He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.71/5 rDev -4.4%
A big beer which revels in its bigness. LCBO acquisition, who promptly gave a lab evaluation of only 14.5% abv - whatever, it is only to be supped. Big chocolate and roasted malt, and heavy anise finish. Black and bubbly head is attractive. Booze in the finish. Its hidden but its instantly apparent. Sweet stout bias. Above average mouthfeel.
04-15-2013 03:45:55 | More by Sammy
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and slight cocoa. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a good smell but the taste is pretty boozy and strong.
12-27-2012 10:23:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.01/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
06-03-2013 02:03:02 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
A: single finger head on a jet black body with nice lacing.
S: dark fruit with mostly raisin, cherry, candy sugar, strawberry, dark chocolate and yeast. very good aroma.
T: booze are well hidden but still pretty strong. excellent dark fruit presence with strawberry and cherry, dark chocolate, earthy hops, some roasted malts and rum.
M: relatively thick and moderate carbonation.
Overall: its not boozy but you can tell this one is strong. the flavors are full and excellent. Certainly get more out of this one than anticipated from the ABV which I would have thought would be distracting.
11-30-2012 05:11:10 | More by kylehay2004
3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a thick-looking, viscous, black body with a couple inches of dark tan foam.
Smell: Heavy, heady scents of blackstrap molasses, blackened barley grains, black licorice, dark chocolate, oven-roasted prunes, raspberry, leafy, floral hops.
Taste: Molasses, bitter chocolate, heavy roastiness, charred toasted remnants, and even some burnt campfire marshmallows. There's a big sweetness on-hand, but a ramping up over the roastiness, along with the hop bitterness and heated, spirited alcohol qualities. Leafy, resiny, floral hops present. Some of the aforementioned fruitiness present, but it's dampered by the heavy maltiness. Sweet, roasty, boozy finish. Be sure to have a cleansing glass of water at the ready.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: I acquired one of the bottles at 11.8% ABV for the markets that cannot procure the standard 16%. Even still, it's coming across as fairly hot. I thought both Fourteen and Fifteen needed some time to settle and smooth out, and I feel the same way about this year's version. Perhaps the Jewbelation train has passed me by.
11-27-2012 18:49:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
05-17-2013 00:51:10 | More by Knapp85
2.64/5 rDev -32%
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....
05-08-2013 05:59:17 | More by TMoney2591
3.78/5 rDev -2.6%
On tap at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.
A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled boozy and sweet with a strong malty presence. Some floral notes, too.
T - Boozy, sweet flavor. Lots of caramel and maltiness. Slight bitter bite adds a little balance.
M - It was crisp and sharp. Not as sticky as some of the earlier Anniversary beers. A full bodied ale.
O - This is good. Very strong. Needs to be served in small quantities and consumed slowly, not just because of the potency, either.
12-04-2012 19:38:56 | More by zeff80
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
650ml bottle, deemed a paltry 15.2% ABV by the guv'ment operators in our particular provincial bailiwick. Happy age of consent birthday, Shmaltz!
This beer pours an admittedly hard to discern clear, very, very, very, (did I say very?) dark brown hue, with slight basal reddish cola highlights, and three fingers of tight, silkily foamy, robustly beige head, which leaves little beyond a low ebbing ring of lace around the glass as it readily recedes.
It smells of sweet black fruit esters - figs, plum, and soused cherries come most readily to mind - with some musty baker's chocolate, earthy anise, leafy, somewhat bitter earthy hops, and a well bridled sugary booziness. The taste is more sweet, concentrated dark fruit - plum pudding and dried prunes (different enough, I would put forth) - quickly eclipsed by a bitter citrus rind and earthy, leafy hoppiness, all surprising detectable before the latent, yet still rather hefty caramel/toffee malt bomb that you just knew had to come about, comes about.
The bubbles are quite restrained, but with a wisp of edgy frothiness here and there, the body a muscular, dues all paid up, full weight, and with a pretty straight-up smoothness, one which seems to have no fear of interlopers. It finishes still on the veritably sweet side, the deep fruit somehow sublimated by a lingering sassy citric and earthy hoppiness, and a now burgeoning booze warming.
Well, this does indeed push the boundaries of what any sane soul might proclaim as one individual 'beer', but hey, ho, what the hell. Any milestone anniversary celebration should be a heady affair, and this fits the bill quite accordingly. The sugar, hop, and booze notes are all so well integrated as to make one oblivious to the effort put forth to get to this point, to get more and more and more out of things. A tasty, way over the top strong ale, which should be consumed like a red wine. Or not.
