He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
Pours a thick dark brown with a one finger beige head dissipating quickly into lacing.
Smell is a very nice blend of dark fruit, sweet caramel malt, bourbon, and oak. Strong, complex, appealing aroma. The taste contains similar elements to the smell, with caramel, oak, and dark fruit. The flavor profile is dominated by the oak and a fairly strong alcohol presence. Still very flavorful and complex, but comes off just a bit harsh. Actually more than a bit harsh. Mouthfeel is thick with a medium carbonation level. Ultimately, this beer teases at greatness with a very complex flavor profile, but is a bit too heavy on the oak and alcohol heat. I feel a bit of age woul benefit this beer greatly.
12-12-2012 09:58:10 | More by emyers
2.05/5 rDev -47.2%
Looks ridiculous. Here we go.
Pours a dark brown with a thin sheet of tan foam. Smells of alcohol, brandied cherry, some molasses, some dark malts a little cake. Taste is sweet, alcoholic, toasted/burnt, some char and lots of sweet malts and a touch of cigarette butts. Thin and loosely carbed. This is a 16th to forget.
12-12-2012 07:44:29 | More by harrymel
2.68/5 rDev -30.9%
650ml bottle into snifter
A - Pours a dark amber with a decent amount of rapidly dissapating tan head.
S - Cherry and alcohol on the nose with a bit of raisan and a hint of hazelnut
T- Alcohol up front with a stronger hazelnut notes on top of a base of dark fruit.Some pine on the finish and a very minor carrot note. To be perfectly honest, the alcohol is so pervasive that its hard to make out fine details.
M- Thick and viscous, not to a RIS level, but still quite viscous with mild carbonation.
O - Decent, but not exactly sessionable or regularly drinkable. As an extreme and kind of silly brewer's lark, it's not bad; however, it's not really fully thought through. If the ABV was lowered, even to a still hot 10-12% I think it would be quite good. Unfortunately, at 16% this beer closer to a fortified wine, but lacks the balance of such beverages. In short, good beer, but too much alcohol in my opinion. Might be great if aging can knock back the alcohol presence a bit.
12-11-2012 03:28:52 | More by cragus
2.93/5 rDev -24.5%
Pretty beer, dark with lazy swirls.of almond coloured carbonation
Dark fruits. Fig prune alcohol. Lots o alcohol
Taste follows suit. Dark fruits and grappa
As others have mentioned i wish i had stuck this on away for a couple of years because the underlying foundation is there but it is way too hot at the moment
12-11-2012 02:53:26 | More by kemoarps
British Columbia (Canada)
2.18/5 rDev -43.8%
A: 1/4" brown head that dissipated quickly over black liquid.
S: Alcohol, caramel malt, chocolate malt, coffee, roasted malt, grapefruit, lemon, pine and grass.
T: Strong alcohol, peanuts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, grassy hops.
M: Significant drying from the alcohol, thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is too high on this one, it tastes like paint thinner and this aspect of the beer nearly drowns out pretty much anything else. One of maybe four drain pours in my life.
12-11-2012 00:51:01 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel, dark caramel, and chocolate malts with dark fruits, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, with some darker chocolate, coffee, and richer toffee notes and some booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of caramel, dark caramel, and chocolate malts with some darker chocolate, dark fruits, citrus hops, some bitterness, and brown sugar. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some molasses, residual sugars, vanilla, sweet toffee, pine and grassy hops, and some more fruity flavors. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts with dark fruits, milk chocolate, some darker cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, citrus and pine hops, molasses, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Incredibly complex, but at the same time refined and balanced.
12-10-2012 05:43:31 | More by ngeunit1
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
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...
12-09-2012 03:51:43 | More by jlindros
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
12-09-2012 01:00:08 | More by smcolw
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
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!
12-07-2012 00:49:19 | More by roblowther
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.