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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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88
very good

491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 13
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

Photo of hopswap1
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of vtfan77
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
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%

Photo of crewfan16
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BigTrubble
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Pinche_Oso
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of vcoggins
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium brown head, good head retention, lots of thick dark lace.

S: Booze centered with some soy and dark chocolate.

T: Definitely better than the nose. Delicious sweet malt flavour, dark chocolate for sure, brown sugar, Rapadura. Some ethanol but well contained. Big flavours for sure.

M: Full-bodied, rich, creamy and decadent.

O: A fun beer, but not something I could really have a ton of. The price is still really good for a beer of this size. Worth a buy.

Photo of FrankK
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BruceBruce
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't always do reviews, but when I do, it is because they are REALLY GOOD!!!

A. Flat black motor oil thin line of head, almost no lacing

S. Exactly what I want in a big boozy beer, sweet, then bourbon and alcohol scents that make it so that I can't wait for each sip. Oh so malty....

T. Dark fruit, then you get the sweet that you smelled like syrup or molasses, a bit of coca then coffee and wait for it, there it is... HEAT, I love it has that bite that a 16% beer should have and I know the 16,16,16 is a gimmick but man it is working, in a year this beer could be all 5's.

M. Medium carbonation which is perfect and then a good thick presence. Not too thin, not to much like a mouth full of syrup, again hit on the nose.

O. I love it, I purchased 3, 2 for aging and ended up drinking each, just got 6 more and lets hope they make it because I really love this beer now even though I know it has amazing potential. I cant wait to see what happens in the future, but this is a way better beer then 87 that is for sure. Slowly gaining respect for this brewery one jewbelation at a time.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Devi0us
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Clayton1220
4.5/5  rDev +16%

He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.