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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
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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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 18:53:23 | More by Chico1985
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Yojimbo1941

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black, wispy yet complimentary chocolate mocha head.

S - Molasses, rubbing alcohol, cereals, bitter chocolate, hint of vanilla, karo syrup. Not bad, but the alcoholic sting is a bit more than I was prepared for despite the 16% warning.

T - Sweet giving way quickly to bitter. Chocolate and some malted milk with a bit of hot chocolate thrown in for good measure. Some honey aftertaste with the bitterness. Dark malt and alcoholic bite. Not bad.

M - Syrup-y, not much carbonation hitting me due to the flavor.

O - I like the fact that Shmaltz tries to outdo itself every year by adding ingredients to make the amounts come up the same as the chronology. However, I think this year they may have reached their peak. This beer is decent, but I think it's on the verge of becoming too much. With that being said: I'll still buy a 17 if they make one.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 00:59:06 | More by Yojimbo1941
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mason Lounge (Madison). It's a very nice looking 8 ounce pour in a goblet. Milk chocolate brown, with a thin off-white head, and lacing that gets squeegeed off the glass by the 16% alcohol.

The aroma is all over the place. Broken raisin, sorghum syrup, light hop bitterness, peppery alcohol, and a yeasty overripe fig.

The first sip is awesome: a zippy sweetness, grounded by a savory banana bread richness. The second sip disappoints. Much less complex than the aroma, it's all candy sugar sweetness. Which isn't bad at all, just a bit of a letdown in complexity.

I love the mouth feel, syrupy yet cut by a modest carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 08:48:00 | More by martyl1000
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 07:18:01 | More by wordemupg
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Robalypse


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:51:11 | More by Robalypse
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billab914

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 23:52:20 | More by billab914
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark and black with a moderate amount of bubbles. A small finger of tan head fades into a thin layer around the edges of the glass. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big, sweet, and complex aroma. Big presence of dark fruits with hints of raisins, prunes, dark cherry, fig, and dates. Dark roasted malts with hints of burnt caramel, toffee, chocolate, oak, and smoke. Sweet molasses and burnt sugars. Some anise licorice. Earthy and grassy hops linger around. Sixteen hops are listed but they take a back seat to the dark fruits and malts here. Alcohol scents as expected. A very complex and good aroma that doesn't smell overly syrupy.

Taste: As huge and complex as the aroma indicates. Big taste of dark fruits with notes of raisin, dark cherry licorice, prunes, dates, and fig. Big dark malt taste like a stout with notes of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, and burnt toast along with a good kick of smoke. Burnt sugars and molasses. Some anise and other spices. The hops come out more in the taste and provide a nice bitter bite to counter the sweetness. Earthy and grassy hops with a subtle undertone of citrus hop. Noticeable taste of alcohol as expected from the 16%. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full thick body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Quite a hot feel from the heavy alcohol but its nothing I can't handle.

Overall: This came out very good. Huge flavor with lots of different tastes. The hops do a really good job of keeping things from becoming a cloying mess. Nice roasty undertones.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 07:49:39 | More by MattyG85
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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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kylehay2004

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 05:11:10 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 05:10:47 | More by nickfl
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 18:49:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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vtfan77

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark, almost stout-like, but with a nice light brown head (somewhat surprising given its lofty ABV).

S- A little Tootsie rollish as in previous iterations, but with far more dried fruit complexities than, say, 14. Dates and raisins are pretty much the only dried fruits I can identify, but they're definitely here. Unsurprisingly there's a strong booze element as well.

T- Strong, intense maltiness, with prune (hey, there's another dried fruit I recognize!) and molasses notes. Very sweet, but there's actually a noticeable bitterness on the finish, and it's not just from the alcohol. The aftertaste is oddly savory, with an umami note not unlike the finish one gets from soy sauce (although the taste itself is not like soy sauce at all) and that lingering bitterness.

M- Thick and syrupy, as might be expected from a beer of this strength. The carbonation level is pretty good, though. There actually is a bit of balance here.

Well, it's ridiculously strong, but it actually drinks pretty well given its strength. The tingling on the tongue lets you know that this is a beer to be reckoned with (um... with which to be reckoned?), but it drinks smaller than its 16%. Not an everyday beer by any means, and the responsible consumer (of which I am, admittedly, not one) would certainly not drink it alone. Nevertheless, it's a darn good beer, and at this price (like, six bucks or something) you can't go wrong. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 04:30:14 | More by vtfan77
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kojevergas

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 03:35:52 | More by kojevergas
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Black Friday notes, shared with Chico1985 after he generously opened a Firestone Walker 14 (drinks very nicely still).

A- Poured into a pint glass with a black body and a light brown head. One finger cap size and pretty good retention. Nice silky ring and a lack of substantial lacing.

S- A big pile of spicy yeast, raisin and burnt caramel notes. Roasty with some warming as well as alcohol hints later on.

T- Very big and fairly sweet. A caramel and molasses syrup mixture feel. Roast malts do a good job helping to add complexity/balance as well as yeast spice, dark fruits and big raisin hints. Does not feel like 16% but you can tell this is a BIG beer, just a tiny hint of alcohol.

