He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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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.
04-14-2012 01:15:26 | More by zaphodchak
4.75/5 rDev +13.4%
Had this on tap at Max's.
A- Poured a dark drown, free of heavy sediment, capped with a nicely retained head.
S- A gorgeous melange of sweet malts, low-alpha hops, and booze-kissed oak, combined with impressions of chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit. Quite impressive and inviting.
T- Absolutely sublime. The nose translates to the palate wonderfully, with a more notable presence of bourbon & rye, which fosters the most wonderful lingering finish.
M- Big mouthfeel, on the border of chewy, complimented by soft carbonation, and just the right amount of heat from the EtOH.
Overall- The best beer I have ever had from Hebrew, and one of the best new beers I've tried this year!
12-09-2011 22:27:24 | More by jgasparine
4.65/5 rDev +11%
22oz bomber. Batch No. 001. Bottled 9/7/2011. Served in a tulip.
Pours a deep dark blood red. A finger of beige foam forms and then dissipates to a small ring. No real lacing left behind.
Real nice barrel presence in the aroma. Vanilla, oak, and whiskey right up front. Backed up with sweet and bready malt, molasses, dark fruits. A strong fig newton note, sweetened by the other fruits. Alcohol isn't really strong, but you feel it in your nose.
Flavor is quite complex. Sweet and salty at the same time. A lot of grainy malt, roasted notes. Melted marshmallow, chocolate, caramel. Dark fruit juice. All of the oak and vanilla from the nose are present and are blended really well into the other flavors. Nicely balanced bitterness. Amazing how well the big ABV is buried. Just big, bold, and fantastic.
Full bodied with medium-low soft carbonation. Makes for a rich, thick, creamy feel. Good for slow sipping, which the ABV demands.
Kind of an odd hybrid. The nose is mostly barleywine, but the flavor has a ton of Imperial Stout character. I ain't complaining though, this is a really great beer!
03-17-2012 05:05:15 | More by brotherloco
4.65/5 rDev +11%
Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass - Release #5
Batch 1/Cases/791 Bottled on 9/7/2011 - should get another one to age for 6-12 months
A - Beer pours with a beautiful, thick and frothy tan colored head; holds very well; nice layered lacing forms on the side of the glass; reddish hue around the edges but beer has mostly black colored body; jet black with no visible movement or carbonation in the beer; syrupy-thick consistency
S - Sweet dark fruit scents of fig, dates, touch of brown sugar; heavy, heavy oak and whiskey barrel nose; bourbon; fantastic; light touch of pomegranate in there; molasses; something else is in there like vanilla or creme, very nice; nutty; lots of alcohol
T - High alcohol; flavors of bourbon-whiskey and dark liquor; sweet brown sugar taste; coupled with a dark and almost espresso wash in the back of the mouth; dates and fig; brownie chocolate touch at the end; vanilla
M - Nice and creamy; dry rye and bitter aftertaste; coffee and dark fruits; awesome balance of barleywine and whiskey aged flavors; has a syrupy, molasses consistency; leaves behind a nice layer of flavorful film on the tongue
D - Fantastic drink; having it for dessert; couldn't have picked a better beer for this evening; reminds me a bit of 3 Floyd's Dark Lord, thick molasses flavor and feel, quality drink from every aspect of the beer; phenomenal, not sure why this isn't more popular
10-23-2011 03:37:16 | More by ferrari29
4.65/5 rDev +11%
Reviewed from notes taken during a Shmaltz tap special event.
Appears as a very dark semi-opaque brown color with two fingers of foamy tan head, some minor lacing left behind after about a minute of retention.
Aroma is mostly a tremendous blast of almost every variety of dark fruits and woody rye whiskey spiced with a burnt brown sugar sort of maltiness and a whisper of a vague floral tone hiding behind all the booziness.
Flavor contains elements of chocolate and fig puddings, sweet toffee, and faint licorice on top of a strong tannic and leathery note spiced with rye whiskey booze (but not overwhelmingly so). Most of the fruity flavors present from the pomegranate, fig, dates, etc are actually quite drier than you would think from how heavily present they are in the nose. Also there is a really cool leathery / peat accent on the finish!
Body is thick, chewy, and it can get sort of syrupy in the mouth if you take too large a sip at once. But if you take small sips, there isn't a problem.
Really this one is a brilliant barleywine.
02-10-2012 21:36:27 | More by WastingFreetime
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.
12-09-2011 00:15:57 | More by Metalmonk
4.61/5 rDev +10%
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.
04-29-2014 01:38:44 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours a nice creamy 2 finger head that fades slowly with a nice lacing, over dark ruby molasses brown color, bit of light coming through.
Nose of big and rich, lots of dark malts, bit of roast and choc but lots of reddish and brown malts, light powdered cocoa, lots of whisky, some barrel oak, bit of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, toffee, hint of dark fruit.
Taste is very complex, lots of dark malts, bit of roast, cocoa and choc malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, etc. then big bourbon and whisky, some oak and vanilla. booze is there, fairly strong but not huge, warming and tingly. A bit of spicy rye comes through. Then some dark fruits, fig, brandy soaked raisin, etc. smooth and juicy, complex and big. A sipper. Finishes bitter with more whisky and light barrel, more booze and lots of complex malts, and a nice cocoa finish.
Mouth is big bodied, decent carb for the style, lots of booze.
Overall awesome, great malts, great whisky and rye notes, big complex, nice cocoa, bitterness is spot on, no burnt flavors. Can't wait to age more.
10-31-2011 15:24:07 | More by jlindros
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
a: This was a very dark, ruddy brown color. It poured with a medium sized sticky head.
s: The whiskey barrel takes center stage, but it isn't harh or overwhelming. Lots of earthy vanilla, boozy caramel, and hints of tobacco dominate. There was also prominent but mellow rich chocolate liqueur and some vinous fruit.
t: Sweet overall, but not cloying. Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, vanilla, and raisins up front. It finishes with lots of well incorporated whiskey, chocolate liqueur, lightly tart fruit juice, and a hint of cola.
m: Big, creamy, and very smooth.
o: It was a real pleasure to spend a few hours with this bottle. Everything comes together extremely well.
03-03-2012 14:29:26 | More by DIM
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
02-07-2014 22:35:56 | More by Craigory
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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