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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 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 (13414) - 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 (4200) - 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 (2669) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Interesting beer. Bottle pours black with a frothy off-white head. Aroma heavy bourbon, malts. Taste initially sweet caramel with bourbon and dark fruits creeping in, with warming almost has a American Strong Ale sense to it with less sweetness, more hops, some dark fruits and vanilla. Finish dark fruits and slight hop bitterness. Palate thick, not quite syrupy, slight carbonation. Alcohol apparent.

Really complex beer but not so much that it loses it’s appeal. i agree it will be interesting to see how this ages. Certainly not your average barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours from bottle a rootbeer brown with rather large tan head. Aroma is raisin and fig, almost burnt toast, notes of whiskey and a little toffee. Flavor is thick with maple, caramel, toffee, toast, hints of whiskey, some wood and a little vanilla. Palate is sweet and thick but somewhat slick on the tongue with a mild alcohol burn. Wow, for a recently released BA barley wine this one is rather smooth and has softer edges with nice depth of flavor, I’ll need to get more to age to see if different.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Nice copper brown pour with a decent head. Fairly strong flavor. Figs, plum, roasted malt. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
First thing is incredible aroma of coconut whiskey and figs. Very similar to Goose Island BCS but thinner, tastier and more complex with all the fruit they added. The most amazing thing about it is that the whiskey barrel element is not overbearing like so many other barrel aged beers. Man O’ man this is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at the Bistro -Bal Aged Fest. Very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is big on whiskey with toffee and caramel and some fruits. Sweet caramel and toffee with whiskey and good dark fruits - figs and dates. Fairly full body, a bit syrupy, with average carbonation. Nice beer but did not stand out among others at the fest.

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