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)

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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Ratings: 530 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of FanofHefe
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Chimay chalice at Global Brew in O'Fallon, IL. Dark body, nearly black and no light penetration. A one-finger dark tan head that doesn't hang around too long and leaves only a bit of lacing.

Not a very complex aroma. Mostly dark fruit with some roasted barley notes.

The flavor is relatively decent. A tasty blend of dark fruit, roasted malt, with a bit of smokiness. Dark chocolate, tobacco, and licorice come through in the background. More complex than I would have expected from the aroma.

Quite a bit more notice of the alcohol than I would normally like, which detracts. Overall, a decent brew.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan. I thought it was way too hot and the amount of ingredients they used didn't meld together well enough for me. I don't mind a hot alcohol beer but the alcohol in this had a cheap burn to it, almost like drinking vodka out of a plastic bottle. The various hops and malts were a mess together also. I will say that I would be curious to try this again years down the road because it's possible that it just needs time to mellow out and to let everything come together a little better.

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Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MCDub
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep espresso colored and opaque body. It has a flat appearance with no head or activity.

Smells like molasses and cough syrup. There's a hint of raisin.

The taste is blackstrap molasses, raisin, cardboard, and extremely boozy. It's very sweet.

The mouthfeel is syrupy, sweet, and hot like NyQuil. It's the consistency of nighttime medication.

This beer was way too hot and syrupy compared to some of their previous anniversary beers. Laying it down for a while could take care if the boozy part, but I don't know about the texture.

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Photo of Huffaroma
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Schwantz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JLG193
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GPHarris
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a half finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark brown.
s - burnt chocolate aromas.
t - burnt chocolate with some dark fruit flavors and a hint of piney hops. boozy as most jewbelations are at first.
m - medium and coating.
o - i've always been a fan of the jewbelation beers and this one is no exception. i think this one will improve with age as they all do.

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Photo of mjohnson17
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Mattyb79
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 16% abv. Black in color, with some slight ruby edges. Head fades quickly, but there is a nice tan collar. Nice spots of lace cling to the sides after every sip.

Big booze in the nose. Some roasty notes, as well as ripe, dark fruit. Figs, raisins and dates come to mind. Hints of dark chocolate.

Some sweetness up front but not overwhelming. Nice roasty character with dark chocolate notes. Hints of fruit, but rather restrained.

Medium body, with lower carbonation. Not syrupy but not too far off. Alcohol is very big, but not overwhelming. I like this, maybe a bit of age will make this even better. Good stuff.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black/deep brown body, khaki finger head,
sexy lacing

S: BIG boozy, ripe fruit, dates, figs, sweet bready malt

T: big sweet ripe fruit, lots of bready malt, HUGE boozy finish

M: med/heavy body, chewy/smooth mouth

O: He'Brew is great beer for the money, but
this one is just way too boozy and probably
needs almost a year or two to settle down.
Far too boozy for my taste.


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Photo of nakedninjaturtle
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown with a fizzy soda head in both sound and appearance that disappears immediately.

S - Chocolate covered caramel, dark fruits, toffee. This is a dessert lovers dream. All kinds of toffee, butterscotch and chocolate covered candy. Light grassy hops.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee, chocolate, raisins, prunes, brown sugar, some fruity and grassy hops, molasses. Similar to aroma. Tastes like every piece of chocolate, toffee, caramel candy wrapped into one.

M - Medium to full and slightly sticky. Low carbonation with a good amount of alcohol warming.

D - Very complex in a sweet candy type of way. A little too sweet for my tastes but interesting.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This oughtta do me in for a NYE beer! Pours an opaque black color with a rich froth of brown head. Nice retention and lacing...a god looking brew all-around.

Nose is sweet jujubees with fruit and alcohol galore. Nose is bold and alcoholic, but seems pretty manageable with sweet, dark maltiness leading the way.

Ohhh, this is rich. Sweet and cloying for sure...sticky and big. Whatever other words you might have for an overbearing brew would fit here. Surprisingly it is not too hot though, maybe the rich maltiness keeps it from being a fire-breather, but it lacks the finesse and deliciousness of say, a WWS or Black Tuesday. An interesting brew indeed, might be a good candidate for the cellar? Just waaay too much right now. Its somewhat tasty now but I can see some oxidation helping out the malt flavors.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blackish brown and opaque with a thick and frothy head of dimpled foam that lingers long. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon, some woody notes. Rich flavors of darkly roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, espresso, slight cherry tang, pine board, hints of smoke, raisins, root beer, dried leaves, and charred bark. Amazingly complex flavors. The sky-high ABV is fairly subdued. Good beer overall, a sipper for sure.

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Photo of kell50
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Scott_at_Beer_Frog
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Cjalbers
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Marty30
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 530 ratings.
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