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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Funky JewbelationHe'Brew Funky Jewbelation

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.49%


Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Pahn on 03-30-2012)
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barczar

Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with amber highlights and a solid two inch mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly into a half inch layer of foam, leaving spotty lacing.

Dark cherries and plums dominate the initial aroma, with rye, hints of chocolate, and today malt rounding out the profile. There's some ethanol notes that are offputting.

Flavor is far sweeter than anticipated, almost cloyingly so. Cola, sherry, and lightly roasted malt are at the forefront, accompanied by raisins, dark cherries, and booze. Toffee and rye emerge as it warms, along with perfumey hops. There's a complex vinous character.

Body is syrupy, with minimal carbonation. There's significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, a bit cloying. Interesting sherry qualities, and good dark fruit esters, but the sweetness detracts from the experience. Alcohol content is also not as inconspicuous as it could be. It has some great qualities, but unfortunately also has some pretty significant negative ones. To me, the positives are enough to redeem the brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 06:07:13 | More by barczar
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 19:02:23 | More by david18
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

batch 001

poured a dark brown, 2 fingers of head which dissipated into a ring (1/8" thick) leaving no lacing behind. smells of bourbon, chocolate, hint of dark fruits. this beer is definitely all over the place.. starts off with a roasty chocolatey flavor, moves on to a funky/sort of sour stout feel, pulls off of that into a tart berry flavor (maybe their pomegranate ale), then into a bourbon profile.. medium body with low carbonation, finishes very sweet. overall, this isn't a bad beer.. but it's just a little too over the top to be worth seeking out again. like i said, it's all over the place flavor-wise, but i kind of expected that. for what it is though, it's not bad at all and worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:36:41 | More by facundoCNB
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pour was very unusual in the coloration, which appeared orange brown and translucent during the poring, but in the glass, it looked very deep red, bordering on black. The head was about two fingers thick at first, and then dissipated down to under one finger thick. The smell of the beer was very strong, and was wafting away from the glass without the need to bring it to the nose. There was strong oak barrel smell, along with the brett, which probably lurked in the nooks and crannies of the same. The taste was keeping up with the funky theme, with sour highly aged taste reminiscent of a Flanders Red. This is an intentional effect, as the aging process involved in this beer and the Belgian style is very similar. When other beers say funky, they usually add a bit of Brett character and call it a day. This one goes for the full "funk you" treatment. I love the resulting creation. The ABV is listed at 9.5%, but it is not evident at all, so make sure you be careful when sampling this. Beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 05:17:33 | More by rajendra82
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DovaliHops

California

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2. Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head that goes down slowly. Scent is very interesting. Somewhat tannic notes with some dark chocolate and brandy aromas. Sweet vanilla and coconut with dark malt and oak. Subtle cherry and plums...other dark fruits as well. Smells like this one is going to taste pretty sweet...I'm hoping it's not overwhelmingly sweet. Taste is...extremely sweet. Almost coming close to Dark Lord-sweet. I really wish this beer would have tasted just like it smelled. There is some cloying sweetness and soy sauce flavors here, very similar to Dark Lord. A hint of tartness, I'm assuming from the barrel aged Origin in this blend. That slight tartness is the only thing saving this beer, making it seem more complex and balancing out that intense sweetness. Brandy and whiskey flavors, but not very well-balanced. Drinkability is fair, as this one is too sweet. Small doses. Mouthfeel is a tad thin...could use a little more body and creaminess. Overall, not a bad beer at all...in fact, this one will be highly recommended by me. It is unique and delicious in very small doses. Too sweet to drink a pint or 22oz of.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 05:04:45 | More by DovaliHops
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shand

Florida

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's time to unleash the funk! Batch 1. The two batches should really get separate listings...

Funky Jewbelation pours a very deep brown with a nice cap of head. The aroma is - honestly - not what I expected. The Funky might be more than in name, and I don't know where the fruit could come from except for the Oirigin in the mix, but I get a bit of a tart fruit peeking over the rye barrels. I was expecting pure sugar sweetness from reviews I remember reading earlier, but this smells very nice. The taste brings some of the fruit sweetness I expected into play for sure, with a huge sweet malt along with a pronounced nuttiness that hits the backend with the strongest barrel component the beer has to offer. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy - overly thick for the strong fruit component. Overall, Funky Jewbelation is a tasty and complex barrel-aged blend that doesn't quite strike cohesiveness. Drink it cooler, the temperature rising just brings out more sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 02:46:11 | More by shand
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beergoot

Colorado

1.8/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Batch No. 2/Case 1492; bottling date: 02/18/2013

The beer poured a dark brown body with a thick bubbled, smallish head; head quickly disappeared and looks flat. Spicy, estery, and phenolic nose; plums, raspberries, and dates; boozy. Strong sour and tart flavors; grapefruit. Medium bodied and coarse mouthfeel.

