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

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very good

514 Ratings
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 123 | FT: 11
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DrDaves49
2.11/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Everyone has different tastes and opinions in what's good and what's not. I bought this for the 16 hops and 16 malts...it was nothing like I expected, and I bought 2 bombers.

The pour looked okay for an extremely dark beer.

The smell and taste, way to much clove. I couldn't pick out any of the so called 16 hops....just the malt, chocolate, clove, etc were Way, Way to much for me. Again personal taste.

I like to sip my beers at anywhere from 55 degrees to room temp to bring out all the nuances. This one I literally had to hold my nose and pour it down, better than down the drain, I guess.

I'm very much into DIPAs , high IBUs and high ABVs This one(flavor wise) was certainly not for me.

I may let the other bottle age for a year or so and review again.

Photo of harrymel
2.13/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks ridiculous. Here we go.

Pours a dark brown with a thin sheet of tan foam. Smells of alcohol, brandied cherry, some molasses, some dark malts a little cake. Taste is sweet, alcoholic, toasted/burnt, some char and lots of sweet malts and a touch of cigarette butts. Thin and loosely carbed. This is a 16th to forget.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.3/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: 1/4" brown head that dissipated quickly over black liquid.

S: Alcohol, caramel malt, chocolate malt, coffee, roasted malt, grapefruit, lemon, pine and grass.

T: Strong alcohol, peanuts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, grassy hops.

M: Significant drying from the alcohol, thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: The alcohol is too high on this one, it tastes like paint thinner and this aspect of the beer nearly drowns out pretty much anything else. One of maybe four drain pours in my life.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I've always been more of a quincinera kind o' guy, but I can indulge otherwise every now and then... (And, in retrospect, that sounded a lot creepier than in my head...) Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by over a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises mild chocolate powder, light dark fruits, mild roasted malts, a vague vein of breadiness, and a hint of even vaguer wood. It's experientially a stranger mixture than it sounds. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger emphasis on the chocolate, but there is a strong blast of straight-up booze shooting up from the very start, drowning out all else, rather than working with the other flavors (as would happen in a fine Scotch or other liquor). Things end with a flurry of slightly-fruity coffee, though this doesn't hang around too long. Let's just call this section...unpleasant. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, this is just too much to really be enjoyable. Maybe if they were to cut back on the unnecessary booze, this might've actually been pretty nice. Shame, really....

Photo of cragus
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650ml bottle into snifter
A - Pours a dark amber with a decent amount of rapidly dissapating tan head.

S - Cherry and alcohol on the nose with a bit of raisan and a hint of hazelnut

T- Alcohol up front with a stronger hazelnut notes on top of a base of dark fruit.Some pine on the finish and a very minor carrot note. To be perfectly honest, the alcohol is so pervasive that its hard to make out fine details.

M- Thick and viscous, not to a RIS level, but still quite viscous with mild carbonation.

O - Decent, but not exactly sessionable or regularly drinkable. As an extreme and kind of silly brewer's lark, it's not bad; however, it's not really fully thought through. If the ABV was lowered, even to a still hot 10-12% I think it would be quite good. Unfortunately, at 16% this beer closer to a fortified wine, but lacks the balance of such beverages. In short, good beer, but too much alcohol in my opinion. Might be great if aging can knock back the alcohol presence a bit.

Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
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

Photo of kemoarps
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty beer, dark with lazy swirls.of almond coloured carbonation
Dark fruits. Fig prune alcohol. Lots o alcohol
Taste follows suit. Dark fruits and grappa
As others have mentioned i wish i had stuck this on away for a couple of years because the underlying foundation is there but it is way too hot at the moment

Photo of Etan
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle.

A: Looks like a stout, with a glassy black body and a large chocolate-colored head.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, heavy, somewhat grapey sweetness, moderate alcohol note.

T: Spicy alcohol, roasted grain, leafy hops, dark chocolate, leather, grape juice, fusel, char, sugary, astringent hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Thick-bodied with surprisingly active carbonation.

O: What's the point of this beer? Fusel, charry, syrupy, brutish, and boring. Not undrinkable, but not exactly something that deserves drinking.

Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours two shades lighter than pitch black, with a rich, deep brown, one-finger head. The foam soon settles to a wispy garnish that looks a bit like a Van Gogh. As it warms, any remaining head loses the battle to the alcohol. The thick liquid sticks to the sides of the glass like a strong scotch.

