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RATINGS: 146   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
Bomber received in trade. Thank you Claspada. Pours very dark reddish brown with a mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet with sweet dark bread, caramel, whisky, rye flour, wood, vanilla fudge, figs, prunes, alcohol, toffee, lemon zest and hay. Taste is very sweet, malty and fruity with sweet dark bread, figs, prunes, alcohol, whisky, roasted coconut, burnt caramel, toffee, wood, raisins and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and malty with sweet dark bread, figs, prunes, dark cherries, wood, roasted coconut and caramel. Quite nice...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark mahogany brown with nougat coloured head. The aroma holds fruit, caramel, sugar, resinous hops, alcohol and wood shop/barrel. The flavour is medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter and tiny acidic with notes of wood, resin, caramel and fruits. The mouthfeel is sticky, round and light astringent with a light carbonation. Lingering aggressive finish. Near full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11937) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. From a trade with claspada in NYC. Chocolate and toffee aroma, fruity, caramel, warming alcohol,figs, raisins, biscuits, cocoa, vanilla, licorice notes. Fruity flavor, figs, raisins, dades, alcohol notes, licorice, vanilla, plums, ripe pears, caramel, hay, banana notes, sweetish and with some peach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle from a local place over a year ago. Aroma and Flavor of dark fruit and malty, traditional barley wine. Even after a year, this one needs to mellow some...a little hot and very slightly bitter. It’s made to stand the test of time, but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2012
22oz bottle. Deep reddish-brown pour with a bit of off-white head. Brown sugar sweetness, bourbon, rye spice, and caramel on the nose. Flavors of brown sugar sweetness, wood, and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2315) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 Pours a very dark brown and amber color with a nice tan head that lingers a bit. Aroma is an abundance of caramel malt and bourbon mixed with figs, citrus and lots of other dark and light fruit. Taste is what you would expect. Big bourbon and sweet caramel malt at first that is quickly mellowed by a strong bitterness and fruit. Finish is mostly smooth and it leaves a nice sweet bourbon taste on the tongue. Only a very slight alcohol burn. I wish the bourbon was just a tad more subtle in this but its still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2601) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
On tap at Dexters, pours a dark brown nearly black with a thin head and spotty lacing, the aroma has a huge amount of malt with shiskey and chocolate, the front end of the flavor has a big chocolate amount with a finish of dark fruit and a little bit of whiskey, pretty balanced through out the entire glass, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18184) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a clear dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity hoppy piney dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty bourbon caramel and dark fruit flavor with hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (37073) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark brwon colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly to fully diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, bourbon, figs, date, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20120616]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4330) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Whole Foods - Columbus Circle, 6/26/12

Aroma: The nose has some dark fruits/raisin, alcohol, wood, and sweet caramel malts
Appearance: Pours a murky looking reddish-brown color, a light brown head, and a mild lace
Flavor: The taste is sweet and hot, lots of overripe fruit, heavy boozy, with some oak and caramel
Palate: It is full bodied, with a thick, sticky texture, and some mid-heavy heat that leads to a long, hot finish
Overall Impression: This is one is fairly sweet and fairly hot. It is also pretty intense. You can really feel the 13.4%, as well as the big malty punch from the over-ripe fruits and the sweet caramel. Those two components were the key components of this one. I’d like to see how this one ages, it’s still pretty huge at this point.

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