He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
A: Pours a deep dark red-brown color that is approaching black. It is rather dark for a barOhleywine. It tops with a decent 1 finger head. Not bad for a BA beer.
S: Oh boy. Here we go. This beer has a wonderful nose with a lot going on. The barrel treatment is definitely apparent. I smell charred oak, tannins, and rye whiskey mingling with the dark fruits and sweet malts. It is a bit sweet smelling. In the background I pick up vanilla and fresh warm caramel. Given this beers big nature, the alcohol doesn't come through on the nose. You do know, however, that it will be a huge beer based on the depth, complexity, and strength of the nose.
T: The nose is a good indicator or what you will get. The dark fruits enter with some sweetness and then give way to the malts. There is chocolate covered cherries in there with a lot of caramel and toffee. The tannins step in a little bit and introduce you to the rye whiskey. The spiciness of the rye is a perfect complement to the sweetness of the fruits. Very well balanced.
M: Thick but amazingly not syrupy. The sweet in the nose and palate entry would make you think you are in for something sticky, but that isn't the case. The finish is long and gives way to the rye's spiciness. Once again a great compliment to the sweetness. Very well done here as well.
O: This beer is extremely well done. Very complex, very drinkable, and very satisfying. At first I thought the various fruit juices were odd in a barleywine. they pulled it off just fine. I will definitely buy this again. Maybe not the most traditional barleywine, but its damn good. Nice job Schmalz!
11-24-2011 03:05:56 | More by karlbronson
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
11-21-2011 05:55:01 | More by HopHead84
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
A: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with one finger of frothy khaki colored head. There is very little lacing as it drinks.
S: This beer smells sweet and strong. There are notes of honey, molasses, malt, and alcohol. I'm also picking up a really bready characteristic, with slight hints of vanilla.
T: Starts off with big malt, and booze. Sweet, but not overly sweet, and a ton of alcohol. After the initial hit, the honey and booze smooth together to create a great warming, silkiness. The bready notes, malt and honey all come together in a delicious palate enveloping swirl. The high alcohol content and vanilla are present in the finish.
M: Full bodied beer, that starts and finishes sweet and boozy. A bit of cloying, but nothing over the top.
O: I think this is a great BA barleywine. It's a big beer with tons of heat and that's what I like about it. I can't wait to pick up a few more bottles and let them sit for a few years.
11-20-2011 20:25:06 | More by trxxpaxxs
4.88/5 rDev +16.5%
cracked a bottle with my bro-in-law.
a - poured into a FW mini snifter. nice deep plum, thin head, spotty lacing.
s - smells spot on. the barrels are just great. rye whiskey with this malty barleywine is just a great mix. up there with the other big barrel aged barelywines.
t - deliscious. caramel malt with a barrel aged shine. chocolate.
m - smooth and easy drinker. booze is invisible.
o - I am running to the store to get more of these. this is TOP notch. super impressive.
11-20-2011 00:35:58 | More by cosmicevan
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
Into a Founders snifter, pours a dark burgundy/maroon color with 1 finger of mocha/beige head. Looks pretty viscous.
The barrel aging is evident in the aroma- you can really smell the oak and whiskey. It is not a boozy smell though which is good. I can also smell dark fruits, cherries, and raisins. Many layers of flavors. Very nice.
The taste starts off with oak, vanilla, raisins and cherries. In the mid-palate I get some chocolate and a little coffee. The finish is mainly whiskey and rum soaked raisins- not boozy though. I notice more caramel flavor as the beer warms up. I can taste a little bitterness from the hops but the flavor is mostly dominated by the malts. Very nice.
A nice viscous, coating beer. Slightly syrupy. Low carbonation.
This is a very nice beer. I like how the barrel aging was not overdone like most other beers. There is a nice balance between the different fruit juices and the oak aging- not overly sweet or overly boozy. Ready to drink now- does not need to be aged
11-14-2011 01:54:44 | More by Dubber55
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
11-12-2011 21:06:13 | More by Kshock
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-12-2011 11:08:38 | More by flannelman808
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
A - This beer pours a really dark brown color. It has a finger of tan head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.
S - It smells of dark roasted malt and dark fruits like cherry, fig, raisin, and plum. There are also some chocolate, vanilla, hops, and some booziness.
T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with some dark roasted malt flavor. There is some sweetness and dark fruit flavors. There are also flavors of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a moderate hop flavor. The finish leaves some lingering roasted and hop bitterness on the palate. There is also a bit of booziness.
M - This has a pretty full body on it and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a rich smooth feel to it. There is a nice sweetness to it, but also some roasted malt and hop bitterness. There is some boozy warmth on the back end as well.
O - There is good drinkability here. This goes down real smooth, and the flavor is very nice. It leaves you wanting more with each sip. Overall, I think this is a really nice barley wine, and I found it hard to put down even though it is a sipper. I recommend trying this one out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
11-11-2011 15:25:54 | More by JizackFH
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
A-Pours clear ruby/mahogany with 1/2 inch of soft mocha head. Light soapy lacing.
