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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really dark, thick, and totally crazed malt concoction. So malty and rich and alcoholic, it's ridiculous. Vast aromatics of malt roasting and burning with alcohol fumes rising to the brain.

My wife and I took sips-- "Licorice," I say. "Molasses," she says. Intensely sugary with deeply roasted and even charred flavors. Massive burnt sugar and a bitter aftertaste. There must be some hops in this to slightly balance the malty sweetness.

It's hard to rate this for "drinkability" or even "sippability," but if you think of this as a liqueur it makes more sense. The candy-like quality is part of the charm. Purchased the bottle over a year ago at Grapevine Liquor in Denver. If any beer can take a little aging, this is one.

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from 2013 tasting notes:
Poured this into a chalice, just a little bit! Looks near black, lacks head, however rich, creamy tan lacing is seen as I tilt the glass on its side. Looks like I'd expect 16% of liquid to look.
Smells of dark fruit/ chocolate, nutty, raisin, phenols, hint of vinegar?
Tastes like the smell initially. Dark fruit (plum/ fig) hits me hard, followed by a long spicy burn and a satisfying creamy, sweet, medium carbonated mouthfeel. It's hard for me to describe huge strength beers like this. Better than i thought based on seeing reviews here? Yes. While impossible to pick apart 16 hops in this beast (much less tell apart even two), I think Schmaltz did achieve something here. It all adds up to where the hops work to offset the sweetness of the dark plum. Something to respect. Like when I first sipped DFH 120 minute.

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3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled November 2012

Very dark brown, nearly black, with a surprising amount of tannish head. Initial head evolves into a bubbly ring around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing.

Big sweet malty aromas, brown sugar, hints of chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol fumes.

Very sweet. Caramelized dark fruits, brown sugar again, woody notes, booze.

Sticky, chewy, warming body.

Well shit. 16% ABV means 16% ABV. This is a boozy beer and it won't let you forgot it til the next morning. Flavors are good, not great. I expected more especially with some age on it. Good sipper.

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2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a lot too handle, very alcohol forward taste, almost like you're drinking a glass of brandi. Goes great with a dessert, flan or ice cream, because it also has a hint of sweetness and cutting it with something mellows out the alcohol potency. This is for the extreme drinker.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Now this is a massive ABV beer, one I enjoyed in several increments over the course of an evening, poured from the bottle into a goblet. Nearly pitch black with a brownish tinge and brown foam, looks like motor oil. Smells as sweet and boozy as you'd expect but without a lot of strong roasted barley or black malt character, more sweet and spicy with woody notes and an undercurrent of purple grape juice. Tastes like milk chocolate cake, dates and raisins, licorice, blackstrap molasses, oak, rum, vanilla, clove, unlit tobacco, another brown spice (maybe nutmeg?) ... There is yet another sweet flavor that almost veers into maple territory. Maybe some coffee, but by this point my tongue is pretty savaged. One is inclined to plumb this brew for new layers of flavor and while the aforementioned list does suggest a wide range of malty and sweet flavors, the 16 hops are almost impossible to discern at the individual level and instead there is a medicinal earthy flavor that blends together with the massive spicy alcohol burn. Drinking this beer in a mindful fashion is like walking into a grotto, looking for new caverns ... Except that just when you think you stumble onto some new passage, you come face to face with a huge grizzly bear named Fusel and have to beat a hasty retreat. This comparison notwithstanding, its a fairly fun experience. Very sweet and warming, makes the mouth and lips numb and leaves a medicinal burn as its calling card. Of course this brew is thick, chewy, and dextrinous, although maybe less so than one would expect (?) ... Its obviously pretty attenuated to contain this much alcohol. Aging might mellow this out. An interesting experiment and not soon forgettable. Curb your enthusiasm around the insane malt and hop bills though. You won't be able to pick them all out.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a .3l glass at Beveridge Place in Seattle.

Appearance - dark brown to black, slight head, not much lacing.

Smell - not very much aroma, surprisingly. Maybe this beer was too cold from the tap, but I did sip it over 30 minutes, and didn't get the aroma I was expecting.

Taste - very boozy in a pleasant way. Sweet and complex.

Mouthfeel - creamy and full.

Overall - I liked this beer quite a bit, but didn't love it. For all the 16 hops and 16 malts, and 16% ABV, it didn't quite come together. There's a lot going on in terms of flavor, but I probably wouldn't go back and order another. Pretty dangerously high ABV!

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