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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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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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 99
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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Photo of seand
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Vertical Jewbelation gift pack.

A: Pours a slightly translucent dark brown, with a fair amount of foamy dark tan head. Head retention is okay, but it doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Thick caramel malt; brown sugar is present. Somewhat flat.

T: Mild sweetness, with a background of toasty malts. Slightly dry bitter coffee finish.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks reasonably well.

I certainly wouldn't call it bad, but it doesn't really stand out either. It has the thick sweetness common in beers of this ABV, but without much depth or complexity.

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Photo of Avantyawn
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

From the Vertical Jewbelation gift set.

A: Deep brown, little head, no lacing

S: Delicious sweet malts permeate. Maple syrup , toffee , coffee cake. Simpler smelling than many of the stronger beers int he series which I actually enjoy.

T: As good as it smells, the taste is tinny and soapy and pretty bad. It almost tastes like diet dr. pepper or something, not a good thing. Ends tasting watery and thin and sour. Unfortunately, this is the worst of the series.

M: As much as I find the taste unpleasant, the mouthfeel is decent.

D: Eh..I don't like how it tastes, I don't even want to finish my 12oz bottle of this. Awful drinkability here in my opinion. I just dumped the last 4 ounces or so down the drain, yikes.

I'm a big fan of this brewer and this series in general, however this is not a good beer. In fact, I think it is a terrible beer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color; almost no light. poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention dissipating to a skim. Laced n thin rings.

S: Mild toasted malts; slightly smokey. Earthy hops and alcohol.

T: Toasted malts like the nose. Dark, fruity esters. Malt comes through really big in the taste. Clean and warming in the finish for a big beer.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy then dry and warm in the finish.

D: Complex and flavorful for many of its style. The ABV is evident but not overbearing.

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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 imagese
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1st bottle in vertical boxed set

A- cola colored pour with a half finger head that leaves very little lacing

S- licorice, baker's chocolate, and a faint plum. Malt dominated nose

T- tart dark fruit with licorice and a bitter chocolate. Not very balanced

M- light body with slightly high carbonation.

D- pushing myself to down my 6oz share of this bottle

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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 Errto
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, just slightly translucent. 1 finger head, fairly noticeable bubbles.

Smell is dominated by chocolate malts. Taste is more of the same, just a tiny hint of sweetness. No real hop presence that I'm able to detect. Carbonation is quite strong, even a bit harsh. An almost fruity aftertaste as it warms, but fairly modest.

Overall a decently enjoyable beer, but the carbonation makes it hard to pick up the subtleties from the blend of malts used, at least for me. No alcohol bite at all for 8% ABV though, which is a nice trick that not every brewer achieves, so it wins on drinkability for that.

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Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of chocolate and roasted malt, but subtle, not in your face. Some earthy hops smells as well.

The taste follows the nose. Pretty smooth. Decent amount of hop presence, underlying earthy balance. Roasted malt and chocolate come out in the flavor. Smooth and well balanced. Finishes balanced and dry. Flavors all improve as it warms. Definitely can't taste 8 different hops though, really glad I don't actually. As it warms some dark fruits come out as well.

Overall this is a good start for the Jewbelation series for me. Drinks extremely light for the ABV. Not crazy amazing but just good.

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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 biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (though the label proclaims a 22oz measure - huh). Anyway, nice to see 2004 revisited, in a physical way - it was a good year, if only from memory.

This beer pours a solid, deep dark brown colour, not quite black, with no penetrating light, and three fingers of dense foamy beige head, which settles slowly, eventually rendering some hefty rings of lace around the glass. It smells of toasted malt, dry coffee, bittersweet chocolate, earthy black fruit, and mild warming alcohol. The taste is roasted bready, caramel malt, dry chocolate, a twinge of sour milk, and bitter herbal hops. The carbonation is on the down side of average, the body smooth, decently weighted, and not lacking in creaminess. It finishes a bit sweet, the 8 malts not to be denied by a noticeable, but underwhelming counter force of hops.

A pretty good porter, drinkable by the product line's standards, the booze well integrated. Little did this 'katan' beer know what it was spawning for the coming decade or so...

