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RATINGS: 198   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


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (1580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Sweet roasted, molasses, aroma and taste. Mouth-filling body. ABV well hidden. No hop bitterness or aroma IMO. A fine ale, but 15% ABV is too much for me!!!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep black to brown with a thin beige head. Roast and chocolate, malt, toast, sweetness on the nose. Big and sweet, roast and chocolate. Lots of malt. Very sweet. Super sweet really. Sort of like a beer syrup at times. Malt, roast and chocolate. Too sweet to be enjoyable in servings larger than a few ounces.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
bottle... dark brown with a light tan head... very malty aroma but I’m digging it... tastes really nice, lots of molasses a bit of vanilla, and caramel, sooo drinkable at 15% this is great

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1938) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Black with big, foamy, brown head / Sweet nose of figs, molasses, and coffee / Very full body, sweet, malty, and sticky, with some balance and long, bitter, finish. Alcohol well masked / Flavors of figs, dates, molasses, dark roast coffee, and grass / A style of beer that I would not choose to drink often, but very well done.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Honestbrewer2 (16) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
The aroma of this beer reminds me of a barley wine, which is to be expected considering the high alcohol content and complexity of malt. It does have a considerable fruitiness to it as well. The taste is very sweet however and reminds me of a beer that just didn’t finish attenuating. I think overall it’s nice and malty with tremendous complexity, but definitely not balanced in terms of bitterness and malt. So overall although the complexity in aroma and the malt bill is very welcomed, the underlying sweetness from trying to ferment out such a high strength beer, and not succeeding, detracts from my palate and my overall score.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5342) - 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 (1831) - 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 (1283) - 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 (1310) - 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.


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