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

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

Brewed by:
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 Imbiber
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 'bomber' bottle puchased at Bierkraft, Brooklyn. This beer was brewed under contract at Saratoga Springs, NY.

Deep ruby red in colour, appearing black until you hold it up to the light. Small to medium tan head. Big malty aroma. Flavour is wonderfully complex: malt, quite a bit of licorice, hops, it's all there and perfectly balanced. Not too highly carbonated which I find good, just enough for the smooth array of flavours to be enjoyed. Finish is smooth and malty, slightly sweet.

If Jews had Christmas, this could have been described as liquid Christmas pudding. But since they don't, I'll just say this beer is truly outstanding; pity it isn't permanently available...

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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 JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Shmaltz short tumbler.

Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights and two fingers of tan head. Lots of lacing.

Aromas of light roasted malts, cocoa, earthy hops.

First sip is of chocolately, roasted malts, light bitterness. Medium finish, of cocoa. Fades slowly, begging for another sip. Light alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a dry, roasted touch. Warming alcohol.

Drinkability is very good. Would gladly quaff a few of these at a session. Very tasty.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of RBorsato
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with ruby colors to a light source, nice full brown head, and nice sticky lace. Roasty malt aroma and flavor with some bittersweet chocolate noticeable. Very nicely balanced; not sweet; not bitter; lots of hops but none stand out. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a dry roasted malt finish.

Very nice ! Wish I would have bought more of this. :-(

Per Label: "Celebrating 8 Years" & "8 Malts, 8 Hops"

Released: Late 2004
Tasted: 07/15/06

($4.04 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another one of those numerological beers, with 8's all over the place (ABV, malts, etc.) Quite nearly opaque on the pour, with just a thin halo of a medium-tan head. Mostly malty aroma with a bit of roasty grain at the start. Give it time, though, the nose on this one really takes a bit of warmth to come into full bloom. Same with the flavor. Starts off pretty unassuming -- typical robust porter with a big malty body and a slight roasty character midpalate. The flavors deepen and swirl as the beer sits though, going from graininess to coffee flavors, and developing a really nice spicy character at the finish with strong strains of anise and a decent hoppy bitterness. Very smooth, filling, and yummy.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked up on a recent trip down to the excellent Hi-Times in Costa Mesa last weekend after the even more excellent Wet Hop festival at O’Briens. A 22 ounce Bomber, the main label has an orange background with a blue middle and a silver colored middle band that has the words ‘HE’BREW’, below which the words ‘Limited Edition’ and ‘Jewbelation’ announce that this brew is a special. The orange colored neck label expands on the name and lists it as ‘Miraculous Jewbelation’ with a large dark blue number 8 below it, reminiscent of a neck label found on many Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bottles. The neck label text goes onto explain that ‘Celebrating 8 Years of Delicious Beer and Delicious Shtick’. Listed as 8% ABV, the left hand side of the label comically explains the significance of the number 8, to the right the beer is stamped ‘KSA, Kosher Approved Rabbi Certified’

Appearance: Immediately as the first drops of beer hit the side of the Glass a large expansive dark tan mass forms into a thick creamy head that rides the dark beer all the way up the Pint Glass as it is carefully poured from the Bomber. The head lasts and expands above the thick dark brown body which has a bitumen character, and is almost impenetrable to the naked eye. When gently tipped and righted the Jewbelation exhibits a superb level of finely dissolved carbonation.

Nose: Had to let this one warm up a little before really getting the best out of this one to be honest. So I am writing this at the end of the sample. Dark malts, grain toasted and a light roasted molasses in the back end.

Taste: Super deep fruity spicy body; lots of dark skinned fruits, dates, plums, caramel, toffee. Spicy liquorice and aniseed as it warms and mixed allspice which lingers after several mouthfuls with a somewhat medicated cough drop twinge in the dying end. Some cinnamon, anise and lick of coffee finish this quite complex brew.