01-20-2013 06:37:12 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
12-06-2012 00:52:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a black body with only a hint of light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves little lace.
S - nutty toffee, caramel, molasses, and plums.
T - Lots of dark sugar up front with boozy molasses and caramel. Seem nutty toffee in the middle with some rum notes. Finishes with toffee and caramel as well as rum soaked dark fruit and spices.
M - a thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - Relatively balanced and drinkable for such an over the top brew, it has a lot of boozy fruit but it works quite well.
11-30-2012 05:10:47 | More by nickfl
4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Some head retention & lacing
S: Brown bread & toffee, leafy hops & boozeyness
T: Follows the nose, boozey figs as well, up front, treacle sweetness as well, vaniilla & raisins. Dryness ensues as this warms, some smokey notes mix in with figs & a bit of brown sugar. toffee & even a bit of honey Bourbon. Finishes figgy with a bit of maple sryup, treacle, more smokey & honey notes along with herbal & woody hop notes coming though
MF: Uber-chewy, slight to near-zero carbonation, lots of stickyness
Drinks easy for a 16% abv beer, but this is a juggernaught of maltyness that deserves splitting. with several friends. I really enjoyed this, very complex & fortyfying
11-19-2012 03:43:05 | More by russpowell
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
I was a big fan of their other Anniversary beers so far, but it's getting a little overboard with 16 different malts, 16 hops, 16%, etc... although I applaud them on keeping up with the theme, but how much longer can they do it?!
Pours a darker mocha colored slightly creamy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice high water mark of lacing, surprising head for 16% abv beer, essentially pitch black beer with no real light coming through.
Nose is quite complex, various waves of malts come in, starting with a big caramel toffee sweet syrupy malt, and quickly a wave of cocoa, dark chocolate and vanilla come in, then a light roast and coffee, a little toasted malt, before again another wave of caramel, syrupy molasses, toffee, brandy soaked raisins, plums, dark fruits, light fluffy nougat, chewy dark malt, some warming booze with slightest hint of phenols, hint of earthy hops and maybe a bit grassy, and later even a bit nutty.
Taste is just as complex, waves of malts again... again starting with lots of caramel, creamy nougat, some toffee, nutty malts and candy flavors, molasses, brown sugar, etc. Plenty of warming tingly booze comes through, it's quite hot actually, with a hint of boozey fusel like flavor, and more cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate covered brandy soaked raisin, light date and fig, powdered cocoa esp, before more caramel again trying to steal the show. Earthy spicy hops come through in the background, a bit overbearing at times, but balanced by the big sweetness of the huge malt bill almost too sweet but also almost too bitter, and a bit of bitterness coming from a light roasted malt or carafa in the background as well. Finish is long, mouth coating malts, dark chocolate, fig, roast, a bit of a soy sauce, chewy malts, caramel, and a lot more of the earthy spicy nagging hops.
Mouth is full bodied, rich, thick, chewy almost, mouth coating, decent carb, plenty boozy.
Overall nice, complex and fairly tasty, but a bit too much. The hops and malts both go overboard it seems and don't meld well, just like I thought ahead of time adding so many of each brings a bit too much and its like a hodge podge of random flavors in my mouth that all want to take over but fight each other. It's fairly crazy. Too sweet, too bitter and hoppy, too much dark malt, too much booze, too much of just about everything. Maybe they need to quit while their ahead before it gets to 20 of everything and just destroys the palate. 13 and 14 were both phenomenal, 15 was starting to slip, and 16 seems to really begin to take a down turn. Maybe it's time to start a new series...
12-09-2012 03:51:43 | More by jlindros
3.84/5 rDev -1%
Really dark, thick, and totally crazed malt concoction. So malty and rich and alcoholic, it's ridiculous. Vast aromatics of malt roasting and burning with alcohol fumes rising to the brain.
My wife and I took sips-- "Licorice," I say. "Molasses," she says. Intensely sugary with deeply roasted and even charred flavors. Massive burnt sugar and a bitter aftertaste. There must be some hops in this to slightly balance the malty sweetness.
It's hard to rate this for "drinkability" or even "sippability," but if you think of this as a liqueur it makes more sense. The candy-like quality is part of the charm. Purchased the bottle over a year ago at Grapevine Liquor in Denver. If any beer can take a little aging, this is one.
03-23-2014 05:01:21 | More by mactrail
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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