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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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex, strong, whiskey right there, some sourness. Black with big lace. Would have this again, but it is big, and noticeably boozy. jason's bottle. Above average mouthfeel.Whiskey and barreling come through in smell.Possibly the best in the series because of the differing tastes work with a meal.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger tan, thick head with excellent retention on a neat jet black body. aroma is complex with rye, cola, chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor is stronger on the whiskey and dark fruit notes with oak, vanilla and spices. Very complex with the dark fruits consisting of plum, prune and raisin. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall this beer is very complex and overall excellent.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and poured with a thin creamy tan head that died down but left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and thick lacing in the center.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of whiskey from the barrel aging in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of whiskey and some hints of alcohol, brown sugar, dark fruits, maple and roasted malts. The taste of rye is evident in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat syrupy yet smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: This is a beer that needs to sipped given its alcohol content but despite the strong smell and taste of whiskey it's quite drinkable because these are not overpowering.

Note: Batch No. 2, Bottled 12/1/2010

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown with crimson edges. Thin head recedes to a crown.

Musty, oaky aroma. Integrated whiskey -bals and alcohol, quite a bit of chocolate and raisin. Vinous with sweet caramel.

Musty -bals, whiskey and raisin on the palate. A bit like a Belgian quad. Chocolate, mellow booze, quite a bit of tannin in the finish, lingering vinous/dark fruit flavors. Good stuff, probably the best beer I've had from Shmaltz.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 10/4/2010, the last of the comprehensive Jewbelation variety pack...sigh...

This beer pours a deep, very dark cola hue, with two fingers of thin frothy beige head, which settles soon enough, leaving a Cartesian map of lace around the glass. It smells strongly of the trappings of bourbon - corn, spice, and astringent, woody alcohol, with an underlying roasted malt. The taste is much more sweet upfront - chocolate malt, a bit of bittersweet coffee, vanilla and caramel barrel flavours, some oily nuttiness, a bit of soused black fruit, and a general rye whiskey-inflected alcohol burn, which overrides any nascent hop presence. The carbonation is there, but fairly mute, the body medium-full in weight, a bit viscous, and smooth, but for a zingy edge surfing the tongue. It finishes off-dry, in the 'Imperial' sense - a residual woody sweetness, held up by a boozy bitterness.

The bourbon barrel essence features prominently, and if that's your thing, this'll wow your socks off. Me, I'm more on the fence, but can still admit this is a very well made big beer. The hefty 10.5% ABV isn't nearly as evident as the associated whiskey flavour would suggest. An agreeable sipper, to be sure.

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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 oberon
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a deep dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to the light,a one finger frothy off white head atop.Aromas of wood and vanilla mixed with sweet alcohol and dark fruit,not much hop presence but a whole lot of good malty vibes.Thick and coating mouthfeel,its chewey but not overbearing.Flavors of vanilla and oak with alcohol dipped dark fruit,the leafy hops come in and bring a light drying element.Its big and brash,for sure a sipper,it has alot of different malty complexities without being devoid of a hop profile,well done.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of light tan foam on top of a medium brown body with just a hint of light showing through. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Heavy caramel malt with lots of dark sugars. Molasses and whiskey aromas mingle with the sugary malt.

T - Brown sugar and dark caramel malt up front. Some molasses creeps up in the middle and a bit of oak comes out as well. A bit of roasted malt character appears as the beer finishes with notes of chocolate, molasses, rum, and moderate bitterness to balance out all the sugar.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, Hebrew beers have always seemed pretty hit and miss to me (with more misses than hits, honestly) but I guess when you blend them all together and throw them in a barrel you can get something pretty good out of it. The dark malt is complex but surprisingly well balanced and the flavors are very much the sort that benefit from the flavors imparted by barrel aging. There is a lot of molasses and toffee present in the malt profile and these work perfectly with the vanilla and wood flavors from the barrel. This combination is powerfully reminiscent of good whiskey/rum; so much so that it is hard to tell if this beer was aged in a spirit barrel or just plain toasted oak. Either way it is a very nice effort, and one of the best that I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich creamy darker colored head, that fades semi slowly after reaching 1 finger. A bit of lacing. The beer is a very dark coca-cola colored brown with a bit of light getting through.

Nose of plenty of rich dark malts, a strong or old ale like malt quality, some aged malts, creamy light porter and roast, lots of crystal, plenty of caramel, oak, vanilla, a slight bit of fruity rye, some light dark fruits, a bit of toffee and molasses, hints of coffee and a very light nougat, a slight bit of spicy booze. Very nice!

