He'Brew Genesis 15:15 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Genesis 15:15He'Brew Genesis 15:15
BA SCORE
87.9%
Liked This Beer
4.17 w/ 256 ratings
He'Brew Genesis 15:15He'Brew Genesis 15:15
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
256
Liked:
225
Avg:
4.17/5
pDev:
11.75%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
67
Trade:
5
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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 london1o1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dominic4beer
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of rkarimi
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%

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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside Jewbelation 15 and Funky Jewbelation.

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan to off-white head. The aroma has some rye and booze notes, as well as quite a bit of molasses and brown sugar. The flavor is a little more complex, with the maple notes really coming through. They are complimented by some brown sugar and caramel malt, as well as a good bit of alcohol. The beer is fairly sweet overall, but I think that works OK. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of NYCBEERBARON
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Served a cloudy red-brown color with a thin finger of tannish frothy head. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is full of lots of Bourbon, oak, and vanilla, with some earthy hop and a touch of caramel malt and dark fruit.

T - Starts off with lots of Bourbon, oak, and vanilla with some earthy hops. Through the middle, more Bourbon flavor comes through with a bit of booze and some light malt, dark fruit, and bitterness. The finish is a mix of Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and some hop bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming finish.

D - Pretty drinkable. Big Bourbon flavor, but the beer holds up fairly nicely with some nice hp flavor coming through.

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Photo of boilermakerryan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep deep burnt chestnut color with some reddish highlights. Some good tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice rich profile of lightly booze soaked raisin, molasses, and a mild nutty oakiness. Maybe even hints at some fig as it warms.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. A nice richness of raisin, molasses, vanilla oak, fig, and caramel.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A nice balance to it as well. Rich and sweet, but not overly so. It does have a decent ABV bite to it, but fitting for the style and barrel aging; nor is it totally over the top either.

(D)- Overall, a very solid barrel aged barleywine. Some age might help soft out its subtle rough edges, but is overall quite nice.

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

Poured a dark brown color with ruby red hues along the edges from a 22 oz bomber. The batch and case number along with date of bottling was clearly marked on the label.
One finger tan colored head when poured in my over-sized brandy glass that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the edges that didn't go anywhere.
Aroma is extremely fig and date forward upfront with caramel malt, some sweetness and definite whiskey barrel characteristics coming through. Not a lot of pomegranate in the nose, and slight hints of alcohol.
Lots of lacing around the edges of the glass.
Taste is slightly sweet upfront, with all the charred barrel characters evident. The sweetness gives way to a distinct bitterness that lingers for quite some time after the finish. The pomegranate notes come through more in the taste than the nose. There is also a mixture of dates-raisin blend in the taste.
This is a big beer, but the alcohol is very well masked. Easy to drink in spite of being so big.
Overall, one of the best beers by He'Brew and a very good spin on a barleywine.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.
The bottle I had was almost a year old and I am sure age would only make this barleywine better.

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Photo of Hands22
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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 DrFunkenstein
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Deep brown, hazy, thin but not absent tan head.

Nose has leather, serious malt and some rye.

Taste is fantastic, rich with oak, licorice, loads of barley and a hint of bitter rye. Really impressive-- wish I knew how good this was going to be, I'd have bought two. There's a bit of fruit here as well (pomegranate, fig and date according to the bottle), but its subdued and really well integrated.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, rich.

If Firestone Walker made this, it would be a hypestorm and cost twice as much. This is a top-shelf beer at a mid-shelf price.

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Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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 awdturboiv
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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 ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Blind Tasting and Review

Dark brown pour with auburn and dark ruby edges and a very thin light brown head. This leaves the glass oily and with spots of stick.

Very sweet aroma of toffee and caramel, mild wood presence, and red grapes. I don't detect bourbon specifically in the aroma. Maybe brandy?

Incredibly sweet flavor of toffee, caramel, earth, raisin, and grapes. The barrel addition presents a mild wood flavor, though a specific spirit is tough to discern. The alcohol is well masked.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

A hugely sweet BA barleywine with distinct and rich fruit presence--cloyingly sweet, though with lots of flavor. This isn't hugely drinkable because of the incredible level of sweetness.

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He'Brew Genesis 15:15 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87.9% out of 100 with 256 ratings
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