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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of maxpower
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark reddish brown almost black with a small light brown head that doesn't last long, not much lacing either. Chocolate and coffee aromas, chocolate, caramel, raisin, cherry-plum flavors. Medium bodied with a smooth kind of watery mouthfeel, light carbonation, finishes sweet, alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear translucent black. The head was frothy and tan and long lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with light chocolate and fruty esters.

The flavor was coffee, strongly so with chocolate just behind. The coffee and chocolate were very prevalent in the flavor a more malt backbone would have made the beer more interesting.

The finish was dry with lasting strong coffee and chocolate. The body was a thin and just past medium. The alcohol warming was the only thing that even hints at 8%. The alcohol was not really a part of the aroma and was only a smidge in the flavor.

22 ounce bottle. American Porter kinda sums this beer up.

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

Here we go, proof porter is kosher. Nu? Isn't it a stout with some extra yeastiness in the aroma. Quite roasty with a sour Baltic porter finish. Very black, very roasty. Coffee, hops, refreshing, but also syrupy sweet and awkward conglomeration of ingredients.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This turned up at a local store (that never carries micros, only European brews). After reading some reviews, I decided to give it a try. Hard to categorize. Has a suprisingly mild taste and mouthfeel for an 8% brew. Hop bitterness is in there, but the beer is relatively thin. Tastes a bit like a Baltic porter, but not as malty. Nothing off-putting, and it goes down fairly easily, but I really wouldn't recommend it. Not enough flavor here to make this anything special.

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

22oz bottle bought at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head above the dark, almost opaque mahogany brew. Frothy head lasts reasonably well, with average lacing. Aroma is dark grains, and that's about it. Seems like it's missing something, not sure exactly what. Taste is as well the dark malts, with a parting blow of coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. An interesting beer, but not particularly one I would be rushing out to replace in the fridge.

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Photo of alexgash
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark cola-brown with little light penetration. Solid, tight, dirty tan head and good lacing. Light, roasted soda sweetness on the nose, along with cardamom (?), vanilla, and spicy/scotch tape hops. Taste starts out with semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted grain. Sweetness crescendoes to almost cloying. Thankfully, roasted bitterness also rises and tempers some of the sweetness. Finish is dark chocolate-like in sweetness and bitterness with a bit of a medicinal twang. Medium-bodied with a smooth, yet thin, mouth feel. A little too sweet for me.

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Photo of Skidz
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out burnt orange-brown and sits deep crimson in the glass with a smallis brown head, fading fairly fast to a light skim.

Smells big and roasted, filled with hints of coffee, bitter chocolate and toffee. Old wooden sides of dried oak and narrow hints of bourbon. Alcohol seeps through and adds a light peppery kick with some orange aroma. Hopping provides a faint aroma of maple leaves.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, roasted flavors pick up and coat the mouth with borderline burnt flavors of coffee and charred wood. Mild percieved sourness, apple-skin like appearance. Some fruit esters appear; apples, pears and light orange sweetness. Bitterness is light, but well balanced. Ligering fruity sweetness and roasted flavors linger well on into the finish.

Smooth, gets fairly creamy as it warms and is swirled more and more. Light carbonation is very well suited for this beer and works right into the medium-full body.

Very drinkable, but rather pricey. Gimmicky...yeah, but at least it puts out. A respectable beer, drinkable on any occasion. Le'chayim!

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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 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 Guinness4me
2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Odd. I had to smell this beer three times before I could really SMELL this beer. It poured well enough, but when I went to smell it, I got nothing. Even after a few sips from my snifter, I still barely get a beer smell.

The taste had a little more kick, but not much. The only thing I really get from it is a very slight alchohol kick near the end.

The mouthfeel is average at best, but it has a strange deep chest burn long after you've swallowed.

Doesn't really seem like a porter to me, but I'm not really sure exactly what it is. Odd.

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Photo of clvand0
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark color with a small head that has poor retention and leaves only traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma has some bready malts with some chocolate - very weak. The flavor is much the same, but it is way too thin for my tastes. There is a citrus character in the flavor that I didn't like at all. Overall, I'm not impressed with this one.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep,deep brown color-not quite black going on. Nice slight head. Low aroma-faint malt. Maybe a touch of spice? Nice full malt flavor. Good balance of flavors overall. Not too sure this says "porter" but it has a good full flavor overall. Body is good for style. The higher abv is completely undiscernable. A very drinkable beer-perhaps a double brown ale more then a porter but well worth a try.

