He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary AleHe'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale

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very good

514 Ratings
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 123 | FT: 11
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Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, light char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/char/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, light char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark and black with a moderate amount of bubbles. A small finger of tan head fades into a thin layer around the edges of the glass. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big, sweet, and complex aroma. Big presence of dark fruits with hints of raisins, prunes, dark cherry, fig, and dates. Dark roasted malts with hints of burnt caramel, toffee, chocolate, oak, and smoke. Sweet molasses and burnt sugars. Some anise licorice. Earthy and grassy hops linger around. Sixteen hops are listed but they take a back seat to the dark fruits and malts here. Alcohol scents as expected. A very complex and good aroma that doesn't smell overly syrupy.

Taste: As huge and complex as the aroma indicates. Big taste of dark fruits with notes of raisin, dark cherry licorice, prunes, dates, and fig. Big dark malt taste like a stout with notes of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, and burnt toast along with a good kick of smoke. Burnt sugars and molasses. Some anise and other spices. The hops come out more in the taste and provide a nice bitter bite to counter the sweetness. Earthy and grassy hops with a subtle undertone of citrus hop. Noticeable taste of alcohol as expected from the 16%. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full thick body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Quite a hot feel from the heavy alcohol but its nothing I can't handle.

Overall: This came out very good. Huge flavor with lots of different tastes. The hops do a really good job of keeping things from becoming a cloying mess. Nice roasty undertones.

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blackish brown and opaque with a thick and frothy head of dimpled foam that lingers long. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon, some woody notes. Rich flavors of darkly roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, espresso, slight cherry tang, pine board, hints of smoke, raisins, root beer, dried leaves, and charred bark. Amazingly complex flavors. The sky-high ABV is fairly subdued. Good beer overall, a sipper for sure.

Photo of BGDrock
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 18 months

Appearance: rock solid milk chocolate head with body as near to black as it gets

Aroma: port & dark chocolate, prunes; deep, dark, and addictive; rum; rich, sweet, dried fruit aromas are crazy

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark caramelized fruit flavours start things off, but rapidly transition to beautiful and strong cocoa that when paired with unrestrained alcohol burn make for a memorable finish; nothing held back, it's in your face intense flavour - small sips advised; velvety texture accentuates the sense of creamy hot chocolate - that's been liberally doused with port; the interplay between fruit and chocolate flavours is perfect and lacking any bitterness that can come the dark malts

Overall: this is for a cold winter night, paired with a rich chocolate cake, and throw in some raspberries/blackberries

Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A strong ale? This beer pours like an imperial stout! Thick, burnt molasses brown and opaque. The head is an oak yellow brown that starts out thick but fades to a rainbow oil slicked cluster of bubbles. For sure a worthy looking beer for a 16th anniversary.

Deep rich nose of dark fruits and heavily roasted grains with hints of coconut. Again the nose is stout-ish and as it warms the scents get more complex. This is becoming a more and more impressive beer.

The taste is the first point where the sweet 16 jives from the stout formula. Instead of chocolate and coffee roasted malts this brew is more dark fruit, hops and sweet cereal. There is an overall boozy undertone that is masked nicely by the dark fruit flavors but still there. This one for sure is a sipper.

I feel this beer slips in the mouthfeel department. It's very thick and sweet that leaves you with an overly coated mouth. I do like how the grain notes and boozy burn lingers but I've had better strong ales and for sure better stouts. All in all, this is a solid beer. I can feel it coming on and I like most of its angles. Well done shmaltz brewing, I'm glad I've got two of these bombers.

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, deemed a paltry 15.2% ABV by the guv'ment operators in our particular provincial bailiwick. Happy age of consent birthday, Shmaltz!

This beer pours an admittedly hard to discern clear, very, very, very, (did I say very?) dark brown hue, with slight basal reddish cola highlights, and three fingers of tight, silkily foamy, robustly beige head, which leaves little beyond a low ebbing ring of lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of sweet black fruit esters - figs, plum, and soused cherries come most readily to mind - with some musty baker's chocolate, earthy anise, leafy, somewhat bitter earthy hops, and a well bridled sugary booziness. The taste is more sweet, concentrated dark fruit - plum pudding and dried prunes (different enough, I would put forth) - quickly eclipsed by a bitter citrus rind and earthy, leafy hoppiness, all surprising detectable before the latent, yet still rather hefty caramel/toffee malt bomb that you just knew had to come about, comes about.

The bubbles are quite restrained, but with a wisp of edgy frothiness here and there, the body a muscular, dues all paid up, full weight, and with a pretty straight-up smoothness, one which seems to have no fear of interlopers. It finishes still on the veritably sweet side, the deep fruit somehow sublimated by a lingering sassy citric and earthy hoppiness, and a now burgeoning booze warming.

