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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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 131
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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Photo of rka758
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of the Jewbelation 8-pack.
Paid $34 for the box.
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Poured a deep brown with a thin head which seems to stick around.
S: Aroma of sweet malts and coffee.
T: This beer is brewed with 8 hops and 8 malts. I think that the taste is balanced enough to showcase each of these characteristics. A little sweet, a little citrus. Finishes with a nice coffee taste.
M: A little thin a little to lively for a porter imo.
D: This is tasty. At 8%abv I think that they do a great job.

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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 emsroth
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not jewish, but I will be celebrating hanukah this year!

App: Huge thick tan head sits on a deep, dark body with ruby hues on the edges.

Smell: Superb aroma--what a porter should smell like. A blend of sweet, creamy coffee; chocolate; and plenty of caramel with a dash (I want more!) of herbal hops.

Taste: Creamy coffee flavor upfront, a touch of that roasted malt sourness (not the best in a porter). Wonderfully sweet and herbal hop flavor in the finish. As much fruitiness in the hops as there is earthiness. Must be from that 8 hop blend. The alcohol hides pretty well in the hop flavor. Ends extremely dry and bitter from the hops and roasted malts.

Note: After reading the ingredients, it does not surprise me that oats are an ingredient. This beer has a slight creamy quality.

Much more thin than I expected. It certainly doesn't show it's strength in flavor or body.

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Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from a 12-ounce bottle included in the 14th anniversary variety pack. This is a re-brew of the first Jewbelation produced 7 years ago, made with eight different malts and hops.

Looks: unlit. The beer pours from the bottle a clear dark brown the color of coffee that coalesces in the glass to an obscurant ebony. It's capped with a fizzy head the color of oak about a finger in thickness that dissipates after just a few seconds, leaving behind some jagged spotty lacing.

Smells: dark chocolate, grapes, prune juice. Some toastiness, though the dark fruits reign here.

Tastes: raisiny. Sweet prunes and a light biscuity flavor pair with earthy hops. The alcohol burn is pretty hefty, affecting the flavor with notes of dark rum. A light acrid roastiness lingers on the sides of the tongue. Lighter than I expected for a brew with eight varieties of malts and hops.

Feels: prickly, with a medium carbonation. The soft, medium-light body is moderately fizzy as it moves about the mouth. The alcohol isn't hidden all that well, noticeable as a pretty hefty burn in the throat.

Drinks: disappointingly. have to admit I was expecting more from Jewbelation. I hope the following years, with their subsequent additions of malts and hops, make for more flavor and complexity.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bookhouse Pub during a pub crawl event for the brewery.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of a muddled combination of roasted, toasted, and chocolate malts. Also present are faint hints of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more defined. Lightly roasted malt flavors with a sweetness that I usually expect from toasted malts kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of semi-sweet chocolate flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending..

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this beer just wasn't very crisp and there's nothing about it that makes me excited about another. Of all the anniversary beers I've had (8-13) this was the least impressive. Not worth seeking it but if you're a fan of the brewery then it still is worth a shot to see for yourself.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-brewed as part of the recent He'brew gift pack. Poured into the souvenir glass included as part of the package. Somewhat black, with a good brown head on top. Aromas of raisins, dark chocolate and plums. On the palate, medium bodied, somewhat porter-like, with flavors of raisins, prunes and other dark fruits, with an underlying citrus note and a bitter finish. Reminded me of Avery's New World Porter, similar to a black IPA, but not quite up to par.

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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 treehugger02010
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this as a single at the Foodery in Center City Philadelphia, Pa.
Appearance: Dark, dark, dark. Not light got through at all. The head was a solid brown color with decent retention and awsome lacing.
Smell: Very malty with very very very subtle hop presence.
Taste: The taste reflected the smell almost exactly.
Mouthfeel: This was probably the smoothest brew I have ever drank. It was a work of art on my tounge.
Drinkablilty: Were as the taste and smell left somthing to be desired, the mouthfeel was so incredible if can't be stated strong enough.
Don't drink and review.

