He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '13 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '13He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '13
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of 6 ales & lagers aged in 55% Bourbon Barrels and 45% Rye Whiskey Barrels.

Added by djrn2 on 11-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
15
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
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Photo of pkalix
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

dark rustic brown, minimal froth on top, smells like a certified sour. wish I had known. wish it had been labeled as such.... I suppose the root of the word 'funky' should have given me a clue....
smells fruity, tart, a tad of vinegar, a little bitter and shot of sour. this one IS different (2013) than the other listed on BA in that it has 6 ales from 55% bourbon barrels and 45% from rye barrels. and it's 9.4% . . . . .
Coca-Cola look in the bottom of the glass as it is tilted, minus the carbonation. orange-y brown around the edges.... some cherry and blackberry tartness. easy to miss the large abv. I love the sours, but I just was not expecting it right now... as I spend time on tasting it I really like what i'm getting.... subtle tartness and great flavor. this one is very, very good.... bottled in 2/13.... mixing seems to be the thing these days, doesn't it?
I wanna give it a 93 overall, but I cant. so i'm doing the 95 and letting it all play out from there...

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Photo of retry4z
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a bottle into a Dogfish Head chalice.

Pours beautiful black with cola-colored hues at the edges. Two-finger head that reduces to a thin, persistent layer.

Figs, sour cherries, strawberry, and oak on the nose. Biscuity malt character. Reminiscent of Duchesse De Bourgogne.

Leads with moderate tartness characteristic of berries - strawberry, raspberry; and mixed with wild cherries and some lemonny sourness of the spice sumac. The funky tartness is nicely complemented by the sweet caramel malt backbone, along with some toffee and molasses, make appearance mid-palate. Bourbon also shines through.

Moderate carbonation with a slight puckering sensation on the tongue. Full body with a silky mouthfeel.

Overall, an exceptional barrel-aged blend of six beers with wild-yeast/bacteria characteristics. A bold and very enjoyable ale to make any occasion special.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of army01
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of ElijahRivera
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a very dark opaque brown, with a quickly fading one inch head that recedes to rings of lacing down the glass.

Smells include apple cider, grapes, cherries, caramel, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. Mind-boggingly complex- I uttered "Wow" out loud when I first tried it. Gonna try to pick this one apart- vanilla, bourbon, cherry, apple cider, lactic acid, chocolate, oak and other woody flavors. Just packed with flavor, with a nice alcoholic fruity acidity that lingers on the palate for a while.

Slightly boozy, but it adds to the overall experience. Tart, but creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable.

This one was really weird for me, but it worked well. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 02/18/13 on the bottle.

A: Clear brown appearing almost black in the glass. Light tan head leaves spots of lacing on the glass. Too dark to see any visible carbonation.

S: Aroma of a sour, fruity lambic like beer with a dose of booze and malt. Bourbon and whiskey do not dominate but are certainly present. Rich fruitiness to this one.

T: Complex blend. Lots of sour qualities that really shine after getting a little age on it. Dark fruits add a lot of flavor. As with the aroma, the bourbon and whiskey are subdued.

M: Medium to full body with fairly crisp carbonation. Isn't too sticky and booze isn't overly hot.

Overall much more sour than a draft pour I had in April. Barrel flavors add more of an oak than bourbon or whiskey. Great tartness.

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Photo of adapt313
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crazy deep and complex beer. Hard to believe everything comes together so well in this with such an interesting combination of flavors. Smells like one of those sour green apple and caramel suckers dipped in bourbon. Taste goes from dark, roasty malts to raison, fig, and caramel, to leather and tobacco, to tart green apple, all while maintaining a serious oak, vanilla, and bourbon note. Wonderfully blended, although I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the deschutes/hotd conflux no.1 consumed just prior.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/18/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Nice amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding sour strong ale! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: the beer pours pitch black with a tan foam collar. S: The nose is fruity with a dose of dried purnes but not much hop.T: There is vanilla and a bit of fruit, prunes, plums, with some bourbon, rye spiciness, vanilla, spice. There is a little tartness on the finish with a suspicion of funk. F: medium to medium low carbonation. The body is full. O: A big, rich beer that I look forward to every year in its different incarnations.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ThreeFishes
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of BEER88
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of csrbv
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of neckbracesub
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of VincentFrey
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour / Appearance: Not much in the way of carb; some foam hangs around the edges but not much. Expected with the blend and the barrels and the 9.4%. Tan head. Pretty black and opaque, with some brown tinting around the edge of the glass when put in the light. Not the best look, but it's expected (especially when pouring six beers together).

Aroma: Definite funk. Some barnyard notes, probably a lighter brett strain, but also tart and sour notes. I guess with enough time in the barrels, the wild yeast and bacteria can still eat past the IBUs and alcohol content. Oak tannins and almost vinous characteristic round it out. No definite hop or malt, but the blend ensured that pretty handedly.

Taste: Wow, even with the nose, unexpected. Incredibly smooth drinker with a small lactic punch and cherry pie notes. Tannin presence persists, and with the low carb this drinks a bit like a port. Despite the whole thing being aged in barrels, there isn't much oak or such to talk about. If they were bugged or old barrels, this would make sense, and they have to be somewhat bugged to produce this level of funk.

Overall: A very nice beer that's nothing like what I expected. Pretty delicious and a great blend.

Bottom Line: Don't know if it's available outside the pack, but definitely worth seeking out. A really fun, interesting beer I was not expecting.

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Photo of Twig2848
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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