Sunday, December 4, 2016

Shmaltz Funky Jewbelation (2016 vintage)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1722) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 28C Wild Specialty Beer

AROMA: Strong sour/acidic aroma with black cherry or similar fruity presence. Some funky Brettanomyces character as well. Wood is extremely faint. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Essentially opaque brown or very dark ruby/violet. Large, tan froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Overt sourness immediately with a slight cherry/dark fruit flavor. Some chocolate can be detected in the background. There’s an underlying farmhouse/funky character with a strong tartness as it finishes. I don’t detect barrel character per se, but there is a bit of an earthy flavor on the aftertaste. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body and CO2. Though hefty, it never feels sticky, chewy or cloying. There is a moderate astringent aftertaste and slight warmth in the throat. Otherwise, quite quaffable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely one of the most ambitious, creative, and risky brews out there. Difficult to judge to style, but certainly enjoyable for what it is. 9/10


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