He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 15
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
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Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Pahn on 03-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of 6 ales aged in 73% rye whiskey and 27% bourbon barrels. The blend consists of He'Brew Jewbelation 15, Vintage Jewbelation, Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA, He'Brew Origin, Reunion Ale '11, & He'Brew Messiah.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I shared at jmgrub’s tasting.

Batch # 001. Bottled 3/6/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, sour and tart fruit, and some slight funky aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a fruity and funky finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has an interesting blend of He’Brew beers.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of some black cherry and toffee, caramel and sweet malt.

T - Malty and sweet with toffee and caramel flavors. Some sour cherry is present and very mild.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is pretty good. I think letting it sit for a few months helped.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $10.49 at Lucky's in Woodstock, Georgia.

Bottling Date: 2/18/2013.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall, surging, medium tan head. While it does quickly settle, it doesn't quite evaporate on you.

Smell: Sweetish, malty with varied, churning notes of roasted barley, caramel, baker's chocolate, toasted bread crusts, and nuts all cut by a jutting tartish fruitiness that, when co-mingled with the sweetish tones, has a quality like a good quality balsamic vinegar. I'm on-board with this one.

Taste: Roast, caramel, and some noted nuttiness with a fair degree of sweetness, but, there's a very quick jolt (just like in the nose, BANG, it's there) of tart fruitiness akin to a gulp of sangria. Interspersed with an agreeable bourbon barrel quality. A little earthiness underneath it all, with a low tone of black pepper. A little late-arriving vanilla and rye. Takes on the vinegary quality on the back half and into the semi-sweet, smooth, agreeably warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A pleasing beer and another quality release from the good folks at Shmaltz.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Well, my homeboychick J.R. wussed out on our erstwhile continuation of our quest through the Jewbelation series, so VDubb's gonna haveta fill in for this final step (as of now, anyway). This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, whiskey barrel, dark fruits, and a light haze of raspberry. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger sense of bourbon and a bit more dark fruits (richer this time). The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a kinda odd beer, but one that generally pleases.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their Jewbelation beer aged with Rye whisky and bourbon barrels, what could go wrong?!

Pours darker mocha colored almost 1 finger head, lots of big bubbles scattered in the creamy fluffy head that pop quickly making it fade in a strange shape, but leaves decent lacing on the sides as it does fade. The beer itself hides the light, it gives the slightest aura of light trying to get through with a super dark murky brown-black color on the thin parts, but other wise the light hides inside the almost pitch black beer.

Nose wafts rye whisky, wow rye! Barrel aromas really come through as well, woody esters like the softened part of water soaked wood, barrel char, actually quite a bit of burnt acidic almost acrid barrel aromas, like they scraped the barrel and dropped the burnt shavings into the beer. Plenty of rye as well, spicy rye whisky that does give the aroma like it was soaked into barrel first, not straight from the bottle. Then beer, plenty of caramel and molasses, bit of dark fruit, vanilla, hint of cocoa, etc. Then throughout all that is a bit of a tangy aroma, like it may have a sour funk to it, but that could be the barrel and rye additions getting to my brain.

Taste comes on so complex my tongue doesn't know where to begin. No funky wild tangy flavors, so that's a good start. Lets start with the sweetness and malts. Quite sweet at first, syrupy thick almost molasses like, and speaking of which, some molasses flavors, blended well with caramel, toffee, all that dipped in a bit of cocoa. That seems to bring a bit of a fruitiness with it as well, hints of fig, black cherry, a tart cherry, and possibly some other dark ripe berry flavor. Next let's move to the barrel flavors, again mostly rye. A spicy rye component makes itself known, again soaked through saw dust like barrel, soft mushy water logged wood flavor, which also brings out a bit of vanilla, and hint of bourbon. The char comes in again as well, slightly tangy acrid burnt barrel scratch, a bit too much char on the barrel at least. other malts bring some cocoa, a bit of roast, and actually a bit of roasted coffee, a slight mocha java like flavor. last and actually fairly least is the hops, there are a bit of spicy earthy hops there, but fairly light in the background, and I had to find them so much that I'm not sure if my mind on beer is thinking this out too much, with a decent but lighter bitterness. Finish is sticky and syrupy, mouth coating, just a bit of warming booze, lingering roast, cocoa, molasses, and plenty of rye, barrel, and caramel even.

