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He'Brew Messiah Bold - Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Messiah BoldHe'Brew Messiah Bold

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482 Ratings

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-13-2003)
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Photo of ebby82


3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown into a pint glass. There is a bit of head which disappears quickly.

Not an intense aroma. Sweet and malty, that's about it.

It's quite tasty. Nice slightly toasty flavor with a little bit of hops. Somewhere between strong and light, although the name says bold, I wouldn't call it bold, but I like it.

Quite easy to drink, this could be a sessionable brown, although most browns are sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 16:32:10 | More by ebby82
Photo of Paincane


3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber brown in color after poured into pint glass. Has a cream-colored head that leaves nice lacing after dissipating.
S: Sweet, roasted malt and caramel.
T: Roasted malt and caramel with hint of chocolate.
M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. A bit on the sweet side.
D: Oy! A tasty albeit sweet brew that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 00:59:44 | More by Paincane
Photo of 20ozmonkey


2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown with amber hues when held up to light. Quite a large head that disappeared to a thin head pretty fast.

Has a malty smell with muted earthy hops. Smells like the sort of amber/brown ale that I don't appreciate much. A touch of rust in the smell, too.

Tastes much like it smells with a sticky sweetness that coats your mouth and turns into a slightly bitter back end to the taste. Not liking this much at all. I bought a single bottle of both this and Genesis just to try out. Glad I only have a single botle.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:49:50 | More by 20ozmonkey
Photo of DrDemento456


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - When they say "robust dark brown" they mean it. Almost pitch black with just a tint of ruby highlight in the bottom of my glass. Head sticks around for a bit with a nice touch of lacing.

S - Nothing off putting but it does seem like someone just put a "shit ton" of brown malt in the boil. Faint notes of chocolate and coffee but mostly a strong robust nut smell.

T - Kind of one dimensional as the brown malt covers over all robust coffee's and bitter or sweet chocolate taste. It taste pretty much like a stronger version of Newcastle's brown ale. Walnut to the extreme...

M - Surprisingly it drank rather thick and I expected 7 percent. Was shocked by the real ABV.

Overall kind of like a harsher version of Voodoo's brown ale with a lower ABV. Still I enjoyed it more than I did back in the day and it is fairly smooth. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 02:13:01 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. A lot of stuff to read on the label. No date codes or info to ascertain..

Pours a dark, translucent brown. Only a remnant of a head remains after a minute. Smell is chalky, muted coffee beans. but with a pleasing milk chocolate as well. Taste is certainly more acrid than the smell, but is well within the bounds of a brown ale; maybe a nut brown. Feel is a bit thin and astringent after a while. Overall, an average brown ale, but definitely not bottom shelf.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 04:47:51 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of bayougutter


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured mildly to a goblet and was the darkest of brown with ruby highlights when held to light. small off white head that didn't stay long with minimal lacing.

Smells of dark fruit and semisweet malt with a little chocolate/ toffee. Not bad just a little muted.

Taste was spot on the smeel, but a little bolder. Tasty.

Mouthfeel was just about right.

Overall this started off as a subpar beer but quickly redeemed itself. I got a sixer and I will enjoy them all.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:29:35 | More by bayougutter
Photo of birdman200

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger off white head, nice lacing, dark, dark black - pours almost like a stout.
S: Sweet, and dark chocolate.
T: Rich, coffee, nutty, dry
M: Full bodied, great carbonation.
D: Easy. More like a porter though - classified as a brown ale? Overall a good beer, I'd like to see their other newer beers like the Lenny's RIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 15:47:19 | More by birdman200
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark reddish color with a short lived white head. Aroma is of nutty, toasted, bready malt and coffee. Flavors are similar to aroma. Full, crisp body. Finish is a long lasting, mostly espresso coffee. Well made Brown in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 20:59:13 | More by mikeg67
Photo of donteatpoop


3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown color with a thin and shortly lived off-white head.

The smell is dark fruits, licorise, and molases.

The taste is a little unbalanced, the licorise and dark fruits standing out on the forefront. Initial taste was not plesent but I grew accustomed to it quick enough.

Goes down smooth enough, but kind of an unpleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:40:29 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of claytong


2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

beet poop brown color. the taste was of bitter chocolate and malt and wasnt nicely blended, more bland than either of those. not sensational. highly doubt this is really the chosen beer but more just a ploy for people to buy it one time and never drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 20:39:27 | More by claytong
Photo of MattyG85


3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into He'Brew pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown that shows some ruby red when held to light. Decent sized light tan head quickly fades into a thin white layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Big scent of dark fruits up front followed by some caramel malts. A hint of coffee in the background. Not noticing any hops.