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

Dark scarlet, inching close to black. It appears clear, but is too dense to tell for sure. The head is modest and tan.
Nose of gingerbread, covered in Cool Whip, backed with nods towards roasted grain, and a rusty metal-edged cardboard that precludes total delight.
Begins with a minor roastedness. Not really coffee-like, and not really chocolately. Just a slight impression of burn. Sweetens with caramel, then into a dominating gingerbread epoch, just as the aroma promised, and likewise, it has some milky, vanilla whipped topping counterparts. It's thick and lingering with, finally, chocolate making its statement towards the conclusion, combining with a edge towards black grape. For something that boasts of 8 different kinds of hops, this has very little hop-associated flavor. It carries a tepid backend bitterness with a grassy, herbal pang or two.
All told, this is as lightly flavored as something this big gets.
It's tasty, even approaching delicious, but simple of mind. A big (ginger)bready brown ale is what you get here. Dense bodied, but not a trace of its strength is found.
I like it for what it is, but there seems a greater potential here.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to clvand0 for sharing this beer. This one departs the bottle just a shade shy of black, with a finger of tan head that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of fig. Overall, not much of a nose, but we'll see as it warms. The flavor is not all that bad. It starts with a nice coffee flavor that fades to chocolate and finishes with an almost citrus in there. Interesting. I think that the large variety of hops they used is what is giving it an off flavor at the end. The beer is a hair thin. Drinkability suffers from odd character in the flavor. Its not a bad beer, but not what I want in a porter. I think it is an interesting take, but just lacking..or maybe too much with all the malts and hops.

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

I was surprised to see this beer at my local store as I hadn't seen it since high school. I lived in a very Jewish neighborhood and we would always try to get this beer. Appears a bit thinner and lighter than your average robust porter but still a dark brown that is just barely penetrated by the light. Smell is pretty mellow, but I can detect some bready malts (8 of them to be exact) and a nice hop balance, but the scent isn't very in your face. Taste is equally well balanced. I've never had a porter that has that much of a hoppy presence and is more mellow on the malts. Nice twist. Mouthfeel is great and smooth, and it sure is easy to put this one back. L'chaim indeed!

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Photo of lou91
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m not one for gimmicks but having read the reviews this beer looked promising based on the premise and the reviews submitted. The beer looked just like a cola – dark brown and a thin head. The nose was tough to find despite swishing around and sticking my nose way deep into the glass - faint hints of maple and bitter chocolate. The beer has a nice balance of malt/hops but a precarious balance. The malt side is rich, thick and sweet with the hop side dry, astringent and also sweet.

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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 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 winomark
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thick light tan head. Mild roasted malt nose. CO2 adds lightness. Rich, toasty malt with a nice coffee finish. Hops not too noticable. Great mouthfeel. Flavorful, coating, but not too heavy. Very nice. Very flavorful, but no distinctive character, IMO. A good beer to have on hand. Worth a try.

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

This came in a 22oz bomber and was brewed with 8 different malts, 8 different hops and 8% alcohol. This pours out an opaque black with a tall tan head that quickly fell leaving no lace in its demise. Aroma is full of dark chocolate and is a little bit fruity. Taste is a bit sweet with notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt and a slight bit of fruit. There is a good amount of earthiness to it as well and the alcohol pops up once in a while. Body was about medium. Fairly good drinkability, I would have this again. Solid Brew all around.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown color, that is a brilliantly clear ruby tinted color when held up to the light. The head is frothy and a light brown color. The aroma is rich and full of dark malt notes, but it also has a not quite perceptible but a hint of light spiciness reminiscent of cinnamon and all spice. It smells sweet and lightly chocolatey as well. It is actually quite an appealing aroma that is quite a bit different than I was expecting.

The taste is lightly sweet with rich dark fruity notes and a slightly alcoholic finish. This beer is quite interesting, it is not at all what I was expecting. I must admit that I am enjoying this beer. It is a nice cold weather sipper. It is sweet and rich, though perhaps a bit unbalanced in its sweetness, but still I am enjoying it. I get notes of raisin, chocolate, espresso, plum, cinnamon, clove, and allspice.

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