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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

234 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 234
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
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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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

06-12-2012 02:03:01 | More by ejimhof
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LSMroz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

12-23-2013 14:25:40 | More by LSMroz
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

09-10-2012 05:25:42 | More by HumphreyLee
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abanton

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

03-09-2012 02:22:36 | More by abanton
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baybassboy

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

03-18-2012 04:56:40 | More by baybassboy
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

10-09-2012 00:29:27 | More by brendaniel
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

09-29-2012 02:12:32 | More by BigTrubble
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ehammond1


3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 22:15:55 | More by ehammond1
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 17:04:43 | More by ShanePB
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 16:04:56 | More by Scotchboy
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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 00:21:34 | More by hippityhops85
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

11-13-2013 04:17:21 | More by Gonzoillini
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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-28-2011 22:17:47 | More by jsh420
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-27-2011 06:06:23 | More by DrBier
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

11-19-2011 14:39:39 | More by RedHaze
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strangebrew321

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-15-2011 05:21:41 | More by strangebrew321
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GennyCreamAle

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

04-08-2012 21:31:06 | More by GennyCreamAle
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

06-11-2013 00:33:05 | More by Retail1LO
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

01-07-2012 14:28:13 | More by greg4579
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chevre

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

01-07-2012 23:11:43 | More by chevre
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hannydawg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-17-2011 06:31:14 | More by hannydawg
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

06-15-2014 15:49:47 | More by acurtis
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

02-22-2013 00:03:39 | More by dvmin98
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matttttYCE

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

The head is about 2 fingers high off of a pretty aggressive pour. Head color is light tan and the head is between rocky and creamy. Head sticks around for a little while and the lacing is light. Color if the beer is a very, very dark brown.

Plenty of dark fruits, sour fruit, and caramelized malts, sweetness, boozy alcohol heat, molasses, and brown sugar. Behind that, and really way in the background, are some hints of oak, whiskey, vanilla, and chocolate. For being aged in whiskey barrels, there really isn't much barrel presence.

Taste is in line with the aroma, sadly. Dark fruits, slightly sour fruit notes, syrupy fruit juice, sweet caramelized malts, light chocolate and chocolate covered cherries, molasses, some brown sugar, plenty of hot alcohol as well. Again, as in the aroma, the barrel aging aspect really isn't very apparent. At best there's notes of oak and whiskey, with a slight twinge of vanilla on the back end, and that's after this has warmed substantially. Taste is better than the aroma, and reminds me more of an English barleywine, but still nothing great.

The mouthfeel is decent, but really just average. Consistency is smooth, carbonation is light, body is medium, and the finish is medium length.

Overall, I have to say this beer is about average at best. Maybe it would benefit from some lengthy aging, since it is pretty hot currently. However, with such a subdued barrel presence in both nose and taste, that will only continue to fade with time. This certainly left something to be desired, for me, for being a barrel aged barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 09:47:09 | More by matttttYCE
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BillHilly

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

07-07-2012 14:37:49 | More by BillHilly
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.