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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12

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130 Reviews
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Reviews: 130
Hads: 485
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 72 | 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:
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 TheHoppiest
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a heavy motor oil, dark brown colored body; some bubbles subtly sit on the bottom of the glass; quarter finger sized brown colored head; didn't hold for very long; not much lacing

S - Smell dark fruits like dates and figs; whiskey and booze; prunes; sweet brown sugar; syrup

T - Taste of dark fruits is sweet and overwhelming; not much hop bitterness; prunes; sweet brown sugar and syrup; rye; slight touch of toasted malt; oak and moldy wood barrel

M - Medium body; slightly tart at the end of the sip; lingering dark fruit, sweet brown sugar and roasted malt flavor; not effervescent

D - Great Strong Ale; I really liked the fruity-whiskey blend of flavors; its easy to drink and not too heavy; just has a nice strong booze; I really like that you can taste all the unique ingredients in the beer

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Photo of mitch3114
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into pint glass at brewery during tasting event

A- Dark brown, thick, viscous looking, little tan head

S- a hint of whiskey, funk, sour, malts

T- It's an all out assault on the taste buds. There is a presence of whiskey, bourbon, and wham! slam dunk the funk! Sour!

M- Thick, chewy, tart

O- I'm glad I got to try this magical concoction and I appreciate the depth and the complexity of flavors. However, it just quite isn't my cup of tea...

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Photo of jbuddle
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of DWolf
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Ford
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Wow. There is a lot going into this one. Hard for me to pinpoint everything down here...except for the bourbon and whiskey..

SIx ales blended and all aged in mostly rye whiskey then the rest in bourbon barrels.

I wanted to love this one and on some sips, it seemed I did, but on others I didn't really enjoy it that much.

As it warmed up I started tasting some sour cherries.

This was fun to try, but in the end not my favorite.

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Photo of Huffaroma
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Had this over my birthday,

Appearance, A good very dark brown with 1/2" head

Smell, had some great whiskey, rye, and a little hop notes that I could detect.

Taste, Upfront more carbonated than their usual beer. It gets weird here, the pomegranate was SO overpowering that it made this beer undrinkable in my opinion just way to sour. It was just too much for me. There were flavors of Jewbelation 15 that I could barely detect so I went back for a few more sips till I couldn't take it anymore.

Overall, a good one time experience and it is definitely a Funky beer. So for any who love a strange tasting sour, try this one out

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Photo of deanhead
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a deep mahogany brownish color. Poured on tap and very little residual lace, almost non-existent. The aroma included hints of leather, and raisin, but the predominate smell of wet paper and whiskey.
It's taste was acidic and sour to start but finished very clean. Hard to describe how it the alcohol hits your palate, They taste is there, then faded. For the amount of alcohol in this beer, I could not taste it. Well blended
Drinkable from a well balanced abv point of view, but underwhelming on the taste factor. This beer was incredibly thin and underwhelming. After a few sips this beer clearly warmed my belly up.
If you are into freaky, sour, aged beers, then this might be something you will like. I'll probably never reach for it again. For the number of different beers used to make this blended selection, one would think that it might be a bit more complex. Not so much. I think they missed the mark on this one.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why all the negative reviews on this one honestly; it has funky in the name so I figure to expect something a little off the normal path.

A: Pours like a solid Stout with a little bit of head and minimal lacing. Completely dark with no transparency.
S: you can smell the sourness on the nose letting you know this is not the normal dark ale. Some Cherries, wet oak, anise, bitter chocolate and wheat.
T: much the same as the nose with the sour wood, slight bitter chocolate, tart fruit
M: Sits surprisingly medium which makes this very drinkable for me. Medium carb.
O: This was a pleasant surprise for me personally. The sour dark ales are not very common and this is one of the more drinkable ones in the style that I have tried. Shmaltz did a good job with this but unfortunately I was only able to get a growlers worth. I bet this one ages well.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 001, Bottled 3/6/2012

Poured into a tulip glass deep black with thin tan head.

The nose has strong bourbon scent that is over powering sweet malted barley scents.

