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He'Brew Messiah Bold - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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493 Ratings

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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 493 | Reviews: 356
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a brown dense but clear body with a red glow to it and strands of tiny bubbles swirling around in it. There is a thin head of light tan that dissipates before the first sip.

S- The light roasted malt aroma is dry with hints of dry prunes and a cocoa nib hint to it. Otherwise pretty clean.

T- The taste of roasted malt is brief with a chocolate malt hint following and a soft licorice note in there aswell. The finish has notes of raisins and a roasted malt hint that increases a bit as the beer warms. There is a soft green bitterness buried in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- This beer has some nice flavors but they are thin and don't have much depth or contrast to them.

Photo of jdhilt
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger light tan head that leaves a good lace. Deep amber color. Light bodied almost watery, soapy nose. Starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter but with the sweetness lingering. $1.80 for a 12oz. bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

You'd think for a (bold!) 'Son of God' the beer would sport some kind of halo (or at least a kippah to profess its faith in the matter). But no, it comes completely bare and was spared not even a shred to make lacing. Its plain, very dark brown body has no highlighting what so ever and shows about as much sign of coming to life as my chair or dresser.

Just as there are no highlights in the appearance, there are no nuances in the aroma neither. There's a lot of toasty brown malt but that's...about...it. Usually it's easy to feign a hint of this or that, especially for an American brown ale style that is characteristically quite aromatic, but my nose has gotten tired of sniffing. It's just that plain.

Which is a shame because the taste is really pleasant; that prevalent base of toasty brown malts is bestowed a little roast, a dash of cocoa and a generous amount of nutty flavour (pecan especially) and tons upon tons of smeared, squished fruits and dried fruits (including, in particular, figs, prunes and raisins). Those flavours relinquish little.

The mouthfeel is about as well-stocked as a Communist-era Soviet grocery shelf; there is very little of anything and certainly nothing glitzy. Apart from the minimal amount of roast barely anything is perceived; even the fruity, sugary sweetness is short lived once the beer is swallowed. Despite its lightness on the palate it sits heavy in the belly.

False alarm - He'Brew Messiah Bold is a good beer but it's far too pedestrian to be called a King of kings or Lord of lords. I personally would consider it no better than average for its style and near the bottom of the Shmaltz Brewing/He'Brew totem-pole. If shopping for "Chosen Beer" choose another of their offerings, like the fantastic Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, roasty/nutty, some toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of roasty/nutty, and some toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Brown Ale, recommended.

Photo of sendbeer
1.25/5  rDev -63.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium brown-mahogany with a sticky beige head leaving slight lacing streaks.

S: sweet burnt brown sugar, roasted caramel and nuttiness along with a dry hop bittering. There was also a dark chocolate flavor.

T: a freshly roasted chocolate malting, that was followed and balanced nicely with a dark rich sweetness from the malt. There was slight hints of charred woodiness as well.

M: creamy, some doughy bread notes and malt sweetness with an aggressive carbonation.

D: Average drinkability, ok going down though not impressed.

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, and a slight raisin aroma. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, sweet malt and slight hops in the background, and some grass flavors. Slightly more watery than I was expecting, but still good flavors and palate. Overall, a pretty decent beer that was a good session beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with brown edges. Thin light brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring but no lacing. Aroma of roasty malt and molasses. Taste is mild roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate. Body and flavor are thin, but what flavor is present is nice. Needs a bit more robustness to be "bold". Pleasant, but average.

Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Starts out dark brown. Smells a little earthy for my taste. Looks and smells like a more sturdy brown ale, but no hop aroma.

Taste not only falters in the hop quantity/quality, which is fine, but it doesn't come across as a maltbomb either. Just a middle of the road, darker than Newcastle style brown ale. Figured with all the Hebrew pride, it would have been more of a Masada style fighter. Maybe they're saving that for an Imperial style or something.

Mouthfeel, you just don't really like what you sense when you're trying to savor it. Drinkability, back half puts you off to thirsting for another. In fact, the first half does that re: the back half.

