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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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87
very good

464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 112 | 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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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-04-2012 03:00:51 | More by Gagnonsux
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zachary80

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

12-03-2012 22:43:20 | More by zachary80
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 everything! Thanks to cbutova for sharing this intimidating beast. This followed up Genealogy of Morals and Firestone 14 in a Black Friday tasting.

Quite dark, not quite black, red highlights. Tan head eventually forms a thick ring and slight cap, good for the ABV.

Sweet malts, molasses, dark fruit, some booze make up the scent.

Taste mostly follows the scent with caramel malts, molasses, dark fruit, some cocoa, light earthy hops. Decent flavor but seems very tame considering the size of the beer at hand.

Medium carbonation, medium body. It feels big and there is some booze, as to be expected, but this is quite drinkable at 16%.

Not a very remarkable flavor profile, but maintains a good balance - it's not "overly" anything like a lot of big beers (sweet, roasty, boozy, etc) - the surprisingly drinkability is a plus.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 18:53:23 | More by Chico1985
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-03-2012 14:33:12 | More by hiphopj5
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-03-2012 02:26:06 | More by Hanzo
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tbeq00

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-03-2012 01:56:42 | More by tbeq00
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Yojimbo1941

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black, wispy yet complimentary chocolate mocha head.

S - Molasses, rubbing alcohol, cereals, bitter chocolate, hint of vanilla, karo syrup. Not bad, but the alcoholic sting is a bit more than I was prepared for despite the 16% warning.

T - Sweet giving way quickly to bitter. Chocolate and some malted milk with a bit of hot chocolate thrown in for good measure. Some honey aftertaste with the bitterness. Dark malt and alcoholic bite. Not bad.

M - Syrup-y, not much carbonation hitting me due to the flavor.

O - I like the fact that Shmaltz tries to outdo itself every year by adding ingredients to make the amounts come up the same as the chronology. However, I think this year they may have reached their peak. This beer is decent, but I think it's on the verge of becoming too much. With that being said: I'll still buy a 17 if they make one.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 00:59:06 | More by Yojimbo1941
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bobotron

Oregon

2/5  rDev -48.5%

12-02-2012 20:17:17 | More by bobotron
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denimdemon

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-02-2012 20:08:08 | More by denimdemon
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ambruns1979

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-02-2012 08:55:58 | More by ambruns1979
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mason Lounge (Madison). It's a very nice looking 8 ounce pour in a goblet. Milk chocolate brown, with a thin off-white head, and lacing that gets squeegeed off the glass by the 16% alcohol.

The aroma is all over the place. Broken raisin, sorghum syrup, light hop bitterness, peppery alcohol, and a yeasty overripe fig.

The first sip is awesome: a zippy sweetness, grounded by a savory banana bread richness. The second sip disappoints. Much less complex than the aroma, it's all candy sugar sweetness. Which isn't bad at all, just a bit of a letdown in complexity.

I love the mouth feel, syrupy yet cut by a modest carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 08:48:00 | More by martyl1000
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 1/12/12

A much to my surprise a big dark three finger foam comes off the pour, its gone quickly and leaves no lace but there's some fat legs left behind on the glass, its dark but not quite black

S booze hits the nostrils instantly but I suppose that should be expected at 16%, some molasses, licorice and some coco mix with he booze and some over-ripe dark fruits, took a while to place it but after I found the teriyaki beer jerky I couldn't lose it

T more of the same really, lots of booze but the other aspects try to shine through but don't really get their chance to shine. a little tobacco and chocolate syrup once its warmed up, decent flavors but very boozy

M its silky and thick but the booze heat takes away from what would be a great feel otherwise, you feel the booze deep in your chest after the fact and there's molasses on the finish

O what a monster this one is, needs age and lots of it, I can see potential but today the booze is wrecking what could be an awesome beer. I still like it but at every point the booze overpowers

I think this series might have peaked 3 years ago, not a bad beer by any means but I have a feeling I'd like it much more in 4 or 5 years... OK perhaps a decade

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 07:18:01 | More by wordemupg
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BrettD

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-02-2012 03:07:35 | More by BrettD
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Robalypse


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually like to start a beer off nice and cold and enjoy it throughout the process of warming up as this seems to progressively unveil the underlying character of the beer. Due to the high alcohol content of this beer, I cracked it open while it was just chilled.

Appearance: Thick and black with a unique amber head. No lacing on my glass.

Smell: Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol. Maybe a slight hint of plum and burnt caramel under the intense alcohol smell.

Taste: ALCOHOL. For me, the alcohol tends to override any other flavors, but I do detect a slight taste of espresso and dark chocolate. I see other reviewers mentioning dark fruits and the like, but I was unable to detect any of that. The taste is similar to several Russian imperial stouts I have tried, with the alcohol taste being by far the dominating factor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and syrupy. Fits the aggressive alcohol content well.

