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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15He'Brew Genesis 15:15

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 49
Gots: 67 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 09-29-2011)
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Photo of Impfan
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!

Impfan, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours brown in color and ends up a dark mahogany with red edges. Less than an inch of light tan head sits briefly and leaves small bubbles along the glass walls.

The nose is powerful. Full of strong rye, malt, dark fruit and bourbon. Very interesting and the more i smell it, the more intrigued I am to drink it.

The taste brings a boozy start and immediately switches into a vanilla and rye, fruit-infused brew. The barrels work their magic up front and bring notes of oak, caramel, rye and booze. Behind the barrel's influence lies the fruits. Grape juice is most prominent of the fruits added to this brew, followed by a bit of a ripe pomegranate. This is complex as hell and I feel like my palate is giving a go at a rubix cube. Beware, this 13.4% ABV is masked like Jim Carrey in the 90's

The mouthfeel is heavy and quite thick. Creamy like with a low amount of carbonation that is understandable to to the barrel-aging. Stickiness coats my palate very nicely.

Overall, this has to be the most complex barleywine I have had the pleasure of enjoying. Very interesting and tasty how Schmaltz takes the barrel aging process and adds fruit juices. Delicious and dangerously drinkable at that. MUST...BUY...MORE

ChugginOil, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a nice creamy 2 finger head that fades slowly with a nice lacing, over dark ruby molasses brown color, bit of light coming through.

Nose of big and rich, lots of dark malts, bit of roast and choc but lots of reddish and brown malts, light powdered cocoa, lots of whisky, some barrel oak, bit of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, toffee, hint of dark fruit.

Taste is very complex, lots of dark malts, bit of roast, cocoa and choc malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, etc. then big bourbon and whisky, some oak and vanilla. booze is there, fairly strong but not huge, warming and tingly. A bit of spicy rye comes through. Then some dark fruits, fig, brandy soaked raisin, etc. smooth and juicy, complex and big. A sipper. Finishes bitter with more whisky and light barrel, more booze and lots of complex malts, and a nice cocoa finish.

Mouth is big bodied, decent carb for the style, lots of booze.

Overall awesome, great malts, great whisky and rye notes, big complex, nice cocoa, bitterness is spot on, no burnt flavors. Can't wait to age more.

jlindros, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

22oz bomber.

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.

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.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It's really stick on the palate.

This is a massive, sugary sweet, boozy sipper. There is a lot of different flavors going on and I certainly wouldn't call it subtle. Nonetheless, I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

gford217, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.65/5  rDev +11%

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass - Release #5
Batch 1/Cases/791 Bottled on 9/7/2011 - should get another one to age for 6-12 months

A - Beer pours with a beautiful, thick and frothy tan colored head; holds very well; nice layered lacing forms on the side of the glass; reddish hue around the edges but beer has mostly black colored body; jet black with no visible movement or carbonation in the beer; syrupy-thick consistency

S - Sweet dark fruit scents of fig, dates, touch of brown sugar; heavy, heavy oak and whiskey barrel nose; bourbon; fantastic; light touch of pomegranate in there; molasses; something else is in there like vanilla or creme, very nice; nutty; lots of alcohol

T - High alcohol; flavors of bourbon-whiskey and dark liquor; sweet brown sugar taste; coupled with a dark and almost espresso wash in the back of the mouth; dates and fig; brownie chocolate touch at the end; vanilla

M - Nice and creamy; dry rye and bitter aftertaste; coffee and dark fruits; awesome balance of barleywine and whiskey aged flavors; has a syrupy, molasses consistency; leaves behind a nice layer of flavorful film on the tongue

D - Fantastic drink; having it for dessert; couldn't have picked a better beer for this evening; reminds me a bit of 3 Floyd's Dark Lord, thick molasses flavor and feel, quality drink from every aspect of the beer; phenomenal, not sure why this isn't more popular

ferrari29, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of DMXLOX22
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

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!

DMXLOX22, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Picked up for $11.99 at my local Binny’s.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark color and two fingers of toffee colored head. Held up to the light, a chestnut red hue can be seen glimmering through the glass.

Smell – As soon as I pour the beer into the glass there are potent aromas. Dark fruits such as figs, grapes, and prunes. Cocoa, bourbon, and a healthy vanilla aroma can also be detected.

Taste – More bourbon up front than the aroma led me to believe. Dark fruits with a heavy grape presence. A nice spiciness, oak, vanilla, and alcohol warmth. There are just a load of different flavors mixing together rather well.

Mouthfeel – Wonderfully creamy, a hint more than medium bodied, slight carbonation, and oily on the tongue.

Overall – This is a great tasting beer. A bit boozy, though I do not taste the alcohol (though there is warmth). This is the second time Shmaltz has impressed me with high alcohol beers that are masked quite well. This is a wonderful sipper and I am enjoying it thoroughly. Can’t wait to see how the other one I picked up ages.

SpdKilz, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Vonerichs, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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!

kawilliams81, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Phelps, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Happy Rosh Hashanah everyone. Thought it would be appropriate to review this one!

A- pours a tawny garnet color with a tan head.

S- starts off with big sticky malty aromas of caramel and toffee. Figs and dates lend savory dark fruit aromas with the pomegranate and grape giving the slightest touch of tartness. Finish is toasty oak, rye whiskey and vanilla with a heady alcohol note. Amazing nose with a real layered characteristic.

T- big sticky caramel/toffee flavors blend with the figs and date dark fruit flavors at first. A hint of tartness from the pomegranate and grape juice. Spicey toasted oak with a robust rye whiskey flavor cut all sweetness towards the end leaving a warming alcohol with a note of vanilla on the finish.

MF- sticky syrupy mouthfeel with a chewy heavy body and light carbonation.

D- slow sipper of a beer.

Overall a unique complex barleywine. Take your time with this one.

Viciousknishs, Sep 29, 2011
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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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