He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8) | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8)He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8)

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOOK: Unknown vintage, pours a murky brown with an off white foam collar. Looks like the carbonation is still strong, and defintely an unfiltered brew.

SMELL: Richly malty and pungent nose on this. Definitely leather and tobacco, along with a cascade of dark fruit and alcohol fumes. Kind of smells more like a Baltic porter than the sweeter, American interpretations of the style.

TASTE: Dried fruit and dusty cocoa notes dance on the palate being quite nice. The hops have faded slightly but remain earthy, piney and resinous. There is a faint faint note of grapefruit juice. Pipe tobacco, molasses, roast, coffee and must round out the profile quite nicely. For 8% alcohol by weight, there is little evidence of that in the taste.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium to low carbonation, and a chalky residue all contribute to the mouthfeel. Has some age on it, so it has smoothed out in time.

OVERALL: A very good porter in the vein of its European brethren. Tasty, strong, complex and quite rewarding. One of my favorites from the Jewbelation series, this is a cellar treat.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle as part of the 8-15th anniversary box set for $30. Has been cellared in the closed box for a year since I bought it. 8 year anniversary beer brewed with 8000lbs of malt with 8 different grains (2-row, crystal, chocolate, victory, munich, carapils, wheat and oatmeal), 8 different hops (warrior, northern brewer, mt. hood, centennial, cascade, vanguard, tettnang, and czech saaz) and 8% abv.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a tightly beaded, very creamy light tan head (like good cappuccino foam). Superior head retention and solid thick sticky sheets of lace, moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is redolent of prunes, figs, raisins, spicy hops that have mellowed a bit, rum, carob, a little touch of bourbon, and subtle black walnut. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic due to the hops, with a medium rich, but not syrupy mouthfeel. Cleanly fermented, no off-flavors, even at this age. The taste is a recap of the aroma with a pleasant medium bitterness, in perfect balance with the malts, and some mild dark roasted malt flavor. Reminds me of a strongly hopped baltic porter, but not as roasted or astringent as a robust porter or American stout. Finish of black cherries, leather and mild pipe tobacco.

An excellent beer. My only complaint (and I'm sure I won't have to wait long considering I have the rest of the series to go) is that the mouthfeel is a touch too thin considering the flavor and abv. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle from the 2011 Holiday Pack

(A)- Pours an almost black color with some reddish highlights. Some tan froth.

(S)- Some raisin in there. Otherwise its actually kind of a subdued smell.

(T)- A nice malty grain profile with some raisin dark fruits.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. A good mellowed balance with a basic porter feel.

(O)- Not bad for a porter; straightforward with no strings attached.

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Photo of jsanford
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, cola-brown with a patchy ivory haze. Really nice aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, and roasted nuts. Sweet and malty. Taste is similarly malty and sweet, with chocolate, caramel, and some dark berry flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner then I expected/hoped, probably medium-thin overall with a smooth body and moderate carbonation. Decent beer, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of black strap molasses, brown sugar and roasted malt. The flavor follows suit, with the roasted malt complimented nicely by the sweetness from the brown sugar and molasses. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a deep reddish brown amber. Thin light brown head and lacing. Aroma of dark fruits and dark malt. Mild dark and roasted malts, some hints of chocolate. Finishes with light malt and some hoppy bitterness. Decent flavor, but subdued and almost tastes watered down. An adequate, but not exemplary porter.

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Photo of aasher
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a part of their recent Holiday pack.

This beer pours a medium bodied molasses brown in color with a watery lacing. The nose is very, very sweet. It wreaks of candied malts. The flavors are full of sugar, caramel, and watery sweet malt. This is no porter. It's syrupy sweet yet oddly really light in body. It's too sweet for the abv, the supposed style, and overall. I really don't like this one. It's just really strange.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Appears the same dark brown murky color as all the other Jewbelations in my tasting session, with the signature tan single finger of fluffy head with reasonable retention but mediocre lacing.
Smells lightly of cracked black peppercorns and allspice on top of a bouquet of porter / stout malts with medium levels of dark fruit aroma.
Tastes like a blend of roasted porter malts and bold sweet malts reminiscent of optimator, but with more spicing (nutmeg, allspice, perhaps even a nuance of oxidized herbal hop tones?) behind the flavors and a slightly thinner body than I would have preferred for the heavy flavor profile.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Damn guess I poured too hard about 1 1/2 inch mocha head fluffy and sticky atop of a dark brown almost black beer with only a slight ruby hue at the base.

S - Roasty and malty with some coffee, tobacco, hops, and leather.

T - Wow that's dry one of the drier porters I have drank in a while. The taste is mostly dry cocoa powder that turns to a light roasted coffee flavor. I am surprised that after a while I get a sweet finish. Interesting.

M - Medium to thick body and the dry finish actually reminds me of a cup of coffee.

Overall it is one dry Baltic porter but one of the better ones I had since it's very smooth and full bodied. They really should make this part of their regular lineup.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried as part of the re-release pack (NB: it is a re-brew). I wrote this review in a hot tub at a hotel in Rehoboth Beach, visiting DFH. In case that colored my reasoning any.

