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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Viciousknishs on 09-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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255
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
17.99%
 
 
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Photo of IKR
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appear: Dark brown color with reddish overtones with an light brown head, which dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell: Whiskey/Bourbon aroma dominates with some fruity notes also present.

Taste: Upfront Whiskey/Bourbon taste with some fruity notes also present. The hops are present in the finish. The Whiskey/Bourbon notes leads to a slightly sweet initial taste, but there is enough of a hop presence to result in a fairly dry finish. I find this beer to have a definite alcohol presence in it's taste compared to top notch Bourbon Bal-aged beer, e.g. Melange 3.

M: Body is on the light side of medium with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: Whiskey/bourbon taste is prominent with the alcohol present but not overwhelming. The fruit juices used meld nicely within the taste profile, I can't pick them out individually. Shmaltz Brewing Co. always seems to come through with good tasting beers that are a bargain. I find this one a bit hot at the moment but ask me to name a Whiskey/Bourbon Bal-aged beer that tastes as good as this for the price and I could not do it. I think I will sit on my other one for a while in anticipation of a stellar beer.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red in color with pretty wine-like highlights. One finger tan head after a slow-medium pour that dissapates down to a thin and patchy sheet. Some lacing. The smell is of dried fruit, dark cherries and apples, as well as a touch of spiciness. Rye? Possibly. Pretty hefty whiff/burn of alcohol as well.

Full-bodied and boozy, but not cloyingly. Lots of fruit juice-like tastes going on here, definitely grapefruit juice being a big one. Its got that not-too-tart, not-to-sweet thing going for it that I associate with grapefruit juice. Figs and pomegranates are definitely prominent too in this juice taste too. The hops lend a bitterness that is swallowed up quickly, but does a great deal for the balance as they help to keep the sweetness from running away. This beer is big but manages to not be too sweet as the sugars are counteracted by bread-like malts and the rye-whiskey taste that the beer apparently acquired from the barrel aging. It certainly has some whiskey-like qualities with the high levels of alcohol that burn a little bit. At this level however, it potentially could be much more overbearingly boozy than it tastes. There is a good bit of warmth in the mouthfeel and the breath, but it never really gets too hot. It isn't cloying and the spiciness of it lends a good hand in the balance. The aftertaste is pleasant with the same kind of aftertaste you get from drinking a tart fruit juice like grapefruit or even grape juice. It almost finishes syrupy, but the tartness, hops, and booze dry it up in the end.

Very big beer, but full of great flavors. Definitely a sipper to be enjoyed with others. I'd be interested in trying this one with a little age on it, but it is really nice fresh. Another good one from Shmaltz.

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

Genesis 15:15, bottle bought at Whole Foods Bowery for $11.99 (after I asked Jeremy Cowan where to find it, and after I bought a bottle at Good Beer for $12.99 and broke it on my way home)

Appearance: Served in my Sierra Anniversary snifter, Genesis pours a majestic black color with auburn tones. Three big fingers of khaki head right over the Sierra logo after a hasty pour. Head soon recedes to one finger, with barely any lacing.

Smell: Sharp booze, wood and all that dark fruit they used (pomegranate, fig, date). Juicy indeed, but not overtly fruity, which is good (those pomegranate ales and fruit-based stuff are too much for me). Molasses, brown sugar. Heavy-but-heavenly sweetness! A tad of chocolate.

Taste: Molasses-and-ginger cookie, the wife said. More chocolate, this time as cocoa powder. Some hops around the mouth and a heckuva lot of juice at the end. Barrel and burning booze at the end. Intense! Strong! Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Chocolaty and boozy, with full flavor and body and medium carbonation. Again, a lot of dark-fruit juice at the end, and one big alcohol burn.

Overall: Great for a winter night, the alcoholic equivalent of hot chocolate! :-) Great beer dessert, a nice pairing for shortbread. Also good with stinky French cheese and American blue. Very boozy right now (bottled on September 7 and drank on December 1st), but drinks good. Another six months on the bottle and this will be very close to perfection. I love every one of Schmaltz's barrel-aged releases!

