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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 530 |  Reviews: 142
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A strong ale? This beer pours like an imperial stout! Thick, burnt molasses brown and opaque. The head is an oak yellow brown that starts out thick but fades to a rainbow oil slicked cluster of bubbles. For sure a worthy looking beer for a 16th anniversary.

Deep rich nose of dark fruits and heavily roasted grains with hints of coconut. Again the nose is stout-ish and as it warms the scents get more complex. This is becoming a more and more impressive beer.

The taste is the first point where the sweet 16 jives from the stout formula. Instead of chocolate and coffee roasted malts this brew is more dark fruit, hops and sweet cereal. There is an overall boozy undertone that is masked nicely by the dark fruit flavors but still there. This one for sure is a sipper.

I feel this beer slips in the mouthfeel department. It's very thick and sweet that leaves you with an overly coated mouth. I do like how the grain notes and boozy burn lingers but I've had better strong ales and for sure better stouts. All in all, this is a solid beer. I can feel it coming on and I like most of its angles. Well done shmaltz brewing, I'm glad I've got two of these bombers.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Its suprisingly very dark. Black, opaque in fact. Big medium-brown colored head. Little lacing. Looks like a stout.

Smell: Its a little strange at first, but its growing on me. Medicinal and boozy. Dark fruit. Roasty, sweet malt, and some hops.

Taste: I'm again surprised by this beer. The taste is very good. I expected the ridiculous "complexity" of the malt bill would lead to a total muddled mess. It is a bit messy, but it works. It is quite hot and boozy, but doesn't taste medicinal. Very roasty without being too harsh. Chocolate, dark toast, fruit, and roasted marshmallows. Very sweet. There's a pretty prominent but amorphous hops flavor, but not so much that it becomes like a black IPA.

Mouthfeel: I expected a bit fuller feel, but that would have been too much with the sweetness. Slight drying in the finish really helps, and a bit more carbonation would too.

Overall: For the fourth time, I'm surprised. Tasty beer with a bit of a weird smell. The abv is out of hand.

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Photo of timjr2500
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Darker than dark. Reddish tint to the head that fades quickly. Slides down the glass slowly as it returns to the deep richness.

Smells of strong dark malts, slight roastiness, warm alcohol in the nose. Very slight bits of chocolate.

Tastes rich and sweet with a warming alcohol flavor. Fades into a sweet chocolate and slight roast flavor.

Syrupy, bold, dense. Matches the look perfectly.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Some say its gimmicky but I love a good gimmick. And I love Jewish brewers with a sense of humor. This beer, in my opinion, goes far beyond the gimmick though and delivers a fantastic flavor and drinking experience. Very warm, very strong. I would defnitely buy another if I was sharing it. Wouldn't be able to finish a bottle by myself, but for a 16% beer, it is quite drinkable and enjoyable. I would reccomend it on a cold day. Or a warm day. Or any day that you want to have a good roasty beer.

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

Appearance: pours a dark down almost black color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: big malt sweetness and a big boozy nose.

Taste: very malt centric beer. Brown sugar, molasses, prunes, dark bread, a moderate bitterness, and a large alcohol presence makes this a very warming beer.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Some dryness arrives late. Long lasting aftertaste as the booziness lingers in the mouth.

Overall: a big bold beer that is a very slow sipper. I cracked this open while watching some March Madness hoops, and this would go better as a nightcap in front of a fireplace.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip at cellar temp.

Deep, dark brown color with mahogany edges, and very little head. Zero lacing, which was to be expected. Looks serious. Because it is.

Aromas contain an s-load of molasses... seriously, it's almost like opening a jar of it. Beyond that, we have dark chocolate, heavy alcohol burn, and kiss of caramel.

Thick, cloying mouthfeel is what grips the palate first... but frankly, it's no worse than 12% Older Viscosity - in fact, it might be easier to drink. Flavor is full of the aforementioned molasses, along with lots of toffee, bittersweet chocolate, and saccharine. Malt-forward? Um, YES!

Have had the last 3 from Shmaltz, all when fresh... always impressed with the epic ABV. This one is approaching Jump the Shark status, but not quite there. Maybe #17 or 18?

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - black with just a hint of light getting through the bottom, thumb of head retaining very well with consistent lacing given the high alcohol
s - big molasses, raisins, coffee, earthy, and well blended alcohol
T - much like the nose I find the dominant flavour to be molasses maltiness with notes of coffee, raisins, cocoa, and relatively subtle alcohol
M - heavy with appropriate carbonation, thick and smooth through the middle with the alcohol making its presence know through the finish as it warms the innards, but you would never suspect it being as high octane as it is
O - much like the 15 this brew is big but extremely tasty and drinkable given its high octane nature, i have one put away to age at the moment but will definitely be picking up at least one more to drink now and likey another to age longer

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

According to the LCBO sticker on the bottle, this is 14.5%

Pours black with edges of amber. A frothy dark brown head lasts a while then dissipates to a ring on the glass. Enormous fresh malt nose. Molasses, stewed fruit and chocolate mix with some tobacco and spiciness. The taste is intensely malty, with a sweet, chocolate syrup character at first then prunes, tofee, sherry and cocoa with alcohol heat is prominent throughout. The mouthfeel is oily and thick, with a light, subtle carbonation. The finish is lightly booziness with a soft eucalyptus hop flavor.

This is an interesting super strong American Ale. Visually like a stout but a malt flavor profile much more like an English Barleywine. Huge malt flavors and a good alcohol kick, a great sipper.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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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