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

He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend)He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend)
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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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Ratings: 247 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color; almost no light. poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention dissipating to a skim. Laced n wavy rings.

S: Nutty malt. Prunes and raisins. Bitter chocolate and alcohol.

T: Much like the nose. Dark fruits and phenols come through prominently. Malt comes through really big in the taste. Clean and warming in the finish for a big beer.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry and warm in the finish.

D: Complex and flavorful. The ABV is evident; definitely a sipper.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Black with ruby edges, not much head, zero lace.
The smell is soft but distinct. Red wine, oak, earth, floral hops. Very interesting. The taste is a bit heavy on the barrel, I'm sure I should have cellared it longer, but what happens happens. The taste starts with barrel and sweet malts, it gets dry around the center but never stops with the whisky burn.
I liked it. I love barrel aged beers but I also understand the logic behind aging before drinking. I'm sure in a year this will be much nicer and a year and a half to two it'll reach it's peak. I'll find another to save.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch No. 2, Bottled 12/1/2010

Body is a clear but very dark brown with a tinge of red. Pours easily to a half inch head in a Gouden Carolus chalice. Head dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass, and not much lacing.

Aroma is malty with dark fruit and rye whiskey.

Taste is very concentrated with charred malt, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, espresso, maraschino cherries, prunes/raisins, rye whiskey, and hops. In the finish, there is a dry burn on the tongue, in part from the charred malt. Overall, this tastes like biting into a Belgian truffle--there are so many different strong confectionary flavors going on.

Body is full but not viscous, and lots of little bubbles gives this a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

This is a beer that is strong in taste. It sort of fools you that it is also strong in alcohol, but the rye whiskey flavor contributes to that. It is somewhat strong in ABV at 10.5%, but it tastes even stronger than that. Well, it is good that a beer can taste stronger in alcohol than it is, but a bomber of this stuff will hit you.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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 IKR
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Dr. Pepper brown color with an effervescent light brown head, which dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Whiskey/Bourbon aroma dominates with a hint of rye?

T: Whiskey/Bourbon taste with some roast malt notes following. Faint hop presence. There is a dark fruit/raisin presence. The Whiskey/Bourbon notes leads to a slightly sweet initial taste.

M: Body is on the light side of medium, fairly low carbonation.

D: Whiskey/bourbon taste is prominent with the alcohol present but not overwhelming

Fans of Bourbon Barrel aging will like this. It's not done overtly and there are some other flavors present but they play second fiddle. I'm a fan but at almost double the price I paid for Jewbelation 14 it's not the same bargain, but to me it does present a more complex palate.

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Photo of nkersten
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Kevin, thanks man! Pours black with a one finger off white mocha head that settles to a collar with a tiny bit of lacing. Smells very malty, lots of bourbon and oak, spicy rye, figs and currents and other dark fruits. Taste is similar, but not what I was expecting. Bourbon, oak, vanilla up first with some sweet roasted malts following. Finish is slightly bitter with lots of barrel flavors and a hint of char. No alcohol heat or burn, this is a very solid beer. Heavy body with a light carbonation, slightly coating but not sticky. This is by far my favorite of the Jewbelations, the rest have all been a bit on the boozey side. I cant say that I can pick out any individual anniversary beer, but the combination is quite good. The barrel lends its flavor seamlessly into the mix. Definitley recommend this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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 cbak999
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This strong ale pours a dark, dark brown...almost black with a nice tan head that fades over several minutes. The overwhelming aroma is whiskey from the barrel aged vertical. Other aromas are molasses and dark brown sugar. Lots of complexity here with the taste, but rye, sweet malt, and whiskey dominate, as you would expect from a seven recipe blend. A real treat...but a definite sipper.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.62/5  rDev +9%
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 MbpBugeye
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
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 TheHoppiest
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Frosty80
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: pours medium brown with golden highlights. sits very deep ruby with brown hue. creamy, two-finger, mocha head with good retention and lacing

Smell: first to impress the nose are the barrel components: spicy whiskey, vanilla and oak. carried by those are notes of sweet, bready malt, a pinch of nuttiness, and hints of dark fruit. a tinge of chocolate seems to be nestled in amongst the aromas. the faintest presence of coconut seems to press through as well. the alcohol provides a nice thin layer of icing on the top.

