Bock Bock – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (Clifton Park, MY, USA)

Bock Bock (Imperial American bock lager aged in bourbon barrels) (Batch #001/1269, 4/24/2015 bottling) – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 9.2% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

Imperial American Bock
Shmaltz Bock Bock has spent months in a blend of bourbon barrels, including Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, and Buffalo Trace.

Barrel-aged Bock Bock gains its toasty, rich malt body and nutty caramel flavor from distinctive European malts, such as Vienna, Munich and Crystal, to make a traditional bock base.”

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  • Style: (barrel aged – Bourbon) Doppelbock
  • Taste: Tangy sour alcoholic heavy raisin barley malt mild bourbon edge
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15.35 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pretty good

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours clear dark mahogany brown without a significant head, ringed retention with a large island, very steady micro streams

Nose: super toffee barley malt forward, notes of bourbon barrel (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, micro-tingly, thicker viscosity, heavy malt impression

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, tangy heavy (lvl-8-sweetness), raisin toffee barley malt, bourbon edge, wet woody zingy-sour

Finish: residual heavy sugars, bourbon-laced malty exhale

Summary: Great body and depth, solid execution. The dark fruitiness balances the bourbon malt nicely. Hits decently hard yet still sippable, although somewhat heavy halfway through the bottle.

He’Brew Jewbelation Fifteen – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (NY, USA)

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Jewbelation Fifteen – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 15% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)

“15th Anniversary Ale – Brewed with 15 malts & 15 hops


He’Brew 2011 Holiday Gift Pack Summary:

  1. Miraculous Jewbelation 8th Anniversary Ale (American Strong Ale) – [B-]
  2. Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A (IIPA) – [A-]
  3. Hop Manna Test Batch #2 (IPA) – [B]
  4. Genesis Ale (Amber Ale) – [C+]
  5. Messiah Bold (Brown Ale) – [C+]
  6. Origin Pomegranate Ale (Fruit Beer) – [B]
  7. Reunion – A Beer for Hope 2011 (Spiced Ale) – [B+]
  8. Jewbelation Fifteen (American Strong Ale) – [B+]

on the front-left label:

In Jewish tradition, 15 marks major commemorations: Passover (the Exodus), Sukkot (40 years of wandering), and Tu Bishvat (the New Year for Mother Nature) all start on the 15th day of the Hebrew month. 15 suggests a certain wisdom from experience: “Old is always 15 years from now.” – Bill Cosby. “We are always more anxious to be distinguished for one talent we do not possess than 15 we do.” – Mark Twain. After Andy Warhol, does 15 forever sound profound or frivolous? “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.” “Fame is the thirst of youth.” – Lord Byron. “The fact that my 15 minutes of fame has been extended is somewhat surprising to me and completely baffling to my wife.” – Barack Obama. For Matt EP: Hall of Famer Bart Starr rocked #15 as MVP in the Packers’ first two Super Bowl victories. “South Park” evolved from “Jesus vs. Santa” and is now entering its 15th season. “We’re rehabbed and ready for our 15 minutes of shame.” – Marilyn Manson. Lyrics from Barry Manilow’s 2011 album, 15 Minutes, released on QVC Network: “Make me a deal, I’ll sell my guts for glory.” “Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few, and that at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life.” – Benjamin Disraeli. After 1,972,350 sets of 15 minutes of Shmaltz Brewing, I’ll hoist my Jewbelation Quinceañera and sing 15 rounds of ¡Viva la Evolución de He’brew! L’Chaim!

Jeremy Cowan, proprietor


  • Style: American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Heavy thick sweet sherry cherry chocolate alcoholic toffee molasses concentrated barley malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, be prepared for some heaviness

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours brownish-black with a super-creamy smallish head, thick ringed retention, half-sticky lacing, varied speed scattered streams.

Nose: heavy sweet caramel barley malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: very thick viscosity, half oily-slick

Mid-palate: cherry chocolate cake, creamy CO2, background tangy-zing subdued alcohol, (lvl-8-sweetness), molasses, concentrated barley malt, sherry, woody

Finish: light roasty caramel sweet exhale

Summary: A big bomb of thick heavy flavours with a touch of tangy-zing to keep it all in check. Although at 15% it’s surprisingly sippable. It does become taxing on the palate after 10 oz.

Reunion – A Beer for Hope 2011 – Shmaltz Brewing Co & Terrapin Beer Co Collaboration

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Reunion Ale ’11 – A Beer for Hope 2011 – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)

“Dark imperial ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili pepper


on the front-left label:

Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the first time, Shmaltz Brewing joins the tribe as a production partner for Reunion ’11. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in this venture – Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise finds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org).