Taste: Caramel malts and fruity sweetness up front. Finishes with a bit of coffee and chocolate with a slight amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A decent ale but different than what I typically expect from a brown.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 04:46:23 | More by MattyG85
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a dark crimson color with a large cap of creamy beige head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is nutty and caramely with a distinctive fig-like dark fruitiness. Breadiness has this one smelling just like a Fig Newton...do they still even make those?

Tastes like one too, I prefer my brown ales to have a fuller body and less fruit presence than this sample is showing. The malts are neither rich nor robust as the label claims. A little bit of roast comes out as it warms, but where is the caramel and nutty malts? The beer is drinkable, if uninspired and bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 19:06:33 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of BrewStoutMagic


3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

THe funny label is what stopped me to try this one. I cracked the top on this and the aroma is similiar to another brown ale beer,has a light sweet fruity aroma not citrus though.Appearance is a dark brown with a touch of amber.Taste is well pretty good. I'd be happy to drink more.This beer has light hints of caramel,chocolate. Mouthfeels smooth and light in my gut.Overall its good but its missing that extra something that excites the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:31:42 | More by BrewStoutMagic
Photo of Retsinis


2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer as part of a make your own six pack at Total Wines this past Sunday. Was sharing a few beers with friends, but didn't quite get through all of the beers that day, and had this one after dinner, and sipping as I type this up.

A: The beer pours a light cola brown, with a red hue that can be seen when held to the light. A light off white colored head rose about a half inch, then settled to a light film of head resting on top, no lacing.

S: Mild caramel, faint light coffee, very light chocolate, and a mild cinnamon note

T: Mild dark fruit, faded caramel, finishes dry with a lingering mild bitterness.

M: Light mouth, starts a bit creamy, but fades out on the back end.

O: okay, a little disappointing. Been about 2 years since I had this last. It's a lot lighter and thinner than I remember. Not sure if it's changed, or me. Kicker is my wife made me do 3 sets of 10 pushups to drink this, since I missed the gym today....not worth the calories. All well.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 03:47:55 | More by Retsinis
Photo of mdaschaf


2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head. Quick dissipation to a small layer of bubbles on top. Decent lacing.

S: Get some dark fruits on the aroma and some raisins, almost reminds of wine in a way. Slight metallic tinge as well. Quite strange for a brown ale.

T: The flavor is a bit more what I would expect, there is some light coffee and a little bit of caramel, but the dark fruit/wine flavor comes through here as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: Very confusing beer. The aroma does not remind me of a brown ale whatsoever and the flavor profile barely fits either. It almost reminds me of manischewitz, which is funny seeing as this is a kosher beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 00:37:20 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a becker. Before I begin, I will say that the label seemed to indicate that this is a brown ale and Beer Advocate lists it as a brown ale, but nothing about this says "brown ale" and instead says "I am a Belgian Dark Ale."

Look: dark brown body with a thin, light tan head that retains very well but unfortunately doesn't leave any lace behind.

Smell: I pretty much just get a wallop of dark fruits in the smell along with some esters that led me to believe this is a Belgian Dark. Fairly straightforward.

Taste: dark fruit, some esters from the nose, hints of toffee and even some alcohol. I thought this beer drank closer to an 8% alcohol beer than a 5.6% beer. I don't pick up any hop flavors. The fruit is a little too much for me.

Feel: kind of thin, carbonated nicely at first but it kind of drops off after the beer sits for a few minutes. A little too sweet for me and the alcohol is off putting.

Drink: took me a while to finish the glass, and while not a drainpour, its also not something I would want to sit and have a few pints of, and isn't that the whole point of a brown ale?

Overall: not very good. It doesn't have any characteristics of a brown ale, certainly isn't sessionable in the least, and the heavy handed dark fruit taste is very off putting to me. Even if it were a Belgian Dark ale, its lack of complexity would certainly hurt it there. This was my first beer from Shmaltz and I can't see having another. I would avoid. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 15:58:58 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark caramel colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing. Reminiscent of root beer.

S - Toffee and caramel with a touch of rye and a bit of espresso on the finish.

T - The toffee and caramel malts dominate, though the bitter espresso malts linger on the finish. For what is advertised as a 'bold' beer, I would say it's falling a little short of the claim.

M - Comes off a tad watery and thin, though the finish is nice and wet.

O - Overall a bit weaker on the flavours than I was expecting, and much less than the 'bold' claims being made. A decent offering, but I wouldn't run out and buy another.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:04:53 | More by andrenaline
Photo of secondtooth


3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black, with a nice thick head and tan bubbles. No lace here.