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

22oz bottle, poured into my regular large tasting glass, split with my brother.

Nice strong pour produced a minimal 1 finger head, that was lightly fluffy and a tan/white head.

Smell - this is a two year old porter, so I was not expecting this to have all the smell that it did. Big amounts of roasted coffee, chocolate, a touch of whole grains and some bread.

Taste - Almost like a Baltic porter, then a bit of sweetness blended with burnt coffee (very light though) and grains. Very impressive after all these years with the amount of flavor that was in this.

Overall - This beer has clearly survived 2 years of aging without a problem, I would definitely suggest trying this beer if you have the chance.

This would pair well with grilled foods or a nice BBQ.


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Photo of Higravity
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah this was a really nice tasting beer for being 2 years old. The flavoring was a deep rich mix of malty flavor with a mild meldding of hops. The dark crystal brown had a over flowing head that gave it a smell of a slightly roasted nutty goodness. The hops were muted but still present enough to balance the beer. The mouthfeel was a little too carbonated, but overall I wish this was a production beer as I would seek this regularly.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ok, so this is obviously an old bottle and not typically the type of beer that should keep this long and still be super good, but what the heck, the beer's retired so my review doesn't help or hurt it anyway. Just think of this as a review of what this beer might taste like if you found it now, as i did.

A dark beer with a tan head that fades pretty fast. Full, malty chocolate odor, smells sweet. tastes very malty and bitter, like of like old coffee grounds. muddled hops and over the top malt blends...thick, even grainy mouthfeel like dirty water. not super good to drink, but like i said, its old and tastes that way. I bet it was better 2 years ago.

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Photo of bruachan
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bought this at acme in hudson, though i don't think they have any left. it's very pungent, and the first thing i got was bubblegum. up close i smell less of it and more of a smooth medly of hops and cocoa-nutty smells

it's dark and lively carbonation emerges from the depths to replenish a very nice head. its staying power is excellent and its nature is exceptionally creamy

when i sip...oooh, smooth. superduper smooth. its flavor profile is not complex, however. tasty, but not complex. i'll forgive, since i'm enjoying it enough

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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 weeare138
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 year aged bottle...
Appears a dark, hazy brown with scattered off white lacing.
Smell is of caramel malts, dark fruits, and a touch of spice.
Taste is of the same aromas with caramel and light hops standing out.
Mouthfeel is sweet and bitter with a light watery feel to to overall body.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep dark brown beer that can I can just barely pass some light through the edges. No real head formation here.

Smell is light and mildly sweet and fruity. Nice aroma of coffee and some chocolate. Fruity scent is mostly plums.

Taste is a big chocolate flavor and caramel with a slight charred malt flavor. The flavor starts off as chocolate but it ends with an Italian espresso flavor, similar to Starbucks coffee. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

All things considered this is a slightly better than average. If you see this one for $4 or so it is worth a try but this is no super beer.

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

A little late on this one...

Pours a super deep brown with a nice off-white head that sticks. Little lace. Aromas of cocoa and big biscuit foremost, while slight plum and some caramel notes faintly appear. In time it all builds to a molasses-like character that is pleasing but not strong.

Tastes of medium chocolate with good cocoa and toasty biscuit complexity and a noticeable hop burnish. Fairly crisp finish with a little latent creaminess and herbal hop flavor. Smooth and surprisingly moderate mouthfeel hides the gravity of this brew well, combining with low carbonation for far too easy a slide down the gullet.

A nice porter, spot-on for style, yet a little mild.