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Had another bottle of this in early June 2012, nine months after bottling. The booze was paired down but the sweetness intensified. Not quite the perfection I anticipated, I probably liked it better when I first drank it young and hot.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a thick and frothy tan colored head that holds very well for such a high ABV. A very dark mahogany color that you can see through just a little.

S - Very potent aromas of dark fruits such as figs, grapes, and prunes. Cocoa, bourbon, and a healthy vanilla aroma can also be detected.

T - Chocolate malts, bourbon, dark fruits, and it has a little hop bitterness. Bourbon, bitter chocolate, leather, and oak come out more as the beer warms.

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

O - This is my first brew that I've tried from this company and I'm very impressed. One of the better barley wines I have ever had. I wonder how one of these would do with some age on it.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.12/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from Sept. 2011 22oz bottle into snifter.

Appearance: a dark reddish brown with a dark white head that fades and leaves no lacing.

Smells: a super sweet dark fruit that is dominated with a sour fruit juice backbone.

Tastes: a strange unique ale that coincides with the nose. It is a sweet barley wine with a major juice flavor that isn't to balanced in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: there is a strong sting from the 13.4% but the strong fruit tastes balance it in the aftertaste and there is very little carbonation.

Overall: this is a strong fruit flavored barleywine in my opinion. I don't think I personally would buy it again due to the fact that I don't get much of a barrel flavor through the sweet fruit backbone.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter with a bottled date of 9-7-2011

A-Pours a very dark brown with a one finger beige head that has decent retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-A rich, sweet maltiness hits first. Followed by a plethora of dark fruit and somewhat prominent grape juice notes. Some whiskey notes coming through as well as hints of oak and vanilla. There is a lot going on here.

T-This tastes more like an English Barleywine than an American one though-very sweet and not much in the way of hops. Rich, sweet malt that is somewhat syrupy leads. Loads of dark fruit flavors here as well. The grape juice is most prominent, but the fig and pomegranate are there as well. A bit of booze comes in the middle and the grape juice really comes back in the aftertaste.

M-Syrupy with moderate carbonation. Just on the cusp of being full bodied.

O-This is an interesting twist on a style I really love. Seeing as how this is classified as an American Barleywine, I expected some hop presence. This is more of an English Barleywine. Still, it's a nice beer that was worth a try.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown color with some ruby hightlights. The khaki head is short and tight that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is big and malty; has that "He-Brew" malty aroma. A pumpernickle malt with a big prune presence. There is some toasted caramel and a peppery spice. Not much from the various fruit juices that were added or from the whiskey barrel.

The taste is of a toasted pumpernickle malt, with burnt caramel and roasted chestnuts. A bit sugary. The grape juice and pomegranate juice standout. The grape brings some sweetness and the pomegranate some tart. The fig and date bring some earthy fruitiness. The rye pops through in the end bringing a spicy sourness and some heat. The rye is kind of hard to detect with all of the other flavors.

The feel is very thick and syrupy. It does have some prickly carbonation but it does little to help breakup the body. It is also quite sticky and the sweetness borders on cloying. Just a very very big beer.

An extremely flavorful brew but its is a bit too sweet for my liking

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Genesis 15:15 has a dark brown body and a healthy, fluffy brown head. The retention and the lacing are both pretty good.

The aroma has a lot going on; its's really fruity, has a lot of malt, and a good dose of whiskey.

You can really tell that there was all kinds of fruity juice added to this one, although it gets difficult to distinguish each juice from the others. I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it if it weren't for the fact that I knew going into trying this beer what was in it. In addition to the juice, the hops bring fruity citrus flavors and a little bit of bitterness. This beer is by no means a hop-bomb, and the hops aren't huge, but they are noticeable. The rye whiskey adds a spicy, sweet flavor that blends very well with the fruity characteristics of the beer. The malt base has molasses and toffee, and is rich and a little bit sweet. Just a hint of warmth comes through in the finish.

