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RATINGS: 197   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


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7172) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bomber. Poured very deep brown with a creamy, almost whipped tan head.. set up nicely in the glass. The aroma picked up warm, toasted vanilla, caramel, and nutty notes on the first whiff.. peppery alcohol and rich, syrupy vinous notes around.. just a whole lot of stuff going on, and it worked well together. The flavor opened with tart vinous, oaky notes, and peppery alcohol.. molasses, darker chocolates, and jammy dark fruit at the core.. spicy and bitter around, with wine-like character on the very long finish.. tasty stuff! Heavier-bodied and a bit oily on the palate.. quite a bit of fruit in there.. a few too many residual sugars and random bitterness on the finish, but overall a very good brew!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8746) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle. Shared by Pete. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of raisin, fig, dark fruit and molasses. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3686) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle. Thanks Pete... Brown pour with tan head. Dark malty aromas, light sweetness, other dark tones. Sweet, raisins, malty, not as strong, but probably milded over time.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2765) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on late 2011. Pours pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big molasses, toffee, toast, caramel, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, cherry, prune, fig, chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, leather, light smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of huge molasses, toffee, toast, caramel, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, cherry, prune, fig, chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, leather, light smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Slight herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, cherry, prune, fig, chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, leather, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and fruit yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, moderately slick, and lightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible strong ale! All around outstanding complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (801) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Thanks to drowland for the share. Big beer. Dark black oily pour. Aroma is toffee, dark fruit, and booze. Taste is a sweet wallop with plenty of booze, fruit, caramel, and hops to make in interest. Hides 15% decently well. Full bodied, of course.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrana (464) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Very sweet with a lot going on. Strong roasted malt and caramel malt flavors. Has some slight fruity notes and some slight tartness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2033) - Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, caramel/toffee, chocolate, & some dark fruit; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, dark chocolate, molasses/syrup, caramel, and dark fruit; Warm finish; Fairly well balanced; Considering the alcohol, it’s well hidden; Overall, definitely on the sweet side - but pretty decent strong ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (576) - - DEC 21, 2013
Bomber, cellared about a year. Sweet dark fruit aroma with some toffee and a bit of booze. Pours black with a garnet tint, thin, tan head and some lacing. Rich dark fruit flavor with some toffee. Great sticky mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with just a bit of booze that provides a nice warming feeling that's great on a cold winter night. Dark fruit lingers on the palate on the aftertaste. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Pours black, finger tan head. Smell intense sudsy, pleasant roasty vanilla, sweet red fruit Taste sweet caramel toffee, burnt sugar, bit of roast, alcohol burn Sticky sweet and full body Very nice beer

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (927) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Bomber purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in February 2012 ($7.99). Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and almost three fingers of brownish foam. AROMA of dried raisins / figs / dates, rich toffee, vanilla-y bourbon, molasses and some light booze. FLAVOR of dark caramel and toffee, port wine, brown sugar, and dark sticky fruits. Syrupy mouthfeel. Nice level of sweetness and complexity, akin to a good port. Surprisingly little perceptible alcohol (with no burn) considering that this is 15% ABV. Yet another great one from the Shmaltz anniversary series...I think the two years of further aging helped out quite a bit too. (190, 827)

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2013
From notes. Pours a deep brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is full of different malts and booze. Upon first drink, it hits the palate with all kinds of malt up front, with a hint of booze and hop balance. Nice finish leaves all kinds of coffee, chocolate and malt notes. Much smoother tasting than others I’ve had in this series.


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