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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
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 245
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 48
Gots: 70 | 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 iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's

15:15 pours a fairly dark brown, cola color with good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, I think this is one attractive aroma profile, with considerable prune, ruby port, milk duds and milk chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this decadently sweet beer, with the milk chocolate, coffee and prune flavor dominating. In combination, the flavor profile is pretty terrific. On the other hand, the combination of high alcohol and sweetness mae for one extremely boozy beer, and it was a chore even to drink the 4 ounce sample I purchased. Mouthfeel is otherwise medium bodied to full, with a long, rich, extremely sweet finish.

No doubt about it , this is an excellent beer, but the sweetness and high alcohol make this one to be taken in small doses only.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with ruby edges; big brown head

S - candy sugar, caramel, nutty

T - sweet, caramel, sugary, earthy, woody, nutty

M - full bodied, sticky, smooth, well carbonated

This was a pretty nice beer. It came across as a very big, bold brown ale. It was a tad sweet but not cloyingly so. I liked this one. I would have it again.

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 HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/20/2011

On tap at Breakwater.

A: Deep brown with a reddish tinge and a finger of beige foam.

S: Strong caramel presence with lesser notes of toffee and earth. Bourbon is pronounced, and I get vanilla and wood.

T: Caramelized brown sugar with big bourbon and booze notes. I get a little chocolate, as well as a moderate hop bitterness with notes of grapefruit.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: This is my first beer from this brewery and I'm impressed.

Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep mahogany with an overall pronounced brown hue to it. A fairly small and dense tan head sits atop with rapid dissipation. The lacing was decent, not too much which I expected from the smaller head. Typical in a traditional barrel aged Barleywine sense.

S: Whoa, tons of sweet dark fruits. After reading the bottle it's evident where these are all coming from (as they added lots of dark fruits and juices to the beer). Fig, pomegranate, raisin and plum all come through big with an overbearing sweetness to them. The whiskey barrel is here too, it's big bold and also a bit sweet.

T: Sweet whiskey and oak are the first to show up, but quickly enough come the dark fruits. Again, fig, prune and plum all concentrated into one flavor hit your palate with a ton of sweetness. It's good but it may be a bit too much in the way of how sweet it is. The balance seems off and although the barrel tries to counteract, it fails.

M: Lower on the carbonation giving this a nice body. It feels sticky and syrupy on the palate almost, but enough carbonation is there to break it up.

I enjoyed the flavors but felt the sweetness was a bit over the top. Tone that down and allow the barrels to do more and this would be a perfect match. Cellaring might benefit this beer. Actually, I might pick another up to test that theory as the flavors itself were quite nice.

Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/10/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to Cheesemoose for FedEx'ing this to me "like a boss." --

Batch 001/971 - Bottled 9/7/11

A: This one's fairly dark. Ruby-brownish-black. A gentle pour yields a healthy and off-white 2.5 finger creamy head. Good retention and lacing, with a thick collar to boot.

S: Easily the best part of what will end up being a great little beer. Tons of wonderful barrel and whiskey qualities mingle with figs and dark fruit.

T: Quite fruity. It's like this has already spent a year+ in the cellar, as it's properly candied and ready to go. Prunes and late harvest dark grapes hit up front. The mid is sweet like an English Barleywine (and I don't really get any hops on this beer at all). Char, vanilla and a solid dose of rye hits toward the back. And the barrel isn't immediately present, as it waits 'til the finish to really leave it's mark.

M: Pretty creamy and dense. Lots of complexity and weight. The carbonation is right on point, adding to the overall presentation in a big way.

O: I was really bummed to have missed this when it hit distro, and have been hunting for it ever since. Easily one of the best off-the-shelf Barleywines I've had in a long time. Not a candidate for a long cellar sentence, it's ready to drink and pretty damn delicious. A hearty recommendation.

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an opaque deep caramel color with a thin beige head. Wispy film retains and leave a few splashes of lacing on the glass.

Burly and boozy in the nose with plenty of barrel character. Vanilla and rye with dark fruit sweetness. Dark grape skin and pomegranate with some juicy tones. Caramel and burnt sugar with bready notes.

Smack of vanilla and oaky booze up front with a dash of hops. Roasted malts with caramel and breadiness. Touches of toffee and burnt sugar which is crushed by an avalanche of dark fruit. Plenty of red grapes with pomegranate and a few touches of dates and raisin. The beer gets really sweet at this point, and finishes with another splash of vanilla soaked booze.

Fuller body, mild carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A pretty solid barrel aged brew, although the pomegranate and grape got a little fruit-juicy for me at points.

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. Head recedes leaving some nice soapy lacing.

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, but never overpowering or harsh.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It's really stick on the palate. Surprisingly not too sweet, despite all he dark fruits, bourbon and dark caramelized malts.

This is a massive, fruity, sweet, boozy sipper. There is a lot of different flavors going on and I certainly wouldn't call it subtle. Nonetheless, I'm thoroughly enjoyed it. Boozy flavors are complementary to the dark fruitiness.

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a small tan head. In the aroma, it smells just like bourbon. In the taste, vanilla, oak, bourbon and alcohol. A small alcohol like bite and a medium to syrupy mouthfeel, with a small dry bourbon in the aftertaste. Well, it is bourbon just carbonated and made like a beer.

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

A - Brown beer with some nice ruby. Tan head that rose up about a finger and left some spots on the sie.

S - Brown sugar, caramel malts. Raisins and figs are particularly present. Touch of barrel, bit of rye. It's a nice combination of flavors that isn't too overpowering in any one facet.

T - Nice caramel, dark fruits, fairly mellow wiskey, wood, touch of vanilla, brown sugar. Not hot at all, easy drinker for this much alcohol. The addition of the grapes and pomegranates are a nice touch.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Really nice beer, my buddy and I killed this one easily enough between the two of us and drank some more beer afterwards. A nice BA offering that I'd drink again.

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 sweemzander
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of FosterJM
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1494th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

2011 Bottling

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one

Shared with my brother in law for his birthday

App- When I poured this out, it was into two snifter about 8oz each. It was a good mix of browns, reds and purples from the fruit additions and coloring of the barrels. It had an off white 1-1/2 finger slow receding head that left some really nice cling down the glass.

Smell- It was overly dominated by all the fruit. The barrel seemed lost to me even when warm. Retained a lot of base barleywine malty, boozy notes. Not overly complex. I would agree with my wife who said soy sauce. The aromas seem to counterbalance eachother and somewhat cancel them out.

Taste- A nice barleywine with the nose being a slight off note. Base barleywine malts shine through and dominate the treatment again. The rye is a bit lost as is the barrel. A small spice note is there but again dominated by the fruits on this one. More as it warms you really get a juicy fig & pomegranate.

Mouth- A medium creamy silky body with a medium-high semi prickly carbonation level. A bit better and smoother as it warmed. A bit of the fruits was there but most of the residual flavor was malts and boozy notes.

Drink- It was a good barleywine and barrel aged at that. I thought the fruit couldve been a little dialed down and the barrel brought up a bit more to smooth it all out. I would probably sit this one again for a while if I came across another bottle.

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