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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 Blakaeris
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with slight ruby highlights. Head is thick and creamy, and hangs around awhile.

Aroma is malty and sweet. A good bit of brown sugar, smoke and dark fruit.

Taste is intensely rich and malty. Smokey dark grain, dark fruit, and generous chocolate. Molasses and brown sugar make an appearance. This general sweetness is balanced by an herbal hop bitterness that lingers. Finishes with a tart, woody bitterness and a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Viscous and resiny.

Overall, a very flavorful malt bomb. Wonderful dark fruit, and chocolate notes. A tasty beer.

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Photo of bashiba
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouerd a very deep dark brown with mahogony highlights and a thick and fluffy long lasting tan head.

The smell is very dry and woody with hints of the sazerac rye poking through with light vanilla and pepper notes.

Wow! The flavor is huge a big blast of bright vanilla sweet malts mixing in with dark chocolate and roasted barley, quickly the Rye kicks in with a big blast of oak and spicy rye whiskey. Very sweet with some big dark fruits coming through nicely as the beer warms. Incredibly complex with a big depth of flavors. Outstanding.

The mouthfeel isn't as thick and chewy as I would expect, very dry oak notes lend itself to a nice medium body.

Fantastic barrel aged beer, putting it into a barrel of one of the all time great whiskeys doesn't hurt it at all.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[Bottling date: 12/1/2010] Huge fan of the Jewbelation series since the 10/Monumental, so I had to purchase this, despite not being 100% into whiskey-barrel aged beers. Of course, some exceptions have blown me away, so I couldn't wait much longer to pop the cap...

The Jewbelation beers always look phenomenal, and this one is no different: huge fluffy mocha/tan head, very firm and long lasting, sitting on top of a black as dark and dire as midnight in hell.

Aroma is already sending up some warning flags for those of us that don't actually like whiskey much, because that's very much the dominant smell here. For the whiskey buffs, this blend of the seven previous Jewbelations was aged in "Sazerac 6 Year Rye Whiskey Barrels." This aroma doesn't let many other traits of the beer through, other than a light touch of chocolate. I would say "a whiff of alcohol" too, but that seems an inseparable component of the whiskey element.

I was hoping the whiskey component wouldn't glaze over everything else that these beers are offering (TONS of malt, TONS of hops), and it doesn't quite do that. It succeeds better than the aroma at offering a well-rounded array of flavors. There's a wide variety of dark fruits (especially fig, raisin and plum), an exquisite and rich chocolate/toffee mixture, a wood/smoke/alcohol/whiskey symbiosis, and an attempt on the part of the hops to impart their green brightness in this rather dark, malty, beastly beer. Alcohol isn't dominant, nor is it timid, performing at just the right level. A generic (ie. hard to define, not bad) spiciness prevails mostly through the finish.

The feel of the beer is top-notch, a slick syrupy texture that is chewy without feeling over-weighty. Nice job there.

I like this a lot. But given my aversion to whiskey barrel-aged beers that lean too heavily on the whiskey side of the equation, it's easy for me to say that I prefer the Jewbelations in their relatively virgin state (although even those are some pretty wild and mutated beers). All in all, a memorable experience and one any fan of the Jewbelation series should try.

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

22oz bomb, bottled 12/1/10

appearance: served in ommegang goblet, dark brown body, thin capuccino cream. quite dark but with ruby highlights in the light

smell: creamy chocolate, lots of caramel

taste: big big beer - like drinking a brownie. thick layers of chocolate, woody notes from the barrel, ferocious alcohol presence - whiskey, bourbon, dark fruits, rye loaf, caramel. I'm regretting opening this bomber while at home by myself - going to be a beast to finish. Very good, but split it.

mouthfeel: very thick, alcohol present from start to finish.

overall: very solid - quite a big beer and perhaps a little heavier than it needs to be

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

Just had this beer on draft after high anticipation since I had it in the bottle back in January.

Appeared to pour black but had a reddish hue around the bottom of the tulip that it was poured into when I shined light on it and had a white background. Head was a lighter brown that went away as I let it warm for about an hour.

Smell of this is straight up watered down rye. Sweet with a stinging bite. At first sip I truly wondered if they actually blended all 7 brews then aged them combined in a barrel.