Mouthfeel: Eight Percent and Ooohhhh Sooo Smoooth. The finely dissolved carbonation and excellent conditioning support the thick malts and bold mixed hop character to perfection. Feels great on the tongue and begs to be swished in the mouth once or twice before the swallow. Slick, smooth and silky.

Drinkability: I managed the whole 22 ounces with no effort whatsoever, fantastic and just perfect on a nippy and rather chilly night in Long Beach. Dangerously drinkable!!!

Overall: 8 Malts and 8 Hops, this could easily be a jumbled up mess. Thick and silky with a gorgeously attractive flavor profile, this is however an extremely well put together brew. A very nice 8th Birthday Present indeed and well worth a purchase.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of HeBrew Jewbelation Vertical Pack - $25.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Did I have Jewbelation 8? I really can't recall. I can vaguely remember grabbing a bomber of 9 and 10 back in the day. Ah well, it's here now, that's what is important, right friends?

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a hearty, thick, tan head.

Smell: Dark, dusky malts, moderately roasty and earthy, with tones of sweet caramel, sugar dosed coffee, and chocolate hunks. Bright dark fruitiness in the nose. It also has a noted zip of freshly ground spices to it.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of semi-sweet chocolate, dark brown sugar and dark caramel with cinnamon-coated raisins and black cherries, toasted pumpernickel bread, and a sip of ashy coffee. Small hints of citrus and pine with a spicy, leafy, herbal hop quality. Snippet of black licorice rope. Fair amount of bitterness pushing back against the deep maltiness. Touch of earthy potting soil. A bit more of the chocolate, spice, and roastiness for the silky finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. It just feel 'right' on the tongue.

Drinkability: Enjoyable and richly flavorful. Now, to get Ninth nicely chilled and ready to go.

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Photo of mitch3114
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: It pours a very dark brown color that is nearly opaque, showing red hues in light and a finger and a half of moderately thick light khaki head that has average retention and laces poorly.

S: Mild roastiness, some buttery diacetyl, biscuit, and some smokiness as well.

T: Rather sweet dark fruitiness, considerable roastiness, very doughy biscuit flavors, chocolate, and a touch of smoke.

M: This has a medium body with a very creamy feel that is quite chewy at times and a slighly bitter-but-palate-cleansing finish.

D: This has the smell and taste of a lower strength English porter but with more complexity and the 8% ABV is never noticeable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice burnt toffee and roasted malt scent. It's sweet with a touch of dry, roasted character. The taste is good. It has a bone dry, roasted character with a hint of burnt toffee sweetness. It goes down easy with a mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a well brewed porter. It dry and earthy with a touch of caramel sweetness for balance. The elevated alcohol content is well hidden, making this an easy drinking beer even at eight percent abv..

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Photo of rkhaze
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a cascading, creamy tan head. A little light in color for the style. Decent retention and sparse lace.
Light aromas of roasted sweet malt, coffee, chocolate and a bit of cherry. There was a woody nuance as well.
Rich, sweet and tangy roasted malt taste. Creamy milk chocolate, coffee and dark caramel. Mild hop bitterness and some nuts and a hint of licorice in the finish. Nice job!
Medium bodied with a smooth, rich, full and creamy mouthfeel. Great amount of carbonation.
Excellent job of hiding the alcohol. Rich, tasty and very drinkable.
Started out below expectations and ended up being a fairly tasty holiday beer. Certainly worth a try.

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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 OBeerMeGreatOne
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:
Poured from a 12oz into a Vertical Jewbelation glass. Pours dark brown with a small tan head, minimal lacing. The smell starts with sweet caramel and chocolate covered fruit. Alcohol spice follows with earth notes and some floral hops. The taste follows suit, very rich in taste, but light in body. A very nice offering.
My internet wasn't working when I had this one. Lucky I have notes. I'm up to 13.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It seems like a lot of brewers commemorate their anniversaries these days by including an equivalent # of hops, malts, adjuncts, or what have your for whatever year they are celebrating. One has to wonder when they will run out of ingredients! As it stands, 8 malts and 8 hops turns out pretty well. The beer is a rich dark brown color with a frothy beige head that stayed forever. Nice lacing too. The aroma is roasted malt, grain and a little fruit. Medium body with a smooth texture. Lots of toasted malt flavor, along with hops, plum and caramel. The alcohol comes through now and again as well. The finish is malty and warming. Overall this beer was a pleasant surprise that I would try again. Here’s to next year’s 9th!

