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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

445 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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
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kaseydad

California

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Note....let this warm to complete warm temperature. Almost more than that.

Beautiful looking brew. Nice dark chocolate color with a big-time beige foamy head that stays.

Aroma - Getting some nice roasted malts here. Sweet chocolate. Raw leather. Plums. Prunes. Decent alcohol whiffs.

The taste is huge chocolate. Like a chocolate whoppers shake. Cocoa powder also with a boozy malty finish. The booze is present but not overly assertive. Nice biting hops during and after the swallow. Very tiny alcohol burn on the swallow but amazingly light for a big 16% beer.

Slick mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated.

Overall I'm impressed yet again. To blend 16 malts and 16 hops and make something out of it takes a very talented group. Shmaltz continues to do it year after year after year. It may not be for everyone, but if you know what this is going in, enjoy it. An enjoyable sipping beer that I see really becoming even more after a year lay down.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 18:39:32 | More by kaseydad
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timjr2500

Texas

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Darker than dark. Reddish tint to the head that fades quickly. Slides down the glass slowly as it returns to the deep richness.

Smells of strong dark malts, slight roastiness, warm alcohol in the nose. Very slight bits of chocolate.

Tastes rich and sweet with a warming alcohol flavor. Fades into a sweet chocolate and slight roast flavor.

Syrupy, bold, dense. Matches the look perfectly.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Some say its gimmicky but I love a good gimmick. And I love Jewish brewers with a sense of humor. This beer, in my opinion, goes far beyond the gimmick though and delivers a fantastic flavor and drinking experience. Very warm, very strong. I would defnitely buy another if I was sharing it. Wouldn't be able to finish a bottle by myself, but for a 16% beer, it is quite drinkable and enjoyable. I would reccomend it on a cold day. Or a warm day. Or any day that you want to have a good roasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 14:36:34 | More by timjr2500
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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, it's the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, so I guess I'll have a beer! For some crazy reason, this comes in a bomber. I may regret drinking this alone.

A moderate pour into a goblet produces a big, frothy cocoa head. It looks like a chocolate milk shake. After 3-4 minutes, it recedes to something much more delicate, like the crema on espresso. It even coats the glass like crema. The beer itself is surprisingly dark, but unsurprisingly viscous-looking.

This smells boozy, which comes as no shock. I'm picking up leather, coffee, toffee, and chocolate. There is a definite hop presence that emerges as it warms. How does it taste?

Whoa! There is nothing subtle about this beer. Hot, sweet, resinous, and bitter, with lots of roasty notes. It's not out of balance, but everything is just a little too intense. As it warms, it gets a little fruity and a little chocolatey.

Carbonation is good, which is a relief for a beer with this much body and stickiness.

This is a sipper, for sure. But unlike some high-alcohol beers, it is not a challenge to drink. I think it's going to be a nice evening.

2 MONTHS LATER: Almost immediately after reviewing this, I started wanting it again. So I bought a bottle, and sat on it until tonight. Maybe it was the changes to the site that allowed 1/4-point increments, and maybe it was the effect of a couple of months in the bottle, but the second time around, I felt like this beer needed slightly higher values on every metric. It's good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 05:44:39 | More by DaveAnderson
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, thin tan head on top. The retention is decent with a very subtle lacing. The smell is a bit strange. Very different and not sure how to place it. The taste is of roast, molasses, pine and a plethora of things. Very interesting to say the least. The mouthfeel is smooth lightly carbonated and oily. Overall this beer is unique, it's not something I would die for but it was really nice to try. It's worth trying for sure an it'll hit ya like a ton of bricks too.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:51:10 | More by Knapp85
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Vancoubeer