The sips evaporated quickly from the tongue but there is a sticky sweetness that sticks to the sides and cheeks.

Taste reminds me of a dark cherry soda. I taste just that with a hint of vanilla, some chocolate and some oaky sweetness. Carbonation is more than I expected and that is a pleasant surprise for me given the style that I am drinking.

Mouthfeel is actually refreshing due to the carbonation and the sugars stick to the sides as expected. Smooth but confusing because when I look and smell the beer I would think it would have a fuller body. To say the least, it is full in body just not what I expected.

All in all this is a wonderful beer and I am glad I got to have it on draft and I think it is one of their better beers. Well balanced with warmth but could use a bit more aging.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

into a snifter bottled on 12-1-2010

Pours black with a reddish brown hue up to the light. Has a nice thin tan head.

Smells like chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak and a noticeable alcohol presence.

Taste is gooey, sweet, and has a lacto stout like creaminess. The whisky makes this beer hands down. Crazy good.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with good carbonation.

Overall is amazing. The third bottle of this I've and it just keeps getting better.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

more than exceeded my expectations. Had it on tap 2-3 months ago and was not at all impressed.

Sure loving it now from a 6 month old bottle, bottled Dec 1, 2010

A - DARK brown, almost black - excellent head retention, lacing and very active still in the tulip. Swirls bring up a sold one inch head that sticks around!

S - very good but when warms, fantastic. Chocolate caramel brownie soaked in brown sugared Bourbon.

T - Matches nose but add some Oak, rye bourbon and vanilla, molasses and a wee bit of liquorice. Bourbon integrated perfectly. Does not overpower, nor take a back seat. Let's the complexities of the verticals still shine and make their place known.

M - I wanted to give this a 4 because I'd like more of a velvet softer stout mouthfeel with this one but it's not a stout. It's a Strong Ale and Phuck. The mouthfeel is about as good as it gets for a Stong Ale friends...

O - At the $11.99 price tag a STEAL! Other Breweries take notice. I wish I had another to age another 6-12 months. *EDIT* Now that I'm finishing this gem...it really is one of the better Bourbon Bal-aged beers out there...grab one if you can. Easiest Bal-aged bomber I've ever finished...could kill another if I had it.

Recommended for sure.

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

I am feeling very fortunate to get this beer. Picked up a Bomber for around $10
Poured rough and put away wet into the glass creating a couple inches of light brown froth that sits there far longer then I want it too because I just want to drink it. :)
Leaving a modest cap of whipped topping consistency head and all around the glass coatings of lace.

Color is a very dark brown, not transparent and not really glowing and not reaching black.
Aroma is sweet delicious malt bomb extravaganza. Dark fruits, plenty of sweet caramel laced with burnt sugars, no heat at all, and a small amount of oaty malted milk ball aroma. A+ aroma for sure.
Smooth silky feel with mild amounts of carbonation, but present to balance the creamier feel of the beer.
Taste is much like aroma with more of a burnt sugar flavor, touch of Cinnamon and loads of malt. Not overly sweet either and balanced by a burnt sugar/ roasted malt flavor that bitters into the finish and becomes fairly pine like.

This is one amazing beer, it woo'ed the hell out of me. I want more!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is - WOO WEE, strong, malty, woody, with an alcohol underpinning and yeasty and floral hints. It pours a pretty chocolaty brown that is opaque save at the edges, with a fairly good beige head. Flavor is - not for the faint of heart! Quite strong, it is woody, malty, a little honey sweet, slightly fruity, slightly nutty, with a good alcohol edge. Texture is smooth and edgy, leaving a woody and tingly finish.

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Photo of mandoman1
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap to a snifter at the Barley Oak in Mandeville, LA. Dark, opaque appearance. I did not realize it was rye barrel cured while tasting. The flavor was more of a sweet chocolate and a good choice after a big meal. I could not consume more than a few of these back to back as they are very full bodied and pack a pretty good kick. Sticky but sweet. oo lala.

