He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by thecheapies:
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Picked up this bottle a good three weeks ago or more, I've been meaning to try it. Also, meant to pick up another bottle to play with, but as it stands, I'm drinking this as the basis of purchasing another.
Funky Jewbelation. A crazy whiskey barrel-aged blend of a hodgepodge of beers in the He'Brew lineup. Their 'messes' of beers haven't turned out to be messes. So, despite reading a few prior reviews, I have much hope.
Pours a deep brown-black that is very dark. Little bit of head of a tan color. Looks very typical for an American Strong Ale. 4.0
What's with this smell!? Almost as if this bottle is already infected, but that can't be. At least not for such a new release. I feel like it's highly improbably. Smells a lot like Spike & Jerome's Rye Barleywine from Switzerland, but a tad sweeter. Heavy rye influence from the barrel aging with a tart/flat note. The malts aren't huge in the nose, and there are no traceable hops. Just some dark fruit sweetness, some woody tartness, and the heavy dose of rye in grain-form and not so much in whiskey-form. At least, not in the aroma. 3.5
Okay, woah! I'm wrong. I can taste the confluence of a million flavors from all of these different aged and blended beers. Works as a strong ale. The whiskey is here now, and very comforting. I like the heavy dose of rye whiskey barrel aging versus bourbon. A little more interesting that way, and without the sweetness. The malts are supplying enough of that right now, anyways. I can taste Origin in here, that would be the pomegranate beer. The Jewbelations are in front. Never had Messiah to know, but Lenny's is hiding behind the whole picture somewhere. This is a burly beer with big flavors, but few typical roasted malt qualities that a dark beer like this would warrant. There's the big sweetness, and some woody bitterness that I'm attributing to the different barrels in the aging process. Fruity characters come off as candied fruits like prunes, dried dates, and raisins, but slightly sour, if that makes any sense. There's a nice dark vanilla outlining everything. The whiskey barrels are perfectly colliding with the other flavors, bouncing around a bit and getting slightly lost. They're not huge, as it would not work for this beer. I don't know, I was certainly skeptical after smelling it, but this is dee-lish after all. Reminds me a bit of Bell's Batch 9000 aged in rye whiskey barrels, if there was such a thing. 4.5
The feel is kind of funny. It's rich enough to pull in a medium-heavy body, but it's not syrupy or anything. The booze is right where it should be, if not somewhat deceiving. The carbonation isn't much, but that's a plus for the style and the ABV. The overall drinkability suffers a bit from the stickiness, however. It's not a super-sweet tasting beer, but sticks a bit cloyingly. It's succulent and juicy and not overbearing, so those are all good things. 3.5
I had some difficulty in pinning taste elements down for this beer. It's a very interesting brew. For what composes it, I'm surprised that it's not a nightmare. It's a great cool night pick-me-up. If you love rye whiskey barrel aging, then this is worth the try. Either way, pick it up. Taste it. Do a little review. I think somewhere deep down inside of you, once the bottle is gone, you wish you could have this again. 4.0
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2012 04:06:08 | More by thecheapies
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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.