Full body and creamy carbonation.

I actually liked the He'brew Jewbelation Vertical from last year a little more than this one, but I can definitely see that being a matter of opinion, as this one is similar and pretty good. Also, this beer does a great job of hiding its high ABV.

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Photo of karlbronson
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark red-brown color that is approaching black. It is rather dark for a barOhleywine. It tops with a decent 1 finger head. Not bad for a BA beer.

S: Oh boy. Here we go. This beer has a wonderful nose with a lot going on. The barrel treatment is definitely apparent. I smell charred oak, tannins, and rye whiskey mingling with the dark fruits and sweet malts. It is a bit sweet smelling. In the background I pick up vanilla and fresh warm caramel. Given this beers big nature, the alcohol doesn't come through on the nose. You do know, however, that it will be a huge beer based on the depth, complexity, and strength of the nose.

T: The nose is a good indicator or what you will get. The dark fruits enter with some sweetness and then give way to the malts. There is chocolate covered cherries in there with a lot of caramel and toffee. The tannins step in a little bit and introduce you to the rye whiskey. The spiciness of the rye is a perfect complement to the sweetness of the fruits. Very well balanced.

M: Thick but amazingly not syrupy. The sweet in the nose and palate entry would make you think you are in for something sticky, but that isn't the case. The finish is long and gives way to the rye's spiciness. Once again a great compliment to the sweetness. Very well done here as well.

O: This beer is extremely well done. Very complex, very drinkable, and very satisfying. At first I thought the various fruit juices were odd in a barleywine. they pulled it off just fine. I will definitely buy this again. Maybe not the most traditional barleywine, but its damn good. Nice job Schmalz!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/20/2011

On tap at Breakwater.

A: Deep brown with a reddish tinge and a finger of beige foam.

S: Strong caramel presence with lesser notes of toffee and earth. Bourbon is pronounced, and I get vanilla and wood.

T: Caramelized brown sugar with big bourbon and booze notes. I get a little chocolate, as well as a moderate hop bitterness with notes of grapefruit.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: This is my first beer from this brewery and I'm impressed.

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

A: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with one finger of frothy khaki colored head. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer smells sweet and strong. There are notes of honey, molasses, malt, and alcohol. I'm also picking up a really bready characteristic, with slight hints of vanilla.

T: Starts off with big malt, and booze. Sweet, but not overly sweet, and a ton of alcohol. After the initial hit, the honey and booze smooth together to create a great warming, silkiness. The bready notes, malt and honey all come together in a delicious palate enveloping swirl. The high alcohol content and vanilla are present in the finish.

M: Full bodied beer, that starts and finishes sweet and boozy. A bit of cloying, but nothing over the top.

O: I think this is a great BA barleywine. It's a big beer with tons of heat and that's what I like about it. I can't wait to pick up a few more bottles and let them sit for a few years.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

cracked a bottle with my bro-in-law.

a - poured into a FW mini snifter. nice deep plum, thin head, spotty lacing.

s - smells spot on. the barrels are just great. rye whiskey with this malty barleywine is just a great mix. up there with the other big barrel aged barelywines.

t - deliscious. caramel malt with a barrel aged shine. chocolate.
nutmeg.

m - smooth and easy drinker. booze is invisible.

o - I am running to the store to get more of these. this is TOP notch. super impressive.

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Photo of Dubber55
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001
Bottled 9/7/2011

Into a Founders snifter, pours a dark burgundy/maroon color with 1 finger of mocha/beige head. Looks pretty viscous.

The barrel aging is evident in the aroma- you can really smell the oak and whiskey. It is not a boozy smell though which is good. I can also smell dark fruits, cherries, and raisins. Many layers of flavors. Very nice.

The taste starts off with oak, vanilla, raisins and cherries. In the mid-palate I get some chocolate and a little coffee. The finish is mainly whiskey and rum soaked raisins- not boozy though. I notice more caramel flavor as the beer warms up. I can taste a little bitterness from the hops but the flavor is mostly dominated by the malts. Very nice.