Well, this does indeed push the boundaries of what any sane soul might proclaim as one individual 'beer', but hey, ho, what the hell. Any milestone anniversary celebration should be a heady affair, and this fits the bill quite accordingly. The sugar, hop, and booze notes are all so well integrated as to make one oblivious to the effort put forth to get to this point, to get more and more and more out of things. A tasty, way over the top strong ale, which should be consumed like a red wine. Or not.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big beer which revels in its bigness. LCBO acquisition, who promptly gave a lab evaluation of only 14.5% abv - whatever, it is only to be supped. Big chocolate and roasted malt, and heavy anise finish. Black and bubbly head is attractive. Booze in the finish. Its hidden but its instantly apparent. Sweet stout bias. Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with a big, brown, frothy, head that has great retention

S - wood, alcohol, caramel, roasted malts, dark fruit

T - roasty, chocolate, earthy, spicy hops, woody, alcohol, dark fruit

M - full bodied, warm, smooth

This is a great beer that is very complex. There are so many different flavors that I know I didn't give them all their justice above. The ABV is definitlely noticeable but it didn't detract from the flavors or the overall drinking experience. This is yet another big beer from He'Brew that is nicely done. It's well worth a try.

Photo of hreb
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in small wine glass. Beer pours a dark brown color, decidedly neither opaque nor black. Viscosity looks surprisingly thin given the ABV, which is advertised with a big shiny "16" on the label. Medium-thin head of lighter brown. Big aroma of grapes or raisins -- this is clearly a barleywine. On the first sip I've discovered I've served this *way* too cold. But there's no rush, we can fix this....

Fruit flavors come through strongest in this beer. The contrast of the richness of the dark/stone fruit with their sweetness (figs, plums) is the focal point. There's also a complex mix of hops which serves to neutralize the aftertaste and leave the overall profile relatively dry. I can't imagine how the brewer finds just the right IBU level to make this beer work. The mouthfeel is not too heavy, consistent with how it pours, which is nice because this is a REALLY big beer (1x 22oz beer @ 16% ABV = 6x 12oz beers @ 5%...holy shit...not bad for $8).

Maybe not an every day beer, but highly recommended nonetheless.

Photo of prototypic
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jewbelation Sweet 16 pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s almost opaque, but not quite there. When held to light, there are a few burgundy highlights at the edges. Good looking color though. It’s topped with a dark mocha colored head that stands about a finger and a half tall. It’s extremely slow to recede. Lacing was sticky and relatively thick. Pretty impressive.

The nose is a tad weak, but it does smell pretty good. A bit more strength would help. This one’s all about the malts. No doubt about it. It’s full of chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate variety smells like cocoa and fudge. It smells a bit sweet and sugary. Dark fruit is noted and has a relatively strong presence. It complements the malts pretty well. I’m not getting much in the hops department. Alcohol is definitely noted. Comes through pretty strong. This is an 11.8% bottle. I can’t even imagine what the 16% ones would be like.

The flavor is pretty good. The malt base is definitely strong and flavorful. Roasted and chocolate malts combine to create a really nice flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, and sweet milk chocolate are all present. It’s a bit sweet, but not in a negative sense. Dark fruit has a rather strong presence. It’s a nice complement to the malts and adds a bit of a tangy twist. There are some light, citric hop notes. Maybe a little grapefruit and orange. They’re largely buried by the malts though. Alcohol is strong and has a slight warming effect. Finishes malty and tangy.

Sweet 16 has a full body. It’s viscous and very smooth. Carbonation is light, and the bubbles are very soft. It’s definitely big and is a sipper. For a big beer, its drinkability isn’t bad.

Shmaltz has a pretty solid beer in Sweet 16. It’s not without some faults. The nose is slightly weak and it is a bit boozy. Even though this is the 11.8% variety, that’s a fact. Pretty good stuff though. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a strong licorice, molasses, and more licorice.
The taste is bold: licorice, molasses and smooth roasted malt. The alcohol is there in the background.
The texture is heavy with low carbonation.
Pretty tasty and hides the 16% pretty well.

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Brown bread & toffee, leafy hops & boozeyness

T: Follows the nose, boozey figs as well, up front, treacle sweetness as well, vaniilla & raisins. Dryness ensues as this warms, some smokey notes mix in with figs & a bit of brown sugar. toffee & even a bit of honey Bourbon. Finishes figgy with a bit of maple sryup, treacle, more smokey & honey notes along with herbal & woody hop notes coming though

MF: Uber-chewy, slight to near-zero carbonation, lots of stickyness

Drinks easy for a 16% abv beer, but this is a juggernaught of maltyness that deserves splitting. with several friends. I really enjoyed this, very complex & fortyfying

Photo of timjr2500
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Darker than dark. Reddish tint to the head that fades quickly. Slides down the glass slowly as it returns to the deep richness.

