He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by SMortiL987:
4.3/5 rDev +16.8%
A - Opaque black, tan-brown head which persisted until about half way through. Very stout like.
S - Prunes, & brown sugar or apparent. A little alcohol present.
T - Overt sweetness. I only get a touch of roast for how dark it is. Hops aren't overly present either. Citrus sourness is apparent, very grapefruit like sourness.
M - Thick mouthfeel, light carbonation. Perceived sweetness sticks around, not overly dry. Perceived slickness on the tongue, but can't tell if that's from sweetness or diacetyl.
O - Very unique beers. It made me say "wow" out loud upon the first sip. So much going on with this beer I don't know where to start. A sour, sweet, touch bitter and alcohol experience. Check it out if you can, it's very unique. Very big beer without being overly boozy. I was content with half a pint pour.
05-25-2012 18:05:31 | More by SMortiL987
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3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
I asked my beer store guy what was new and different, and he recommended the Funky Jewbelation. He was correct on both. It's certainly new (Batch 001/999 cases, bottled March 2012), and a barrel-aged blend of 6 different beers is certainly a notable effort. I value the creativity; and, echoing what an earlier reviewer stated, the price to value ratio was right on. So, it was really a no-brainer.
Immediately, the question which needed to be answered is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? Personally, I think the answer is "no." That's not to say this isn't a noteworthy effort and a beer worth trying. To that, I'd say "yes" on both counts. I just think it fell short a little bit.
It poured reddish brown with an amazing creamy white head, that quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing.
The smell was very good: caramel, bread, brown sugar, mild bourbon.
The taste and mouthfeel was syrupy and a bit sweet. It was a little cloying, as somehow the flavors weren't quite working together.
Overall, I ended up sitting it down and forgetting about it, as I watched the NCAA Basketball Championship game. But, when I went back to it, it still tasted fine at room temp, which a good strong ale should. So, there you go.
It reminded me mostly of Thomas Hardy's Ale, if your tastes run that way.
04-04-2012 18:47:23 | More by DWolf
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
Big thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside Jewbelation 15 and Genesis 15:15.
The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit, with some toffee and rye whiskey notes mixed in as well. The flavor is quite a bit more complex. I get the same rye notes from the aroma, but there is also a lot of cherry and raisin notes, as well as a lot of character from the barrels. I get some oak, maple and vanilla. There is also a hint of alcohol, but it is more well hidden than in a lot of He'Brew beers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Of the three beers drank in the flight, this one was my favorite.
06-16-2012 15:48:18 | More by Mora2000
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Batch/Cases No. 001/999. Bottling date 3/6/2012.
Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with no other color. Moderate amount of bubbles and a decent two fingers of tan head that slowly fades into a thin layer. Lacing is moderate on the glass.
Smell: A pretty interesting smell. The first thing that stands out is a somewhat sour dark cherry presence like a wild ale. Big hints of rye and a little bourbon with vanilla and oak. Dark roasted caramel malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Also some hints of sugar, dark prunes and figs along with the cherries. Crazy but smells good.
Taste: Tastes just as complex and crazy as it smells. Big dark fruit taste with sour cherries, fig, and prunes. A good amount of rye and some bourbon with hints of vanilla and oak. Dark malts with hints of caramel, chocolate, and a little coffee. Also some brown sugar and molasses. With six different beers things are starting to get a bit jumbled. But this does taste good and is pretty drinkable.
Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Syrupy and chewy but smooth enough so it goes down fairly easy.
Overall: With this many flavors competing you would expect a mess, and to an extent this kind of is. But this is balanced and smooth enough to be an enjoyable beer. The dark fruit flavors are pretty good. This is like a combination of a dark Belgian ale and American Wild ale, and barrel aged.
04-08-2012 06:08:10 | More by MattyG85
4/5 rDev +8.7%
A dark cola like pour, good head formation, not the greatest in terms of retention or lacing though. The aroma was interesting, reminiscient of Firestone XV, but with some cinnamon and more dark fruit going for it.
Taste, similar again to Firestone XV, had a nice sweetness going for it, a body and consistency that was more barleywine or old ale than it was imperial stout, despite the color. I thought more pomegranite and cinammon (I keep mentioning cinnamon, its not like it was oppressive, or even large, just the right amount). The barrel addition to the flavor profile is mild, but enjoyable. Definitely not getting any charre barrel remnants on this one, leans more towards the sweeter non charred whiskey barrels I would think. Alcohol relatively well disguised. More often than not, dark fruit notes don't sit well with me in a beer like this, they make it all 'quad' like, but thankfully, there's no yeast like quad notes, nor does the beer come off as dark fruit bitter, it just truly lends a small pomegranite like sweetness to the beer. Brown, black, even a little chocolate malt in short order. Some mild citrus notes, similar to the inclusion of double jack or wookie jack in a FFW blend, probably from the Rye IPA they use, here, blended in just the right amount.
I was pretty impressed with this. Sampled with greenkrusty101, who bought this for me about 6 months ago, finally put it down after a growler of Ephraim while watching Season 1 of Trailer Park Boys at the new house.
10-29-2012 16:14:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
Batch 001, Bottled 3/6/2012
Poured into a tulip glass deep black with thin tan head.
The nose has strong bourbon scent that is over powering sweet malted barley scents.
The taste is just odd . . . nothing that I can put my finger on other than bourbon and whisky. It tastes just the way it probably should, a mixture of strong beers.
Mouthfeel is dry and low in carbontation.
Overall, this sounded like a good idea on paper . . . but . . .
12-31-2012 00:21:24 | More by whoneeds8
4/5 rDev +8.7%
(Served in a snifter)
Batch 001 bottled 13/6/12
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a tan creamy head that last for a good bit.
