He'Brew Messiah Bold - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.
There aren't too many KSA (Kosher Certified) beers on the market today--it's definitely a niche within a niche. We dropped in a bit of Matisyahu to listen to while we consumed this beverage. We're not sure if it helped.
Pours out as a brown-colored, amber-tinged brew, with fine clarity. Decent head retention with a spatter of clinging lace. Malty aromas of chocolate and coffee meet with a faint brown sugar center. Solid medium body with a sufficient carbonation for a brown ale. A stodgy maltiness to start, reminiscent of a light roast coffee, featuring a hint of carob and a quick flash of caramel on the taste buds. Mild on the hops with a clean floral and citric bitterness. Clean all around with a mild roasted character in the semi-dry finish.
This brown was around before brown was in, and it's a rich and delicious one at that. We did not go running to the market for gefilte fish to pair with this beer, but a slow-cooked beef brisket, potato salad and red cabbage did the trick. Cheers to Jeremy Cowan for keeping it real.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2010 18:44:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
1.73/5 rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1
12oz brown bottle. No freshness date, but it was recently brought into the store where it was purchased.
Pours a near black, deep brown with ruby hues. The off-white head is massive (2-3-finger thick), frothy, foaming and sticks to the glass as is slowly settles to a nice retaining lace.
Light aroma. Musty metallic with some esters of dark fruits, faint toasty toffee and smoke.
Medium bodied with a dull, but even, mouthfeel. One-dimensional malt character with an odd fruity flavor (like Kool-Aid with not enough sugar added) and moderate sweetness, faint toasty edge. A bit dirty and metallic. Hop bitterness is low to missing. Theres some hop flavor, but its very weak. Finish is also odd. Its dry with tannins with a very slight smoky linger. Oxidation is definitely noticeable, with a paper-like feel and flavor throughout the entire experience.
Typical of a lot of contract brewed beers, this is a very dull beer. Quite boring actually. Says Rich and Robust on the label, but doesnt deliver. Hell, its not even bold. It simply lacks any defining character.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2005 23:56:55 | More by Todd
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3.68/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, raisin, prune, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, floral, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with moderate fruitiness; and good strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, floral, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, chocolate, brown bread, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt flavors; with a solid amount of robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice brown ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2013 03:43:56 | More by superspak
He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.