He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
01-17-2012 17:04:43 | More by ShanePB
3.68/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
01-04-2012 16:04:56 | More by Scotchboy
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
04-05-2012 19:08:40 | More by OWSLEY069
3.78/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
09-13-2012 04:12:25 | More by azdback
3.8/5 rDev -9.3%
Genesis 15:15 has a dark brown body and a healthy, fluffy brown head. The retention and the lacing are both pretty good.
The aroma has a lot going on; its's really fruity, has a lot of malt, and a good dose of whiskey.
You can really tell that there was all kinds of fruity juice added to this one, although it gets difficult to distinguish each juice from the others. I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it if it weren't for the fact that I knew going into trying this beer what was in it. In addition to the juice, the hops bring fruity citrus flavors and a little bit of bitterness. This beer is by no means a hop-bomb, and the hops aren't huge, but they are noticeable. The rye whiskey adds a spicy, sweet flavor that blends very well with the fruity characteristics of the beer. The malt base has molasses and toffee, and is rich and a little bit sweet. Just a hint of warmth comes through in the finish.
Full body and creamy carbonation.
I actually liked the He'brew Jewbelation Vertical from last year a little more than this one, but I can definitely see that being a matter of opinion, as this one is similar and pretty good. Also, this beer does a great job of hiding its high ABV.
11-25-2011 15:35:14 | More by Hojaminbag
3.85/5 rDev -8.1%
I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.
Appearance: Pours a very dan mahogany color with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Sweet and a bit grape like. Some dark fruit with lots of caramel and vanilla. Very malty with some warm alcohol.
Taste: Quite sweet, reminds me a bit of brown sugar. Some fruity notes, a bit like malt extract. Some caramel and vanilla with a bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: The body is thick and syrupy with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This one could use a few years, but it is still good. I would have another.
12-11-2011 05:06:02 | More by oline73
3.85/5 rDev -8.1%
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 1, bottled 9/7/2011.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch fizzy tan head that dissipates steadily and loudly, leaving no lacing. Pours a semi-translucent dark ruby. No lacing from the beer proper either, but points for being a pretty color.
Smell: From the bottle: whiskey and oak. From the glass: chocolate, sugary candy, oak, some grape. Maltiness is reminiscent of Jewbelation 13 (some of that ripe banana quality along with caramel and mild breadiness). Said maltiness comes to be the dominant aroma, which is nice as far as it goes, but a little one-note. Whiskey and pastry highlights bring the score from a 3.5 to a 4.0.
Taste: First sip: whoa, I'm amazed that the four fruit juices (pomegranate, fig, date, grape) come through and pair so well with the whiskey and oak. The juice provides a tanginess, and a pomegranate-and-grape-like fruit flavor (not distinctly any of the fruits, but reminiscent) that somehow matches the vanilla oak and spicy whiskey. Finish is heavy maltiness and caramel.
This beer has a lot of rich (malt, oak) vs. sharp (acid, alcohol) happening with it. Sharp wins by a clear margin, which wears on me a bit. I'd drop the score to 3.5, but I'm still impressed by how these flavors work together, and while the beer is decidedly not complex for a barrel aged barleywine, it comes through with enough nuances (spiciness, smokiness, emerging oily hop flavor, raisin, a little molasses) to keep me interested.
Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Creamy, with an almost unpleasant chewiness. Moderate carbonation. Long aftertaste. Less heat than you'd expect from a 13.4% ABV beer.
Overall: Not a homerun, but a solid double. Unusually for Shmaltz, the price isn't really right on this one... sure, $14 isn't that bad for a barrel aged beer, but it's not great either (and neither is the beer). Interesting and reasonably enjoyable, but some of the same things that keep it interesting (all the tangy, acidic fruit) keep me from loving it.
P.S. It took me over 6 hours to finish this 22oz bottle (doing other things, pacing myself to avoid drunk-dial strength intoxication, etc). By the end, the same "fruity tanginess mixed with whiskey and malt" was present in the beer, but I had fallen in love with it. Can't say if this is due to not-quite-drunk-dial strength intoxication, the beer being allowed to breath, or what, but in the end this beer was great.
12-15-2011 02:41:20 | More by Pahn
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a very deep brown color with some ruby hightlights. The khaki head is short and tight that settles into a light ring.
The aroma is big and malty; has that "He-Brew" malty aroma. A pumpernickle malt with a big prune presence. There is some toasted caramel and a peppery spice. Not much from the various fruit juices that were added or from the whiskey barrel.
The taste is of a toasted pumpernickle malt, with burnt caramel and roasted chestnuts. A bit sugary. The grape juice and pomegranate juice standout. The grape brings some sweetness and the pomegranate some tart. The fig and date bring some earthy fruitiness. The rye pops through in the end bringing a spicy sourness and some heat. The rye is kind of hard to detect with all of the other flavors.
The feel is very thick and syrupy. It does have some prickly carbonation but it does little to help breakup the body. It is also quite sticky and the sweetness borders on cloying. Just a very very big beer.
