He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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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.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 03:53:21 | More by kojevergas
3.94/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Picked up a bottle of this for $7.99 marked down from 12.99. Into a tulip.
A - Very deep dark brown with a 1/2 inch of mocha head that pulls back to just a layer of head.
S - Smells of pure funk, tons of brett with sour apple and vinegar goodness. Has some oaky barrel character and some fruity notes but mostly sour notes.
T - Well it's not overly sweet like some people note but not overly sour or overwhelming. I actually enjoy it mostly funky sour like some apple vinegar tones with some sour cherry twang, and plums with some oak finish.
M - For such a high ABV it drinks medium bodied with a constant sour twang.
Overall I was impressed with this one not so much to buy again but it was a good one off. Not too sour or sweet or even dry it drank rather good.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2013 07:18:27 | More by DrDemento456
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.