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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

230 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 230
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%


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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EricCioe

Montana

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Missoula winter solstice tasting, 2011.

This pours a muddy brown with a bit of a head that dies down without lace. On the nose there is caramel, vanilla, booze-soaked raisins or figs, wood, and something spicy. In the mouth the dark fruit jumps out most, with vanilla and rye complimenting one another. The fruit juices mentioned on the bottle show up but in small doses, which is fine. The body is medium-full with a long finish, slightly heated but not really indicative of its abv.

Overall, this is a great barleywine, one of the highlights of the night.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 19:35:16 | More by EricCioe
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GregSVT

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 05:13:18 | More by GregSVT
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Pahn

New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 1, bottled 9/7/2011.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch fizzy tan head that dissipates steadily and loudly, leaving no lacing. Pours a semi-translucent dark ruby. No lacing from the beer proper either, but points for being a pretty color.

Smell: From the bottle: whiskey and oak. From the glass: chocolate, sugary candy, oak, some grape. Maltiness is reminiscent of Jewbelation 13 (some of that ripe banana quality along with caramel and mild breadiness). Said maltiness comes to be the dominant aroma, which is nice as far as it goes, but a little one-note. Whiskey and pastry highlights bring the score from a 3.5 to a 4.0.

Taste: First sip: whoa, I'm amazed that the four fruit juices (pomegranate, fig, date, grape) come through and pair so well with the whiskey and oak. The juice provides a tanginess, and a pomegranate-and-grape-like fruit flavor (not distinctly any of the fruits, but reminiscent) that somehow matches the vanilla oak and spicy whiskey. Finish is heavy maltiness and caramel.

This beer has a lot of rich (malt, oak) vs. sharp (acid, alcohol) happening with it. Sharp wins by a clear margin, which wears on me a bit. I'd drop the score to 3.5, but I'm still impressed by how these flavors work together, and while the beer is decidedly not complex for a barrel aged barleywine, it comes through with enough nuances (spiciness, smokiness, emerging oily hop flavor, raisin, a little molasses) to keep me interested.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Creamy, with an almost unpleasant chewiness. Moderate carbonation. Long aftertaste. Less heat than you'd expect from a 13.4% ABV beer.

Overall: Not a homerun, but a solid double. Unusually for Shmaltz, the price isn't really right on this one... sure, $14 isn't that bad for a barrel aged beer, but it's not great either (and neither is the beer). Interesting and reasonably enjoyable, but some of the same things that keep it interesting (all the tangy, acidic fruit) keep me from loving it.

P.S. It took me over 6 hours to finish this 22oz bottle (doing other things, pacing myself to avoid drunk-dial strength intoxication, etc). By the end, the same "fruity tanginess mixed with whiskey and malt" was present in the beer, but I had fallen in love with it. Can't say if this is due to not-quite-drunk-dial strength intoxication, the beer being allowed to breath, or what, but in the end this beer was great.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:41:20 | More by Pahn
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ficknish

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 07:24:05 | More by ficknish
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Big thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing this below-the-radar beauty.

A: Deep, clear persimmon body with a 1/2" of fine tan head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Solid.

S: Wow. Majorly fruity, with dates and pomegranates sticking out. Beyond the juicy dark fruits are major rye whiskey notes, plenty of tobacco, vanilla, and caramel. Lovely.

T: Sweet, earthy, fruity, malty, and spiritous. Toffee, caramel, dates, rye, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Other than the booze it's incredible.

M: Thick, sticky, and moderately carbonated. Nice.

O: All the elements of this huge beer go together beautifully, with the malt fruit and barrel all mingling to create a gigantic flavor extravaganza. Drink this beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 22:26:25 | More by woosterbill
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matttttYCE

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 09:47:09 | More by matttttYCE
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srandycarter

California

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 05:10:40 | More by srandycarter
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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 00:21:34 | More by hippityhops85
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 00:15:57 | More by Metalmonk
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IKR

California

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 01:32:08 | More by IKR
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 06:09:54 | More by chodinheaven
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 23:56:30 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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SkiBum22

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 15:14:37 | More by SkiBum22
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kennylopez

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:31:33 | More by kennylopez
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Lerxst

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 00:33:50 | More by Lerxst
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Gmann

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 04:27:08 | More by Gmann
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 15:35:14 | More by Hojaminbag
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karlbronson

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:05:56 | More by karlbronson
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 20:25:06 | More by trxxpaxxs
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cosmicevan

New York

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.
nutmeg.

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 00:35:58 | More by cosmicevan
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Dubber55

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:54:44 | More by Dubber55
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Kshock

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 21:06:13 | More by Kshock
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flannelman808

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 11:08:38 | More by flannelman808
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JizackFH

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 15:25:54 | More by JizackFH
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DaveHS

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 03:45:49 | More by DaveHS
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.