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RATINGS: 156   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14172) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. Pours ruddy dark brown. Aromas of dark fruits and rye. Full bodied. Very smooth. A little vinous. Med dark fruit. Rye and vinous notes. Just excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at Bistro BA Fest. Pours black with a modest tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a rich fruity chocolate flavor with a sweet finish. and a warim bourbon trail.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
From the bomber. Pours a deep brown with a quickly fading off white head. Huge nose of Figs, dates, vanilla, whiskey and touches of caramel. Thick body, but not cloying. Taste has lots of burnt toffee, dark fruit, vanilla and whiskey all popping through. Well done BW that make a great sipper on a cold night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Tap @ Freshcraft. Deep brown appearance with a medium sized, cream, light bubbly, brown head. Lots of toasty, caramel malt, toffee, chocolate, fig, leather in the nose with a hint of booze. Creamy, a touch syrupy mouth feel. Rich toffee, caramel malty, leather, fig, dark plum, dark fruity flavor with a fairly sweet finish that’s warming. Warming all the way down to my stomach- great sipper for the cool weather.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (165) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Amazingly rich, and wonderfully Sazerac barrel aged, this Genesis is remarkably complex with esters of grape, mandarin orange, fig, date, toffee, coconut, persimmon, kumquat, plum, cherry, chocolate, cappuccino, rum, and, of course, lots of rye. The body is silky/syrupy, but not as heavy as i had anticipated, and the massive flavor profile is incredibly balanced with no excess heat , despite its 13.4% abv. This is a very sweet and luxurious ale, for sure, but the Sazerac aging has dried it out sufficiently in the finish for it to be a wonderful sipper that continuously calls me back to indulge in another "hard" taste. To date, I’m not sure I could come up with a better fireside liquid companion to take away the chill of what’s shaping up to be another colder winter than usual. I’m glad I stocked up on a number of these beauties!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7496) - 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 (7424) - 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!

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