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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

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 50
Gots: 68 | 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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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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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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Bung

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. A very dark murky brown, thin layer of light tan head.

Aroma, large amount of molasses, fig, caramel, vanilla. Ah the bourbon barrel.

Taste, a little more fruit here, grape, raisin, prune. Quickly goes to more malty, rumcake, molasses, caramel vanilla. Toast and barrel at the end, and a stinging little dose of heat.

The carbonation is just a bit prickly, combined with the warmth make this a very slow drinker. Solid medium body and fairly well coating. This would be helped all around if it was a little more creamy.
Still another well done big beer from Shmaltz.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:13:33 | More by Bung
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

10-06-2013 20:01:58 | More by Hanzo
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 02:58:43 | More by Dope
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-07-2012 02:39:31 | More by BMart
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koopa

New Jersey

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

Had this one on tap at the Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington, NJ.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 finger khaki crown that shows no retention and little lace.

Smell: Lots of grainy malt, sweet dark fruits, a touch of whiskey, a hint of molasses / brown sugar, and some alcohol presence.

Taste: Same as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A meal of a beer. Decent flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 20:34:05 | More by koopa
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

very dark brown, ruby in the edges only. thin tan head that fades fast. woah...huge boozy aroma that smacks you in the nose. whiskey, oak, the fruit juices come through too. strong, but pleasant.

spicey and hot on the lips. definitely complex - tobacco, vanilla, molasses, whiskey, dark fruits. slightly sweet. sorta thick, sticky, viscous. carbonation level works well.

overall- seek it out if you like barleywine and whiskey.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 02:41:08 | More by jmdrpi
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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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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-21-2013 21:47:38 | More by ADTaber
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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
791 cases

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 12:50:53 | More by Jeffo
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Arbitrator

California

2.93/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a dark, chestnut body capped with a modest collar of light tan foam and some milky swirls atop the brew.

S: LOTS of grape and fig, almost to the point of reminding me of a grape lollipop. Mild presence of rye whiskey on the nose with some lingering oak.

T: This is treacly and sweet; it's very figgy and grape-like, which are signature Jewbelation flavors. Toss in the barrel aging and (presumably) sherry-like oxidation, and you've got a dark fruit overload that nearly overwhelms anything else in the beer. Toffee, mild chocolate, some rye bite in the finish.

M: Way too much imbalance on the sweet flavors up front; they fall off in a rough, burning finish. Also noticeable astringency in the aftertaste. Not a very impressive mouthfeel at all.

O: Eh, not really worth $12 when you can (in theory) pay $1 more and get King Henry, or $3 more to get Sucaba. It is simply outclassed as far as barrel-aged barleywines go.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:30:03 | More by Arbitrator
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%

06-13-2012 02:49:25 | More by jheezee
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

12-09-2011 16:08:46 | More by thewimperoo
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark, ruddy brown color. It poured with a medium sized sticky head.

s: The whiskey barrel takes center stage, but it isn't harh or overwhelming. Lots of earthy vanilla, boozy caramel, and hints of tobacco dominate. There was also prominent but mellow rich chocolate liqueur and some vinous fruit.

t: Sweet overall, but not cloying. Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, vanilla, and raisins up front. It finishes with lots of well incorporated whiskey, chocolate liqueur, lightly tart fruit juice, and a hint of cola.

m: Big, creamy, and very smooth.

o: It was a real pleasure to spend a few hours with this bottle. Everything comes together extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 14:29:26 | More by DIM
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-28-2011 21:47:06 | More by kaelingirl
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-02-2013 03:36:58 | More by Morey
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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-28-2011 22:17:47 | More by jsh420
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GrindFatherBob

New York

5/5  rDev +19.3%

12-14-2011 16:53:28 | More by GrindFatherBob
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room in Henrietta, NY.

'11 vintage.

Pours a dark brown, looks like a stout, almost. Half inch khaki colored head, with a little bit of lacing.

Smells like plums, maple syrup, roasted malt, and a little bit of chocolate.

Big maple syrup like flavor in the taste, it's excellent. Some dark fruit (plums and raisins), plus some vanilla, caramel, and some slight spicy rye whiskey flavors.

Medium to thick body, very full. Low to zero carbonation. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, gets sticky as time goes on.

This was a nice revelation, awesome that one of my local bars got a vintage keg of this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2014 01:38:44 | More by GreesyFizeek
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to Ken for sharing this one.

Deep brown in colour, one finger of tan head, some lace left behind. Smell is malty, lots of fruit here, dark fruits, pomegranate, oak and whisky, mild vanilla and some hoppy notes as well. Taste is malty with generous hints of vanilla, oak, assertive bitterness throughout, rye whisky, fruit rolls in more in the way of dark fruits, citrus in the finish and aftertaste, really complex stuff here. Light carbonation, full body, syrupy with a nice full feel. ABV not to be found, really solid with a good mixture of bitterness, malt and fruit to keep things interesting all the way through, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 02:09:23 | More by peensteen
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-05-2013 20:35:10 | More by atone315
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +19.3%

12-04-2011 18:42:17 | More by HopStoopid120
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-06-2011 04:27:30 | More by JRod1969
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 00:33:17 | More by SpdKilz
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.