He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 485
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
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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 Brenden
4.39/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a small sweet to sour fruitiness and a licorice. In the taste, sweet alcohol, fruity white grape, plum, green apple, and licorice. A small bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry note of licorice and a small fruitiness in the aftertaste. A bit boozy, nice fruit, licorice, that lingers nicely.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottleneck label says Batch No. 001/999 and Bottling date 3/6/2012.

A- Pours a full-on opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that fails to retain long before it shrinks away to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a partial sheet of surface foam. Lacing barely hangs on long.

S- Intense burst of raisin, almond and pecan. Some sweetness in the context of molasses and syrup.

T- Heavy, deep booze bite in the front with a sweet start and a bitter finish. So, right off the bat, I'm getting the Jewbelation, Lenny's RIPA and Messiah nut brown. Loads of syrupy malt mesh with the alcohol and slam down on the palate. A lot of tastes going on at once but not necessarily complex enough to achieve much depth of flavor.

M- Sluggish and viscous with low carbonation fueling that sentiment. Syrup continues to be the word that pops up as the beer leaves plenty of residue behind on the tongue.

O- Definitely a sipper, and definitely an experiment. Just a bit too heavy and strong for the ABV and kind of all over the place in terms of flavor balance.

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently since the big Shmaltz beers have been very good to us. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife after realizing, for the 935th time, that people are generally assholes. I'm not sure why this is, but it's true. Yeesh.

Pour is...well, mine's a lot shorter than my wife's, if I ever committed that sin I'd get an earful! Dark brown enough to kiss up to light black. Surprisingly frothy for a big strong ale. Bourbon is hearty on the nose, buttressed with a sigh of underlying funk. Simple but nice.

Funky Jewbelation is one odd character. Up front there's bourbon, but it short-circuits in a hurry. Big, tart fruits, slight souring cherry, offset strangely by a big helping of sweetness that strays into cloying. The barrel vanishes & those fruits have serious staying power in the aftertaste. Kind of like herpes. Heavy beer.

Well, this is uncomfortable. Not a bad effort, but the tart makes the barrel almost disappear, yet at the same time manages to balance the jazz with sweetness that goes a bit over the top. This might balance out more with age. As is, pretty good beer that feeds into the Shmaltz shtick & is, at least, unique.

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Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Dark cola brown. Thin layer of off white. Pretty thick looking.

Aroma, pruny brown sugar, some earthy hops and woodiness. Light booze.

Taste, it is sweet. Brown sugar and molasses. There is some earthy wood, plum, sherry. Some nice chocolate later.
Didn't get much barrel, but I thought it was tasty.

Sticky, borderline cloyingly sweet medium body.
Definetely not as good as the others. Worth trying though and not terribly expensive.

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Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very, very dark colour. Almost black, with a hint of red the only colour to be seen. Head is darkish beige, large bubbles. Looks nice.

Bit of funk to the nose, but also dark roast and chocolatey sweetness. Burnt caramel, bit of organic barnyardy funk, and underripe plum as well. Touch of coconut. Very nice.

Taste is a little too sweet. Slight tart notes, giving apricot, fig jam and plum; touch of cocoa, and then finish is all fruity with slight funk - some mango, caramel and molasses. A bit sweet, but mostly just not enough roast. I think with more bitter roast, you'd have a really interesting beer here, whereas now it's just a bit off balance.

A bit thin, but quite fluid on the body. Not bad.

A bit too much light. Needs more dark. It's a little incoherent. Dark - seriously. I need you here. Why have you forsaken me?

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep deep deep brown, pretty much black, with only slight lighter hues around the edges. There is very little foam, and what does exist is a frothy mix of bubbles (large and small) along the edges of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is vinegar and cherries. There are subtle note hidden in there (chocolate and fig), but the main scents are the two main ones mentioned above.

T: Hmm. It's a mix of sweet and sour right from the get-go. Big sweet malt and soy right off the bat, the vinegar and cherries shine through next, and then back to sweet syrupy fig. The barrel treatments on this are a detriment. It's too funky, and too weird. Not a fan.