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the most extreme beer I have ever had. I have had all sorts of extreme beers but this was tough to drink. Its appearance is like motor oil. Black. it has a dark head that basically goes away, what you would expect. The smell is all over the place. Chocolate, burnt coffee, hops, mint, booze, booze and more booze. The taste is rough...a good rough. It was almost impossible to drink more than good sip. Very warming. The flavor is so extreme its hard to say what you get. Definitely roasted malt and the hop character in this beer is so all over the place, there are 16 different hopping stages in this brew, its hard to say, "yes this definitely had citra." but its in there. The warmer it got those dark malts and ryes take over. Very very strong malt flavor yet balanced by an arsenal of hops. Its a very very thick, full mouthfeel. Hard to tell if its the booze or the carbonation that leaves that acidic burning feeling in my mouth. But its not a problem. This beer is amazing. Get it. Its cheap and share it. Its very strong and I mean very strong and the flavor lets you know. But go for it. Its a great beer to try and then later discuss over one much easier to handle on your own.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 03:15:30 | More by Vancoubeer
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snatch210

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a bottle.

A - At what point does dark brown become black? That's kinda the color this beer pours, with small sparkles of ruby and a few fingers of beige head.

S - It smells, first and foremost, like booze, all up in your nostrils. A touch of maltiness, a touch of fruitiness (cherries/dates/etc.), a twinge of chocolate, but mostly booze. Not unpleasant -- more or less what you'd expect from a beer like this, except even boozier.

T - It's a hot mess, but ... a good hot mess? If that makes sense. Sweet, almost a dried-fruit first pass with plenty of sugars and roasted notes, and then hops and toffee on the back end. But honestly, that's sort of inadequate by way of description. There's so much going in here that it's hard to pick out one or two dominant flavors. Your mileage may vary here -- I happen to like the melange.

M - Smooth on the front, with a hint of bubbles and a lot of coffee feel to it. But man, is it heavy on the back end. On the other hand, what did you expect from a 16% beer with this much stuff in it?

O - Turn your hats backward and do some arm-wrestlin', y'all, cause this beer is Over The Top. I guess that's created some ambivalence here at BA but I dunno -- it pushes boundaries, but not insanely so, and it does taste like the sum of a whole rather than like a bunch of disparate parts. Not the greatest beer in the world, but worth a bomber or two if you can find it, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:15:53 | More by snatch210
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Beige head, moderate retention on a deep mahogany body, almost black. Lacing is oily and clear and sticky. Aroma is an amalgam of molasses, roasted malt, caramel malt, toffee, slight coffee, raisins and some alcohol (as expected). Mouthfeel is very thick and tongue coating. Taste is some prune, raisins, alcohol heat, almost whisky, some hop bitterness in the background. Taste is pretty much in line with aromas. While the beer is hot, not as hot as expected. Clearly this will be interesting to revisit in a year or two or 10.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 02:46:22 | More by KickbacksSteve
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a goblet. Pours like black coffee with a quickly dissipating tan head. There are some visible bubbles on the walls of the glass that rise to the top, indicating some decent carbonation. There are aromas of chocolate, dark roasted malts, dark fruits, and molasses. The alcohol is there in the smell, but you would expect that from a 16% ABV beer. The taste does follow the nose with a strong blast from the alcohol in the back. The other notes from the aroma do come through. The dark roasted malts and chocolate notes create a nice, roasty flavor. This is also a sweet beer and once you get past the alcohol, those other flavor notes come through much stronger. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The strong alcohol presence has a nice warming feel. The beer just coats the mouth really well and this lends well towards sipping. This is a very good beer. I imagine this would improve greatly with some age.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 03:01:10 | More by acevenom
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

He’brew Jewbilation Sweet 16 has pretty much no head, but there is a slight bit of cream colored foam at the top. The appearance is very dark brown, with a few visible bubbles shooting up. The aroma is very strong- alcohol, caramel, prunes, dark cherries, and overall dark malt. Flavor is of all those elements, and one picks up a dark bread crust, dark brown sugar, and even some bitterness to balance the rich sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, with some alcohol burn and carbonation prickle. He’brew Sweet 16 finishes semi-dry, sweet, rich, and tasty. But, drinkability is low and poor. Overall, this is most excellent, but one might find it too intense to enjoy.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 14:19:43 | More by RonaldTheriot
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hreb

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in small wine glass. Beer pours a dark brown color, decidedly neither opaque nor black. Viscosity looks surprisingly thin given the ABV, which is advertised with a big shiny "16" on the label. Medium-thin head of lighter brown. Big aroma of grapes or raisins -- this is clearly a barleywine. On the first sip I've discovered I've served this *way* too cold. But there's no rush, we can fix this....

