He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
We pour a brew of the darkest brown, giving no light at all around the edges. It holds a two finger head of soft, creamy light brown bubbles. This shows great retention, and is easily reproducible. Thick sheets of lacing are left down the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears moderate, but slow, in this goopy beverage. The nose is initially heavy with tin and aluminum. Warmth brings out a baked raisin bread sweetness and spice, with caramel malts, and faint bready esters on the back. Booze is biting and equally as warming as the malty backbone, where it takes on an additional woody or oaky quality with buttery diacetyls, giving the impression of something barrel aged. White sugar sweetness is thick, mixing with enhanced syrupy sweetness of the booze, giving cherry and plum fruitiness. Our first impression is that the opening is very, very sweet, but this falls quickly to a more bittered, cleaner ending. As we sip, the taste gives buttered wood, fig sugars, hot booze, metallics, and synthetic apple flavoring. Toffee sweetness and lightly bittered molasses pull us to the peak which is characterized by that massively malty, bready sweetness of the nose and boozy cherry syrups. The transition to the finish gives more biting metallic bitterness and thick black coffee malts with a bit of a roast. There is light chalkiness amongst the onslaught of grain, with dark fruity sweetness of black cherries and plum, with black pepper booze to boot. The aftertaste gives citric and grassy hops out of nowhere, with heavy fusel booze, caramel malts, salt water taffy, echoes of coffee, metallic yeastiness, synthetic cherry flavoring, and the almond booziness of Disaronno. The body is completely full, and the carbonation is bubbly and moderate. There is supreme slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, with a thick, thick coating left around the mouth. There is little ultimate dryness to the mouth, but things are slightly puckered and left smoothly calmed. The abv is massive, giving a big warming quality to it. This is a definite sipper.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was the robustness of the aroma. If there was one word to describe this beer it would be “rich”. The feel is intensely silky and soft, with generous coating and boozy fire from the abv. This follows a syrupy sweet and monstrously malty flavoring, with nectars and fruit laying it low with sugars. This, however, is not as hearty as the nose, which gives a shade more complexity to the experience. The hops were also hard to find, giving the balance to the malty side. This beer is over the top on pretty much every level, but hey, for anyone celebrating their sixteenth, opulence is a requisite.
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2012 14:41:09 | More by TheBrewo
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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
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
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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