A nice viscous, coating beer. Slightly syrupy. Low carbonation.

This is a very nice beer. I like how the barrel aging was not overdone like most other beers. There is a nice balance between the different fruit juices and the oak aging- not overly sweet or overly boozy. Ready to drink now- does not need to be aged

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

A- Dark brown/copper color. Almost no retention, some lacing. So far so good.

S- Vanilla, whisky, chocolate, oak, dark malts, and some fruity notes hiding in the background.

T- Fruity sweetness immediately over shadowed by oaky hop bitterness on the end. Big flavor, strange but nice. Very clean finish for a beer so big.

M- med to a slightly heavy body, dries out a lot leaving a very clean finish.

O- nice offering from Schmaltz, their barrel releases are getting much better.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: midnight brown with a tinge of red light glistening through. Topped with a nice sea foam tan colored head which would stick around for a good while and leave a good trail of lacing.

S: Rich toffee covered dark fruit and a hint of booze though it suggests rum more than rye.

T: The fig really shows up on the palate and melds with flavors of milk to semi dark chocolate and red table grapes. Rye complexity lends a finishing hand rounding out the other flavors and adding a touch of astringency. As this warms a slightly tart hint of pomegranate shows through along with a bit more rye inspired spicy heat.

M: viscus and somewhat hot on the back of the throat.

O: A very unique beer with a ton going on. Many of the components work quite well together though it may be a bit too heavy handed with sweet flavors. Overall this is a bit too sweet finishing and rich for me, but not bad in a small dose. As a previous post denotes I would agree this is not really an ageable brew starting out so sweet. I wish the rye component was a bigger factor, it's presence might have evened this sucker out.

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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 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 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 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 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 Impfan
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly rich, and wonderfully Sazerac barrel aged, this Genesis is remarkably complex with esters of grape, mandarin orange, fig, date, toffee, coconut, persimmon, kumquat, plum, cherry, chocolate, cappuccino, rum, and, of course, lots of rye. The body is silky/syrupy, but not as heavy as i had anticipated, and the massive flavor profile is incredibly balanced with no excess heat , despite its 13.4% abv. This is a very sweet and luxurious ale, for sure, but the Sazerac aging has dried it out sufficiently in the finish for it to be a wonderful sipper that continuously calls me back to indulge in another "hard" taste. To date, I’m not sure I could come up with a better fireside liquid companion to take away the chill of what’s shaping up to be another colder winter than usual. I’m glad I stocked up on a number of these beauties!

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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 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 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 ferrari29
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass - Release #5
Batch 1/Cases/791 Bottled on 9/7/2011 - should get another one to age for 6-12 months

A - Beer pours with a beautiful, thick and frothy tan colored head; holds very well; nice layered lacing forms on the side of the glass; reddish hue around the edges but beer has mostly black colored body; jet black with no visible movement or carbonation in the beer; syrupy-thick consistency

S - Sweet dark fruit scents of fig, dates, touch of brown sugar; heavy, heavy oak and whiskey barrel nose; bourbon; fantastic; light touch of pomegranate in there; molasses; something else is in there like vanilla or creme, very nice; nutty; lots of alcohol

T - High alcohol; flavors of bourbon-whiskey and dark liquor; sweet brown sugar taste; coupled with a dark and almost espresso wash in the back of the mouth; dates and fig; brownie chocolate touch at the end; vanilla

M - Nice and creamy; dry rye and bitter aftertaste; coffee and dark fruits; awesome balance of barleywine and whiskey aged flavors; has a syrupy, molasses consistency; leaves behind a nice layer of flavorful film on the tongue

D - Fantastic drink; having it for dessert; couldn't have picked a better beer for this evening; reminds me a bit of 3 Floyd's Dark Lord, thick molasses flavor and feel, quality drink from every aspect of the beer; phenomenal, not sure why this isn't more popular

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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