1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

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

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

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

232 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 232
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%


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)
View: Beers (40) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 148 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of dirtylou
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
Photo of Motladiwa
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
Photo of daveytheformer
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
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
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
Photo of Buebie
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
Photo of Cyberkedi
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
Photo of mandoman1
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
Photo of Pencible
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
Photo of Vdubb86
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
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a very dark garnet-brown, bordering on pitch, topped by over a finger of staid, light oatmeal froth. The nose comprises light oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, red grapes, figs, vanilla, chocolate, and light butterscotch. Damn, this smells delicious! The taste holds notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, oak, light vanilla, brown sugar, light molasses, light maple syrup, whiskey, and light black grapes. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, this is some very good stuff. I've heard the set was worth picking up just for this, and I can see how that would be so.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 21:12:28 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Bierlerner
Bierlerner

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours an extremely dark brown almost black. Small head that lingers around a bit. Little lacing.

S- Wow! Boozy. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and major up front nose of whiskey. Though, the booze is a little overpowering, it still smells wonderful.

T- Its got borderline stout characteristics with the chocolate and bourbon palate. Buts its got the subtle hop on the finish with a nice twang of an american strong ale. Lots more going on as this warms up. Alcohol is definitely present and might be a bit much for some. Pretty complex brew.

M- Creamy and smooth. Little carbonation. Mid heavy mouthfeel.

O- What a great beer. Pretty complex. Strong on the alcohol taste as well as the abv. Definite sipper that'd enjoy over and over again. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 02:20:04 | More by Bierlerner
Photo of aerozeppl
aerozeppl

New York

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

A:Super deep brown color. Tons of mocha colored head on the initial pour. Excellent lacing head retention for a barrel aged beer. Tons of lacing as well.

S: The nose is classic Schmaltz. Subdued hops.The barrel is there but it is not that huge rye presence I was expecting. Touch of oak. Little warming booze in the nose. Touch of chocolate.

T: Just a really nice beer. I am a fan of blending beers and this reminds me of something I would come up with. Tons of complexity. Hoppy. Malty as hell. The barrel ties it all together. As it warmed up the barrel became more apparent Finishes with some caramel and a nice warming feeling from the barrel.

M: So smooth and creamy. Not thin at all like some barrel aged beers get. Just nice.

D: I don't know about aging this one. It is so nice right now and to be honest I could have used a little more barrel. Just a ton of complexity. They need to keep their barrel program going.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 22:03:25 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of bcostner1
bcostner1

Tennessee

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very, very dark brown with dark burgundy too. Nice 2 finger tan head on top. I like my beers dark and this one definitely meets that requirement.

S: Malt, slight vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, some wood, and a little maple maybe. Very complex. Nothing is particularly overpowering...there are subtle hints of a lot of different things going on.

T: Truly an awesome beer. Sweet, smooth, dark malt. Heavy caramel. Candy sugar and brown sugar. Some oakiness with just a twinge of whiskey. The whiskey is not overpowering at all. Some dark fruits/plums. Hint of vanilla. Hint of chocolate. Slight coffee aftertaste. Some molasses maybe(?) Like the aroma, the taste is very complex. I get something different every time I drink it.

M: Not overly carbonated. Smooth. Not syrupy or overly viscous. I could do a whole bomber no problem. Leaves vestiges of wood, caramel, and dark sugar.

O: Man, I really like this beer a LOT. I was kind of surprised too. I had only had the Freaktoberfest (which is my all time least favorite beer, bar none) from Shmaltz but this one is at the exact polar opposite end of the spectrum. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it. I don't understand why it doesn't get more attention and praise. It is really a phenomenal beer. I bought a case of it while I could find it and still wish I had bought more!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 22:37:55 | More by bcostner1
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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

Appearance - looks opaque but does have some deep burgundy tones. Solid mocha cover leaving thin drapes of lace on the goblet.

Aroma - light roasted malts, bourbon-soaked oak taking over on setup with notes of vanilla and coconut.

Taste - light sweetness with the grains, almost makes like it's not really going anywhere. Then it takes off mid-palate. The bourbon hits along with some abv heat. Some sneaky and really good citrus show up on the swallow aong with some coffee notes. Wow, lots of different stuff here. The pieces don't meld perfectly, but they sure are tasty. Finishes with a citrusy bite of hops and lingering warmth.

Mouthfeel - very crisp with a medium-plus body. Notable smoothness.

Drinkability - an enjoyable brew from Schmaltz. Tasty and would be an interesting one to age.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:31:56 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

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

Reddish-brown with crimson edges. Thin head recedes to a crown.

Musty, oaky aroma. Integrated whiskey -bals and alcohol, quite a bit of chocolate and raisin. Vinous with sweet caramel.

Musty -bals, whiskey and raisin on the palate. A bit like a Belgian quad. Chocolate, mellow booze, quite a bit of tannin in the finish, lingering vinous/dark fruit flavors. Good stuff, probably the best beer I've had from Shmaltz.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 17:41:12 | More by largadeer
Photo of jale
jale

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Crunchy's in east lansing.

A: Pours dark brown with a good two fingers of light brown head.

S: Sweet roasted malt and whiskey. A hint of bitter chocolate.

T: Sweet malt upfront followed by whiskey,burnt sugar, alcohol heat oakiness and some bitter chocolate.

M: Medium thick body and syrupy.

