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 korguy123
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right off you can tell this is something different. Six of He'Brew's ales, each of which had been aged a different period of time, and in different barrels, all combined for one strong ale. Is it the Harry Buffalo of beers? Or the Friday school cafeteria "meatloaf casserole" made up of the Monday through Thursday leftovers? Let's find out...

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. The bottle bears a bottling date of March 6, 2012, and states this is Batch No. 001/999. Pours a dark cola brown, with minimal tan head that survives as a thin wisp on the surface of the ale. This is a a very still, sedate looking brew, with no apparent carbonation keeping things active.

Smells quite malty, with notes of blackstrap, chocolate, whiskey, and dark rum. Smells a bit like one of those small bottles of extract you pull out once a year at Christmas to help flavor the spiced cookies.

Taste is much sweeter than expected, with a bit of a medicinal tang, like cherry cordial. The black licorice flavor carries through with notes of dark molasses, like Black Jack gum. The ale sweetens as it warms, bringing out hints of maple and brown sugar. A bit boozy, this has a bitter, dry finish that leaves you a bit thirsty.

Very full bodied, with a cloying sweetness that turns the tongue dry and leaves the teeth feeling as if they're wearing socks. The tang is prickling the roof of my mouth a bit.

Intense and full flavored, this is a very slow sipper of an ale. There's a lot going on, and this will definitely wear at you if you try to tackle it too quickly. Plus, clocking in at 9.8%, you begin to feel this just a few sips in. Enjoyable enough, but hard to finish at 22 ounces.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.67/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

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 acevenom
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours black with a tall, dark brown head. The head dissipates slowly. There is a little bit of lacing left on the side of the glass. As the namesake implies, this beer has a tart smell on the first sniff. The tartness is a bit fruity in nature. A little bit of alcohol comes through in the aroma as well. The malt also comes through in the smell. The taste follows the nose. It has the tart fruit taste mingled with roasted malts. It's mildly sweet, but not too sweet. The alcohol does come through in the taste as well, taking on a slightly boozy character. The flavors are definitely interesting. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The beer sips very smoothly. This is an above average beer overall, which is disappointing.

Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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 EgadBananas
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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...

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

Bottle date of 3/6/12 into New Belgium Globe.

A - About two fingers of nice tan head. Bubles are large and pop quickly, but because there are so many of them, they seem to stick a while. Body is dark. Maybe needs 3mm or less to see light through it. Some red to it.

S - Nice oud bruin style scent. Good dark fruit sour smells like cherries and prunes. Also a hint of chocolates.

T - This is prime time. One of those dark sours that is wonderful. The rye is very light. Mostly cherries, chocolate, and red wine. Very pleasant.

M - Moderate on the carb and body. Nothing special but where it needs to be.

O - I would compare this to the other great dark sours like Collage and Maroon Acidifie. The chocolate is a nice touch.

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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 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 trxxpaxxs
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
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!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Funky Jewbelation, bomber bought at Whole Foods Columbus Circle for circa $11.99.

Appearance: Poured into my new and massive Daan Duvel glass, the Funky pours dark and black and opaque like an Imperial Stout, with a perfect one-finger head that lasts long enough. Some lacing and good retention.

Smell: Sweet and sour, with lots of funkiness! A clear vinous aroma all around, with grape juice and Welch's fruit jelly. Barnyard, fresh horse shit/pee near Central Park and smashed cherries. Whiskey overtones all around. Between engaging and unpleasant...

Taste: Dark fruit, Concord-grape puree. Then some hops and liquid chocolate. Graininess, more whiskey flavor and some barrel. Sour all around. Outrageous sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor, medium-to-low carbonation. Sticky, chewy, sweet and heavy. A definite sipper, can easily overwhelm.

Overall: Drinkability is low here. So sweet and thick and massive... easily my lowest fav of all of Hebrew's barrel-aged releases. Would not seek again, but glad to have tried it twice.

Photo of rangerred
2.06/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First try of Shmaltz brewing, a brewery that I’ve been watching for a while. For some reason, this one had a picture of George W. Bush’s face taped over the afro face on the label – looks like someone in the liquor store had a little fun.

Batch #1, brewed nearly three months before the date of this tasting (bottle date 3/6/2012 on the label).

A: Black body with a dark brown, soda-like transparency at the bottom of the glass. The head, a big, slow-moving, dark tan cream; full, smooth retention and a collection of stringy lacing all over. Looks like a stout.

S: Sour and fruity, acidic and complex: the biggest aromas are fig, cherry sauce, pecan, and a bright, bretty funk. It’s smoothly tannic, but with big hits of oak, grape, burnt sugar, rye whiskey, coconut, and vanilla nougat.

T: Dark, creamy sours dominate this palate; I’m not even sure how to explain it. It’s so cloyingly sweet, sticking the palate into a syrupy, unpleasant place. It’s all too much – thick licorice, root beer, and molasses that do nothing but lay on the tongue with too much oiliness. Sure, it has a bit of funkiness (via sour cherry and grape), and the malts do provide a gingerbread, rye, and cinnamon taste, but the whole palate is sadly cloying. Finishes like cough syrup, with a booziness that tastes more like vodka and coke than bourbon. Strange, strange brew, Shmaltz.

M: This one is very mildly carbonated – it goes down slick, way too mouth-coating for such a painfully sweet palate. I can’t finish my first glass.

O: Funky Jewbelation just hit all the wrong spots for me. I don’t know what it is, but I did not really enjoy the taste of it; I heard that the standard Jewbelation 15 was good, though.

Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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

Dark brown with a substantial toasted beige head. Good lace and retention. Nifty Jew 'fro bottle art.

Smells like a sour version of those root beer barrel hard candies. Sour whiskey dark fruit.

Tastes like sour whiskey, root beer, and barrel-y dark fruit. Flavors are very complimentary and balanced. Velvety mouthfeel.

I like whiskey. I like root beer. I like whiskey and root beer in my beer.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Lots of brett in the aroma along with some roasted barley. Tart with dark malt and dark fruit. I didn't get a lot of barrel. A little thinner than I would expect. Fair amount of malt sweetness. Alcohol is not very apparent. An interesting experiment, but not a beer that I would seek out again.

Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of SMortiL987
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque black, tan-brown head which persisted until about half way through. Very stout like.

S - Prunes, & brown sugar or apparent. A little alcohol present.

T - Overt sweetness. I only get a touch of roast for how dark it is. Hops aren't overly present either. Citrus sourness is apparent, very grapefruit like sourness.

M - Thick mouthfeel, light carbonation. Perceived sweetness sticks around, not overly dry. Perceived slickness on the tongue, but can't tell if that's from sweetness or diacetyl.

O - Very unique beers. It made me say "wow" out loud upon the first sip. So much going on with this beer I don't know where to start. A sour, sweet, touch bitter and alcohol experience. Check it out if you can, it's very unique. Very big beer without being overly boozy. I was content with half a pint pour.

Photo of russwbeck
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
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

Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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