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

This is a nice dark porter with a tan head. It smells very good. Very sweet and malty, with a bit of vanilla. The taste and mouthfeel are very nice. It is extremely smooth and creamy. There is a big malty rush, but not too sweet, that is followed by a mild hop finish. There is just the right amount of body (there is nothing I hate more than a weak, watery porter). It is a very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Winter
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a thin tan head. Aroma consists of hints of chocolate malt with some vinous tones. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Rich malty flavor upfront. Flavors of chocolate and coffee follow. Hints of roasted malt. Despite the addition of 8 different hops, the beer isn't overly hoppy at all. In fact, very low bitterness. Smooth drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a short-lived tan head that left sparse lacework on the glass.

Aroma is sweet malts, fruity ale yeast, a tincture of alcohol in the back. At 8% this is a beer to respect.

Taste is sweet first then roasted malts and charcoal followed by some transient bittering hops then the alcohol comes in. A short astringent finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin for the gravity, some oily persistence on the palate and tongue.

As a porter this is a very drinkable bottle. Less kitsch and a little more effort and it could be a great one. I will keep my eye on this one. I love a good malty porter.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a light brown head that looks creamy. It fades slowly leaving only a small lacing. It smells of roasted amlt and chocolate. It also has a slight nutty aroma. It tastes quite malty. The hop flavor balances it well. It had a caamel flavor. It also had a dark fruit flavor to it, like plums maybe? It is carbonated decently. This beer might not be the best session beer. It is a little lacking in flavor, maybe more chocolate malt? It is also a little thin for the style. It would be much better if it was just a little creamier. I think this beer is decent. I probably would not buy it again.

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

Pours an average tan head over clear deep brown liquid. Sweet and lightly malty/roasty nose. Quite hoppy with a depth of roasty maltiness and molasses underneath the initial bitterness. Slight coffee tones. Finishes with very little alcohol tasted/detected. Nice to try once or twice, that's about it though. Corny name too.

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

First I have to say L'Chaim! And then... thank God that Shmaltz has finally come out with a beer good enough to step from the shadow of their entertaining but gimmicky marketing. This beer is actually decent! It pours an almost black body with ruby highlights beneath a creamy head of dark tan. The head retention could be better, but how much can you really ask for in a beer?.... you tell me! Anyway, the yeast lends it a soft red-fruit character in the nose; and that overides any subtle dark maltiness that might be there (not unlike some of their other beer). There is a soft, nougaty malt note that comes through though. It's smooth but not creamy across the palate with a moderate carbonation and medium body. Dark malt is present in the flavor, however, but it's somewhat muted and never really gives any distinctly chocolatey or roasty characteristics until the finish.... instead it's more like baker's chocolate, or a limited quality dark chocolate. But don't take that in the wrong way... it's still good, it's just somewhat muddled. There are some nice caramel notes, and some low-level roastiness, as well as its yeasty fruitiness and a touch of spiciness (alcohol?). But with 8 malts in there what can you expect! ... ... Unfortunately, the same is true for the 8 hops - they just don't show. There's a little bit of a piney/leafy character that comes out in the finish, and perhaps a touch of citrus along the way, but other than that the hops seem to be there more for bitterness. Still, it's alcohol is very well hidden, and it's "rich" to a certain extent. I enjoyed a full 22 oz. bottle and would probably buy another one... not bad.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- Pitch black brew with a thin dirty white head that is pretty smooth.

S- roasted malt aroma with just a faint nuttiness and a spicy hop smell in the background

T- good roasted malt with a bit of an astringent finish with a slight hint of cola. Hops play into the finish but not as big as the malt. Nice citrus to the hopiness at the end.

M- the mouthfeel is a light medium body with a gentle carbonation

D- Nice drinking porter but not the depth that I would expect from the 8 grains and 8 hops that the bottle states. A good strong porter and a well balanced beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its disembarking the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a deep ruby-brown color with a Bunyanesque sized frothy light brown head that every so slowly dissipates leaving a thick blanket of lace to obfuscate the glass. Nose is lightly toasted grain, sweet malt, fresh and clean to the senses; start is nicely malted, somewhat sweet with the top light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is persistent in its carbonation and the hops forthright in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, certainly worth a sample.

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He'Brew Miraculous Jewbelation (8) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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