Taste starts very rich with lots of dark malts, again the soft aged dark but heavy malt taste, a bit of sweetness, hint of roast and coffee, again with sweet additions like molasses, caramel, toffee, etc, some light nougat and fluffy feel and just a touch of an oatmeal feel, a bit of an earthy grassy hop taste but not much, plenty of dark fruits too, fig, bit of raisin, chewy but smooth. A bit of oak and vanilla smooth it a bit as well, with just a hint of a spicy rye taste and touch of a whisky flavor. The rye whisky flavor doesn't blend as well as a bourbon would have I think, but it's still good. It gets a little boozy, but not too bad. Finishes with a lingering roast and coffee, a hint of earthy hops and some bitterness, a bit sticky, and some warming booze, a little oak as well on the finish.

Mouth is fairly rich and heavy, with decent carbonation and some warming booze.

Drink is decent for what it is, it is 10.5% abv and drinks like it, but doesn't hit too hot or hard, a bit of a sticky finish, the sweetness is balanced well by the rich malts, fruits, and hints of earthy grassy hops.

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Photo of mactrail
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sensational boozy and rich dark ale.

Dark brown with copper highlights. Nice ruby hint on the edges as you tilt the glass and enjoy the lacing. Great mouthfeel with the robust carbonation versus the thick richness. Immediate flavor is the unmistakable whiskey taste. As if they added a dollop of Jim Beam to the wort. The nose is full of it. Hops give a nice edge to the powerful malts. Just a little sweetness on the tongue to start and a pleasantly bitter finish. Dark rich fruit-cake flavors and a little rum-and-coke.

Shmaltz really knows what they are doing with their strong malty beers. All of the annual big beers have been great, both refined and tremendously flavorful. Glad I got the nine-pack retrospective. I'm a believer!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of HeBrew Jewbelation Vertical Pack - $25.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an essentially black body with an initial tall, airy, beige head which eventually settles into a thinnish layering.

Smell: Earthy, barrel-licked, lightly sweetish nose with well-integrated notes smelling dark caramel, humble chocolate, moistened previously dried fruits, and carefully charred oak barrels.

Taste: Smooth, sweet caramel and sugary milk chocolate with additional sweet additions of brown sugar sliding effortlessly into coconut-vanilla cake and piquant oak with a carefully dosed dash of whiskey. Hints of coffee and oven-burnt pumpernickel bread crusts. Slight wooden and earthen tones. Not much bitterness felt, really, or heated booze for that matter. Rye spiciness from the malts utilized as well as the Sazerac barrel as well as the hops used. Sweetish, oak-aged finish with a pleasing smoothness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Features that pleasant smoothness found throughout the majority of the HeBrew anniversary beers.

Drinkability: After the particularly potent Jewbelation 14, I'm surprised (and pleased) by the relative smoothness of this brew. Very enjoyable, and, now that I hear it's available in bombers, besides the task of just hunting down another gift box, I may grab another bottle to quietly age.

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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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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 TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a very dark garnet-brown, bordering on pitch, topped by over a finger of staid, light oatmeal froth. The nose comprises light oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, red grapes, figs, vanilla, chocolate, and light butterscotch. Damn, this smells delicious! The taste holds notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, oak, light vanilla, brown sugar, light molasses, light maple syrup, whiskey, and light black grapes. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, this is some very good stuff. I've heard the set was worth picking up just for this, and I can see how that would be so.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of barrel character to it with a lot of woody oak, brown sugar and some moderate bourbon flavors. Some sweeter, malty flavors are there as well with some notes of caramel and toffee. The barrel aged flavors seem to dominate a little, but they are some really good flavors.

The taste also has a lot of the barrel aged characteristics coming through. I get A lot of woody oak to it throughout with a little brown sugar and bourbon in the finish. The sweeter, malty, caramel and toffee flavors are there in the finish, but seem a little overshadowed by the barrel aged flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall I thought it was a very nice beer. The barrel flavors dominated a little, but thankfully they were pretty good. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/06/10 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA as part of "The Chosen Bar" Jewbelation takeover.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one and a half fingers of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass and rentetion lasts two to three minutes. Looks great.

s - Smells of whiskey, oak, vanilla, sweet cherries and dark fruits, roasted malts, and chocolate. At first the vanill and whiskey jumped out at me but than the cherries and dark fruit really come out as it warms up. Smells great.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, whiskey, and light vanilla. More bourbon and less dark fruits in the taste than smell, but still very good.

m - Medium to full body and momderate carbonation, pretty smooth and creamy.

d - A very good barrel aged strong ale. I thought this was the highlight of the night and better than all the normal Jewbelation beers. I liked how as it warmed up the smell turned from bourbon and vanilla to dark fruits, and the taste had some great oak and bourbon in it as well. Would love to have again.