S-Plenty of rye, stone fruits, toffee, creme brulee, just a touch of dry, tart pomegranite and raspberry juice. A little dry booziness.
T/M-Lovely milk chocolate and rye whisky sweetness are the dominant flavors. Like the previous few barrel aged releases from He'Brew, this one is an oak bomb. What really stands out is the body. Full and rich, but velvety soft. Scarcely a hint of booziness.
O-I'm pairing this with the Colston Basset Stitchelton raw milk stilton and it's beautiful. Will buy a few of these to get me through the holidays. On par with the Firestone Walker barrel aged releases, for less money.
11-10-2011 03:45:49 | More by DaveHS
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
- Nice super dark brown brew that I can hardly see through in my large glass. Wonderful slowly rising light tan head.. settles with lace all about, and scattered pillows of foam. Pretty beer.
- Rich sweet malts. Very caramel and candy-like with a molasses, fig, and touch of esters. Little bit of alcohol with a touch of whiskey, vanilla, and earthy oak flare. Certainly smells like a heavy one.
- Hot damn. This is one heavy barleywine full of complex flavors. Certainly one to share with friends. Big caramel malt with wonderful vanilla whiskey flare. Esters, fig, all melded in there with maybe a small dose of earthy hops. Hard to say, but there is a nice gritty rye note going on. Win.
Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- High marks on the feel. Not so hot, not overly dry by any means though just a touch, and not too thick and syrupy. Very well put together. Medium to heavy body, and super easy to drink for its strength.
- Great beer, and well made for sure. I can't quite recall, but I don't think the price of this brew broke the piggy bank. Price doesn't affect my judging though. It's about the beer. This is a great beer, and makes a nice sipper late at night while reading a book or relaxing with friends. Easy to drink, very full of flavor, and hits the spot. Get it if you can.
11-09-2011 05:48:40 | More by Docer
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a deep mahogany color with a full foamy head to it.
The aroma shows a good amount of the barrel character to it. I get some boozy bourbon, woody oak and a little bit of vanilla to it. It has some nice barleywine characteristics to it as well with notes of brown sugar, dark fruits and cherry to it. Pretty nice integration of the barrel and beer flavors.
The taste also has a very nice mix of the barrel and beer flavors. The bourbon, oak and vanilla flavors really compliment the brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit flavors nicely. It has a nice balance between the barrel and he barleywine flavors as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great beer. The bourbon and barleywine flavors really integrated and complimented each other very nicely. Very enjoyable beer overall.
11-08-2011 19:33:38 | More by billab914
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
Batch 1, aged in 6-year old Sazerac barrels. Purchased at Binny's Lakeview. Served in a Struise cervoise.
A - A direct pour rouses a finger of tan foam that settles to a very thin cap, thicker collar, and a few stray spots of lace. Transparent dark red-brown body with a purplish tinge to it.
S - It's a very enjoyable collection of intense brown sugar, caramel, milled grains, malted barley, dark fruits, rye whiskey, light oak, and a great vanilla note. I don't get any of the advertised pomegranate juice, but that's a pretty minor quibble.
T - Taste is equally enjoyable, with a well-integrated blend of vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, toffee, treacle, and light rye whiskey and barrel notes. There's some of the advertised grape and pomegranate juice in the finish, and it provides a nice contrast to the rich sweetness found mid-palate. Alcohol is well-hidden, as I would have guessed 10-11% at most.
M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, chewy and viscous texture, and a slightly tannic finish. Again, minimal alcohol warmth is present.
D - This beer was a huge surprise. I've enjoyed the occasional Shmaltz offering, but this is the first one where I'm actually inspired to go purchase additional bottles. Obviously it's a sipper at 13.4%, but this is better than scads of barleywines that are much more difficult to procure. Pretty tame out of the gate, so there's probably not much benefit to aging past 6-12 months.
11-06-2011 17:06:22 | More by MasterSki
5/5 rDev +19.3%
Amazingly rich, and wonderfully Sazerac barrel aged, this Genesis is remarkably complex with esters of grape, mandarin orange, fig, date, toffee, coconut, persimmon, kumquat, plum, cherry, chocolate, cappuccino, rum, and, of course, lots of rye. The body is silky/syrupy, but not as heavy as i had anticipated, and the massive flavor profile is incredibly balanced with no excess heat , despite its 13.4% abv. This is a very sweet and luxurious ale, for sure, but the Sazerac aging has dried it out sufficiently in the finish for it to be a wonderful sipper that continuously calls me back to indulge in another "hard" taste. To date, I’m not sure I could come up with a better fireside liquid companion to take away the chill of what’s shaping up to be another colder winter than usual. I’m glad I stocked up on a number of these beauties!
11-06-2011 16:36:40 | More by Impfan
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.