He'Brew Genesis 10:10
Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
3.73 | pDev: 11.8%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: A huge balance of specialty malts, pounds and pounds of American and European hops, brewed with a hint of luscious Pomegranate juice.
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3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear dark copper to almost amber-brown with an off-white moussy head which rose tall and stayed well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and fruity with a strong caramel malt presence and a lightly grassy, citrusy and spicy hop aroma. The fruity aspect had a grape character, like fresh grape juice.

The flavor was malty but with a substantial bittering which kept the flavor from becoming sweet. The bittering and hop flavor had an earthiness and some grassy and citrusy characteristics. The fruit, pomegranate according to the label, just did not meld with the hop and malt character. It seemed out of place and uninspired.

The finish was dry with lasting harsh fruity and hop characteristics far too long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and thin for a 10% beer. The alcohol warming after consumption was strong. Congrats on 10 years, too bad it wasn't a better beer.

22 ounce bottle.

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2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark copper color,with red tinges, and a one finger head. Head falls into a small blanket over top of the glass, and tiny bubbles trail up the sides until the end of the bottle, just like champagne. Quite nice to look at.

Aroma is slightly fruity, and alcoholic. I also detect a slight amount of roasted grain. Mild aroma, where not much jumps out.

flavor is oddly disappointing. For being a beer supposedly brewed with 10,000 pomegranates, there is no fruit flavor at all. The flavor that is there is slighty malty and roasted, with a bitter hoppy finish. Alcohol makes itself prevalent after the first few sips, and tends to burn your tongue a bit after that, therefore drinkability is low. Mouthfeel is rather slick and oily, but not unpleasant.

I was really hoping for more out of this beer. To me it tastes like a half-assed barley wine, and nothing like a fruit beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Lots of tiny bubbles floating up toward a very slightly (and slightly disappearing) off white head. Body's an amber with copper hues. Some circular and wet lacing around the glass and falling lower and lower like raindrops in a parked car.

Smell: What I like here are the hops (more citrus and grapefruit with a slight twinge of pine) and sweet malt that are, somehow, complimented excellently by the fruit. You can smell and absorb it without being overpowering, too sweet to the nose, or fake and additive-like. Everything comes together pretty well.

Taste: Frighteningly delicious and unassuming for 10% is the first thing that needs to be recognized here. Otherwise, the pomegranate juice is intergrated with flair. The finish is extremely complex, sour, bitter, fruity, and everything in between. Still not as good as it can be (what about some aging possibly?), but damn, this is a new take on a fruit beer, or strong ale, whichever it really is. And seriously, where is the tinge of alcohol I expected?

Mouthfeel: Very full without getting to the point of wanting to take it even slower because of that. By the end it moves toward creamy, and with some aging I'd say it'd probably get even better. I think the constantly flowing carbonation toward the top of the glass definitely helps it out.

Drinkability: This is my first of the He'Brew beers. And I think I may as well stick to this guy, because my experience has been something that I really hadn't expected at all. Is this a strong ale, a fruit beer, a combination of both? Either way, I'm sure it can have the potential to do crazy things if you treat it the way it's not supposed to be treated. For the price, however (I paid around $5 for the bomber and for some I'd imagine that may be expensive), and the quality, this is something you need to try.

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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Twenty-two ounce (bomber) brown bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter. Neck label reads "brewed in New York 2006."

Appearance: The beer pours a clear, deep copper with a minimal off-white head. A complete ring of white lace remains even after the head dissapates. It has an overall appetizing appearance.

Smell: Within the aroma the two most noticeable attributes are a sweet maltiness and a light, berry-like fruit profile that seems to lie somewhere between pomegranate and cherries. The malts give way to a soupçon of caramel and a very noticeable alcohol characteristic.

Taste: It would be an understatement to say that the alcohol characteristic is noticeable in the taste. It's mildly peppery and seems to vie for dominance with the fruit flavors, which still seem to pull between cherries and pomegranate. I get some burnt caramel beneath the bitterness, which overtakes the fruit flavors and leaves the palate with a lingering bitter finish. Still, this one seems a little confused, as if it needs to come together.

Mouthfeel: Medium, leaning towards full-bodied. Coats the mouth somewhat. Overall pleasant.

Drinkability: Moderate drinkability. This brew is a bit too hot right now, and the alcohol goes a long way towards overwhelming the fruit characteristic that seems to hold the brew together. Give this one some time.

Notes: I didn't realize there'd been some hype about this brew until just a few minutes ago. I just saw it in my store and bought it, since I liked last year's Jewbilation brew. I was trying to identify on the label which beer style they used as a base before the juice addition, and now I'm quite sure this is an American Barleywine. In fact, I'd lean more towards categorizing this as an American Barleywine that just happens to be brewed with fruit juice as opposed to a fruit beer. I don't think the contribution of the pomegranate juice at this stage is quite that pronounced.

This is an overall decent beer right now, and something I'd flag as a candidate for aging. Give her some time to come together and let's return, shall we?

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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 111 ratings