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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15He'Brew Genesis 15:15

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

235 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 49
Gots: 67 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 09-29-2011)
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Reviews by Pahn:
Photo of Pahn
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 1, bottled 9/7/2011.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch fizzy tan head that dissipates steadily and loudly, leaving no lacing. Pours a semi-translucent dark ruby. No lacing from the beer proper either, but points for being a pretty color.

Smell: From the bottle: whiskey and oak. From the glass: chocolate, sugary candy, oak, some grape. Maltiness is reminiscent of Jewbelation 13 (some of that ripe banana quality along with caramel and mild breadiness). Said maltiness comes to be the dominant aroma, which is nice as far as it goes, but a little one-note. Whiskey and pastry highlights bring the score from a 3.5 to a 4.0.

Taste: First sip: whoa, I'm amazed that the four fruit juices (pomegranate, fig, date, grape) come through and pair so well with the whiskey and oak. The juice provides a tanginess, and a pomegranate-and-grape-like fruit flavor (not distinctly any of the fruits, but reminiscent) that somehow matches the vanilla oak and spicy whiskey. Finish is heavy maltiness and caramel.

This beer has a lot of rich (malt, oak) vs. sharp (acid, alcohol) happening with it. Sharp wins by a clear margin, which wears on me a bit. I'd drop the score to 3.5, but I'm still impressed by how these flavors work together, and while the beer is decidedly not complex for a barrel aged barleywine, it comes through with enough nuances (spiciness, smokiness, emerging oily hop flavor, raisin, a little molasses) to keep me interested.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Creamy, with an almost unpleasant chewiness. Moderate carbonation. Long aftertaste. Less heat than you'd expect from a 13.4% ABV beer.

Overall: Not a homerun, but a solid double. Unusually for Shmaltz, the price isn't really right on this one... sure, $14 isn't that bad for a barrel aged beer, but it's not great either (and neither is the beer). Interesting and reasonably enjoyable, but some of the same things that keep it interesting (all the tangy, acidic fruit) keep me from loving it.

P.S. It took me over 6 hours to finish this 22oz bottle (doing other things, pacing myself to avoid drunk-dial strength intoxication, etc). By the end, the same "fruity tanginess mixed with whiskey and malt" was present in the beer, but I had fallen in love with it. Can't say if this is due to not-quite-drunk-dial strength intoxication, the beer being allowed to breath, or what, but in the end this beer was great.

Pahn, Dec 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of SkiBum22
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

A - This beer pours a thick and frothy tan colored head that holds very well for such a high ABV. A very dark mahogany color that you can see through just a little.

S - Very potent aromas of dark fruits such as figs, grapes, and prunes. Cocoa, bourbon, and a healthy vanilla aroma can also be detected.

T - Chocolate malts, bourbon, dark fruits, and it has a little hop bitterness. Bourbon, bitter chocolate, leather, and oak come out more as the beer warms.

M - Very sticky syrupy mouthfeel with a chewy heavy body and light carbonation.

O - This is my first brew that I've tried from this company and I'm very impressed. One of the better barley wines I have ever had. I wonder how one of these would do with some age on it.

SkiBum22, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +1%

Big thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside Jewbelation 15 and Funky Jewbelation.

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan to off-white head. The aroma has some rye and booze notes, as well as quite a bit of molasses and brown sugar. The flavor is a little more complex, with the maple notes really coming through. They are complimented by some brown sugar and caramel malt, as well as a good bit of alcohol. The beer is fairly sweet overall, but I think that works OK. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

Mora2000, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of 1Adam12
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

1Adam12, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

mjtiernan, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

22oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. batch no. 001/791. bottling date 9/7/2011.

pours out a very dark reddish brown color, nice ruby red hues in the light, good clarity. a big 2-3 fingers worth of tan/ khaki colored creamy heady,very good retention and some decent lace. some nice legs noticable as well.

very nice aroma. reminds me a lot of HotD- Matt. a very nice burnt caramel/ toffee, burnt sugars, almost a maple like sweetness. a whole range of dark fruits, figs, dates, even a touch of grape noticable, a nice slight vanilla like oaky woodiness, then some hot warming whiskey hits the nostrils.

similar to the aroma. big sweet, sticky caramel, burnt caramel sweetness. almost a bit of maple, burnt sugars. lots of dark fruits going on here, figs, dates, with some vinious grapey flavors as well. the rye whiskey barrel comes through in the end adding some nice heat, a bit of a whiskey like flavor, and a smooth vanilla oakiness.

sticky, very sweet, and very chewy mouthfeel, full bodied and a slightly lighter carbonation.

at first i didnt know if i was really going to enjoy this, came off a bit cloyingly sweet with loads of dark fruits. but as it opened up it really started becoming very enjoyable. id definatly buy more of this and would recommend this to any barleywine of HotD lover. still, it does have that signature hebrew flavor.

dogfishandi, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Blind Tasting and Review

Dark brown pour with auburn and dark ruby edges and a very thin light brown head. This leaves the glass oily and with spots of stick.

