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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 12
Gots: 113 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mdfb79, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

MarkyMOD, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Rochefort10nh, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany brown color where light passes only through the glass edge. Starts with a moderate, beige head. Very little lace--just a couple of spots. The head dies to nothing rather quickly.

Dark malts are blended with a strong alcohol warmth. Lots of semi-sweet chocolate.

Very, very rich body but it also has a high carbonation. Strong, brandy-like alcohol presence and warmth. This is an extreme beer with the alcohol burn in the swallow. Plenty of darker malts--crystal and chocolate. Moderate sweetness. No hop.

smcolw, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of 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.

C

kojevergas, Nov 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

oriolesfan4, May 25, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium brown head, good head retention, lots of thick dark lace.

S: Booze centered with some soy and dark chocolate.

T: Definitely better than the nose. Delicious sweet malt flavour, dark chocolate for sure, brown sugar, Rapadura. Some ethanol but well contained. Big flavours for sure.

M: Full-bodied, rich, creamy and decadent.

O: A fun beer, but not something I could really have a ton of. The price is still really good for a beer of this size. Worth a buy.

Halcyondays, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark down almost black color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: big malt sweetness and a big boozy nose.

Taste: very malt centric beer. Brown sugar, molasses, prunes, dark bread, a moderate bitterness, and a large alcohol presence makes this a very warming beer.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Some dryness arrives late. Long lasting aftertaste as the booziness lingers in the mouth.

Overall: a big bold beer that is a very slow sipper. I cracked this open while watching some March Madness hoops, and this would go better as a nightcap in front of a fireplace.

Gavage, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

drewone, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

duceswild, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

biegaman, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with a big, brown, frothy, head that has great retention

S - wood, alcohol, caramel, roasted malts, dark fruit

T - roasty, chocolate, earthy, spicy hops, woody, alcohol, dark fruit

M - full bodied, warm, smooth

This is a great beer that is very complex. There are so many different flavors that I know I didn't give them all their justice above. The ABV is definitlely noticeable but it didn't detract from the flavors or the overall drinking experience. This is yet another big beer from He'Brew that is nicely done. It's well worth a try.

tdm168, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Dark brown in color with thick, frothy head to it. Pretty nice lacing on it as I drank it.

Aroma is very rich with notes of dark fruits and sweet brown sugar. The alcohol is surprisingly not bad for being 16%. I'm really liking the cherry notes I'm getting out of it. I get a some of the citrus hops to it, but they are surprisingly reserved for all the varieties in there.

The taste follows with more of the rich malts. It's got more of the sweet brown sugar and dark fruits up front, while the finish adds in some darker malts and chocolate flavors. The hops give it some much needed bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness is still a little much.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is very fitting for it. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer and much better then I anticipated. It had some really nice malty flavors to it and the alcohol wasn't bad at all. Pretty nice overall.

billab914, Dec 01, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-16 malts, 16 hops, 16%abv.

A: Dark plum exit, is midnight black in the vessel with a rush of golden micro-bead carbonation bubbles. Dark desert khaki head is solid in form, with a smooth fine whispy sand appearence. Head strong retention with a nice film lacing of decent coverage.

S: Caramel cocoa and fine roast, very smooth, polished with some dark fruit.

T: Flavor of dark sweet malt, dark fruit of sugar plums, figs and sugar roast. Burnt molasses, sweet fennel and chocolate sweetness along with some dough. Spicy dry rum alcohol, cinnamon with some warm honey and sweet licorice all tangling together. The alcohol is spicy but very managable. Finishes off with some dry rum and coffee notes.

M: Medium full body, cough syrup consistency, no carbonation with a warming alcohol sensation. Spicy dry alcohol mention.

O: Overall a bit sweet upfront when young, maybe some aging will settle things down. Warming alcohol nice complexity. Sweetness may hold this back in quantity and a bit in quality.

beerthulhu, Feb 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

dmorgan310, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

sendbeer, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +3.1%

liamt07, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +3.1%

PEIhop, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 1/12/12

A much to my surprise a big dark three finger foam comes off the pour, its gone quickly and leaves no lace but there's some fat legs left behind on the glass, its dark but not quite black

S booze hits the nostrils instantly but I suppose that should be expected at 16%, some molasses, licorice and some coco mix with he booze and some over-ripe dark fruits, took a while to place it but after I found the teriyaki beer jerky I couldn't lose it

T more of the same really, lots of booze but the other aspects try to shine through but don't really get their chance to shine. a little tobacco and chocolate syrup once its warmed up, decent flavors but very boozy

M its silky and thick but the booze heat takes away from what would be a great feel otherwise, you feel the booze deep in your chest after the fact and there's molasses on the finish

O what a monster this one is, needs age and lots of it, I can see potential but today the booze is wrecking what could be an awesome beer. I still like it but at every point the booze overpowers

I think this series might have peaked 3 years ago, not a bad beer by any means but I have a feeling I'd like it much more in 4 or 5 years... OK perhaps a decade

wordemupg, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a one finger brown head that dissipates very slowly to a thick ring around the glass leaving light lacing. Aroma of dark malt with slight oxidation, oak, a hint of vanilla and cherry; strong ethanol. Flavor is wonderful, brown sugar, dark and toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and hints of dark dried fruit. Very boozy, but full flavored like a heavy bodied apertif. Medium to heavy bodied with some creaminess. Very tasty and warming. A beer that is complex enough to make the necessary slow sipping worthwhile.

LiquidAmber, Jan 18, 2013
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.