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

He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary AleHe'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale
531 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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1/5  rDev -74.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, it's the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, so I guess I'll have a beer! For some crazy reason, this comes in a bomber. I may regret drinking this alone.

A moderate pour into a goblet produces a big, frothy cocoa head. It looks like a chocolate milk shake. After 3-4 minutes, it recedes to something much more delicate, like the crema on espresso. It even coats the glass like crema. The beer itself is surprisingly dark, but unsurprisingly viscous-looking.

This smells boozy, which comes as no shock. I'm picking up leather, coffee, toffee, and chocolate. There is a definite hop presence that emerges as it warms. How does it taste?

Whoa! There is nothing subtle about this beer. Hot, sweet, resinous, and bitter, with lots of roasty notes. It's not out of balance, but everything is just a little too intense. As it warms, it gets a little fruity and a little chocolatey.

Carbonation is good, which is a relief for a beer with this much body and stickiness.

This is a sipper, for sure. But unlike some high-alcohol beers, it is not a challenge to drink. I think it's going to be a nice evening.

2 MONTHS LATER: Almost immediately after reviewing this, I started wanting it again. So I bought a bottle, and sat on it until tonight. Maybe it was the changes to the site that allowed 1/4-point increments, and maybe it was the effect of a couple of months in the bottle, but the second time around, I felt like this beer needed slightly higher values on every metric. It's good stuff.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4.55/5  rDev +17%

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3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-16 malts, 16 hops, 16%abv.

A: Dark plum exit, is midnight black in the vessel with a rush of golden micro-bead carbonation bubbles. Dark desert khaki head is solid in form, with a smooth fine whispy sand appearence. Head strong retention with a nice film lacing of decent coverage.

S: Caramel cocoa and fine roast, very smooth, polished with some dark fruit.

T: Flavor of dark sweet malt, dark fruit of sugar plums, figs and sugar roast. Burnt molasses, sweet fennel and chocolate sweetness along with some dough. Spicy dry rum alcohol, cinnamon with some warm honey and sweet licorice all tangling together. The alcohol is spicy but very managable. Finishes off with some dry rum and coffee notes.

M: Medium full body, cough syrup consistency, no carbonation with a warming alcohol sensation. Spicy dry alcohol mention.

O: Overall a bit sweet upfront when young, maybe some aging will settle things down. Warming alcohol nice complexity. Sweetness may hold this back in quantity and a bit in quality.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kaseydad
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Note....let this warm to complete warm temperature. Almost more than that.

Beautiful looking brew. Nice dark chocolate color with a big-time beige foamy head that stays.

Aroma - Getting some nice roasted malts here. Sweet chocolate. Raw leather. Plums. Prunes. Decent alcohol whiffs.

The taste is huge chocolate. Like a chocolate whoppers shake. Cocoa powder also with a boozy malty finish. The booze is present but not overly assertive. Nice biting hops during and after the swallow. Very tiny alcohol burn on the swallow but amazingly light for a big 16% beer.

Slick mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated.

Overall I'm impressed yet again. To blend 16 malts and 16 hops and make something out of it takes a very talented group. Shmaltz continues to do it year after year after year. It may not be for everyone, but if you know what this is going in, enjoy it. An enjoyable sipping beer that I see really becoming even more after a year lay down.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep dark brown, almost black, with a full one-inch head that was the color of toasted marshmallows with some red highlights. The head was down to a whisper right quick. This beer has an intense smell: lots of malt, molasses, pine, alcohol, brown sugar, and anise. For me, the alcohol taste was up front and was too over-powering - I felt that it was ringing in my head. Initially, a very sweet taste, like booze-soaked prunes, syrupy; then, the sour, tartness and aromatic notes of pine and menthol take over. The lacing that was present early disappeared without a trace. A sipper of a beer, and as it warmed, the alcohol odor and taste, sadly, began to overpower the experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is all over the place with flavor. Smell and up front flavor reminds me a lot of Scottish heavies that I've had. Very sweet and malty, lots of chocolate and spice. The best thing going for this is the absolutely mastadonic ABV, and how absolutely none of it comes through in the flavor. It is smooth, creamy and black as pitch. Not too expensive, and certainly unique. Make sure you have someone to share it with.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a bottle.

A - At what point does dark brown become black? That's kinda the color this beer pours, with small sparkles of ruby and a few fingers of beige head.

S - It smells, first and foremost, like booze, all up in your nostrils. A touch of maltiness, a touch of fruitiness (cherries/dates/etc.), a twinge of chocolate, but mostly booze. Not unpleasant -- more or less what you'd expect from a beer like this, except even boozier.

T - It's a hot mess, but ... a good hot mess? If that makes sense. Sweet, almost a dried-fruit first pass with plenty of sugars and roasted notes, and then hops and toffee on the back end. But honestly, that's sort of inadequate by way of description. There's so much going in here that it's hard to pick out one or two dominant flavors. Your mileage may vary here -- I happen to like the melange.

M - Smooth on the front, with a hint of bubbles and a lot of coffee feel to it. But man, is it heavy on the back end. On the other hand, what did you expect from a 16% beer with this much stuff in it?

O - Turn your hats backward and do some arm-wrestlin', y'all, cause this beer is Over The Top. I guess that's created some ambivalence here at BA but I dunno -- it pushes boundaries, but not insanely so, and it does taste like the sum of a whole rather than like a bunch of disparate parts. Not the greatest beer in the world, but worth a bomber or two if you can find it, for sure.

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1/5  rDev -74.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours opaque, maybe the darkest strong ale I've seen. Mocha head has a creamy look to it. Some lace, but I think the high abv makes it slide back into the glass, so not very much stickage.

Aroma - roasty grains, some initial citrusy sweetness that fades quickly. Some alcohol esters appear after it sets up. Smells like a strong stout.

Taste - big sweet malts, huge and boozy. Caramel and syrupy, quite cloying, yet the hops do make an impact. It starts to wind down with an immense alcohol heat taking over, but then the dry bitterness peeks out. As the alcohol bite fades, the hop bitterness strengthens, leaving a dry and unmistakeable hoppy finish. The alcohol is a bit too brash, and while the hops don't have a terrific amount of depth, they are really vital to balance out the high maltiness of the brew.

Mouthfeel - a light syrupy feel. They do well to ramp up the carbonation as high as it is, this beer is big and needs some bubbles. The body is full, as about any beer with 16 malts in it would be.

Drinkability - I'm torn. I tend to really dig all Schmaltz beer, but this one I don't know. I wouldn't call it a hot mess, but there is some mild chaos afoot. Cellarable? I don't know - if the hops disappear, this is one malt monster, which might be really cool if I thought the hot alcohol bite would taper over time.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 531 ratings
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