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)

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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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4.95/5  rDev +17%
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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4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
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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4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
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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4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
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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4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
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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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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He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 247 ratings.
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