Monday, May 27, 2013

Shmaltz Brewing Co - He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale


 Style: American Strong Ale
ABV: 16%

Fun Fact About the Brewery:

Oy vey, where to start? I mean there's at least 2 puns in beer name alone. Shmaltz Brewing, based in both San Francisco and upstate New York, is the contract brewer for both He'Brew beers and Coney Island Craft Lagers. They really go for broke with Jewish theme, as you can see on their web site, but it's all in good fun. Fun fact about the author: the first time I became aware of the classic Jewish movie stereotype was in "Independence Day." Remember Jeff Goldblum's dad in that movie? Oh my goodness.


Wow, yeah, that 16% ABV is not a typo, nor is it a joke. This is a "hot" one as beer nerds are known to say. The heaps and loads of malt and the other purported 16 ingredients do not exactly hide the alcohol, but it's not completely overwhelming. It's a good sipping beer, similar but different compared to a bourbon barrel stout. The strongest flavor that stands out beyond the roasted malt and chocolate is a bit of plum sweetness, or perhaps cherry. Hard to tell exactly. Anyways, pretty wild and unique beer and I'm glad I picked it up a while back.


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