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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 250
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 50
Gots: 65 | FT: 6
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 09-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep deep burnt chestnut color with some reddish highlights. Some good tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice rich profile of lightly booze soaked raisin, molasses, and a mild nutty oakiness. Maybe even hints at some fig as it warms.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. A nice richness of raisin, molasses, vanilla oak, fig, and caramel.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A nice balance to it as well. Rich and sweet, but not overly so. It does have a decent ABV bite to it, but fitting for the style and barrel aging; nor is it totally over the top either.

(D)- Overall, a very solid barrel aged barleywine. Some age might help soft out its subtle rough edges, but is overall quite nice.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
- Genesis 15:15

Lots of background info for this one: it’s He’Brew’s fifth barrel-aged release, batch 1, bottled 9-7-11, made using five malts, seven hops, and juice from dates, grapes, pomegranates and figs. THEN it’s aged in Sazerac 6-year rye whiskey barrels for eight months.

Deep purple, wine-like in color and clarity. A hold to the light reveals cranberry highlights. Half a finger fizzy medium-tan head pops away to nothing but a thin layer of silk. No lace.

Sweet, tangy, spicy nose. I get toffee and grape, smoothly blended with whiskey and buttery oak. The whiskey is a bit stronger than the fruits, but not by much.

Burly rye is the foremost flavor, though it avoids harshness, providing a smooth backbone for the almost-as-strong toffee notes. The barleywine aspect of the brew comes out more here in the form of toasty bread and squashed oranges. The swallow brings a blast of zesty hops and fresh red grapes before a lingering dark fruit tang. There’s a bit of booze in here as well, but not enough to compete. A nice, complex blend.

Soft, whipped, medium body. The alcohol does more here, numbing the tongue and sending fumes through the nose. Carbonation pinches the tongue absent-mindedly.

I feel about Genesis 15:15 the same way I feel about all of Shmaltz’s barrel-aged stuff: it’s tasty, but not world-rocking. Good enough for an occasional purchase if you need your whiskey-aged fix, but nothing worth getting excited about.

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Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter with a bottled date of 9-7-2011

A-Pours a very dark brown with a one finger beige head that has decent retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-A rich, sweet maltiness hits first. Followed by a plethora of dark fruit and somewhat prominent grape juice notes. Some whiskey notes coming through as well as hints of oak and vanilla. There is a lot going on here.

T-This tastes more like an English Barleywine than an American one though-very sweet and not much in the way of hops. Rich, sweet malt that is somewhat syrupy leads. Loads of dark fruit flavors here as well. The grape juice is most prominent, but the fig and pomegranate are there as well. A bit of booze comes in the middle and the grape juice really comes back in the aftertaste.

M-Syrupy with moderate carbonation. Just on the cusp of being full bodied.

O-This is an interesting twist on a style I really love. Seeing as how this is classified as an American Barleywine, I expected some hop presence. This is more of an English Barleywine. Still, it's a nice beer that was worth a try.

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Photo of Kshock
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/copper color. Almost no retention, some lacing. So far so good.

S- Vanilla, whisky, chocolate, oak, dark malts, and some fruity notes hiding in the background.

T- Fruity sweetness immediately over shadowed by oaky hop bitterness on the end. Big flavor, strange but nice. Very clean finish for a beer so big.

M- med to a slightly heavy body, dries out a lot leaving a very clean finish.

O- nice offering from Schmaltz, their barrel releases are getting much better.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington, NJ.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 finger khaki crown that shows no retention and little lace.

Smell: Lots of grainy malt, sweet dark fruits, a touch of whiskey, a hint of molasses / brown sugar, and some alcohol presence.

Taste: Same as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A meal of a beer. Decent flavors.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: midnight brown with a tinge of red light glistening through. Topped with a nice sea foam tan colored head which would stick around for a good while and leave a good trail of lacing.

S: Rich toffee covered dark fruit and a hint of booze though it suggests rum more than rye.

T: The fig really shows up on the palate and melds with flavors of milk to semi dark chocolate and red table grapes. Rye complexity lends a finishing hand rounding out the other flavors and adding a touch of astringency. As this warms a slightly tart hint of pomegranate shows through along with a bit more rye inspired spicy heat.

M: viscus and somewhat hot on the back of the throat.

O: A very unique beer with a ton going on. Many of the components work quite well together though it may be a bit too heavy handed with sweet flavors. Overall this is a bit too sweet finishing and rich for me, but not bad in a small dose. As a previous post denotes I would agree this is not really an ageable brew starting out so sweet. I wish the rye component was a bigger factor, it's presence might have evened this sucker out.

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Photo of ficknish
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black. Hints of red. Tannish red head. Active bubbles.

