RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Contract brewed for Shmaltz Brewing Company. Sacred Species No.1 YEAR OF THE FIG Jewish tradition celebrates 2 New years; The 1st calendar month in spring historically came after the barley harvest. The High Holidays in Fall mark the creation of the world. Harvest to harvest - the perfect bookends for deliciousness! Arise noble Rejewvenator, infused for ’08 with the sacred succulent Fig. O the history, O the shtick: Gen 3:7: "And their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked; they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons." Time to get cooking! "Professed Wrestlers and Champions were in times past fed with figs." -Pliny, Roman naturalist. Romulus, mythic founder of Rome, and his twin Remus were nursed by a wild she-wolf under a fig tree. In 1857, Queen Victoria commissioned an 18 inch plaster fig leaf to adorn her cast of Michelangelo’s David. "The statue that advertises its modesty with a fig leaf brings its modesty under suspicion." -Mark Twain. Buddha gained enlightenment meditating beneath a fig tree. Zechariah/Micah: "Nations shall beat their swords into plowshares...all will sit with his neighbor under his fig tree, with no one to be afraid." Fear not Shmaltzers - Grab your Newtons, rub your happy belly, strap on your fig leaf and your championship belt, abd prepare to blow your shofar... tis a new HE’BREW Beer season to rejoice. L’Chaim! Brewed for Schmalt Brewing Co.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy deep wood color with a medium light head. Aroma is very malty with a bit of sweetness. Flavor is bold malts with a hints of chocolate and maple. Medium body and moderately carbonated. Overall, a fairly interesting and decent beer. I’m glad I was able to try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours mahogany and cloudy with medium light tan head. Aroma is very malty with touches of maple syrup. Flavor follows aroma at first with touches of soft fruit esters towards midpalate. Estery fruity flavor (but not particularly "figgy") with bold malts with touches of maple and even subtler touch of chocolate towards finish. Moderate balancing neutral bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and moderately carbonated. Overall, fairly decadent and sweet with subtle influence from fig (tastes like fig-less ale -- perhaps fig blends too well with esters and malt character or maybe it’s just too subtle). Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond, VA, opened 9/28/10. Pours a dark clear ruby color with a medium light brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, raisins, faint anise notes and a bit of chocolate. The taste is chocolate, anise and other spice notes, bitter hoppy notes, berries, toffee, raisins. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
22oz bottle. Purple hue, tan head. Musty malt aroma. Sitcky sweet, loads of date flavor. Tastes like a chilled date. Some toasted grains, some grape leaf bitterness. This beer has aged to a wondrous condition. Finishes like a fruity estered dopplebock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2010
A reddish copper ale with a thin moka head. A nice liquorous treacle malt aroma with smooth vinous notes and dark fruits. In mouth, a smooth barley wine style ale with roasted malts, light coffee, floral hops, quite nice, molassey character, medium bodied. Tasted June 19 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
popery (2141) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Interesting but too sweet and a tad boozy. The beer pours a brownish purple and looks like a thick red wine. There was little head on my pours, and while I can kick up some bubbles if I try, there was never any real lacing. I don’t usually care about appearance, but this beer does not make for a terribly pretty glass. The aroma is almost there with sweet caramel, dark stone fruits and a hint of something else, possibly the fig juice. It’s a tad on the sweet side, but it’s still quite pleasing. The sweetness increases in the taste and gets a tad cloying. The feel is also fairly sticky. There isn’t enough hop bite to balance out the sweet malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Large bottle, thanks for sharing Waylo! Poured a dark brown with thin tan head that quickly dispersed. Earthy and herb with some slight fig notes. Malty but not complex, kind of like a thin barley wine. The spice notes are not overwhelming and things mellow towards the finsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Murky dark brown with a thin dissipating khaki head. Smells sweet, fruity, earthy. The flavor was much like that of an English barleywine. Smooth and malty with notes of earth, herbal mint, wood, fruity, toffee. Fig finally becomes noticeable in the finish oddly enough it is quite prevalent there with its signature tartness and earthy character. This was a lot better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Fig flavor. Standard doppelbock. Maybe heavy handed on the fruitiness. Too sweet when warm. This needs to be appreciated a bit colder for balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Clear dark amber body, frothy tan head fades. Aroma of berry, fig, caramel, graham cracker, sweet juice, roast malt and cedar. Taste is smooth slick buttery caramel and fruit. Some alcohol is present through the nose in the finish. Earthy bitterness is balanced well by a brown sugar/toffee sweetness. Medium body, lively mouth coating carbonation.

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