S: Oakey and complex. Sticky, sweet, malty, tarry. Caramel and root beer. Cinnamon. Hot fusels. Sour cherries. Gasoline. Burnt vanilla. All of the elements are well-balanced together. After warming, though, the balance is completely gone. Hot fusels sear my nostrils like huffing rubbing alcohol. Below 35°F, this beer was fine, but somewhere around the fifty-degree mark, it went horribly wrong. Smells like those crazy Jews over at He'Brew let the fermentation get a bit too warm.

T: Delicious. It's a warm, wintery stout. I'd expected something lighter, but the appearance and smell were clear indicators it would be a very dark, malty beer. The high alcohol content does not hide. The taste begins with a rich sweetness in the front of the tongue mixed with a hot harshness at the center to back. Hop astingency and tarry oak provide a powerful mouthfeel, and a warmth that borders on alcoholic sting linger. Served warmer, the same spoiling characteristics begin to dominate.

M: Kinda described above, but bitter from black malts. I'd venture a guess that there's a lot of roasted barley in here, either that or a questionably large dose of black patent. A stickiness from both sugar and alcohol combine for a nice mouthfeel. It's almost like drinking a slightly hopped white Russian, only made with Bourbon. (Is there a name for that?)

D: The drinkability of this beer is pretty low. While it's hot, charred richness might be good on a frigid, snowy day after a cold morning on the slopes, it's generally unpleasant, and the alcohol content is high enough to blast you far from sobriety, meaning it's only good for when you (and maybe a friend, depending on your alcohol tolerance) want to get drunk off one bottle. Nothing against that occasion, but a beer only good for that purpose isn't very versatile.

Overall, this beer is okay. I can't fault it too much for some of it's characteristics, but the solventy, harsh flavors and smells aren't desirable under any circumstances, for any style of beer. I served it colder than normal, making it initially acceptable, but at warmer temperatures, it was almost a pour-out. It had enough redeeming qualities aside from the fusels to make it just barely finishable, but if you can't enjoy the good qualities, what's the point of having them?

I don't know if BJCP still publishes guidelines, but I've never seen a description of what an American Strong Ale is supposed to be, so I'm not sure how to perceive some of the aspects of this beer. Knowing that it's a 16% ABV beer, I understand why some of these traits are present (and nearly inevitable), but that still doesn't justify this bomber from being so unpalatable.

Photo of guapastapas
2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a lot too handle, very alcohol forward taste, almost like you're drinking a glass of brandi. Goes great with a dessert, flan or ice cream, because it also has a hint of sweetness and cutting it with something mellows out the alcohol potency. This is for the extreme drinker.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of deep caramelized sugar notes with light dried fruit and alcohol ester. Taste is also dominated by caramelized sugar with overly sweet notes and some alcohol warming notes. Body is quite full with motor oil consistency and alcohol is indeed a bit too straightforward. Too sweet with too much alcohol being perceptible.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glasses chez White.

A: thin head, solid black, thin carbonation; no lacing
S: figs, raisin; quite like a stout
T: the flavor is so intense, it tastes much better when mixed with something else; it's like a stout concentrate; very spicy and complex; dark fruit, figs, brown sugar; much like a milk stout; if diluted with seltzer water, about 1:1 I find the flavor improves to a 3.5
M: syrupy

Hey guys, stop the gimmick already.

Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this stuff in a pint glass from a bomber.
A: It poured black with a finger-wide tan head. It dissipated quickly and minimal lacing remained. I didn't see too much carbonation at all.
S: Dark fruit and treacle all the way
T: WHOA! It was heavy-duty hard core Belgian dark +10 and cloyingly sweet. It was like syrup and very boozy.
M: It was beyond heavy (think thick) with a bit of carbonation, which was OK, but man...