God knows what the brewery intended with this, but this one is headed for the drain. There's overkill with the barrel aging (and nothing remotely resembling bourbon or rye, more like a sherry or red wine) and the various beer styles just don't merge well. There's no overtly discernible malt or hop character. The overall taste is like wine turning to vinegar. Lousy and forgettable although it may pass for a fair wild or Flanders sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:11:44 | More by beergoot
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:50:19 | More by Immortale25
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

1.8/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

12 oz.

Pours jet black, tan film for a head.

Smells of whiskey, molasses, cinnamon, figs, caramel, coca cola and nutmeg.

Tastes like grapes, bourbon, oak, soy sauce, cranberries, cinnamon, molasses, chocolate, lemon juice and orange peel.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

I really want to like this beer and have had and liked several of the component beers that went into this ale blend, but this is awful. Cloyingly sweet and nauseating. The only beer I've ever had that I've had trouble getting down without gagging. I see from the other reviews that I am in the minority here. Maybe I just got a bad one? The bottling date says March 6, 2012, so maybe it just aged poorly. Batch 001 of Case 999. Whatever the cause, this is pretty terrible.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 21:12:28 | More by Cylinsier
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rangerred

Tennessee

1.98/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours a completely opaque dark brown with a tiny head that quickly dissipates

Aroma of dark fruits and a little bit of pine. I don't really pick up too much of the bourbon/whiskey aging.

The flavor is immensely sweet right off the bat. Some roasted malt, cough syrup, dark fruit and some tartness. A tiny bit of bourbon but not much. Alcohol is detectable through the nose. Mouthfeel is very heavy and sticky.

Overall, a really bad beer in my opinion. Like drinking overly sweet cough syrup. I really could only drink a couple ounces of this. Above and beyond cloying. There is just way too much going on in this beer and it is beyond sweet. I was really expecting a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 00:48:33 | More by rangerred
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque molasses brown with a thin cinnamon head.

Overwhelming scent of brown sugar, molasses, and cola.

Holy shit, it tastes like Dr. Pepper if it were a beer. Prunes, brown sugar, and a little blackstrap molasses.

Mouthfeel is sticky and cloyingly sweet.

With all the different beers and barrel aging going on here, it doesn't have the depth I was expecting. It was good, but all their other Jewbelations are much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:28:42 | More by Vonerichs
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DCon

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the East Nashville Beer Festival in East Nashville, TN. Tapped from the "Bottle" handle w/ Funky Jewbelation branded into my 8oz Yazoo Festival Glass.

Aroma- Tons of booze and strong ale characteristics. Malt forward and has an interesting funk hanging in the background. Mellow berries also shoot out on the nose. Very nice!

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger, dark brown head that has good retention. Has a opaque body and definitely brown. Leaves thick lacing behind that coats the glass.

Flavor- Malt strong, tons of berries and fruit character, and then has a good amount of booze once again. Light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied while also being thin, Light Carbonation, and has a boozy finish.

Overall Impression- A VERY interesting one by Shmaltz. I've had the Jewbelation before so decided to hit this one first on this special day. Just like the brand. A funky strong ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 16:45:12 | More by DCon
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rustico Ballston $4 for 4oz

A: A very dark black pour with a slightly light brown head. A nice size, the head laces very nicely but could last a bit longer. 4.5

S: The aroma is nicely tart and surprisingly not dominated by bourbon or rye. Booze and sour, smells inviting. 4.5

T: The taste is really interesting. Built upon what seems to be a base of dark chocolate and booze. The rye and bourbon are much more prominent here. The sweet vanilla and aftertases of sour tartness really blend beautifully. The rye and bourbon add to the taste, which I like to see. A very well put together beer 5

MF: The body is heavy and velvety smooth on the palate. The booze is not offensive at all. Very drinkable 4.5

O: This is wonderful, hope the bottle is just as good. I absolutely recommend you grab this. Every beer in this series has been well above average. A new take on sour beers in my experience. 5

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 02:24:36 | More by russwbeck
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sierra Grille...kind of a mystery beer to me, a mix of various Jewbelation beers that has been funkified I believe?

Pours into a snifter a very dark brownish red, a nice off-white head retains pretty well, settles as a thick cap leaving good lace.

A good smell with balance between dark fruits, caramel, funkiness.

Lots of dark fruit/raisin up-front, caramel+nutty malts, molasses, quite a bit of sweetness but balanced pretty well. There is some light funk/brettiness there but it's toned down from the nose. Some earthy hop, slight booze.

Solid mouthfeel, a bit of a velvety feel, a little booze but not bad for almost 10%.

An interesting beer, I've never had any of the Jewbelation series or any Shmaltz beer for that matter so I'm not sure how well any of the elements of this blend were integrated. Certainly wouldn't mind trying it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 13:46:51 | More by Chico1985
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KajII

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky dark brown almost black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that reduced to a thick film with a medium collar and had excellent sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted chocolate malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruit (Raisons and plums), bourbon cask and a touch of vanilla.

