RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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

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Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle 22oz. Pours black with medium beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt, alcohol. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Ok.

Whatup14 (2293) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2016
Bouteille 650ml, bottle share. Couleur acajou foncé opaque, mousse beige. Arôme d’alcool, malt caramélisé, boisé, mélasse, madérisé. Goût de mélasse, très sucré, miel de sarrasin. Carbonatation faible, corps dense.

czar (9971) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2016
bottle at tom’s epic tasting 2016. pours unclear medium dark brown with a small light beige cap offering some retention and lacing. roasted chocolate, spices, lots of toffee, wood-aged, lots of sweetness - malt sugars mostly. moderately low carbonation, medium body - very oily; sweet woodsy-spicy finish. a certain complexity but overall: swill.

tom10101 (6372) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle (22 oz), shared. Hazy amber with a small beige head leaving little lacing. Aroma is of candi sugar, tobacco, boozy notes, mild spiciness and vanilla. Taste is sweet and boozy with candi sugars, mild spiciness and tobacco. Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation. Tobacco finish. A bit old, but at least it’s not too harsh.

SlovakSniper (5562) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
Brune avec col mince. Au nez et en bouche, liqueur de noisettes, malts et alcool qui chauffe. Liquoreuse bière qui pousse son alcool pour laisser passer le tout. Cette proposition n’est pas facile à boire mais elle m’amuse quand même.

Stoned99 (1742) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
2 ounces at tasting. Bottle in 2011.Aroma: intense boozy bourbon, rye, grape, raisin. App: burgundy, minimal off white head, little lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, liquoreux, medium sweetness. Finish is mostly sweet. Overall: let’s be honest. I’ve had more than 40 pours today so this is not exactly something I want to drink. Pretty sure this is really good in a normal day. Today, it’s ok.

Franckg (2038) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
Bouteille datée du 07/09/2011, bue après 5 ans et les mois en s’en fout. Robe acajou avec un mince cerne de mousse. Arômes de raisins bleus, levures sauvages, citron, cacao, baies confites, cassonade et effluves vineuses. En bouche, baies passées date, fort goût d’alcool, datte séchée, caramel. Texture huileuse et corps moyen. Trop vieille.

chinchill (5539) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2016
Large shared bottle in Atlanta. Boozy, but not objectionable for style ... And for 13.4%ABV. rich and complex. Seems at first to be a bit too sweet but further sipping soured it to be acceptably sweet. Bordering on hot.

bytemesis (9809) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle from 2011, cellared carefully. Pours hazy red/chestnut, medium tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, some lacing. Aroma is rich, malty, vanilla, dark sugars, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, oranges. Flavor is fully sweet, light bitter, light astringence, sweet and sticky, pine, orange, date. Lingering bitterness.

alexsdad06 (11711) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2015
22oz bottle. Pours a clear deep orange amber color with a large off white head. The aroma is slightly toasted caramel, figs, raisins, dates,citrus, some barrel character, oak, some alcohol. Tastes of pomegranate juice, caramel, figs, raisins, dates, barrel character, berries, hints of alcohol, some chocolate, and oak. The alcohol remains mostly well hidden throughout. This is definitely on the sweet side. I always find their big beers interesting.

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