He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by Thickfreakness:
4.75/5 rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A- Pitch black like the depths of hell. A light brown head floats with the pour, but fades rather quickly leaving no lacing... but a lovely ring of tan floating gently atop the oily abyss. Like looking into a black hole.
S- Rich and creamy vanilla bean ice cream, milk chocolate, licorice, figs, cherries, oatmeal, roasted nuts, toasted coconut, and some subtle touches of alcohol. The booze opens up as it warms up, but it leans upon, more than picks up all the notes of vanilla/coconut creme brulee! This is friggin' fantastic!!!
T- Just as the nose leads... vanilla, caramel, coconut, chocolate covered cherries... so rediculously delicious!!! Toasted nuts, brown sugar oatmeal, booze! The 16% REALLY comes alive and opens up all the flavors as it warms up. Figs, charred malt and oak. Tons of caramel sweetness, but believe it or not... a ton of bitter hops shine thru as it warms as well. Picking up some nice citrusy, pineapple/mango/grapefruit peel. This is as fine as Megan Fox!!!
M- Thick and viscous!!! Chewy, chocolatey and creamy like a home made brownie!!! Lovely sweetness with a surprising bitterness as it warms up. You can almost feel the 16 malts and 16 hops with each sip! Nice bit of alcohol
O- This is unreal!!! Damn near perfect! Fruit... both dried and tropical... vanilla, chocolate, caramel, nutty, brown sugar and licorice. Everything one could want in a strong ale and more... much, much more!!!
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2012 01:08:18 | More by Thickfreakness
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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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