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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 48
Gots: 69 | FT: 6
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 EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Dubber55
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001
Bottled 9/7/2011

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

Photo of Kshock
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of JizackFH
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaveHS
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Docer
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- 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.

Smell: (4.0)
- 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.

Taste: (4.5)
- 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.

Overall: (4.5)
- 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.

Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of ChugginOil
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jlindros
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ferrari29
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.