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RATINGS: 142   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
A - Served a cloudy red-brown color with a thin finger of tannish frothy head. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lace. S - Aroma is full of lots of Bourbon, oak, and vanilla, with some earthy hop and a touch of caramel malt and dark fruit. T - Starts off with lots of Bourbon, oak, and vanilla with some earthy hops. Through the middle, more Bourbon flavor comes through with a bit of booze and some light malt, dark fruit, and bitterness. The finish is a mix of Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and some hop bitterness. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming finish. D - Pretty drinkable. Big Bourbon flavor, but the beer holds up fairly nicely with some nice hp flavor coming through.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3103) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle thanks to Jez. Pours chestnut brown with a small off white head which doesnt last. Nose is very cedar like. Lots of spice and whisky tones mingle with heavy, dark fruits. The whisky works well here. Dark fruits are heavy and a little sweet with the whisky. The barrel seems to add some subtle vanilla and spices to the beer, but what really seems to come out in this one is a massive vanilla malt note throughout. Full bodied and superbly hidden alcohol. Great beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle pours a cola color nice bigger head. Smells tastes caramel chocolate bourbon big wood flavor. Sort of sweet side of a barleywine big booze flavor. Pretty decent beer maybe drank to early still kind of hot would prefer a bit less wood flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hivemind (709) - New York, New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle split w E @ FG. Poured into tulip. Dark red-purple pour with purple hue and brownish head. Sweet, chocolatey malt nose and tongue. Really complex palate with chocolate, fruit (light and dark fruit, dried fruit as well), booze. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. A little too sweet to me, but complex and intriguing. Also love how they incorporated flavors from Genesis verses preceding 15:15 (and I’m not religious).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TreborWhip (392) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle shared with Ryan for my 62nd birthday pours near black with thin brown head. Smokey aroma with dark fruits. Intensely flavored dominated by rye whiskey, burnt malts, figs, dates,and sweet caramel,molasses with pleasant burn at the finish. A slow sipper for sure. This bottle was from batch 001 of 791 cases bottled on 9/7/2011.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
Sweet caramel, honey, malt, dark Belgian candy sugar and plums. Flavor is almost sour, then crazy sweet. some spicy rye comes on towards the end. Mouth feel is very salival.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 5, 2012
(22oz bottle, courtesy of crusianbeer) Pours a clear dark amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, rye, bourbon, oak, vanilla, plum, and raisins. Flavor of caramel, toffee, raisins, rye, vinous, and bourbon.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1781) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Dark brown with dense brown head. Aroma and taste are intensely figgy with a concentrated classic barleywine yeast character. Very much a sipping beer, with high residual sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Decent sized light brown head of fine bubbles. Rich and malty aroma with lots of molasses, spiced apples, raisins, figs and caramel. A plethora of big aromas all blended together. Color is a very dark chocolaty brown. Rich, roasty, fruity and strong flavor all melded together. More raisins, figs, and molasses abound along with some spices and raw carmalized sugar. Some warming from the alcohol but the 13+% is hidden really well as you barely notice it. Not necessarily a good thing. Finishes rich and roasty and malty and sweet with a touch of oak showing through in the end. Another great brew from HeBrew!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
Superior barleywine and unique. Complex with rye edge, imperial stoutish aroma. Good looking and lacy. Bitter from big hopping, a tad astringent from the pommegranent, sweetened by chocolate. Alcohol warming. A big beer for big beer geeks.


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