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Photo of Pencible
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with hints of brown, with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled amazing, like strong rye and oak, with rich caramel and toffee and dark chocolate and some tobacco and coffee.
T: It tasted like tons of rye and oak and caramel, with some dark chocolate and toffee and tobacco and vanilla and sweetened coffee. It had a smooth bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Very nice.
D: This was a fantastic beer. Better than any of the other Jewbelations, and I really liked most of those! The rye barrel aging really added a lot, even though some of the hops and other Jewbelation complexities weren't noticeable. Huge body and very well hidden alcohol made this so easy to drink. But please sip and savor this gem. Maybe best fresh, but could definitely keep for a while too. Highly recommended.

Note: I had this in the same evening with Black Ops, Bourbon Angel's Share, Bourbon Old Stock, and Consecration. But this may have been my favorite of the night.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing his Blind BIF 5 haul, and even more thanks to the man who sent this tasty number to him.

Pours a deep black body with a nice tan foam. Everything about this screams bourbon barrel imperial stout. It smells of molasses, oak, vanilla, whiskey, dark chocolate and some malty notes just to round it out. This actually tastes much sweeter than I had expected it would. Obviously there's still some whiskey in the flavor, but I had expected to get bombarded by bitter roast and dark chocolate, and they ended up more of an accent then I expected. I suppose you can't judge a book by it's cover, as much as you want to. Pretty boozy still, though the body seems nice and hearty and velvety. This is really really good, I expect this to be one of the top tier BBA Imperial Stouts. It obviously wasn't, but that doesn't mean that it wasn't damn good, and heck I was even wrong on the style.

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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 Bierlerner
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours an extremely dark brown almost black. Small head that lingers around a bit. Little lacing.

S- Wow! Boozy. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and major up front nose of whiskey. Though, the booze is a little overpowering, it still smells wonderful.

T- Its got borderline stout characteristics with the chocolate and bourbon palate. Buts its got the subtle hop on the finish with a nice twang of an american strong ale. Lots more going on as this warms up. Alcohol is definitely present and might be a bit much for some. Pretty complex brew.

M- Creamy and smooth. Little carbonation. Mid heavy mouthfeel.

O- What a great beer. Pretty complex. Strong on the alcohol taste as well as the abv. Definite sipper that'd enjoy over and over again. Well done.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Super deep brown color. Tons of mocha colored head on the initial pour. Excellent lacing head retention for a barrel aged beer. Tons of lacing as well.

S: The nose is classic Schmaltz. Subdued hops.The barrel is there but it is not that huge rye presence I was expecting. Touch of oak. Little warming booze in the nose. Touch of chocolate.

T: Just a really nice beer. I am a fan of blending beers and this reminds me of something I would come up with. Tons of complexity. Hoppy. Malty as hell. The barrel ties it all together. As it warmed up the barrel became more apparent Finishes with some caramel and a nice warming feeling from the barrel.

M: So smooth and creamy. Not thin at all like some barrel aged beers get. Just nice.

D: I don't know about aging this one. It is so nice right now and to be honest I could have used a little more barrel. Just a ton of complexity. They need to keep their barrel program going.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very, very dark brown with dark burgundy too. Nice 2 finger tan head on top. I like my beers dark and this one definitely meets that requirement.

S: Malt, slight vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, some wood, and a little maple maybe. Very complex. Nothing is particularly overpowering...there are subtle hints of a lot of different things going on.

T: Truly an awesome beer. Sweet, smooth, dark malt. Heavy caramel. Candy sugar and brown sugar. Some oakiness with just a twinge of whiskey. The whiskey is not overpowering at all. Some dark fruits/plums. Hint of vanilla. Hint of chocolate. Slight coffee aftertaste. Some molasses maybe(?) Like the aroma, the taste is very complex. I get something different every time I drink it.

M: Not overly carbonated. Smooth. Not syrupy or overly viscous. I could do a whole bomber no problem. Leaves vestiges of wood, caramel, and dark sugar.

O: Man, I really like this beer a LOT. I was kind of surprised too. I had only had the Freaktoberfest (which is my all time least favorite beer, bar none) from Shmaltz but this one is at the exact polar opposite end of the spectrum. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it. I don't understand why it doesn't get more attention and praise. It is really a phenomenal beer. I bought a case of it while I could find it and still wish I had bought more!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - looks opaque but does have some deep burgundy tones. Solid mocha cover leaving thin drapes of lace on the goblet.

