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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

443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%


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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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, 2012

appeared very dark brown, a thin khaki colored head. good head retention. smell is fairly sweet, with fusel alcohol fumes so its a bit harsh, with some licorice and tobacco. the taste starts herbal, slightly roasty, bready, then quite a bit of alcohol burn in the finish. the mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, which works.

overall - no questioning the strength of this beer. for the first time in the Jewbelation series, the alcohol comes through big time. I guess it was inevitable.
took a long time to drink the whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:46:17 | More by jmdrpi
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of deep caramelized sugar notes with light dried fruit and alcohol ester. Taste is also dominated by caramelized sugar with overly sweet notes and some alcohol warming notes. Body is quite full with motor oil consistency and alcohol is indeed a bit too straightforward. Too sweet with too much alcohol being perceptible.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:03:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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DovaliHops

California

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is heavy with molasses, brown sugar, burnt sugar, prune, raisin, booze, and chocolate cake/frosting. Very aromatic nose on this one. The taste has very similar characteristics, except for having a hint of soy and gingerbread. More spicy than the sent implies, with some allspice, gingerbread, pumpkin, yam, and cinnamon. Tons of sweet, sugary flavors. Burnt sugar with a ton of molasses and dark fruits. Very sweet and boozy. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Drinkability is fair. Overall, the 16% alcohol is leveled nicely within this beer. This is better than the other Anniversary years in my opinion. Surprisingly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 07:18:34 | More by DovaliHops
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, thin tan head on top. The retention is decent with a very subtle lacing. The smell is a bit strange. Very different and not sure how to place it. The taste is of roast, molasses, pine and a plethora of things. Very interesting to say the least. The mouthfeel is smooth lightly carbonated and oily. Overall this beer is unique, it's not something I would die for but it was really nice to try. It's worth trying for sure an it'll hit ya like a ton of bricks too.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:51:10 | More by Knapp85
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Bighead6365

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:15:42 | More by Bighead6365
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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....

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 05:59:17 | More by TMoney2591
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Etan

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 03:36:17 | More by Etan
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 02:32:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
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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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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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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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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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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip at cellar temp.

Deep, dark brown color with mahogany edges, and very little head. Zero lacing, which was to be expected. Looks serious. Because it is.

Aromas contain an s-load of molasses... seriously, it's almost like opening a jar of it. Beyond that, we have dark chocolate, heavy alcohol burn, and kiss of caramel.

Thick, cloying mouthfeel is what grips the palate first... but frankly, it's no worse than 12% Older Viscosity - in fact, it might be easier to drink. Flavor is full of the aforementioned molasses, along with lots of toffee, bittersweet chocolate, and saccharine. Malt-forward? Um, YES!

Have had the last 3 from Shmaltz, all when fresh... always impressed with the epic ABV. This one is approaching Jump the Shark status, but not quite there. Maybe #17 or 18?

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 04:09:50 | More by BeerImmediately
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - black with just a hint of light getting through the bottom, thumb of head retaining very well with consistent lacing given the high alcohol
s - big molasses, raisins, coffee, earthy, and well blended alcohol
T - much like the nose I find the dominant flavour to be molasses maltiness with notes of coffee, raisins, cocoa, and relatively subtle alcohol
M - heavy with appropriate carbonation, thick and smooth through the middle with the alcohol making its presence know through the finish as it warms the innards, but you would never suspect it being as high octane as it is
O - much like the 15 this brew is big but extremely tasty and drinkable given its high octane nature, i have one put away to age at the moment but will definitely be picking up at least one more to drink now and likey another to age longer

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 03:51:08 | More by joemcgrath27
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

According to the LCBO sticker on the bottle, this is 14.5%

Pours black with edges of amber. A frothy dark brown head lasts a while then dissipates to a ring on the glass. Enormous fresh malt nose. Molasses, stewed fruit and chocolate mix with some tobacco and spiciness. The taste is intensely malty, with a sweet, chocolate syrup character at first then prunes, tofee, sherry and cocoa with alcohol heat is prominent throughout. The mouthfeel is oily and thick, with a light, subtle carbonation. The finish is lightly booziness with a soft eucalyptus hop flavor.

This is an interesting super strong American Ale. Visually like a stout but a malt flavor profile much more like an English Barleywine. Huge malt flavors and a good alcohol kick, a great sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 02:18:05 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown/black with no light showing through the beer. Light brown colored head that billows decently at pour and disappates to a solid rim around the glass. No lacing present. Aroma is a dark malt bomb yet sweet - dark molasses. Taste confirms lots of malts with a band of bitter through the middle and dominating the finish. Alcohol presence hard to avoid at this strength, but lingers nicely with dark chocalate malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 23:37:06 | More by Oakenator
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hackmann

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: coffee black body with a two finger dark tan head; leaves some sticky lacing on the glass with each sip

Aroma: rich sweet malts, roasted malts, just a touch of alcohol, not as boozy as I thought it would be, let’s see what happens as it warms up, fig, chocolate syrup, coffee; the nose has that boozy tone as it warms.