S - Grapes. Stone fruit. Tannic acid. Rye. Leather. Raisins.

T - Oak. Plums. Grapes. Alcohol. Molasses. Chocolate.

M - Slight heat from alcohol. Small bubbles. Coats mouth in leathery feeling.

O - Very oaky. Strong, dark, and delicious. Went great with Colston Basset Stilton like any barely wine should. Might drink again.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany with some copper showing through the edges under a big creamy beige head that's continually fed by some bubbles from the bottom. Head recedes leaving some nice soapy lacing.

Aroma is huge and excellent with lots of toffee, caramel and molasses. There is plenty of dark fruit like dates and plums and a little vanilla. The whiskey and oak are present in the nose but are just an additional layer in the nose as opposed to dominating it.

The taste is more of the same with different sweet components all piled together. There is the underlying caramel malts but with booze soaked overripe fruits and tons of toffee and treacle. The finish has more bourbon than the aroma would suggest, but never overpowering or harsh.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It's really stick on the palate. Surprisingly not too sweet, despite all he dark fruits, bourbon and dark caramelized malts.

This is a massive, fruity, sweet, boozy sipper. There is a lot of different flavors going on and I certainly wouldn't call it subtle. Nonetheless, I'm thoroughly enjoyed it. Boozy flavors are complementary to the dark fruitiness.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Breakwater.

A: Deep brown with a reddish tinge and a finger of beige foam.

S: Strong caramel presence with lesser notes of toffee and earth. Bourbon is pronounced, and I get vanilla and wood.

T: Caramelized brown sugar with big bourbon and booze notes. I get a little chocolate, as well as a moderate hop bitterness with notes of grapefruit.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: This is my first beer from this brewery and I'm impressed.

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Photo of Bung
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. A very dark murky brown, thin layer of light tan head.

Aroma, large amount of molasses, fig, caramel, vanilla. Ah the bourbon barrel.

Taste, a little more fruit here, grape, raisin, prune. Quickly goes to more malty, rumcake, molasses, caramel vanilla. Toast and barrel at the end, and a stinging little dose of heat.

The carbonation is just a bit prickly, combined with the warmth make this a very slow drinker. Solid medium body and fairly well coating. This would be helped all around if it was a little more creamy.
Still another well done big beer from Shmaltz.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an opaque deep caramel color with a thin beige head. Wispy film retains and leave a few splashes of lacing on the glass.

Burly and boozy in the nose with plenty of barrel character. Vanilla and rye with dark fruit sweetness. Dark grape skin and pomegranate with some juicy tones. Caramel and burnt sugar with bready notes.

Smack of vanilla and oaky booze up front with a dash of hops. Roasted malts with caramel and breadiness. Touches of toffee and burnt sugar which is crushed by an avalanche of dark fruit. Plenty of red grapes with pomegranate and a few touches of dates and raisin. The beer gets really sweet at this point, and finishes with another splash of vanilla soaked booze.

Fuller body, mild carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A pretty solid barrel aged brew, although the pomegranate and grape got a little fruit-juicy for me at points.

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Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, oh, Manischevitz, what a beer! Beautiful dark mahogany color in the Brigand chalice. Aroma is truly intense with mint, booze, Irish Cream, and coffee.

Complex, dark, and fruity. So many flavors swirling around in the Shmaltz style of more fruit and more malt. The sweetness is just part of the experience, like some kind of liquid candy cut with alcohol and tart fruit. Grape skins, toffee, malt syrup, and a good dose of hops for a decent bitter aftertaste.

I admit that I like these kinds of big malt beers, with all the sweetness and fruit. Shmaltz just does a good job of concoctions like this. The last sniff from the near-empty glass is still a knockout of whiskey and caramel. This would make a great liqueur-- makes me think of Yukon Jack. I'll have to try making a mixed drink by adding a shot of booze.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Dark brown almost black. Light cola color 2 finger head with lacing that resides quickly.

S- Bourbon, tobacco, leather, vanilla, oak and dark fruits.

T- Chocolate malts, bourbon, dark fruits, and has hop bitterness. Bourbon, bitter chocolate, leather, and oak come out more as the beer warms.

M- Full body fairly smooth, abv is hidden fairly well. Not really hot at all for 13%.

