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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

503 Ratings
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 12
Gots: 119 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of wordemupg
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

Photo of BrettD
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Robalypse
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of pirmannt1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of larryi86
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.

Photo of motorhed
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of yeti123
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of WoodburyMN
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of hopswap1
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of vtfan77
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark, almost stout-like, but with a nice light brown head (somewhat surprising given its lofty ABV).

S- A little Tootsie rollish as in previous iterations, but with far more dried fruit complexities than, say, 14. Dates and raisins are pretty much the only dried fruits I can identify, but they're definitely here. Unsurprisingly there's a strong booze element as well.

T- Strong, intense maltiness, with prune (hey, there's another dried fruit I recognize!) and molasses notes. Very sweet, but there's actually a noticeable bitterness on the finish, and it's not just from the alcohol. The aftertaste is oddly savory, with an umami note not unlike the finish one gets from soy sauce (although the taste itself is not like soy sauce at all) and that lingering bitterness.

M- Thick and syrupy, as might be expected from a beer of this strength. The carbonation level is pretty good, though. There actually is a bit of balance here.

Well, it's ridiculously strong, but it actually drinks pretty well given its strength. The tingling on the tongue lets you know that this is a beer to be reckoned with (um... with which to be reckoned?), but it drinks smaller than its 16%. Not an everyday beer by any means, and the responsible consumer (of which I am, admittedly, not one) would certainly not drink it alone. Nevertheless, it's a darn good beer, and at this price (like, six bucks or something) you can't go wrong. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try.

Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm tackling this beast by myself. Jewbelation 16 California Edition (no "Sweet" for some asinine reason). 16% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live.

My first, and likely to be only, beer of the night. Paired with salted pretzel rods.

Served after a substantial warming period following its removal from the fridge; I didn't want to start off too cold. It'll warm even more as I consume it. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Expectations are high; I've heard good things about this beer. At the same time, I'm hoping it's not too sweet since I'm going it alone.

A: Pours a three finger beautiful tan colour head of good thickness and cream, and great retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bubblegum, cream, floral hops, heavy caramelized malt, raisin, dried fig, brown sugar, molasses, candi sugar, burnt frosting, toffee, and malty sweetness. An intriguing and surprisingly balanced aroma. Subtle. Moderate in strength.

T: Fig, raisin, malty sweetness, sweet dried fruit, hints of molasses (how you make molasses subtle is beyond me...), caramel, burnt candi sugar/frosting throughout, raisin, floral hops, and a streak of dominant candi sugar/candied fruit from the midpoint through the finish. Wow, that's sugary. I can feel my teeth eroding - in a good way. Beastly and full bodied. Toffee, syrup. Hints of artificial vanilla up front. It's pretty heavy on the fig, which is probably its best characteristic. Well executed but overbearing. It isn't so much complex as it is a beer that plain beats you over the head. There's a lot going on, but it's unfocused and somewhat messy. Certainly, the balance is off. That said, it's strangely likable - and shockingly, no alcohol comes through. Unfortunately, neither does any yeast. Ultimately, it's just far too sweet. Maybe it'd mellow out with age.

Mf: Sugary and tingly. Fizzy, even. Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Predictably, it's a bit too viscous and thick. Borderline syrupy at points. Chewy. Too heavy on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable for its well-concealed ABV, but I'm not excited to finish this. The sweetness is ruinous. If split with three friends, this might do well at a tasting, but it's far from great. I really wanted to like this but it needs serious work. As it is, it's something of a sugary mess - exactly the type of thing you might want on your real sweet sixteen. I'll look forward to trying other beers from this brewery, but I'd pass on this one without serious (3+) years of age on it.

C

Photo of BourbonDork
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of VernonKell
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Reviewed from Black Friday notes, shared with Chico1985 after he generously opened a Firestone Walker 14 (drinks very nicely still).

A- Poured into a pint glass with a black body and a light brown head. One finger cap size and pretty good retention. Nice silky ring and a lack of substantial lacing.

S- A big pile of spicy yeast, raisin and burnt caramel notes. Roasty with some warming as well as alcohol hints later on.

T- Very big and fairly sweet. A caramel and molasses syrup mixture feel. Roast malts do a good job helping to add complexity/balance as well as yeast spice, dark fruits and big raisin hints. Does not feel like 16% but you can tell this is a BIG beer, just a tiny hint of alcohol.

MF- Thick and oily body with a creamy feel and moderate carbonation. Lots of heat in the finish on the palate but it is not over the top.

For 16% this is pretty impressive, I would easily believe someone if they told me it was in the 12% range. Nothing really jumps out as far as a distinct flavor but it is a good mix of sweet caramel, yeast and roast malt influence.

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with a big, brown, frothy, head that has great retention

S - wood, alcohol, caramel, roasted malts, dark fruit

T - roasty, chocolate, earthy, spicy hops, woody, alcohol, dark fruit

M - full bodied, warm, smooth

This is a great beer that is very complex. There are so many different flavors that I know I didn't give them all their justice above. The ABV is definitlely noticeable but it didn't detract from the flavors or the overall drinking experience. This is yet another big beer from He'Brew that is nicely done. It's well worth a try.

Photo of blmar311
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 1mrbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ferrettman687
3/5  rDev -22.7%

He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.