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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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very good

141 Reviews
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Reviews: 141
Hads: 518
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 25.78%
Wants: 12
Gots: 124 | 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 jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of roblowther
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass. Strong ale indeed! I quake a bit. But, let's dive in. Looks like a stout. Black as coal, reddish brown creamy head that soon leaves no trace of its passing. Smell is intriguing. Strawberries, vanilla, and cotton candy. The look and the smell of this beer are not acquainted with each other. Taste is grainy hops up front, then a wallop of roasted malt and syrupy sweetness, followed by a mild grassy finish and a definite warmth on the way down. The middle has a biscuitiness and it threatens to taste as roasted as it looks but backs off before it has to get serious about the affair. Very interesting. There is a lot going on here. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated maple syrup. But slippery. Also interesting. This beer is a meal in a glass for sure. Overall, I like it. Its a sipping beer for sure, and one for the right occasion or surroundings, but one I intend to keep sipping. L'Chaim!

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Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown/black, with asolid one inch milk chocolate head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam. No lacing was evident, but this is a used glass.

Booze and esters are evident initially, with sherry and brandy notes dominating. There's a molasses sweetness present at the finish. Dark cherries, fig, and raisins add complexity. There's substantial fusel alcohol present. How am I going to get through the bomber?!?!

Sweet malt coats the mouth initially, molasses and brown sugar giving way to dark fruit esters of prunes, cherries, and raisins, with alcohol subsequently swooping in and stealing the show. The fusel flavor of ethanol is a bit overwhelming. There's respite in the hop bitterness at the finish. Chocolate and licorice emerge as it warms.

Body is syrupy, thick, with minimal carbonation and burning alcohol warmth.

Very very obvious that this is a 16%abv brew. I really wish I could've laid this one down for 5-10 years. It has promise. The esters that are already present are very enjoyable, but the alcohol overwhelms the flavor profile. It's just too hot right now.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.49. Bottled 10/22/12 (if I deciphered it correctly). Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a deep dark near-black brown with full frothy two fingers of dark tan head. Almost no lace at all.

Smell is heavy on the booze up front with some sweet sugar cookies.

The hot booze kicks off with other flavors of sweet candy sugar, figs, cake, sweet spices, molasses, slight smoke/char and malts. Alcohol is never far from the front. There is a whole lot going on and despite the burn it is very enjoyable.

Creamy, medium full body with moderate to low carbonation. Long hot sweet complex finish.

This is very hot but good. While the booze is relentless now, I think after 18-24 to mellow out this will be great. I plan to get at least one or two more to try again after it's had a couple years in my basement to think about what it's done.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the most extreme beer I have ever had. I have had all sorts of extreme beers but this was tough to drink. Its appearance is like motor oil. Black. it has a dark head that basically goes away, what you would expect. The smell is all over the place. Chocolate, burnt coffee, hops, mint, booze, booze and more booze. The taste is rough...a good rough. It was almost impossible to drink more than good sip. Very warming. The flavor is so extreme its hard to say what you get. Definitely roasted malt and the hop character in this beer is so all over the place, there are 16 different hopping stages in this brew, its hard to say, "yes this definitely had citra." but its in there. The warmer it got those dark malts and ryes take over. Very very strong malt flavor yet balanced by an arsenal of hops. Its a very very thick, full mouthfeel. Hard to tell if its the booze or the carbonation that leaves that acidic burning feeling in my mouth. But its not a problem. This beer is amazing. Get it. Its cheap and share it. Its very strong and I mean very strong and the flavor lets you know. But go for it. Its a great beer to try and then later discuss over one much easier to handle on your own.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz

Pours jet black, immense tan head dissipates to a film very slowly, fine texture.

Smells of figs, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, roasted nuts and cocoa.

Tastes super rich, coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, molasses, figs, apples, and bourbon. Some nutty bitterness hiding in there somewhere.

Full viscous body with light tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth and some booze warmth and sting.

This beer is huge. I've had World Wide Stout and 120 IPA from DFH which are both bigger beers, but this one FEELS bigger than those, and bigger than anything else I've had. It's really for sipping only and packs quite a punch. I love it, but I think this one is bordering on niche appeal due to it's wallop.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of Robalypse
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
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.


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Photo of cbutova
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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.

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