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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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469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 134
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 harrymel


2.05/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 07:44:29 | More by harrymel
Photo of vanillacokaine


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-11-2012 06:32:50 | More by vanillacokaine
Photo of Horbar

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-11-2012 05:46:09 | More by Horbar
Photo of cragus

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:28:52 | More by cragus
Photo of kemoarps


2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 02:53:26 | More by kemoarps
Photo of Coldsnack


4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-11-2012 01:25:05 | More by Coldsnack
Photo of Harvey98


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-11-2012 01:00:12 | More by Harvey98
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

2.18/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 00:51:01 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 05:43:31 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of MarkyMOD


4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-09-2012 07:38:09 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of JeffTheJuice


4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-09-2012 05:19:56 | More by JeffTheJuice
Photo of mportnoy


3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

12-09-2012 04:49:39 | More by mportnoy
Photo of jlindros


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 03:51:43 | More by jlindros
Photo of smcolw


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 01:00:08 | More by smcolw
Photo of dorkinajeep


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-08-2012 23:38:17 | More by dorkinajeep
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9

5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-08-2012 19:26:47 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
Photo of schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-08-2012 05:28:20 | More by schnarr84
Photo of roblowther


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:49:19 | More by roblowther
Photo of JAHMUR


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-06-2012 22:35:01 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of rfbenavi80


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-06-2012 10:52:12 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of justinm4bama


4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-06-2012 05:21:01 | More by justinm4bama
Photo of barczar


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown/black, with asolid one inch milk chocolate head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam. No lacing was evident, but this is a used glass.

Booze and esters are evident initially, with sherry and brandy notes dominating. There's a molasses sweetness present at the finish. Dark cherries, fig, and raisins add complexity. There's substantial fusel alcohol present. How am I going to get through the bomber?!?!

Sweet malt coats the mouth initially, molasses and brown sugar giving way to dark fruit esters of prunes, cherries, and raisins, with alcohol subsequently swooping in and stealing the show. The fusel flavor of ethanol is a bit overwhelming. There's respite in the hop bitterness at the finish. Chocolate and licorice emerge as it warms.

Body is syrupy, thick, with minimal carbonation and burning alcohol warmth.

Very very obvious that this is a 16%abv brew. I really wish I could've laid this one down for 5-10 years. It has promise. The esters that are already present are very enjoyable, but the alcohol overwhelms the flavor profile. It's just too hot right now.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:16:45 | More by barczar
Photo of MrJolly


4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

12-06-2012 01:00:35 | More by MrJolly
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/2/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a 6oz flight glass (maximum sized serving available).

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, licorice, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong licorice flavor that is quickly followed by a significant alcohol sting. There are background flavors of dark fruit and chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a decent balance for such a strong ABV beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent sipper to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 00:52:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of jasewaaang


4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-05-2012 05:47:58 | More by jasewaaang
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.