He'Brew Genesis 15:15
Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Genesis 15:15He'Brew Genesis 15:15
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Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
13.4%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 11.43%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
257
From:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  51
Gots
  68
SCORE
93
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Reviews by FosterJM:
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FosterJM from California

3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Sep 05, 2012
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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.

May 09, 2012
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Batch 001 bottled on 9/07/11. Poured into a tulip.

A: Poured a dark brown, but with more light it looked like it had a reddish tint to it. Amazing creamy looking head, very thick 2 finger head that slowly fades slowly but surely.

S: Initial smell is a creamy malts, which i can assume is the pomegranate, grape and fig juice. The end of the nose i can catch some of the barrel. But I can find a little roasty aromas.

T: Creamy maltiness welcomes your first taste, with a mild fruity kiss in the middle. Then at the end it was a nice roast/smokey finish.

M: it is very smooth, no carbonation bite, but it is warm at the end.

O: Pretty freaking awesome. A tad bit hot, but with age this baby is gonna be amazing. Kind of bummed I only have one more, may have to get more of this for sure.

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Review No. 300

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a murky looking brown with tons of prune and ruby highlights. Huge khaki head with tight groups of small bubbles. Alcohol legs are noticeable.

S: Nose strikes me as massively sweet and malty with tons of those adjunct fruit juice characters; dates, figs, bread, a strong yeasty component, lots of chalky chocolate, and oak...very little booze.

T: More of the same; dates, figs, pomegranate, dark bready malts, all mixing with chocolate and oaky notes. There is a bit of rye whiskey character on the finish. Tons of sticky fruits and malts.

MF: Syrupry, slick and creamy, medium full body.

O: Well I'll get accosted for admitting this but I've come to the realization that these types of beers (Old Ales, English Barleywines and Strong Ales) need some bitterness to even things out. American hops would go a long way to cut through the malty syrupy mess. Its obviously a well-crafted beer. More barrel character would help too.

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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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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 257 ratings