O- Another great ba beer from Hebrew. Don't like it quite as much as the vertical jewbelation but still really good ba barleywine!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a small-medium off-white, somewhat tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is absolutely amazing. Tons of fresh figs and other dark fruits with a very inviting whiskey aroma. The way the dark fruits and barrel mix together in the nose is just great...not as great as King Henry, but pretty damn good. Taste is...now here's where the juices come in... I can definitely taste the pomegranate and grape juices. Aton of caramel malt and other dark malts. A ton of toffee blended with candied dark fruits and brown sugar. Just a bit of bitter hoppiness and sweet whiskey throughout. Mouthfeel is very full bodied and a bit on the syrupy side. Drinkability is scary high for this high ABV sipper. Overall, the aroma had me thinking this beer was going to be on the same page as King Henry, but the taste was quite the step down. By far, this is not a mediocre beer...it is very good. Just not "King Henry or Abacus good". A tad too sweet and not as well-balanced as I was hoping for. ABV is hidden well.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Genesis 15:15, bottle bought at Whole Foods Bowery for $11.99 (after I asked Jeremy Cowan where to find it, and after I bought a bottle at Good Beer for $12.99 and broke it on my way home)

Appearance: Served in my Sierra Anniversary snifter, Genesis pours a majestic black color with auburn tones. Three big fingers of khaki head right over the Sierra logo after a hasty pour. Head soon recedes to one finger, with barely any lacing.

Smell: Sharp booze, wood and all that dark fruit they used (pomegranate, fig, date). Juicy indeed, but not overtly fruity, which is good (those pomegranate ales and fruit-based stuff are too much for me). Molasses, brown sugar. Heavy-but-heavenly sweetness! A tad of chocolate.

Taste: Molasses-and-ginger cookie, the wife said. More chocolate, this time as cocoa powder. Some hops around the mouth and a heckuva lot of juice at the end. Barrel and burning booze at the end. Intense! Strong! Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Chocolaty and boozy, with full flavor and body and medium carbonation. Again, a lot of dark-fruit juice at the end, and one big alcohol burn.

Overall: Great for a winter night, the alcoholic equivalent of hot chocolate! :-) Great beer dessert, a nice pairing for shortbread. Also good with stinky French cheese and American blue. Very boozy right now (bottled on September 7 and drank on December 1st), but drinks good. Another six months on the bottle and this will be very close to perfection. I love every one of Schmaltz's barrel-aged releases!


Had another bottle of this in early June 2012, nine months after bottling. The booze was paired down but the sweetness intensified. Not quite the perfection I anticipated, I probably liked it better when I first drank it young and hot.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black in the glass, with a huge khaki head that fades to a ring and leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass. Impressive looking beer.

S: The nose is your typical barleywine with nice aromas of dark fruits, black strap molasses, earthy hops, and a rye note in the background. Not getting much juice from the nose.

T: The taste is slightly different though. I definitely get some of the juices like pomegranate and grape along with the toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, and rye spice.

M: The feel is one of the best I've had for the style. Incredibly creamy and a beautiful heavy body with perfect carbonation.

O: This is a nice brew although I'd like to see less juice and more barrel in the taste. I have another I will definitely visit this again in about a year.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my old guardian barley wine glass. Pours a deep brown color like a dark stained wood. There was a nice decent head that formed and stayed most of the pour that is not too common with barrel aged heavy beers like this one. Ok lacing.

Aroma is nice. Very carmaly and bourbony. Nice and malty. Bit of sweetness. Some dark figs and raisins. Smells great.

Taste is great. Very carmaly and some decent bourbon and oak. Nice malt characteristic and a bit of dark dried fruits. A little too sweet IMO but not bad. Slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is a little too heavy but not too bad. Nice carb. I like beers that have a good carb and don't try and pass it off as that is how it is suppose to be... Flat.

Overall a very tasty brew. I have one to age but I think I want to get one or 2 more to add to the cellar because it is very tasty.

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Photo of IKR
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appear: Dark brown color with reddish overtones with an light brown head, which dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell: Whiskey/Bourbon aroma dominates with some fruity notes also present.

Taste: Upfront Whiskey/Bourbon taste with some fruity notes also present. The hops are present in the finish. The Whiskey/Bourbon notes leads to a slightly sweet initial taste, but there is enough of a hop presence to result in a fairly dry finish. I find this beer to have a definite alcohol presence in it's taste compared to top notch Bourbon Bal-aged beer, e.g. Melange 3.

M: Body is on the light side of medium with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: Whiskey/bourbon taste is prominent with the alcohol present but not overwhelming. The fruit juices used meld nicely within the taste profile, I can't pick them out individually. Shmaltz Brewing Co. always seems to come through with good tasting beers that are a bargain. I find this one a bit hot at the moment but ask me to name a Whiskey/Bourbon Bal-aged beer that tastes as good as this for the price and I could not do it. I think I will sit on my other one for a while in anticipation of a stellar beer.

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Photo of cvm4
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like the color of a cola with a one finger tan head. Doesn't seem thick or viscous.

S - The whiff at first is a big dose of bourbon, vanilla, leather and followed by dark fruits with a sweeter ending.

