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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Photo of mportnoy
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a big fan of their other Anniversary beers so far, but it's getting a little overboard with 16 different malts, 16 hops, 16%, etc... although I applaud them on keeping up with the theme, but how much longer can they do it?!

Pours a darker mocha colored slightly creamy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice high water mark of lacing, surprising head for 16% abv beer, essentially pitch black beer with no real light coming through.

Nose is quite complex, various waves of malts come in, starting with a big caramel toffee sweet syrupy malt, and quickly a wave of cocoa, dark chocolate and vanilla come in, then a light roast and coffee, a little toasted malt, before again another wave of caramel, syrupy molasses, toffee, brandy soaked raisins, plums, dark fruits, light fluffy nougat, chewy dark malt, some warming booze with slightest hint of phenols, hint of earthy hops and maybe a bit grassy, and later even a bit nutty.

Taste is just as complex, waves of malts again... again starting with lots of caramel, creamy nougat, some toffee, nutty malts and candy flavors, molasses, brown sugar, etc. Plenty of warming tingly booze comes through, it's quite hot actually, with a hint of boozey fusel like flavor, and more cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate covered brandy soaked raisin, light date and fig, powdered cocoa esp, before more caramel again trying to steal the show. Earthy spicy hops come through in the background, a bit overbearing at times, but balanced by the big sweetness of the huge malt bill almost too sweet but also almost too bitter, and a bit of bitterness coming from a light roasted malt or carafa in the background as well. Finish is long, mouth coating malts, dark chocolate, fig, roast, a bit of a soy sauce, chewy malts, caramel, and a lot more of the earthy spicy nagging hops.

Mouth is full bodied, rich, thick, chewy almost, mouth coating, decent carb, plenty boozy.

Overall nice, complex and fairly tasty, but a bit too much. The hops and malts both go overboard it seems and don't meld well, just like I thought ahead of time adding so many of each brings a bit too much and its like a hodge podge of random flavors in my mouth that all want to take over but fight each other. It's fairly crazy. Too sweet, too bitter and hoppy, too much dark malt, too much booze, too much of just about everything. Maybe they need to quit while their ahead before it gets to 20 of everything and just destroys the palate. 13 and 14 were both phenomenal, 15 was starting to slip, and 16 seems to really begin to take a down turn. Maybe it's time to start a new series...

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Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany brown color where light passes only through the glass edge. Starts with a moderate, beige head. Very little lace--just a couple of spots. The head dies to nothing rather quickly.

Dark malts are blended with a strong alcohol warmth. Lots of semi-sweet chocolate.

Very, very rich body but it also has a high carbonation. Strong, brandy-like alcohol presence and warmth. This is an extreme beer with the alcohol burn in the swallow. Plenty of darker malts--crystal and chocolate. Moderate sweetness. No hop.

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Photo of dorkinajeep
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of roblowther
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass. Strong ale indeed! I quake a bit. But, let's dive in. Looks like a stout. Black as coal, reddish brown creamy head that soon leaves no trace of its passing. Smell is intriguing. Strawberries, vanilla, and cotton candy. The look and the smell of this beer are not acquainted with each other. Taste is grainy hops up front, then a wallop of roasted malt and syrupy sweetness, followed by a mild grassy finish and a definite warmth on the way down. The middle has a biscuitiness and it threatens to taste as roasted as it looks but backs off before it has to get serious about the affair. Very interesting. There is a lot going on here. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated maple syrup. But slippery. Also interesting. This beer is a meal in a glass for sure. Overall, I like it. Its a sipping beer for sure, and one for the right occasion or surroundings, but one I intend to keep sipping. L'Chaim!

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown/black, with asolid one inch milk chocolate head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam. No lacing was evident, but this is a used glass.

Booze and esters are evident initially, with sherry and brandy notes dominating. There's a molasses sweetness present at the finish. Dark cherries, fig, and raisins add complexity. There's substantial fusel alcohol present. How am I going to get through the bomber?!?!

Sweet malt coats the mouth initially, molasses and brown sugar giving way to dark fruit esters of prunes, cherries, and raisins, with alcohol subsequently swooping in and stealing the show. The fusel flavor of ethanol is a bit overwhelming. There's respite in the hop bitterness at the finish. Chocolate and licorice emerge as it warms.

