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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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In Jewish tradition, 15 marks major commemorations: Passover (the Exodus), Sukkot (40 years of wandering), and Tu Bishvat (the New Year for Mother Nature) all start on the 15th day of the Hebrew month. 15 suggests a certain wisdom from experience: “Old is always 15 years from now.” – Bill Cosby. “We are always more anxious to be distinguished for one talent we do not possess than 15 we do.” – Mark Twain. After Andy Warhol, does 15 forever sound profound or frivolous? “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.” “Fame is the thirst of youth.” – Lord Byron. “The fact that my 15 minutes of fame has been extended is somewhat surprising to me and completely baffling to my wife.” – Barack Obama. For Matt EP: Hall of Famer Bart Starr rocked #15 as MVP in the Packers’ first two Super Bowl victories. “South Park” evolved from “Jesus vs. Santa” and is now entering its 15th season. “We’re rehabbed and ready for our 15 minutes of shame.” – Marilyn Manson. Lyrics from Barry Manilow’s 2011 album, 15 Minutes, released on QVC Network: “Make me a deal, I’ll sell my guts for glory.” “Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few, and that at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life.” – Benjamin Disraeli. After 1,972,350 sets of 15 minutes of Shmaltz Brewing, I’ll hoist my Jewbelation Quinceañera and sing 15 rounds of ¡Viva la Evolución de He’brew! L’Chaim! Jeremy Cowan, proprietor


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5176) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with a tall, dense, foamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with strong caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, malted milk chocolate balls (Whoppers), vanilla and cake. Taste is big caramel, soft alcohol, sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, more notes of Whoppers, chocolate cake, and light molasses. Body is medium-full with a soft, creamy carbonation and some syrupyness. Sugary stickiness in there as well as mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with more ripened dark fruits, chewy caramel, chocolate, cake notes, vanilla, molasses, booze, and brown sugar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Draft. Pours a dark brown/black. The is almost more of a port or liqueur than its predecessors (12, 13 and 14). Leathery, earthy, figs, vinous, bourbon, dark fruits. Crazy. While it is not as strong as the 15% indicates, it is still quite boozy and good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OmegaX (1226) - Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle share with Chipalsa. Thanks! Initial pour was dark brown with a velvety red quality in the light. Mocha colored head. Nose is full of flavors. Lots of fruity esters such as berries, cherries, plums, raisins, dates, and figs. Some roasty toasty malts with a toffee/caramel and slight chocolate tone were emerging from the glass also. Light hints of grassy and citrusy hops were also in the mix. Overload on the senses! Taste was similar with many intense fruity characters found in the pleasing sweetness of this brew. The alcohol was very well hidden, making this one dangerously drinkable. Malty notes also were easy to pick up on the tongue. One of the most complex beers I’ve ever had. Fantastic!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 Bottle share - OmegaX
Appearance - Brown, bubbly with thin lacing
Aromas - Grassy, hoppy, prunes, spices
Taste - Chocolate, prunes, molasses, cherries

This intense brew was thick and malty; lots of rich fruity tones with a pleasing molasses backbone. Finished very warm, though very light considering the outrageous ABV.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
REDBOSOX (80) - Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2011
I was SHOCKED at how smooth this beer was, considering it’s 15% ABV. I bought it for a mere $5.99 in Bev Mo at Fresno, CA. This stuff is absolutely fantastic! It’s nice and dark and full of flavor. The alcohol doesn’t interfere with the taste of the beer. I thought for sure it would. VERY impressed with this amazing beer! Poured it just in time to celebrate Hanukkah for all of my Jewish friends.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1170) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2011
On tap at Beermongers in Portland. Colour... very dark brown with no head. Nose... quite boozy with loads of dates and burnt sugar. Palate... not as much booziness as I expected but plenty of deep, dark fruits with Medjool dates, Brooks prunes and zante currants at the forefront. There’s a lightly effervescent mouthfeel and certainly plenty of sweetness, especially as the creme brulee flavours kick in at the back of the palate. This is a dandy and has quite a nice price point for a bomber of this quality. Time to stock up and sit on a few of these 15’s!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2016) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle enjoyed during sunday night poker game, finishing this entire beast probably contributed to my losing at poker but not in life. pours thick and dark purplish brown. Tastes of chocolate sauce, caramel, dark fruits, rye, brown sugar, molasses, and brandy. Its syrupy and thick on palate but is oh so good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6779) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Bomber pours deep darkness with mahogany hues and firm lasting quarter inch near creamy mocha head. The aroma offers up familiar and not really well melded notes of roasty malts, some toffee, chocolate, prunes, dates and blueberry jam. The taste is expectedly bold with thick sweet malts, chocolate and a mild level of bitter pine hops around the edges. Then it gains notes of prunes and brown sugar covered dates to go along with only hints at the massive ABV. This is bold and smooth and somewhat malt forward already even though pine, grapefruit and spicy hops are fairly easily noticed. I think this one will improve with age. And wow! this beast was only $4.99 for a 22oz bottle. Awesome value.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Pours glossy pitch black, with a smallish tan head. Coffee-dusted roasted fruits on the nose. Blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, and a bit of booze. I don’t know how they did it, but they covered the ABV. No burn. So much depth in here I’m not sure where to begin. Singed caramel, fresh coffee, dates, mild chilies, rye, oak, and chocolate. Flavor starts roasty, and gets a bit sweeter as it goes on, never once making you think it’d be 15%. Velvety smooth, and the flavor lingers forever. This is delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent RB/BA birthday tasting... Poured a deep, dark, near-black with a thin, light brown head. Toasted grains, toffee, creme-brulee burnt sweetness with dark fruits like figs or dates and a bitter-sweet molasses. Palate was mild and not overbearing for the claimed 15% abv.


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