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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 49
Gots: 69 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 09-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DIM
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of peensteen
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of brotherloco
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Batch No. 001. Bottled 9/7/2011. Served in a tulip.

Pours a deep dark blood red. A finger of beige foam forms and then dissipates to a small ring. No real lacing left behind.

Real nice barrel presence in the aroma. Vanilla, oak, and whiskey right up front. Backed up with sweet and bready malt, molasses, dark fruits. A strong fig newton note, sweetened by the other fruits. Alcohol isn't really strong, but you feel it in your nose.

Flavor is quite complex. Sweet and salty at the same time. A lot of grainy malt, roasted notes. Melted marshmallow, chocolate, caramel. Dark fruit juice. All of the oak and vanilla from the nose are present and are blended really well into the other flavors. Nicely balanced bitterness. Amazing how well the big ABV is buried. Just big, bold, and fantastic.

Full bodied with medium-low soft carbonation. Makes for a rich, thick, creamy feel. Good for slow sipping, which the ABV demands.

Kind of an odd hybrid. The nose is mostly barleywine, but the flavor has a ton of Imperial Stout character. I ain't complaining though, this is a really great beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. batch no. 001/791. bottling date 9/7/2011.

pours out a very dark reddish brown color, nice ruby red hues in the light, good clarity. a big 2-3 fingers worth of tan/ khaki colored creamy heady,very good retention and some decent lace. some nice legs noticable as well.

very nice aroma. reminds me a lot of HotD- Matt. a very nice burnt caramel/ toffee, burnt sugars, almost a maple like sweetness. a whole range of dark fruits, figs, dates, even a touch of grape noticable, a nice slight vanilla like oaky woodiness, then some hot warming whiskey hits the nostrils.

similar to the aroma. big sweet, sticky caramel, burnt caramel sweetness. almost a bit of maple, burnt sugars. lots of dark fruits going on here, figs, dates, with some vinious grapey flavors as well. the rye whiskey barrel comes through in the end adding some nice heat, a bit of a whiskey like flavor, and a smooth vanilla oakiness.

sticky, very sweet, and very chewy mouthfeel, full bodied and a slightly lighter carbonation.

at first i didnt know if i was really going to enjoy this, came off a bit cloyingly sweet with loads of dark fruits. but as it opened up it really started becoming very enjoyable. id definatly buy more of this and would recommend this to any barleywine of HotD lover. still, it does have that signature hebrew flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a monster. Genesis 15:15 pours a deep viscous brown, and has aromas of sweet and dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. The taste here is very complex and delicious, it's incredibly heavy on the fruit flavors. There's a lot of different fruit flavor going on here over strong caramel malts. The rye bourbon helps out here, adding a welcome boozy edge to the proceedings that would be otherwise covered up by the fruits. More oak comes in on the finish. The mouthfeel is heavy and drying, but there's a strange sticky aspect here too that kinda clashes with the dry feel. The drinkability is great. Overall, this is an excellent barrel aged barleywine, the barrel really supports the very fruity base beer.

Photo of ms11781
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, Bottled 09/07/2011 on label. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep mahogany color that is near opaque. There are some lighter, reddish brown hues around the edges of the glass and looks somewhat translucent as each sip is taken. A surprisingly dense light tannish head develops and actually sticks around for a few minutes before receding to a foam ring around the glass.

The barrel treatment and a big sweetness are what stand out most in the nose. Right up front is a near perfect amount of whiskey, it's more than subtle but hardly overwhelming or even a dominant aroma. There is a huge caramel sweetness that gives way to some nice dark fruit aromas.

The taste is actually a step up from the nose. There seems to be a lot more going on and the nose had plenty going for it. The whiskey is present from start to finish and, while it makes itself known, it's not too intrusive. It definitely starts and finishes each sip but backs off in between and allows the other characteristics to play nicely. The taste is sweeter than the nose. There is a big caramel note, almost candy-like in its sweetness. There is also nice, almost acidic sweetness which I assume are from the different fruit juices that were added. None of the individual fruits are discernible, which shows how well the flavors blend together.

The mouthfeel is huge here. Each sip is big and thick, borderline syrupy but not quite. Full bodied with low carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol but that's to be expected with a 13.4% ABV beer.

This is a great BA barleywine. There is whiskey is well integrated with the other flavors and aromas and is never too much, allowing everything else to shine through. This one is definitely ready to drink now.

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.