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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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and slight cocoa. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a good smell but the taste is pretty boozy and strong.

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Photo of Schmuckles
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

A - Pours black in color with a toffee cream colored lacing ring, swirl the glass and the lacing ring thickens.

S - Dark fruit, oak, bourbon, light char and alcohol.

T - Dark roasted caramel, dark fruit, oak, bourbon, and alcohol.

M - Thick, heavy body, sticky, viscous.

O - For 16% the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in this beer.

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Photo of mkennedy119
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of mtalley999
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of the darkest brown, giving no light at all around the edges. It holds a two finger head of soft, creamy light brown bubbles. This shows great retention, and is easily reproducible. Thick sheets of lacing are left down the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears moderate, but slow, in this goopy beverage. The nose is initially heavy with tin and aluminum. Warmth brings out a baked raisin bread sweetness and spice, with caramel malts, and faint bready esters on the back. Booze is biting and equally as warming as the malty backbone, where it takes on an additional woody or oaky quality with buttery diacetyls, giving the impression of something barrel aged. White sugar sweetness is thick, mixing with enhanced syrupy sweetness of the booze, giving cherry and plum fruitiness. Our first impression is that the opening is very, very sweet, but this falls quickly to a more bittered, cleaner ending. As we sip, the taste gives buttered wood, fig sugars, hot booze, metallics, and synthetic apple flavoring. Toffee sweetness and lightly bittered molasses pull us to the peak which is characterized by that massively malty, bready sweetness of the nose and boozy cherry syrups. The transition to the finish gives more biting metallic bitterness and thick black coffee malts with a bit of a roast. There is light chalkiness amongst the onslaught of grain, with dark fruity sweetness of black cherries and plum, with black pepper booze to boot. The aftertaste gives citric and grassy hops out of nowhere, with heavy fusel booze, caramel malts, salt water taffy, echoes of coffee, metallic yeastiness, synthetic cherry flavoring, and the almond booziness of Disaronno. The body is completely full, and the carbonation is bubbly and moderate. There is supreme slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, with a thick, thick coating left around the mouth. There is little ultimate dryness to the mouth, but things are slightly puckered and left smoothly calmed. The abv is massive, giving a big warming quality to it. This is a definite sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the robustness of the aroma. If there was one word to describe this beer it would be “rich”. The feel is intensely silky and soft, with generous coating and boozy fire from the abv. This follows a syrupy sweet and monstrously malty flavoring, with nectars and fruit laying it low with sugars. This, however, is not as hearty as the nose, which gives a shade more complexity to the experience. The hops were also hard to find, giving the balance to the malty side. This beer is over the top on pretty much every level, but hey, for anyone celebrating their sixteenth, opulence is a requisite.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle, import sticker on the back states the abv. at only 15.2%. Pours out a dense opaque pitch black hue, with a tight beige head that retains to a thick cap.

Sharp alcohol and intense dark dried fruits in the aroma, cocoa and dry sherry.

Flavour is intense with cocoa, roasted malt and dark dried fruits, while a port-like booziness is omnipresent throughout. Malty sweetness is cut by and almost dominated by the alcohol, giving the overall flavour a dry characteristic.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and somewhat sticky, carbonation is very low yet overall it all feels heavy across the palate.

Certainly drinkable for such a high abv. beer, yet in the end basically comes down to big sweet malt and big dry boozy alcohol in a never-ending tussle, with no reprieve and no alteration to the mix. Okay on its own, but I still prefer the 13 in comparison to their former line up, He'Brew peaked there and still hasn't surpassed that, it was a world class beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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