He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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2.13/5 rDev -49.2%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
Thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!
Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a clear dark brown-ruby topped by a healthy dose of cream-tan foam.The nose comprises lightly-seared wood, caramel, light hot cinnamon, maple syrup, walnut, and a mustiness I just can't pick a word to describe properly. I am kinda perplexed by this smell, to be honest. The taste stands as some cloyingly sweet maple syrup with a slightly smoky and fruity backbone. I think some toasted caramel is in there too, but it's hard to tell. Damn, this stuff physically hurts to drink. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, I think this was just a bad flavor combination for me. All of those disparate elements just came together violently poorly on my tongue. Boo this stuff.
12-26-2011 06:52:05 | More by TMoney2591
2.93/5 rDev -30.1%
Chilled bottle into a glass.
A: Pours a dark, chestnut body capped with a modest collar of light tan foam and some milky swirls atop the brew.
S: LOTS of grape and fig, almost to the point of reminding me of a grape lollipop. Mild presence of rye whiskey on the nose with some lingering oak.
T: This is treacly and sweet; it's very figgy and grape-like, which are signature Jewbelation flavors. Toss in the barrel aging and (presumably) sherry-like oxidation, and you've got a dark fruit overload that nearly overwhelms anything else in the beer. Toffee, mild chocolate, some rye bite in the finish.
M: Way too much imbalance on the sweet flavors up front; they fall off in a rough, burning finish. Also noticeable astringency in the aftertaste. Not a very impressive mouthfeel at all.
O: Eh, not really worth $12 when you can (in theory) pay $1 more and get King Henry, or $3 more to get Sucaba. It is simply outclassed as far as barrel-aged barleywines go.
02-11-2012 06:30:03 | More by Arbitrator
3.1/5 rDev -26%
Poured from Sept. 2011 22oz bottle into snifter.
Appearance: a dark reddish brown with a dark white head that fades and leaves no lacing.
Smells: a super sweet dark fruit that is dominated with a sour fruit juice backbone.
Tastes: a strange unique ale that coincides with the nose. It is a sweet barley wine with a major juice flavor that isn't to balanced in my opinion.
Mouthfeel: there is a strong sting from the 13.4% but the strong fruit tastes balance it in the aftertaste and there is very little carbonation.
Overall: this is a strong fruit flavored barleywine in my opinion. I don't think I personally would buy it again due to the fact that I don't get much of a barrel flavor through the sweet fruit backbone.
11-28-2011 02:31:33 | More by kennylopez
3.25/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
12-09-2011 09:47:09 | More by matttttYCE
3.53/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
12-09-2011 00:21:34 | More by hippityhops85
3.68/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
04-10-2012 22:15:55 | More by ehammond1
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.