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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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464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours opaque, maybe the darkest strong ale I've seen. Mocha head has a creamy look to it. Some lace, but I think the high abv makes it slide back into the glass, so not very much stickage.

Aroma - roasty grains, some initial citrusy sweetness that fades quickly. Some alcohol esters appear after it sets up. Smells like a strong stout.

Taste - big sweet malts, huge and boozy. Caramel and syrupy, quite cloying, yet the hops do make an impact. It starts to wind down with an immense alcohol heat taking over, but then the dry bitterness peeks out. As the alcohol bite fades, the hop bitterness strengthens, leaving a dry and unmistakeable hoppy finish. The alcohol is a bit too brash, and while the hops don't have a terrific amount of depth, they are really vital to balance out the high maltiness of the brew.

Mouthfeel - a light syrupy feel. They do well to ramp up the carbonation as high as it is, this beer is big and needs some bubbles. The body is full, as about any beer with 16 malts in it would be.

Drinkability - I'm torn. I tend to really dig all Schmaltz beer, but this one I don't know. I wouldn't call it a hot mess, but there is some mild chaos afoot. Cellarable? I don't know - if the hops disappear, this is one malt monster, which might be really cool if I thought the hot alcohol bite would taper over time.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:48:03 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

02-01-2013 19:42:53 | More by josephwa
Photo of Holland


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-31-2013 00:46:08 | More by Holland
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-29-2013 03:11:41 | More by eawolff99
Photo of Slipperyphoton


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-28-2013 02:14:02 | More by Slipperyphoton
Photo of lupercmda

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-27-2013 04:35:04 | More by lupercmda
Photo of nquigley16


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-27-2013 01:33:52 | More by nquigley16
Photo of katan


3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours very thick, dark, black, a bit of an amber highlight. Strong mocha colored head, well retained. Frothy.

S - Chocolately - malty with a few hints of roast. The hops are there but its hard to dig them out.

T - Starts off strong and sweet. Bittersweet chocolate by the boatload. Mid-stream gets just a hint of some citrus hops. Not even close to bitter, this thing has a huge malt bill to drive 16%. Finishes with a boatload of alcohol burn, and then follows up with currants and dark cherries. Very complex.

M - Full bodied, thick and creamy. Sticky, sugary, clingy. Alcohol warmth all over the place.

O/D - A long slow sipper - heavy on the palette and a big beer ABV wise. As a "sweet 16" beer, I guess you can't argue about "go big or go home". Thinking about buying another and putting it in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 20:43:53 | More by katan
Photo of C-Dog

3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-25-2013 21:51:15 | More by C-Dog
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-22-2013 02:30:31 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-21-2013 16:50:10 | More by duceswild
Photo of smbslt


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into the Sweet 16 glass that came in the Hanukkah pack which I will say was the best sampler pack concept to date

A - Very, very dark brown with a thin mocha head that dissipated quickly, very little if any carbonation.

S - Licorice, caramelized sugar and some faint grape

T - the liqueur of all things dark and or roasted - cocoa, Grade C maple syrup, etc.

M - Syrupy with alcohol warming at the end

O - Very good but not quite as good as 15 (which almost had me converting). Yes beer can be made with 16 hops and 16 malts with a 16% ABV and be very good with an entertaining shtick but where to next?

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:33:18 | More by smbslt
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, deemed a paltry 15.2% ABV by the guv'ment operators in our particular provincial bailiwick. Happy age of consent birthday, Shmaltz!

This beer pours an admittedly hard to discern clear, very, very, very, (did I say very?) dark brown hue, with slight basal reddish cola highlights, and three fingers of tight, silkily foamy, robustly beige head, which leaves little beyond a low ebbing ring of lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of sweet black fruit esters - figs, plum, and soused cherries come most readily to mind - with some musty baker's chocolate, earthy anise, leafy, somewhat bitter earthy hops, and a well bridled sugary booziness. The taste is more sweet, concentrated dark fruit - plum pudding and dried prunes (different enough, I would put forth) - quickly eclipsed by a bitter citrus rind and earthy, leafy hoppiness, all surprising detectable before the latent, yet still rather hefty caramel/toffee malt bomb that you just knew had to come about, comes about.

