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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of BrkfstOfChmpns
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of sweemzander
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from the 2011 Holiday Pack

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, from the 2010 Boxset.

appears almost black - just some garnet highlights in the corner of the glass. 1/2" cream colored thick head. good head retention. spicey whiskey aroma, plum, tobacco,. definitely boozy, but nice. taste starts smooth, complex brown sugary malt, then ends a bit harsher and herbal. medium body, smooth mouthfeel, fits the beer.

overall - a nice cap to the boxset series. although I think I liked the 13 and 14 better.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

A - Pours a deep reddish brown with one and a half fingers of creamy looking light brown head. Head has nice retention. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Quite a bit of oak and vanilla. Roasted malts with a bit of char, lots of dark dried fruits, chocolate, toffee, and some coffee.

T - Similar to the nose, but the chocolate, toffee and dark fruits come through first, with the oak, vanilla and whiskey coming through later. The rye whiskey aging adds a bit of spiciness that is very nice. Finishes a bit sweeter, with some herbal hop bitterness thrown in. Very nice.

M - Full mouthfeel, but not overly heavy. Some sweetness, but drying from the oak really takes over on the finish.

O - I haven't had any of the base beer recipes yet, but this is blended well enough to come together and not seem like a blend. The rye whiskey aging offers a nice flavor alternative to the sweeter bourbon.

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Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of MrOH
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown, thick dark tan head that recedes fairly quickly.

Raisins, dark fruits, tobacco, vanilla, oak, and a bit of roast all swirled together. Very well balanced nose.

Vanilla, dark dried fruit, woody spice, raisins, a bit of cocoa. Again, well balanced and tasty. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Pretty dang hefty with low carbonation, but what else would you expect?

Overall, this is a damn fine beer, and the best of the gift pack.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of rkarimi
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of nas4atu
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Purchased from Whole Foods Union Square in NYC. Brought back to Sydney Australia and shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a really deep brown-black colour, with a filmy but fine head of smoky white. Patchy lace forms above the oily body. When swirled, it has legs. Remarkably fine carbonation. Overall, looks really great.

Nose is softly sweet at its basis, but roaringly layered with big American oak characters, giving boozy hints and vanilla up the wazoo. Hints of roasted malts give some depth and complexity. Overall, it's exceptionally aromatic, it perhaps not as byzantine and heady as some others in a similar style.

Taste is also layered with oak, but with a slight oxidised character to it, giving a hint of old red wine and paper bags. There's still a smooth roasted character, but it's lightened and leavened by the oak and the age on it. Some dryness on the finish gives it a slight mouth-smacking quality that works against the smooth vanilla and chocolate roasted overtones.

Overall, this is a nice beer, and a beer of this type with this pedigree in this style is always going to be good. But it feels inferior to many of the other similar brews, especially the Firestone Walker anniversary beers, and in its genre it's nearer the bottom than the top.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of alexgash
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottling date 10/4/2010.

Dark cola brown body. Clear, with garnet edges. Fat finger of creamy, dark sandy brown head. Nice lacing too. Complex nose with notes of shoe leather, figs, Madeira, butterscotch, various spices (cinnamon?), vanilla, and whiskey-soaked oak.

Singed malts up front. Soon turn sweeter, with caramelized fruit and rich toffee flavors. Chewy mid-palate with lots of sugary ripe figs, brown sugar, and caramel-soaked malts. Light butterscotch, coconut, vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, and moderate whiskey notes around the edges, increasing toward the finish. Full-bodied with a nice creamy feel. An amazing blend, aged to perfection. Wish I had more of this!

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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 kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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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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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