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He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend)He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend)

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% barrel-aged ale, a blend of seven recipes of Jewbelation (from year 8 to year 14). Aged in Sazerac 6 year rye whiskey barrels.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 248
Photo of Impfan
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All the dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, nutty, and smoky complexity of the regular Jewbelation with the addition of the absolutely perfect level of Sazerac barrel aging, which mitigates a good deal of the sweetness in the finish, and adds a spicy twang of beautiful rye. The body seems a bit less syrupy/chewy than the standard Jewbelation, and this contributes to a better drinkability.

Fantastic brew!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at WilliBrew for weird beer wednesday 12/7/11

A - dark chestnut brown, impenetrable to the harshest light, a thin beige sticky head sits atop

S - holy bourbon! rich, big bourbon aromas, the dark sweetness rounds out a robust aroma oaky, vanilla, hoppy nose

T - darkness abounds; dark sweetness - vanilla, toffee, burnt caramel, molasses, brown sugar, - dark fruits - black cherries, raisins, dates, plums, and such, and all this sits above a great hoppy oakiness

M&D - sublimely complex and layered, supremely blended, a slight alcohol burn at the end was warming and well received, but may turn some off, an amazing beer, makes me wish WilliBrew got more than 5 gallons.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very, very dark brown with dark burgundy too. Nice 2 finger tan head on top. I like my beers dark and this one definitely meets that requirement.

S: Malt, slight vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, some wood, and a little maple maybe. Very complex. Nothing is particularly overpowering...there are subtle hints of a lot of different things going on.

T: Truly an awesome beer. Sweet, smooth, dark malt. Heavy caramel. Candy sugar and brown sugar. Some oakiness with just a twinge of whiskey. The whiskey is not overpowering at all. Some dark fruits/plums. Hint of vanilla. Hint of chocolate. Slight coffee aftertaste. Some molasses maybe(?) Like the aroma, the taste is very complex. I get something different every time I drink it.

M: Not overly carbonated. Smooth. Not syrupy or overly viscous. I could do a whole bomber no problem. Leaves vestiges of wood, caramel, and dark sugar.

O: Man, I really like this beer a LOT. I was kind of surprised too. I had only had the Freaktoberfest (which is my all time least favorite beer, bar none) from Shmaltz but this one is at the exact polar opposite end of the spectrum. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it. I don't understand why it doesn't get more attention and praise. It is really a phenomenal beer. I bought a case of it while I could find it and still wish I had bought more!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a very dark red brown, appearing black in the glass. Light brown head with light lacing. Delicious dark malt, oak and caramel aroma. Flavor similar, dark and roasted malts, excellent oak, whisky, caramel and chocolate. Finishes malty with a bit of a hop kick. Absolutely delicious. After considering the early Jewbelations as just above average and the later ones as a nice but a bit boozy, this one turned out just right. Mazel tov I really wish I had been able to stock up on this ale, but it disappeared quickly.

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Photo of patm1986
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottled 10-4-2010

out pours a muddy dark brown with a bit of head, cream-colored with some retention but not much lace. sits looking brandy-like.

aromas of black plums and fresh figs, light brown sugar, vanilla, whiskey is very subtle--definitely would not be able to tell it was rye.

taste lots of stone fruits: plums, pear. figs again. there's a port quality here. vanilla and caramel sweetness. it's so unbeleivebly mellow, i'm in shock. the flavors are all so wrapped up in a tight progression that none of them are any more dominant or overpowering than the next; it's really incredible. the barrel flavors are really smooth.

so smooth. not too big or hot; you don't get that 10% or that whiskey barrel bite. creamy. exceptionally smooth.

epic. i wish i had more. the barrel aspect of this beer is as smooth and accepting as anything i've had. it actually reminds me of the type of success achieved in KBS. it's really incredible. i'm so curious as to how this drank a year ago, because with nearly twelve months on this piece, it's more drinkable than i would've imagined.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served chilled in a snifter glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black with no ruby highlights. What can I say I like beer that is black and dark in general. The head was a presistant light tan coloration. Nice foam lacing marks this beers all to rapid passing from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer has a very nice malty brown sugar, molasses, vanilla and of coarse boozey oaken barrel. Some drinkers may not like the in the face nature of the rye barrel but I am really digging this. Dancing around the base of this wonderfully malty beer are the aromas of dark fruit dates, figs, and yes I think even pomegranites.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is almost a perfect delivery of the aroma. Lots of dark roasted, toasted and even a few scorched malt tones. Major delivery of a malty beer lovers dream. The fruit flavors are nicely wrapped up in a caramelized brown sugar, vanilla and whiskey barrel flavor. I am very impressed with how well these beers blended. Very well played!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is big and chewy yet is very smooth. No alchol is present in the mouthfeel. The drinkability was nearly perfect for me. Very well done! If you dont like a boozey beer piss off this one aint for you.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan 2 finger creamy head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell is bready malts, whiskey, dark fruits, oak and vanilla

Taste is like the nose, except whiskey is more pronounced. Some alcohol warming comes through. Did not pick up any rye in either the nose or taste.

