He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pahn:
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 3/6/2012, Batch 001.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch frothy/fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Pours black with red highlights. Sparse, short-lived lacing.
Smell: Some hops (pine, foresty), some whiskey, bit of caramel. Prune note comes out with time. Overall smell is bold and good.
Taste: First sip: wow, spicy and weird. Lots of caramel/vanilla oak up front, then an unexpected hit of herbs/spices (anise one of the few I can pick out distinctly), then grape, prune, and molasses in the finish. Long aftertaste, not bad.
Subsequent sips integrate a lot better, and generally are more caramel and prune than anise, but there's the occasional spicy surge. I would like a bit more flavor, but what's happening is ultimately good.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, extremely smooth and creamy. Low but not too low carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Great.
Overall: Good barrel aged oddity. The flavors work well together, but don't really sing (bit of a cliche; think I've written that exact sentence in previous reviews). Price not bad at all for a barrel aged strong ale ($11~ I got it for... though at the same time, I would like more barrel influence in the flavor; you get what you pay for this time).
Vertical Jewbelation was better, but this is a worthy beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2012 02:46:37 | More by Pahn
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4.01/5 rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This poured a dark cranberry red to almost brown that gave it a purplish hue in the bar. The head was a tightly knit cap of dense brownish foam.
The aroma is tart, a tad sour and full of balsamic funk. A good amount of sour cherry can be had along with some barrel wood.
The flavor is well matched between barrel and sour. The taste is tangy and tart with cherry, vinegar and sour. The barrel manifests itself in a bit of oak and a touch of vanilla for sweetness. This taste profile compliments the sour cherry very well.
The feel is a bit puckering but not over done and adds to the personality of this ale.
This is listed as a strong ale but this certainly could mask for a well done European Flanders, Oud Bruen or any other sour style ale.
Serving type: on-tap
06-29-2014 13:22:39 | More by KYGunner
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.