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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (9109) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012
Name: Genesis 15:15
Date: October 03, 2011
Mode: Bottle
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
Mode: draft
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
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Genesis 15:15, BA
Date: April 20, 2012
Mode: Draft
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
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (6370) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (16956) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Shared with my brothers in richmond when whalen came back! Beautiful dark brown pour with not much head. For such the alcohol content, it was very well hidden, and this was a fresh bottle! I can only imagine how this will mellow quite nicely as it ages. Such a deep rich dark fruit profile. Definitely figs and dates, with a large does of vanilla and of course a nice booziness. Very tasty brew indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Clear brown color with tan sheen. Nice date, fig, pit fruit, toffee aromas. full bodied with soft co2. Tasty dark pit fruit flavors; dates figs, with toffee, molasses, warming finish--good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
8oz draft into tulip. Pours a dark brown with thin off white head. This is a big beer with big flavor and aroma. Figs, whiskey, sweet caramel, fruits on the nose. Taste is a sweet, creamy mixture of whiskey, figs, caramel, oak earthiness. This is a big bold beer and I found the whiskey component to be delicious.

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