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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

240 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 240
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 49
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of azdback
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. A pretty dark caramel color. Hard to see through with some dark copper highlights. Head is a large one finger and light cocoa colored and light creamy in appearance. Lace is sticking minimally with kind of a leopard pattern.

Smell is woody and a bit different than any other barrel aged Barleywine I've smelled. I am smelling some dark fruits like figs and some barrel but there is a very different smell here and I think it is the Pomegranate. I also am pulling some of the vanilla from the barrel and some rye spice. Different but I like it.

Taste is a huge malt bomb. This has such a large sweet malted lollipop taste to it that leads right into the tart flavors of the fig, pomegranate and grape juices. It is kind of a weird blend of flavors but I think it kind of works. Not getting much of the barrel but am getting an alcohol warming at the end. I will report back if this changes as it warms.

Mouth is very creamy and almost chewy. Carbonation is medium and the finish is very long and wet with an alcohol burn that is nice on this early fall evening.

Overall I need to say that this is a Barrel Aged Harvest Ale that I am drinking a year later. With that being said, what I tasted was a huge Barleywine that was influenced by fruit juice but what was missing was the barrel and the hops. Part my bad and part He'brew's bad. Not a bad choice if you come by it though.

azdback, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a small tan head. In the aroma, it smells just like bourbon. In the taste, vanilla, oak, bourbon and alcohol. A small alcohol like bite and a medium to syrupy mouthfeel, with a small dry bourbon in the aftertaste. Well, it is bourbon just carbonated and made like a beer.

OWSLEY069, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

drewone, Jan 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

ejimhof, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of LSMroz
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

LSMroz, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of HumphreyLee
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

HumphreyLee, Sep 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

abanton, Mar 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

brendaniel, Oct 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

DarthGuitarHero, Oct 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

BigTrubble, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep mahogany with an overall pronounced brown hue to it. A fairly small and dense tan head sits atop with rapid dissipation. The lacing was decent, not too much which I expected from the smaller head. Typical in a traditional barrel aged Barleywine sense.

S: Whoa, tons of sweet dark fruits. After reading the bottle it's evident where these are all coming from (as they added lots of dark fruits and juices to the beer). Fig, pomegranate, raisin and plum all come through big with an overbearing sweetness to them. The whiskey barrel is here too, it's big bold and also a bit sweet.

T: Sweet whiskey and oak are the first to show up, but quickly enough come the dark fruits. Again, fig, prune and plum all concentrated into one flavor hit your palate with a ton of sweetness. It's good but it may be a bit too much in the way of how sweet it is. The balance seems off and although the barrel tries to counteract, it fails.

M: Lower on the carbonation giving this a nice body. It feels sticky and syrupy on the palate almost, but enough carbonation is there to break it up.

I enjoyed the flavors but felt the sweetness was a bit over the top. Tone that down and allow the barrels to do more and this would be a perfect match. Cellaring might benefit this beer. Actually, I might pick another up to test that theory as the flavors itself were quite nice.

ShanePB, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review No. 300

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a murky looking brown with tons of prune and ruby highlights. Huge khaki head with tight groups of small bubbles. Alcohol legs are noticeable.

S: Nose strikes me as massively sweet and malty with tons of those adjunct fruit juice characters; dates, figs, bread, a strong yeasty component, lots of chalky chocolate, and oak...very little booze.

T: More of the same; dates, figs, pomegranate, dark bready malts, all mixing with chocolate and oaky notes. There is a bit of rye whiskey character on the finish. Tons of sticky fruits and malts.

MF: Syrupry, slick and creamy, medium full body.

O: Well I'll get accosted for admitting this but I've come to the realization that these types of beers (Old Ales, English Barleywines and Strong Ales) need some bitterness to even things out. American hops would go a long way to cut through the malty syrupy mess. Its obviously a well-crafted beer. More barrel character would help too.

Scotchboy, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of hippityhops85
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz snifter into my Victory snifter. Batch 001/791 bottled on 9/7/2011. (Big props to Shmaltz for an easy to read bottling date)

Pours a practically opaque deep brown with ruby highlights around the edge of the glass. Pours with a spotty, light tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves a single layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Nice.

The nose has lots of bready and dark fruit notes to it. I don't immediately get much of the bourbon but there is a whole lot going on here. It definitely smells very young too leading me to believe that this may do well with age on it.

The alcohol is NOT hidden at all here. The taste is bity, spicy, and sharp. Tons of deep, dark fruit on the taste and then a quick alcohol bite at the end. I really think this could do with a good year in the cellar at least.

The mouth feel has a lot more carbonation that is lead on by the pour. Relatively prickly but not overly so.

I think that this brew is going to mellow out a lot over time in the cellar and I think it desperately needs it. I'm looking forward to opening this up in time but right now it's HARSH.

hippityhops85, Dec 09, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Gonzoillini, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

jsh420, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

DrBier, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

RedHaze, Nov 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

strangebrew321, Dec 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Retail1LO, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

greg4579, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.