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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)

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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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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my old guardian barley wine glass. Pours a deep brown color like a dark stained wood. There was a nice decent head that formed and stayed most of the pour that is not too common with barrel aged heavy beers like this one. Ok lacing.

Aroma is nice. Very carmaly and bourbony. Nice and malty. Bit of sweetness. Some dark figs and raisins. Smells great.

Taste is great. Very carmaly and some decent bourbon and oak. Nice malt characteristic and a bit of dark dried fruits. A little too sweet IMO but not bad. Slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is a little too heavy but not too bad. Nice carb. I like beers that have a good carb and don't try and pass it off as that is how it is suppose to be... Flat.

Overall a very tasty brew. I have one to age but I think I want to get one or 2 more to add to the cellar because it is very tasty.

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Photo of micstache
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of xnicknj
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an opaque deep caramel color with a thin beige head. Wispy film retains and leave a few splashes of lacing on the glass.

Burly and boozy in the nose with plenty of barrel character. Vanilla and rye with dark fruit sweetness. Dark grape skin and pomegranate with some juicy tones. Caramel and burnt sugar with bready notes.

Smack of vanilla and oaky booze up front with a dash of hops. Roasted malts with caramel and breadiness. Touches of toffee and burnt sugar which is crushed by an avalanche of dark fruit. Plenty of red grapes with pomegranate and a few touches of dates and raisin. The beer gets really sweet at this point, and finishes with another splash of vanilla soaked booze.

Fuller body, mild carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A pretty solid barrel aged brew, although the pomegranate and grape got a little fruit-juicy for me at points.

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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 AndAShotAJameson
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of GregSVT
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black in the glass, with a huge khaki head that fades to a ring and leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass. Impressive looking beer.

S: The nose is your typical barleywine with nice aromas of dark fruits, black strap molasses, earthy hops, and a rye note in the background. Not getting much juice from the nose.

T: The taste is slightly different though. I definitely get some of the juices like pomegranate and grape along with the toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, and rye spice.

M: The feel is one of the best I've had for the style. Incredibly creamy and a beautiful heavy body with perfect carbonation.

O: This is a nice brew although I'd like to see less juice and more barrel in the taste. I have another I will definitely visit this again in about a year.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of hannydawg
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of j1knapp
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rpaul2012
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of strangebrew321
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Pahn
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 1, bottled 9/7/2011.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch fizzy tan head that dissipates steadily and loudly, leaving no lacing. Pours a semi-translucent dark ruby. No lacing from the beer proper either, but points for being a pretty color.

Smell: From the bottle: whiskey and oak. From the glass: chocolate, sugary candy, oak, some grape. Maltiness is reminiscent of Jewbelation 13 (some of that ripe banana quality along with caramel and mild breadiness). Said maltiness comes to be the dominant aroma, which is nice as far as it goes, but a little one-note. Whiskey and pastry highlights bring the score from a 3.5 to a 4.0.

Taste: First sip: whoa, I'm amazed that the four fruit juices (pomegranate, fig, date, grape) come through and pair so well with the whiskey and oak. The juice provides a tanginess, and a pomegranate-and-grape-like fruit flavor (not distinctly any of the fruits, but reminiscent) that somehow matches the vanilla oak and spicy whiskey. Finish is heavy maltiness and caramel.

This beer has a lot of rich (malt, oak) vs. sharp (acid, alcohol) happening with it. Sharp wins by a clear margin, which wears on me a bit. I'd drop the score to 3.5, but I'm still impressed by how these flavors work together, and while the beer is decidedly not complex for a barrel aged barleywine, it comes through with enough nuances (spiciness, smokiness, emerging oily hop flavor, raisin, a little molasses) to keep me interested.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Creamy, with an almost unpleasant chewiness. Moderate carbonation. Long aftertaste. Less heat than you'd expect from a 13.4% ABV beer.

Overall: Not a homerun, but a solid double. Unusually for Shmaltz, the price isn't really right on this one... sure, $14 isn't that bad for a barrel aged beer, but it's not great either (and neither is the beer). Interesting and reasonably enjoyable, but some of the same things that keep it interesting (all the tangy, acidic fruit) keep me from loving it.

