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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (20256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
Tasting at Papsø’s
Dark color, mahogany to brown, with red shades; medium sized head. The malt aroma is strong, caamellish, with hints of wood and vanilla, fudge. Strong and cloying mouthfeel, rather oily, with strong and sweet malty flavor; it has a strong nutty touch, with traces of bitter orange; strong bitterness too.
Quite good; big.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of Elwood. Pours a clear reddish brown with a rich and lacing beige head. Very sweet caramellish aroma, some raisin notes - somewhat herbal hop character. Rich body, heavy rich caramel, some overripe fruit and nuts. Rich boozy finish. Perhaps a little sticky. 160612

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Big thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside Jewbelation 15 and Funky Jewbelation. The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan to off-white head. The aroma has some rye and booze notes, as well as quite a bit of molasses and brown sugar. The flavor is a little more complex, with the maple notes really coming through. They are complimented by some brown sugar and caramel malt, as well as a good bit of alcohol. The beer is fairly sweet overall, but I think that works OK. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a small ring of head. Aroma of candied dark fruits, dates, figs, rye, brandy and booze. Flavour the same except less obvious booze and some roasted malts present. Full bodied, rich. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5380) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Amber pour with a khaki head. Nose is plastic, rich malts, chocolate, spices. Chewy palate, heavy barrel, vanilla, dark fruits, nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2012
A - Served a cloudy red-brown color with a thin finger of tannish frothy head. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lace. S - Aroma is full of lots of Bourbon, oak, and vanilla, with some earthy hop and a touch of caramel malt and dark fruit. T - Starts off with lots of Bourbon, oak, and vanilla with some earthy hops. Through the middle, more Bourbon flavor comes through with a bit of booze and some light malt, dark fruit, and bitterness. The finish is a mix of Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and some hop bitterness. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming finish. D - Pretty drinkable. Big Bourbon flavor, but the beer holds up fairly nicely with some nice hp flavor coming through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle thanks to Jez. Pours chestnut brown with a small off white head which doesnt last. Nose is very cedar like. Lots of spice and whisky tones mingle with heavy, dark fruits. The whisky works well here. Dark fruits are heavy and a little sweet with the whisky. The barrel seems to add some subtle vanilla and spices to the beer, but what really seems to come out in this one is a massive vanilla malt note throughout. Full bodied and superbly hidden alcohol. Great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle pours a cola color nice bigger head. Smells tastes caramel chocolate bourbon big wood flavor. Sort of sweet side of a barleywine big booze flavor. Pretty decent beer maybe drank to early still kind of hot would prefer a bit less wood flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hivemind (913) - New York, New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle split w E @ FG. Poured into tulip. Dark red-purple pour with purple hue and brownish head. Sweet, chocolatey malt nose and tongue. Really complex palate with chocolate, fruit (light and dark fruit, dried fruit as well), booze. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. A little too sweet to me, but complex and intriguing. Also love how they incorporated flavors from Genesis verses preceding 15:15 (and I’m not religious).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle shared with Ryan for my 62nd birthday pours near black with thin brown head. Smokey aroma with dark fruits. Intensely flavored dominated by rye whiskey, burnt malts, figs, dates,and sweet caramel,molasses with pleasant burn at the finish. A slow sipper for sure. This bottle was from batch 001 of 791 cases bottled on 9/7/2011.

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