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
 
 
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51
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67
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5
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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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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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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Growler from Beverage World. Just past 1 year old on the keg. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown with red highlights and a one finger tan head that recedes to just a light ring and leaves just a few spots of short-lived lacing behind.

Aroma starts with the Rye Whiskey and oak, then moves to a big blast of dark fruits, the figs and dates come through particularly well, the grapes and pomegranates are here, very rich smelling, very fruity, very strong and very good.

Flavor is even more rich and intense than the aroma. More about the dark fruits here. Tons and tons of dates and figs, strong notes of grapes and pomegranates, and the whiskey and oak come through in the middle to the finish. Somewhat sweet. Some people say they get soy sauce, but I don’t really get it...all about the dark fruits and whiskey barrels for me. There is some alcohol, but for over 13% ABV it is incredibly well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, somewhat sticky, low-ish carbonation, but at times still feels a little prickly.

Passed on the bottles last year, and really regret it now, but stoked to get a chance to try this on draft. This stuff is incredible, very rich, complex and delicious!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a monster. Genesis 15:15 pours a deep viscous brown, and has aromas of sweet and dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. The taste here is very complex and delicious, it's incredibly heavy on the fruit flavors. There's a lot of different fruit flavor going on here over strong caramel malts. The rye bourbon helps out here, adding a welcome boozy edge to the proceedings that would be otherwise covered up by the fruits. More oak comes in on the finish. The mouthfeel is heavy and drying, but there's a strange sticky aspect here too that kinda clashes with the dry feel. The drinkability is great. Overall, this is an excellent barrel aged barleywine, the barrel really supports the very fruity base beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. A pretty dark caramel color. Hard to see through with some dark copper highlights. Head is a large one finger and light cocoa colored and light creamy in appearance. Lace is sticking minimally with kind of a leopard pattern.

Smell is woody and a bit different than any other barrel aged Barleywine I've smelled. I am smelling some dark fruits like figs and some barrel but there is a very different smell here and I think it is the Pomegranate. I also am pulling some of the vanilla from the barrel and some rye spice. Different but I like it.

Taste is a huge malt bomb. This has such a large sweet malted lollipop taste to it that leads right into the tart flavors of the fig, pomegranate and grape juices. It is kind of a weird blend of flavors but I think it kind of works. Not getting much of the barrel but am getting an alcohol warming at the end. I will report back if this changes as it warms.

Mouth is very creamy and almost chewy. Carbonation is medium and the finish is very long and wet with an alcohol burn that is nice on this early fall evening.

Overall I need to say that this is a Barrel Aged Harvest Ale that I am drinking a year later. With that being said, what I tasted was a huge Barleywine that was influenced by fruit juice but what was missing was the barrel and the hops. Part my bad and part He'brew's bad. Not a bad choice if you come by it though.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1494th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

2011 Bottling

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one

Shared with my brother in law for his birthday

App- When I poured this out, it was into two snifter about 8oz each. It was a good mix of browns, reds and purples from the fruit additions and coloring of the barrels. It had an off white 1-1/2 finger slow receding head that left some really nice cling down the glass.

Smell- It was overly dominated by all the fruit. The barrel seemed lost to me even when warm. Retained a lot of base barleywine malty, boozy notes. Not overly complex. I would agree with my wife who said soy sauce. The aromas seem to counterbalance eachother and somewhat cancel them out.

Taste- A nice barleywine with the nose being a slight off note. Base barleywine malts shine through and dominate the treatment again. The rye is a bit lost as is the barrel. A small spice note is there but again dominated by the fruits on this one. More as it warms you really get a juicy fig & pomegranate.

Mouth- A medium creamy silky body with a medium-high semi prickly carbonation level. A bit better and smoother as it warmed. A bit of the fruits was there but most of the residual flavor was malts and boozy notes.

Drink- It was a good barleywine and barrel aged at that. I thought the fruit couldve been a little dialed down and the barrel brought up a bit more to smooth it all out. I would probably sit this one again for a while if I came across another bottle.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch/Cases 001/791. Bottling date 9/7/2011 (almost a year old)

A: Pours a dark brown with a huge and dense light brown head. Fades at a medium pace, leaving only zig-zags of fluffy lacing behind.

S: Dark fruit overload. Dates, raisin and fig primarily. Some molasses and caramel mixes in. Maybe a hint of grape and vanilla in there, hard to tell.

T: Super heavy molasses up front with some toffe. A wonderful rye whiskey following it. Sweet caramel kicks in in the middle with hints of those dark fruits but not nearly as pronounced as the aroma. Finishes dry, astringent and oaky with a flourish of bitter and earthy hops. Just a bit of alcohol sting on the back end but not as bad as I was expecting.

M: Heavy, borderline syrupy.

O: A really enjoyable big barleywine. A lot of times these can be super heavy on the molasses. This one is too but the rye whiskey cuts it nicely and prevents it from being overbearing and cloyingly sweet, while still adding extra complexity. Hoppy bitterness helps out in that department as well. A rich and balanced brew, I enjoyed it a lot.

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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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