The taste is just odd . . . nothing that I can put my finger on other than bourbon and whisky. It tastes just the way it probably should, a mixture of strong beers.

Mouthfeel is dry and low in carbontation.

Overall, this sounded like a good idea on paper . . . but . . .

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown, nearly black. Minor head fades.
Smells of licorice and rye! Like a rye twizzler. Funky cherry too.
Tastes like barrel-aged oaky dark plum, sour cherry in there too, all of the aforementioned not blended in the most appealing way. Interesting dark fruit notes, but the funky aspect here throws me off.
A boldly tart and sour brew of dark fruits that leaves me with the overall impression that im glad to have tried a new barrel aged brew from a solid brewery, yet I don't see myself seeking it again. Grapey sourness with rye. Odd combo for my taste. Too sweet.? If you like sweet & sour rye ales then this may suit you well. It didnt for me, but maybe it will for you.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/6/2012
Poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours an extremely deep, dark brown with a finger tall, light cocoa head which recedes surprisingly quick leaving no lacing.

Aroma: Bourbon slaps your olfactory senses immediately. Some sweet and surprisingly tart malt with faint cocoa highlight the bourbon heavy nose. I'll attribute the tartness to the rye whiskey barrels.

Taste: Definitely follows the nose; Big bourbon enriched, sweet malts with an amazing spicy rye character. Very interestingly tart, bitter and dry finish. A chocolate and light molasses character opens up as the beer warms. Surprisingly easy drinking for a 10% brew.

Mouthfeel: Light, yet simultaneously creamy and syrupy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An impeccably blended beer that has a remarkable amount of quaff-ability for a such a high ABV Ale. I hope they eventually bring out 4 packs/6 packs of this beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bongobeer
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

bottling date, 3/6/2012....dark clear appearance, no head and weird fruity smell, tasted like extremely sweet, funky cough syrup? I like shmaltz, maybe this was a bad bottle?

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Photo of TheDudeRules
1.98/5  rDev -46.8%
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.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Colour is a dark brown with a toffee-brownish head - half a finger in height, fades slowly to a thin film leaving behind nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark fruits supported by a nice, sweet aroma from the bourbon barrels; cloying and boozy.

Taste: Funky indeed! The different flavours just keep cycling through my taste buds: sweet dark fruits, hard liquor, bourbon, smokey whiskey, and just a hint of rye. The layers are endless.

Mouthfeel: Full body, silky, and very sticky.

Overall: By far one of the most interesting, delicious chaotic brews I've had. Complex? No. Crazy as a 70's disco inferno? Yes!

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Photo of alexhahn82
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of abriggs1
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I love Shmaltz, they're possibly my favorite brewery. But this one is a miss. The Hebrew 16 is an incredible beer, and might just be the best beer ever brewed after it ages a few years. But this one is just a mess. Too sweet, and unfocused to the point that it just doesn't satisfy. I wish I loved this beer, but I think there's only so much craziness you can have in a beer before it just gets out of control. Certainly an interesting concept, but if you look at the beers that go into this, they don't really work together. But who knows, maybe if I sat on one of these for about 5 years the flavors would coalesce into something incredible. It's impossible to say. I've collected the Hebrew 14 through 16, and I have no doubt that they will age like champs. This one might, but I'm not willing to risk $10 to find out.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark dark some ruby color around the edges not a ton of head . Smell is complex dark fruits candy sweetness wood alcohol. Wow taste is different sour fruit some banana i expected the barrel aging to leave more mellow flavors but you can tell there are aspects of different beers here. Not too hot either I like this.

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Photo of SgunnarW
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of weltywm
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old Bay in New Brunswick, NJ. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red, almost black. About 1/2 finger of head on top. Not much lacing.

Smell: Sweet whiskey, some fruit, and a faint whiff of brett.

Taste: Sweet whiskey, vanilla, and molasses up front. Dominated by jammy fruit in the middle. And just enough tart sour in the end to balance things out. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a long finish. Just a little bit of mouth pucker at the end.

Overall: Very good and very unique - a nice blend of barrel aging and sourness. Everything works really well together.

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.