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

He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary AleHe'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale
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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary AleHe'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from SliverX a while back. I've been very impressed with He'Brew so far, so this one comes much anticipated.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark brown and yields a 1+ finger, looser, creamy colored yellow head with poor retention. Head is really fizzy and cracks down to a ring only rather fast. Bistre brown body with medium levels of carbonation. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Decent body here, but a very poor head.

SMELL: Big nose on this one with dark fruits, like plumbs, dates and grapes, read wine aromas, spicy notes and a good dose of alcohol. Notes of molasses and brown sugar as well. Bold and impressive, with lots of complexity. Quite alcoholic as well.

TASTE: Very boozy right off the bat. Dark fruits again, dates and plumbs, dark grapes, molasses, and lots of spicy alcohol at the swallow. Bold finish of molasses, burnt brown sugar, raisins, some bitter dark chocolate and lots of spicy alcohol. Cinnemon and ginger in there as well. Despite the booze, this is still very flavorful and complex.

PALATE: Medium body and a touch higher levels of carbonation. A bit light on the palate, though expected perhaps, creamy enough, goes down alright with a burn at the swallow and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is excellent stuff, and is more confirmation that Shmaltz makes awesome strong ales. No problem finishing this bottle solo. I'm a big fan of the Jewbelation series, but will admit that this one is even getting to the limits of my alcohol tollerance. This might be a good place to end this series, as a 17% and then an 18% beer might just be a bridge too far. Regardless, this one was great and I'm happy to have been able to experience it the way it was meant to be experienced. Solo watching PGA Golf. Thanks again SliverX.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, 2012

appeared very dark brown, a thin khaki colored head. good head retention. smell is fairly sweet, with fusel alcohol fumes so its a bit harsh, with some licorice and tobacco. the taste starts herbal, slightly roasty, bready, then quite a bit of alcohol burn in the finish. the mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, which works.

overall - no questioning the strength of this beer. for the first time in the Jewbelation series, the alcohol comes through big time. I guess it was inevitable.
took a long time to drink the whole bottle.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is heavy with molasses, brown sugar, burnt sugar, prune, raisin, booze, and chocolate cake/frosting. Very aromatic nose on this one. The taste has very similar characteristics, except for having a hint of soy and gingerbread. More spicy than the sent implies, with some allspice, gingerbread, pumpkin, yam, and cinnamon. Tons of sweet, sugary flavors. Burnt sugar with a ton of molasses and dark fruits. Very sweet and boozy. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Drinkability is fair. Overall, the 16% alcohol is leveled nicely within this beer. This is better than the other Anniversary years in my opinion. Surprisingly enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74.3% out of 100 with 530 ratings
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