He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +22.3%
A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like funky oak and tart apple, with rye bread and sweet caramel and toasted coconut.
T: It tasted like sweet sugary caramel and tart apple and funky oak, with toasted coconut and sour cherry and bitter dark chocolate. It had a clean sweet and tart aftertaste.
M: It was thick and chewy with moderate smooth carbonation. Great full body.
D: This was a great complex beer most similar to an Oud Bruin. The smell and taste were fantastic, and the body was perfect. The alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was amazingly easy to drink. This beer will probably age for a long time, but it was still delicious fresh. Recommended.
05-26-2012 19:57:06 | More by Pencible
4.5/5 rDev +22.3%
3rd night of Hanukkah 2012...
a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy tan head into a tulip glass that left a thick ring and sheet throughout. the body was dark black with some red tinting.
s - tart fruits come through first with a hint of bourbon.
t - bourbon, rye, big malty flavors.
m - very chewy and creamy.
o - loved this beer, really well blended. i am a huge fan of their jewbelation beers and this one was no exception.
12-12-2012 17:15:54 | More by GPHarris
4.48/5 rDev +21.7%
Dark brown with a substantial toasted beige head. Good lace and retention. Nifty Jew 'fro bottle art.
Smells like a sour version of those root beer barrel hard candies. Sour whiskey dark fruit.
Tastes like sour whiskey, root beer, and barrel-y dark fruit. Flavors are very complimentary and balanced. Velvety mouthfeel.
I like whiskey. I like root beer. I like whiskey and root beer in my beer.
05-30-2012 00:14:41 | More by donkeyrunner
4.48/5 rDev +21.7%
Happy to try this interesting beer.
Pours a dark ruby tinted brown that is very dark. There is a thin ring of light tan head. Tiny spots of lace.
The nose consists of cherry, dark fruit, butterscotch, vanilla, light oak, and just a td bit of rye spice.
The taste is a beast in the game. Cherry, caramel sweetness, rye spice, dark fruits, and a bit of vanilla.
The mouthfeel is full and thick as most of the Brews brews is. Creamy and rich, a bit gritty, sweet and beast.
Overall, another great turnout from the barrel program at Shmaltz. Rich and luxurious.
04-17-2012 06:48:20 | More by ChugginOil
4.43/5 rDev +20.4%
Bottled in March of 2012
A- Totally opaque black pour with a finger and a half creamy off white head. Lacing is pretty good for a barrel aged beer.
S- Right up front you get a boat load of sour mash from the whiskey barrels. Dark malts, brown sugar, vanilla, licorice, black strap and some grape juice and apple skins. There is some shoe leather, a touch a peat and a bit of oak and tobacco. It's pretty funky, and very complex. There truly is a lot going on in here.
T- Brown sugar and sour mash compete for supremacy. Grape juice with apple skins than it shifts to super sweet. Brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, figs, dates and plums. The barrel ageing is evident and it really helps meld everything together.
M- Medium to full bodied, wonderful chew to it, carbonation is low as expected and the finish is sticky on the lips.
O- The He'Brew brand and me at first was a awful relationship. My first experience with them was their brown ale and it was a drain pour. I've bought every special beer they've released and have been floored with the results of them all. I think they should maybe stick to speciality beers only lol.
07-16-2012 00:44:20 | More by korguy123
4.43/5 rDev +20.4%
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades away fairly slowly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is full of oak, vanilla, and Bourbon, with some rye, molasses, dark fruits, cherries, chocolate, and a bit of black licorice, hops, and booze.
T - Starts off with sweet dark fruits with some raisin and sour cherries, with some chocolate, vanilla, and some black licorice. Through the middle, the Bourbon and oak comes through with some rye, molasses, and some more sour cherries. The finish is a mix of sour cherries and dark fruits, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, rye, with some molasses, chocolate, and a bit of booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and syrupy with a warming, sweet, and lightly sour finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really interesting blend. Good bold and complex flavors with just the right amount of sourness.
08-30-2012 02:17:07 | More by ngeunit1
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
4.38/5 rDev +19%
On tap at Old Bay in New Brunswick, NJ. Served in a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red, almost black. About 1/2 finger of head on top. Not much lacing.
Smell: Sweet whiskey, some fruit, and a faint whiff of brett.
Taste: Sweet whiskey, vanilla, and molasses up front. Dominated by jammy fruit in the middle. And just enough tart sour in the end to balance things out. Very nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a long finish. Just a little bit of mouth pucker at the end.
Overall: Very good and very unique - a nice blend of barrel aging and sourness. Everything works really well together.
04-11-2014 21:15:53 | More by weltywm
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
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
A thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is wood, molasses, alcohol and chocolate.
Well, the taste is outstanding. It's amazing that this is a blend of six barrel aged ales and that it tastes this good. Where to begin? There are bits of every one of the six beers in this one beer and they all play together nicely.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
02-19-2013 00:12:09 | More by Fatehunter
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
Bottle date of 3/6/12 into New Belgium Globe.
A - About two fingers of nice tan head. Bubles are large and pop quickly, but because there are so many of them, they seem to stick a while. Body is dark. Maybe needs 3mm or less to see light through it. Some red to it.
S - Nice oud bruin style scent. Good dark fruit sour smells like cherries and prunes. Also a hint of chocolates.
T - This is prime time. One of those dark sours that is wonderful. The rye is very light. Mostly cherries, chocolate, and red wine. Very pleasant.
M - Moderate on the carb and body. Nothing special but where it needs to be.
O - I would compare this to the other great dark sours like Collage and Maroon Acidifie. The chocolate is a nice touch.
06-15-2012 01:51:56 | More by RuckusDu
4.31/5 rDev +17.1%
Poured from a 22oz. bomber.
Pours a deep, deep red almost rusty brown. Two fingers of tan head lingers for quite sometime, before disappating to a thing ring. Bubbles are small and tight.
Smells, well funky. Surprised by the sourness and until I tasted it it left me a bit confused. Smells of oak, cherries, jam, plumbs, vanilla, caramel and a bit of bakers chocolate.
Tastes straight jammy chocolate. So much dark fruit. I bought this on a whim and had no idea it was supposed to be sour. It is tart, but not overly so. On this warm night in NC it's very refreshing. Mouth feel is pretty much spot on for the taste.
Overall I really love this surprise. Will probably purchase another and sit on it for a few months to a year and compare notes.
04-09-2014 00:28:42 | More by th0m
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
4.26/5 rDev +15.8%
Pours dark dark some ruby color around the edges not a ton of head . Smell is complex dark fruits candy sweetness wood alcohol. Wow taste is different sour fruit some banana i expected the barrel aging to leave more mellow flavors but you can tell there are aspects of different beers here. Not too hot either I like this.
03-18-2013 01:40:19 | More by alk3kenny
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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