Taste: the 10%+ abv does maintain a firm, but not overwhelming grip on the tongue throughout most of the palate. like the nose, first to show are the bourbon barrel notes of vanilla, oak and rye whisky. a tinge of chocolate and caramel. dark fruit notes are minimal but present as is a light nuttiness. sweet, bready malts round everything out throug the palate. finish holds a very light bitterness with a soft bite of alcohol and sweet, bready malt to coat the mouth.

Mouthfeel: medium-high, smooth, creamy body with medium-high carbonation

Notes: fantastic and complex, i knew this beer would not let me down.

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Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10-4-2010, this bottle's a blend of all seven recipes of Jewbelation aged in six-year-old Sazerac rye whiskey barrels. It was poured into the nifty little decorated glass that cames in the Jewbelation variety pack.

Vertical Jewbelation pours like melted chocolate that becomes molasses-black in the glass, with hints of amber highlights glinting at the edges. A half-finger head of frothy, cardboard-colored head chills out for a minute for dissipating into a thin, lingering ring.

Oodles of spicy rye whiskey in the nose, along with some other amazing flavors: grapes, vanilla, molasses, coffee, chocolate, caramel, graham crackers. What an incredibly smooth mix.

The flavors are more muddled than in the nose, but still good. We begin with sweet dark fruits: plums and figs, mostly. Roastier flavors roll in mid-palate, bringing sweet dark chocolate, molasses and coffee. The rye whiskey is present only as a light hint of vanilla-tinged oak in the background, found only if you're really looking for it. It's nicely sweet throughout, though the finish is just a bit drying.

Rather thick in the mouth, with a viscous medium body that's complemented by light carbonation and a moderate yet soft fizziness. For 10.5 percent ABV, this is uber-smooth, the alcohol only present as a slight warming in my chest and throat.

To my palate this is the best of the series, with a well-done integration of the whiskey notes inside deep fruity and roasty flavors. I wish there was more than one bottle of this in the variety pack. If there is no Jewbelation 15, I'd consider this a satisfying conclusion.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -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 beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -21%
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 erosier
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep brown to black color with a medium sized and thick tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing down the glass as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet malts, hints of some whiskey/bourbon aromas, some darker fruits, and then a lighter sweetness at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, caramelized malts, darker malts, dark fruits, some dark candy/maple sweetness, alcohol, vanilla, and a hint of whiskey flavor.
M: Rich, smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation, heavy feeling.
D: Pretty drinkable, this has a lot of flavors, alcohol, and really a great one-off that is a must try.

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Photo of SeaUrchin
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip, rather aggressive pour

appearance - pours a dark mahogany with moderate carbonation, a light brown head that was quickly leaving, slight ring of foam remained through entire glass, slight lacing

smell - smell of whiskey up front, then into sweet malts and dark fruits. and a slight alcohol scent at the end, very enticing

taste - follows the nose starts off with a whiskey sweetness up front that moves into a nicely balanced malt slightly roasted, then a sweet fruit that fades quickly into alcohol sweetness with a slight burn

mouthfeel - thick but lightened by the carbonation, slightly syrupy texture but also light like a somewhat flat coke, with these flavors it complements it nicely

drinkability - this is a sipper for me, something iv enjoyed over several rounds of black ops, i could see myself putting down a few of these over a night if the alcohol was slightly more hidden this would be a truly dangerous brew

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Photo of caskstrength
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
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 nlmartin
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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 thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -12%
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 bucklemyshoe
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 01/05/2011:

Bottle date: 12/01/2010. Batch 2/892. 22 oz. bottle at 45 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours an absolutely black color with two and a half fingers of khaki head with great retention and lacing.

S: Heavily bourbon-esque, vanilla, mild roastiness, and lots of smoky, oaky aromas.

T: The taste really opens up as it warms: dominant bourbon and vanilla, mild roastiness, complex dark fruit notes, and a bittersweet rye finish.

M: It has a thick and syrupy body with perfect carbonation and a bit of bourbon heat.

D: The bourbon aging might have been overdone a touch which kept this from being nearly perfect.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +6.1%
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 +6.1%
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 -12%
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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He'Brew Jewbelation Vertical (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Blend) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.7% out of 100 with 247 ratings
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