Thin trace of tan head, some lace and surface memory. Opaque chocolate brown body.

Malt in the nose, along with some leather. Nice.

Potent dry malt in the taste (it's a Jewbelation, duh), some bitter coffee. Much more subdued and less sticky than later Jewbelations.

Kinda sudsy.

Nice, malty but mellow.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of the re-release of the entire Jewbiliation series last year. I meant to start this at the beginning of this Channukah, but looks like I'll start on the last night and try to go through the series.

Pours a creamy almost fizzy head fades with hints of lacing, over super dark molasses brown cola colored beer with slight hints of light around the edges.

Nose starts with a nice creamy porter, darker malts with a bit of milk chocolate, a nice robust dark malt aroma, light aromatic malt and a little bready, hint of caramel and vanilla. Overall too light on the nose though.

Taste is again more porter, hints of roast and some milk chocolate, lots of caramel and some vanilla, malty with some light bready malts, creamy oats. Then light earthy bitterness with a hint of hops and some from the roasty malts. It finishes with a chocolate covered caramel candy flavor, some vanilla and malty flavors, hint of bitterness, little sticky and still mildly sweet. Not really any booze.

Mouth is med to a little heavier bodied, creamy, decent carb.

Overall nice and drinkable, creamy nice porter, a bit more hops would have been nice, but pretty nice overall. Bitterness overall is nice, good malt flavors, and drinkable. Not a big heavy beer to sit on either.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich and strong dark ale. Quite nicely carbonated for a spritzy mouthfeel. A nice burn of alcohol keeps the malty flavors going and on into the slightly bitter aftertaste. Lots of roasted malt. Hint of dried cranberry, and some licorice in the nose. Less sweet than most of the Shmaltz big beers. Flavors dry out in the aftertaste. Seems to have a faded malt flavor where some of the sugar has gone away.

From the 12 oz bottle. A winey character but quite drinkable sip by sip.

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Photo of drcarver
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown body with a small light brown head with decent lacing streaking the glass.

S - surprisingly light, but it was rather cold. toffee, dark fruit.

T/m - sweet with hints of roasted malt at the back followed by dark fruits (prune, fig, etc). no sign of alcohol. medium bodied with little aftertaste.

O - not bad. I'm glad I tried it, a little light for a porter and higher abv than I used to in the style.

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Photo of MrOH
2.54/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

brown-black with orange around the edges. Thin tan head. Nice rings of lace, at least.

Raisins, toffee, currant jelly, sherry and port notes, whiskeyish, a touch of chocolate, but very much a fortified wine type aroma.

Tastes like Pedro Ximenez sherry mixed with stale coffee and cocoa powder. Tastes better than that sounds, but still not that great. Lots of oxidized flavors, very flat in taste. Medicinal bitterness at the end that feels disjointed.

Fairly thin in body, despite being slightly sticky. Low carbonation.

Bought the gift pack last year and held onto it to drink this year, and this is the first of the bottles that I've cracked. Good aroma, but falls pretty flat on the palate.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the holiday gift set.

a - opened the 12 oz'er and filled my E snifter. poured a silky watery black that had just enough head to cover the surface. pretty classic porter...grey yellow fizzy head that fizzed away leaving a ring around the surface. nothing fantastic...never really knew that porters were good for aging (is this aged or a new batch?).

s - smells quite nice. bakers chocolate offset with a nice crisp roastiness. smells full bodied and richer than most porters.

t - big and bold as the nose suggested. roasted chocolate malts with the porter char. finishes a bit nutmeg and bready with a subtle bitterness.

m - mouth has the porter char in the middle. pretty full bodied but with a fizzy water presence.

o - overall a fun gimick and fairly tasty beer at that.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, from the re-release "box set".

almost black, brown around the edges. tan head that fades to a thin covering. huge aroma of fig & raisin.

taste highlighted by coffee, toffee, espresso. like a robust porter. medium to thick body, medium carbonation.

overall - very interesting for a porter, with the big dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of J0E
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark cola brown with about a a fingers worth of head when poured into a snifter. The head lingered for maybe a minute, then dissipated and left very little lacing.

S: Very sweet raisins. That's pretty much all I get in the nose. Raisin, maybe plum or prune. It's ok, but I'm not catching any malty/bready notes at all. No hops to speak of, for me.

T: The first few sips were all raisins, like the smell. After my palate got acquainted to that, there is some caramel and some of that crusty bread I'd like from a porter. A little hint of chocolate in the finish as well.

M: Pretty thin actually. It isn't palate coating, and so tastes don't linger as long as I'd like. Higher carbonation than expected.

O: This is OK, and it is a decent beer. Not "standard" in terms of porters, which I can appreciate. I have a hard time not comparing it to others in the Jewbelation series that I've enjoyed more (10 and 12).

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

Served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is really dark brown, thin brown head, minimal carbonation, minimal lacing, minimal retention.

Aroma is really roasty, mildly sweet.

Beer is medium in body, mildly sweet, it tastes like a really weak stout, there is a lot of roast for a brown porter but nothing is coming through really in the front 2/3s of the mouth. A boring beer but I guess there's nothing wrong with it. If you like brown porters with 8% alcohol, here you go.