Nose comes across as roasty and malty, with a bit of chocolate perhaps.

Flavor also hints at a chocolate, with a light body and a bit of roasty character at the finish.

Messiah Bold isn't complex, but would make a decent session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 18:17:35 | More by secondtooth
Photo of AnPiobaire

New York

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As a big fan of the Jewbelation series I was psyched to try some more offerings from the boys at Scmaltz. The MEssiah Bold poured a deep mahogony with reddish hue when held to the light. I tthin head quickly dissipated with no lacing to speak of.

The nose was clean with some maltiness and little if any hops in the nose.

The taste a quick crisp maltiness followed by a somewhat bitter finish. The brew is moderate to high in carbonation.

The mouthfeel is watery and crisp with a slight yet not unpleasant bitterness that lingers on.

Overall this is a competent brew that is easy to drink and is much mre refreshing then its color would lead you on to believe. I would certainly pull one out if the cooler and enjoy it, but I'm not going to go hunting for a six pack anytime soon. I suppose I have been spoiled by Jewbelation. Who knew? Shalom.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 15:46:19 | More by AnPiobaire
Photo of Justin23060


4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rootbeer dark with some red when held to the light. No haze. Head was tan and short lived.

Smells biscuity with no hop.

Tastes of chocolate, smoke and dried fruit (raisin?) with a very mild hop that makes it start sweet and end semi-dry.

Slightly watery, but with enough sweetness and carbination to make it work.

Overall I think its a pretty solid brew, especially the second half. Try it with a brownie and you won't be disappointed. The "Chosen Beer"... I'd choose it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 07:17:13 | More by Justin23060
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark, almost opaque brown with a one finger tan head that retains in the form of a light froth. Small strings and dots of lacing.

Rich chocolatey malt nose.

Tastes super malty and chocolatey. Not too sweet with just enough hops to give it an almost perfect balance. A hint of anise and maybe a touch of smoke in the finish.

Even mouthfeel with excellent carbonation levels. Medium to fullish body.

More than a Brown Ale. Somewhere between a Brown Ale and a Stout. Excellent. I could drink these forever.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 22:47:24 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of Shrews629


3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It poured a decent dark brown/ruby color that appeared clear. The head was off white and was of rather good size. The head was a bit soapy and didn't have the longest retention I had ever see, but the lacing was ok.

Smell - The aroma was a rather nice and sweet smelling caramel and toffee. A tad bit toasty. Smells rather rich with small chocolate notes creeping in. The malt became more and more robust as it warmed.

Taste - The taste was caramel with bits of chocolate and toffee. Again, a bit of toastiness. Some bitterness is noticeable also. Rather rich. The taste seemed to be balanced a bit better than the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Rather creamy. Smooth and dry. Does a pretty good job of leaving flavor on the palate. The mouthfeel was even a tad chewy.

Drinkability - I thought this brew was pretty good really. Pretty solid in all aspects. Rather drinkable with some complexity. Would be nice on a cool night. If someone had this available, I would have no problem drinking it agian.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 17:22:03 | More by Shrews629
Photo of wahhmaster


3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with slightly reddish hues. Has a thin, creamy head that dissipates very quickly and leaves just a little spotty lacing.

Smell: Gives off a rich, malty aroma with hints of caramel, nuts, and maybe even a little chocolate.

Taste: Aggressively bitter up front, more so than in most brown ales. Finishes sweet and slightly nutty with a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with an expressive carbonation.

Drinkability: A great session beer and a pretty decent brown ale. Brown ales aren't one of my favorite styles but this one goes down easily and has a simple, yet effective, flavor to it. It's nothing world class but it's a well-made, to-style brown ale. Cheers to that!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 23:36:08 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the messiah bold pours a deep red. The smaell is a spicey boldness. This beer is surprisingly smooth compared to what I was expecting. It's one of those dark beers you can drink without fear of being over filling. I like this beer and will add it to my list of cold weather dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:23:46 | More by mattkoon
Photo of FosterJM


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

299th review on BA
Bottle to pint
12oz bottle

App- A blend of light/dark browns. One finger head, very quick to recede.

Smell- Sweet malts. Very nutty under currents.

Taste- Very nutty to me. Flavors are a bit flat, I expected a bit more after the anniversary series. A bit under developed flavors. I get small flavor pockets but this needs to be kicked up a notch.

Mouth- Thin bodied with a medium carb level. A very nutty aftertaste with a little sweet malt.

Drink- I think paired with food this would be better. This was a bit thin and a touch watery. I'd like to have this on draft to compare.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 05:05:51 | More by FosterJM
He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.