He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown AleHe'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale
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Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A complex yet smooth blend of bold dark malts revealing hints of chocolate, coffee and toffee paired with a lovely hop character.

Added by Cyberkedi on 03-16-2012

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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 460
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Photo of BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Opaque ebony in low light, ebony with glorious ruby red highlights in the natural light. The head is a thick creamy, very light tan. Lookswise, this is a tempter, though the head quick to fizzle out.

Smell: Hello, diacetyl. This unfortunate scent gets I the way of that nutty malt, but if you really like your nose in, toasted almonds, walnuts, and even macadamia nuts help to substantiate the beer's name. yes, there's some nice malt complexity, if you can overlook the d-word.

Taste: Deeply toasted malt with a layer cake of nuts--these guys really took "nut ale" as literally as possible! Peanuts, almonds walnuts, and those expensive macadamias again, they're all up on the palate. There's something missing, however. Earthy hops are present, yet faint, and could use a boost to balance things out. Or perhaps a bit of spice to distract from the slightly cardboard quality that sadly reminds one of an oxidizes Homebrew.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body, with a semi-dry finish. A nice mixture of hearty and refreshing.

Overall: The focus on the malt complexity could be balanced, and even improved upon with some hop, or other flavor additions. The brewing-fine-wrong aroma is light, but still distracting. A good beer when all is said and done, but not one I'd go back to.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of alyssa1224
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheFunGuy
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in the bottle. Pours very thick, very dark brown, almost a black. It cannot be seen through. Thin head that fades to a sickly looking slick of microbubbles.

The smell is chocolate and malt.

The taste is malt, a slight lemon, and light but overly sharp hops. Only after the swallow is there a chocolate taste on the back of the tongue.

The after swallow is a chalky chocolate back of the tongue and an okay brown and mismatched hops at the end of the tongue.

Not a fan.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, another nice single find in this American craft beer far-flung consumer outpost.

This beer pours a clear, deep, dark reddish cola hue, with two fingers of supertight, fine foamy beige head, which leaves a few streaks of bleeding cut lace around the glass as it slowly sifts away.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, a twinge of edgy toffee, oily mixed nuts, and herbal citrus hops. The taste is somewhat biscuity, semi-sweet bready malt, a grainy, almost dry nuttiness, some dark, singed wood-tinted sugar, some mild generic citrus notes, and earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are rather sedate, but still softly burbling in the background, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the nuttiness pulling more or less even with the malt by this point, while the hops loiter about listlessly.

A tasty enough brown ale, the inherent nuttiness showing some commendable staying power - the flavour does not let up to the (not so) bitter end. Not a smack in one's keister, but at least worthy of seeking out more, methinks.

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Photo of rachelhenderson
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jerm2401
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Eh Not great. Was def looking for more.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark brown with reddish tinge when held to the light. An off-white/light tan head builds to less than finger width before dissipating quickly, leaving behind a sparse lace.

Smell - Subtle, but malt forward aromas; faint chocolate, caramel and the faintest whiff of coffee. It's very hard to pick up.

Taste - Lots of malt sweetness up front; sugary caramel and hints of chocolate. Slightly nutty. A touch of light coffee on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a fair amount of lively carbonation. The standout part of this beer.

Overall - A little too sweet and sugary for my tastes, but then again most browns are. Decent, but forgettable in the land of average browns.

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3.16/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.