He'Brew Genesis 15:15 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

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
Ratings:
256
Reviews:
106
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
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51
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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Superior barleywine and unique. Complex with rye edge, imperial stoutish aroma. Good looking and lacy. Bitter from big hopping, a tad astringent from the pommegranent, sweetened by chocolate and dark fruits. Alcohol warming. A big beer for big beer geeks.Worth seeking out/

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour provided by ehammond1 at the blind barrel aged barleywine tasting hosted by DarthKostrizer.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, and fruits. There is a mild citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice fruity flavor that comes out as the beer warms.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber 3 ways, thanks to Renee & Jim for the assist.
Review from written notes.

Poured into a tulip glass, it appears dark brown with glints of ruby when held to the light. Thin layer of tan foam on the surface, creamy texture and lasting head retention. Some spotty lace forms over time.

Smells like sweet brown sugar, fruit in syrup, plums, whiskey and coke. Caramel, toffee, booze, typical barleywine impression initially. The rye barrel is faint at first, but as it warms to room temperature it gets more noticeable.

Flavors of caramel and chocolate, bready and sweet. Light impression of coconut and tiramisu. Tangy indistinct fruit. Rich and syrupy, medium carbonation, light oxidation. Sweet with some prickly alcohol presence. Pretty sweet and boozy, best shared. It really needs to be at room temperature to pick up the full range of flavors.

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dan mahogany color with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and a bit grape like. Some dark fruit with lots of caramel and vanilla. Very malty with some warm alcohol.

Taste: Quite sweet, reminds me a bit of brown sugar. Some fruity notes, a bit like malt extract. Some caramel and vanilla with a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and syrupy with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one could use a few years, but it is still good. I would have another.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice creamy 2 finger head that fades slowly with a nice lacing, over dark ruby molasses brown color, bit of light coming through.

Nose of big and rich, lots of dark malts, bit of roast and choc but lots of reddish and brown malts, light powdered cocoa, lots of whisky, some barrel oak, bit of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, toffee, hint of dark fruit.

Taste is very complex, lots of dark malts, bit of roast, cocoa and choc malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, etc. then big bourbon and whisky, some oak and vanilla. booze is there, fairly strong but not huge, warming and tingly. A bit of spicy rye comes through. Then some dark fruits, fig, brandy soaked raisin, etc. smooth and juicy, complex and big. A sipper. Finishes bitter with more whisky and light barrel, more booze and lots of complex malts, and a nice cocoa finish.

Mouth is big bodied, decent carb for the style, lots of booze.

Overall awesome, great malts, great whisky and rye notes, big complex, nice cocoa, bitterness is spot on, no burnt flavors. Can't wait to age more.

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Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, oh, Manischevitz, what a beer! Beautiful dark mahogany color in the Brigand chalice. Aroma is truly intense with mint, booze, Irish Cream, and coffee.

Complex, dark, and fruity. So many flavors swirling around in the Shmaltz style of more fruit and more malt. The sweetness is just part of the experience, like some kind of liquid candy cut with alcohol and tart fruit. Grape skins, toffee, malt syrup, and a good dose of hops for a decent bitter aftertaste.

I admit that I like these kinds of big malt beers, with all the sweetness and fruit. Shmaltz just does a good job of concoctions like this. The last sniff from the near-empty glass is still a knockout of whiskey and caramel. This would make a great liqueur-- makes me think of Yukon Jack. I'll have to try making a mixed drink by adding a shot of booze.

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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a deep mahogany color with a full foamy head to it.

The aroma shows a good amount of the barrel character to it. I get some boozy bourbon, woody oak and a little bit of vanilla to it. It has some nice barleywine characteristics to it as well with notes of brown sugar, dark fruits and cherry to it. Pretty nice integration of the barrel and beer flavors.

The taste also has a very nice mix of the barrel and beer flavors. The bourbon, oak and vanilla flavors really compliment the brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit flavors nicely. It has a nice balance between the barrel and he barleywine flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great beer. The bourbon and barleywine flavors really integrated and complimented each other very nicely. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.19/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a clear dark brown-ruby topped by a healthy dose of cream-tan foam.The nose comprises lightly-seared wood, caramel, light hot cinnamon, maple syrup, walnut, and a mustiness I just can't pick a word to describe properly. I am kinda perplexed by this smell, to be honest. The taste stands as some cloyingly sweet maple syrup with a slightly smoky and fruity backbone. I think some toasted caramel is in there too, but it's hard to tell. Damn, this stuff physically hurts to drink. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, I think this was just a bad flavor combination for me. All of those disparate elements just came together violently poorly on my tongue. Boo this stuff.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with ruby edges; big brown head

S - candy sugar, caramel, nutty

T - sweet, caramel, sugary, earthy, woody, nutty

M - full bodied, sticky, smooth, well carbonated

This was a pretty nice beer. It came across as a very big, bold brown ale. It was a tad sweet but not cloyingly so. I liked this one. I would have it again.

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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