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RATINGS: 144   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
strong flavor. lots of complex flavors. dark fruits, including prunes, figs, dates. rich malts and a decent of amount of hops. this beer is strong. this works after a big holiday meal.

1.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2011
I smell it and I don’t even want to drink it. It smells so sickeningly sweet and full of adjuncts that my stomach turns. Thick and sweet as all hell with burning alcohol. Jeez, these guy’s get worse with every new beer they introduce. Putrid!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Super dark pour, nice creamy head. Aroma has big fruit up front, molasses, dates, alcohol, maple. Flavor is sweet and very fruity--prunes, raisins, light woody notes. Complex and damn good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
22oz bomber. Pours deep mahogany with some copper showing through the edges under a big creamy beige head that’s continually fed by some bubbles from the bottom. Aroma is huge and excellent with lots of toffee, caramel and molasses. There is plenty of dark fruit like dates and plums and a little vanilla. The whiskey and oak are present in the nose but are just an additional layer in the nose as opposed to dominating it. The taste is more of the same with different sweet components all piled together. There is the underlying caramel malts but with booze soaked overripe fruits and tons of toffee and treacle. The finish has more bourbon than the aroma would suggest. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It’s really stick on the palate. This is a massive, sugary sweet, boozy sipper. There is a lot of different flavors going on and I certainly wouldn’t call it subtle. Nonetheless, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6180) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2011
draft at Blue Monk: strong, complex barleywine. Rich, dark fruits, christmas fruit cake, dates, dark cherries, toffee, caramelized malts. Boozy at 13+%, complex flavor, toffee, dates, raisins, light bourbon strong flavors> Extremely powerful but quite flavorful

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Dark brown almost black pout with a thick mocha colored head. Aroma was big bourbon and sweet malt. Hints of fruit peeked through. Flavors had bourbon all over Lots of caramel and lightly roasted dark malt throughout. Finish was smooth with a restrained bitterness, Oh so much bourbon in this one. Quite nice. Alcohol was masked well making this somewhat dangerous. Tasty barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2011
(On draught at Papago). Pours near black with a thin off-white head. Aroma has dark fruits (figs and dates especially), a bit of anise and molasses. Taste is sweet with some bitterness on the back end. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very interesting barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Bottle:   After sipping this for a while I came to realize that this stuff is awesome!   Deepest of browns, nearly black, thin frothy head, dies quickly, leaving spotty lacing.   Big whiskey aroma, vanilla, oak, pomegranates and dark pitted fruit.   Oh, did I mention loads of caramal and toffee?   Even strong caramel and toffee on the tongue.   This one is sweet, but not cloying.   Big time barrel aged character with a huge malt body.   Warming for 13.4%, but not alcoholic.   How they hide that stuff... no clue.   This comes across as having already aged.   Doesn’t seem green at all, given is ABV.   Huge figgy and caramel finish, vanilla, whiskey, charred oak, marshmallow, graham cracker, etc, etc, etc... this one is just blows me away.   Its a sipping beer, and I sure dont mind sipping this 22oz bottle.   Heck, I could sip a couple more.   Extra point given for the fact that this is not aged.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Pours a deep, dark reddish brown, with a dark tan head that quickly fizzles out to a ring around the glass. Nose is -- surprise, surprise -- powerful. Boozy malts up front -- bourbon/rye, dark fruits (especially figs), raisins, and some chocolate. Maybe a faint note of tobacco. A strong vanilla note in there, as well. Flavor follows suit, but what had been a fairly disparate bouquet before melds together incredibly well. This is quite a palate bomb -- actually manages to hide the ABV -- with a wonderful maelstrom of flavor that lingers forever. Reminds me quite a bit of Angel’s Share, only with the carbonation that Tomme never adds, and more of a fruit-forward flavor. Quite a trip.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
22 oz bottle. Purple brown with a coating crema head. Nose is wood, whiskey, chocolate and raisin. Almost full body with a soft warming buzz. Taste is better balanced and deeper than the aroma. Sweetness from the dates and figs contrasts nicely with the whiskey. Pomegranate adds a fruity, slightly sour, finish. I really like what these guys are doing with big brews lately.


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