He'Brew Genesis 15:15
Shmaltz Brewing Company

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From:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
13.4%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 11.51%
Ratings:
257
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 11, 2019
Added:
Sep 29, 2011
Wants:
  51
Gots:
  68
SCORE
93
Outstanding
He'Brew Genesis 15:15He'Brew Genesis 15:15
Notes: None
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Another lost bottle from my cellar, aged much longer than intended, but apparently up to the task. Seven year old bottle, Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a thin dark khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt, dates, figs, raisins, brown bread, vanilla, light cardboardy oxidation and a hint of red berries (probably the pomagranite). Flavor follows, with dark caramel malt, figs, dates, raisins, vanilla and distinct pomagranite and light oak. Lingering dates and dark dried fruit, a touch boozy and a little syrupy. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Much closer in style to an English barleywine; lots of rich dark fruit and no real hops character. Rich and decadent; a bit sweet but not cloying and the deep body supports the sweetness. Another one I wish I had tried fresh to compare, but it has aged very well for over 6 years. There is oxidation, but at the expected level. Shmaltz does a great job on these big, multi malt barleywines. Enjoyable.

Feb 11, 2019
 
4.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2017
 
3.37 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC) on Oct 25, 2016
Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JayQue from Virginia

I have hung onto this one for 5 years!!! Pours a dense brown color with reddish highlights throughout. No head or lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, sweet fruit juices and the results of the bourbon barrel. Taste is more of the same with plenty of caramel malt, sweet fruit juices (figs and grapes and probably the pomegranate) and some bitterness from the bourbon and probably the hops. Mouthfeel is rich, somewhat syrupy with a bite from the bourbon barrel aging. No big alcohol burn, probably the result of 5 years of aging. Good barleywine and slow sipper. Probably had more bite years ago but nice and mellow now.

May 27, 2016
Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by chinchill from South Carolina

Large shared bottle in Atlanta.
Boozy, but not objectionable for style ... And for 13.4%ABV.
rich and complex. Seems at first to be a bit too sweet but further sipping soured it to be acceptably sweet.
Bordering on hot.

May 01, 2016
Photo of kaseydad
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by kaseydad from California

Had this in the cellar since 11…..why not crack-a-lack? Bottling date 9/7/2011. 5 malts, 7 hops in a

Pours a dirty brown colored ale with a big, beige foamy head. No lacing. Ring around the glass.

Big classic BW whiffs. Candied sugar, sweet malt, big brown sugar, molasses, caramel, chocolate, rye, mild grape juice and whiskey barrel booze goodness. Really good stuff going on here!

The taste is buttery, rye, spicy, caramel, vanilla and the ever-present barrel burn. A big beer that still is kicking the barrel loudly and making it a memorable session. Can the Shmaltz crew do no wrong?

Taste is silky smooth.

Overall this was a great beer experience. The booze is still radiating very nicely but blending great. Didn’t get much of the pomegranate juice, but all that was labeled on the label (fig juice, date juice, grape juice and rye whiskey barrels) was present in the session. I would definitely recommend drinking this soon and experiencing all that this should be…..strong booze presence and all. Just wish I had bought two instead of a bonehead-move one.

Jan 31, 2016
 
3.76 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Oct 28, 2015
Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Zach136 from Georgia

Appearance: Deep ruby brown, thin head.

Aroma/Flavor: Slight oxidation, brown sugar, touch of tomato and dark fruit. More vanilla and barrel on the palate than nose.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky.

Aug 04, 2015
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Amber / mahogany body with a small beige head. Sweet, boozy, caramel, fruity aroma. Sticky sweet. Full to medium bodied. Cloying. Best shared with a dozen people or more.

Jun 01, 2015
Photo of Mdwstbrlvr
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Mdwstbrlvr from Illinois

Bottled on 9.7.2011.
Wow, this has aged well. I remember the other bottle I had a few years ago being much more harsh. If you have any of these still sitting around you're sitting on gold, and I don't see these going down hill any time soon. Pours thick and syrupy and appearance is dark brown with ruby hues, thin whispy light brown lacing that retreats to the rim quickly. Smell is not far from typical barrel aged barleywine, caramel, dates, whiskey and wood, although the whiskey and wood has probably weakened due to the age. Taste is chocolate covered rye whiskey soaked raisin with a layer or caramel in the middle, although the rye is not as prominent as I remember when it was fresh. Mouth is thick and syrupy, coats the gullet as it goes down. I really hope Shmaltz brews this one again, soon.

Apr 25, 2015
 
4.16 by wethorseblanket from California on Mar 25, 2015
 
4.53 by M1A2 from Ohio on Jan 02, 2015
 
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Dec 09, 2014
 
4 by dtomes from New York on Dec 07, 2014
 
4.25 by JMBSH from Colorado on Nov 12, 2014
 
4.1 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Nov 11, 2014
 
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Nov 11, 2014
 
4.5 by monkeybeerbelly from New York on Oct 20, 2014
 
3.75 by DarthGuitarHero from Minnesota on Oct 20, 2014
 
2.75 by chadwicktorres from District of Columbia on Oct 14, 2014
Photo of SFC21
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
by SFC21 from Florida

Bottled 09/07/11. Wow, great beer. Unbelievable layers of flavor. Pours dark with red tones. Fig juice, pomegranate and barrel all meld together beautifully. So smooth. Wish I had another.

Sep 28, 2014
 
3.75 by iL0VEbeer from New Jersey on Sep 17, 2014
 
4 by zestar from California on Aug 06, 2014
 
3.25 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jun 15, 2014
 
4.25 by Latarnik from New Jersey on May 29, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Apr 29, 2014
 
5 by kinmundy77 from Illinois on Apr 27, 2014
 
4 by beernads from Florida on Mar 26, 2014
 
3 by kbuzz from North Carolina on Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Craigory
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Craigory from South Carolina

32oz fill from Green's Piney Grove, poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.

A: Pours a deep brown body intermingled with ruby hues, whilst forming a half-inch of beige head that quickly recedes to a ring and spotty cap. The look is deep inviting.

S: Plenty of good aroma on this one. There's lots and lots of vanilla, folded in with bourbon, dark, earthy fruits, and a bit of alcohol. The nose is deep and inviting.

T: Even more vanilla than the nose lets on, along with bourbon, dark, earthy fruits, and bit of alcohol peeking through. The barrel has been good to this beer. The vanilla is soft and creamy, as is the bourbon, while the dark fruits slowly move along the tongue and linger in the finish. One of the best dark fruit flavors I've gotten from any beer, regardless of style. The taste is deep and inviting.

M: Full, creamy, just the slightest bit syrupy--deep and inviting.

O: Deep and inviting, of course. This is a fantastic barrel-aged barleywine; there's clearly a solid base beer here, but the rye whiskey barrels 'take it to the next level' without steamrolling the barleywine beneath. Get it if you can find it.

Feb 07, 2014
 
3.75 by drewone from California on Jan 24, 2014
 
3.75 by LSMroz from Illinois on Dec 23, 2013
 
4.25 by josephwa from Minnesota on Dec 08, 2013
 
3 by SalukiAlum from Colorado on Dec 05, 2013
 
4.75 by EliotTruelove from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2013
 
3.5 by Gonzoillini from Illinois on Nov 13, 2013
 
4.25 by Hanzo from Virginia on Oct 06, 2013
 
4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Jul 21, 2013
 
4 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jun 20, 2013
 
3.5 by Retail1LO from Pennsylvania on Jun 11, 2013
He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 257 ratings