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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.49%


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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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:21:33 | More by zaphodchak
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billab914

Virginia

2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 23:31:25 | More by billab914
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 19:32:55 | More by SawDog505
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 02:56:11 | More by CaptDavyJones
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 02:26:08 | More by jlindros
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 03:00:43 | More by Dope
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Forestdruid

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:58:58 | More by Forestdruid
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 01:12:27 | More by Viciousknishs
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 03:27:37 | More by yamar68
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 16:21:31 | More by BeerLover99
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 06:48:20 | More by ChugginOil
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 00:41:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 21:44:48 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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SgunnarW

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 02:03:36 | More by SgunnarW
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alexhahn82

California

4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thin with a large quickly dissipating head.

s- vinergary weirdness for lack of a better term.

T - intense grainy sweetness with a finish of dry bite. I think there are a lot of strong flavors that are raging a war to figure out who will win the top flavor prize. I think this will be much better in 2 or 3 years.

m - bite of strong carbonation with tartness and sweetness.

o - a perfect "port" style desert beer if you will, well played at the 9.8% abv.

pp (Price Point) - $10 a bottle is well worth it, bought the only 4 on the shelf!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 04:26:50 | More by alexhahn82
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

1.93/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a full finger of khaki colored head into my CBS snifter.

Looks like real dank dishwater. Thin. Dark brown. Slight lacing.

Smells of sweet rye, caramel, tart green apple skin, and slight toffee. Sharp alcohol tinge as it warms. A la turpentine.

Sweeeet. Overly so. SO incredibly unrefined. A conglomeration of nothing. I consistently go back to the nose to pick up something for the taste. I'm met with the Gestapo. So i will say the flavor profile is sweet bunk with a touch of rye. If that isn't enticing, I don't know what is.

Pretty highly carbonated. Slight warming alcohol tinge in the throat that envelops the belly.

What a frickin pass this is. No wonder it is limited. A small quantity means less will have to endure this hardship.

Awful beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:34:09 | More by TheDudeRules
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larryi86

Delaware

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, dated 3/6/2012, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a four finger tan foamy head.

S- Sour cherries stand out right away, but don't dominate the smell. Some bourbon, oak, rye, roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malts. Smell is king of crazy, but I enjoy it!

T- Sweet dark fruits, sugar, some cherry tartness in the finish, only getting a little bit of the barrel. Not getting the coffee and chocolate, sweetness really drives this beer.

M- Full body, syrupy and chewy.

O- Worth the money to try once, but probably won't buy this again. This is very sweet. I can see why it got the name Funky Jewbelation, with everything going on it is a little bit of mess but it does work.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:32:58 | More by larryi86
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 06:08:10 | More by MattyG85
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Greywulfken

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: loved the pour - super dark brown - nearly black in the glass - with a great foam head that thinned into a rim as the drinking continued

S: sugars, coffee, fruit

T: dark fruit and sweetness predominate - bits of raisin, vanilla, and bourbon flare to the front - the rye and any dryness I might have expected is barely in the background; alcohol weaves throughout lending the drink a boozy quality

M: rich and silky/creamy - very satisfying, but with enough alcohol to put a sharp edge to it, too

O: my first Shmaltz beer, and in the "American strong ale" category, there is a lot of variation, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I really enjoyed this beer - it was delicious and sweet, but I expected something less homogenous in its taste - it was a sweet, rich beer, period; but being unfamiliar with all of its component beers' tastes, I would liken it to a dark Belgian quad, or some of the excellent Pannepot beers I've had of late, but the sweetness of this beer may have cost it some overall depth of character.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 20:59:31 | More by Greywulfken
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Holland

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice hazy brown with orange highlights and a decent half inch head with some retention, but not much.

S: earthy, sweet, some dark fruit, and bourbon. Not a lot of bourbon flavor. A bit bland.

T: again a bit bland and unimaginative. It's fine, the sweetness isn't cloying, and it's plenty complex. It's like they found a blend that was good enough and bottled it.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation. Smooth overall.

O: decent beer, but I never thought it was better than average. It's fine, but for $10 a bottle it's terrible. Might be a while before I pick up a Shmaltz beer again. I always thought it was cheesy so I avoided it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 03:16:57 | More by Holland
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 04:06:08 | More by thecheapies
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I asked my beer store guy what was new and different, and he recommended the Funky Jewbelation. He was correct on both. It's certainly new (Batch 001/999 cases, bottled March 2012), and a barrel-aged blend of 6 different beers is certainly a notable effort. I value the creativity; and, echoing what an earlier reviewer stated, the price to value ratio was right on. So, it was really a no-brainer.