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: brooklyn snifter, only a sheet of carbonation that essentially disappears after settling, the beer is a deep garnet red - black when held away from any light

s: wow - striking aromas of oxidized tree fruits - prune puree, plum preserves, balsamic fig reduction, fermenting cherries in chocolate sauce, the predominant sweetness is counterbalanced with a mild sourness of dark fruits rotting on the ground, all parts have fused with age into this singular aroma, really liking this

m: carbonation almost gone but still just slickly kicking, body heavy but cleans up quickly

t: heavy prune flavors and overripe chocolate covered cherries dominant with mild plum skin tannins coming out after the swallow, sweet and smooth with the gentlest poke of bitterness, aged-tempered roasted malts linger in the background

d: one to take your time with, reading old reviews it's obvious that this beer has changed drastically, while flashbacks to the original beer still flicker on and off

around 4 years old at this point - and 2.25 years since the last review, bomber courtesy of HimerMan in No BS 4; 'bout time to gear up for 5

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Photo of atsprings
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a deep almost opaque black that shows ruby highlights when held to light and is topped with a thin light tan head that slowly diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of crisp citrus hops in front of dark malts. The taste dark malts in front of citrus hops, not as much as the aroma promised, but it does leave a nice lingering finish. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with smooth carbonation. This is certainly an interesting beer, I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of poundboy
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid an outragous $6.75 for this bomber at Dunderbak's in Tampa. The chosen beer, aye? I've been almost buying He'brew beer every time I go over to World of Beers, but somehow not quite taking the plunge. The limited edition label and extra large size convinced me to go for it.
Overall a pretty good porter. Not quite up there with Sierra Nevada or Saint Peter's Old Style Porter, but very yummy.
My main fault with this beer is its lack of head. A strong pour into a tulip glass produced a wimpy little half inch head that disapated in like a minute. Aromas of roasted malt, alcohol and what I believe are rather astringent phenols present themselves in the nose. Taste is of the dark malts and an almost astringent, yet pleasant flavor that I find only in certain porters. Again I believe this to be the phenols. Mouthfeel is excellent, thick and viscous with a pleasant stinging as it goes down. And despite the 8% ABV, I could probably drink this one all night. Porters are great for that.
I don't think this Jewish beer qualifies as holy water, but I would definately chose "the chosen beer" again.

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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 RockyTopHeel
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber.

Dark, chocolatey-brown with ruby reflected from penetrating light. One finger of creamy, light brown head reduces quickly to lace the glass.

The aroma is faint, with wisps of roasted malts and a touch of hops, but not much else, coming through.

The taste is slightly bitter and smooth, with roasted malt flavors dominating. There are hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, nuts, and maybe a touch of caramel, but really, it's mostly the roasted malts. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Jewbelation is ridiculously drinkable for the style, leaving the tongue slick. It isn't very complex, but its creamy simplicity is appreciable. Still, I found myself looking for a bit more in this one...

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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 IronCitySteve
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Fatheads Pittsburgh.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some shades of red. Provides a small tan foam head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: A large amount of chocloate, dark roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, dark fruit with some light amounts of citrus hops.

T: The dark fruit is the most predominant up front. Lots of raisins and dates. The chocolate and coffee are more prevalent in the middle and the back end. There is a light citrus hop flavor that provides an small amount of bitterness.

M: Thick rich and creamy. A nice full bodied beer.

D: A very nice sipping Porter. Let this one warm a bit and you will be nicely rewarded.

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He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 131 ratings