The bubbles are quite restrained, but with a wisp of edgy frothiness here and there, the body a muscular, dues all paid up, full weight, and with a pretty straight-up smoothness, one which seems to have no fear of interlopers. It finishes still on the veritably sweet side, the deep fruit somehow sublimated by a lingering sassy citric and earthy hoppiness, and a now burgeoning booze warming.

Well, this does indeed push the boundaries of what any sane soul might proclaim as one individual 'beer', but hey, ho, what the hell. Any milestone anniversary celebration should be a heady affair, and this fits the bill quite accordingly. The sugar, hop, and booze notes are all so well integrated as to make one oblivious to the effort put forth to get to this point, to get more and more and more out of things. A tasty, way over the top strong ale, which should be consumed like a red wine. Or not.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 06:37:12 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Auraan


5/5  rDev +28.9%

01-20-2013 04:45:54 | More by Auraan
Photo of prototypic


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jewbelation Sweet 16 pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s almost opaque, but not quite there. When held to light, there are a few burgundy highlights at the edges. Good looking color though. It’s topped with a dark mocha colored head that stands about a finger and a half tall. It’s extremely slow to recede. Lacing was sticky and relatively thick. Pretty impressive.

The nose is a tad weak, but it does smell pretty good. A bit more strength would help. This one’s all about the malts. No doubt about it. It’s full of chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate variety smells like cocoa and fudge. It smells a bit sweet and sugary. Dark fruit is noted and has a relatively strong presence. It complements the malts pretty well. I’m not getting much in the hops department. Alcohol is definitely noted. Comes through pretty strong. This is an 11.8% bottle. I can’t even imagine what the 16% ones would be like.

The flavor is pretty good. The malt base is definitely strong and flavorful. Roasted and chocolate malts combine to create a really nice flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, and sweet milk chocolate are all present. It’s a bit sweet, but not in a negative sense. Dark fruit has a rather strong presence. It’s a nice complement to the malts and adds a bit of a tangy twist. There are some light, citric hop notes. Maybe a little grapefruit and orange. They’re largely buried by the malts though. Alcohol is strong and has a slight warming effect. Finishes malty and tangy.

Sweet 16 has a full body. It’s viscous and very smooth. Carbonation is light, and the bubbles are very soft. It’s definitely big and is a sipper. For a big beer, its drinkability isn’t bad.

Shmaltz has a pretty solid beer in Sweet 16. It’s not without some faults. The nose is slightly weak and it is a bit boozy. Even though this is the 11.8% variety, that’s a fact. Pretty good stuff though. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:52:39 | More by prototypic
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-19-2013 22:46:07 | More by Tumble
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-19-2013 11:29:52 | More by baconman91
Photo of rangerred


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bottle.

Pours pitch black with no head at all which is to be expected. A thin ring is left around the side of the glass.

Aroma is immediately sweet dark fruits; figs and dates. A little bit of chocolate and licorice in there too. Some alcohol comes through.

Flavor is extremely rich. Tons of dark fruit, wood, and rye bread. A touch of wood and cocoa along with a healthy dose of ethanol. Extremely sweet throughout with very low drinkability. There is a coating in the mouth that really becomes cloying fast.

Overall, a bit of a novelty with the high abv but not that spectacular of a beer. Way too sweet. Not something I will pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:56:50 | More by rangerred
Photo of sd123


4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-19-2013 02:28:14 | More by sd123
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into my tulip glass and I immediately smelled a strong dose of alcohol off the top.

This is a very dark beer. The black beer doesn't let any light through.

Off the top of this one is so much alcohol that my eyes water.

This is a challenging sipper. You get a decent amount of coffee and dark fruit. I can really feel the warmth at the back of my throat.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 20:20:35 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a one finger brown head that dissipates very slowly to a thick ring around the glass leaving light lacing. Aroma of dark malt with slight oxidation, oak, a hint of vanilla and cherry; strong ethanol. Flavor is wonderful, brown sugar, dark and toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and hints of dark dried fruit. Very boozy, but full flavored like a heavy bodied apertif. Medium to heavy bodied with some creaminess. Very tasty and warming. A beer that is complex enough to make the necessary slow sipping worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:18:54 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-16-2013 22:19:47 | More by Chugs13
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-15-2013 22:17:48 | More by Whiskeydeez
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2013 16:41:21 | More by Mattco
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-14-2013 02:51:09 | More by Trilogy31
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.