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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

465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 113 | FT: 9
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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aslamm75

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-19-2013 22:56:15 | More by aslamm75
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Beergelden

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-17-2013 11:46:44 | More by Beergelden
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 04:32:09 | More by biegaman
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dsaudio

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-16-2013 18:59:40 | More by dsaudio
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 03:45:55 | More by Sammy
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Nightrain87

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-05-2013 16:47:49 | More by Nightrain87
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phirleh

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-04-2013 13:03:37 | More by phirleh
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hreb

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in small wine glass. Beer pours a dark brown color, decidedly neither opaque nor black. Viscosity looks surprisingly thin given the ABV, which is advertised with a big shiny "16" on the label. Medium-thin head of lighter brown. Big aroma of grapes or raisins -- this is clearly a barleywine. On the first sip I've discovered I've served this *way* too cold. But there's no rush, we can fix this....

Fruit flavors come through strongest in this beer. The contrast of the richness of the dark/stone fruit with their sweetness (figs, plums) is the focal point. There's also a complex mix of hops which serves to neutralize the aftertaste and leave the overall profile relatively dry. I can't imagine how the brewer finds just the right IBU level to make this beer work. The mouthfeel is not too heavy, consistent with how it pours, which is nice because this is a REALLY big beer (1x 22oz beer @ 16% ABV = 6x 12oz beers @ 5%...holy shit...not bad for $8).

Maybe not an every day beer, but highly recommended nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 02:08:32 | More by hreb
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-01-2013 17:34:26 | More by mdfb79
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-01-2013 01:09:52 | More by warnerry
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durlta

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

03-31-2013 00:46:18 | More by durlta
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A strong ale? This beer pours like an imperial stout! Thick, burnt molasses brown and opaque. The head is an oak yellow brown that starts out thick but fades to a rainbow oil slicked cluster of bubbles. For sure a worthy looking beer for a 16th anniversary.

Deep rich nose of dark fruits and heavily roasted grains with hints of coconut. Again the nose is stout-ish and as it warms the scents get more complex. This is becoming a more and more impressive beer.

The taste is the first point where the sweet 16 jives from the stout formula. Instead of chocolate and coffee roasted malts this brew is more dark fruit, hops and sweet cereal. There is an overall boozy undertone that is masked nicely by the dark fruit flavors but still there. This one for sure is a sipper.

I feel this beer slips in the mouthfeel department. It's very thick and sweet that leaves you with an overly coated mouth. I do like how the grain notes and boozy burn lingers but I've had better strong ales and for sure better stouts. All in all, this is a solid beer. I can feel it coming on and I like most of its angles. Well done shmaltz brewing, I'm glad I've got two of these bombers.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 23:02:09 | More by jbphoto88
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Its suprisingly very dark. Black, opaque in fact. Big medium-brown colored head. Little lacing. Looks like a stout.

Smell: Its a little strange at first, but its growing on me. Medicinal and boozy. Dark fruit. Roasty, sweet malt, and some hops.

Taste: I'm again surprised by this beer. The taste is very good. I expected the ridiculous "complexity" of the malt bill would lead to a total muddled mess. It is a bit messy, but it works. It is quite hot and boozy, but doesn't taste medicinal. Very roasty without being too harsh. Chocolate, dark toast, fruit, and roasted marshmallows. Very sweet. There's a pretty prominent but amorphous hops flavor, but not so much that it becomes like a black IPA.

Mouthfeel: I expected a bit fuller feel, but that would have been too much with the sweetness. Slight drying in the finish really helps, and a bit more carbonation would too.

Overall: For the fourth time, I'm surprised. Tasty beer with a bit of a weird smell. The abv is out of hand.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:00:34 | More by rapidsequence
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timjr2500

Texas

4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Darker than dark. Reddish tint to the head that fades quickly. Slides down the glass slowly as it returns to the deep richness.

Smells of strong dark malts, slight roastiness, warm alcohol in the nose. Very slight bits of chocolate.

Tastes rich and sweet with a warming alcohol flavor. Fades into a sweet chocolate and slight roast flavor.

Syrupy, bold, dense. Matches the look perfectly.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Some say its gimmicky but I love a good gimmick. And I love Jewish brewers with a sense of humor. This beer, in my opinion, goes far beyond the gimmick though and delivers a fantastic flavor and drinking experience. Very warm, very strong. I would defnitely buy another if I was sharing it. Wouldn't be able to finish a bottle by myself, but for a 16% beer, it is quite drinkable and enjoyable. I would reccomend it on a cold day. Or a warm day. Or any day that you want to have a good roasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 14:36:34 | More by timjr2500
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 17:37:29 | More by Gavage
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-21-2013 07:19:52 | More by grahamboudreaux
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rankandfile

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-21-2013 02:02:19 | More by rankandfile
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unclekeith

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-18-2013 15:21:16 | More by unclekeith
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.7%

03-18-2013 01:51:29 | More by cfalovo97
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-18-2013 00:08:18 | More by KiMiRaiK
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BlackAura

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-17-2013 06:41:14 | More by BlackAura
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nlfrenette

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-16-2013 23:28:31 | More by nlfrenette
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SirHefeweizen

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-16-2013 23:20:36 | More by SirHefeweizen
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thekillingtree

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-16-2013 20:43:00 | More by thekillingtree
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redsoxfan73

New York

5/5  rDev +28.9%

03-16-2013 20:05:47 | More by redsoxfan73
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.