Very sweet aroma of toffee and caramel, mild wood presence, and red grapes. I don't detect bourbon specifically in the aroma. Maybe brandy?

Incredibly sweet flavor of toffee, caramel, earth, raisin, and grapes. The barrel addition presents a mild wood flavor, though a specific spirit is tough to discern. The alcohol is well masked.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

A hugely sweet BA barleywine with distinct and rich fruit presence--cloyingly sweet, though with lots of flavor. This isn't hugely drinkable because of the incredible level of sweetness.

ehammond1, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -4.5%

(Served in a snifter)
Batch 001 Case 791 Bottled 9/7/2011
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a faint sliver of light coming through at the base. There is a thick tan head with big bubbles making a second head before breaking down.

S- The big sweet syrupy malt aroma has fruit qualities like dates and dried figs in the finish.

T- The big boozy bourbon blends with sweet sugary caramel malt and some toffee characters come through as the beer warms. There is a dryness in the finish from pomegranates and a less sweet note overall in the finish. Some grape esters and bourbon wood hints come through and linger with a rye spice note aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a warming fizz to the finish.

O- The big sweetness is not cloying and the grapes and pomegranates really help to dry out the finish and add a unique twist to the finish. The depth is nice although a bit subtle but the other flavors need to grow a bit to help balance some of the sweetness.

rhoadsrage, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

Arguably beer of the year for me and barrel aged beer of the year for me if it were not for BCBS Rare.

For my palate, the best advise I could give is drink this beer ASAP. It's fantastic right now and I do not see age making it any better. If it looses any of that barrel profile going on right now it would not be the same. The ABV at 13.4% drinks more like a 10% beer and each sip leaves you begging for another looking for what complexities you will find next. Too easy to kill 22oz to yourself and the barrel flavor in this one has me pondering converting to Judaism. (Sorry that I'm not sorry for the bad joke, I couldn't help myself here...)

The barrel is at the forefront without being hot at all. Bourbon, coconut, light vanilla oak, chocolate and dark fruits. Although the bottle states it's brewed with Pomegranites, Figs, Grape and date juices, they are mild and play second fiddle to the barrel. The barrel flavor reminds me alot of Firestone Walker's signature Barrel profile but not as sweet. (good thing) This beer for me is everything as good or better than Abacus for the record and at a $11.99 price tag to boot.

After Vertical Jewbelation and now this Gem, Shmaltz has my Full attention and I'm buying everything barrel aged with their name on it.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%

Bottled 9/7/11, so not a ton of age on a beer that will likely be good in a decade, but I ain't got that kinda time...

Pour produces a tan head that isn't huge and doesn't last long. Liquid is a super dark, rather luscious looking dark brown that speaks as much to the fruit juices used (pomegranate, fig, date and grape) as the dark malts.

Aroma-wise this is so up my alley it...it...well, it's so up my alley I don't even have a witticism to describe how up my alley it is. It's big, it's bold, it's boisterous, but also balanced. Moving onto the "C"s, it's complex but controlled. Daring but debonair. And even though whiskey is not personally my thing, it's here as but one component of an overall much more layered aroma. The whiskey-soaked wood, the 5 malts, the 7 hops, all the fruit juices, the alcohol...this could have, quite literally, been a big HOT mess, but it's not. And this is why I love Shmaltz so much, as I feel they do big beers with the absolute best of them.

Right, the taste. Pretty much tantalizing. And as balanced as the aroma. Yes, there's alcohol presence here, but considering all the sugars the yeast had to munch on, not only is the alcohol merely a sensibly-balanced flavor component, but any potentially overbearing sweetness is somehow, somehow kept in check. Add layered slabs of whiskey-ed wood, real vanilla ice cream (emphasis on the cream), every single fruit juice identifiable and in harmony, and hops providing a pinch of acidity without pushing in too much to the hugely malt-loaded base, well, this is just terrific. And with all of that happening, and remembering all the barrel-aged barleywines where the barleywine itself gets lost, here it does not. It remains a barleywine of purity, despite all the variables and adulterations. Possible? In the hands of Shmaltz, apparently so.

The feel is a silky, super-round, super-luscious, absolutely elegant thing. Thick but not sticky or gross. A top-notch texture that equals the aroma as this beer's "couldn't be better" feature.

One of the best by this brewery, and one of the best beers of 2011, easily. Want more. Not right this moment, but yeah, I want several more bottles. This is just too good.

Metalmonk, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Superior barleywine and unique. Complex with rye edge, imperial stoutish aroma. Good looking and lacy. Bitter from big hopping, a tad astringent from the pommegranent, sweetened by chocolate and dark fruits. Alcohol warming. A big beer for big beer geeks.Worth seeking out/

Sammy, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -4.5%

A - dark brown with ruby edges; big brown head

S - candy sugar, caramel, nutty

T - sweet, caramel, sugary, earthy, woody, nutty

M - full bodied, sticky, smooth, well carbonated

This was a pretty nice beer. It came across as a very big, bold brown ale. It was a tad sweet but not cloyingly so. I liked this one. I would have it again.

tdm168, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Deep brown, hazy, thin but not absent tan head.

