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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012)
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Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bluntedboywonder, May 11, 2013
Photo of Bighead6365
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Was looking over a ton of beers, saw that this was 16% abv and for 8.99. Figured what the heck.

A: Very dark and unable to see through. When pouring the beer into the sniffer, it had little to no head. Could tell it was very thick. Light amount of lacing on the glass that doesn't actually stick. Could tell it had a lot too it.

S: Plum, Dark Fruit, Prunes. Couldn't really smell much hops. Almost similar to a Belgian Dark Ale.

T: It has a spice to it from the heavy alcohol, heavy malt, grape juice, prune, fig, a tiny bit of bitterness on the tongue after swallowing.

M: To be honest after drinking lots of beers and lots of 11%'s, this one is just too much at 16%. It is so thick and heavy that it isn't the easiest to drink. It's actually a little rough. I did struggle a tiny bit to finish it.

O: I get the impression that they made this beer 16% abv just because they could, not with an actual thought process behind it. There are some good things going on, but it sadly is a case where too much makes something less. I know it's the sweet 16, but why make the quality suffer? I don't think I'd ever buy this again as I'd rather have the ability to drink a imperial without struggling. It's just very syrupy, and too rough to be up there with the best.

Bighead6365, May 11, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.64/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

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....

TMoney2591, May 08, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Duff27, May 07, 2013
Photo of tubeyes
4/5  rDev +3.1%

tubeyes, May 06, 2013
Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

egrace84, May 06, 2013
Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kingmaker, May 05, 2013
Photo of leftstagebrew
4/5  rDev +3.1%

leftstagebrew, May 04, 2013
Photo of BrewStew58
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BrewStew58, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JohnBender, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of mookihouse
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mookihouse, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Soundgyrl
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Soundgyrl, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of johnsonni
4/5  rDev +3.1%

johnsonni, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Etan
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle.

A: Looks like a stout, with a glassy black body and a large chocolate-colored head.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, heavy, somewhat grapey sweetness, moderate alcohol note.

T: Spicy alcohol, roasted grain, leafy hops, dark chocolate, leather, grape juice, fusel, char, sugary, astringent hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Thick-bodied with surprisingly active carbonation.

O: What's the point of this beer? Fusel, charry, syrupy, brutish, and boring. Not undrinkable, but not exactly something that deserves drinking.

Etan, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of drgonzo2k2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color - one would think it was an imperial stout given the look. The head is a one finger mocha shade. I'm really impressed how well it retains itself for 16%, too. Not much lacing, as expected.

S: There is a lot of chocolate, licorice, and plum qualities exhibited on the nose. In general it's a fruity aroma, perhaps a bit weak (due to the fact I served it relatively cold) yet not remotely boozy.

T: The initial flavor is very plummy. Strong dark fruits and chocolate go into the midtaste, and it finishes with a bit of spicy hoppiness and booze. I'm amazed how boozy this isn't - blindfold me and I'd swear it was around the 9-10% range. Rather, it's the sweetness that becomes a problem. After 10 oz. this one got too cloying for me.

M: It isn't as thick as one would expect, but it certainly lingers on the palate in sweet, syrupy fashion. While I can complain about all the sweetness, I can NOT complain about the prevalence of alcohol; the person I was drinking it with claimed he could honest-to-god chug it.

O: Sure, it gets too cloying after half a bottle. Sure, it's devoid of sophistication, refinement, and elegance. But when you consider that this is an extreme beer that's drinkable, non-boozy, AND inexpensive (for what it is), all those problems kind of fly out the window. I wouldn't have regretted buying a second bottle of this to age for a year of two, either. This one is best shared with 2-3 people.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Sludgeman, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

aslamm75, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Beergelden
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Beergelden, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of biegaman
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
Photo of dsaudio
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

dsaudio, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Nightrain87, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

phirleh, Apr 04, 2013
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.