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He’Brew Funky Jewbelation 2013

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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The eighth member in Shmaltz Brewing’s Limited Engagement Barrel-Aged series, Funky Jewbelation features a blend of six ales and lagers from the Shmaltz beer lineup aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels, and hustles in at 9.4% alc. Funky Jewbelation is an expert mash-up of Jewbelation 15 (aged seven and ten months), Origin Pomegranate Strong Ale (aged 11 months), Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. (aged 12 months), Messiah Nut Brown Ale (aged 6 months), Coney Island Lager (aged 12 months), and Albino Python (aged 3 months). (Silver Medal Winner at the 2014 World Beer Cup)


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AmBunni (18) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2013
No brew has ever made me feel this way before. It’s like a love making session in a bottle. Thick... Sweet... Sour... Just... Freaking... Amazing. If you are on the fence about this one trust me, buy it!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
This pour was very unusual in the coloration, which appeared orange brown and translucent during the poring, but in the glass, it looked very deep red, bordering on black. The head was about two fingers thick at first, and then dissipated down to under one finger thick. The smell of the beer was very strong, and was wafting away from the glass without the need to bring it to the nose. There was strong oak barrel smell, along with the brett, which probably lurked in the nooks and crannies of the same. The taste was keeping up with the funky theme, with sour highly aged taste reminiscent of a Flanders Red. This is an intentional effect, as the aging process involved in this beer and the Belgian style is very similar. When other beers say funky, they usually add a bit of Brett character and call it a day. This one goes for the full "funk you" treatment. I love the resulting creation. The ABV is listed at 9.5%, but it is not evident at all, so make sure you be careful when sampling this. Beautiful beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wordsworth (133) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
This beer rocks. Bomber poured in pint. Awesome dark dark red color with a thin khaki head. Smells fruity and of sweet molasses. The flavor profile is eye popping and bounces off the tongue. So much going on. Passion fruit, molasses, caramel, whiskey and everything in between. A truly awesome beer. One of a kind.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TizzleJizzle (626) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a deep brown with a foamy tan head. Flavor is sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, and tart. Lively carbonation, thick and syrupy body. One of the most complex brews I’ve ever had!!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2013
On tap at Toronado San Francisco. One of the most interesting beers I have ever had. I never would have expected a ridiculous beer mash up like this to be so damn good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerSquare (117) - - MAR 19, 2013
Oh my. . . I always knew I loved a funky jew, but I never fully appreciated it. . . At first whiff, I paused and logged on to ratebeer. Clearly this is something huge. Looks like motor oil doing a guiness impression. Smells like cake, ice cream, hops, malt-- like a smorgasbord of beer desert. Taste: Like a slow motion slap across the face-- a gentle, teasing slap, delivered at about .25 miles per hour. First it’s sharp, roasty and very thick tasting-- beer milk shake consistency, which goes nicely with the aroma. But then the taste blooms into some very sharp hop notes. Floral flavors dominate for a few seconds, before dissolving into an extremely sweet finish that develops for a good minute or so after swallowing, starting with melon and berry flavors that seem to dissolve into more subtle banana & butterscotch, until it all just vanishes like a few grains of cane sugar that dissolve on the tongue. One of the most complex and interesting beers I’ve ever tasted. Not high on drinkability, as it really does slap you around with every sip (and is almost 10%abv). But for a taster, sipper, savorer-- especially on a cold day like today. . . absolutely top notch brew.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11499) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Yay for Mendocino! Both coasts! Bomber from the Vacaville BevMo. From case No. 02! Yeah. Big whoops. Anyway... It pours like Guinness with a widget. Very dark brown with lots of little bubbles that collapse beneath a foamy dark tan head. The aroma is challenging. Like mustard? Plus a lot of dark malt, wood, dark fruit, whiskey. Full bodied. Flavor is very strange. Swear I get mustard, but that’s immediately followed by a cascade of different dark malt and woody/whisky flavors. You name it, it might be in here. Except for scotch. Not getting smoke. I even think there may be chocolate and coffee. This is really fantastically complicated. Super brilliant ale.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Ahhh finally found this beer (Oblivion Taproom). The pour was a brilliant deep red with silky lacing. The aroma was of chocolate, molasses, oak, vanilla and raisins. This one packed some serious flavor, a lot like liquor-soaked, chocolate-covered raisins with lots of deep malt flavors. Once again does this prove why they are my favorite brewery.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (5100) - Utah, USA - JAN 3, 2014
22oz bottle picked up at Bevmo in Fairfield
Pours dark brown with a medium sized tan head and good lacing. Aroma is sour up front then bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Flavors are roasted malts, whiskey, wood, vanilla, chocolate and molasses
Very nice and tasty. I sipped on this all night, I didn’t want it to end.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2828) - Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/18/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Nice amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding sour strong ale! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


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