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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7302) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
On tap @ Freshcraft on Halloween night. Clear dark brownish with copper highlights. Nice lasting head. Great sweet aroma of nutty chocolate, dark fig sweetness, a slight boozy note, and general dark malty fruity sweetness and warmth. Beautiful flavor of chocolate covered fig, raisin, restrained yet warming boozy notes, dark fruity malt, more chocolate. Very pleasant and delightful. Strong yet quaffable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor! Pours a deep amber brown color with a small light beige froth. Aroma is super barrel heavy, vanilla, oaky, almond and some coconut, some sweet candyish character, a nice earthiness, some soft dark fruits, quite complex. Flavor is wow, very rich, malted milk balls, vanilla and almond, brown sugar, dark fruits, just very rich, the barrel being very heavy. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Intense stuff, very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Wow, that’s really really good. Fantastic barrel character, tootsie roll, hay, some hops, some tartness probably from the fruit, could use a little less of that but it adds some character, light bit of ash, purple fruit, the barrel character is really the highlight, Jeremy is always a master of deep complex malt profiles, and this is no different, but the excellent barreling really sets it apart, some milk-dud/powdered sugar, slight bit of tannic bitterness in the finish and lingering, 13.5% is there but tolerable, really really nice, with some roasty notes similar to bourbon county. Like a fruitier BCBS. Nice body, fairly well carbonated, flavor seems heavier then it actually is which makes it nice and drinkable.... especially for 13.5%... wow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7303) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 2 2oz bomber. Pours a ruby-red to dark brown with a quickly fading off-white head that leaves a thin ring around the glass. Heavy aroma with tons of sweet goodness - molasses, brown sugar, dates, Kentucky bourbon. Flavor is bold and sweet, but not cloying. Plenty of juicy dates, raisins, molasses. Boozy back end with nice smooth bourbon notes. Not harsh at all. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Rather enjoyed this one....have to make sure I drink plenty of water before I go to bed tonight!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
10/31/11. Boo. 22oz bottle. Dark brown pour, reds under the light, with a small tan head that fades and laces a teensy bit. Bold BA aroma - straight up whiskey, a little spicy, with barely a touch of vanilla and dark fruits. Bold BA flavor as well, but a fair amount better - buttery, coconut, vanilla, and whiskey. There’s also loads of dark fruits and plenty of roasted malt character as well. I hate to say it, but this tastes pretty good! Better than the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
The aroma is a muddled mess of fruit, liquor, wood, and hops. The appearance is brown with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall not the best but it has a great fruit aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (3163) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10859) - 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!

   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.

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