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He’Brew Funky Jewbelation 2014

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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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A blend of seven ales, aged in 35% Bourbon Barrels and 65% Rye Whiskey Barrels. Funky Jewbelation, the latest offering in our barrel-aged series, is available in 22 oz. bottles and a limited amount of draft at select bars nationwide. This year’s recipe features a unique blend of seven ales aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Sazarac and Willett Rye whisky barrels, and hustles in at 9.4% abv. Funky Jewbelation is a mash-up of Jewbelation 15® (aged 18 months), Messiah Nut Brown Ale® (aged 3 months), Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.® (aged 12 months), Reunion® (aged 6 months), Origin® Pomegranate Strong Ale (aged 6 months), Rejewvenator® with Figs and Dates(aged 6 months), and Death of a Contract Brewer® (aged 4 months).


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2680) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle. Poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bourbon, rye, fruitiness and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, rye, dried fruit and light oak with a smooth lingering fruity rye finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours Brown with brown head. Taste is bourbon and wine slightly sour taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6769) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head and atreacle and bourbon aroma. There is a fruity dark molasses flavor that is slightly sour with a warm bourbon trail. Quite complex.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FestDecBeet (227) - - DEC 8, 2014
Look: pours a dark brown. Red highlights. Light brown head. Smell: cherry. Apple skin. Roasty malts. Slight chocolate. Very hop forward. Taste: very hop forward. Cherry flavors. Alcohol burn. Very sweet. Caramel. Feel: very creamy mouth feel. Slight dryness. Leaves a thick film in the mouth. Overall: great beer. Love the sweetness but is balanced very well with the hops. First Drank: home 12/7/14

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3531) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep brown that doesn’t allow light to pass with a dense, creamy, dark tan head that lasted until nearly mid-glass and left a sheet of foam on the glass with each sip. Very pleasant aroma of oak and vanilla along with caramel and dates. The flavor is multidimensional and in a word, excellent. There is caramel and dates, vanilla and oak, bourbon, and most prominently, cabernet grapes with a lovely sour acidity that brings all the other compenents together. Well rounded mouthfeel with some nice caramel silkiness. Alcohol is well-hidden. Overall, one of the best beers I’ve had in a while.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tomekk1978 (564) - Ząbki, POLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, wpadająca w czarną, z rubinowymi refleksami, klarowna. Oleista konsystencja. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, umiarkowanie trwała. Aromat: wanilia do potęgi i przyjemne aromaty beczkowe (drewno, wino, kwaskowość, lekka stajnia) - rewelacja. Wyczuwalne akcenty estrowe (wiśnie), karmel, lekka ziemistość i nuty alkoholowe. Z czasem akcenty waniliowe i przyjemna alkoholowość jeszcze się wzmagają. Smak: słodowy, zdecydowanie słodki z lekką kwaskową kontrą. Rozgrzewający akcent alkoholu, lekka owocowość i wanilia. Niewielka, delikatna goryczka z krótkim finiszem. Ogólnie dosyć pełne, umiarkowanie wysycone, z lepką konsystencją. Jest to mieszanka 7 piw typu ale (m.in. nut brown czy IPA), z których każde było uprzednio leżakowane beczkach od 4 do 18 miesięcy. Oprócz tego produkt końcowy został podzielony na dwie części, z których jedna była leżakowana w beczkach po bourbonie (35%), a druga w beczkach po żytniej whisky (65%). Zaryzykuję zatem stwierdzenie, że jest to najbardziej wyleżakowane piwo jakie próbowałem, bowiem aromaty są naprawdę silne i przyjemne (z butelki nawet na drugi dzień). Całość jest do tego koszerna. Zasadniczo świetne piwo, z czołowej dziesiątki (może nawet piątki) najlepszych jakie piłem. Zdecydowanie warto, choć niestety piwa z tego browaru są niedostępne w naszym kraju.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chad9976 (1242) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 He’Brew Funky Jewbelation is an impressive accomplishment in brewing. It’s a blend of seven beers that have been aged in two different types of barrels. And on top of that, it’s soured, which makes it even more amazing since souring a beer and making it not only drinkable, but delicious, is quite difficult.