Nice creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation.

A very drinkable beer, considering the ABV. The alcohol is present in the taste, but still a pleasure to sip.

A very good beer from Smaltz, worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. I let this warm a while before serving. Pours a ruddy brown with deepmruby highlights and a thick, tan head.

Smell is abundant, and multiple-layered. Tannic fruit, leather, toffee, oak, alcohol, dark chocolate, and hints of coffee swirl and mix. Faint yeast and breadiness also are present.

Whoa, starts creamy, with decent yeast, caramelized-grain, mild up-front hoppiness that retreats to a coffee bitter, and leaves a dense fog of baker's chocolate hanging in the back of the mouth/throat area. Almost buttery to start, before spreading with alcohol warmth it is kind of like drinking a warm toddy.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is a filling beer, that leaves an almost chalky bitter aftertaste.

Highly drinkable, having this makes me curious as to what the component beers that make up this vertical offering tasted like. Is its complexity due to the mixture of beers that comprise this offering, or is it the inherent nature of this beast? Either way, I find it highly enjoyable. Watch out for the high abv, though, it will sneak up on you!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Not surprisingly, this one has the same appearance as all the other Jewbelations; the dark brown color, the single finger of tan head with nice retention and mediocre lacing, everything syncs up.
Aroma contains grape notes (as well as lesser amounts of other dark fruits), dark chocolate, chicory, allspice, milk tea, and some accents of herbal hopping with a constant level of bourbon booze in the foreground framing everything.
Flavor is a heavy rye malt forward rich doppelbock with tannic elements and herbal / tea-like / earthy hopping elements. All of this orbits around a strong core of dark figs, plums, and spiced baking chocolate. Body is heavy but not as syrupy as the most recent Jewbelation, lightly carbonated and silky smooth in texture. This brew is definitely worth trying, the complexity of aroma and flavor just keeps on coming to the table with something new every time you sip or smell it!

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Photo of bashiba
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouerd a very deep dark brown with mahogony highlights and a thick and fluffy long lasting tan head.

The smell is very dry and woody with hints of the sazerac rye poking through with light vanilla and pepper notes.

Wow! The flavor is huge a big blast of bright vanilla sweet malts mixing in with dark chocolate and roasted barley, quickly the Rye kicks in with a big blast of oak and spicy rye whiskey. Very sweet with some big dark fruits coming through nicely as the beer warms. Incredibly complex with a big depth of flavors. Outstanding.

The mouthfeel isn't as thick and chewy as I would expect, very dry oak notes lend itself to a nice medium body.

Fantastic barrel aged beer, putting it into a barrel of one of the all time great whiskeys doesn't hurt it at all.

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Photo of alexgash
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottling date 10/4/2010.

Dark cola brown body. Clear, with garnet edges. Fat finger of creamy, dark sandy brown head. Nice lacing too. Complex nose with notes of shoe leather, figs, Madeira, butterscotch, various spices (cinnamon?), vanilla, and whiskey-soaked oak.

Singed malts up front. Soon turn sweeter, with caramelized fruit and rich toffee flavors. Chewy mid-palate with lots of sugary ripe figs, brown sugar, and caramel-soaked malts. Light butterscotch, coconut, vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, and moderate whiskey notes around the edges, increasing toward the finish. Full-bodied with a nice creamy feel. An amazing blend, aged to perfection. Wish I had more of this!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is - WOO WEE, strong, malty, woody, with an alcohol underpinning and yeasty and floral hints. It pours a pretty chocolaty brown that is opaque save at the edges, with a fairly good beige head. Flavor is - not for the faint of heart! Quite strong, it is woody, malty, a little honey sweet, slightly fruity, slightly nutty, with a good alcohol edge. Texture is smooth and edgy, leaving a woody and tingly finish.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought in Manhattan, Kansas but brought back and enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City.