M: Full bodied beer. It's syrupy to start and lingers forever. I wish it didn't.

O: Not a fan of this beer at all. The sour funk and sweet barrel aging make this beer a wacky mis-match that I just can't accept. Usually I can choke down a bomber of something that I don't particularly like, but this is rough. I've never been let down by Shmaltz before... so this is a first.

No thanks!

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Photo of Rutager
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance. Pours deep brown, pretty much black with 1.5 fingers of tan head.

Smell. Sour cherries, bourbon and sweet chocolate with some tart dark berries and old wood. Interesting.

Taste. Dark berries and fruit, very light sourness, bourbon and caramel, with a little chocolate and barrel and a bit of woody funk. Really sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied with medium, smooth carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall. I like the intention of making something interesing, but this just isn't doing it for me. Way too sweet for this guy and a strange blend of flavours that didn't really go together well with that sweetness.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head. Sweet hoppy molasses nose. He taste is extremely sweet with raisin, prune, fig, molasses, herbal, floral, hoppy and malty. Hints of barrel notes. Smooth and full bodied. So much going on and such a unique taste, but overall a great trip.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Nick. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a very dark raisin brown with a thick light brown head that faded into a thin collar leaving wispy lace.
S: Tart cherries, dark fruits, lightly tart and dry tannins and a bit of roasted malt.
T: I get a hint of boozy alcohol, a light sourness, caramel, toffee, fruity cough syrup, prunes, bit of chocolate, woody and a leathery finish. Not as much barrel as I was expecting.
M: Greasy feeling, low carbonation, full body, with a few gritty tannins.
O: Kinda underwhelming. Good flavor but lacking.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 2/18/2013. Batch No. 2. Bottle neck label says "L’chaim sucka" so you know you are in for some fun. Pours deep dark brown with a dark kahki brown head. Smell is crazy. A combination of sour beer and chocolate, with something that reminds me if wine. Smells sweet with some citrus. Bit if the rye whiskey and oak on the nose, too. flavor is sweet up front with chocolate and lots of molasses. Fades into sweet black cherries and sour vinegar. Rye whiskey is present but it is not too boozy. Sweet lingering aftertaste on the palate. Like a slightly sour cherry cordial. Pretty heavy beer, with low-to-medium carbonation. Had no clue what to expect with this, but it actually turned out rather nicely. No single word to describe this. It is certainly funky. Share the bomber, just too much sweet for one.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1239th Review on BA
Bottle to Kuhnhenn Tulip

Purchased from El Cerrito Liquor for $11.99

App- A bit of a liquid chocolate pour with a bit of a liquor sheen to it. A huge three finger fast receding brown head with zero cling or lace.

Smell- Very sweet from the opening aromatics. Huge amount of licorice, fruits with bourbon, vanilla and creamy candy.

Taste- This was very sweet. Cloyingly so, but better as it warmed up. Started off as a sherry/port type of flavor then moved into the smooth dark cherry fruits and lastly only a little bit of bourbon. Didnt get much rye to it.

Mouth- A bit of a light medium with a creamy backend to it. A medium bubbly carbonation, with some very sweet dark fruits almost candy like and a little bit of bourbon.

Drink- All over the place on this one. Cherry, creamy, candy and very sweet. Was okay. Couldve been better. I think letting it sit for a year is a good idea.

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Photo of Holland
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice hazy brown with orange highlights and a decent half inch head with some retention, but not much.

S: earthy, sweet, some dark fruit, and bourbon. Not a lot of bourbon flavor. A bit bland.

T: again a bit bland and unimaginative. It's fine, the sweetness isn't cloying, and it's plenty complex. It's like they found a blend that was good enough and bottled it.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation. Smooth overall.

O: decent beer, but I never thought it was better than average. It's fine, but for $10 a bottle it's terrible. Might be a while before I pick up a Shmaltz beer again. I always thought it was cheesy so I avoided it.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, pretty much black. Head was a finger, medium brown in color. The aroma had some slightly sour, almost cherry like quality. Some barrel notes, but they're not hugely predominant. Some dark fruitiness, and some sweetness. The taste didn't really have that sourness, just a bit of a tingle on the tongue. Mostly a thick sweetness, dark fruits and some oakiness. Really hard to pick out any of the individual components that make this up, it's just kind of a clusterfuck, albeit not a bad one. The feel is decent, upper medium in body.