O: I wish the flavors melded better and was less sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 02:39:58 | More by jale
Photo of Schmittymack
Schmittymack

Colorado

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

Poured a dark brown or even black into taster glass provided with the gift pack; small tan/brown head that didn't last long. Aroma of chocolate, malt, a bit of vanilla, and a bit of coffee(?). Taste was dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, a small amount of vanilla, and a touch of coffee with a very smooth finish. Definitly one I'd seek out again and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 06:39:26 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of glid02
glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 01:13:01 | More by glid02
Photo of gnemesis
gnemesis

Michigan

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 03:14:00 | More by gnemesis
Photo of alpinebryant
alpinebryant

Connecticut

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

Always happy to try the Jewbilation series from Schmaltz and this is no different.

Bottled 10/4/2010 , Batch 001/230 cases

Pours a dark stained walnut color with a small tan head.

Aroma of burnt brown sugar, whiskey, sweet malt and barrel aging / oak. I do not smell a whole lot of rare in here, but it the aroma is great.

Taste of a nice buttery smooth old ale. Plenty of brown sugar, roasted malts, cocoa, toffee and extremely well rounded. There is very little booze factor and a great variation of flavors in here. Plenty of different types of barrels I am sure have blended together to make this extremely smooth. I cannot help but compare this to Backwoods Bastard, one of my favorite old ales from Founders and say that this one has slightly less whiskey flavor to it. I really enjoyed how the blend let this beer speak for itself rather than having the whiskey take over so much of the flavor although I enjoy both flavors equally.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth with a light carbonation and a medium body. Very drinkable and overall able to compete with the best in this category. As long as Schmaltz keeps making these , I will continue to purchase them.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 21:25:17 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of FanofHefe
FanofHefe

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the Hebrew 14, so one of my local beer store guys recommended this mix of the anniversary brews. Bottled on 12/1/2010. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Very dark, nearly black body, with a one-finger dark tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving a smattering of lacing.

The aroma is fairly reminiscent of a good barrel-aged stout. Dark malt, chocolate/cocoa, and some bourbon aromas stick out.

Tasty blend of flavors that is very rich and complex. The flavors in the aroma stand out. A hint of licorice comes through and the chocolate is milky and sweet.

Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Very little notice of the alcohol for the strong abv. Great offering for such a big blend of brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:07:00 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of FosterJM
FosterJM

California

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

359th review on BA
bottle to NB Globe
650 ML Batch 2 12/1/10 bottling

App- Super dark brown with a 1 1/2 finger head that left some okay cling but the head was puffy and very nice.

Smell- Boozy, rye, malty just very strong on the nose.

Taste- A nice big beer. I really get the rye flavoring and the malts. A creamy drinker as it warms. Very well done for a prolonged sipping beer, by no means a chugger with the abv and the rye whisky tinge.

Mouth- Full bodied with a nice medium carbonation. Almost a whip cream out of a can feel.

Drink- A bit big and boozy but still tastsefully done. Good flavors and well balanced. I think I would have this one again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 20:15:17 | More by FosterJM
Photo of generalnotsew
generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Solid rich, dark and dank brown. Not quite black but very close. Head is very thick and frothy with slight cocoa coloring. Smell is sweet and grainy earthy notes with a lot of chocolate. The bourbon rye is very subdued and gives off a pleasant odor without overwhelming. Taste is quite rich sweet molasses and dark chocolate with a hefty bitter aftertaste. Also very woody and the bourbon is very subtle yet noticeable in the end. Damn this stuff is actually quite tasty. Didn't really expect that. Carbonation seems a bit flat is the only downside. I like how tame it is but wouldn't mind seeing more. I get virtually no alcohol heat. This has to be one the better beers I have tried in awhile. Quite different and works well.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 03:14:30 | More by generalnotsew
Photo of JamnesCameron
JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a He'Brew short tumbler.

Pours a very deep brown with ruby highlights around the edge. Short, light tan head, doesn't last at all.

Aromas of concentrated dark fruits, vanilla, wood. The main aroma is the dark fruits, with figs, rum raisins and prunes coming through in waves.

Flavors of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits coming through strong, some alcohol heat, a ting of woody sourness. A balancing hop bitterness. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being over sweet. This would be fantastic over some ice cream. Finish is extremely long, with vanilla, wood, and dark fruits taking a long ride.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, alcohol burn. Good level of carbonation.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. The best in my opinion of the whole vertical series. Grab a couple, have one now and lay one down for later.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:05:26 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of nickfl
nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of light tan foam on top of a medium brown body with just a hint of light showing through. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Heavy caramel malt with lots of dark sugars. Molasses and whiskey aromas mingle with the sugary malt.

T - Brown sugar and dark caramel malt up front. Some molasses creeps up in the middle and a bit of oak comes out as well. A bit of roasted malt character appears as the beer finishes with notes of chocolate, molasses, rum, and moderate bitterness to balance out all the sugar.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, Hebrew beers have always seemed pretty hit and miss to me (with more misses than hits, honestly) but I guess when you blend them all together and throw them in a barrel you can get something pretty good out of it. The dark malt is complex but surprisingly well balanced and the flavors are very much the sort that benefit from the flavors imparted by barrel aging. There is a lot of molasses and toffee present in the malt profile and these work perfectly with the vanilla and wood flavors from the barrel. This combination is powerfully reminiscent of good whiskey/rum; so much so that it is hard to tell if this beer was aged in a spirit barrel or just plain toasted oak. Either way it is a very nice effort, and one of the best that I have had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 07:57:11 | More by nickfl
He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.