Marked as "Batch/Cases No. 002/892, Bottling Date 12/1/2010"

An amazing beer.

Pours a very pretty dark brown, approaching black with a really pretty generous tan head that leaves lots of Belgian lace.

Aroma is rich and malty.

Flavor is intense and complex. Alcohol is dominant. Some bitter toastiness. Bits of chocolate and cream. Some cab sav red wine notes. Some molasses and maple syrup. Fair amount of hops in there. Raisins. Vanilla. Very dry backbone. A little bit of the whiskey for sure and maybe some of the rye spiciness.

Exquisite mouthfeel. Delightfully smooth and velvety texture.

A legendary beer. World class.

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Photo of jsh420
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from the gift pack 2010

pours dark brown with 1 finger tan that had decent retention but left no lacing

smells very woody lots of chocolate caramel and dark fruit malt

taste is where the rye whiskey comes through - its not over powering - balanced very well with the dark malts - i get just a tad of hops to give the bitterness needed

mouthfeel - full body that is crazy velvety smooth

drinkability.overall - this beer is amazing and up there with the best stouts i have ever tasted - i cracked this beer open tonight because i just found out there released this in 22oz bombers - glad i did - and will buying a couple

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from the gift set. poured into a duvel taster tulip.
batch 001/230 bottled on 10.4.2010

a - poured a soft brown which settled darker with a reddish tint fringe when held to the light. thin creamy barely beige head that was gone shortly after it showed itself leaving a ring around the surface and a few small islands of head.

s - yum. vanilla and wood jump out at first. little toffee in the background. smells wonderful.

t - the barrels really work well with this beer. everything seems to really nicely compliment each other. again nice vanilla and wood dominate, but the beer in the background is pretty awesome as well.

m - smooth and light. really easy to drink. dangerously easy to drink.

o - overall, WOW...what a sleeper. this is a really great beer and i'll definitely be looking to grab a few more of these. i really look forward to digging through the contents of this beer as i drink down the gift set.

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Photo of Pencible
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with hints of brown, with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled amazing, like strong rye and oak, with rich caramel and toffee and dark chocolate and some tobacco and coffee.
T: It tasted like tons of rye and oak and caramel, with some dark chocolate and toffee and tobacco and vanilla and sweetened coffee. It had a smooth bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Very nice.
D: This was a fantastic beer. Better than any of the other Jewbelations, and I really liked most of those! The rye barrel aging really added a lot, even though some of the hops and other Jewbelation complexities weren't noticeable. Huge body and very well hidden alcohol made this so easy to drink. But please sip and savor this gem. Maybe best fresh, but could definitely keep for a while too. Highly recommended.

Note: I had this in the same evening with Black Ops, Bourbon Angel's Share, Bourbon Old Stock, and Consecration. But this may have been my favorite of the night.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

He'Brew Vertical Jewbelation, bomber bottled on December 01 2010.

Appearance: A vigorous pour produces a one-and-one-half fingers of machiatto-like head, which promptly recedes into one and then into a rim and a pale mantle with active bubbles. Barely any lacing and feeble retention. Color is mostly a deep dark mahogany, almost black with brown tones.

Smell: All the classic elements of a barrel-aged beer are on the nose: wood, vanilla, booze, whiskey. Also raisin puree and extremely ripe prunes fallen from the tree and dying on the ground. Rum and chocolate. Well balanced and delicious, all of those elements are sharp and enticing and ameliorate when the beer warms up. When served almost at room temp, smelling this beer is almost like plunging straight into a whiskey cask.

Taste: Very smooth and woodsy, mostly follows nose, with the vanilla, bourbon, wood and booze all in place and the addition of some chocolate and sugary sweetness. A surprisingly spiciy finish. Some smoke thrown around.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, well rounded, never overpowering. Body is medium, carbonation is medium but just right, flavor is full and outstanding. Finishes dry and woodsy, not unlike licking a cask (but in a good way).

Drinkability: Damn nice! Start chilled, but do -by all means- let it warm up. At room temp, this beer shines and becomes pretty much a world-class concoction.

Somebody pointed out this brew is more balanced than all the individual ones that make up the blend. I must agree. This is some serious stuff!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at kickbacks jax, fl

appearance: deep dark brown with a loaded head and good retention. almost stout liek apprearance.

smell: dark malts, sublte whiskey

taste: sweetness was balanced and a had a smooth rich flavor. nice bourbon flavor, not overdone as many are. loads of vanilla and balanced with some nice hop presence.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: best berew beer Ive had, hands down.