Smells of strong dark malts, slight roastiness, warm alcohol in the nose. Very slight bits of chocolate.

Tastes rich and sweet with a warming alcohol flavor. Fades into a sweet chocolate and slight roast flavor.

Syrupy, bold, dense. Matches the look perfectly.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Some say its gimmicky but I love a good gimmick. And I love Jewish brewers with a sense of humor. This beer, in my opinion, goes far beyond the gimmick though and delivers a fantastic flavor and drinking experience. Very warm, very strong. I would defnitely buy another if I was sharing it. Wouldn't be able to finish a bottle by myself, but for a 16% beer, it is quite drinkable and enjoyable. I would reccomend it on a cold day. Or a warm day. Or any day that you want to have a good roasty beer.

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

No bottled on date.
Poured or should I say decanted?) into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours an intimidating, menacing and impenetrable black with a thick, 2 finger dark khaki head which sticks around for a surprisingly long time for a 16% ABV beer. As it recedes, it even leaves plenty of lacing. Nice and big alcohol legs stream down the glass as you drink the ale.

Aroma: Rich, dark chocolate, herbal hops, a nice vanilla foundation from the presumed oak aging. Surprisingly little alcohol in the nose. It's there but it really just further accentuates the spicy hop component. It does become more apparent as the beer acclimates towards room temperature.

Taste: Notes of dark chocolate immediately which give way to a big alcohol soaked cherries, some nice vanilla highlights. Dark Russian rye bread intermingled with toasted nuts and earthy hops towards the end of the taste. Finishes dry, with bitter hops and a bit too harsh of a spicy alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with tons of viscosity. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A somewhat complex beer that just has a bit too strong of an alcohol presence. While it's hard to hide 16% ABV in a beer, it is possible. Also for being brewed with 16 different hops and 16 different malts, it definitely doesn't showcase them much. I've had beers made with 2 varieties of both malt and hops that offered more depth and complexity than this brew. Overall, I'd only recommend this if you're in the mood for a crazy high ABV beer and this is the only one on the shelf.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - black with just a hint of light getting through the bottom, thumb of head retaining very well with consistent lacing given the high alcohol
s - big molasses, raisins, coffee, earthy, and well blended alcohol
T - much like the nose I find the dominant flavour to be molasses maltiness with notes of coffee, raisins, cocoa, and relatively subtle alcohol
M - heavy with appropriate carbonation, thick and smooth through the middle with the alcohol making its presence know through the finish as it warms the innards, but you would never suspect it being as high octane as it is
O - much like the 15 this brew is big but extremely tasty and drinkable given its high octane nature, i have one put away to age at the moment but will definitely be picking up at least one more to drink now and likey another to age longer

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep espresso colored and opaque body. It has a flat appearance with no head or activity.

Smells like molasses and cough syrup. There's a hint of raisin.

The taste is blackstrap molasses, raisin, cardboard, and extremely boozy. It's very sweet.

The mouthfeel is syrupy, sweet, and hot like NyQuil. It's the consistency of nighttime medication.

This beer was way too hot and syrupy compared to some of their previous anniversary beers. Laying it down for a while could take care if the boozy part, but I don't know about the texture.

Photo of BruceBruce
4.87/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't always do reviews, but when I do, it is because they are REALLY GOOD!!!

A. Flat black motor oil thin line of head, almost no lacing

S. Exactly what I want in a big boozy beer, sweet, then bourbon and alcohol scents that make it so that I can't wait for each sip. Oh so malty....

T. Dark fruit, then you get the sweet that you smelled like syrup or molasses, a bit of coca then coffee and wait for it, there it is... HEAT, I love it has that bite that a 16% beer should have and I know the 16,16,16 is a gimmick but man it is working, in a year this beer could be all 5's.

M. Medium carbonation which is perfect and then a good thick presence. Not too thin, not to much like a mouth full of syrup, again hit on the nose.

O. I love it, I purchased 3, 2 for aging and ended up drinking each, just got 6 more and lets hope they make it because I really love this beer now even though I know it has amazing potential. I cant wait to see what happens in the future, but this is a way better beer then 87 that is for sure. Slowly gaining respect for this brewery one jewbelation at a time.

Photo of cragus
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650ml bottle into snifter
A - Pours a dark amber with a decent amount of rapidly dissapating tan head.

