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:
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Added by Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
529
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 529 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big beer which revels in its bigness. LCBO acquisition, who promptly gave a lab evaluation of only 14.5% abv - whatever, it is only to be supped. Big chocolate and roasted malt, and heavy anise finish. Black and bubbly head is attractive. Booze in the finish. Its hidden but its instantly apparent. Sweet stout bias. Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and slight cocoa. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a good smell but the taste is pretty boozy and strong.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, thin tan head on top. The retention is decent with a very subtle lacing. The smell is a bit strange. Very different and not sure how to place it. The taste is of roast, molasses, pine and a plethora of things. Very interesting to say the least. The mouthfeel is smooth lightly carbonated and oily. Overall this beer is unique, it's not something I would die for but it was really nice to try. It's worth trying for sure an it'll hit ya like a ton of bricks too.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, deemed a paltry 15.2% ABV by the guv'ment operators in our particular provincial bailiwick. Happy age of consent birthday, Shmaltz!

This beer pours an admittedly hard to discern clear, very, very, very, (did I say very?) dark brown hue, with slight basal reddish cola highlights, and three fingers of tight, silkily foamy, robustly beige head, which leaves little beyond a low ebbing ring of lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of sweet black fruit esters - figs, plum, and soused cherries come most readily to mind - with some musty baker's chocolate, earthy anise, leafy, somewhat bitter earthy hops, and a well bridled sugary booziness. The taste is more sweet, concentrated dark fruit - plum pudding and dried prunes (different enough, I would put forth) - quickly eclipsed by a bitter citrus rind and earthy, leafy hoppiness, all surprising detectable before the latent, yet still rather hefty caramel/toffee malt bomb that you just knew had to come about, comes about.

The bubbles are quite restrained, but with a wisp of edgy frothiness here and there, the body a muscular, dues all paid up, full weight, and with a pretty straight-up smoothness, one which seems to have no fear of interlopers. It finishes still on the veritably sweet side, the deep fruit somehow sublimated by a lingering sassy citric and earthy hoppiness, and a now burgeoning booze warming.

Well, this does indeed push the boundaries of what any sane soul might proclaim as one individual 'beer', but hey, ho, what the hell. Any milestone anniversary celebration should be a heady affair, and this fits the bill quite accordingly. The sugar, hop, and booze notes are all so well integrated as to make one oblivious to the effort put forth to get to this point, to get more and more and more out of things. A tasty, way over the top strong ale, which should be consumed like a red wine. Or not.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled boozy and sweet with a strong malty presence. Some floral notes, too.

T - Boozy, sweet flavor. Lots of caramel and maltiness. Slight bitter bite adds a little balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp. Not as sticky as some of the earlier Anniversary beers. A full bodied ale.

O - This is good. Very strong. Needs to be served in small quantities and consumed slowly, not just because of the potency, either.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, light char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/char/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, light char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a big fan of their other Anniversary beers so far, but it's getting a little overboard with 16 different malts, 16 hops, 16%, etc... although I applaud them on keeping up with the theme, but how much longer can they do it?!

Pours a darker mocha colored slightly creamy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice high water mark of lacing, surprising head for 16% abv beer, essentially pitch black beer with no real light coming through.

Nose is quite complex, various waves of malts come in, starting with a big caramel toffee sweet syrupy malt, and quickly a wave of cocoa, dark chocolate and vanilla come in, then a light roast and coffee, a little toasted malt, before again another wave of caramel, syrupy molasses, toffee, brandy soaked raisins, plums, dark fruits, light fluffy nougat, chewy dark malt, some warming booze with slightest hint of phenols, hint of earthy hops and maybe a bit grassy, and later even a bit nutty.

Taste is just as complex, waves of malts again... again starting with lots of caramel, creamy nougat, some toffee, nutty malts and candy flavors, molasses, brown sugar, etc. Plenty of warming tingly booze comes through, it's quite hot actually, with a hint of boozey fusel like flavor, and more cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate covered brandy soaked raisin, light date and fig, powdered cocoa esp, before more caramel again trying to steal the show. Earthy spicy hops come through in the background, a bit overbearing at times, but balanced by the big sweetness of the huge malt bill almost too sweet but also almost too bitter, and a bit of bitterness coming from a light roasted malt or carafa in the background as well. Finish is long, mouth coating malts, dark chocolate, fig, roast, a bit of a soy sauce, chewy malts, caramel, and a lot more of the earthy spicy nagging hops.

Mouth is full bodied, rich, thick, chewy almost, mouth coating, decent carb, plenty boozy.

Overall nice, complex and fairly tasty, but a bit too much. The hops and malts both go overboard it seems and don't meld well, just like I thought ahead of time adding so many of each brings a bit too much and its like a hodge podge of random flavors in my mouth that all want to take over but fight each other. It's fairly crazy. Too sweet, too bitter and hoppy, too much dark malt, too much booze, too much of just about everything. Maybe they need to quit while their ahead before it gets to 20 of everything and just destroys the palate. 13 and 14 were both phenomenal, 15 was starting to slip, and 16 seems to really begin to take a down turn. Maybe it's time to start a new series...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/2/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a 6oz flight glass (maximum sized serving available).

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, licorice, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong licorice flavor that is quickly followed by a significant alcohol sting. There are background flavors of dark fruit and chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a decent balance for such a strong ABV beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent sipper to drink for a while.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 529 ratings.
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