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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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 002 / 892 cases. Bottled 12/1/2010. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color or at least pretty damn close to black. Two and a half fingers of creamy/frothy light brown head. The first two fingers falls rather quickly, but the last half sticks around a good while. Some nonuniform lacing.

3.5 S: The nose is mellow, too mellow for its own damn good. The rye whiskey is the most apparent aroma and is the only component with any power. Chocolate and caramel lead the malts with vanilla and peachy fruitiness from the barrel. Not bad by any means, but the underlying cuvee desparately needs a boost in strength.

3.0 T: The taste is pretty mediocre. The flavors don't mesh well together. The whiskey dominates with the rye giving a earthy spiciness. A lot of vanilla, melon, and oak flavor as well with a touch of astringency. Unfortunately, the base beers can't quite blend well with the whiskey and barrel flavors. Chocolate, caramel, and toffee are there in plentiful proportions. Prune, fig, molasses, and brown sugar. Not enough roastiness to balance everything out.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit chewier than I like, but otherwise smooth. Some booze on finish.

2.5 D: This has the problem of the barrel dominating the beer and the beer itself being too sweet. I would have liked this better if it were dried out a bit and only half of it barrel aged.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown colour, just coloured around the edges. Head is beige, nice and foamy but a bit loosely connected, without a huge amount of retention. Lace is OK.

Smells malty and sweet. Plenty of spicy roast with hints of nougat, wood smoke, chestnut and buttermilk. Could use more of the peppery spice that comes through at the back, as it's slightly sweet for me.

Taste is quite similar. Similar roast, in that it's there but subdued. Similar sweetness, with a touch of treacle and chestnut on there. Some buttery notes and a disappointingly heavy, sinking burntness on the back, giving over-roasted coffee and actually a grassy note which seems to come from nowhere. Bit sweet and a bit unbalanced, in that the flavours don't really mesh. Also slightly heavy overall, really. Can't say I love it.

Bit thin, but decently smooth. Slightly granular at the back and ultimately dry. Not bad.

A bit of a hodgepodge of dark beer flavours that can't quite find a full synthesis. Not bad, but underwhelming.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from the 2011 Holiday Pack

(A)- Pours a near pitch black/brown color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A rich profile. Sweet malts with bits of vanilla behind it. Some raisin, cocoa, and caramel.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Rich malts and a subtle woody vanilla and raisin/caramel combo.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice balance too with the subtle barrel characteristics.

(O)- Overall, I like the blend and the barrel character in it. Definitely the most unique of the bunch.

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Photo of Spider889
3.31/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Bodega, review from notes.

The description of this was pretty vague at the time, I frankly had no idea that this was barrel aged.

Looked dark in the light of the bar, almost black. Left little bits of stringy lace.

The smell was strange, I almost felt that there was a lactic sourness going on. Given that this was barrel aged a minor amount of acidity/infection is always possible.

The taste was a little more on point, with dry roasted coffee notes with light traces of vanilla and very hot bourbon. The beer itself was strong with boozy alcohol. The 10.5% felt closer to 13.5%.

Very very dry, and way too hot, this one needed to age significantly longer before being removed from the barrel.

Drank easy enough despite the alcohol, but I wasn't too impressed here.

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured black with just a hint of translucence and had about a half-inch of tan head that had low retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of scents, various malts, some spices and hops. I also picked up some raisin notes. The taste was decent, fruit, raisins, malt and a hint of hops.

The body was a fair bit thinner than I was expecting. Drinkability was good, the alcohol was well hidden, and the beer was smooth.

Overall, a decent, but not special, beer. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of caskstrength
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bomber. Sounds like some barrel aged goodness coming here.

Pour is dark, good carbonation. Darker than I expectected, stouty looking.

Smells are dark sugar, maple syrup, some cinammon in the back. Barrel not as strong as I expected.

Tastes bring the barrel to the front. Dark sugars, vanilla, maple. maybe some figs, but this isn't fruity overall. It's a boozy beer, but I wouldn't call it hot. More barleywine than stout for sure, but not the usual complexity of a -bal barleywine. My taste bud memory immediately thought of Backwoods Bastard on the first few sips.

There's a dry and bitter aftertaste that is not pleasant. I don't know what it's from, but it's not welcome. Screws up the mouthfeel somewhat.

