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

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

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87
very good

445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%


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)
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kojevergas

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm tackling this beast by myself. Jewbelation 16 California Edition (no "Sweet" for some asinine reason). 16% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live.

My first, and likely to be only, beer of the night. Paired with salted pretzel rods.

Served after a substantial warming period following its removal from the fridge; I didn't want to start off too cold. It'll warm even more as I consume it. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Expectations are high; I've heard good things about this beer. At the same time, I'm hoping it's not too sweet since I'm going it alone.

A: Pours a three finger beautiful tan colour head of good thickness and cream, and great retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bubblegum, cream, floral hops, heavy caramelized malt, raisin, dried fig, brown sugar, molasses, candi sugar, burnt frosting, toffee, and malty sweetness. An intriguing and surprisingly balanced aroma. Subtle. Moderate in strength.

T: Fig, raisin, malty sweetness, sweet dried fruit, hints of molasses (how you make molasses subtle is beyond me...), caramel, burnt candi sugar/frosting throughout, raisin, floral hops, and a streak of dominant candi sugar/candied fruit from the midpoint through the finish. Wow, that's sugary. I can feel my teeth eroding - in a good way. Beastly and full bodied. Toffee, syrup. Hints of artificial vanilla up front. It's pretty heavy on the fig, which is probably its best characteristic. Well executed but overbearing. It isn't so much complex as it is a beer that plain beats you over the head. There's a lot going on, but it's unfocused and somewhat messy. Certainly, the balance is off. That said, it's strangely likable - and shockingly, no alcohol comes through. Unfortunately, neither does any yeast. Ultimately, it's just far too sweet. Maybe it'd mellow out with age.

Mf: Sugary and tingly. Fizzy, even. Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Predictably, it's a bit too viscous and thick. Borderline syrupy at points. Chewy. Too heavy on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable for its well-concealed ABV, but I'm not excited to finish this. The sweetness is ruinous. If split with three friends, this might do well at a tasting, but it's far from great. I really wanted to like this but it needs serious work. As it is, it's something of a sugary mess - exactly the type of thing you might want on your real sweet sixteen. I'll look forward to trying other beers from this brewery, but I'd pass on this one without serious (3+) years of age on it.

C

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 03:35:52 | More by kojevergas
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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.