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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle @ home shared by benzai. Dark copper colour with a medium to large sized beige head. Smells sweet, malts, figs, dates, rinse appelstroop. Tastes rinse appelstroop, damn sweet, molasses, some alcohol. Full body, soft carbo. Heavy stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
3rd October 2014
Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Nice nose of dark toffee, bourbon and dark fruits. Smooth and airy palate with perfectly pitched mild fine carbonation. Airy rich malts, dark toffee. Good bourbon. a little spicy but not that much heat. Malts cream. Mild dark fruits. Smooth finish. A rich and heady beer, very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Thick, dark pour with a slow to form deep golden head. Massively malty, tons of brown bread, molasses, notes of Christmas cake, fig paste, dark cherry... so complex!...boozy but not harsh, spicy undertones, pleasant fruit acids keep this sticky big body from becoming cloying. But man, I love the malt density here! So good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle at weekly tasting. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of fig, bourbon, oak, vanilla, raisin and dark caramel. Medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet malty and barrel like aromas. Huge malty and barrel tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
22 oz bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass at a tasting at Dan’s. Pours hazy orange-toffee with a medium head that remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose there are huge notes of rye, oak, caramel, vanilla, chocolate and tobacco. The flavour is medium syrupy sweet with huge toffee, vanilla, rye, oak and tobacco, along with big molasses notes and some earth. The finish is long and malty with rye and oak notes. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and average carbonation. Overall, wow, a beautiful barley wine. Complex and elegant, truly great. 2014-06-07

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (1095) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
Pours a deep caramel/amber with a thin head. Aroma is huge and sweet with lots of caramel, fruit, chocolate, vanilla, and some alcohol. Awesome. Taste is slightly tart and sweet with some nice fruitiness, caramel, chocolate, rye spice, and a nice booziness. Yum! Medium-high body with a medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy but not cloying. Overall a great beer. Sweet with fruit, caramel, rye, chocolate, and booze. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2014
2011 Bomber - Brownish maple pour with little head. Sweet malty nose with hints of fruit. Taste is also sweet and malty and you certainly get the pomegranates even 2+ years later. Some vinous qualities as well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle. Finally getting to the deepest reaches of my beer stash. Murky dark brown pour with an initial froth of dark tan foam that recedes to a ring. Dry whiskey with heavy raisin, date, thick and sweet malt and dark fruit in the aroma. Taste has a nice whiskey character mixed with a heavy, sweet barley wine (raisin, date, and some oxidization) with grape. Coating mouthfeel. Heavy duty beer. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2828) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for over 2 years. Opaque, dark brown with a 2-1/2 finger tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, figs, dates, Southern Comfort, vanilla and brown sugar. Taste of bourbon, toffee, caramel, figs, dates, vanilla, oak and brown sugar with a significant alcohol burn. Full/medium body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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