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Photo of mandoman1
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap to a snifter at the Barley Oak in Mandeville, LA. Dark, opaque appearance. I did not realize it was rye barrel cured while tasting. The flavor was more of a sweet chocolate and a good choice after a big meal. I could not consume more than a few of these back to back as they are very full bodied and pack a pretty good kick. Sticky but sweet. oo lala.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sadly I come to the last of my vertical set. All pretty solid. I pour this into a snifter aggressively and I am met with a dark dirty brown colored ale and a huge two-finger beige head with insane lacing. The aroma has some sweet brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla. Great smells all around. The taste is very sweet. A lot going on here. Has a taste of a chocolate bar dipped straight into the whiskey jug. Great combo of both flavors. Some nice whiskey elements on the swallow and a boozy aftertaste. Some burn and warming in the tummy. Not overpowering....just enough to show you what's up. Whoa..just got some slight cookie dough batter and more vanilla as it warms. Really good stuff. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good for the style. The flavor does not get tiresome and new things are discovered after each sip. A very good beer.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

into a snifter bottled on 12-1-2010

Pours black with a reddish brown hue up to the light. Has a nice thin tan head.

Smells like chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak and a noticeable alcohol presence.

Taste is gooey, sweet, and has a lacto stout like creaminess. The whisky makes this beer hands down. Crazy good.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with good carbonation.

Overall is amazing. The third bottle of this I've and it just keeps getting better.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark red, almost no light penetrates it even when held up to light.  There's a two to three finger tan head which clings beautifully and leaves great lacing.  Bourbon is heavy on the nose, along with some vanilla and chocolate, smells delicious.  Taste is great, all of the flavor components you'd expect, bourbon and vanilla along with some darker fruits like figs and a slightly bitter and drying hop finish.  Mouthfeel is sticky, thick and chewy.  I'd live to get a six pack of this, drink some now and cellar some.  I'm always impressed with Hebrew anniversary beers, and this one is the best yet.  Great job Shmaltz!

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a nice deep brownish red color with a thick medium brown head that its quite creamy, tons of lacing

S: initially a sweet scent but then a pronounced whiskey smell really begins to dominate

T: really mirors the scent, sweet initially then immediately switches over to whiskey notes, slight woody taste as well

D/M: the whiskey taste makes it a great beer but the alcohol twinge hurts the drinkability, slight carbonation tingle, whiskey taste really lingers across the pallet

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

more than exceeded my expectations. Had it on tap 2-3 months ago and was not at all impressed.

Sure loving it now from a 6 month old bottle, bottled Dec 1, 2010

A - DARK brown, almost black - excellent head retention, lacing and very active still in the tulip. Swirls bring up a sold one inch head that sticks around!

S - very good but when warms, fantastic. Chocolate caramel brownie soaked in brown sugared Bourbon.

T - Matches nose but add some Oak, rye bourbon and vanilla, molasses and a wee bit of liquorice. Bourbon integrated perfectly. Does not overpower, nor take a back seat. Let's the complexities of the verticals still shine and make their place known.

M - I wanted to give this a 4 because I'd like more of a velvet softer stout mouthfeel with this one but it's not a stout. It's a Strong Ale and Phuck. The mouthfeel is about as good as it gets for a Stong Ale friends...

O - At the $11.99 price tag a STEAL! Other Breweries take notice. I wish I had another to age another 6-12 months. *EDIT* Now that I'm finishing this gem...it really is one of the better Bourbon Bal-aged beers out there...grab one if you can. Easiest Bal-aged bomber I've ever finished...could kill another if I had it.

Recommended for sure.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

incredibly impressed with this one here. i grabbed this bomber from gbx for 11.49 as i did not wanna waste time on the box. served into a snifter.

nice ark brown pour has some light touches of reddish color around the edges and the back and and a decent head that seemed to last for a few good moments before settling back down with a thin coating of lacing on the sides. aroma of deep sugary malts. brown sugar, hints of dark fruits, a nice touch of vanilla and oak round it and the perfect balance is struck here. amazing how smooth and complex this is compared to some of the other in the series which seemed to come off hot, and just out of sorts. a bit of sting as it hits the belly but the lasting flavor is that of smooth, and creamy sugars that blend well with a light whiskey and fruity flavor.

really well done here. a very interesting use of the barrel for sure and finally i think they have gotten this right. just release this every year.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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