Would I have it again? Normally this profile is in my wheelhouse, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"For our Schmaltz Sweet 16, it's all cupcakes and unicorns this round!" Brewed in the style of an American Strong Ale, released as a 16th anniversary ale in 2012. This is the lower gravity version brewed for restrictive states, 11.8% ABV. Released as a one-off beer in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp head of a caramel mocha color over a very dark brown near black body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Caramel bread malts, grainy malts, german chocolate cake. The aromas seem dense and heavily bodied. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Grainy chocolate and caramel malts forms a boozy and busy flavored beer, but not one that is an easy drinker. A fairly slow sipper with pinches of sharp alcohol amongst a softly sweet and mildly acidic malt body. Finishes with a nip of sweet alcohol. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is moderately syrupy, medium sticky and medium/heavy dry. Carbonation is moderate generating a mellow frothiness but a spritely crispness on the finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, heavy overall. Balance is sharply boozy and syrupy sweet over bitter and tart. Alcohol presence is high and there are few off characters aside from an intense ethanol graininess to pair. 3

(Overall) Maybe this beer is representative of a rebellious teenager, as the finished product approaches what would seem like a mixture of hard liquors and syrup-based medication, maybe a high school party cocktail while the parents are away. This does not make the beer easy to drink nor very enjoyable. I did not think that a year or two could cause a beer this high on gravity great suffering, but I was ultimately not fond of this beer. I think trying to push the alcohol content to match the brewery age gets old around 12%/years or so, pushing it further just approaches desperate to market and sacrifices quality and balance to the naive novelty of booze. I'm getting too old to find excitement in overly boozy beers and would sooner appreciate a well balanced and yet lower gravity ale. I'd pass on this one. 3

Shmaltz Brewing Company's
Jewbelation: Sweet 16 16th Anniversary Ale
3.15/5.00

Photo of Chico1985
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 everything! Thanks to cbutova for sharing this intimidating beast. This followed up Genealogy of Morals and Firestone 14 in a Black Friday tasting.

Quite dark, not quite black, red highlights. Tan head eventually forms a thick ring and slight cap, good for the ABV.

Sweet malts, molasses, dark fruit, some booze make up the scent.

Taste mostly follows the scent with caramel malts, molasses, dark fruit, some cocoa, light earthy hops. Decent flavor but seems very tame considering the size of the beer at hand.

Medium carbonation, medium body. It feels big and there is some booze, as to be expected, but this is quite drinkable at 16%.

Not a very remarkable flavor profile, but maintains a good balance - it's not "overly" anything like a lot of big beers (sweet, roasty, boozy, etc) - the surprisingly drinkability is a plus.

Photo of hackmann
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: coffee black body with a two finger dark tan head; leaves some sticky lacing on the glass with each sip

Aroma: rich sweet malts, roasted malts, just a touch of alcohol, not as boozy as I thought it would be, let’s see what happens as it warms up, fig, chocolate syrup, coffee; the nose has that boozy tone as it warms.

Flavors: this has a very rich style, the kind that can become too much for me, rich sweet malts followed by some toasted grains, burnt sugars, dark chocolate covered caramel, a squirt of Hershey mild chocolate syrup, hoppy spice or is it the alcohol,

Mouthfeel: a bit syrupy, thick and chewy is a good way to look at it, rich toasted and slightly burnt notes cover the palate, sweet on the front and mid palate, hoppy spice and alcohol peppery feel on the finish with the sweet note swirling around, low carbonation feel,

To the Point: as they say on the bottle, ‘this is about cupcakes and unicorns’ and I feel like I just ate three too many cupcakes and I am only halfway through this bottle. This is a sipper. Would I buy another one? … No. If you like bold and rich malts … this is for you.

Photo of jimnastic
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one should be called Sweet Valvoline.
Yes, needs some age on it, but drinkable...over a couple days :P
Caught a couple bottles mis-priced @ Whole Foods ($5.99), so well worth the cellar.
Drink with a couple quarts of water tonight, to save your brain from feeling pickled tomorrow.
Love Shmaltz, love Jewbelation, love the concept, but a little over-the-top...as mentioned above, the complexity overwhelms itself, which should mellow w/ age.
Sit on this one.
--Nastic

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

No bottled on date.
Poured or should I say decanted?) into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours an intimidating, menacing and impenetrable black with a thick, 2 finger dark khaki head which sticks around for a surprisingly long time for a 16% ABV beer. As it recedes, it even leaves plenty of lacing. Nice and big alcohol legs stream down the glass as you drink the ale.

Aroma: Rich, dark chocolate, herbal hops, a nice vanilla foundation from the presumed oak aging. Surprisingly little alcohol in the nose. It's there but it really just further accentuates the spicy hop component. It does become more apparent as the beer acclimates towards room temperature.

