Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Amazingly rich, and wonderfully Sazerac barrel aged, this Genesis is remarkably complex with esters of grape, mandarin orange, fig, date, toffee, coconut, persimmon, kumquat, plum, cherry, chocolate, cappuccino, rum, and, of course, lots of rye.
The body is silky/syrupy, but not as heavy as i had anticipated, and the massive flavor profile is incredibly balanced with no excess heat , despite its 13.4% abv. This is a very sweet and luxurious ale, for sure, but the Sazerac aging has dried it out sufficiently in the finish for it to be a wonderful sipper that continuously calls me back to indulge in another "hard" taste.
To date, I’m not sure I could come up with a better fireside liquid companion to take away the chill of what’s shaping up to be another colder winter than usual. I’m glad I stocked up on a number of these beauties! mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
First thing is incredible aroma of coconut whiskey and figs. Very similar to Goose Island BCS but thinner, tastier and more complex with all the fruit they added. The most amazing thing about it is that the whiskey barrel element is not overbearing like so many other barrel aged beers. Man O’ man this is good. S_Side_Smitty (776) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2012
It pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and milk chocolate. Smells awesome! Can’t pick up any fruit scents or alcohol. Taste is off the charts for me - dark chocolate, raisins and roasted malt. I don’t notice the alcohol - don?t care. I’m trying to remember the chocolate bar that had raisins......can’t remember the name. That’s what this barleywine reminds me of. Beautiful now, aging can only make it better. Thank you Shmaltz! onceblind (10097) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
On tap @ Freshcraft on Halloween night. Clear dark brownish with copper highlights. Nice lasting head. Great sweet aroma of nutty chocolate, dark fig sweetness, a slight boozy note, and general dark malty fruity sweetness and warmth. Beautiful flavor of chocolate covered fig, raisin, restrained yet warming boozy notes, dark fruity malt, more chocolate. Very pleasant and delightful. Strong yet quaffable. 41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2012
The nose is a ruby port/brandy soaked fig and date vanilla ice cream shake. The flavor of this beer hits me as a hundred things all in one. Firstly, a wave of the best tasting cough syrup I’ve ever had mixed with heavy cream. Then, at the end, a blend of every pit fruit I’ve ever had and the approximate acidity of Beyonce’s navel. The heft and luxurious oily nature of the mouthfeel is something to be savored for a long time. I would respect a man who just pours this, looks at it, and walks away in full conformation that he can’t handle the utter disappointment of anything else he opens after this for the rest of his life. This shit is proper to the third degree. Thank You so much Shmaltz. 2011 22oz.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Super dark pour, nice creamy head. Aroma has big fruit up front, molasses, dates, alcohol, maple. Flavor is sweet and very fruity--prunes, raisins, light woody notes. Complex and damn good! cfrancis (3511) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
Oh wow this is a big ass beer. Pours a silky syrupy brown with a small off white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is a bouquet of raisin, dates, boozy alcohol and sweet malts. Tastes a lot like a smooth whiskey. Huge beer, big and boozy. This thing will knock you out if you don’t respect it. Definitely a sipper. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Dark brown with a short lived fluffy off white head. Sweet dark fruit caramel sugar and light alcohol aroma. Tastes of caramel brown sugar and dates up front followed by the pomegranate fig and grape and finishing with rye whiskey and light vanilla and oak. Nice complexity with good transitions. Thick buttery palate. Excellent. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very deep but clear amber with a moderate tan head that lasted beyond mid-glass and left a coating of foam with each sip. Huge aroma of vanilla, caramel, figs, and dates. The flavor is equally impressive again with huge vanilla, caramel, oak, figs, and dates. Holy crap! Rich and full bodied with a luxurious mouthfeel. Some mild alcohol warmth at the finish only enhances the experience. Definitely sweet, which is perfectly fine for me. I am planning on picking up a few more of these to put away in my cellar. Wow. 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.