MF- Thick and oily body with a creamy feel and moderate carbonation. Lots of heat in the finish on the palate but it is not over the top.

For 16% this is pretty impressive, I would easily believe someone if they told me it was in the 12% range. Nothing really jumps out as far as a distinct flavor but it is a good mix of sweet caramel, yeast and roast malt influence.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 16:58:04 | More by cbutova
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 10:23:11 | More by tdm168
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 20:24:39 | More by Halcyondays
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BruceBruce

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't always do reviews, but when I do, it is because they are REALLY GOOD!!!

A. Flat black motor oil thin line of head, almost no lacing

S. Exactly what I want in a big boozy beer, sweet, then bourbon and alcohol scents that make it so that I can't wait for each sip. Oh so malty....

T. Dark fruit, then you get the sweet that you smelled like syrup or molasses, a bit of coca then coffee and wait for it, there it is... HEAT, I love it has that bite that a 16% beer should have and I know the 16,16,16 is a gimmick but man it is working, in a year this beer could be all 5's.

M. Medium carbonation which is perfect and then a good thick presence. Not too thin, not to much like a mouth full of syrup, again hit on the nose.

O. I love it, I purchased 3, 2 for aging and ended up drinking each, just got 6 more and lets hope they make it because I really love this beer now even though I know it has amazing potential. I cant wait to see what happens in the future, but this is a way better beer then 87 that is for sure. Slowly gaining respect for this brewery one jewbelation at a time.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 04:07:47 | More by BruceBruce
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
2012 vintage, Sixteenth Anniversary Edition - brewed with 16 malts, 16 hops, and 16% ABV

A: Pours an opaque black, without the slightest browning on the edges even when held to light. 1 fingers width of mocha colored head hangs around for a good bit before settling down to only an outer ring. Leaves no appreciably lacing. Looks like an IS.

S: Some dark fruits, sugary sweetness, roasted malt, a hint of black licorice. Initially, the aroma as a whole is surprisingly not that powerful, but the second glass poured from the bomber is much more aromatic with tons of sugary sweetness, a balancing booze, and some bourbon notes.

T: Roasted malt, dark fruits, candied sugar sweetness, cocoa, booze, black coffee. An explosion of flavors right from the start. Like the appearance the taste is reminiscent of an IS with the big roasty, cocoa and coffee characters. I also get fig, burnt sugar, black licorice, oak. The complexity and depth of flavors is impressive, reminds my why I love big boozy beers.

M/D: Thick, viscous, chewy, slightly syrupy. Carbonation is appropriately low. Has a whole body warming affect (as a winter seasonal should!). Really nice mouthfeel. ABV is certainly noticeable, but well restrained considering it's 16%. A slow sipper for sure, but all things considered drinkability is pretty high.

O: Overall, what a treat. A big boozy beer with a massive and complex palate profile. It comes off as a hybrid IS/Old Ale. Initially the IS components are a little overpowering, with the old ale flavors taking a back seat to the IS roastiness. However, as it warms the other flavors become more prominent and make this beer really great. An absolutely delicious 16%'er that I can just go and pick up off the shelves? Yes, I will be getting a couple more of these to store for the long winter (and winters to come!).

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:48:47 | More by zac16125
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 03:43:05 | More by russpowell
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impressive appearance, especially given the ABV - burnt chocolate body topped with a healthy finger of dense khaki head that eventually sinks down to a stubborn collar that lasts until the last drop.

Not the obvious "Jager" aroma that bugged me about the 15... it's got some Red Hot type alcohol heat though, cinnamon, boozy vanilla/butterscotch, fresh oak, a bit more tame than I expected. Nice.

So it's pretty strong... lots of sweet candy flavors to counteract the massive booze bill... red licorice, candy cane, caramel, butterscotch, an unavoidably dry and bitter booze finish, just a big fat dessert beer that I'm calling the main course.

Give it a go if you're curious, it's more approachable than some beers of lower ABV (Samichlaus comes to mind).

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:03:21 | More by yamar68
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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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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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beerdhabelly

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark as night body with espresso tint head, 2ish finger head.

S- Maybe my taster was off after some mead, but I got rye, toffee and fruit

T- RICH, chocolate, rye, toffee BOOZE, over the top, I liked it, but almost hard to keep straight it was so complex

M-Medium body, dark, maybe my problem was the amount in the bottle in combination with being full from drinking before, but by the time I had this I was super full and finishing this was difficult

O- Good flavor and a sexy appeal, but toward the end unbearable. Too much going on and if you don't drink this beast quick its a beast of a brew.

All in all, I would drink it again, but only on an empty stomach.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 06:02:50 | More by beerdhabelly
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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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kirok1999

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with some wispy foam. Looks more like a stout but considering the 16 malts, I guess it should be dark.
Sweet, fruity and lush on the nose. Lots of creamy chocolate, caramel, and candy sweetness.
Tastes just wonderful. the massive alcohol is nicely hidden behind sweet and creamy malts. The hops play well but are overcome by tons of malt. This drinks like a well carbonated stout, thick and lingering on the tongue. Really well done, makes me really anticipate 17.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 01:43:28 | More by kirok1999
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.