall, really. Can't say I love it.

Bit thin, but decently smooth. Slightly granular at the back and ultimately dry. Not bad.

A bit of a hodgepodge of dark beer flavours that can't quite find a full synthesis. Not bad, but underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 07:04:55 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of TimH

3/5  rDev -29.4%

05-19-2012 18:02:04 | More by TimH
Photo of aanakinskywalker


5/5  rDev +17.6%

05-16-2012 00:27:30 | More by aanakinskywalker
Photo of jbuddle

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-13-2012 21:52:35 | More by jbuddle
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Whole Foods Union Square in NYC. Brought back to Sydney Australia and shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a really deep brown-black colour, with a filmy but fine head of smoky white. Patchy lace forms above the oily body. When swirled, it has legs. Remarkably fine carbonation. Overall, looks really great.

Nose is softly sweet at its basis, but roaringly layered with big American oak characters, giving boozy hints and vanilla up the wazoo. Hints of roasted malts give some depth and complexity. Overall, it's exceptionally aromatic, it perhaps not as byzantine and heady as some others in a similar style.

Taste is also layered with oak, but with a slight oxidised character to it, giving a hint of old red wine and paper bags. There's still a smooth roasted character, but it's lightened and leavened by the oak and the age on it. Some dryness on the finish gives it a slight mouth-smacking quality that works against the smooth vanilla and chocolate roasted overtones.

Overall, this is a nice beer, and a beer of this type with this pedigree in this style is always going to be good. But it feels inferior to many of the other similar brews, especially the Firestone Walker anniversary beers, and in its genre it's nearer the bottom than the top.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:42:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of theminutemen


4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-28-2012 20:06:44 | More by theminutemen
Photo of IpeeA


4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-26-2012 05:28:38 | More by IpeeA
Photo of vbiliyar


5/5  rDev +17.6%

04-13-2012 03:00:29 | More by vbiliyar
Photo of alexgash


4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottling date 10/4/2010.

Dark cola brown body. Clear, with garnet edges. Fat finger of creamy, dark sandy brown head. Nice lacing too. Complex nose with notes of shoe leather, figs, Madeira, butterscotch, various spices (cinnamon?), vanilla, and whiskey-soaked oak.

Singed malts up front. Soon turn sweeter, with caramelized fruit and rich toffee flavors. Chewy mid-palate with lots of sugary ripe figs, brown sugar, and caramel-soaked malts. Light butterscotch, coconut, vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, and moderate whiskey notes around the edges, increasing toward the finish. Full-bodied with a nice creamy feel. An amazing blend, aged to perfection. Wish I had more of this!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:03:37 | More by alexgash
Photo of billab914


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of barrel character to it with a lot of woody oak, brown sugar and some moderate bourbon flavors. Some sweeter, malty flavors are there as well with some notes of caramel and toffee. The barrel aged flavors seem to dominate a little, but they are some really good flavors.

The taste also has a lot of the barrel aged characteristics coming through. I get A lot of woody oak to it throughout with a little brown sugar and bourbon in the finish. The sweeter, malty, caramel and toffee flavors are there in the finish, but seem a little overshadowed by the barrel aged flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall I thought it was a very nice beer. The barrel flavors dominated a little, but thankfully they were pretty good. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 02:14:42 | More by billab914
Photo of kylehay2004


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

Single finger tan, thick head with excellent retention on a neat jet black body. aroma is complex with rye, cola, chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor is stronger on the whiskey and dark fruit notes with oak, vanilla and spices. Very complex with the dark fruits consisting of plum, prune and raisin. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall this beer is very complex and overall excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 01:40:52 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of mdvatab


4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-01-2012 01:26:41 | More by mdvatab
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a very dark red brown, appearing black in the glass. Light brown head with light lacing. Delicious dark malt, oak and caramel aroma. Flavor similar, dark and roasted malts, excellent oak, whisky, caramel and chocolate. Finishes malty with a bit of a hop kick. Absolutely delicious. After considering the early Jewbelations as just above average and the later ones as a nice but a bit boozy, this one turned out just right. Mazel tov I really wish I had been able to stock up on this ale, but it disappeared quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 06:01:36 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of egrace84


4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-29-2012 02:16:41 | More by egrace84
Photo of Mitchster


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blend of all 7 recipes of Jewbelation aged in 6 year Sazerac Rye Whiskey Barrels. 10.5% ABV. Bottled 10/4/10. Batch 001/230 cases. Part of the 2011 Holiday pack with all the Jewbelations.

Pours out to a slightly hazy very dark mahogany forming a tall creamy dark tan head with superior retention and excellent lacing. Nice looking. Moderate carbonation. Nose opens with copious dark fruits (prunes, dates), followed by a floral hoppiness, soy sauce and cola. Mouthfeel is big, rich and dense with a syrupy mouthfeel. The taste is a recap of the nose...lots of dark vinous fruits, some light black walnut, molasses and floral hops. The bitterness is mild to moderate, it's definitely more sweet than bitter, and it has a definite tartness, perhaps from the whisky barrels, but also due to the copious hops. I drink good bourbons and whiskeys and I honestly can't taste whiskey in this.

This is a very good beer, but I prefer the other Jewbelations because they aren't so tart as this one. It's a nice after dinner beer that is well made, but I don't think compared to the other jewbelations that the blending and aging in casks improves it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 22:45:38 | More by Mitchster
Photo of neckbracesub


4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-20-2012 23:56:49 | More by neckbracesub
Photo of bayougutter


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with a small tan head that didn't last long. no real lacing to speak of. Just a little light passes thru this one, really dark brown.

S- Smells of oak, stone fruits, caramel/toffee,rye whiskey, sweet malts , and a little alcohol. There's a lot of stuff going on, well blended, complex as nothing dominates.

T- Holy Crap. This is one fine beer. It taste like it was aged on rye whiskey for a year then bottle aged for four years. Taste about the same as it smells, really well blended and balanced. And again nothing really dominates. I did not get as much alcohol warmth as I was expecting.

M- Thick, creamy, and silky smooth. Light carbination.

O- First time having this one and I didn't really know what to expect, Bought on a whim, but I knew He'brew was solid. Wow, this is a must try. It taste like a really well done aged strong ale. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:53:56 | More by bayougutter
Photo of jdprmd


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-16-2012 06:39:46 | More by jdprmd
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Not surprisingly, this one has the same appearance as all the other Jewbelations; the dark brown color, the single finger of tan head with nice retention and mediocre lacing, everything syncs up.
Aroma contains grape notes (as well as lesser amounts of other dark fruits), dark chocolate, chicory, allspice, milk tea, and some accents of herbal hopping with a constant level of bourbon booze in the foreground framing everything.
Flavor is a heavy rye malt forward rich doppelbock with tannic elements and herbal / tea-like / earthy hopping elements. All of this orbits around a strong core of dark figs, plums, and spiced baking chocolate. Body is heavy but not as syrupy as the most recent Jewbelation, lightly carbonated and silky smooth in texture. This brew is definitely worth trying, the complexity of aroma and flavor just keeps on coming to the table with something new every time you sip or smell it!

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 00:58:19 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Duff27


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a tan short lived head. Average lacing.

I love that rye smell, ugggghhh.

Perhaps the most straight rye flavor I've had since Rugbrod. This one is a lot sweeter. Well balanced. Earthy hops.

Medium to medium thick mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Deliciouus! Exellent rye flavors mixed with hoppyness.Thanks Elliot for the share.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:14:21 | More by Duff27
He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.