A decent barrel aged beer. But I'm not seeking any more out.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch 001/230
Bottling Date 10/4/2010

From the Vertical Jewbelation gift set...

A: Pours a dark brown , looks like iced coffee. Robust head, large bubbles. A very nice looking beer.

S: Yikes, I've had a number of these, and the smell of this one is my least favorite. This is a hard one to rate because it is potent smelling, yet I find the aroma not so pleasing nd overpowering. Extremely malty and sweet smelling. Caramel-apple dominates, toasty grain , dried plums and dates. Coffee, molasses, and bourbon.

T: I think this would mellow out more with age, but, it is a bit overzealous tasting for me. Maybe I am just not in the mood for this beer right now. It tastes sweet, malty, and of coffee , bourbon and dried fruit. Flavor gets better as it warms.

M: Feels like a nice Barleywine in the mouth. Very pleasant feeling, the sweetness feels nice as it sloshes around.

D: A few nights ago I plowed through the stronger 11, but this is a definite sipper. It will take me a while to finish 12oz and a bomber alone I don't think I'd like to try.

Overall, this is not one of my favorites in the series, yet it is a quality crafted beer. I am impressed with it, but would not seek it out. I prefer the 10, 11, 13, and 14 to this.

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Photo of david18
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I don't think I liked this beer as well as many of the other reviewers. I thought the dark fruit quality as well as the alcohol in the flavor overpowered some of the other elements I like to taste in a American Strong (like hops and base malt).

Poured an interesting dark color that had hints of red/amber with a nice head that lasted a while and left a little bit of lacing. Aroma was also very good. I don't mind the over presence of dark fruit in aroma as much as I do in the flavor. As I said above, the flavor was a little too wintery of specialty for me.

I think it's a very interesting beer and if you're a fan of this brewer and their big beers you'll like it.

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Photo of TheBigE5
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a rich, dark brown color with a thick light brown head. The head is much like a Guiness because of the rings left along the sides of the glass. The nose is interesting, pretty much a straight bread/yeast smell to it. This does not sound unique but it is the first beer i have had with such a bold simple smell. Taste has such a variety, that is hard to pin down the specific flavors. They are strong and dry with notes of coffee, caramel and bread. The one flavor i could pick out is the whiskey, it is noticeable but not overwhelming. I feel like many brewers try to balance whiskey and beer flavors, but this one gets it right. Not much carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel. You can tell this is a 10.5%, so i dont think i could enjoy more than a glass of this in a sitting. Interesting, strong and complex beer.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(22oz bottle from El Cerrito Market and Liquor). Pours a dark brown-almost black color-with chunky 2 finger tan head that gives some lacing. Lots of small carbonation bubbles. Aroma is rye whiskey, wood, vanilla, and spices. Taste is sweet with some peppery rye whiskey bite and bit of alcohol heat. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Surprisingly dry finish with some spices. Ok, but alot of flavors going on here.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the event for He'Brew at Barley's Greenville. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a massively dark brown, almost black, with a one finger very light tan head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, rye, alcohol, cream, and caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Really enjoyed it much more than the others by themselves. This one is definitely a sipper, so be warned. Glad I only had to commit to a pint and not a bomber of this. Would try again, but not anytime soon.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The culmination of the He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical pack. Pours out black, yet not opaque as it shows some healthy garnet highlights when held to light. Tall creamy tan head that settles to a dense cap.

The aroma of rye and wood is most noticeable, straight alcohol warmth, some earthy notes with mild dark dried fruit, while everything else seems to get buried beneath the rye whiskey.

Once you get past the rye whiskey up front there is a lot going on in the flavour of this beer. Sweet chewy malt, dates, raisins, cherries, milk chocolate, grapes, carob nut, light herbal hops, and a good dose of alcohol and warmth. It's good, but would be much better without the rye whiskey entirely. For starters it gets in the way, and it really does nothing to enhance the overall flavour or experience, in fact in a way it starts to detract from the overall goodness that could be happening.

Once again the booze seems to get in the way of the overall potential of the mouthfeel. Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth and silky, but the texture is also quite thin from being watered down, and the carbonation is non-existant.