S- The earthy wet wood aroma has a soft Flanders red cherry ester note to it with some tartness in the finish.
T- The nice tartness is followed by a red wine character with some caramel and smoke with some walnut hints to it. The sweetness of the finish has bourbon and chocolate malt coming through and lingering for a bit.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has an alcohol heat and a soft carbonation in the finish.
O- This beer has some good layers and it is interesting how the sour and oak mix well with red wine and Flanders yeast characteristics with softer bourbon notes. It gets a bit too thick and syrupy for me as it warms but it was interesting to drink along the way.
05-15-2013 20:30:32 | More by rhoadsrage
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured a very dark color with a little bit of a thin, off-white head that dissipated quickly. Scent is sweet malt, slight liquor and a hint of soy sauce. Flavor is incredibly sweet malt, hints of chocolate underneath, some slight raisin and sour notes and a bit of woody and liquor flavors from the barrel aging. Mouthfeel is sticky, with low carbonation. It sips pretty, well, but it is almost too sweet, syrup like in most regards. A nice experiment, but it could do with some lowering of the sweetness and a little more roasted flavors and hop character.
03-24-2013 06:06:24 | More by Auraan
4.4/5 rDev +19.6%
A thick dark brown that's not quite motor oil thick or dark, this beer grows a brown head up to about a finger high. Retention is good, as the head doesn't fade much. Lacing is left in patches to the middle of the glass and a little beyond.
There's lots of complexity in the aroma. A little bit balsamic with caramel sweetness, some rye spiciness and mildly earthy notes, and some dark fruits, it foretells the complexity and depth that will be found in the flavor. Alcohol is well masked.
The flavor opens up even more, and it's such a good mix of a little tart, a little sour, a little sweet, and full of flavor with a great display of skill being shown in the masking of overly alcoholic notes between the high ABV and the whiskey and bourbon barrels. The earthiness and gentle spicy note are just enough underneath, as I imagine it's just what's pulled from those rye whiskey barrels. Delicious.
This is a big-bodied, robust, and smooth beer. A strong ale it is, but it doesn't overwhelm anymore in the feel than in the smell or taste. Even a little crisp, it brings a nice bit of dryness into the finish.
This beer and its overall reviews make me wish more BAs would rather have depth in their beer than just being overpowered by it.
05-12-2013 22:37:26 | More by Brenden
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
650ml bottle. After just having watched the George Clinton segment on the latest Daily Show, will this be definitely 2 Funky 2 Fail?
This beer pours a very, very dark cola brown colour, bordering on black, but betrayed by the slight highlights on all exposed edges, with two chubby fingers of foamy, creamy mocha head, which leaves some eroding ice shelf lace around the glass as it fritters away.
It smells of astringent barrel wood, sour cherries, acidic black fruit, a bit of boozy vanilla, and an understated caramel malt. The taste is much, much sweeter than initially let on - huge caramel, vanilla, and clammy alcohol esters, mushy, earthy, somewhat tart dark fruit, caramel borne of malt, caramel and vanilla borne of oak, and some bludgeoned musty, earthy, and leafy hops.
The carbonation is very mild, the body an easy chip shot to fullness of weight, and smooth, but kind of cloyingly so. It finishes still sweet and malty, but with a decent parrying from various edgy sources - wood fibre, booze singe, and fruit sourness.
I'm not getting a lot of 'ryeness' in the admittedly big and complex barrel effects in this offering; despite the proclaimed 3:1 rye/bourbon blend, it's the bourbon that stands out - all caramel, vanilla, and alcohol, to wade into war with the mega fruity malt. Nice of them to invite me to this little conflagration, but a glass of this is about all my palate can take - which is not meant as a reflection on the overall achievement of flavour, ado, and hubris so well jam-packed into this bomber.
05-05-2012 22:40:55 | More by biboergosum
3.2/5 rDev -13%
I really wanted to like this beer.
I thought Vertical Jewbelation was fantastic and thought Genesis 15:15 was World Class. When I saw this was another Barrel product from HeBrew it was a no-brainer pulling the trigger for $12.99.
Funky I found to be a bit too sweet. The dark fruits were past vinous...into straight Welch's Grape juice territory, and I'm not a big fan of grapejuice. The stickiness from the barrel was apparent but slim to no barrel made itself known in the taste. Where's the Rye Whiskey and Bourbon the bottle promises?
Not sure what else to say other than I'm glad I only picked up one of these.
07-22-2012 20:34:10 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
Pours a gorgeous mocha head, fluffy and thick, lasting a long while...it sits on top of a deep, deep, deep brown that might as well be called "black."
Very woody nose, and musty with whiskey/bourbon, while the dark fruits (fig, raisin, grape) shine through, as does a bit of toffee/burnt sugar.
Completely complex, unusual and truly wild flavor, which would be what you get when blending six already complex ales and then again in a couple different barrels (whiskey, bourbon). The whiskey/bourbon gives a bit of a boozy slant, but it's actually more subtle than expected and the juicier, dark fruit and heavily caramelized flavor come out as strongly as they should. Bit of a vibe of a sour, although I only really get Brett if I try. If it's used (I didn't do the research), it's taking a back seat to all these other crazy elements. Yay for beer blending, I'm all for it!
This feels AMAZING. Super thick but not gross; rounded, creamy, with a zip thanks to ample carbonation. Luscious, silky, superbly velvety. Pretty much perfect in this department.
No real surprise that this thing feels so insanely good. I've found that to be one of the reasons I continue to buy every Jewbelation this brewer releases. So, a completely sumptuous textural experience, and the rest is pretty damn great too!
04-27-2012 18:12:29 | More by Metalmonk
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.