He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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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
3.95/5 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
3.53/5 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
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
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
12-07-2011 01:32:08 | More by IKR
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
Deep ruby red in color with pretty wine-like highlights. One finger tan head after a slow-medium pour that dissapates down to a thin and patchy sheet. Some lacing. The smell is of dried fruit, dark cherries and apples, as well as a touch of spiciness. Rye? Possibly. Pretty hefty whiff/burn of alcohol as well.
Full-bodied and boozy, but not cloyingly. Lots of fruit juice-like tastes going on here, definitely grapefruit juice being a big one. Its got that not-too-tart, not-to-sweet thing going for it that I associate with grapefruit juice. Figs and pomegranates are definitely prominent too in this juice taste too. The hops lend a bitterness that is swallowed up quickly, but does a great deal for the balance as they help to keep the sweetness from running away. This beer is big but manages to not be too sweet as the sugars are counteracted by bread-like malts and the rye-whiskey taste that the beer apparently acquired from the barrel aging. It certainly has some whiskey-like qualities with the high levels of alcohol that burn a little bit. At this level however, it potentially could be much more overbearingly boozy than it tastes. There is a good bit of warmth in the mouthfeel and the breath, but it never really gets too hot. It isn't cloying and the spiciness of it lends a good hand in the balance. The aftertaste is pleasant with the same kind of aftertaste you get from drinking a tart fruit juice like grapefruit or even grape juice. It almost finishes syrupy, but the tartness, hops, and booze dry it up in the end.
Very big beer, but full of great flavors. Definitely a sipper to be enjoyed with others. I'd be interested in trying this one with a little age on it, but it is really nice fresh. Another good one from Shmaltz.
12-02-2011 06:09:54 | More by chodinheaven
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
12-01-2011 23:56:30 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
A - This beer pours a thick and frothy tan colored head that holds very well for such a high ABV. A very dark mahogany color that you can see through just a little.
S - Very potent aromas of dark fruits such as figs, grapes, and prunes. Cocoa, bourbon, and a healthy vanilla aroma can also be detected.
T - Chocolate malts, bourbon, dark fruits, and it has a little hop bitterness. Bourbon, bitter chocolate, leather, and oak come out more as the beer warms.
M - Very sticky syrupy mouthfeel with a chewy heavy body and light carbonation.
O - This is my first brew that I've tried from this company and I'm very impressed. One of the better barley wines I have ever had. I wonder how one of these would do with some age on it.
11-28-2011 15:14:37 | More by SkiBum22
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
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
11-28-2011 00:33:50 | More by Lerxst
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
3.8/5 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
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.