Would love to see another vertical blending like this again, without the barrel aging, or at least without something as crass and low quality as rye.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown into the snifter, with a good bit of head. Got a light bit of whisky and vanilla in the smell. The taste is very good, like most of the other Hebrew beers I've had. The Rye isn't overwheling and is very smooth when balanced with the roated malt. It's a very good beer - just not quite great. Nothing seems to come out and take the lead, almost tasted a bit muddled with Rye on top that covers everything with the light smoothness. Mouthfeel was good and I feel like I could easily have another. I think I preferred 14 to this one but really a pretty good beer. I don't think this one is too young to drink now.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega.

A- Served headless in a 10oz flower vase. The beer is a perhaps a little lighter than I thought it was going to be. It certainly aligns itself with the brown hues. A little bit of raw honey coloration in the highlights.

S- The aroma is very sweet, but Im not surprised. Each Jewbelation has some sort of fruit that has biblical significance, plus this is whiskey barreled. It is certainly figgy with a velvety vanilla underpinning. The whiskey adds some more mellow smoothness. The maltiness of the base blend is of the caramel order with toffee and nougat.

T- This is a big beer, and lets you know it, but also doesnt beat your taste buds down. It's a big beer that lets you still feel tough. Whiskey and oak weave a basket of vanilla and spicy alcohol in which a caramel and dark fruit base is carried. The finish is sweet with fruits along the lines of wine grapes, figs, dates, plums, you know, King David food.

D- Quite enjoyable. I would have no problem grabbing another vase of this before its gone.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel like sometimes when you blend too many things together, instead of getting a more complex beer, the high notes get lost and the beer gets dumbed down. This was such a beer.

I will say, it was surprisingly smooth and a nice dessert beer. I got a couple toffee and coffee notes, but mostly this beer sat on the smooth chocolate malts and spicy vanilla barrel character. It was quite nice, I just wanted more depth.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the tap at finch's an opaque cola black to a 10oz goblet with a finger and a half mocha head with nice retention and full lace.

big rye whiskey aroma, dark fruit, and a bit of chocolate.

whiskey forward, wood, toasted malts, dark chocolates. and more rye whiskey.

medium bodied, low carbonation, heat.

drinkable - one or maybe two.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Batch 002, 892 cases. Bottled 12/1/2010. Served in a taster glass.

A - There's a pleasant finger of reddish tan foam that settles to a thick ring, leaving behind minimal lace. The body is a dark transparent near-black color with ruby highlights when held to the light.

S - Zesty rye, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, a hint of alcohol and grain whiskey. Lightly roasted grains. Gets better as it warms up, as it's initially understated.

T - Taste again is heavy on rye zest and bite. Lots of caramel, cocoa, and roasted grains. Surprisingly unmuddled considering this is a blend of 7 beers - actually displays more consistency than the beers on their own.

M - Medium bodied, smooth texture, zesty carbonation, and a dry tannic finish. There's a bit of warmth, but not as much as I'd expect from this sort of beer.

D - Probably not worth $13, but pretty good nonetheless. I'd have this again if I saw it on-tap somewhere, or if it was available in 12oz bottles again.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Vertical Jewbelation is brewed in the style of an American Strong Ale featuring Jewbelation entries 8 through 14 blended and aged in 6 year Rye Whiskey barrels. Released as Barrel Aged Release #3, available in single 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a mocha cream complexion over a near black body. Retention is average and there is little spotty lacing visible. 3.5

(Smell) Toasted caramel malt syrups, aromas of chocolate malts, burnt sugars, soft roast and an ample fermented fruit profile of sticky raisin and date syrups with a moderate suggestion of alcohol underneath. The barrel aging doesn't come through very well in the aroma, paling in comparison to the malt and yeast profile that this beer offers. Soft tartness and delicate graininess merge seamlessly with the alcohol profile of the aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Chocolate and bready caramel and toffee malts up front with a chewy rye viscosity, finishing on notes of moderate roasted barley, cocoa nibs and acidic coffee bean. The taste is enjoyable, with the volume of flavor defining the seven beers that comprise the parts of this whole. Alcohol is better reserved in the flavor, with a touch of smooth booze on the finish, seamless rye whiskey character with a subtle barrel-aging impact and dryness- evident oak and soft vanilla. The rye itself thickens up the mix considerably, paired with dark fruit sugars of red raisin and molasses, there's a notable blending of the warring flavors of sucrose and ethanol battling it out here. Enjoyable flavor with lots of malt depth and an ample body to pair. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is creamy, moderately chewy, medium viscous, modestly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a low frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium/high for the style, shy of high overall. Balance is nearly even alcohol plus earthy bitter to sweetness. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Vertical Jewbelation tastes like it has the range of flavor that seven ales combined would present, with a nice quality of malt variety and a substantial body as well. The barrel aging and rye whiskey character comes through much more subtly than expected for a smoother and more enjoyable drinking experience. This beer nearly settles into a stout category but the diversity of its malt body and dark fruit flavors suggest that there's much more to appreciate in it than just that. Quite enjoyable and recommended. 4

