He'Brew Genesis 15:15 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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:
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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%
 
 
Wants:
51
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67
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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have hung onto this one for 5 years!!! Pours a dense brown color with reddish highlights throughout. No head or lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, sweet fruit juices and the results of the bourbon barrel. Taste is more of the same with plenty of caramel malt, sweet fruit juices (figs and grapes and probably the pomegranate) and some bitterness from the bourbon and probably the hops. Mouthfeel is rich, somewhat syrupy with a bite from the bourbon barrel aging. No big alcohol burn, probably the result of 5 years of aging. Good barleywine and slow sipper. Probably had more bite years ago but nice and mellow now.

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Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Had this one on tap at the Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington, NJ.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 finger khaki crown that shows no retention and little lace.

Smell: Lots of grainy malt, sweet dark fruits, a touch of whiskey, a hint of molasses / brown sugar, and some alcohol presence.

Taste: Same as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A meal of a beer. Decent flavors.

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

A 'Harvest' Barleywine ale brewed with pomegranate juice, fig juice, date & grape juice, aged in Sazerac 6-yr rye whiskey barrels. 5 different malts, 7 different hops. A clusterfuck of a beer, and I can't wait.

Bomber bottled on 9/7/2011, divvied up in two snifter glasses.

Inch or more of latte foam colored head that fell to a ring; no surprise at 13.4%. A deep, dark brown body with violet tinges. 4.0

Huge nose! Mega caramel and toffee with sugary fruitiness and distinct rye whiskey aromatics. Vanilla, maple syrup, fig cookies, trail mix, and a stiff booziness. Recognizing the pomegranate in the nose is a bit of a stretch. Hint of piney hops, but it's faint and blends in with the oaky barrel and the rye whiskey spice notes. 4.5

Intense flavors. Dried fruit and caramel nut toffee sweetness with maple syrup and tart fruit punch and concord grape juice. Picking up some red apple and Belgian chocolate. Madness! Crazy to say that I'm picking up some vinous oxidation notes. The whiskey is so much more subtle and perfectly complementary. Starts out with it, and subsides slowly. Finishes with some hop bitterness that is borderline acrid, otherwise, an atomic malt bomb. 4.5

Hands down, one of the THICKEST beers I have ever drank. Drinks like fortified wine with flour whisked in. Sticky sweet, but this IS a dessert of a beer. Low carbonation and a sting of alcohol. A slow sipper. 4.0

I thought this would be a mess, but instead is a cornucopia of flavor and complexity. An amazing take on a barleywine. I MUST get another bottle to drink, and MAYBE one to age. Highly recommended! 4.5

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Photo of brotherloco
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Batch No. 001. Bottled 9/7/2011. Served in a tulip.

Pours a deep dark blood red. A finger of beige foam forms and then dissipates to a small ring. No real lacing left behind.

Real nice barrel presence in the aroma. Vanilla, oak, and whiskey right up front. Backed up with sweet and bready malt, molasses, dark fruits. A strong fig newton note, sweetened by the other fruits. Alcohol isn't really strong, but you feel it in your nose.

Flavor is quite complex. Sweet and salty at the same time. A lot of grainy malt, roasted notes. Melted marshmallow, chocolate, caramel. Dark fruit juice. All of the oak and vanilla from the nose are present and are blended really well into the other flavors. Nicely balanced bitterness. Amazing how well the big ABV is buried. Just big, bold, and fantastic.

Full bodied with medium-low soft carbonation. Makes for a rich, thick, creamy feel. Good for slow sipping, which the ABV demands.

Kind of an odd hybrid. The nose is mostly barleywine, but the flavor has a ton of Imperial Stout character. I ain't complaining though, this is a really great beer!