Fruit flavors come through strongest in this beer. The contrast of the richness of the dark/stone fruit with their sweetness (figs, plums) is the focal point. There's also a complex mix of hops which serves to neutralize the aftertaste and leave the overall profile relatively dry. I can't imagine how the brewer finds just the right IBU level to make this beer work. The mouthfeel is not too heavy, consistent with how it pours, which is nice because this is a REALLY big beer (1x 22oz beer @ 16% ABV = 6x 12oz beers @ 5%...holy shit...not bad for $8).

Maybe not an every day beer, but highly recommended nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 02:08:32 | More by hreb
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roblowther

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass. Strong ale indeed! I quake a bit. But, let's dive in. Looks like a stout. Black as coal, reddish brown creamy head that soon leaves no trace of its passing. Smell is intriguing. Strawberries, vanilla, and cotton candy. The look and the smell of this beer are not acquainted with each other. Taste is grainy hops up front, then a wallop of roasted malt and syrupy sweetness, followed by a mild grassy finish and a definite warmth on the way down. The middle has a biscuitiness and it threatens to taste as roasted as it looks but backs off before it has to get serious about the affair. Very interesting. There is a lot going on here. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated maple syrup. But slippery. Also interesting. This beer is a meal in a glass for sure. Overall, I like it. Its a sipping beer for sure, and one for the right occasion or surroundings, but one I intend to keep sipping. L'Chaim!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:49:19 | More by roblowther
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pleasant surprise to see hitting the shelves in Northern Ontario at the local LCBO... Not to mention in solid volumes as well.

A - Pours pitch black with a brown hue on the edges, thumb of dark mocha head, decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Chalky cocoa, molasses and toffee, hints of black licorice, leather and a touch of smoke.

T - The chalky cocoa, molasses and toffee dominate, the black licorice comes through on the finish alongside some ABV heat and sweetness. The black licorice lingers alongside hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

M - Lighter bodied, syrupy and sticky with a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - This brew isn't for the faint of heart, but it boasts a lot of flavour and given the high ABV it's surprisingly drinkable. I wish I had the 15th Anniversary to do a side by side to see how different the flavour profile was. I'll hang on to an extra bottle in the off chance that the LCBO manages to bring in the 17th edition.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 02:39:36 | More by andrenaline
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour nearing black, one finger of tan head, little lace as well. Big malt bill, lightly roasty, liquorice, big dank pine hops, sweet sugary notes, dark fruits, a bit of citrusy fruit as well, a little bit of warm alcohol is also there. Taste is upfront with dark malts and some roast, massive hop bitterness, pine and lots of dank flavours, some leafy cigar like flavours, finishes a bit boozey with a bit of a chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Light-med carb, full chewy body. Solid stuff here and a nice slow sipper, nice to knock this off over the course of 2 hours while watching a movie.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 12:57:58 | More by peensteen
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one SICK granddaddy momma SOW of a beer... not that that makes any sence but niether does this beer! 16 malts, 16 hops 16 % wha wha WHAAAT?! Like I said CRAZY! pours completly black as a coffin on a moonless midnight night. with a thick khaki brown head that quickly dissapates leaving no lacing.

Smells VERY sweet and malty and boozy, some hops apparent in the nose but not much, smell reminds me of a russian imperial stout.

carbonation is medium... PHEW...WHOA...YIKES!! idk if i want this one to warm! already EXTREAMLY rich and complex! definatley a sipper and kids DO NOT TRY THIS ONE ALONE (it's too late for me) i think I'm already getting a hangover headache after 3 sips. taste is very malt driven, definatly on the sweeter side but not to the sickening degree. hops DOMINATED by the malts, boozyness masked rather well for %, hits good in the aftertaste., very iwarming. very rich, complex, sweet and some booziness. wish the hops came out more but they are still there. i wonder how this insanity would age....?

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 00:05:14 | More by Beerlover
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sukwonee

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, thick motor oil like body, one finger mocha head. Looks like an imperial stout.