Mouth is rich and full bodied, complex and thick, syrupy, with lower but decent carb for what it is, just a bit of warming booze towards the end.

Overall pretty good, not quite as good as most of the other Jewbelation series beers, but decent nonetheless. Running out of room for characters, so quick summary, nice complex malts, hint of decent hops, nice rye, bit too tangy and acidic with too much burnt charred barrel and acrid char, and bit too soft woody taste, but overall super complex, rich, and decently drinkable all things considered. Would drink again.

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in the big chalice with a modest head. Reasonable carbonation but the slick mouthfeel and sugar load make it more syrupy. Interesting nose of nuts and caramel with that whiff of acidity.

There is definitely something a little funky about this stuff. There is a buttery but some kind of slight sour along with it. Tangy flavors, but the sweetness is unrelenting. Not as boozy as you might expect. More of a fruit and candy flavor. Fig preserves, but some bitterness as in thick cut orange marmalade. Makes me think of Malta with cheap whiskey added.

Not what you'd hope for in a barrel-aged beer, but more of a sweet liqueur beer. Truly weird. Bought the 22 oz bottle at Liticker's in San Diego.

Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"Schmaltz barrel aged release #8." 9.4% ABV. "Batch/Cases No. 02/1492." "Bottling date 2/18/2013." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with flashily unappealing label and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop for $12.99 USD and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of nice khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a nice smooth full consistency. Nice soft complexion. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good for the ABV - about 6-8 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. Appears adequately carbonated. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Rye whiskey dominates the aroma. There's plenty of booze-laden wood as well as rye's trademark spiciness. I pick up vanilla/vanillicin, dark malts, amber malts, pale malts, milky creamy notes, and a kiss of lactose. It's a somewhat messy aroma, but an appealing one. Moderate in strength.

No yeast character is detectable.

T: Spicy rye whiskey, smacky lactic brettanomyces notes, dark malts, pale malts, amber malts, floral hops, and heavy wood tones. It's complex, sure, but boy is it a mess. There's no careful balance or subtlety here at all. The funkiness is nice, but it's a bit too aggressive and doesn't suit the rest of the flavour profile. It's not real nuanced or intricate - just a bunch of random crap shoved together. I can't say I'm a big fan. Has a definite acidity along with some unbecoming balsamic vinegar notes. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I'm not sure what they were going for with this, apart from the profits implicit in blending already brewed beers and slapping a new label on the bottle.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too acidic. Okay body and thickness. Okay creaminess. Fairly filling. Presence on the palate is mediocre. The texture doesn't suit the taste all that well. Middling execution.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent. There is some tolerable alcohol warmth.

Dr: I'm not really having this one. Feels like a blatant bid for more profit by blending beers haphazardly. I don't see any intent or care behind this blend. It just seems like a "throw it in barrels, market it with a flashy label, and call it good" approach to brewing. Just the kind of schlock that turns me off to Schmaltz. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners. A chaotic mess of a beer.

Low C

Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, beer is brown with a thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is balsamicy and sweet, like caramel and vinegar, smells good.

Beer is medium in body, a little heavy but nice, it is sweet and balsamic notes, grapes and a nice finish. It was far better than I expected. Nice. Probably not a repeat but I'm glad I had it.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; Batch 1, bottled on 3/6/2012. Pours nearly pitch black; hazy very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, date, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, chocolate, rye, bourbon, vanilla, oak, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity, malty, and barrel notes. Taste of raisin, fig, date, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, dark bread, chocolate, rye, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light herbal spiciness, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, rye, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice flavor complexity and balance of fruity, malty, and barrel notes; barrel strength is just enough without being overpowering; with some slight cloying sweetness present after the finish, but not bad at all. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel blended strong ale! Great balance and complexity of fruit, malt, and barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of billab914
2.29/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown, almost black in color. A thin, sticky head was scattered across the top of the beer.