Nose has leather, serious malt and some rye.

Taste is fantastic, rich with oak, licorice, loads of barley and a hint of bitter rye. Really impressive-- wish I knew how good this was going to be, I'd have bought two. There's a bit of fruit here as well (pomegranate, fig and date according to the bottle), but its subdued and really well integrated.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, rich.

If Firestone Walker made this, it would be a hypestorm and cost twice as much. This is a top-shelf beer at a mid-shelf price.

zaphodchak, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of freewill35
5/5  rDev +19.3%

freewill35, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -4.5%

jheezee, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Gonzoillini, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into my old guardian barley wine glass. Pours a deep brown color like a dark stained wood. There was a nice decent head that formed and stayed most of the pour that is not too common with barrel aged heavy beers like this one. Ok lacing.

Aroma is nice. Very carmaly and bourbony. Nice and malty. Bit of sweetness. Some dark figs and raisins. Smells great.

Taste is great. Very carmaly and some decent bourbon and oak. Nice malt characteristic and a bit of dark dried fruits. A little too sweet IMO but not bad. Slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is a little too heavy but not too bad. Nice carb. I like beers that have a good carb and don't try and pass it off as that is how it is suppose to be... Flat.

Overall a very tasty brew. I have one to age but I think I want to get one or 2 more to add to the cellar because it is very tasty.

PeprSprYoFace, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

hiphopj5, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Dark brown opaque body with tan head. There's no lacing.

The smell reeks of grapes and other dark fruits, vanilla, toffee, and oak.

There are layers of complex flavors. The grape is the most noticable, along with figs. The whiskey adds vanilla and oak. I also pick up chocolate and toffee.

Mouthfeel is boozy, but not bad for 13.4% abv.

This is a fantastic beer. I wish they would have kept the $4.9 price point, but it's still worth the price.

Vonerichs, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of IKR
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Appear: Dark brown color with reddish overtones with an light brown head, which dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell: Whiskey/Bourbon aroma dominates with some fruity notes also present.

Taste: Upfront Whiskey/Bourbon taste with some fruity notes also present. The hops are present in the finish. The Whiskey/Bourbon notes leads to a slightly sweet initial taste, but there is enough of a hop presence to result in a fairly dry finish. I find this beer to have a definite alcohol presence in it's taste compared to top notch Bourbon Bal-aged beer, e.g. Melange 3.

M: Body is on the light side of medium with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: Whiskey/bourbon taste is prominent with the alcohol present but not overwhelming. The fruit juices used meld nicely within the taste profile, I can't pick them out individually. Shmaltz Brewing Co. always seems to come through with good tasting beers that are a bargain. I find this one a bit hot at the moment but ask me to name a Whiskey/Bourbon Bal-aged beer that tastes as good as this for the price and I could not do it. I think I will sit on my other one for a while in anticipation of a stellar beer.

IKR, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of beerFool28607
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a very deep brown color with some ruby hightlights. The khaki head is short and tight that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is big and malty; has that "He-Brew" malty aroma. A pumpernickle malt with a big prune presence. There is some toasted caramel and a peppery spice. Not much from the various fruit juices that were added or from the whiskey barrel.

The taste is of a toasted pumpernickle malt, with burnt caramel and roasted chestnuts. A bit sugary. The grape juice and pomegranate juice standout. The grape brings some sweetness and the pomegranate some tart. The fig and date bring some earthy fruitiness. The rye pops through in the end bringing a spicy sourness and some heat. The rye is kind of hard to detect with all of the other flavors.

The feel is very thick and syrupy. It does have some prickly carbonation but it does little to help breakup the body. It is also quite sticky and the sweetness borders on cloying. Just a very very big beer.

An extremely flavorful brew but its is a bit too sweet for my liking

Gmann, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.5%

GRG1313, May 23, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Picked up for $11.99 at my local Binny’s.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark color and two fingers of toffee colored head. Held up to the light, a chestnut red hue can be seen glimmering through the glass.

Smell – As soon as I pour the beer into the glass there are potent aromas. Dark fruits such as figs, grapes, and prunes. Cocoa, bourbon, and a healthy vanilla aroma can also be detected.

Taste – More bourbon up front than the aroma led me to believe. Dark fruits with a heavy grape presence. A nice spiciness, oak, vanilla, and alcohol warmth. There are just a load of different flavors mixing together rather well.

Mouthfeel – Wonderfully creamy, a hint more than medium bodied, slight carbonation, and oily on the tongue.

Overall – This is a great tasting beer. A bit boozy, though I do not taste the alcohol (though there is warmth). This is the second time Shmaltz has impressed me with high alcohol beers that are masked quite well. This is a wonderful sipper and I am enjoying it thoroughly. Can’t wait to see how the other one I picked up ages.

SpdKilz, Oct 20, 2011
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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.