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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
530
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
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13
Gots:
123
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9
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3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of deep caramelized sugar notes with light dried fruit and alcohol ester. Taste is also dominated by caramelized sugar with overly sweet notes and some alcohol warming notes. Body is quite full with motor oil consistency and alcohol is indeed a bit too straightforward. Too sweet with too much alcohol being perceptible.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glasses chez White.

A: thin head, solid black, thin carbonation; no lacing
S: figs, raisin; quite like a stout
T: the flavor is so intense, it tastes much better when mixed with something else; it's like a stout concentrate; very spicy and complex; dark fruit, figs, brown sugar; much like a milk stout; if diluted with seltzer water, about 1:1 I find the flavor improves to a 3.5
M: syrupy

Hey guys, stop the gimmick already.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this stuff in a pint glass from a bomber.
A: It poured black with a finger-wide tan head. It dissipated quickly and minimal lacing remained. I didn't see too much carbonation at all.
S: Dark fruit and treacle all the way
T: WHOA! It was heavy-duty hard core Belgian dark +10 and cloyingly sweet. It was like syrup and very boozy.
M: It was beyond heavy (think thick) with a bit of carbonation, which was OK, but man...

Would I have it again? Normally this profile is in my wheelhouse, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

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3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"For our Schmaltz Sweet 16, it's all cupcakes and unicorns this round!" Brewed in the style of an American Strong Ale, released as a 16th anniversary ale in 2012. This is the lower gravity version brewed for restrictive states, 11.8% ABV. Released as a one-off beer in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp head of a caramel mocha color over a very dark brown near black body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Caramel bread malts, grainy malts, german chocolate cake. The aromas seem dense and heavily bodied. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Grainy chocolate and caramel malts forms a boozy and busy flavored beer, but not one that is an easy drinker. A fairly slow sipper with pinches of sharp alcohol amongst a softly sweet and mildly acidic malt body. Finishes with a nip of sweet alcohol. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is moderately syrupy, medium sticky and medium/heavy dry. Carbonation is moderate generating a mellow frothiness but a spritely crispness on the finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, heavy overall. Balance is sharply boozy and syrupy sweet over bitter and tart. Alcohol presence is high and there are few off characters aside from an intense ethanol graininess to pair. 3

(Overall) Maybe this beer is representative of a rebellious teenager, as the finished product approaches what would seem like a mixture of hard liquors and syrup-based medication, maybe a high school party cocktail while the parents are away. This does not make the beer easy to drink nor very enjoyable. I did not think that a year or two could cause a beer this high on gravity great suffering, but I was ultimately not fond of this beer. I think trying to push the alcohol content to match the brewery age gets old around 12%/years or so, pushing it further just approaches desperate to market and sacrifices quality and balance to the naive novelty of booze. I'm getting too old to find excitement in overly boozy beers and would sooner appreciate a well balanced and yet lower gravity ale. I'd pass on this one. 3

Shmaltz Brewing Company's
Jewbelation: Sweet 16 16th Anniversary Ale
3.15/5.00

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Photo of Chico1985
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: coffee black body with a two finger dark tan head; leaves some sticky lacing on the glass with each sip

Aroma: rich sweet malts, roasted malts, just a touch of alcohol, not as boozy as I thought it would be, let’s see what happens as it warms up, fig, chocolate syrup, coffee; the nose has that boozy tone as it warms.

Flavors: this has a very rich style, the kind that can become too much for me, rich sweet malts followed by some toasted grains, burnt sugars, dark chocolate covered caramel, a squirt of Hershey mild chocolate syrup, hoppy spice or is it the alcohol,

Mouthfeel: a bit syrupy, thick and chewy is a good way to look at it, rich toasted and slightly burnt notes cover the palate, sweet on the front and mid palate, hoppy spice and alcohol peppery feel on the finish with the sweet note swirling around, low carbonation feel,

To the Point: as they say on the bottle, ‘this is about cupcakes and unicorns’ and I feel like I just ate three too many cupcakes and I am only halfway through this bottle. This is a sipper. Would I buy another one? … No. If you like bold and rich malts … this is for you.

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3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one should be called Sweet Valvoline.
Yes, needs some age on it, but drinkable...over a couple days :P
Caught a couple bottles mis-priced @ Whole Foods ($5.99), so well worth the cellar.
Drink with a couple quarts of water tonight, to save your brain from feeling pickled tomorrow.
Love Shmaltz, love Jewbelation, love the concept, but a little over-the-top...as mentioned above, the complexity overwhelms itself, which should mellow w/ age.
Sit on this one.
--Nastic

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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 530 ratings.
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