This year’s beer is a dark, complex ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. This brown ale leads with a sweet and subtle spicy aroma. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss. Just when you thought it was over, the heat from the chilies sneaks in and coats your tongue with tantalizing heat.  Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginia’s memory.

Cheers – Pete & Alan

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  • Style: (flavoured brown ale – cocoa nibs, vanilla, chili) Spiced Beer
  • Taste: Cocoa nib roasted sweet caramel barley malt vanilla mild chili heat dark chocolate
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, but alas it’s too late

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dark brown with a smallish lasting 2mm foamy head, clusters of fast activity.

Nose: cocoa nib, background barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-thick, smooth bite

Mid-palate: background light acidity, roasted cocoa nib nutty, (lvl-7-sweetness), caramel brown sugar barley malt, vanilla, licorice

Finish: subtle chili heat, bitter dark chocolate exhale, residual caramelized barley malt sweetness, subtle hops.

Summary: Lots of flavours going on working in unison for a delicious cause. Interesting taste profile thought just a tad sweet. Very nice.

He’Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (NY, USA)

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Origin Pomegranate Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)

“Imperial amber ale brewed with luscious pomegranate juice


  • Style: (flavoured – pomegranate) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Balanced pomegranate tangy burnt brown sugar barley malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pretty decent

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours translucent reddish brown with a very small dissipating head, ringed retention with thin island, fast steady big bubble streams.

Nose: acidic-tangy pomegranate mixed with sweet barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker-fizzy-crisp

Mid-palate: dissipiting soft sour-sustained tangy acidity, (lvl-6-sweetness), burnt brown sugar & pomegranate, toasted barley malt

Finish: pomegranate fruity, toasted malt exhale, subtle soft bitter hops.

Summary: I very much liked the wide range of taste sensations incorporating sweet-tangy-acidic-sour-toasted-bitter-alcohol; lots to experience with a very nice balance and mouthfeel.

He’Brew Messiah Bold – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (NY, USA)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Messiah Bold (Retired) – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 5.6% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)


  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Brown sugar roasted barley malty sweet light cola licorice
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not outstanding

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dark cola brown without much head, ringed micro retention, tight singular micro streams accompanied by fast sporadic ones.

Nose: brown sugar caramel malts, roasty toasty. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-slick, incoming malts

Mid-palate: mild coffee, roasted barley malt, brown sugar/caramel (lvl-5-sweetness), cola

Finish: mild licorice, residual malt sweetness

Summary: A solid drinkable brown ale with pleasant characteristics. Good balance but nothing remarkable.

He’Brew Genesis Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (NY, USA)

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Genesis Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Company (Brewed at Olde Saratoga Brewing), 6% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

“Contract brewed for Shmaltz Brewing Company. Our First Creation

Crisp, smooth and perfectly balanced between a west coast style pale and amber ale, with a supple malt sweetness and a pronounced hop flourish.

Malts: 2-row, Caramel 40L, Dark Crystal, Munich, Wheat
Hops: Warrior, Northern Brewer, Willamette”


  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toasted barley malty sour-tangy astringent finish
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, but won’t crave it

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours clear brown with no significant head, thin hazy ringed retention, some bubbles here and there, minor lacing.

Nose: sweet nutty caramel malts (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tingly CO2, toasted barley malts, bready-biscuity (lvl-5-sweetness)

Finish: background gentle bitter hops, mild sour-tangy astringency.

Summary: A good thick mouthfeel akin to their other beers, but this one having some astringency in the background and emerging in the finish. A bit above average.

He’Brew Hop Manna IPA – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (NY, USA)

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He’Brew Hop Manna Test Batch Number 2 – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 6.8% ABV – 65 IBUs, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)


on the neck label:

Malts: 2-Row, Wheat, Munich, Vienna, CaraMunich 40

Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Amarillo, Crystal, Centennial


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Smooth sweet toffee malt soft grapefruity bitter light tangy hop oils grassy soft bitter
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, but won’t crave it

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours brown-orange without a head, just a spotty haze of retention, scattered steady singular streams.

Nose: faint toffee barley malt, hints of strawberry (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: thick viscosity/half-slick, stealth subtle CO2

Mid-palate: bright (lvl-5-sweetness), background grapefruit hoppy bitter, grassy, toffee barley malt

Finish: tangy lingering soft bitter hops

Summary: Solid brew with a thicker mouthfeel and “infused” carbonation. Very drinkable, good balance.