T - The taste is flipped from the smell... Big vanilla, molasses and dark fruit taste up front and the encore is a bourbon & oak finish. Very complex & rich.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel that's sticky and somewhat cloying.

O - Very good, very complex, very rich... I'm glad I waited to crack this as age seemed to do it wonders.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this after getting several recommendations at the spot where I bought it.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost completely opaque, but a reddish haze can be noticed. Have about an inch and a half of toffee head. Seems very tasteful

Smell: Vanilla bean, but with a mix of dark fruits such as grapes, figs and actually maybe a slight touch of chocolate (cocoa). Also has a nice chestnut-like taste.

Taste: First rush is instant rush of a fine liqueur. Has a nice tone of vanilla in the beginning along with a thickness that also appears to be caramel flavorings . This brew has nothing less than great, fresh flavorings. Only reason I don't give it a higher rating is mainly because of the whiskey-like feeling I get in my chest once I engage.

Mouthfeel: Great creaminess that is brought in well with what I consider moderate carbonation. Nothing this beer has to hide.

Overall: Wow this beer rocked my world. I bought this thinking it really wasn't going to knock me off my feet. Boy was I wrong, I instantly noticed this beers power and awesome flavorings. I will totally grab this beer again, and knowing that its Hebrew, I'm assuming its Kosher which is something positive to think about. I will warn any newcomer that this brew is nothing to be taken lightly. I know most of my friends think Victory's Golden Monkey is something serious, but I think the bar just got raised HAHA. Cheers!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside Jewbelation 15 and Funky Jewbelation.

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan to off-white head. The aroma has some rye and booze notes, as well as quite a bit of molasses and brown sugar. The flavor is a little more complex, with the maple notes really coming through. They are complimented by some brown sugar and caramel malt, as well as a good bit of alcohol. The beer is fairly sweet overall, but I think that works OK. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown opaque body with tan head. There's no lacing.

The smell reeks of grapes and other dark fruits, vanilla, toffee, and oak.

There are layers of complex flavors. The grape is the most noticable, along with figs. The whiskey adds vanilla and oak. I also pick up chocolate and toffee.

Mouthfeel is boozy, but not bad for 13.4% abv.

This is a fantastic beer. I wish they would have kept the $4.9 price point, but it's still worth the price.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop (Athens, GA). Served in a snifter. 

Pours dark brown with 2 fingers light tan head. Very little lacing. 

Smells of chocolate, fruits and sugar. Nice. 

Lots going on in the taste. Big milk chocolate, pomegranite, wood, carmelized sugar and a little whiskey. It's busy and all over but I like it. The near 14% abv does show through the flavors with a clean booze bite. 

Creamy heavy feel with very little carbonation. 

A very different and very good barleywine. A complex variety of flavors that blend well. This one is certainly worth a try and will most likely age very well. 

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown beer with some nice ruby. Tan head that rose up about a finger and left some spots on the sie.

S - Brown sugar, caramel malts. Raisins and figs are particularly present. Touch of barrel, bit of rye. It's a nice combination of flavors that isn't too overpowering in any one facet.

T - Nice caramel, dark fruits, fairly mellow wiskey, wood, touch of vanilla, brown sugar. Not hot at all, easy drinker for this much alcohol. The addition of the grapes and pomegranates are a nice touch.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Really nice beer, my buddy and I killed this one easily enough between the two of us and drank some more beer afterwards. A nice BA offering that I'd drink again.

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Photo of ms11781
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, Bottled 09/07/2011 on label. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep mahogany color that is near opaque. There are some lighter, reddish brown hues around the edges of the glass and looks somewhat translucent as each sip is taken. A surprisingly dense light tannish head develops and actually sticks around for a few minutes before receding to a foam ring around the glass.

The barrel treatment and a big sweetness are what stand out most in the nose. Right up front is a near perfect amount of whiskey, it's more than subtle but hardly overwhelming or even a dominant aroma. There is a huge caramel sweetness that gives way to some nice dark fruit aromas.

The taste is actually a step up from the nose. There seems to be a lot more going on and the nose had plenty going for it. The whiskey is present from start to finish and, while it makes itself known, it's not too intrusive. It definitely starts and finishes each sip but backs off in between and allows the other characteristics to play nicely. The taste is sweeter than the nose. There is a big caramel note, almost candy-like in its sweetness. There is also nice, almost acidic sweetness which I assume are from the different fruit juices that were added. None of the individual fruits are discernible, which shows how well the flavors blend together.

The mouthfeel is huge here. Each sip is big and thick, borderline syrupy but not quite. Full bodied with low carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol but that's to be expected with a 13.4% ABV beer.

This is a great BA barleywine. There is whiskey is well integrated with the other flavors and aromas and is never too much, allowing everything else to shine through. This one is definitely ready to drink now.

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.