S: Chocolate, booziness, caramel, brown sugar, and some vanilla note. I know this beer is not barrel aged, but it sort of has that bourbon barrel characterics.

T: Lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar. Very sweet and boozy. It's quite good, but very boozy. I think age will improve this beer significantly. Once again, this beer has some bourbon barrel characterics - although it's not aged in bourbon barrel (as far as I know). I also note some spice as the beer warms up and dark fruit notes.

M: Chewy, syrupy, and hot (alcohol burn).

O: It's a bit of a mess for now, but it's still quite good. This does taste like a 16% ABV beer. As mentioned before, it appears that this beer will improve quite well over time.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 03:49:48 | More by sukwonee
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srandycarter

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Huge tan head, stay forever. Lots of cling lace. Nice all around.

S - Malt is the leader here. Extremely malty.

T - Huge malt, dark fruits, alcohol is surprisingly masked considering the ABV.

M - Meaty beer. Good carbonation. OK balance considering the hugeness.

D - A sipper, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:28:46 | More by srandycarter
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DovaliHops

California

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is heavy with molasses, brown sugar, burnt sugar, prune, raisin, booze, and chocolate cake/frosting. Very aromatic nose on this one. The taste has very similar characteristics, except for having a hint of soy and gingerbread. More spicy than the sent implies, with some allspice, gingerbread, pumpkin, yam, and cinnamon. Tons of sweet, sugary flavors. Burnt sugar with a ton of molasses and dark fruits. Very sweet and boozy. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Drinkability is fair. Overall, the 16% alcohol is leveled nicely within this beer. This is better than the other Anniversary years in my opinion. Surprisingly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 07:18:34 | More by DovaliHops
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Sark

Montana

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- thick viscous pour (maple syrup or strong ale here?), black as night with transparency only on the very fringes, finger and a half of dark beige head of super smooth consistency

Smell- light aroma, dark toasted malts with chocolates, ripe fruits of plum and black currant, hops play a back seat

Taste- very intense on the front end with toffee and middle of more sweet dark malts and some hop spiciness, finish has a noticeable boozy astringent character that lingers

Mouthfeel- full bodied, chewy and alcohol warmth finish

Overall- fun beer, definitely something to take home and share with friends on a cold night, I'll be searching this one out and aging it

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:19:24 | More by Sark
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I have been eyeing this bottle for a while now, so I know this beer is about a year old now, but I doubt the 16.00% abv has mellowed much. This sounds like one of the craziest beers I've tried yet, so I have no idea what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours with a slight mahogany hue to it, but it appears as opaque motor oil black in the glass. Just over a finger of creamy chocolate mocha head. Some thin scattered lacing. Looks good.

S - Smells rich, dark, sticky, and boozy. Oak wood, bourbon, rum, chocolate, cream, chocolatey fudge syrup, brown sugar, & cold coffee. Some fruitiness present on the end, but it isn't what I would describe as dark fruit, more juicy & earthy. There is no denying that there is a lot going on here.

T - Sticky, boozy chocolate syrup. Caramel. Toffee. Oak wood. Dark malt / coffee bean roast. Brown sugar. Earthy yeast, taffy apples, and some other indistinct fruitiness on the finish. Notes of vanilla, as the beer warms. Again, there is a lot of stuff going on here. Layers of fudgey chocolate roasted goodness.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with a long sticky candied, malty, caramel finish.

Overall, a big, bold, and brave beer. Definitely not as hot and messy as others have said, so maybe a year in the bottle did it some good. Sticky, sweet, and hot, but not overly so, and at no point is the massive 16.00% abv apparent, although I'm sure it is destined to doom me. A recommended slow sipper.

Shmaltz Brewing He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:17:25 | More by mfnmbvp
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 is ostensibly black but slips up the odd highlight here and there. Either way, it's a very dark beer that, while claimed to be a brown ale, could easily pass for a stout. Its head is nearly as dark in colour as its body; the deep brown froth gives out in parts but is unusually resilient for a beer with this high an alcohol content.