P.S. It took me over 6 hours to finish this 22oz bottle (doing other things, pacing myself to avoid drunk-dial strength intoxication, etc). By the end, the same "fruity tanginess mixed with whiskey and malt" was present in the beer, but I had fallen in love with it. Can't say if this is due to not-quite-drunk-dial strength intoxication, the beer being allowed to breath, or what, but in the end this beer was great.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of benrez
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of ficknish
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black. Hints of red. Tannish red head. Active bubbles.

S - Grapes. Stone fruit. Tannic acid. Rye. Leather. Raisins.

T - Oak. Plums. Grapes. Alcohol. Molasses. Chocolate.

M - Slight heat from alcohol. Small bubbles. Coats mouth in leathery feeling.

O - Very oaky. Strong, dark, and delicious. Went great with Colston Basset Stilton like any barely wine should. Might drink again.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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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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 jgasparine
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Max's.

A- Poured a dark drown, free of heavy sediment, capped with a nicely retained head.

S- A gorgeous melange of sweet malts, low-alpha hops, and booze-kissed oak, combined with impressions of chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit. Quite impressive and inviting.

T- Absolutely sublime. The nose translates to the palate wonderfully, with a more notable presence of bourbon & rye, which fosters the most wonderful lingering finish.

M- Big mouthfeel, on the border of chewy, complimented by soft carbonation, and just the right amount of heat from the EtOH.

Overall- The best beer I have ever had from Hebrew, and one of the best new beers I've tried this year!

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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 thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of matttttYCE
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

The head is about 2 fingers high off of a pretty aggressive pour. Head color is light tan and the head is between rocky and creamy. Head sticks around for a little while and the lacing is light. Color if the beer is a very, very dark brown.

Plenty of dark fruits, sour fruit, and caramelized malts, sweetness, boozy alcohol heat, molasses, and brown sugar. Behind that, and really way in the background, are some hints of oak, whiskey, vanilla, and chocolate. For being aged in whiskey barrels, there really isn't much barrel presence.

Taste is in line with the aroma, sadly. Dark fruits, slightly sour fruit notes, syrupy fruit juice, sweet caramelized malts, light chocolate and chocolate covered cherries, molasses, some brown sugar, plenty of hot alcohol as well. Again, as in the aroma, the barrel aging aspect really isn't very apparent. At best there's notes of oak and whiskey, with a slight twinge of vanilla on the back end, and that's after this has warmed substantially. Taste is better than the aroma, and reminds me more of an English barleywine, but still nothing great.

The mouthfeel is decent, but really just average. Consistency is smooth, carbonation is light, body is medium, and the finish is medium length.

Overall, I have to say this beer is about average at best. Maybe it would benefit from some lengthy aging, since it is pretty hot currently. However, with such a subdued barrel presence in both nose and taste, that will only continue to fade with time. This certainly left something to be desired, for me, for being a barrel aged barleywine.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful beer. Very dark cola/caramel, Light tan head, slow to leave. Lots of cling

S - Better nose. Huge wet sweet bready malt. Dripping concentrated smells. I can almost eat it.

T - Taste is under the same as smell, just not as pronounced. Molasses is there too.

M - Thick bodied, almost undercarbed, balanced to the sweet, not bad but could be better.

D - All said and done, a kick ass beer and at 13.4 you had better be careful!

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz snifter into my Victory snifter. Batch 001/791 bottled on 9/7/2011. (Big props to Shmaltz for an easy to read bottling date)

Pours a practically opaque deep brown with ruby highlights around the edge of the glass. Pours with a spotty, light tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves a single layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Nice.

The nose has lots of bready and dark fruit notes to it. I don't immediately get much of the bourbon but there is a whole lot going on here. It definitely smells very young too leading me to believe that this may do well with age on it.

The alcohol is NOT hidden at all here. The taste is bity, spicy, and sharp. Tons of deep, dark fruit on the taste and then a quick alcohol bite at the end. I really think this could do with a good year in the cellar at least.

The mouth feel has a lot more carbonation that is lead on by the pour. Relatively prickly but not overly so.

I think that this brew is going to mellow out a lot over time in the cellar and I think it desperately needs it. I'm looking forward to opening this up in time but right now it's HARSH.

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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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