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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Viciousknishs on 09-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
254
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
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Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown in color and ends up a dark mahogany with red edges. Less than an inch of light tan head sits briefly and leaves small bubbles along the glass walls.

The nose is powerful. Full of strong rye, malt, dark fruit and bourbon. Very interesting and the more i smell it, the more intrigued I am to drink it.

The taste brings a boozy start and immediately switches into a vanilla and rye, fruit-infused brew. The barrels work their magic up front and bring notes of oak, caramel, rye and booze. Behind the barrel's influence lies the fruits. Grape juice is most prominent of the fruits added to this brew, followed by a bit of a ripe pomegranate. This is complex as hell and I feel like my palate is giving a go at a rubix cube. Beware, this 13.4% ABV is masked like Jim Carrey in the 90's

The mouthfeel is heavy and quite thick. Creamy like with a low amount of carbonation that is understandable to to the barrel-aging. Stickiness coats my palate very nicely.

Overall, this has to be the most complex barleywine I have had the pleasure of enjoying. Very interesting and tasty how Schmaltz takes the barrel aging process and adds fruit juices. Delicious and dangerously drinkable at that. MUST...BUY...MORE

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Big thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing this below-the-radar beauty.

A: Deep, clear persimmon body with a 1/2" of fine tan head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Solid.

S: Wow. Majorly fruity, with dates and pomegranates sticking out. Beyond the juicy dark fruits are major rye whiskey notes, plenty of tobacco, vanilla, and caramel. Lovely.

T: Sweet, earthy, fruity, malty, and spiritous. Toffee, caramel, dates, rye, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Other than the booze it's incredible.

M: Thick, sticky, and moderately carbonated. Nice.

O: All the elements of this huge beer go together beautifully, with the malt fruit and barrel all mingling to create a gigantic flavor extravaganza. Drink this beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 'Harvest' Barleywine ale brewed with pomegranate juice, fig juice, date & grape juice, aged in Sazerac 6-yr rye whiskey barrels. 5 different malts, 7 different hops. A clusterfuck of a beer, and I can't wait.

Bomber bottled on 9/7/2011, divvied up in two snifter glasses.

Inch or more of latte foam colored head that fell to a ring; no surprise at 13.4%. A deep, dark brown body with violet tinges. 4.0

Huge nose! Mega caramel and toffee with sugary fruitiness and distinct rye whiskey aromatics. Vanilla, maple syrup, fig cookies, trail mix, and a stiff booziness. Recognizing the pomegranate in the nose is a bit of a stretch. Hint of piney hops, but it's faint and blends in with the oaky barrel and the rye whiskey spice notes. 4.5

Intense flavors. Dried fruit and caramel nut toffee sweetness with maple syrup and tart fruit punch and concord grape juice. Picking up some red apple and Belgian chocolate. Madness! Crazy to say that I'm picking up some vinous oxidation notes. The whiskey is so much more subtle and perfectly complementary. Starts out with it, and subsides slowly. Finishes with some hop bitterness that is borderline acrid, otherwise, an atomic malt bomb. 4.5

Hands down, one of the THICKEST beers I have ever drank. Drinks like fortified wine with flour whisked in. Sticky sweet, but this IS a dessert of a beer. Low carbonation and a sting of alcohol. A slow sipper. 4.0

I thought this would be a mess, but instead is a cornucopia of flavor and complexity. An amazing take on a barleywine. I MUST get another bottle to drink, and MAYBE one to age. Highly recommended! 4.5

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 9/7/2011. Pours an extremely dark brown/almost black color; with a 1 finger foamy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a ring of lace and spotty bubbles that linger. Slight foamy lacing on the glass, but at 13.4%, this is expected. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, fig, toast, toffee, grape, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, earth, leather, and light rye spiciness; slight alcohol as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of maltiness and barrel character. Taste of huge toffee, caramel, raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toast, oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, earth, tobacco, leather, and light rye spiciness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toffee, toast, raisin, prune, fig, caramel, molasses, oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, leather, and light rye spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of malty flavors with a great complimenting balance of the barrel character; with nearly zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is insanely well hidden at 13.4% with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly fantastic barrel aged barleywine with fruit juices! The flavors from the fruit juices are not overpowering, and the malt complexity of the barelywine is highly complex. Very smooth to sip on as well for the gravity. An incredibly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's

15:15 pours a fairly dark brown, cola color with good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, I think this is one attractive aroma profile, with considerable prune, ruby port, milk duds and milk chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this decadently sweet beer, with the milk chocolate, coffee and prune flavor dominating. In combination, the flavor profile is pretty terrific. On the other hand, the combination of high alcohol and sweetness mae for one extremely boozy beer, and it was a chore even to drink the 4 ounce sample I purchased. Mouthfeel is otherwise medium bodied to full, with a long, rich, extremely sweet finish.

No doubt about it , this is an excellent beer, but the sweetness and high alcohol make this one to be taken in small doses only.

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Photo of korguy123
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date 9/7/2011

A-Super dark brown with red highlights. Finger width off white head that quickly drops to a thin cap. Lacing is slightly sticky in sheets.

