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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7223) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Bomber. Poured medium-deep brown with a short, tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up figs, raisins, dates, molasses, and a hit of dulce du leche, with sweet whiskey and a touch of black pepper around.. plenty of sweet sugars in there, and this could probably be interpreted 400 different ways. The flavor was sweet again, with dates, raisins, and very tasty rye whiskey leading.. spicy and a tad bitter on the edges, with warm, peppery alcohol, grainy oak, and earthy notes.. more grainy and spicy barrel character over a whole bunch of sugars on the long, decadent finish. Heavier-bodied with rolling carbonation on the palate.. the barrel did just about enough to cut through the huge sweetness.. the sweets held the boozage in check.. overall an excellent brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2548) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Whaaaats the deal with Genesis? Theres no Sonic, theres no Phil Collins, whaaaats the deal? Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, molasses, and whiskey. Taste is very smooth and moderately sweet with a decent bittering finish. Overall this is a fantastic barley wine as my first offering by this Jewel of a brewery...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4174) - Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bomber, ok so I didn’t see this coming, this is excellent barrel aging right here, the fruits coming through, this is a delicious beer. Oy vey!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very deep but clear amber with a moderate tan head that lasted beyond mid-glass and left a coating of foam with each sip. Huge aroma of vanilla, caramel, figs, and dates. The flavor is equally impressive again with huge vanilla, caramel, oak, figs, and dates. Holy crap! Rich and full bodied with a luxurious mouthfeel. Some mild alcohol warmth at the finish only enhances the experience. Definitely sweet, which is perfectly fine for me. I am planning on picking up a few more of these to put away in my cellar. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
On draft at pizza port strong ale fest. This sucker was awesome and really stood out that day. Dark fruits, sweet caramel, a touch of roast and a nice barrelly booze finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Dark brown with a short lived fluffy off white head. Sweet dark fruit caramel sugar and light alcohol aroma. Tastes of caramel brown sugar and dates up front followed by the pomegranate fig and grape and finishing with rye whiskey and light vanilla and oak. Nice complexity with good transitions. Thick buttery palate. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (2948) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Awesome aroma of fruit, raisins, molasses, booze. Deep brow/red, emits vry little light, ligt tan head. The flavor is even more fruity, raisins, figs, grapes, booze, oak, molasses. Full body, creamy. The finish is mostly booze warming, slight pine hops. Awesome beer. But I have tosay, I normally like big, sweet, boozy beers, and this was almost too much or me. Almost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2011 Bomber. Super deep ruby in color. Strong whiskey aroma. Some woodiness and dark fruit as well. Quite smooth and rich Very full flavored and full bodied. Quite delicious. Alcohol is very well hidden. A great beer at a great price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5805) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Draft at blind tiger with streets. Pours a deep brown with off white lacing. Aroma is nice sweet dark fruits. Mouthfeel is syrupy with notes of dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2590) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
Oh wow this is a big ass beer. Pours a silky syrupy brown with a small off white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is a bouquet of raisin, dates, boozy alcohol and sweet malts. Tastes a lot like a smooth whiskey. Huge beer, big and boozy. This thing will knock you out if you don’t respect it. Definitely a sipper.

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