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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 kaseydad
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Partaking as part of the vertical pack. Snifter pour and I am met with a dark brown ale and a nice brown foamy head that rings around the glass. The initial smell has charachteristics of a Barley wine. As it settles and I agitate the foam again, I smell garlic powder, soy sauce and some faint roasted malts. Though the smell is somewhat off, I like it. The taste has some light coffee/toffee taste with a strong presence of butter. I must say I do like it. The butter kick at the end is very interesting. The mouthfeel is creamy with the butter/silkiness presence. I drank this very easily and though it says 8%, this went down way smooth. I could see the taste putting off some drinkers, but the recipe in 2004 is pretty good to this BA'er.

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Photo of jera1350
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the holiday gift pack.

Pours a thin non transaparent black with a trace of foam.

Very faint roasted malt smell.

Liking the flavor. Moderate roasty malt, green hops, raisin like fruit and cola notes.

Very flat and quite thin feeling.

I really like the taste of this brew, but the lack of body and carbonation wreck any chance of this being a good beer.

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Photo of UA8
1.82/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From vertical gift pack.

Pours a dark garnett/brown body with a thin light brown head.

Scents of figs, dates, roasted malts. Fairly weak.

Palate is not pleasing at all very messy tastes of alcohol, fermented grain, slight roastyness, and some hints of off dark fruits. Some off grain alcohol notes just linger on the palate.

Harsh and coarse carbonation with a thin viscosity.

My first instinct was to be too lax in rating this beer but after some serious contemplation, this is quite an awful beer. The brewing in this is hack at best. I've had better initial batches from home brewers. There are so many flaws between the off flavors and harsh carbonation and thin mouthfeel. I hope the box gets better.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From part of the Jewbelation Vertical gift pack. Pours out a deep dark brown with a rocky beige head that slowly settles to a creamy cap. Sticky lacing.

Some dry cocoa, but even more prominant sweet dark dried fruits, faint herbal spicy hops.

The flavour seems a bit indecisive. Dry bitter dark chocolate malt, with sweet dark dried fruits in the middle that would seem more at home in a Belgian Dubbel or Dark Strong Ale, finishing with sharp coffee and piercing herbal hops, the latter of which loiters on in the aftertaste. Coffee ground and bitter cocoa manage to overwhelm it eventually. This is an aftertaste with staying power, that's for sure.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, quite light for the flavours within the beer, slick texture with low carbonation.

I won't argue about the style, as I think this is probably one of those beer experiments that colours outside the lines, which I'm cool with, although American Porter is still pretty broad. An Old Ale might encompass it a bit better. But the fact of the matter is that things just don't pull together in this beer. The flavour has some bold aspects to offer, but as a whole there is no harmony at any point, which greatly takes away from the experience. Rather than challenging me it just left me more confused.

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip dec27 2010

A dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to the light with a 3 finger head that retains quite well and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S faint chocolate with a little molasses, a little nutty with some dark fruit and booze

T mimics the smell fairly well with a little sweetness, a bit of a strange brew if you ask me I think this could fit into several beer styles

M a little syrupy and sticky on the lips, the bubbles thicken it up a bit and the flavors linger

D decent brew and for 8% it went down pretty quick

picked this one up in my vertical pack and never really fingered out a beer style for this one

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Photo of Gmann
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour a dark brown color with a small yet dense tan colored head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is quite subtle. Some brown bread with hints of raisins; that's about it.

Big raisin flavor which transitions into a toasted brown bread. There is some tea and lemon flavors as well.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but has some toasted bitterness. Good balance. ABV well hidden.

A decent porter with a big raisin presence. Not sure I like the raisin presence in a porter but its fine.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a snifter glass. This is the 2010 re-created brew, part of the 2010 Jewbelation Holiday Gift Set.

Pours a deep burnished brown with a small tan head that fades rather quickly to a thick crown that just barely holds on to the walls of the glass, leaving behind some slight short-lived rings of lace.

Aroma is pleasing, with notes of lightly roasted coffee, burnt caramel, herbaceous hops, a faint sour-acidic tinge, and dried figs.

A medium-full body holds a slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An underlying sweet malt character of caramel and brown sugar is present, mingling with a hint of blackstrap molasses, layered on top with roasted malt, dried fig, a hint of herbaceousness, leading into a rather dry, roasty-sweet finish with a lingering character of dark chocolate.

Overall, a rather solid, heavy duty porter. Mildly complex, yet nothing mind-altering, I only wish that I had had the chance to try this in its original form. Quite a lovely beer.

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