S- The rye really stands out the most. The malts are chewey with hints of caramel and toffee. Vanilla and brown sugar. The hops give floral and slight pine. I'm gerting very little in the way of the juices but it sure smells good.

T- Floral and slight pine hops. Caramel and toffee with touches of brown sugar, vanilla and whisky. The juice is more noticeable, mostly getting the grape and pomegranate. The alcohol is there in the way of a slight warmth and medicinal presence.

M- Medium bodied, mild carbonation with a warmth from the booze. Sticky on the lips.

O- Very interesting adding the juices, they aren't so obvious that you can pull the flavors separately but they meld together nicely. Good solid barrel aged barleywine.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1, aged in 6-year old Sazerac barrels. Purchased at Binny's Lakeview. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A direct pour rouses a finger of tan foam that settles to a very thin cap, thicker collar, and a few stray spots of lace. Transparent dark red-brown body with a purplish tinge to it.

S - It's a very enjoyable collection of intense brown sugar, caramel, milled grains, malted barley, dark fruits, rye whiskey, light oak, and a great vanilla note. I don't get any of the advertised pomegranate juice, but that's a pretty minor quibble.

T - Taste is equally enjoyable, with a well-integrated blend of vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, toffee, treacle, and light rye whiskey and barrel notes. There's some of the advertised grape and pomegranate juice in the finish, and it provides a nice contrast to the rich sweetness found mid-palate. Alcohol is well-hidden, as I would have guessed 10-11% at most.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, chewy and viscous texture, and a slightly tannic finish. Again, minimal alcohol warmth is present.

D - This beer was a huge surprise. I've enjoyed the occasional Shmaltz offering, but this is the first one where I'm actually inspired to go purchase additional bottles. Obviously it's a sipper at 13.4%, but this is better than scads of barleywines that are much more difficult to procure. Pretty tame out of the gate, so there's probably not much benefit to aging past 6-12 months.

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Photo of Docer
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice super dark brown brew that I can hardly see through in my large glass. Wonderful slowly rising light tan head.. settles with lace all about, and scattered pillows of foam. Pretty beer.

Smell: (4.0)
- Rich sweet malts. Very caramel and candy-like with a molasses, fig, and touch of esters. Little bit of alcohol with a touch of whiskey, vanilla, and earthy oak flare. Certainly smells like a heavy one.

Taste: (4.5)
- Hot damn. This is one heavy barleywine full of complex flavors. Certainly one to share with friends. Big caramel malt with wonderful vanilla whiskey flare. Esters, fig, all melded in there with maybe a small dose of earthy hops. Hard to say, but there is a nice gritty rye note going on. Win.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- High marks on the feel. Not so hot, not overly dry by any means though just a touch, and not too thick and syrupy. Very well put together. Medium to heavy body, and super easy to drink for its strength.

Overall: (4.5)
- Great beer, and well made for sure. I can't quite recall, but I don't think the price of this brew broke the piggy bank. Price doesn't affect my judging though. It's about the beer. This is a great beer, and makes a nice sipper late at night while reading a book or relaxing with friends. Easy to drink, very full of flavor, and hits the spot. Get it if you can.

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Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve at his birthday, 22oz into a snifter.

Dark brown body, almost black with deep shades of ruby in the light. Tan head that leaves a thick collar with some big legs. Nose has some solid whiskey barrel notes, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit character (in the fig, date, grape fashion as the label describes from all the various additions). A bit of alcohol but not to the level indicated by the label. Taste has s soothing whiskey barrel character off the bat, vanilla, toasted oak, substantial dark and fruity malt notes again. Heavy medium feel, sticky and allowing this to only be sipped. A big malty BA'd strong ale, lingering malt and fruitiness hangs out on the palate for a while after each sip. Alcohol isn't prevalent which is magnificent for the actual content, lending more of a warming feel than anything. A solid beer, and not as convoluted as the label seems to stress.

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Photo of shand
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a really dark brown color. It has a finger of tan head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malt and dark fruits like cherry, fig, raisin, and plum. There are also some chocolate, vanilla, hops, and some booziness.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with some dark roasted malt flavor. There is some sweetness and dark fruit flavors. There are also flavors of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a moderate hop flavor. The finish leaves some lingering roasted and hop bitterness on the palate. There is also a bit of booziness.

M - This has a pretty full body on it and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a rich smooth feel to it. There is a nice sweetness to it, but also some roasted malt and hop bitterness. There is some boozy warmth on the back end as well.

O - There is good drinkability here. This goes down real smooth, and the flavor is very nice. It leaves you wanting more with each sip. Overall, I think this is a really nice barley wine, and I found it hard to put down even though it is a sipper. I recommend trying this one out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

He'Brew Genesis 15:15

Appearance: reddish brown, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: heavy malts and barrel.

Taste: syrupy barley, roasted malt, a rye flavor, and a very subtle fruit juice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: thick and heavy.

Overall:
This is a strong flavored brew. It is unusual, yet good.

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Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

Pours deep mahogany with some copper showing through the edges under a big creamy beige head that's continually fed by some bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma is huge and excellent with lots of toffee, caramel and molasses. There is plenty of dark fruit like dates and plums and a little vanilla. The whiskey and oak are present in the nose but are just an additional layer in the nose as opposed to dominating it.

