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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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 2 fingers of head. Really thick lacing and nice retention. Color is black.

S. Smell is chocolate and roasted malt. Nice chocolate smell going on. A little alcohol presence but not much. Some hop bitterness. Smells Good.

T. Nice porter taste. Pretty smooth. Not a lot of hop presence that you get in most porters. Roasted malt and chocolate come out in the flavor. Smooth and well balanced.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

D. Pretty good porter. 8% isnt very noticeable at all. Nothing amazing, but a good beer none the less. Starting out on drinking Jewbelations 8-14. So far so good. Hopefully they get better from here.

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Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours clear dark dark ruby brown with a 1 finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of dark fruit malts some vanilla and chocolate

taste of dark fruit roasted malts but i do not get any vanilla that i pick up in the nose - lots of roast/chocolate in the aftertaste - for an 8% beer i detect no booze

mouthfeel is light thin with tons of carbonation that makes it feel a fuller then it really is

drinkability is so so - being over carbonated helped this beer a lot if this was low/flat it might have be a drain pour

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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 BigPlay1824
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a he'brew jewbelation vertical tasting glass

A: pours a black that appears very thick, has a thick head of frothy foam that lingers nicely on the top of the brew, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: nice malty depth with a slight sweetness at the end

T: very nice malt notes, the sweetness that comes out at the end is possibly reminiscent of grapes?

D/M: very little carbonation, very smooth on the pallet, very deep finish, doesn't sit as heavy as it might drink

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, anise, coriander, and a small roastiness. In the taste, anise and a dry coriander end, with a nice roasty malt all the way through. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry cinnamon aftertaste. Nice holiday spice in a nice porter.

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

Got this in the Chanukah 8-pack (but I'm wondering why it wasn't an 8-pack with a bomber for the Menorah?)

L: Pours a nice amber brown color with red highlights with a tall and medium sized head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, darker roasted malts, hints of coffee, dark fruits, and and some sweetness as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, deeper more burnt malts, followed by flavors of toffee, coffee, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit with a hint of alcohol.
M: Rich, smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation (even after all these years) fairly heavy feeling.
D: Pretty drinkable, this one went down easy and had a lot of flavors, body, and complexity to it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/06/10 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with high carbonation evident and one inch of tan head.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and light citrus hops. As it warmed up also got some toasted malts and bready malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and hops, as well as some dark fruits as it warmed up a bit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent porter but not one of the better Jewbelation beers. Wouldn't look to have again if the others were still on tap.

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