In the aroma the first thing I notice is the sour cherry flavors. From what I read I didn't think "Funky" was supposed to mean it was an American Wild, but that's definitely what I'm getting out of it. Behind the sour cherries I get a sweeter, sugary malitness. Not nearly enough of the barrel character comes through for me but it's definitely sweet and funky.

The taste follows with more of a tart cherry flavor showing up throughout. Again, it's also very sweet and sugary but the barrel flavors do show up just a little in the finish. It's definitely overly sweet and sugary and the sour, tart cherry flavor just dominated.

The mouthfeel feels syrupy while carbonation is a little above average. Overall, it wasn't a good beer and was a waste of $12. I'd put money that it's infected and it will start to live up to the "Funky" name as time goes on. I didn't get much of the blended base beers or barrel aging to it, just a tart, funky, sub-par American wild profile.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 001/999 cases. Shmaltz Funky Jewbelation barrel aged release #6. Bottle 3/6/2012.

APPEARANCE: Dark brown, good clarity for what it is. Dense foamy head leaving tons of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Deep barrel elements, dry wood, bourbon soaked wood, smoke. Good character in the nose very inviting, the tannins seem to be seeping out.

TASTE: Chocolate, raisin, tart grape, dry oak, vanilla, earthy hop, wood. Starts sweet to tart, ending dry to earthy and tart. Interesting flavor, the barrel is very expressive. The soured element if you will is hard to ignore, yet is not over the top. Some tasters may not be ready for this extreme taste. Nice vanilla, chocolate, sherry, and berry fruit elements.

FEEL: Full bodied, slick on the palate, but also smooth. Mild carbonation. Pretty damn easy drinker though it is to be savored. Big taste as they say.

OVERALL: Once you wrap your palate around this, it is quite nice. Drinks like a barrel aged wonder, would be interested to see what this would do in deep space/another time.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got an 8oz pour at Mosaic in Astoria. Man, this is a big beer. Honestly, I think it could do with less blending. It's a rich beer, but not much can stand out. I couldn't even tell off the bat that this had whiskey barrel aging. It's sweet and almost a little juicy with dark fruit up front. The dark barley adds a slight roast and eventually a little barrel vanilla rolls in. Still, it'd be easy to mistake this for a massive brown ale. The hops are mild, the malts and dark and fruity, and the barrel character is very light.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this bottle from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley CA, and brought it back to Australia where I shared it with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a deep, thick, black, with a gorgeously dark head of chunky mocha-brown. Lacing is speckled but forms as the persistent chunky head moves around the glass. Body is thick and heavy, and leaves streaking streams of fine carbonation. All up, it's a pretty damn fine looking beer.

Nose is rich, sweet and deep, split by a pealing bright funk that lends acidity to the mix. Plenty of roast sweetness and a rounded barrel character to carry it through this, however, and it ends up more boozy, rich and sweet than funky or tart. Slight mineral characters round it off, always giving the suggestion that you're not fully aware of its full complexity. Lovely stuff.

Taste is deep and sweet, but again dogged by that persistent mild acidity that weaves its way amongst the barrel-aging, the mild roast astringency and the booziness, so you never really seem to see it out in the open. It leaves a smooth lemon-custard character: probably citric and biting, but also caught up with the sweetness and richness that surrounds it. It's an impressive beer.

Feel is pretty much perfect: smooth, clear and rich, providing just the right amount of weight for the flavours.

