He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Batch/Cases 001/791. Bottling date 9/7/2011 (almost a year old)
A: Pours a dark brown with a huge and dense light brown head. Fades at a medium pace, leaving only zig-zags of fluffy lacing behind.
S: Dark fruit overload. Dates, raisin and fig primarily. Some molasses and caramel mixes in. Maybe a hint of grape and vanilla in there, hard to tell.
T: Super heavy molasses up front with some toffe. A wonderful rye whiskey following it. Sweet caramel kicks in in the middle with hints of those dark fruits but not nearly as pronounced as the aroma. Finishes dry, astringent and oaky with a flourish of bitter and earthy hops. Just a bit of alcohol sting on the back end but not as bad as I was expecting.
M: Heavy, borderline syrupy.
O: A really enjoyable big barleywine. A lot of times these can be super heavy on the molasses. This one is too but the rye whiskey cuts it nicely and prevents it from being overbearing and cloyingly sweet, while still adding extra complexity. Hoppy bitterness helps out in that department as well. A rich and balanced brew, I enjoyed it a lot.
08-09-2012 02:58:43 | More by Dope
4.23/5 rDev +1%
Ruby to dark brown with a quick, but long in the way of barleywines, head. A thin ring o' foam lasts for a bit. You can see tiny bubbles popping out the top of the beer.
Dark, Winter fruits dominate the nose with there rich sweetness. Ad to that some caramel, whiskey and oak and you have an enticing aroma.
Black caramelized grapes and figs atop a little whiskey and oak. Palate is warm, but not boozey. Just letting you know this beer is for sipping and savoring. Great, complex nightcap.
06-29-2012 01:49:09 | More by scruffwhor
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
Got this one from Irishgurl4 in a recent trade. Cheers! These guys make some stellar stuff, so I was excited about this one.
From a bomber into a snifter
Ale brewed with pomegranate, fig, date and grape juice.
Aged 6 mos in Sazerac rye whisky barrels.
Bottled on 7 September 2011
APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, light brown head with good retention. Bistre brown body, clear, with medium carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end but leave no lacing down the glass. Looks fine.
SMELL: Bourbon, vanilla and oak notes for sure. Caramel and toffee are there, with nutty notes and some definite brown sugar. Lots of brown sugar actually. The grape juice comes out, especially as it sits, and combing that with a bit of peppery spice gives it some quad charecteristics as well. There's some piercing booze in there, which lends a bit of hair spray to the aroma and makes is a little challending, but otherwise, this is a massive, complex and interesting nose to say the least.
TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with some dark fruit and flavors from the barrel aging. The taste explodes after the swallow, with lots of caramel, brown sugar sweetness, a touch of dark chocolate, dark fruits from the juices, and a well integrated barrel component. Bourbon, oak and vanilla interact with the spicy and sweet base beer, meshing seamlessly with the dark fruits and sugary flavors. Quite boozy as well, but that doesn't detract from the wonderfully complex and interesting flavor profile. A big and bold aftertaste lingers and lingers. This is great, and balance here is top-notch.
PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Enough weight and creamy enough on the palate, goes down alright with a scratch and burn at the swallow, and finishes rather sticky on the palate. Definite heat lingers. A little harsh perhaps.
OVERALL: This was an increadible treat. I had no idea that this was over 13% alcohol, but now that I see that, it certainly explains a lot. The nose is phenomenal and the flavors an absolute treat, but the slightly harsh palate kept this one back from being as divine as it could have been. A little time might let the heat fade a bit, which would bring this to another level I think. For now, it's a delicious beer with definite quad influences and an almost perfect balance between base beer and barrel aging. Another very impressive brew in the He'Brew line. Well done gents, and cheers for picking this one out Irishgurl4!
06-23-2012 12:50:53 | More by Jeffo
4.23/5 rDev +1%
Big thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside Jewbelation 15 and Funky Jewbelation.
