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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.

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Reviews:
106
Ratings:
254
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a dark reddish brown with a finger of tan head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is pretty boozy with oak, vanilla and a little chocolate. This is a big beer, very full bodied with tons of malt. More chocolate, toffee and some vanilla from the oak. There is a pretty good amount of hop bitterness that keeps it from being too sweet. Not as boozy as the aroma would suggest. Wish I could have shared this with someone, it was a lot to take on by myself! Nice beer, I bet a year would really improve it.

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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 dogfishandi
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. batch no. 001/791. bottling date 9/7/2011.

pours out a very dark reddish brown color, nice ruby red hues in the light, good clarity. a big 2-3 fingers worth of tan/ khaki colored creamy heady,very good retention and some decent lace. some nice legs noticable as well.

very nice aroma. reminds me a lot of HotD- Matt. a very nice burnt caramel/ toffee, burnt sugars, almost a maple like sweetness. a whole range of dark fruits, figs, dates, even a touch of grape noticable, a nice slight vanilla like oaky woodiness, then some hot warming whiskey hits the nostrils.

similar to the aroma. big sweet, sticky caramel, burnt caramel sweetness. almost a bit of maple, burnt sugars. lots of dark fruits going on here, figs, dates, with some vinious grapey flavors as well. the rye whiskey barrel comes through in the end adding some nice heat, a bit of a whiskey like flavor, and a smooth vanilla oakiness.

sticky, very sweet, and very chewy mouthfeel, full bodied and a slightly lighter carbonation.

at first i didnt know if i was really going to enjoy this, came off a bit cloyingly sweet with loads of dark fruits. but as it opened up it really started becoming very enjoyable. id definatly buy more of this and would recommend this to any barleywine of HotD lover. still, it does have that signature hebrew flavor.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep mahogany with an overall pronounced brown hue to it. A fairly small and dense tan head sits atop with rapid dissipation. The lacing was decent, not too much which I expected from the smaller head. Typical in a traditional barrel aged Barleywine sense.

S: Whoa, tons of sweet dark fruits. After reading the bottle it's evident where these are all coming from (as they added lots of dark fruits and juices to the beer). Fig, pomegranate, raisin and plum all come through big with an overbearing sweetness to them. The whiskey barrel is here too, it's big bold and also a bit sweet.

T: Sweet whiskey and oak are the first to show up, but quickly enough come the dark fruits. Again, fig, prune and plum all concentrated into one flavor hit your palate with a ton of sweetness. It's good but it may be a bit too much in the way of how sweet it is. The balance seems off and although the barrel tries to counteract, it fails.

M: Lower on the carbonation giving this a nice body. It feels sticky and syrupy on the palate almost, but enough carbonation is there to break it up.

I enjoyed the flavors but felt the sweetness was a bit over the top. Tone that down and allow the barrels to do more and this would be a perfect match. Cellaring might benefit this beer. Actually, I might pick another up to test that theory as the flavors itself were quite nice.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. Head recedes leaving some nice soapy lacing.

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, but never overpowering or harsh.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It's really stick on the palate. Surprisingly not too sweet, despite all he dark fruits, bourbon and dark caramelized malts.

This is a massive, fruity, sweet, boozy sipper. There is a lot of different flavors going on and I certainly wouldn't call it subtle. Nonetheless, I'm thoroughly enjoyed it. Boozy flavors are complementary to the dark fruitiness.

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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 Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arguably beer of the year for me and barrel aged beer of the year for me if it were not for BCBS Rare.

For my palate, the best advise I could give is drink this beer ASAP. It's fantastic right now and I do not see age making it any better. If it looses any of that barrel profile going on right now it would not be the same. The ABV at 13.4% drinks more like a 10% beer and each sip leaves you begging for another looking for what complexities you will find next. Too easy to kill 22oz to yourself and the barrel flavor in this one has me pondering converting to Judaism. (Sorry that I'm not sorry for the bad joke, I couldn't help myself here...)

The barrel is at the forefront without being hot at all. Bourbon, coconut, light vanilla oak, chocolate and dark fruits. Although the bottle states it's brewed with Pomegranites, Figs, Grape and date juices, they are mild and play second fiddle to the barrel. The barrel flavor reminds me alot of Firestone Walker's signature Barrel profile but not as sweet. (good thing) This beer for me is everything as good or better than Abacus for the record and at a $11.99 price tag to boot.

After Vertical Jewbelation and now this Gem, Shmaltz has my Full attention and I'm buying everything barrel aged with their name on it.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with some ruby/cola hints where the light comes through. There is a thick brown head that dissipates slowly and doesn't leave behind any lace, but leaves a layer of brown film on top of the beer.

Smell: Strong chocolate is prevalent, backed up by fruit: plum, prune, slight citrus, and maybe apple.

Taste: Begins sweet and fruity, ending with a wine-like flavor backed up with other fruits. There is a bit of breadiness after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with light carbonation and a sticky finish that warms from the alcohol.

Overall: A great sipping beer and an excellent barleywine. Definitely worth a look. This is seriously tasty- l'chaim!

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

A - Brown beer with some nice ruby. Tan head that rose up about a finger and left some spots on the sie.

S - Brown sugar, caramel malts. Raisins and figs are particularly present. Touch of barrel, bit of rye. It's a nice combination of flavors that isn't too overpowering in any one facet.

T - Nice caramel, dark fruits, fairly mellow wiskey, wood, touch of vanilla, brown sugar. Not hot at all, easy drinker for this much alcohol. The addition of the grapes and pomegranates are a nice touch.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Really nice beer, my buddy and I killed this one easily enough between the two of us and drank some more beer afterwards. A nice BA offering that I'd drink again.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Metalmonk
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/7/11, so not a ton of age on a beer that will likely be good in a decade, but I ain't got that kinda time...

Pour produces a tan head that isn't huge and doesn't last long. Liquid is a super dark, rather luscious looking dark brown that speaks as much to the fruit juices used (pomegranate, fig, date and grape) as the dark malts.

Aroma-wise this is so up my alley it...it...well, it's so up my alley I don't even have a witticism to describe how up my alley it is. It's big, it's bold, it's boisterous, but also balanced. Moving onto the "C"s, it's complex but controlled. Daring but debonair. And even though whiskey is not personally my thing, it's here as but one component of an overall much more layered aroma. The whiskey-soaked wood, the 5 malts, the 7 hops, all the fruit juices, the alcohol...this could have, quite literally, been a big HOT mess, but it's not. And this is why I love Shmaltz so much, as I feel they do big beers with the absolute best of them.

Right, the taste. Pretty much tantalizing. And as balanced as the aroma. Yes, there's alcohol presence here, but considering all the sugars the yeast had to munch on, not only is the alcohol merely a sensibly-balanced flavor component, but any potentially overbearing sweetness is somehow, somehow kept in check. Add layered slabs of whiskey-ed wood, real vanilla ice cream (emphasis on the cream), every single fruit juice identifiable and in harmony, and hops providing a pinch of acidity without pushing in too much to the hugely malt-loaded base, well, this is just terrific. And with all of that happening, and remembering all the barrel-aged barleywines where the barleywine itself gets lost, here it does not. It remains a barleywine of purity, despite all the variables and adulterations. Possible? In the hands of Shmaltz, apparently so.

The feel is a silky, super-round, super-luscious, absolutely elegant thing. Thick but not sticky or gross. A top-notch texture that equals the aroma as this beer's "couldn't be better" feature.

One of the best by this brewery, and one of the best beers of 2011, easily. Want more. Not right this moment, but yeah, I want several more bottles. This is just too good.

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.
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