The label offers much useless trivia relating to the number 16, but doesn't provide a single hint as to any of the 16 varieties of hops or the (9589 lbs of) malts used in this recipe. Luckily their website does. But at this point, does it even matter to list them? I bet most people would be surprised to learn that there is even 16 varieties of each to chose from...

To call this a "dynamic labyrinth" (as the brewery does) is quite accurate. The flavours and aromas number as many as the ingredients: mocha, milk chocolate, bourbon, cigars, cappuccino, rye bread, burnt malt, anisette, figgy pudding, black licorice, french vanilla, molasses, dark toffee, roasted figs, maple fudge and straight-up booze.

Despite the creamy caramel and raisin-y dried fruit notes, the mouthfeel is not teeth-achingly sweet nor, despite the heavy roast and mocha-like bitterness, is it hauntingly bone-dry. Instead, overlooking the inevitable alcohol (which is plentiful), it drinks with balance and relative poise, with a soothing After-Eight chocolate mintiness on the finish.

I'd be flabbergasted if this was not bourbon barrel-aged; it has that scorched oak, ashy cigar smoke, creamy vanilla and alcohol notes that Kentuckians would instantly recognize. Whatever the case, it's got a profile that requires a wide-bowled wine glass to properly savor but an intensity suited to the shot-glass. It may be a bit extreme - but hey, it's a celebration!

16 variety of hops and 16 varieties of malts sounds excessive - and to be sure, it is - but if the blends and ratios work, if they make for a nice smelling and tasting beer, then by all means knock yourself out. Hell, use 116 if you like! Whatever went into this beer (aside from half of the world's barley and hop yields), I certainly got a lot of out of it. Mazel tov!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 04:32:09 | More by biegaman
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larryi86

Delaware

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Sweet, dark fruits, cherries, alcohol, chocolate, licorice.

T- Wow, lots going on, sweet up front with a bitter earthy finish, alcohol but not too much for 16%, dark chocolate, dark fruits, some cherries.

M- Full body, big, a little syrupy.

O- A sweet boozy beer that is still drinkable. 16% ABV is not hidden but it doesn't tasty like 16%. Probably will pick up another bottle or two to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 01:21:43 | More by larryi86
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Its suprisingly very dark. Black, opaque in fact. Big medium-brown colored head. Little lacing. Looks like a stout.

Smell: Its a little strange at first, but its growing on me. Medicinal and boozy. Dark fruit. Roasty, sweet malt, and some hops.

Taste: I'm again surprised by this beer. The taste is very good. I expected the ridiculous "complexity" of the malt bill would lead to a total muddled mess. It is a bit messy, but it works. It is quite hot and boozy, but doesn't taste medicinal. Very roasty without being too harsh. Chocolate, dark toast, fruit, and roasted marshmallows. Very sweet. There's a pretty prominent but amorphous hops flavor, but not so much that it becomes like a black IPA.

Mouthfeel: I expected a bit fuller feel, but that would have been too much with the sweetness. Slight drying in the finish really helps, and a bit more carbonation would too.

Overall: For the fourth time, I'm surprised. Tasty beer with a bit of a weird smell. The abv is out of hand.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:00:34 | More by rapidsequence
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.49. Bottled 10/22/12 (if I deciphered it correctly). Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a deep dark near-black brown with full frothy two fingers of dark tan head. Almost no lace at all.

Smell is heavy on the booze up front with some sweet sugar cookies.

The hot booze kicks off with other flavors of sweet candy sugar, figs, cake, sweet spices, molasses, slight smoke/char and malts. Alcohol is never far from the front. There is a whole lot going on and despite the burn it is very enjoyable.

Creamy, medium full body with moderate to low carbonation. Long hot sweet complex finish.

This is very hot but good. While the booze is relentless now, I think after 18-24 to mellow out this will be great. I plan to get at least one or two more to try again after it's had a couple years in my basement to think about what it's done.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 04:44:36 | More by ThickNStout
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/2/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a 6oz flight glass (maximum sized serving available).

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, licorice, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong licorice flavor that is quickly followed by a significant alcohol sting. There are background flavors of dark fruit and chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a decent balance for such a strong ABV beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent sipper to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

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