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a small head. Smell is of malts and chocolate. Taste is good, malts, chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip21/12/11

A cola with some ruby hues when held to the light, a finger of mocha foam doesn't last long but leaves two distinct rings of lace

S some cold coffee, a little nutty and some dark toffee

T a little molasses to go along with what I smell and a little burnt malt, pretty sweet but manageable

M medium bodied with a creamy feel after the bubbles pop up, a little sticky on the lips and a mellow but long nutty toffee aftertaste

O I'm not blown away by this one but it's respectable, I'm not sure if I'd want a 6er but I'd drink a second

considering the cost of my Holiday Gift Pack there better be some winners in there because this is not up to par with a 45$ 7 pack, candles, a glass and an empty bottle are not going to make up the difference at this rate

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the bottle with a rich and thick kind of sound and it produces a gigantean semi-creamy light tan head to sit a top the translucid deep brown body and the lace a glutenious sheet that welds itself to the glass. A sweet malt aroma dominates this crisp and fresh nose with the start sweet and interfused with malt, top is middling in feel. Finish is mellow in its acidity with the hops delectate and the aftertaste dry. A quite nice beer, easy on the palate and one you might have several of, so let’s call it a candidate for a “session beer”.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark coffee brown with just a light head to start tht goes to a light tan ring, then to nothingness. The aroma is full of toasted toffee brownies and just a touch of bitterness. The taste is full of spicey hops mixe with somewhat charred malts that have a little sweet toffee kick and just a bunch of heavily toasted malts. Very smooth palate. This makes for one great sessionable kosher beer.

Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Rileys

appearance: pours into great dane imperial pint glass...super dark, the darkest of the style that I have seen for sure...body is a very dark mahogany, with rich dark ruby highlights, big creamy tan head with great retention...looks like no other english brown, and I like it

smell: very rich with a nice roasty character, nutty, decent hopping in the background, woody and bittersweet

taste: This is a pretty nice surprise...pretty flavourful with a nice smoke/char flavor in the background, slightly bitter dry cocoa powder, roasty malt, sweet and woody

mouthfeel: medium body, rich and creamy

drinkability: nice

Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thickish texture. Almost no head to speak of, but some OK lacing.

S: Had an odd malty, metallic smell, along with a slight nuttiness.

T: A very average taste. Nutty, some malt, not much hops. Simply half baked.

M: An alright amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is an average beer. Not without its charms, but not that great either.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. A small bit of lacing stays on the glass. It smells like roasted malt, nuts, caramel and chocolate. The aroma isn't very strong, but it is sweet. It tastes like roasted malt, caramel and toffee, and there's also a small bitter coffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slightly watery, but creamy at the same time. The beer does go down relatively smooth, so overall the drinkability is decent. It's not too bad of a beer, but I don't think it could become a session beer for me.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Walnut brown color with dark amber highlights when held to the light. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated quickly, then disappeared. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Toasted malts, dark fruits and figs. Bitter coffee and nuts in the background. Very light peppery bitter.

T: Toasted malts and an interesting variety of buttery dark fruits. Kinda strange brown sugar/cola flavor in the finish.

M: Light (almost thin) body. Ample carbonation

D: I grew tired of the buttery fruits and cloying sweet sugary finish.

Photo of cjgator3
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a . The aroma is pretty faint, it is hard to pick up much other than some sweet malt and a touch of caramel. The taste is pretty smooth and malty up front with a roasted coffee-like bitterness lingering into the finish. Overall, He'Brew Messiah Bold is a pretty average Brown Ale that really doesn't bring anything to the table that would make me want to purchase again.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark root beer color with a finger or two of head that settles down pretty quick, but leaves a good bit of lace. The smell is unmistakeably molasses, thick and sweet. Upon first taste it strikes me as more medium bodied than the color and smell would suggest. Nicely carbonated with a charcoal front followed by the molasses and brown bread. It is rich, robust and dark brown as advertized with a malty hint blended in for good measure. Pretty drinkable but I think this would be one to savor in more modest quantity. Not syrupy at all but still kind of a meal in itself, not something I would think to pair with a meal. Good stuff.

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He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.