Funky Jewbelation

Image courtesy of Shmaltz Brewing Company

Image courtesy of Shmaltz Brewing Company

This one screams FUN from first glance at the packaging to the final boozy swallow. Funky Jewbelation (He’Brew, the Chosen Beer) from Shmaltz Brewing Company, Saratoga Springs, NY is a conglomeration of six ales and lagers aged in bourbon and rye whisky barrels, and Sweet Moses, it’s good! Funky Jewbelation is deep brown with a decent beige head. Upon first taste I noticed cherries, some caramel and a deep-rooted sweetness. It’s really hard to describe, but the tartness is, again, cherry-like. At 9.4% ABV, adjectives fail me pretty quickly, so that’s a good excuse for my difficulties in description. It’s a sipper, but as you sip and the beer warms, it tastes even better!  This is the 8th barrel-aged release from Shmaltz, and if Batch 2 of 1492 cases bottled on 2-18-13 is any indication, they must all be winners.  And as always with He’Brew labels, very fun and well done.

L’Chaim Sucka!

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