He'Brew Messiah Bold - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.38/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
So He'brew beers finally made it to my home state of SC, and I have to admit, most of their bottles make me laugh. As a bonus, this is the first beer I've had that claims to be kosher. I guess blessed beer can't be a BAD thing...
Now, I'm not sure if this is the "chosen" beer or not, but it pours typical for the style, with a small head and a clear but not see-thru brown-red.
Smell reminds me of Mackeson's XXX, but less so. Vaguely porter-ish, with coffee, roasted grain, sweet bread and grapes. Georgekingfish mentions potting soil in his review, and bizarrely, I agree with him. There's an interesting mineral-dirt scent here that I can't nail down. I like it.
I take a big gulp and nearly choke on Messiah Bold! The carbonation level in this beer is extreme, certainly not what I was expecting. The fizzyness explodes on the palate, and hits with a sharpness similar of some Pilsners. The carbonation also drowns out some of the more initial subtle flavors, as it takes your mouth a few seconds to sort everything out. After the initial prickly bubbles have died down, roasted grain makes up the bulk of this one. It's not overly sweet, but I get a touch of molasses, pumpernickel, and light chocolate. A bit predictable. On the plus side, Messiah Bold is clean, and has no weird DMS or off putting flavors in the finish.
My biggest gripe here is that the beer is too harshly carbonated; it's like a soft drink mixed in a bad seltzer water to syrup ratio. The beer itself is a tad watery for the style, I prefer a fuller body. Lingering roasty-toasty grain and charcoal flavor in the finish.
Messiah Bold isn't a bad beer, but if you want something better in this category, seek out Harpoon Munich.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2007 00:12:54 | More by kkipple
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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 485 ratings.