He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 15
Gots: 69 | FT: 5
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Pahn on 03-30-2012)
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Photo of thecheapies
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle a good three weeks ago or more, I've been meaning to try it. Also, meant to pick up another bottle to play with, but as it stands, I'm drinking this as the basis of purchasing another.

Funky Jewbelation. A crazy whiskey barrel-aged blend of a hodgepodge of beers in the He'Brew lineup. Their 'messes' of beers haven't turned out to be messes. So, despite reading a few prior reviews, I have much hope.

Pours a deep brown-black that is very dark. Little bit of head of a tan color. Looks very typical for an American Strong Ale. 4.0

What's with this smell!? Almost as if this bottle is already infected, but that can't be. At least not for such a new release. I feel like it's highly improbably. Smells a lot like Spike & Jerome's Rye Barleywine from Switzerland, but a tad sweeter. Heavy rye influence from the barrel aging with a tart/flat note. The malts aren't huge in the nose, and there are no traceable hops. Just some dark fruit sweetness, some woody tartness, and the heavy dose of rye in grain-form and not so much in whiskey-form. At least, not in the aroma. 3.5

Okay, woah! I'm wrong. I can taste the confluence of a million flavors from all of these different aged and blended beers. Works as a strong ale. The whiskey is here now, and very comforting. I like the heavy dose of rye whiskey barrel aging versus bourbon. A little more interesting that way, and without the sweetness. The malts are supplying enough of that right now, anyways. I can taste Origin in here, that would be the pomegranate beer. The Jewbelations are in front. Never had Messiah to know, but Lenny's is hiding behind the whole picture somewhere. This is a burly beer with big flavors, but few typical roasted malt qualities that a dark beer like this would warrant. There's the big sweetness, and some woody bitterness that I'm attributing to the different barrels in the aging process. Fruity characters come off as candied fruits like prunes, dried dates, and raisins, but slightly sour, if that makes any sense. There's a nice dark vanilla outlining everything. The whiskey barrels are perfectly colliding with the other flavors, bouncing around a bit and getting slightly lost. They're not huge, as it would not work for this beer. I don't know, I was certainly skeptical after smelling it, but this is dee-lish after all. Reminds me a bit of Bell's Batch 9000 aged in rye whiskey barrels, if there was such a thing. 4.5

The feel is kind of funny. It's rich enough to pull in a medium-heavy body, but it's not syrupy or anything. The booze is right where it should be, if not somewhat deceiving. The carbonation isn't much, but that's a plus for the style and the ABV. The overall drinkability suffers a bit from the stickiness, however. It's not a super-sweet tasting beer, but sticks a bit cloyingly. It's succulent and juicy and not overbearing, so those are all good things. 3.5

I had some difficulty in pinning taste elements down for this beer. It's a very interesting brew. For what composes it, I'm surprised that it's not a nightmare. It's a great cool night pick-me-up. If you love rye whiskey barrel aging, then this is worth the try. Either way, pick it up. Taste it. Do a little review. I think somewhere deep down inside of you, once the bottle is gone, you wish you could have this again. 4.0

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $10.49 at Lucky's in Woodstock, Georgia.

Bottling Date: 2/18/2013.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall, surging, medium tan head. While it does quickly settle, it doesn't quite evaporate on you.

Smell: Sweetish, malty with varied, churning notes of roasted barley, caramel, baker's chocolate, toasted bread crusts, and nuts all cut by a jutting tartish fruitiness that, when co-mingled with the sweetish tones, has a quality like a good quality balsamic vinegar. I'm on-board with this one.

Taste: Roast, caramel, and some noted nuttiness with a fair degree of sweetness, but, there's a very quick jolt (just like in the nose, BANG, it's there) of tart fruitiness akin to a gulp of sangria. Interspersed with an agreeable bourbon barrel quality. A little earthiness underneath it all, with a low tone of black pepper. A little late-arriving vanilla and rye. Takes on the vinegary quality on the back half and into the semi-sweet, smooth, agreeably warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A pleasing beer and another quality release from the good folks at Shmaltz.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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 JakeBarnett
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Batch/Cases No. 001/999. Bottling date 3/6/2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with no other color. Moderate amount of bubbles and a decent two fingers of tan head that slowly fades into a thin layer. Lacing is moderate on the glass.

