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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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455 Ratings
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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 15
Gots: 69 | 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:
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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Axnjxn, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

freshflesh, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of jamespub
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got the single 12oz in the gift box this year.

i was not expecting a sour with this one, but it hit the spot. I have started to enoy the sour imperial stouts and love sour brown ales. this was that combined with far more complexity.

A-dark brown/black with some transparency, but not much. poured with a beautiful fine head that dissipated rather quickly leaving a ring around the glass.

S-funky. the smell was my first indication that this wasn't merely a typical blend of whisky barrel aged beers. you can smell the tart and funkiness. can't believe i didn't figure it out with the name alone. smell of acidity and mild sweetness. very subtle vanilla notes.

t-i had a sour imperial stout from a local brewpub this past year and it reminds me of that, except with far more complexity and body. sweet up front, with sour coming in on the back of the tongue. barrel comes in later with vanilla coming in ever so slightly. more sour cherry than sour apple. a good, nay GREAT malt backbone to this beer. i can see lovers of O'dell Meddler really enjoying this beer as well. great complexity present in both. very hard to define the flavors I'm tasting in this beer.

m-love it. body, but not oily. smooth, the alcohol is not perceivable. the acidity from the sour isn't overwhelming, and my teeth don't feel like chalk sticks halfway through. very smooth, and a pleasure to drink for something so sweet, malty, and tart.

o-i want more of this. want to split a bomber with a few friends. very much enjoying...now i'm going to go get a cut of extra sharp cheddar.

jamespub, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

KAF, Apr 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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MikeHRayn, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

elkinbrown, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

jakea, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

letshaveanother, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

thkrb99, Mar 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

whatname, Mar 08, 2014
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1.8/5  rDev -51.1%
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.

beergoot, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ediaz, Mar 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Sludgeman, Feb 22, 2014
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2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No yeast character is detectable.

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

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

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

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

Low C

kojevergas, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

hayesjw, Feb 13, 2014
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation from Shmaltz Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.