Aroma - light roasted malts, bourbon-soaked oak taking over on setup with notes of vanilla and coconut.

Taste - light sweetness with the grains, almost makes like it's not really going anywhere. Then it takes off mid-palate. The bourbon hits along with some abv heat. Some sneaky and really good citrus show up on the swallow aong with some coffee notes. Wow, lots of different stuff here. The pieces don't meld perfectly, but they sure are tasty. Finishes with a citrusy bite of hops and lingering warmth.

Mouthfeel - very crisp with a medium-plus body. Notable smoothness.

Drinkability - an enjoyable brew from Schmaltz. Tasty and would be an interesting one to age.

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

Poured a dark brown or even black into taster glass provided with the gift pack; small tan/brown head that didn't last long. Aroma of chocolate, malt, a bit of vanilla, and a bit of coffee(?). Taste was dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, a small amount of vanilla, and a touch of coffee with a very smooth finish. Definitly one I'd seek out again and again.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Dan’s place – thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger dark tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with dark chocolate and vanilla aromas. Also present are mild amounts of rye spiciness.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Large roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by smooth vanilla. Joining in shortly thereafter are mild amounts of butterscotch and dark molasses flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of spicy rye that carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is the second time I’ve had this beer and it calmed down substantially from the previous time I’d had it (also on-tap). A surprisingly smooth beer that’s well worth a shot.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (part of the full vertical mix pack) poured into a snifter glass, on 03/21/2011.
This beer is black with some dark brown edges. It's topped with a creamy mocha head. Low retention but leaves significant lacing. I pick up gobs of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, sweet malts, touch of booze, and a dab of wood. I am far from disappointed! The taste is full of caramel, dark fruit (fig/plum), molasses, honey malts, and add in some roasted notes, slightly metallic, and rye whiskey and wood. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. This is a great beer and very unique! I will age as many as I can find for another happy day.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always happy to try the Jewbilation series from Schmaltz and this is no different.

Bottled 10/4/2010 , Batch 001/230 cases

Pours a dark stained walnut color with a small tan head.

Aroma of burnt brown sugar, whiskey, sweet malt and barrel aging / oak. I do not smell a whole lot of rare in here, but it the aroma is great.

Taste of a nice buttery smooth old ale. Plenty of brown sugar, roasted malts, cocoa, toffee and extremely well rounded. There is very little booze factor and a great variation of flavors in here. Plenty of different types of barrels I am sure have blended together to make this extremely smooth. I cannot help but compare this to Backwoods Bastard, one of my favorite old ales from Founders and say that this one has slightly less whiskey flavor to it. I really enjoyed how the blend let this beer speak for itself rather than having the whiskey take over so much of the flavor although I enjoy both flavors equally.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth with a light carbonation and a medium body. Very drinkable and overall able to compete with the best in this category. As long as Schmaltz keeps making these , I will continue to purchase them.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the Hebrew 14, so one of my local beer store guys recommended this mix of the anniversary brews. Bottled on 12/1/2010. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Very dark, nearly black body, with a one-finger dark tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving a smattering of lacing.

The aroma is fairly reminiscent of a good barrel-aged stout. Dark malt, chocolate/cocoa, and some bourbon aromas stick out.

Tasty blend of flavors that is very rich and complex. The flavors in the aroma stand out. A hint of licorice comes through and the chocolate is milky and sweet.

Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Very little notice of the alcohol for the strong abv. Great offering for such a big blend of brews.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

359th review on BA
bottle to NB Globe
650 ML Batch 2 12/1/10 bottling

App- Super dark brown with a 1 1/2 finger head that left some okay cling but the head was puffy and very nice.

Smell- Boozy, rye, malty just very strong on the nose.

Taste- A nice big beer. I really get the rye flavoring and the malts. A creamy drinker as it warms. Very well done for a prolonged sipping beer, by no means a chugger with the abv and the rye whisky tinge.

Mouth- Full bodied with a nice medium carbonation. Almost a whip cream out of a can feel.

Drink- A bit big and boozy but still tastsefully done. Good flavors and well balanced. I think I would have this one again if offered.

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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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