Smell: A pretty interesting smell. The first thing that stands out is a somewhat sour dark cherry presence like a wild ale. Big hints of rye and a little bourbon with vanilla and oak. Dark roasted caramel malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Also some hints of sugar, dark prunes and figs along with the cherries. Crazy but smells good.

Taste: Tastes just as complex and crazy as it smells. Big dark fruit taste with sour cherries, fig, and prunes. A good amount of rye and some bourbon with hints of vanilla and oak. Dark malts with hints of caramel, chocolate, and a little coffee. Also some brown sugar and molasses. With six different beers things are starting to get a bit jumbled. But this does taste good and is pretty drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Syrupy and chewy but smooth enough so it goes down fairly easy.

Overall: With this many flavors competing you would expect a mess, and to an extent this kind of is. But this is balanced and smooth enough to be an enjoyable beer. The dark fruit flavors are pretty good. This is like a combination of a dark Belgian ale and American Wild ale, and barrel aged.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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 KYGunner
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark cranberry red to almost brown that gave it a purplish hue in the bar. The head was a tightly knit cap of dense brownish foam.

The aroma is tart, a tad sour and full of balsamic funk. A good amount of sour cherry can be had along with some barrel wood.

The flavor is well matched between barrel and sour. The taste is tangy and tart with cherry, vinegar and sour. The barrel manifests itself in a bit of oak and a touch of vanilla for sweetness. This taste profile compliments the sour cherry very well.

The feel is a bit puckering but not over done and adds to the personality of this ale.

This is listed as a strong ale but this certainly could mask for a well done European Flanders, Oud Bruen or any other sour style ale.

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark cola like pour, good head formation, not the greatest in terms of retention or lacing though. The aroma was interesting, reminiscient of Firestone XV, but with some cinnamon and more dark fruit going for it.

Taste, similar again to Firestone XV, had a nice sweetness going for it, a body and consistency that was more barleywine or old ale than it was imperial stout, despite the color. I thought more pomegranite and cinammon (I keep mentioning cinnamon, its not like it was oppressive, or even large, just the right amount). The barrel addition to the flavor profile is mild, but enjoyable. Definitely not getting any charre barrel remnants on this one, leans more towards the sweeter non charred whiskey barrels I would think. Alcohol relatively well disguised. More often than not, dark fruit notes don't sit well with me in a beer like this, they make it all 'quad' like, but thankfully, there's no yeast like quad notes, nor does the beer come off as dark fruit bitter, it just truly lends a small pomegranite like sweetness to the beer. Brown, black, even a little chocolate malt in short order. Some mild citrus notes, similar to the inclusion of double jack or wookie jack in a FFW blend, probably from the Rye IPA they use, here, blended in just the right amount.

I was pretty impressed with this. Sampled with greenkrusty101, who bought this for me about 6 months ago, finally put it down after a growler of Ephraim while watching Season 1 of Trailer Park Boys at the new house.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
Batch 001 bottled 13/6/12
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a tan creamy head that last for a good bit.

S- The earthy wet wood aroma has a soft Flanders red cherry ester note to it with some tartness in the finish.

T- The nice tartness is followed by a red wine character with some caramel and smoke with some walnut hints to it. The sweetness of the finish has bourbon and chocolate malt coming through and lingering for a bit.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has an alcohol heat and a soft carbonation in the finish.

O- This beer has some good layers and it is interesting how the sour and oak mix well with red wine and Flanders yeast characteristics with softer bourbon notes. It gets a bit too thick and syrupy for me as it warms but it was interesting to drink along the way.

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Tombfyre
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of McMatt7
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bmurray10
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of erialbill
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 keenanite21
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 jakea
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +8.7%

He'Brew Funky Jewbelation from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.