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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 JizackFH
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a deep brown color, and has a touch of red around the edges of the glass. It has a huge 3-finger tan head on it. The head left good lacing on the glass as it fell.

S - It smells of bourbon, wood, and roasted malts. There are also notes of dark fruits, alcohol, toffee, chocolate, and vanilla. The smell is quite good.

T - The taste is of bourbon, roasted malt, and brown sugar. There are good notes of dark fruits, as well as maple and vanilla. The alcohol is present, but it is pretty well hidden for 10.5%.

M - It has a medium body, that actually feels a bit thin for the style, and good carbonation. It has a silky feel to it, and goes down quite smooth.

D - The drinkability is good. I like this beer a lot. I have been a fan of the jewbelation series for a while, and this one did not disappoint. I like that it was barrel-aged. I think it adds some good notes to this beer. It goes down smooth and tastes great. I think this is a good beer for the winter months, and I'm glad I got the chance to pick it up. I would definitely drink this one again.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep brown with some reddish hues, tannosh head, lots of bubbles and lacing

S: Bourbon, wood, dark fruits and booze

T: Dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, booze, oak and wood, toffee and chocolate

M: Big body, nice feel, balanced and tasty

D; Exceptional for the style

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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 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 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 wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass dec29 2010

A very dark brown with some ruby at the edges and a two finger mocha head that hangs around for a few minuets leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S some booze, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and a touch of earthy wood

T everything I smell but with some added spiciness that works pretty well for it, the booze is a little better concealed in the mouth and I get some very dark toffee and some nuttiness

M not overly heavy but thick enough and its a little sticky on the lips

D not something you would drink much more then a small bottle of but no issues with 12oz

perhaps the best tasting brew out of my vertical pack, not much evidence of the barrel other then the rye spice but good nonetheless

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 3 finger tan head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is jet black.

S. Smell is big. Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar. Has a boozey smell to it. Maybe some black licorice, vanilla. I like the smell quite a bit.

T. Taste is a bit of coffee, brown sugar, maple. Lots of dark malt flavors like the other Jewbelations. The barrel aging adds a bit of complexity. Vanilla comes out quite a bit as it warms which is really nice. Nice oak flavors on this beer.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Has a bit of lingering sweetness.

D. Drinkable. Nice beer. Apparently the sum of all the parts is not greater than all of the Jewbelations. I would like to see 13 or 14 with some barrel aging on them. I like the vanilla flavor that the barrel aging added to this beer.

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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 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 EgadBananas
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkness. Medium mocha head.

Big whiskey character on the nose, with some sweetness, and butter. Chocolate and intense malts. This is excellent.

Bourbon, chocolate, tart rye, candied plums, malt sweetness and breadiness.

Full bodied, and creamy. Very low carbonation.

This is a beast, and despite being excellent, it's still a beast. 1 is good.

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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 thedoubler55
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter

A: Pours a black color with a 2 finger Chocolate colored head and some nice lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut.

T: At first sip you taste the whiskey and some bits of chocolate and vanilla very nice taste to this one

M: Smooth, very appealing

D: Enjoyed this beer very much, will definitely be buying more if I can find it.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is rich and complex in this beer, showcasing milk chocolate, mandarin orange, prunes, light coffee and vanilla. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, though there's some noticeable hoppy bitternees in the finish that seeems to dry out the sweetness somewhat. Mouthfeel seemed to be medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, slightly bitter finish. Drinkabiltiy was pretty good for a 10.5% abv. beer, though there was a touch of heat at the end to remind you that there is some alcohol in this one.

A very good beer here, and probably one that would improve a bit with some short term cellaring. For now, this is a very nice winter warmer to help make it through the cold days of winter.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a deep opaque black with a decent light tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of dark malts and a hint of oak. The taste is a nice complex blend of dried fruits, dark malts, burnt caramel and oak in the initial before a nice surprising kick of bitter hops in the finish. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with decent carbonation, this one is certainly a sipper. Although I was hoping for more from the rye whiskey barrels, this is still a very enjoyable beer, one I would certainly have again.

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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 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 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 megahurts4
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

He'brew Jewbelation Vertical
On draft aged in Sazerac whiskey barrels at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: dark brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Sazerac whiskey sweetness and a slight grape fruitiness.

Taste: creamy sweetness, whiskey subtleness, and a grape-like fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: medium creamy smoothness.

This is very nice brew. The Sazerac whiskey flavors are great. It is also very sweet.

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Photo of Deus1138
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the Brick Store Pub tonight. Some of the bartenders were giving samples of of this brew to each other. Everyone seemed to like it, so I asked for one.

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark, deep mahogany color. Ample, frothy head.

Smell is sweet, vanilla, and a bit boozy.

Taste is nice. I like high ABV beers, but I'm not big on boozy tasting beers. So I wasn't sure how this would be. This brew brings just enough booziness for someone like me to enjoy. Rich, dark malts, a bit chocolaty. A hint of bourbon. Vanilla notes. Mild sweetness. Although it has a somewhat high abv, it's incorporated nicely into the rich flavors of this brew, so as to not be overbearing.

An excellent sipping brew to be savored. If only I had sipped it a little slower, much to my surprise, I could have enjoyed it with Mr. Cowan, who showed up at the Brick Store about 10 minutes after I finished this brew! A really cool, down to earth guy responsible for an excellent brew! What a night!

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He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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