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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

503 Ratings
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 12
Gots: 119 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Dicers
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, settles into the glass with a black body and a big, foamy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa, dried dark fruits, hints of bitter hops and coffee. Lots of toasted malt, roasted malt, bitter burnt hops, bitter chocolate, pretty potent booze presence. Body is thick and syrupy, sticky and sweet, medium-low carbonation and a slight alcohol burn. Overall this one is a big, boozy sipper. It's held up pretty well for being a couple years old.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, light char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/char/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, light char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of TheHip-HopMobBarley
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 tappangordo
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdwardK77
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter to a deep and viscous black topped by a two finger dense dark tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, molassess and some hop bitterness. not a lot of alcohol on the nose which is surprising
T: taste is chocolate and roasted malts with some coffee. slight bitterness but no discernable hop flavors. a little alcohol, some dark fruits, burnt sugar, charred wood and molasses. swallow is big and sticky with some alcohol notes but a lot of sweet maltyness with caramel, and chocolate covered espresso beans. slight oily hop bitterness as well
M: big and thick in the mouth with soft carbonation and a drying finish from all the alcohol that's a little oily as well.
O: Holy crap is all I can say. There isn't nearly as much complexity as Jewbelation 13 which was just layer after layer of flavors but this beer is more like an IRS on steroids. Very malty at this age but surprisingly tame when it comes to perceived alcohol flavors. the alcohol comes out a lot more as this beer warms up though. It's still a pretty stunning beer.

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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.48/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.04/5  rDev -21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.