S - Cherry and alcohol on the nose with a bit of raisan and a hint of hazelnut

T- Alcohol up front with a stronger hazelnut notes on top of a base of dark fruit.Some pine on the finish and a very minor carrot note. To be perfectly honest, the alcohol is so pervasive that its hard to make out fine details.

M- Thick and viscous, not to a RIS level, but still quite viscous with mild carbonation.

O - Decent, but not exactly sessionable or regularly drinkable. As an extreme and kind of silly brewer's lark, it's not bad; however, it's not really fully thought through. If the ABV was lowered, even to a still hot 10-12% I think it would be quite good. Unfortunately, at 16% this beer closer to a fortified wine, but lacks the balance of such beverages. In short, good beer, but too much alcohol in my opinion. Might be great if aging can knock back the alcohol presence a bit.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-16 malts, 16 hops, 16%abv.

A: Dark plum exit, is midnight black in the vessel with a rush of golden micro-bead carbonation bubbles. Dark desert khaki head is solid in form, with a smooth fine whispy sand appearence. Head strong retention with a nice film lacing of decent coverage.

S: Caramel cocoa and fine roast, very smooth, polished with some dark fruit.

T: Flavor of dark sweet malt, dark fruit of sugar plums, figs and sugar roast. Burnt molasses, sweet fennel and chocolate sweetness along with some dough. Spicy dry rum alcohol, cinnamon with some warm honey and sweet licorice all tangling together. The alcohol is spicy but very managable. Finishes off with some dry rum and coffee notes.

M: Medium full body, cough syrup consistency, no carbonation with a warming alcohol sensation. Spicy dry alcohol mention.

O: Overall a bit sweet upfront when young, maybe some aging will settle things down. Warming alcohol nice complexity. Sweetness may hold this back in quantity and a bit in quality.

Photo of TruePerception
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

He'brew Sweet 16: 16% ABV; Appearance: utterly black, chocolate milk colored head, thick, slow dissipation; Smell: lot of malt, hint of strong alcohol, faint powdered cocoa; Mouthfeel: very thick; Taste: lot of roasted coffee, heavy bitterness, nutty, short, chocolate milk front side.

Poured into a pint glass.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of deep caramelized sugar notes with light dried fruit and alcohol ester. Taste is also dominated by caramelized sugar with overly sweet notes and some alcohol warming notes. Body is quite full with motor oil consistency and alcohol is indeed a bit too straightforward. Too sweet with too much alcohol being perceptible.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.

A - Poured deep black with one finger of mocha brown head.

S - Sweet caramel, roast, piney hop presence and some noticeable alcohol.

T - A huge piney hop presence accompanies a big bitterness up front. Tobacco, roast, licorice and a big warming alcohol presence. Very robust overall.

M - Full body; thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

Photo of Brandywine
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Two and a half fingers of a gorgeous mocha brown head. Black as pitch. Epic alcohol legs don't even slide down the glass.

Smell: Molasses, dark sweet chocolate, bourbon, burnt sugar, booze.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate, booze, roasted notes, sweet malt, maybe some dark fruit like a fig or raisin.

Mouthfeel: Full and syrupy without being cloying. Carbonation isn't super noticeable but that's not surprising.

Overall: The nose and the mouth get partially over run by the booze in this brew. The other flavors are great but its hard to appreciate them. With a year of age on this, I believe it'll be freaking fantastic but it needs time to mellow.

Photo of Vec2267
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - jet black, opaque, espresso like foam, some retention

S - coffee, chocolate, berries, alcohol evident

T - bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit/prunes/raisins, alcohol, molasses, char, hops appear as muted licorice and mint, quite bitter on the back end, tons of complexity - the evident alcohol is why I gave it 4 rather than 4.5 - quite intense and complex - just too much booze

M - rich, viscous, low carbonation, much like a aged gold rum

O - too big, too boozy, too much - a huge rich cornucopia of flavors - oh for the flavor with half the alcohol

This is good beer that could be great. I love aged rums and this has many of the same qualities. I will buy another just to see what a year of age does.

Photo of yamar68
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impressive appearance, especially given the ABV - burnt chocolate body topped with a healthy finger of dense khaki head that eventually sinks down to a stubborn collar that lasts until the last drop.

Not the obvious "Jager" aroma that bugged me about the 15... it's got some Red Hot type alcohol heat though, cinnamon, boozy vanilla/butterscotch, fresh oak, a bit more tame than I expected. Nice.

So it's pretty strong... lots of sweet candy flavors to counteract the massive booze bill... red licorice, candy cane, caramel, butterscotch, an unavoidably dry and bitter booze finish, just a big fat dessert beer that I'm calling the main course.

Give it a go if you're curious, it's more approachable than some beers of lower ABV (Samichlaus comes to mind).

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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.