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

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Oakenator
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown/black with no light showing through the beer. Light brown colored head that billows decently at pour and disappates to a solid rim around the glass. No lacing present. Aroma is a dark malt bomb yet sweet - dark molasses. Taste confirms lots of malts with a band of bitter through the middle and dominating the finish. Alcohol presence hard to avoid at this strength, but lingers nicely with dark chocalate malt flavor.

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Photo of hackmann
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
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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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

No bottled on date.
Poured or should I say decanted?) into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours an intimidating, menacing and impenetrable black with a thick, 2 finger dark khaki head which sticks around for a surprisingly long time for a 16% ABV beer. As it recedes, it even leaves plenty of lacing. Nice and big alcohol legs stream down the glass as you drink the ale.

Aroma: Rich, dark chocolate, herbal hops, a nice vanilla foundation from the presumed oak aging. Surprisingly little alcohol in the nose. It's there but it really just further accentuates the spicy hop component. It does become more apparent as the beer acclimates towards room temperature.

Taste: Notes of dark chocolate immediately which give way to a big alcohol soaked cherries, some nice vanilla highlights. Dark Russian rye bread intermingled with toasted nuts and earthy hops towards the end of the taste. Finishes dry, with bitter hops and a bit too harsh of a spicy alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with tons of viscosity. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A somewhat complex beer that just has a bit too strong of an alcohol presence. While it's hard to hide 16% ABV in a beer, it is possible. Also for being brewed with 16 different hops and 16 different malts, it definitely doesn't showcase them much. I've had beers made with 2 varieties of both malt and hops that offered more depth and complexity than this brew. Overall, I'd only recommend this if you're in the mood for a crazy high ABV beer and this is the only one on the shelf.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of peensteen
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour nearing black, one finger of tan head, little lace as well. Big malt bill, lightly roasty, liquorice, big dank pine hops, sweet sugary notes, dark fruits, a bit of citrusy fruit as well, a little bit of warm alcohol is also there. Taste is upfront with dark malts and some roast, massive hop bitterness, pine and lots of dank flavours, some leafy cigar like flavours, finishes a bit boozey with a bit of a chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Light-med carb, full chewy body. Solid stuff here and a nice slow sipper, nice to knock this off over the course of 2 hours while watching a movie.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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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Photo of Pencible
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque light black with a moderate amount of thick tan head.
S: It smelled like juicy plumb and sweet raisin and milk chocolate, with some pumpernickel and citrus and toffee and...every other delicious scent imaginable.
T: It tasted like rich chocolate and dark fruits and sweet caramel, with some citrus and tropical fruits and bready yeast. It had a clean and sugary sweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was thick and chewy with a little carbonation. Huge body.
D: I love these beers every year, and this is no exception. The scent and taste were vastly complex and super delicious. The body was nearly perfect, and the finish was pretty smooth. So it was pretty easy to drink, despite some heat, but I preferred sipping it. I'm sure this would age forever, it was also great fresh. Excellent brew.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LCBO labs peg this beer at 14.5%, rather than the advertised 16%.

Beer is black with a smallish tan head. Head fades quite quickly. Looks like a stout.

Smell is very malt-heavy. Caramel, chocolate, anise, a bit of a wood scent. Some hop scents are present, but drowned out- a bit of pine and grass.

Taste is similar to the nose. Malt heavy, lots of caramel and toffee, with licorice and some chocolate. Booze is, not surprisingly, pretty heavy. I don't pick the hops in any meaningful way. While generally quite sweet, there is a notable bitterness to the finish.

Full bodied for sure. Moderately carbonated. Tons of alcohol heat. Sitcky.

Overall, pretty good but too much alcohol heat. Perhaps it would get more drinkable with time, but for now I would say it is a somewhat enjoyable but not very drinkable beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pleasant surprise to see hitting the shelves in Northern Ontario at the local LCBO... Not to mention in solid volumes as well.

A - Pours pitch black with a brown hue on the edges, thumb of dark mocha head, decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Chalky cocoa, molasses and toffee, hints of black licorice, leather and a touch of smoke.

T - The chalky cocoa, molasses and toffee dominate, the black licorice comes through on the finish alongside some ABV heat and sweetness. The black licorice lingers alongside hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

M - Lighter bodied, syrupy and sticky with a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - This brew isn't for the faint of heart, but it boasts a lot of flavour and given the high ABV it's surprisingly drinkable. I wish I had the 15th Anniversary to do a side by side to see how different the flavour profile was. I'll hang on to an extra bottle in the off chance that the LCBO manages to bring in the 17th edition.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.

A - Poured deep black with one finger of mocha brown head.

S - Sweet caramel, roast, piney hop presence and some noticeable alcohol.

T - A huge piney hop presence accompanies a big bitterness up front. Tobacco, roast, licorice and a big warming alcohol presence. Very robust overall.

M - Full body; thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of pcguitarwzrd
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter. My favorite words.

A: Midnight black with chocolate quick-fading head. Beautiful.

S: Honestly, mostly booze. Some nice chocolate and coffee notes though.

T: Like a symphony, multiple movements...massive caramel-toffee, giving way to booze and hops, finishing with intense espresso. Sweet, boozy, hoppy, everything. Amazing.

M: Thick and rich like hot chocolate. Even the monstrous ABV can't quite dry this one out, but this is an aftertaste I don't mind tasting for a while.

O: An absolutely amazing and intense experience, not for the faint of heart or the casual beer drinker. Great as a dessert or to celebrate a special occasion. If you're looking for refreshment or a casual drink with a meal this is NOT it.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Brandywine
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Two and a half fingers of a gorgeous mocha brown head. Black as pitch. Epic alcohol legs don't even slide down the glass.

Smell: Molasses, dark sweet chocolate, bourbon, burnt sugar, booze.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate, booze, roasted notes, sweet malt, maybe some dark fruit like a fig or raisin.

Mouthfeel: Full and syrupy without being cloying. Carbonation isn't super noticeable but that's not surprising.

Overall: The nose and the mouth get partially over run by the booze in this brew. The other flavors are great but its hard to appreciate them. With a year of age on this, I believe it'll be freaking fantastic but it needs time to mellow.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a strong licorice, molasses, and more licorice.
The taste is bold: licorice, molasses and smooth roasted malt. The alcohol is there in the background.
The texture is heavy with low carbonation.
Pretty tasty and hides the 16% pretty well.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of korguy123
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think the only beer in the Winter release I was actually excited to get. I'll have to pick up another bottle or 2 next pay.

Bottle into snifter.

Well it's a big, thick pouring dark brown/black beer with a finger and a bit creamy tan head. Lacing is minimal considering the abv. This is listed as 16% on the bottle is a LCBO sticker saying 14.5%. Regardless this is sure to be a monster.

Right off the bat is super sweet malts, and than a punch of alcohol in the nostrils. Dark stone fruits, bread pudding, vanilla, brown sugar, rum soaked dates, coffee, chocolate and the list goes on. There really is a lot going on in here. It also has the signature He'Brew aroma that I've come to know from their other big bottle releases in the last while.

Leather, tobacco, than transforming to alcohol, dates and figs, burnt toast and coffee. There is a warmness from the alcohol that is good for the cold snap we've been getting lately. This is a big bold beer but there is a lot more going on in the nose than the taste. Perhaps it isn't warm enough...

Medium body, decent carbonation and a wallop of booze on the middle of the tongue.

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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 532 ratings
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