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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 drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Hebrew vertical glass because I can. Beer is brown and clear with almost a ruby red hue to it. Thin head of tiny bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is sweet and liquor, the whiskey comes through.

Beer is medium bodied but finishes nicely, it's not hot on the lead off but there is a great liquor character to the whole thing. The finish is nice but there could be more in the back of the palate, as far as I'm concerned this is a decent beer.

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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 Duff27
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a tan short lived head. Average lacing.

I love that rye smell, ugggghhh.

Perhaps the most straight rye flavor I've had since Rugbrod. This one is a lot sweeter. Well balanced. Earthy hops.

Medium to medium thick mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Deliciouus! Exellent rye flavors mixed with hoppyness.Thanks Elliot for the share.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie and yelof77 for sharing this bottle. I am a big fan of the other Jewbelation beers so I have high hopes for this one. Review number 1,800 on Beer Advocate.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the rye whiskey, but I also get a lot of cherries, maple, oak and vanilla. A very inviting aroma.

The flavor is heavy on the brown sugar, rye whiskey, maple and roasted malt. The alcohol, as it is in most Jewbelation beers, is present. That being said, it goes very well with the other flavors and doesn't hurt the drinkability in any way.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very drinkable for a beer that is 10.5 percent alcohol. A great beer that didn't disappoint.

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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 aasher
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied Coca Cola brown in color with a two finger beige head. The aromas are sweet and malty. The first thing I pick up is the rye whiskey and I can tell that the barrel aging was a success. I also detect some toffee, buttery saltiness, nuts, vanilla, and oak. It has a really nice nose. The flavors are rich and malty. You get a good amount of roasted malt, some barrel, whisky, nutty saltiness, with a clean yet somewhat quick finish. I'm a fan. It drinks between light and medium in body with proper carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer. The barrel aging was done very well and it has nice drinkability for both the style and abv. I'd definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2010
The beer arrives from the tap, in its special Jewbelation Vertical glass, with an opaque, concentrated amber color that is topped by a frothy, ½-finger thick, dark amber tinged tanned head. The beer shows a touch of clear, deep red / brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of vanilla soaked toasted coconut, softly spicy oak, Bourbon, some toasted malt character that has a richly concentrated caramel character to it. The aroma is appetizing and well integrated, though not entirely unsurprising.

Soft and creamy feeling, the flavor accentuates this as does the light carbonation. Nice flavors of vanilla and coconut infuse the tongue and palate along with sweet, concentrated, caramelized malt character that plays more of supporting role than being intrinsically being noticeable in and of itself. The beer finishes with some spicy and hot alcohol notes that are subdued enough to not get annoying as well as a sort of tartness that I associated with charred oak and Bourbon. There is perhaps a touch of almost roasted malt character to this beer that helps to dry out the overall effect of this beer. This has a fullness to it, enough to coat the palate and provide a creamy texture, that balances the barrel character quite well; this is definitely a sipping beer, though it is not cloying as it has enough barrel influenced spiciness, toasty malt character and alcoholic warming to keep this fairly well balanced. At times this seems to remind me a bit of some sort of richly caramelized mix of soda and ice-cream; it is more the feeling of this than any particular flavors, perhaps it is the texture that has evoked these.

This is a pretty nice barrel aged brew, while the Whiskey / barrel character is dominant, it is smooth enough to not become overwhelming and the rich, chewy malt character certainly helps with this as well. And I always like when a barrel aged brew is able to achieve the vanilla and toasted coconut character that this beer manages to achieve. This ends up being a very nice cap to my long, working lunch.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A blended beer, this was in the holiday jewbelation pack several years ago, which also came with a glass that broke in my dishwasher today. The beer was cracked in its honor.

LOOK: A dark amber brown brew with a tan head with good retention. This beer coats the glass like a good whiskey or scotch.

SMELL: Big aroma! Loads of malt, toffee, rye, wood and fruit. Sugary, sweet, a bit boozy, I've been waiting to try this one for a while.

TASTE: Huge flavors here as well of vinous grape, raisin and chocolate. Carries some oxidized notes of tobacco, leather and dark soy. Hop bitterness is loose and a bit acidic on the edges, or could be from the barrel. There is a nice chocolate and spice note from the large amount of malt in the rye whiskey barrels.

FEEL: Smooth, creamy and well carbonated. This has a velvety feel and is quite satisfying.

OVERALL: A rare treat with great flavor and complexity. Reminds me of a lost abbey or even utopias in the aroma and taste. Alot going on!

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