He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a dark, bold mahogany color that is tough to see through. Around a finger's worth of tan head tops off the beer with decent retention and leaves a foamy cap in its wake. Lacing isn't bad either, as a smattering of residual head lingers around the edges.
S - The nose is heavy on the barrel and rye whiskey. I was expecting a lot of sweet fruits due to the juice additions to this, but it's actually fairly bitter and I'm getting more chocolate and rye spiciness than anything. Pretty malty all-around, with a bit of grape in the background.
T - In the mouth, this beer definitely explores the ingredients more comprehensively, as each fruit is clearly present, with the pomegranate and grape leading the way while the figs and dates serve more as a way to flesh out the back-end. It's interesting to note how the barrel was so present in the nose, but seems to fall away here, as the oak isn't well-defined, but the rye whiskey is still as noticeable. This creates an interesting dichotomy of flavors; the fruit juices impart a tart tanginess, while the chocolate and rye cuts this with a bitter spiciness. The finish does have a bit of alcohol heat as well.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with lowish carbonation. This is a pretty thick beer that has a touch of chewiness to it and it really lingers on the palate with its long finish.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I enjoyed how the barrel-aging impacted this beer, as it adds a nice rye kick without dominating the other aspects. I thought the fruit would've been the main focus of this beer, but the malts seem to have the lasting appeal in the flavor as well as the strong alcohol presence. Still pretty good and worth a try, though!
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2012 04:02:20 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
4.61/5 rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room in Henrietta, NY.
Pours a dark brown, looks like a stout, almost. Half inch khaki colored head, with a little bit of lacing.
Smells like plums, maple syrup, roasted malt, and a little bit of chocolate.
Big maple syrup like flavor in the taste, it's excellent. Some dark fruit (plums and raisins), plus some vanilla, caramel, and some slight spicy rye whiskey flavors.
Medium to thick body, very full. Low to zero carbonation. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, gets sticky as time goes on.
This was a nice revelation, awesome that one of my local bars got a vintage keg of this.
Serving type: on-tap
04-29-2014 01:38:44 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
32oz fill from Green's Piney Grove, poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.
A: Pours a deep brown body intermingled with ruby hues, whilst forming a half-inch of beige head that quickly recedes to a ring and spotty cap. The look is deep inviting.
S: Plenty of good aroma on this one. There's lots and lots of vanilla, folded in with bourbon, dark, earthy fruits, and a bit of alcohol. The nose is deep and inviting.
T: Even more vanilla than the nose lets on, along with bourbon, dark, earthy fruits, and bit of alcohol peeking through. The barrel has been good to this beer. The vanilla is soft and creamy, as is the bourbon, while the dark fruits slowly move along the tongue and linger in the finish. One of the best dark fruit flavors I've gotten from any beer, regardless of style. The taste is deep and inviting.
M: Full, creamy, just the slightest bit syrupy--deep and inviting.
O: Deep and inviting, of course. This is a fantastic barrel-aged barleywine; there's clearly a solid base beer here, but the rye whiskey barrels 'take it to the next level' without steamrolling the barleywine beneath. Get it if you can find it.
Serving type: growler
02-07-2014 22:35:56 | More by Craigory
4.16/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours like the color of a cola with a one finger tan head. Doesn't seem thick or viscous.
S - The whiff at first is a big dose of bourbon, vanilla, leather and followed by dark fruits with a sweeter ending.
T - The taste is flipped from the smell... Big vanilla, molasses and dark fruit taste up front and the encore is a bourbon & oak finish. Very complex & rich.
M - Medium to full mouthfeel that's sticky and somewhat cloying.
O - Very good, very complex, very rich... I'm glad I waited to crack this as age seemed to do it wonders.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2013 01:00:37 | More by cvm4
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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