1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary AleHe'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

469 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 469
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 113 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012)
View: Beers (41) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 469 | Reviews: 134 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SPThirtyThree:
Photo of SPThirtyThree
SPThirtyThree

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours two shades lighter than pitch black, with a rich, deep brown, one-finger head. The foam soon settles to a wispy garnish that looks a bit like a Van Gogh. As it warms, any remaining head loses the battle to the alcohol. The thick liquid sticks to the sides of the glass like a strong scotch.

S: Oakey and complex. Sticky, sweet, malty, tarry. Caramel and root beer. Cinnamon. Hot fusels. Sour cherries. Gasoline. Burnt vanilla. All of the elements are well-balanced together. After warming, though, the balance is completely gone. Hot fusels sear my nostrils like huffing rubbing alcohol. Below 35°F, this beer was fine, but somewhere around the fifty-degree mark, it went horribly wrong. Smells like those crazy Jews over at He'Brew let the fermentation get a bit too warm.

T: Delicious. It's a warm, wintery stout. I'd expected something lighter, but the appearance and smell were clear indicators it would be a very dark, malty beer. The high alcohol content does not hide. The taste begins with a rich sweetness in the front of the tongue mixed with a hot harshness at the center to back. Hop astingency and tarry oak provide a powerful mouthfeel, and a warmth that borders on alcoholic sting linger. Served warmer, the same spoiling characteristics begin to dominate.

M: Kinda described above, but bitter from black malts. I'd venture a guess that there's a lot of roasted barley in here, either that or a questionably large dose of black patent. A stickiness from both sugar and alcohol combine for a nice mouthfeel. It's almost like drinking a slightly hopped white Russian, only made with Bourbon. (Is there a name for that?)

D: The drinkability of this beer is pretty low. While it's hot, charred richness might be good on a frigid, snowy day after a cold morning on the slopes, it's generally unpleasant, and the alcohol content is high enough to blast you far from sobriety, meaning it's only good for when you (and maybe a friend, depending on your alcohol tolerance) want to get drunk off one bottle. Nothing against that occasion, but a beer only good for that purpose isn't very versatile.

Overall, this beer is okay. I can't fault it too much for some of it's characteristics, but the solventy, harsh flavors and smells aren't desirable under any circumstances, for any style of beer. I served it colder than normal, making it initially acceptable, but at warmer temperatures, it was almost a pour-out. It had enough redeeming qualities aside from the fusels to make it just barely finishable, but if you can't enjoy the good qualities, what's the point of having them?

I don't know if BJCP still publishes guidelines, but I've never seen a description of what an American Strong Ale is supposed to be, so I'm not sure how to perceive some of the aspects of this beer. Knowing that it's a 16% ABV beer, I understand why some of these traits are present (and nearly inevitable), but that still doesn't justify this bomber from being so unpalatable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 02:20:01 | More by SPThirtyThree
More User Reviews:
Photo of Howlader
Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-20-2014 07:23:24 | More by Howlader
Photo of TboneRN
TboneRN

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-20-2014 02:29:09 | More by TboneRN
Photo of BGDrock
BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 19:04:22 | More by BGDrock
Photo of Stum-pub
Stum-pub

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-17-2014 04:51:03 | More by Stum-pub
Photo of DIPAFAN
DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-13-2014 17:06:39 | More by DIPAFAN
Photo of drinkin-beeers
drinkin-beeers

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-06-2014 00:48:31 | More by drinkin-beeers
Photo of Rochefort10nh
Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +16%

07-04-2014 17:17:28 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Thomas_562
Thomas_562

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-27-2014 04:36:15 | More by Thomas_562
Photo of fox227
fox227

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-24-2014 16:00:41 | More by fox227
Photo of charlzm
charlzm

California

3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed June 21st (first day of summer 2014!) from a bomber kept at 48 degrees F since purchase in June of 2013. Poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Beer is totally black. Extremely deep ruby highlights when held to strong, intense light. A two finger light brown head forms during the pour and lingers for quite some time, aided and abetted by both good carbonation and the shape of the beer glass (I guess). Very nice, uniform sheeting that leaves nothing behind with each tilt of the glass.

Aroma notes include alcohol, subtle mint/herbal smell. Some cocoa, a trace of pepper, prunes. A dash of wet pennies on the pour dissipates quickly. As it warms, a nasty garlicy/onion note becomes prominent. Summit hops, perhaps? All in all, not a very aromatic beer and what is there is not very pleasing.

On the palate: slightly sour milk chocolate malt, alcohol heat then bigger and longer-lasting bitterness than I had been anticipating. A little anise and... nutmeg? Not very complex or deep. The panoply of flavors reported by other reviewers is either beyond my ability to discern or... let's just say that.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and smooth; my guess is that there are oats in here. Alcohol heat is front and center, close to but not crossing the threshold into overbearing.

A few sips and I'm feeling this one already. The advertised 16% ABV seems to be accurate. Not as good as Jewbelation 12, which was my introduction to Schmaltz and still my favorite beer from this brewery. As far as style goes: this might as well be a Russian Imperial Stout based on what I experienced.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 18:13:06 | More by charlzm
Photo of KrisDLSmith
KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-21-2014 02:14:43 | More by KrisDLSmith
Photo of jsh420
jsh420

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-18-2014 01:39:40 | More by jsh420
Photo of hickmancase
hickmancase

California

5/5  rDev +28.9%

06-12-2014 16:08:43 | More by hickmancase
Photo of TX-Badger
TX-Badger

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-09-2014 17:44:39 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of kjyost
kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-31-2014 02:13:48 | More by kjyost
Photo of kmanjohnson
kmanjohnson

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-30-2014 00:34:46 | More by kmanjohnson
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-24-2014 01:51:14 | More by Latarnik
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-22-2014 17:43:11 | More by afsdan
Photo of hopsolutely
hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-17-2014 03:20:33 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of DaftPatrick
DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-11-2014 06:01:03 | More by DaftPatrick
Photo of frontalot
frontalot

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-09-2014 21:29:05 | More by frontalot
Photo of Ish1
Ish1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-03-2014 04:37:16 | More by Ish1
Photo of kinmundy77
kinmundy77

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-27-2014 21:57:58 | More by kinmundy77
Photo of Mbennett
Mbennett

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-25-2014 22:10:35 | More by Mbennett
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.