The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan to off-white head. The aroma has some rye and booze notes, as well as quite a bit of molasses and brown sugar. The flavor is a little more complex, with the maple notes really coming through. They are complimented by some brown sugar and caramel malt, as well as a good bit of alcohol. The beer is fairly sweet overall, but I think that works OK. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.
06-16-2012 15:45:12 | More by Mora2000
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
A - Served a cloudy red-brown color with a thin finger of tannish frothy head. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lace.
S - Aroma is full of lots of Bourbon, oak, and vanilla, with some earthy hop and a touch of caramel malt and dark fruit.
T - Starts off with lots of Bourbon, oak, and vanilla with some earthy hops. Through the middle, more Bourbon flavor comes through with a bit of booze and some light malt, dark fruit, and bitterness. The finish is a mix of Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and some hop bitterness.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming finish.
D - Pretty drinkable. Big Bourbon flavor, but the beer holds up fairly nicely with some nice hp flavor coming through.
05-24-2012 22:52:57 | More by ngeunit1
4/5 rDev -4.5%
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
(A)- Pours a deep deep burnt chestnut color with some reddish highlights. Some good tan froth and lacing.
(S)- A nice rich profile of lightly booze soaked raisin, molasses, and a mild nutty oakiness. Maybe even hints at some fig as it warms.
(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. A nice richness of raisin, molasses, vanilla oak, fig, and caramel.
(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A nice balance to it as well. Rich and sweet, but not overly so. It does have a decent ABV bite to it, but fitting for the style and barrel aging; nor is it totally over the top either.
(D)- Overall, a very solid barrel aged barleywine. Some age might help soft out its subtle rough edges, but is overall quite nice.
05-19-2012 18:22:00 | More by sweemzander
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured a dark brown color with ruby red hues along the edges from a 22 oz bomber. The batch and case number along with date of bottling was clearly marked on the label.
One finger tan colored head when poured in my over-sized brandy glass that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the edges that didn't go anywhere.
Aroma is extremely fig and date forward upfront with caramel malt, some sweetness and definite whiskey barrel characteristics coming through. Not a lot of pomegranate in the nose, and slight hints of alcohol.
Lots of lacing around the edges of the glass.
Taste is slightly sweet upfront, with all the charred barrel characters evident. The sweetness gives way to a distinct bitterness that lingers for quite some time after the finish. The pomegranate notes come through more in the taste than the nose. There is also a mixture of dates-raisin blend in the taste.
This is a big beer, but the alcohol is very well masked. Easy to drink in spite of being so big.
Overall, one of the best beers by He'Brew and a very good spin on a barleywine.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.
The bottle I had was almost a year old and I am sure age would only make this barleywine better.
05-09-2012 03:31:37 | More by CaptDavyJones
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
Bottle shared by Steve at his birthday, 22oz into a snifter.
Dark brown body, almost black with deep shades of ruby in the light. Tan head that leaves a thick collar with some big legs. Nose has some solid whiskey barrel notes, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit character (in the fig, date, grape fashion as the label describes from all the various additions). A bit of alcohol but not to the level indicated by the label. Taste has s soothing whiskey barrel character off the bat, vanilla, toasted oak, substantial dark and fruity malt notes again. Heavy medium feel, sticky and allowing this to only be sipped. A big malty BA'd strong ale, lingering malt and fruitiness hangs out on the palate for a while after each sip. Alcohol isn't prevalent which is magnificent for the actual content, lending more of a warming feel than anything. A solid beer, and not as convoluted as the label seems to stress.
04-28-2012 15:15:35 | More by liamt07
4.75/5 rDev +13.4%
Deep brown, hazy, thin but not absent tan head.
Nose has leather, serious malt and some rye.
Taste is fantastic, rich with oak, licorice, loads of barley and a hint of bitter rye. Really impressive-- wish I knew how good this was going to be, I'd have bought two. There's a bit of fruit here as well (pomegranate, fig and date according to the bottle), but its subdued and really well integrated.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, rich.
If Firestone Walker made this, it would be a hypestorm and cost twice as much. This is a top-shelf beer at a mid-shelf price.
04-14-2012 01:15:26 | More by zaphodchak
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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