An extremely flavorful brew but its is a bit too sweet for my liking
11-26-2011 04:27:08 | More by Gmann
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a dark reddish brown with a finger of tan head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is pretty boozy with oak, vanilla and a little chocolate. This is a big beer, very full bodied with tons of malt. More chocolate, toffee and some vanilla from the oak. There is a pretty good amount of hop bitterness that keeps it from being too sweet. Not as boozy as the aroma would suggest. Wish I could have shared this with someone, it was a lot to take on by myself! Nice beer, I bet a year would really improve it.
01-22-2012 15:20:29 | More by homebrewhawk
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
Split a bomber 3 ways, thanks to Renee & Jim for the assist.
Review from written notes.
Poured into a tulip glass, it appears dark brown with glints of ruby when held to the light. Thin layer of tan foam on the surface, creamy texture and lasting head retention. Some spotty lace forms over time.
Smells like sweet brown sugar, fruit in syrup, plums, whiskey and coke. Caramel, toffee, booze, typical barleywine impression initially. The rye barrel is faint at first, but as it warms to room temperature it gets more noticeable.
Flavors of caramel and chocolate, bready and sweet. Light impression of coconut and tiramisu. Tangy indistinct fruit. Rich and syrupy, medium carbonation, light oxidation. Sweet with some prickly alcohol presence. Pretty sweet and boozy, best shared. It really needs to be at room temperature to pick up the full range of flavors.
01-22-2012 23:30:00 | More by emerge077
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
1494th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
Thanks to mjtiernan for this one
Shared with my brother in law for his birthday
App- When I poured this out, it was into two snifter about 8oz each. It was a good mix of browns, reds and purples from the fruit additions and coloring of the barrels. It had an off white 1-1/2 finger slow receding head that left some really nice cling down the glass.
Smell- It was overly dominated by all the fruit. The barrel seemed lost to me even when warm. Retained a lot of base barleywine malty, boozy notes. Not overly complex. I would agree with my wife who said soy sauce. The aromas seem to counterbalance eachother and somewhat cancel them out.
Taste- A nice barleywine with the nose being a slight off note. Base barleywine malts shine through and dominate the treatment again. The rye is a bit lost as is the barrel. A small spice note is there but again dominated by the fruits on this one. More as it warms you really get a juicy fig & pomegranate.
Mouth- A medium creamy silky body with a medium-high semi prickly carbonation level. A bit better and smoother as it warmed. A bit of the fruits was there but most of the residual flavor was malts and boozy notes.
Drink- It was a good barleywine and barrel aged at that. I thought the fruit couldve been a little dialed down and the barrel brought up a bit more to smooth it all out. I would probably sit this one again for a while if I came across another bottle.
09-05-2012 15:27:37 | More by FosterJM
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
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!
01-23-2012 04:02:20 | More by nhindian
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
22 oz bottle, no date.
very dark brown, ruby in the edges only. thin tan head that fades fast. woah...huge boozy aroma that smacks you in the nose. whiskey, oak, the fruit juices come through too. strong, but pleasant.
spicey and hot on the lips. definitely complex - tobacco, vanilla, molasses, whiskey, dark fruits. slightly sweet. sorta thick, sticky, viscous. carbonation level works well.
overall- seek it out if you like barleywine and whiskey.
03-05-2012 02:41:08 | More by jmdrpi
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
A - Beautiful beer. Very dark cola/caramel, Light tan head, slow to leave. Lots of cling
S - Better nose. Huge wet sweet bready malt. Dripping concentrated smells. I can almost eat it.
T - Taste is under the same as smell, just not as pronounced. Molasses is there too.
M - Thick bodied, almost undercarbed, balanced to the sweet, not bad but could be better.
D - All said and done, a kick ass beer and at 13.4 you had better be careful!
12-09-2011 05:10:40 | More by srandycarter
3.98/5 rDev -5%
Bottle pour provided by ehammond1 at the blind barrel aged barleywine tasting hosted by DarthKostrizer.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, and fruits. There is a mild citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice fruity flavor that comes out as the beer warms.
04-11-2012 04:38:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev -4.5%
(Served in a snifter)
Batch 001 Case 791 Bottled 9/7/2011
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a faint sliver of light coming through at the base. There is a thick tan head with big bubbles making a second head before breaking down.
S- The big sweet syrupy malt aroma has fruit qualities like dates and dried figs in the finish.
T- The big boozy bourbon blends with sweet sugary caramel malt and some toffee characters come through as the beer warms. There is a dryness in the finish from pomegranates and a less sweet note overall in the finish. Some grape esters and bourbon wood hints come through and linger with a rye spice note aswell.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a warming fizz to the finish.
O- The big sweetness is not cloying and the grapes and pomegranates really help to dry out the finish and add a unique twist to the finish. The depth is nice although a bit subtle but the other flavors need to grow a bit to help balance some of the sweetness.
01-30-2012 21:52:45 | More by rhoadsrage
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.