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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (3085) - 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 (2953) - La Mesa, California, 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 (7305) - New York, 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 (3055) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Draft - Deep brownish black, creamy tan head. Intense vanilla-fig and grape nose warms to a deep spicy brown sugared bourbon with an old wooden coconut fade. Rich dark fruit and maple flavors ride a soft foundation of warm whiskey in a caramelized vanilla-wood core. Full bodied and smooth. An amazing winter sipper...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #35. Deep dark brown pour with a light tan head. Boozy and a little oxidized, lots of dark ftuits znd caramel. Sweet malty flavor, brown sugar and a light toast with more booze and wood. (2014)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12938) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of plum, dates, fig, toffee, carmel, toasted malt, light rye and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, dates, fig, toffee, light rye and light oak with a smooth warming lingering toffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4199) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Tap @ The BeerMongers... A dark brownish pour with a thin head. Lots of whiskey and wood character. So much so that with glass far from me on the table I could still detect the aroma. Some rye spice, vanilla extract sweetness, and dark fruits with a nice buttering finish. Toasted toffee flavors and mild hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2655) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle. A dark black with a foamy brown head that quickly laced. A huge aroma with dark fruits, brandy, raisins, and figs. A full body and noticeably burning palate from the alcohol. Rich and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2011
(bottle - 22 oz) Black pour with a frothy tan head. Huge malt and bitter hop aroma at the start with a good amount of fruit, oak, vanilla and dark malts under it. Flavor is big and bold with tons of malts at the start. Alcohol is still very heavy and prevalent in it. Really puts a burn on the beer. Could probably benefit from a year or so of aging.

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