Overall, this is superb stuff. It blends all the oddities into a gorgeous, complex but coherent and balance whole. I think this is a step up even from the regular Jewbelations. Love it.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a dark rootbeer color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, and the beer smells as if it will be on the sweet side (something I confirmed after my first sip). Otherwise, I get some concord grape, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate in this beer and hint of bourbon on the nose. On the palate, this beer is just terrific. I toyed with giving it a score of 5 here, but the sweetness in this beer is a bit much. Otherwisee, I get an incredible combination of fruit cocktail, brown sugar, light caramel, a hint of citrus, chocolate and light booze. The flavor combination is exotic and complex in this rich beer, though needless to say, a little bit goes a long way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, sweet, somewhat citrusy finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but is not over done. The beer is not hot or tiring on the palate, despite the sweetness.

Pretty impressive stuff from Shmaltz brewing.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 from Brewforia for a damn pricey $14 ... Shmaltz is getting pretty damn proud of their brews ;-)

Poured into my thin tulip... dark tan head rises and drops pretty quickly but leaves behind very pretty lacing... the brew is dark.. looks like a porter.

Woody sour notes immediately make me think of Collage.. but sweeter, darker, and not quite as sour... plenty of wood and whiskey.. fruity like currants and/or sweet cherries.. a bit vinous and mildly acetic.

Flavor has Balsamic qualities that gel on the palate.. not really a bad thing.. just present. Vanilla and woody character is more than prevalent.. more sweet than sour, but I like it.. waves of malty complexities that are hard to harness... dark/chocolate.. hints of black malt..

Body is heavy... carbonation tries to make up for the deficiencies.... but ultimately fails.

I am sooo surprised I enjoyed this one as much as I did.. It should be a bit drier... that would help the barrel character shine and take away the sorta cloying sweetness.. but overall, this is a winner.

Still too expensive ;-)

4/4/4/3/4.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I shared at Tulune's Southside Saloon in Johnstown, PA

Batch # 001. Bottled 3/6/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, sour and tart fruit, and some punishing bourbon/whiskey aromas. Taste is powered by sweetness mixed with burbon and whisky....pretty much the same with a fruity and funky finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has an interesting blend of He’Brew beers.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch # 02/1492. Bottle date: 2/18/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Black with one finger of medium brown head.

S - A huge funk aroma and a big tartness are evident up front with some lighter oak and chocolate aromas hidden in the background.

T - The tartness and funk from the nose are much less evident but are still a big component of the palate. Oak, whiskey, char and roast with traces of dark fruit.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin light brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma of caramel and toasted malt, whiskey, oak, light chocolate and dark dried fruit. A lot going on here. Flavor is dark and dried fruit, cherry juice with a caramel malt in the background, finishing with light, slightly sour fruit, vanilla, whiskey and oak. Nice complexity and the lgiht sour element is just enough to add interest to the other components. Moderate body with light creaminess. An unusual and fun to drink strong ale that I wouldn't mind seeing again. From the great 2012 gift pack.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle of this for $7.99 marked down from 12.99. Into a tulip.

A - Very deep dark brown with a 1/2 inch of mocha head that pulls back to just a layer of head.
S - Smells of pure funk, tons of brett with sour apple and vinegar goodness. Has some oaky barrel character and some fruity notes but mostly sour notes.
T - Well it's not overly sweet like some people note but not overly sour or overwhelming. I actually enjoy it mostly funky sour like some apple vinegar tones with some sour cherry twang, and plums with some oak finish.
M - For such a high ABV it drinks medium bodied with a constant sour twang.

Overall I was impressed with this one not so much to buy again but it was a good one off. Not too sour or sweet or even dry it drank rather good.

Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black, nearly opaque with a large tan head the rises to over two fingers. The tightly packed head gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout.
S: Dark fruits of tart cherries and plums. Very sweet in the nose with sweet milk chocolate.
T: Dark fruits again with that slightly tart cherries covered in chocolate. Which I enjoy, but then the over barring sweetness just takes over. Seems over attenuated.
M/D: A full and sticky body. Low on the carbonation. A slow sipper for sure. The alcohol packs a punch, and the sweetness is a bit much.

Like I said, just overly sweet. Other than that, very enjoyable. I am thinking some age will mellow this out.

Photo of Brenden
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.