He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color - one would think it was an imperial stout given the look. The head is a one finger mocha shade. I'm really impressed how well it retains itself for 16%, too. Not much lacing, as expected.
S: There is a lot of chocolate, licorice, and plum qualities exhibited on the nose. In general it's a fruity aroma, perhaps a bit weak (due to the fact I served it relatively cold) yet not remotely boozy.
T: The initial flavor is very plummy. Strong dark fruits and chocolate go into the midtaste, and it finishes with a bit of spicy hoppiness and booze. I'm amazed how boozy this isn't - blindfold me and I'd swear it was around the 9-10% range. Rather, it's the sweetness that becomes a problem. After 10 oz. this one got too cloying for me.
M: It isn't as thick as one would expect, but it certainly lingers on the palate in sweet, syrupy fashion. While I can complain about all the sweetness, I can NOT complain about the prevalence of alcohol; the person I was drinking it with claimed he could honest-to-god chug it.
O: Sure, it gets too cloying after half a bottle. Sure, it's devoid of sophistication, refinement, and elegance. But when you consider that this is an extreme beer that's drinkable, non-boozy, AND inexpensive (for what it is), all those problems kind of fly out the window. I wouldn't have regretted buying a second bottle of this to age for a year of two, either. This one is best shared with 2-3 people.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2013 02:32:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
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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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