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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1711) - 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 (11760) - 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 (1754) - 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 (2341) - 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 (8092) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle. Batch 001 from 9/7/11. Pours with a clear, very deep brown body with a tan head. Aromas are of concord grapes, dark fruit esters, alcohol, brandy, rye whiskey, vanillin, chewy, figs, alcohol. Flavors are sweet, chewy, tobacco, fudge, concord grapes, mild vanillin, light cherry, alcohol, raisins, figs, plums. Light bubbles, extremely sweet, lots of alcohol, and medium bitter. For my palate: not nearly as nice as their BA Human Block Head (as far as their BA beers go).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (701) - - MAR 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2012 Dark brown pour, small lasting head that forgot to lace. Lots in the aroma - Dried dark fruit, pomegranite, fig, raisin. Taste the same - Raisin, fig, Red grape, not much pomegranite but lots of candied and dark fruit. Plum. Complex and sweet. medium to heavy body. A hint of barrel but not enough to overwhelm or distract. A Quality brew from Shmaltz.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Deep brown/amber pour with creamy tan head and lace. Toffee, brown sugar, and sweet dried fruit aroma. Caramelized sugar, dried fruit, and a nice abv warmth and a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very nice

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
m4rest88 (381) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
pours with a dark amber hue with a small light brown head that is mostly diminishing aroma of molasses, dark fruits, and alcohol flavor is the same with some fig and grapes in the finish thick mouthfeel with light carbonation

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - MAR 3, 2012
"Batch/Cases 001/791" "Bottling Date: 9/7/2011" intense dark roasty and fruity aroma, lots of alcohol. pours a coca-cola brown with minimal and fast-receding brown head. very sweet, somewhat balanced by bitterness in back and alcohol warmth. lots of oak in finish. thick and syrupy, really could be lighter, but tasty all-around. may be better with some more age on it.


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