The taste was rather malty and extremely sweet with hints of chocolate and toffee from the onset with the finish having notes of coffee, a big dark fruit sweetness and a lightly noticeable bourbon alcohol presence at the end. The flavor remained on the taste buds for a nice long while with a sweet fruity espresso taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was a few shades past medium in body and oily in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a very well put together brew, although I found it to be just a tad to much on the sweet side...

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Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 18:22:59 | More by KajII
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.03/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Mild brown foamy head builds and quickly fades. No lacing. Brew is deep purple.

Sour scent dominates. Lots of brown sugar and maple syrup. The nose does not hold up to the listing of blends on the bottle. Where's the barrel aged, rye, or bourbon???

Whoa! Sugar bomb! Heavy brown sugar, raisin, and dry malts. Sour funk. Wet and nicely carbonated.

Funky is right, but not in a good way... I'm not getting any flavors the bottle is claiming. To me, this brew is a total mess. It's missing all vanilla and barrel flavoring. Kinda makes me sick to my stomach... Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:09:48 | More by chugalug06
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Batch 1, bottled 3/6/12.

A: Pours a black-brown with a big tan head.

S: Caramel, mild chocolate and old hop leaf, sweet syrupy bourbon.

T: Very sweet. Grape, fig, chocolate and caramel, slight dry woody note followed by very sweet, almost brandy-like barrel notes (coconut, sherry, brown sugar).

M: Slight carbonation, thick.

O: The sweetness of the Fifteen definitely dominates, but the blending and barrel-aging make it a huge improvement over that beer. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 14:20:35 | More by Etan
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a kind of trade a few weeks ago. I am breaking my head if i got this bottle from Trevorjk but i will ask him the next time i see him...

Poured in my small duvel tasting glass the beer looks nice, pretty dark fluid and a decent head.

The rest gets disappointing from there on. The beer is too sour for me. I dont know if its the hops they used or the yeast or any other ingrdient. I also can not detect the bourbon and whiskey there should be in the bottle. It is there but not as noticable like the other is this style...

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 08:35:44 | More by Brabander
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goochpunch

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown. Kind of cloudy/hazy. Smell reminds me a lot of a Flemish red/brown ale: vanilla, oak, tart fruitiness, and dark malts. Smells awesome. Taste is kind of messy, but kind of interesting, all the same. Odd mix of roasted malt, fruity tartness/sweetness, barrel, and hops. Kind of medicinal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly full with smooth carbonation. Overall this is not that great. I might have liked the flavor more (or truly would have been less disappointed) if the smell hadn't blown me away first.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:08:47 | More by goochpunch
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle as part of a Hannukah mixed pack by Shmaltz brewing. The pack is of eight beers (for the eight nights of Hannukah); so expect many reviews to come.

This is a good smelling beer. You get a decent amount of sour presence off the top of this one. I also get some raisins from this one.

The Funky flavor is a very mixed bag. You get an uneven mix of sour and dark fruit. I would sip this one, as a full drink does not play well here.

Jewbelation is a little bit of a challenge. There is lots of stuff going on with this beer. I would sip this slowly for the best experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 19:59:54 | More by ummswimmin
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 17:15:54 | More by GPHarris
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, maybe with some hints of red, and nearly opaque. A one-finger light brown head on top, and low visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, boozy, chocolate, a bit of wood, some fruitiness (dark cherry?), and some tart funk.

T: Funky, dark fruity, wood, booze (sherry?), chocolate. Quite tasty, although pretty sweet.

M: Heavy bodied, thick sticky mouthfeel, significant alcohol heat, carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Tasty, different, but it's heavy, sticky and sweet. I felt pretty much done with it after about 6 oz. worth of the beer, but those first six were quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 14:57:41 | More by macrosmatic
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001/999
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 00:44:20 | More by korguy123
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber to tulip:

Pours a near pitch black with hardly an edge of clarity, like cola, with a finger of sticky mocha head. Great, stubborn lacing. Complex on the nose - raisins, toffee, oak, grapes, licorice, overripe sweet fruit, booze. Super aggressive on the tongue, evolving as it warms. Sour licorice, some estery grain, sweet raisin, a touch of rye, subtle boozy burn to dry things off. Mouthfeel is very slick and sticky... not this beer's strong point. Overall, this is a weird beer for sure. Not at all in an off-putting way, just exceedingly complex I guess you could say. I'd recommend this one to the curious beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 03:27:37 | More by yamar68
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denver10

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a maroonish amber with an off white head. Aroma is dark fruits, a touch of roastiness, minimal rye spiciness, and minor bourbon barrel presence. Flavor threw me for a loop from what I was expected based on the aroma, in a very good way. Sweet and slightly tart raspberry, a little pitted dark fruit, sourdough bread, a toached of roastiness and chocolate, rye, and a touch of bourbon barrel. Medium bodied mouthfeel, with nothing unique about it. Overall, solid and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 22:40:25 | More by denver10
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation from Shmaltz Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.