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Photo of Pencible
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 re-release as part of the Vertical Jewbelation set.

A: This poured a clear, dark ruby with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like fig and plumb and rich caramel, with some toffee and milk chocolate.
T: It tasted like dry earthy caramel and toffee, with some floral hops and coffee and plumb. It had a very smooth bitter aftertaste with some sweetness.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Decent.
D: This had an amazing scent, with very nice taste and body. The alcohol was decently hidden, so it was easy to drink too. I could definitely see this improving with age, but unfortunately this is all I'll ever see of this beer. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was from the full vertical mix pack. I'm curious how this beer was aged but it seems with great care. 12oz bottle poured into snifter 03/14/2011.
This beer pours dark brown/black, no light passes thru, and is topped with a creamy, off white/tan head. Dissipates quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells amazing- brown sugar, caramel, raisin, sweet malts. The taste is also quite amazing- brown sugar, caramel, and raisin notes are present, along with bitter chocolate, a slight metallic flavor, and a touch of booze. This beer is full bodied and has medium carbonation- nice thick and creamy mouthfeel. I am very impressed by this beer- dangerously drinkable!

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Photo of megahurts4
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

He'brew Miraculous Jewbelation 8

Appearance: very dark brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, and faint hops.

Taste: roasted malts, some chocolate, a small bit of brown sugar, and a faint dark fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a very nice brew. The balance is great. The brew has a very pleasing array of flavor. This is a must try.

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Photo of SirRuss
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black abyss with a cola red hue and a well integrated, malty brown head. Retention is decent, and the lacing respectable.

S - Creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, sweet dates, a subtle nuttiness, and soft vegetal backdrop.

T - The forepalate offers a light sugary dusting and is quickly pushed aside by the midpalate's hoppy introduction. The roasted malts make an aggresive take over, but eventually reside to reveal a gentle fruity complexity that once again sees this brew allude to cola. There is also a sourness that lends an unexpected twist, and although it provides another layer of complexity, the integration and transitional aptitude of the flavor profile is less sophisticated than suggested by the nose.

M - Despite an arrested chewiness permitting a sense of thinness to drift into the mouthfeel, it's still pretty meaty for an American porter. The carbonation is perhaps a little too vivacious in my opinion, and although greater flavor potential could be achieved by dumbing it down a bit, the level is nothing unusual for the style. Good dry finish.

O - A pretty solid interpretation of the American porter. Although Jewbelation 8 is certainly not without its faults, holding a grudge against complex and charismatic brew is hard to do, and this case provides no exception.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice white powdery dusting and a dark brown teetering on black color in the body.

Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, some roasted malt and a bit of hops.

Taste of light hops, roasted malt, toffee, brown sugar and some rye malt. Some sugar carmelization present and a light dark plum flavor is also in here. Pretty decent porter. Silly me to think that the whole Vertical series would be Strong Ales, of course the 8 would be an 8% and just slightly out of the range of the Olde Ale style.

High carbonation that is slightly stinging the tongue and a decent mouthfeel. Overall not bad, seems to me that there was probably a long boil on this one that made some of the flavors slightly resemble and old ale in a few ways, mostly in the caramelized sugar flavors. Also a slightly stale flavor, not sure if that is from when it was brewed. Other bottles in the package were from 10-4-10

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Photo of Retsinis
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer as a gift on my birthday, as part of the Vertical Jewbelation gift pack. Friend actually cellared the whole pack from when it came out, to when I got it in late February.(Thanks Skuter)

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A; The beer pours a dark and dense cola brown, with a light khaki tan head that rose a half inch, then settled to just a ring of bubbles.

S: Vanilla, caramel, herbal hops. I also get a bit of Rye bread, as well as oak soaked dark cherries.

T: Roasted malt, hop bitterness, cedar wood. Some caramel too, but it seems unbalanced it what it's supposed to be.

M: Medium and creamy, a little more carbonated then needed for the style for me, but it settled.

O: This is classified as a Porter? Had much more of a barley wine (and not a good one) smell, taste and feel to both me and my wife. Having had the later beers in the series before, namely 13 & 14, it seems Schmaltz got much better in these malt to hop ratio blends then this first offering. A bit disapointed in it, but, if I had the original, I would have aged it, and perhaps with time the flavors would blend together better, for me it was a bit of an odd concotion of flavors from the herbal hops, and the roasted caramel malts.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No best before date on the bottle - poured from a bottle into a schooner.

A - dark brown with a fluffy tan head that just doesn't want to go away. Some ruby at the edges.

S - some grassy hops paired with caramel malt

T - slight hop bitterness resolving into some serious roasty malt, but then it's all gone fairly quickly with just a hint of woody bitterness

M - quite light with just a hint of carbonation on the back of the tongue; the slight bitterness endures for a whlie

D - quick drinkable, though the excessive roasty malt will probably get in the way; little to no alcohol warmth

Nice drink; didn't expect it to be as dark as it is - listed as an American Porter, but it's almost a supercharged brown ale.

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