Flavors: this has a very rich style, the kind that can become too much for me, rich sweet malts followed by some toasted grains, burnt sugars, dark chocolate covered caramel, a squirt of Hershey mild chocolate syrup, hoppy spice or is it the alcohol,

Mouthfeel: a bit syrupy, thick and chewy is a good way to look at it, rich toasted and slightly burnt notes cover the palate, sweet on the front and mid palate, hoppy spice and alcohol peppery feel on the finish with the sweet note swirling around, low carbonation feel,

To the Point: as they say on the bottle, ‘this is about cupcakes and unicorns’ and I feel like I just ate three too many cupcakes and I am only halfway through this bottle. This is a sipper. Would I buy another one? … No. If you like bold and rich malts … this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 01:25:05 | More by hackmann
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flayedandskinned

California

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

No bottled on date.
Poured or should I say decanted?) into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours an intimidating, menacing and impenetrable black with a thick, 2 finger dark khaki head which sticks around for a surprisingly long time for a 16% ABV beer. As it recedes, it even leaves plenty of lacing. Nice and big alcohol legs stream down the glass as you drink the ale.

Aroma: Rich, dark chocolate, herbal hops, a nice vanilla foundation from the presumed oak aging. Surprisingly little alcohol in the nose. It's there but it really just further accentuates the spicy hop component. It does become more apparent as the beer acclimates towards room temperature.

Taste: Notes of dark chocolate immediately which give way to a big alcohol soaked cherries, some nice vanilla highlights. Dark Russian rye bread intermingled with toasted nuts and earthy hops towards the end of the taste. Finishes dry, with bitter hops and a bit too harsh of a spicy alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with tons of viscosity. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A somewhat complex beer that just has a bit too strong of an alcohol presence. While it's hard to hide 16% ABV in a beer, it is possible. Also for being brewed with 16 different hops and 16 different malts, it definitely doesn't showcase them much. I've had beers made with 2 varieties of both malt and hops that offered more depth and complexity than this brew. Overall, I'd only recommend this if you're in the mood for a crazy high ABV beer and this is the only one on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:40:22 | More by flayedandskinned
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour nearing black, one finger of tan head, little lace as well. Big malt bill, lightly roasty, liquorice, big dank pine hops, sweet sugary notes, dark fruits, a bit of citrusy fruit as well, a little bit of warm alcohol is also there. Taste is upfront with dark malts and some roast, massive hop bitterness, pine and lots of dank flavours, some leafy cigar like flavours, finishes a bit boozey with a bit of a chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Light-med carb, full chewy body. Solid stuff here and a nice slow sipper, nice to knock this off over the course of 2 hours while watching a movie.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 12:57:58 | More by peensteen
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BuzzLitebier

Maryland

3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this stuff in a pint glass from a bomber.
A: It poured black with a finger-wide tan head. It dissipated quickly and minimal lacing remained. I didn't see too much carbonation at all.
S: Dark fruit and treacle all the way
T: WHOA! It was heavy-duty hard core Belgian dark +10 and cloyingly sweet. It was like syrup and very boozy.
M: It was beyond heavy (think thick) with a bit of carbonation, which was OK, but man...

Would I have it again? Normally this profile is in my wheelhouse, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 00:26:32 | More by BuzzLitebier
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Pencible

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque light black with a moderate amount of thick tan head.
S: It smelled like juicy plumb and sweet raisin and milk chocolate, with some pumpernickel and citrus and toffee and...every other delicious scent imaginable.
T: It tasted like rich chocolate and dark fruits and sweet caramel, with some citrus and tropical fruits and bready yeast. It had a clean and sugary sweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was thick and chewy with a little carbonation. Huge body.
D: I love these beers every year, and this is no exception. The scent and taste were vastly complex and super delicious. The body was nearly perfect, and the finish was pretty smooth. So it was pretty easy to drink, despite some heat, but I preferred sipping it. I'm sure this would age forever, it was also great fresh. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 21:26:17 | More by Pencible
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LCBO labs peg this beer at 14.5%, rather than the advertised 16%.

Beer is black with a smallish tan head. Head fades quite quickly. Looks like a stout.

Smell is very malt-heavy. Caramel, chocolate, anise, a bit of a wood scent. Some hop scents are present, but drowned out- a bit of pine and grass.

Taste is similar to the nose. Malt heavy, lots of caramel and toffee, with licorice and some chocolate. Booze is, not surprisingly, pretty heavy. I don't pick the hops in any meaningful way. While generally quite sweet, there is a notable bitterness to the finish.

Full bodied for sure. Moderately carbonated. Tons of alcohol heat. Sitcky.

Overall, pretty good but too much alcohol heat. Perhaps it would get more drinkable with time, but for now I would say it is a somewhat enjoyable but not very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 19:39:20 | More by jrenihan
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.