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Photo of DIM
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark, ruddy brown color. It poured with a medium sized sticky head.

s: The whiskey barrel takes center stage, but it isn't harh or overwhelming. Lots of earthy vanilla, boozy caramel, and hints of tobacco dominate. There was also prominent but mellow rich chocolate liqueur and some vinous fruit.

t: Sweet overall, but not cloying. Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, vanilla, and raisins up front. It finishes with lots of well incorporated whiskey, chocolate liqueur, lightly tart fruit juice, and a hint of cola.

m: Big, creamy, and very smooth.

o: It was a real pleasure to spend a few hours with this bottle. Everything comes together extremely well.

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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 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 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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Photo of kbuzz
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

22oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop (Athens, GA). Served in a snifter. 

Pours dark brown with 2 fingers light tan head. Very little lacing. 

Smells of chocolate, fruits and sugar. Nice. 

Lots going on in the taste. Big milk chocolate, pomegranite, wood, carmelized sugar and a little whiskey. It's busy and all over but I like it. The near 14% abv does show through the flavors with a clean booze bite. 

Creamy heavy feel with very little carbonation. 

A very different and very good barleywine. A complex variety of flavors that blend well. This one is certainly worth a try and will most likely age very well. 

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Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 SFC21
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottled 09/07/11. Wow, great beer. Unbelievable layers of flavor. Pours dark with red tones. Fig juice, pomegranate and barrel all meld together beautifully. So smooth. Wish I had another.

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Photo of Damian
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1pt, 6floz bottle purchased at Marty's Liquors, Newton, MA
Served in a snifter

Deep mahogany and nearly clear in appearance. The beer poured thick and syrupy and was topped by a one-finger, foamy, caramel colored head. Spotty drops of lacing clung to the sides of the glass. The head slowly faded to a resilient ring of froth.

The aroma was intense. Super sweet and boozy with strong caramel and toffee notes. Bourbon (perhaps rye whiskey?) was quite apparent. Lots of brown sugar. Uber malty and rich. Subtle hints of oak. As the beer warmed, prunes and raisins were also noticeable.

The flavor profile was similar to nose. Sweet and rich with an over-the-top amount of caramel malts. Strong plum, prune, fig and raisin notes. Lots of maple syrup. The fruit juices were definitely more noticeable here in the flavor profile than in the nose. Unfortunately, I could not detect any pomegranate. Nutty and slightly woody in the center. The finish was boozy (but not hot), slightly oaky and tannic with subtle roasty/toasty notes. I also picked up a bit of spiciness (perhaps from the rye). Although the sweetness became a bit cloyingly toward the drink's end, I felt like it balanced out the booziness quite well.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this beer was the mouthfeel. It was fantastically rich, creamy and smooth. Quite syrupy and almost chewy. The liquid contained a fine, mild effervescence which gave the beer a beautiful, supple frothiness. After each sip, the residual sugars left a sticky coating on my lips.

He'Brew Genesis 15:15 really impressed the heck out of me. The addition of multiple fruit juices and the rye whiskey barrel aging lent the beer a rich complexity found in few other versions of the style. If you like your barleywines sweet, fruity and syrupy, then you need to try this. L'chaim!

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Photo of JMBSH
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a dark, chestnut body capped with a modest collar of light tan foam and some milky swirls atop the brew.

S: LOTS of grape and fig, almost to the point of reminding me of a grape lollipop. Mild presence of rye whiskey on the nose with some lingering oak.

T: This is treacly and sweet; it's very figgy and grape-like, which are signature Jewbelation flavors. Toss in the barrel aging and (presumably) sherry-like oxidation, and you've got a dark fruit overload that nearly overwhelms anything else in the beer. Toffee, mild chocolate, some rye bite in the finish.

M: Way too much imbalance on the sweet flavors up front; they fall off in a rough, burning finish. Also noticeable astringency in the aftertaste. Not a very impressive mouthfeel at all.

O: Eh, not really worth $12 when you can (in theory) pay $1 more and get King Henry, or $3 more to get Sucaba. It is simply outclassed as far as barrel-aged barleywines go.

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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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