Overall: It's really challenging to rate this beer accurately, given that it was hard in terms of smell and taste for me to get past the intense alcohol presence. There was certainly nothing offensive behind the alcohol taste, but there was also nothing particularly of note. I'm hesitant to knock it for the overriding alcohol content, given that that's one of the main characteristics advertised right on the label, but it comes across more as a novelty than a good beer. Would be fantastic if you were just looking to have a light drinking night that would promise a buzz, but it wouldn't be something I would pick up again when I'm looking to enjoy the complexities of a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:51:11 | More by Robalypse
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-02-2012 01:02:16 | More by pirmannt1
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billab914

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Dark brown in color with thick, frothy head to it. Pretty nice lacing on it as I drank it.

Aroma is very rich with notes of dark fruits and sweet brown sugar. The alcohol is surprisingly not bad for being 16%. I'm really liking the cherry notes I'm getting out of it. I get a some of the citrus hops to it, but they are surprisingly reserved for all the varieties in there.

The taste follows with more of the rich malts. It's got more of the sweet brown sugar and dark fruits up front, while the finish adds in some darker malts and chocolate flavors. The hops give it some much needed bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness is still a little much.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is very fitting for it. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer and much better then I anticipated. It had some really nice malty flavors to it and the alcohol wasn't bad at all. Pretty nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 23:52:20 | More by billab914
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark and black with a moderate amount of bubbles. A small finger of tan head fades into a thin layer around the edges of the glass. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big, sweet, and complex aroma. Big presence of dark fruits with hints of raisins, prunes, dark cherry, fig, and dates. Dark roasted malts with hints of burnt caramel, toffee, chocolate, oak, and smoke. Sweet molasses and burnt sugars. Some anise licorice. Earthy and grassy hops linger around. Sixteen hops are listed but they take a back seat to the dark fruits and malts here. Alcohol scents as expected. A very complex and good aroma that doesn't smell overly syrupy.

Taste: As huge and complex as the aroma indicates. Big taste of dark fruits with notes of raisin, dark cherry licorice, prunes, dates, and fig. Big dark malt taste like a stout with notes of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, and burnt toast along with a good kick of smoke. Burnt sugars and molasses. Some anise and other spices. The hops come out more in the taste and provide a nice bitter bite to counter the sweetness. Earthy and grassy hops with a subtle undertone of citrus hop. Noticeable taste of alcohol as expected from the 16%. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full thick body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Quite a hot feel from the heavy alcohol but its nothing I can't handle.

Overall: This came out very good. Huge flavor with lots of different tastes. The hops do a really good job of keeping things from becoming a cloying mess. Nice roasty undertones.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 07:49:39 | More by MattyG85
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larryi86

Delaware

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Sweet, dark fruits, cherries, alcohol, chocolate, licorice.

T- Wow, lots going on, sweet up front with a bitter earthy finish, alcohol but not too much for 16%, dark chocolate, dark fruits, some cherries.

M- Full body, big, a little syrupy.

O- A sweet boozy beer that is still drinkable. 16% ABV is not hidden but it doesn't tasty like 16%. Probably will pick up another bottle or two to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 01:21:43 | More by larryi86
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motorhed

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-30-2012 22:30:42 | More by motorhed
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

A: single finger head on a jet black body with nice lacing.

S: dark fruit with mostly raisin, cherry, candy sugar, strawberry, dark chocolate and yeast. very good aroma.

T: booze are well hidden but still pretty strong. excellent dark fruit presence with strawberry and cherry, dark chocolate, earthy hops, some roasted malts and rum.

M: relatively thick and moderate carbonation.

Overall: its not boozy but you can tell this one is strong. the flavors are full and excellent. Certainly get more out of this one than anticipated from the ABV which I would have thought would be distracting.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 05:11:10 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a black body with only a hint of light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - nutty toffee, caramel, molasses, and plums.

T - Lots of dark sugar up front with boozy molasses and caramel. Seem nutty toffee in the middle with some rum notes. Finishes with toffee and caramel as well as rum soaked dark fruit and spices.

M - a thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Relatively balanced and drinkable for such an over the top brew, it has a lot of boozy fruit but it works quite well.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 05:10:47 | More by nickfl
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yeti123

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

11-30-2012 02:31:54 | More by yeti123
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-29-2012 04:00:18 | More by WoodburyMN
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a thick-looking, viscous, black body with a couple inches of dark tan foam.

Smell: Heavy, heady scents of blackstrap molasses, blackened barley grains, black licorice, dark chocolate, oven-roasted prunes, raspberry, leafy, floral hops.

Taste: Molasses, bitter chocolate, heavy roastiness, charred toasted remnants, and even some burnt campfire marshmallows. There's a big sweetness on-hand, but a ramping up over the roastiness, along with the hop bitterness and heated, spirited alcohol qualities. Leafy, resiny, floral hops present. Some of the aforementioned fruitiness present, but it's dampered by the heavy maltiness. Sweet, roasty, boozy finish. Be sure to have a cleansing glass of water at the ready.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: I acquired one of the bottles at 11.8% ABV for the markets that cannot procure the standard 16%. Even still, it's coming across as fairly hot. I thought both Fourteen and Fifteen needed some time to settle and smooth out, and I feel the same way about this year's version. Perhaps the Jewbelation train has passed me by.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 18:49:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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hopswap1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-27-2012 17:53:10 | More by hopswap1
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.