I poured a 22oz bottle into a Shmaltz snifter glass. It was bottled on 2/18/14 and cost $12.49 ($0.57 per ounce).

Appearance: Seemingly black but actually deep mahogany hue; translucent. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which retains well. Alcohol legs are noticeable.

Smell: Classic sour scent of bacteria, but dark fruits (especially black currants) are noticeable.

Taste: To say there’s a lot going on with He’Brew Funky Jewbelation is an understatement. There are seven beers in this brew and each imparts its own unique flavor characteristics to the final product. Up front I get sweet milk chocolate, coconut, toffee and caramel. Towards the middle there’s dank, resiny hop flavor and mild bitterness. On the finish there’s a strong sour/tart sensation coupled with the taste of fruit juice and flavors of pomegranate and black currants. There’s a tartness that lingers in the background from beginning to end, but it never distracts from the main palette. It all adds up to an absolutely delicious and consistently engaging brew as each swig has something unique to it. I don’t get much in the way of barrel character, per se, aside from a mild earthy/woody/vanilla flavor; but that’s okay since the final product is so enjoyable.

Drinkability: Sours can be an acquired taste as their acidity takes some getting used to. Since He’Brew Funky Jewbelation isn’t a traditional sour, its edginess is much more approachable than a traditional European offering. The mouthfeel is definitely thick, but not sticky and viscous. A consistent crisp texture throughout with a pleasant tartness in the aftertaste. The 9.4% ABV weight shows in the robustness and complexity of the palette, but doesn’t account for boozy heat or a sloppy weight. I would’ve had no problem drinking the entire bottle myself (I split it with my girlfriend).

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mep3222 (572) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Great aroma of dark fruit, woody oak, slight earthy maybe some cocoa in there. A bit of a sour, maybe slight barnyard like from brett? Taste is very complex. Tons of flavors. Way too much to even describe. Very smooth, get some of the bourbon flavors, vanilla and oak. Lots of malt but amazingly balanced. Almost has a slight lactic sour finish, maybe 2 or 3 of 10 sour. Lots of dark fruit flavors presumably from the wood aging? Tremendously smooth and tons of malt backbone but not syrupy or thick at all. Get some peppery almost Cabernet wine like flavors as well. There is so much going on with this beer and it all works and is great. The more you drink the more flavors you notice. Fantastic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2824) - Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/18/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, red wine vinegar, leather, vanilla, oak, toffee, toast, molasses, cocoa, light whiskey, musty funk, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity/funky yeast, and moderate whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, red wine vinegar, leather, vanilla, oak, toffee, toast, molasses, cocoa, light whiskey, musty funk, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, red wine vinegar, leather, vanilla, oak, toffee, toast, molasses, cocoa, light whiskey, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity/funky yeast, and moderate whiskey barrel flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged wild ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/funky yeast, and moderate whiskey barrel flavors; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the ABV with the moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
22oz bottle - When you make a Strong Ale, especially like He’Brew does with their anniversary beers, you throw all the rules of brewing out the window and just chuck in stuff and hope it all comes out okay. So far, their anniversary beers have been top-notch and this was no different, and defines what an American Strong Ale should be like. The aroma on this beer was just full tilt on everything...like a beer on crank. Tons of alcohol, tons of pitted/dark fruits, chocolate, alcohol, toffee, more alcohol, floral hops, more alcohol, leaf tobacco...wow. Flavor is also just as intense as the aroma. Port wine, leaf tobacco, chocoalte covered raisins, wet dirt, leather, hand soap with a strong, strong alcohol presence. Phenomenal beer, priced incredibly well and well done for a anniversary beer.


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