The taste is more of the same with different sweet components all piled together. There is the underlying caramel malts but with booze soaked overripe fruits and tons of toffee and treacle. The finish has more bourbon than the aroma would suggest.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It's really stick on the palate.

This is a massive, sugary sweet, boozy sipper. There is a lot of different flavors going on and I certainly wouldn't call it subtle. Nonetheless, I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Missoula winter solstice tasting, 2011.

This pours a muddy brown with a bit of a head that dies down without lace. On the nose there is caramel, vanilla, booze-soaked raisins or figs, wood, and something spicy. In the mouth the dark fruit jumps out most, with vanilla and rye complimenting one another. The fruit juices mentioned on the bottle show up but in small doses, which is fine. The body is medium-full with a long finish, slightly heated but not really indicative of its abv.

Overall, this is a great barleywine, one of the highlights of the night.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy Rosh Hashanah everyone. Thought it would be appropriate to review this one!

A- pours a tawny garnet color with a tan head.

S- starts off with big sticky malty aromas of caramel and toffee. Figs and dates lend savory dark fruit aromas with the pomegranate and grape giving the slightest touch of tartness. Finish is toasty oak, rye whiskey and vanilla with a heady alcohol note. Amazing nose with a real layered characteristic.

T- big sticky caramel/toffee flavors blend with the figs and date dark fruit flavors at first. A hint of tartness from the pomegranate and grape juice. Spicey toasted oak with a robust rye whiskey flavor cut all sweetness towards the end leaving a warming alcohol with a note of vanilla on the finish.

MF- sticky syrupy mouthfeel with a chewy heavy body and light carbonation.

D- slow sipper of a beer.

Overall a unique complex barleywine. Take your time with this one.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of DaveHS
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear ruby/mahogany with 1/2 inch of soft mocha head. Light soapy lacing.

S-Plenty of rye, stone fruits, toffee, creme brulee, just a touch of dry, tart pomegranite and raspberry juice. A little dry booziness.

T/M-Lovely milk chocolate and rye whisky sweetness are the dominant flavors. Like the previous few barrel aged releases from He'Brew, this one is an oak bomb. What really stands out is the body. Full and rich, but velvety soft. Scarcely a hint of booziness.

O-I'm pairing this with the Colston Basset Stitchelton raw milk stilton and it's beautiful. Will buy a few of these to get me through the holidays. On par with the Firestone Walker barrel aged releases, for less money.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby to dark brown with a quick, but long in the way of barleywines, head. A thin ring o' foam lasts for a bit. You can see tiny bubbles popping out the top of the beer.

Dark, Winter fruits dominate the nose with there rich sweetness. Ad to that some caramel, whiskey and oak and you have an enticing aroma.

Black caramelized grapes and figs atop a little whiskey and oak. Palate is warm, but not boozey. Just letting you know this beer is for sipping and savoring. Great, complex nightcap.

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Photo of peensteen
4.23/5  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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/10/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to Cheesemoose for FedEx'ing this to me "like a boss." --

Batch 001/971 - Bottled 9/7/11

A: This one's fairly dark. Ruby-brownish-black. A gentle pour yields a healthy and off-white 2.5 finger creamy head. Good retention and lacing, with a thick collar to boot.

S: Easily the best part of what will end up being a great little beer. Tons of wonderful barrel and whiskey qualities mingle with figs and dark fruit.

T: Quite fruity. It's like this has already spent a year+ in the cellar, as it's properly candied and ready to go. Prunes and late harvest dark grapes hit up front. The mid is sweet like an English Barleywine (and I don't really get any hops on this beer at all). Char, vanilla and a solid dose of rye hits toward the back. And the barrel isn't immediately present, as it waits 'til the finish to really leave it's mark.

M: Pretty creamy and dense. Lots of complexity and weight. The carbonation is right on point, adding to the overall presentation in a big way.

O: I was really bummed to have missed this when it hit distro, and have been hunting for it ever since. Easily one of the best off-the-shelf Barleywines I've had in a long time. Not a candidate for a long cellar sentence, it's ready to drink and pretty damn delicious. A hearty recommendation.

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Photo of Treebs
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Batch 001/791 cases. Bottled 9/7/2011.

A: Pours a very deep ruby with a frothy tan head about two fingers in height. The head recedes to a thin collar and doesn't really leave on stick on the glass.

S: Dark fruits and sweet grape are most prevalent in the nose with just a touch of rye whiskey lingering in the background. There is some mild oak as well.

T: The first sip is a smooth, but very subdued, rye whiskey with a slight oakiness. There is a definite candied grape sweetness mixing with other dark fruits, but it is more on the sweet side. The backend is slightly warming with a little burnt sugar bitterness to cut the sweetness.

M: Full bodied with medium to low carbonation. Slick and oily feeling with a minute warming sensation after each sip.

O: The fruit juices used definite amp the flavor up a notch and the barrel aging added a nice little layer of flavor. The fruity sweetness might turn some people off, but it worked for me in this case.

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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