He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 15
Gots: 72 | FT: 5
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:
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 Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of chugalug06
2.06/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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 EkimGram
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Colour is a dark brown with a toffee-brownish head - half a finger in height, fades slowly to a thin film leaving behind nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark fruits supported by a nice, sweet aroma from the bourbon barrels; cloying and boozy.

Taste: Funky indeed! The different flavours just keep cycling through my taste buds: sweet dark fruits, hard liquor, bourbon, smokey whiskey, and just a hint of rye. The layers are endless.

Mouthfeel: Full body, silky, and very sticky.

Overall: By far one of the most interesting, delicious chaotic brews I've had. Complex? No. Crazy as a 70's disco inferno? Yes!

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 scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1239th Review on BA
Bottle to Kuhnhenn Tulip
22oz

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.

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 Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Photo of zaphodchak
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half finger of offwhite head and an almost opaque brown body. Tiny trace of retention, not a lot of lace.

Nose has a distinctive brett tang, definitely the suggested funk.

Lots of brett up front, probably more to come with time. Underneath that, a sweet oud bruin with a bit of bourbon and bready rye undertone. Overall pleasant and balanced, on the sweet side.

Feel is nice and thick but not syrupy, good body.

This was pretty great. For some reason I didn't expect the brett since I didn't remember it on the bottle label, but it's definitely good and well-balanced. Don't know if I'll get another to age, but worth aging if you have one I'd bet.

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 SawDog505
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 10 oz Kentucky Bourbon Ale snifter, bottled 3/6/12. Pours very dark brown with a 2 inch tan head, that settles quickly, minimal lacing. Smell is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, dark fruit, and root beer. Taste is much stronger dark fruit, bourbon, and root beer. Body thin for its ABV, plenty of carbonation, not really dry, and drinkable enough. Nope not for me, very disappointed. Way to sweet and taste like soda.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.59/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark mahogany color from a 22 oz bomber. Deep ruby red hues along the edges with some light penetration.
The label has all the details about the beers used to make the final blend and also includes the batch and date of bottling.
A nice one finger light tan colored head that dissipates very slowly to a thin film.
The bourbon stands out straightaway. Blast of bourbon, charred wood with hints of caramel and sweet alcohol aroma.
The bourbon is also dominant in the taste. Blast of bourbon upfront that slowly mellows towards the middle to give way to sweet caramel toffee notes. Hint of bitterness towards the finish, which is on the drier side. The finish does make you want to sip more. A big, extreme beer that does not hold back.
As it warms up there are some fruity elements that stand out.
Not a lot of lacing along the sides of the glass.
A perfect sipper on a nice, chilly evening. I am sure age will only make this beer better.
Overall, this is a very good blend from Shmaltz.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.

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 Dope
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Forestdruid
4.76/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head is light brown in color, thick, with fine, dense bubble structure. Dissipates after a minute or so, but lacing is even and sheeting.

Color is deep garnet.

Aroma is fantastic and reminiscent of a Cantillion-style kriek? Sour lambic notes were not what I was expecting at all. Touch of acetic acid like a flemish red. Raisins and red-fruit up front. Citrus hops present, but not distinct enough to recognize. Maybe vanilla?

Whoa. Intense. Not as sour as the lambic notes would suggest, but there is certainly a lambic funk. The raisin flavors are huge and along with the vanilla/caramel touches remind me of an aged sherry. Hops are restrained at first, but really jump out with continued sips. Grapefruit certainly. Quite complex with several layers of tastes popping up over time as the beer is sampled. Gets resinous and more hoppy as it warms. Initial sweetness begins to wane too.

Mouthfeel is thick as one might expect.

Overall, this is more complex than I was expecting and quite nice. Good beer to share and discuss.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours an almost black deep brown color with a little over a finger of tan head. Good retention.

S- sweet with brown sugar and some dark fruit aromas. Big malt caramel and toffee aromas come out as well. Oak and spirit aromas come out in the end with oak and vanilla tones on the finish.

T- starts out with big rich malt flavors of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum come out in the middle. The almost cloying sweetness gets by the oak with notes of vanilla and warming alcohol. Lingering spiciness and oak in the aftertaste.

MF- thick syrupy mouthfeel with a heavy body and soft carbonation.

D- sipper of a beer

Overall a very complex layered beer.

Photo of yamar68
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deepest brown body, trace tan head,
groovy lacing

S: cherries, caramel, sweet malt, nutty, date/figs

T: same as the nose, mild boozy finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth mouth

O: POW! Another fine bottle at a great price
from He'Brew. The alcohol warmth really
sneaks up on you. Will grab another bottle
to lay down. Recommend to any fan of big beers.

VERY GOOD, WORTH GETTING!

Photo of ChugginOil
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 cindyjeffsmith
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark mahogany. for a near 10%'er, quite a tan, messy head.
smell: Wow, quite a mixture of smells as to be expected from the 6 blend menagerie. A sourness up front with solid malt and bourbon support. I sniff Lenny's RIPA in there too.
taste: That is well done. Just reading the blend I figured it would be somewhere between a chaotic mess and a divine blend. It's closer to the latter. Not quite an FW anniversary blend but damn good. Not a big sour fan but the hint really works here.
overall: Smooth and interesting.

Photo of SgunnarW
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown, almost black, with a half finger khaki head that dissipates quickly. Minimal carbonation and lacing.

Sm: Tons of dark fruit. A sweet, dark grape comes through first, followed by ripe plums. Overall, super sweet with a slight detection of alcohol.

T: This thing is sweet! Tastes almost exactly like it smells. It reminds me of a port wine...definitely a sipper. Lots of grape! The alcohol comes through briefly in the finish. Reminds of Jewbelation 15, but with less balance.

Mf: Medium to full bodied. The carbonation definitely helps to break up the sweetness, but overall the Funky is an oil slick.

O: An interesting take on some great brews from Schmaltz. I think 1-2 years will mellow this beer out nicely, but as is, a delicious desert beer.

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