S_Side_Smitty (448) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and milk chocolate. Smells awesome! Can’t pick up any fruit scents or alcohol. Taste is off the charts for me - dark chocolate, raisins and roasted malt. I don’t notice the alcohol - don?t care. I’m trying to remember the chocolate bar that had raisins......can’t remember the name. That’s what this barleywine reminds me of. Beautiful now, aging can only make it better. Thank you Shmaltz!
huskerben (15) - - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with a hint of a ruby, almost blood red. Small amount of head and powerful aroma of dried fruit and figs. Taste is malty sweet with fig notes. Overall a pretty good beer but nothing too special, maybe loses it’s identity with too many ingredients.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle (Batch #1 of 791. Bottled 9/7/11): Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Complex aroma of malt, toasting, roasting, burnt caramel, slight vanilla, slight Bourbon, rye, Whiskey, and wood. Poured brown/ruby in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Complex flavor is heavily sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, chocolate, Bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, toffee, figs, dates, slight rye, brown sugar, and dark ripe fruit. Full body. Smooth, viscous, texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, caramel, Bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, dark ripe fruit, fig, date finish is heavily sweet. 13.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, no date fromBeverages 4 Less, $12.99. Clear garnet with a one finger beige head, decent retention. Whiskey up front in the nose, with some old barrel oxidation going on. Some rich figgy raisin notes and brown sugar follow with a little chocolate behind. As it warms, I get a little toasted grain. Flavor has a fair amount of fruity notes, most likely from all the juices they added, otherwise has a good amount of old wood and booze, moderate brown sugar caramel sweetness. That said, this isn’t ungodly sweet, by any means. Semi-dry, bitterness peaked at a 3 at the back corners of my tongue. Never would’ve guessed this was >13%ABV--a little alcohol burn, yes, but not that much. Big syrupy body with low carbonation. Not too bad, and shows you that not all fancy >12%ABV BA beers need to be $30 a bomber.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a tan head. Bourbon and malt aroma with dark fruits. Bourbon and red fruit flavor with malt, light spice, and dried fruit. Fuller bodied. Bourbon and brown sugar lingers with red/dried fruit and light spice.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012
Name: Genesis 15:15
Date: October 03, 2011
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, short lived beige head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, dark fruits, spicy rye, sweet vanilla, light oak
Flavor: rich dark malt flavor, fruity sweetness, light oak, chocolate, figs and dates, light spicyness
Overall: needs age and lots of it, maybe 3-5 years to start
Name: Genesis 15:15
Date: November 05, 2011
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: dark ruby red, scant head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, dark fruits
Body: sticky sweet body
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, dark fruits, candy caramel sweetness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Name: Genesis 15:15, BA
Date: April 20, 2012
Source: Duckworths, Ballantyne
Appearance: muddy dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma, caramel, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet bourbon flavor, lots of caramel and vanilla, rich chocolate, light fruityness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bev 4 Less: Poured a medium leather brown liquid and was topped with a thick pillow of foam for a head. As for the aroma, a bold scent of caramel malts and other mentionable scents such as fig, raisin, prune, date, cigar, and a faint whiff of vodka or whiskey due to the already high alcohol by volume content. The drink is rich and robust with an initial taste of sweet sugary malts that come across as molasses or even maple syrup, but as for the aftertaste, there is a minor taste of astringency as if I were drinking some sort of medicine. Palate is smooth and very refined while also having a sticky residue in the finish. However, the combination of fruit juices and whiskey barrel aging has added so much complexity to a barleywine style recipe that I have to say this will certainly be one of the most memorable barleywines. Hands down Shmaltz/HeBrew brewing has become one of my top 5 breweries in the world.
joeneugs (3189) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Beer Revolution. Wow. This one really took me by surprise. It pours a muddy brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is powerful huge notes of toffee and maple syrup. The flavor is the same with a beautiful combination of maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit (mostly raisins and dates). The body was the only thing holding this back from greatness. Massively syrupy and impossible to drink more than a few ounces, but those few ounces are mighty enjoyable.
mcberko (6306) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, split 4 ways, pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a small, quickly-dissipating tan head. Aroma of pomegranate, dates, figs, grapes, treacle toffee, and subtle rye notes, though not heavily pronounced on the nose. Flavour is extremely rich and complex, with the above-mentioned dried fruits, brandy / sherry, booze--but well-integrated considering this is 13.4%, but the barrels are not really noticeable at all. Rich and complex, with a sticky, syrupy palate. A slow sipper -- this is extremely well-made.
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Bottle, snifter pour
Appearance - Deep velvety red body, elegant bubbles and a vanilla head
Aromas - Raisins, cherries, chocolate and alcohol
Taste - Fig, pomegranate, molasses, smooth alcohol, earthy, dry
The mouth feel is thick - the flavor as well; lots of strong fruity notes with a solid liquor backbone are inviting. Finishes spicy and warm, and leaves the mouth full of fig and dry woody flavors. Whiskey is apparent, but blended well with the generous amount of alcohol.