Body is syrupy, thick, with minimal carbonation and burning alcohol warmth.

Very very obvious that this is a 16%abv brew. I really wish I could've laid this one down for 5-10 years. It has promise. The esters that are already present are very enjoyable, but the alcohol overwhelms the flavor profile. It's just too hot right now.

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Photo of MrJolly
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/2/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a 6oz flight glass (maximum sized serving available).

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, licorice, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong licorice flavor that is quickly followed by a significant alcohol sting. There are background flavors of dark fruit and chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a decent balance for such a strong ABV beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent sipper to drink for a while.

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Photo of jasewaaang
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.49. Bottled 10/22/12 (if I deciphered it correctly). Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a deep dark near-black brown with full frothy two fingers of dark tan head. Almost no lace at all.

Smell is heavy on the booze up front with some sweet sugar cookies.

The hot booze kicks off with other flavors of sweet candy sugar, figs, cake, sweet spices, molasses, slight smoke/char and malts. Alcohol is never far from the front. There is a whole lot going on and despite the burn it is very enjoyable.

Creamy, medium full body with moderate to low carbonation. Long hot sweet complex finish.

This is very hot but good. While the booze is relentless now, I think after 18-24 to mellow out this will be great. I plan to get at least one or two more to try again after it's had a couple years in my basement to think about what it's done.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the most extreme beer I have ever had. I have had all sorts of extreme beers but this was tough to drink. Its appearance is like motor oil. Black. it has a dark head that basically goes away, what you would expect. The smell is all over the place. Chocolate, burnt coffee, hops, mint, booze, booze and more booze. The taste is rough...a good rough. It was almost impossible to drink more than good sip. Very warming. The flavor is so extreme its hard to say what you get. Definitely roasted malt and the hop character in this beer is so all over the place, there are 16 different hopping stages in this brew, its hard to say, "yes this definitely had citra." but its in there. The warmer it got those dark malts and ryes take over. Very very strong malt flavor yet balanced by an arsenal of hops. Its a very very thick, full mouthfeel. Hard to tell if its the booze or the carbonation that leaves that acidic burning feeling in my mouth. But its not a problem. This beer is amazing. Get it. Its cheap and share it. Its very strong and I mean very strong and the flavor lets you know. But go for it. Its a great beer to try and then later discuss over one much easier to handle on your own.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz

Pours jet black, immense tan head dissipates to a film very slowly, fine texture.

Smells of figs, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, roasted nuts and cocoa.

Tastes super rich, coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, molasses, figs, apples, and bourbon. Some nutty bitterness hiding in there somewhere.

Full viscous body with light tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth and some booze warmth and sting.

This beer is huge. I've had World Wide Stout and 120 IPA from DFH which are both bigger beers, but this one FEELS bigger than those, and bigger than anything else I've had. It's really for sipping only and packs quite a punch. I love it, but I think this one is bordering on niche appeal due to it's wallop.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled boozy and sweet with a strong malty presence. Some floral notes, too.

T - Boozy, sweet flavor. Lots of caramel and maltiness. Slight bitter bite adds a little balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp. Not as sticky as some of the earlier Anniversary beers. A full bodied ale.

O - This is good. Very strong. Needs to be served in small quantities and consumed slowly, not just because of the potency, either.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of zachary80
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of Chico1985
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 everything! Thanks to cbutova for sharing this intimidating beast. This followed up Genealogy of Morals and Firestone 14 in a Black Friday tasting.

Quite dark, not quite black, red highlights. Tan head eventually forms a thick ring and slight cap, good for the ABV.

Sweet malts, molasses, dark fruit, some booze make up the scent.

Taste mostly follows the scent with caramel malts, molasses, dark fruit, some cocoa, light earthy hops. Decent flavor but seems very tame considering the size of the beer at hand.

Medium carbonation, medium body. It feels big and there is some booze, as to be expected, but this is quite drinkable at 16%.

Not a very remarkable flavor profile, but maintains a good balance - it's not "overly" anything like a lot of big beers (sweet, roasty, boozy, etc) - the surprisingly drinkability is a plus.

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Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 533 ratings