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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
15 Years and the bombastic beers blossom bolder than ever. The shtick ages so beautifully as well – some favorites from the Shmaltz vault: FIGS: “And their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked; they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.” -Genesis 3:7. POMEGRANATES: In Medieval images of a unicorn hunt, the captured beast bleeds from wounds of pomegranate seeds dripping blood red juices on his milk white body. Wild and uncontrollable by nature, unicorns could be tamed only by virgins. Once tamed, the unicorn was chained to a pomegranate tree. DATES: Song of Solomon 7:6: “How beautiful and delightful you are, my Love, with all your charms! Your stature is like a date palm tree, and your breasts like its clusters. I will climb the tree and take hold of its fruit stalks.” Psalm 92:12: “The righteous shall flourish like the Date palm.” Arab proverb: It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees. GRAPES: “Oh, when I was a kid in show business I was poor. I used to go to orgies to eat the grapes.” -Rodney Dangerfield. Genesis Chapter 15 promises many battles but also sacred covenants. Verse 15: “You, Abraham shall be gathered into the arms of your people and pass at a ripe old age.” To the torrents and the trials, the punchlines and the pleasures. To 15 Years of Shmaltz Life – and beyond – L’Chaim! Jeremy Cowan, proprietor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Draft @ Avenue Pub. Nearly black tan head. Smells scarrrrrry! Chewy fruity rich and crazy. Caramelized pan fried toasted raisin bread crusts. Powerful and huge. Flavors are toasted raisin date bread. Solid malts character, very much pumpernickel bread character. Intense yet drinkable barleywine. Molasses in the finish. Not as scary as it seemed. Good for what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
22oz bottle 1/8/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-41° in Snifter-Pours dark brown with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of bourbon, dried fruits, vanilla, and sweetness. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, dried fruits, caramel, toffee, and sweetness. This full bodied brew is well balanced and hides the ABV very well. Another awesome brew from Shmaltz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (5145) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Draft. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head; some lacing. Aroma is dark fruit (plums and raisins), alcohol, and bread malt. Flavor matches the nose with a hint of brown sugar. Medium/full body, medium carbonation, and high warmth. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Tap. Pours dark brown with a medium, fizzy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, dark fruits of figs, dates, and raisins, light alcohol and oak, and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium alcohol, heavy dark fruits, brown sugar, medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2012
22oz bottle, Batch 1/791 Cases, Bottled on 9/7/2011.
5 malts, 7 hops; Aged in Sazerac 6yr Rye Whiskey Barrels. Pours reddish-brown mahogany color, light tan foam. Heavy legs. Smells of heavy malt syrup, loads of sugar in the nose. There is also a good amount of booze in the nose as well. Fig, date, sugar, vanilla, alcohol aromas. Sweet flavor, there is a presence of fruit sugars like no other. Loads of chocolate malt, date, dark fruit, Whiskey barrel fruitiness. Date and fig is there! So is the barrel, a good amount of burn. Nice chocolate malt finish coats the palate after the burn has dissipated. Goes down like pure malt syrup with dark fruit puree. Very heavy bodied. It is hard to believe that there this is really a beer, as the distant cousin to the American Light Lagers(*sarcasm). Genesis 15:15, Heaven in a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
S_Side_Smitty (715) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2012
It pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and milk chocolate. Smells awesome! Can’t pick up any fruit scents or alcohol. Taste is off the charts for me - dark chocolate, raisins and roasted malt. I don’t notice the alcohol - don?t care. I’m trying to remember the chocolate bar that had raisins......can’t remember the name. That’s what this barleywine reminds me of. Beautiful now, aging can only make it better. Thank you Shmaltz!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
huskerben (15) - - DEC 31, 2011
Pours dark with a hint of a ruby, almost blood red. Small amount of head and powerful aroma of dried fruit and figs. Taste is malty sweet with fig notes. Overall a pretty good beer but nothing too special, maybe loses it’s identity with too many ingredients.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
22oz. Bottle (Batch #1 of 791. Bottled 9/7/11): Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Complex aroma of malt, toasting, roasting, burnt caramel, slight vanilla, slight Bourbon, rye, Whiskey, and wood. Poured brown/ruby in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Complex flavor is heavily sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, chocolate, Bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, toffee, figs, dates, slight rye, brown sugar, and dark ripe fruit. Full body. Smooth, viscous, texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, caramel, Bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, dark ripe fruit, fig, date finish is heavily sweet. 13.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
22oz bottle, no date fromBeverages 4 Less, $12.99. Clear garnet with a one finger beige head, decent retention. Whiskey up front in the nose, with some old barrel oxidation going on. Some rich figgy raisin notes and brown sugar follow with a little chocolate behind. As it warms, I get a little toasted grain. Flavor has a fair amount of fruity notes, most likely from all the juices they added, otherwise has a good amount of old wood and booze, moderate brown sugar caramel sweetness. That said, this isn’t ungodly sweet, by any means. Semi-dry, bitterness peaked at a 3 at the back corners of my tongue. Never would’ve guessed this was >13%ABV--a little alcohol burn, yes, but not that much. Big syrupy body with low carbonation. Not too bad, and shows you that not all fancy >12%ABV BA beers need to be $30 a bomber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Blackish beer with a tan head. Bourbon and malt aroma with dark fruits. Bourbon and red fruit flavor with malt, light spice, and dried fruit. Fuller bodied. Bourbon and brown sugar lingers with red/dried fruit and light spice.

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