Taste: Notes of dark chocolate immediately which give way to a big alcohol soaked cherries, some nice vanilla highlights. Dark Russian rye bread intermingled with toasted nuts and earthy hops towards the end of the taste. Finishes dry, with bitter hops and a bit too harsh of a spicy alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with tons of viscosity. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A somewhat complex beer that just has a bit too strong of an alcohol presence. While it's hard to hide 16% ABV in a beer, it is possible. Also for being brewed with 16 different hops and 16 different malts, it definitely doesn't showcase them much. I've had beers made with 2 varieties of both malt and hops that offered more depth and complexity than this brew. Overall, I'd only recommend this if you're in the mood for a crazy high ABV beer and this is the only one on the shelf.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan. I thought it was way too hot and the amount of ingredients they used didn't meld together well enough for me. I don't mind a hot alcohol beer but the alcohol in this had a cheap burn to it, almost like drinking vodka out of a plastic bottle. The various hops and malts were a mess together also. I will say that I would be curious to try this again years down the road because it's possible that it just needs time to mellow out and to let everything come together a little better.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled November 2012

Very dark brown, nearly black, with a surprising amount of tannish head. Initial head evolves into a bubbly ring around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing.

Big sweet malty aromas, brown sugar, hints of chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol fumes.

Very sweet. Caramelized dark fruits, brown sugar again, woody notes, booze.

Sticky, chewy, warming body.

Well shit. 16% ABV means 16% ABV. This is a boozy beer and it won't let you forgot it til the next morning. Flavors are good, not great. I expected more especially with some age on it. Good sipper.

Photo of charlzm
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This oughtta do me in for a NYE beer! Pours an opaque black color with a rich froth of brown head. Nice retention and lacing...a god looking brew all-around.

Nose is sweet jujubees with fruit and alcohol galore. Nose is bold and alcoholic, but seems pretty manageable with sweet, dark maltiness leading the way.

Ohhh, this is rich. Sweet and cloying for sure...sticky and big. Whatever other words you might have for an overbearing brew would fit here. Surprisingly it is not too hot though, maybe the rich maltiness keeps it from being a fire-breather, but it lacks the finesse and deliciousness of say, a WWS or Black Tuesday. An interesting brew indeed, might be a good candidate for the cellar? Just waaay too much right now. Its somewhat tasty now but I can see some oxidation helping out the malt flavors.

Photo of snegopady
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This one needs time in the cellar. Thick, rich and viscous, but a jumble of flavors that haven't melded yet. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasty caramel, plus lots of piney and flowery notes from the 16 kinds of hops. So many tastes I like. However, they're still fighting with one another. Boozy and hot, too. I think this will all calm down and I will like it a lot better in a couple of years.

Photo of Robalypse
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually like to start a beer off nice and cold and enjoy it throughout the process of warming up as this seems to progressively unveil the underlying character of the beer. Due to the high alcohol content of this beer, I cracked it open while it was just chilled.

Appearance: Thick and black with a unique amber head. No lacing on my glass.

Smell: Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol. Maybe a slight hint of plum and burnt caramel under the intense alcohol smell.

Taste: ALCOHOL. For me, the alcohol tends to override any other flavors, but I do detect a slight taste of espresso and dark chocolate. I see other reviewers mentioning dark fruits and the like, but I was unable to detect any of that. The taste is similar to several Russian imperial stouts I have tried, with the alcohol taste being by far the dominating factor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and syrupy. Fits the aggressive alcohol content well.

Overall: It's really challenging to rate this beer accurately, given that it was hard in terms of smell and taste for me to get past the intense alcohol presence. There was certainly nothing offensive behind the alcohol taste, but there was also nothing particularly of note. I'm hesitant to knock it for the overriding alcohol content, given that that's one of the main characteristics advertised right on the label, but it comes across more as a novelty than a good beer. Would be fantastic if you were just looking to have a light drinking night that would promise a buzz, but it wouldn't be something I would pick up again when I'm looking to enjoy the complexities of a good beer.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, 2012

appeared very dark brown, a thin khaki colored head. good head retention. smell is fairly sweet, with fusel alcohol fumes so its a bit harsh, with some licorice and tobacco. the taste starts herbal, slightly roasty, bready, then quite a bit of alcohol burn in the finish. the mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, which works.

overall - no questioning the strength of this beer. for the first time in the Jewbelation series, the alcohol comes through big time. I guess it was inevitable.
took a long time to drink the whole bottle.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.