He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by kojevergas:
2.85/5 rDev -26.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2012 03:35:52 | More by kojevergas
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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
4.19/5 rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance - The beer was a dark brownish black color with a very modest white head.
Smell - The booze jumps out as part of the aroma. As the same time one really notices the malt.
Taste - The booze is noted but it is not overpowering. The sweet malts leave an impression, aligning with notes of sweet dark fruits and malts. Toward the back the back, the booze becomes more apparent. I had one of these in July and did not like it as much as I do not. I well balanced bourbon aged beer.
Mouthfeel The mouthfeel is smooth is little carbonation. The bourbon is quite smooth, and is far from hot. No burning of the alcohol is noted.
Overall - This is not a elite beer, but I would certainly drink it again.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 02:45:29 | More by JohnnyHopps
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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