Immediately, the question which needed to be answered is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? Personally, I think the answer is "no." That's not to say this isn't a noteworthy effort and a beer worth trying. To that, I'd say "yes" on both counts. I just think it fell short a little bit.

It poured reddish brown with an amazing creamy white head, that quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing.

The smell was very good: caramel, bread, brown sugar, mild bourbon.

The taste and mouthfeel was syrupy and a bit sweet. It was a little cloying, as somehow the flavors weren't quite working together.

Overall, I ended up sitting it down and forgetting about it, as I watched the NCAA Basketball Championship game. But, when I went back to it, it still tasted fine at room temp, which a good strong ale should. So, there you go.

It reminded me mostly of Thomas Hardy's Ale, if your tastes run that way.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 18:47:23 | More by DWolf
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jbuddle

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another barrel aged blend from Schmaltz that tastes really similar to other Jewbelations I've had, which is to say pretty middle of road in a world of barrel aged goodies. Easy to find and reasonably priced, so definitely worth a try. Looks like coca cola, almost exactly. The aroma could fool me on a hot day too, very cola like, with a bit of sweetness and dark candied fruit. A bit of "barrel" character creeps in as it warms, but nothing too distinct. The taste, again, is eerily similar to liquor spiked coca cola. You get some definite sweetness, a little bourbony vanilla, and a definite kind of twang in there, almost like it was aged on cherries. Is this the 'Funky' part? Its not out place (read: Cherry Cola!). Feel is very good, medium/full body with low carbonation. Slick and not syrupy. Unfortunately the more I think about this beer the less I enjoy it, so I'm going to end this review. Not amazing, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:02:45 | More by jbuddle
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nearly opaque deep ruby red color with a thick and bubbly light tan head on top that sticks around for a good long time. It leaves plenty of lacing with it as it goes. The aroma is pretty much everything plus the kitchen sink with aromas of deep dark fruits underlying tobacco, leather, booze, herbal/earthy hops, and even a bit of mint, caramel and chocolate. The boozey notes intermingle with the herbal notes making for an intoxicating bouquet of aroma that makes me want to keep my nose in it. Even though it has that crazy mess of aromas going for it, it remains balanced and incredibly aromatic.

Pretty sweet on the palate with juicy dark cherries, grapes and figs coming through on the fruit side of things. It is followed with a touch of that mint, throwing the whole palate for a loop as the chocolate and caramel struggle through only to be overpowered by the near-cloying sweetness of the fruit and the herbal note of the mint. Farther into the bottle, more of the hearty spices come out to combat the sweetness, as well as just the slightest touch of that rye whiskey barrel aging. However, it remains very herbal and a bit cloyingly sweet. Surprisingly little in the way of alcohol taste. Slick mouthfeel that doesn't help the cloying factor, almost a little too smooth and a bit undercarbonated.

Extremely interesting beer. I was really hoping more of that balance in the nose would translate to the taste, maybe with some more of that tobacco, leathery heartiness. The sweetness kind of ran away with this without a whole lot of things to say from the hops. Now to be fair to this beer, it was bottled less than a month after I'm drinking it. This one may have mellowed out with the cloying factors after some time. Then again maybe not. Either way, if you're feeling adventurous, give it a whirl. I've liked everything from Shmaltz to this point and don't see any reason this beer would change that perspective.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:16:24 | More by chodinheaven
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Pahn

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 3/6/2012, Batch 001.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch frothy/fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Pours black with red highlights. Sparse, short-lived lacing.

Smell: Some hops (pine, foresty), some whiskey, bit of caramel. Prune note comes out with time. Overall smell is bold and good.

Taste: First sip: wow, spicy and weird. Lots of caramel/vanilla oak up front, then an unexpected hit of herbs/spices (anise one of the few I can pick out distinctly), then grape, prune, and molasses in the finish. Long aftertaste, not bad.

Subsequent sips integrate a lot better, and generally are more caramel and prune than anise, but there's the occasional spicy surge. I would like a bit more flavor, but what's happening is ultimately good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, extremely smooth and creamy. Low but not too low carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Great.

Overall: Good barrel aged oddity. The flavors work well together, but don't really sing (bit of a cliche; think I've written that exact sentence in previous reviews). Price not bad at all for a barrel aged strong ale ($11~ I got it for... though at the same time, I would like more barrel influence in the flavor; you get what you pay for this time).

Vertical Jewbelation was better, but this is a worthy beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:46:37 | More by Pahn
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