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mark for sharing this one. I've been meaning to try it for awhile now.

A: The pour is a dark brownish-amber color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar on the nose with plenty of barrel notes. Lots of oak and whiskey coming through with a sweet vanilla aroma. Dark fruits such as raisins and plums are also present.

T: The rye whiskey and vanilla flavors are fairly potent. Nice charred oak notes with the sweet toffee and caramel. The raisin flavor provides some additional sweetness and more depth.

M: Medium in body with a smooth feel on the tongue.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I've had lots of lackluster beers from He'brew, so this was a nice change.

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Photo of chumba526
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears almost black with a small brownish head.

I get a strong raison like smell to the beer and a molasses type of a smell. I get a bit of a whiff of whiskey as well. I also get a mild fruity smell.

It tastes molasses like; I also get a maple syrup type of a taste to the beer. I get an oaky type of a vanilla like flavor to the beer. There is a mild whiskey flavor. I get a mild fruity flavor to the beer as well. The beer ends with a bit of an alcohol like slightly bitter flavor. I also get a mild coconut type of a flavor to the beer.

There is a semi smooth mouth feel to the beer and there is a moderate amount of carbonation to the beer.

The drinkability is good for considering how strong and heavy it is: it goes down smooth.

Overall a very nice beer not the best barrel aged blend I have had but a damn good one. I suggest having this at about room temperature as more of the beers flavors are noticeable.

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Photo of lionchow
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown with an off-white, short lived head.

Aroma primarily of prunes and chocolate with mild caramel and earth.

Great malt backbone, with an understated hop bitterness. Malt is primary, but hops complement it subtly. Taste of grapes, rich ripe cheese, plums, prunes. No real flavor from the wood, but there is a brandy note that is perhaps derived from the rye barrels mixed with the rich fruity maltiness. No roasted flavors despite the dark color.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not underwhelming.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Wish it had more time in the wood to pick up some oak character that was totally missing.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light black color. Not alot of head, but I can tell right away that it has a good amount of carbonation because I can hear it. Smells like bourbon, and burnt sugar. Tastes the same, just with some malt. I do like the bourbon, but this brew lacks depth. Light mouthfeel, quite a bit of carbonation. It's not that this is bad, but it's not worth what I paid for it (I think 14 bucks). I'd probably buy it again if it were half the price.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of bmanning. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a thin tan head a bubbly collar. The nose is a bit plain with only a bit of slight barrel character and roast. The taste brings more barrel notes as well as some of the rye whiskey and a slight amount of roasted malt. There is some chocolate character there as well. The mouthfeel is really quite smooth ad integrates the whiskey quite well. Medium to full body. Drinkability is nice and certainly enhanced by the smooth feel.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the final bottle from the Jewbelation gift pack. Would have had this one sooner, but I actually forgot about it. Pours a translucent cola color, with just a finger of tight tan foam on top. Aromas of holiday spice, wood and vanilla. Medium bodied and sweet, with oak, molasses, black licorice and vanilla; finishes warming and quite bitter. The parts here, in many cases, are better than the sum.

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Photo of jale
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Crunchy's in east lansing.

A: Pours dark brown with a good two fingers of light brown head.

S: Sweet roasted malt and whiskey. A hint of bitter chocolate.

T: Sweet malt upfront followed by whiskey,burnt sugar, alcohol heat oakiness and some bitter chocolate.

M: Medium thick body and syrupy.

O: I wish the flavors melded better and was less sweet.

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