Interesting, and not bad, but one of my least favorite of the Jewbelations...

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Photo of Dave_Treat
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not sure where to start on this one. A lot of things going on, and not all of them go together.

Dark pour, no head.

Smell of chocolate and cherry and other tart fruit.

Taste starts out sweet, followed closely by the tart fruit, then the bitterness. not a good hop bitter, but something not quite right. Too many things going on.

Not a fan of this one.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a complex beer that opens up with time in the glass and shows both elements of a DIPA, a Barley Wine and a Belgian Dubbel. The barrel aging is apparent in both the nose and the vanilla notes in the finish. Sometimes the sweetness is a little too much but mostly this beer is in the zone. Extra aging might dry it out a bit but it is drinkable right now.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.
Try it.

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Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a huge bubbly light brown head. Head retention is excellent, doesn't fade at all for the first few minutes. After several minutes it finally settles down, leaving literally zero lacing, oddly enough. Never really fully fades though, leaving a 1/4" head at all times.

S: Strong bourbon elements. Molasses, caramel, toffee and vanilla. Loaded with dark fruits too.

T: Heavy bourbon and super sweet malt. The flavors compliment each other decently. Again, loads of molasses, caramel, toffee along with some brown sugar. Getting sweet fig and dates in there too. Some oaky vanilla in the aftertaste. Super sweet throughout, almost as bad as Jewbelation 15.

M: Super heavy and thick, feels like it should be 12-15%. Syrupy with low carbonation.

O: Another huge and heavy beer from Schmaltz (just had Jewbelation 15 the other night). This one is just a touch lighter but still super over-the-top sweet and heavy.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a number of these beers, as it has been on tap at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for some time now. I'm surprised to see it listed as an american strong because this beer is very funky and quite sour. ...and overall great.

Appearance is a dark brown with a lighter brown/tan head. Carbonation is adequate, not huge but not flat either.

Aroma is of the dark fruit, roasted malt and some of the sourness comes through on the nose.

Flavor has all of the same characteristics but also a very sour presence. Pretty well balanced if you're ok with sour as one of the elements.

A great beer from a great brewer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into V shaped tulip at pizza plant in buffalo ny. Nice deep ruby brown pour with lacing that doesn't go away at all. Great woody slightly funky and cherry aroma..really nice. Taste is dried fruit and cherry...caramel and raison notes with a bit of woody barrel flavor. Its a bit over sweet but stil palatable. Overall a nice strong slightly funky brew...lots of flavors with this.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning a few weeks back. Always impressed by He'Brew, so I thought I'd splurg on an expensive one.

From a bomber into a snifter
BA release #6
Bottled 6 March 2012
Batch 001
999 Cases
Six Ales with 73% in rye whisky and 27% in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, fizzy, tan head with decent retention. Bistre brown in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a good frothy cap. A ring and splotchy wisp remain but leave no lacing down the glass. Fizzy head hurt a bit here.

SMELL: Medium nose of bourbon, whisky, oak, light vanilla and milk chocolate notes. Some caramel, dark fruits and light brett cherries on the nose as well. Quite complex with lots of elements for sure, but it could be a little bigger for the style.

TASTE: This is much bolder and more flavorful than the nose had advertised, and is also much funkier than expected as well. Funky notes of sour brett cherries up front, with some dark fruits and whisky flavors into the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of whisky, oak, light milk chocolate, some caramel sweetness, bitter dark chocolate and sour, brett cherries. Quite complex and much bolder than the nsoe. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Just enough weight and very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Solid.

OVERALL: These guys always impress, and this beer is just another chapter in the story. The barrels, beers and brett really work well together. A creamy palate helped as well. A bolder nose would help bring this one way into the promise land, but regardless, this is a very complex and interesting beer that I was very happy with. Give it a chance if you can. Recommended.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.