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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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Reviews: 86
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 26.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 03-16-2012

A complex yet smooth blend of bold dark malts revealing hints of chocolate, coffee and toffee paired with a lovely hop character.
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Photo of Furlinator
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel, toffee and some pine on the nose. Caramel malt, toffee and sweet hazelnut flavor with a distinct hop presence throughout. A solid American brown ale.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Is it divine? We shall see!

A : Very dark coffee brown-to-almost black body, only 10% light peeking through as its held up to light. The head is beige colored and 2 fingers, and settling at a single ring of moss on top. The lace is a solid ring around the glass.

S : A fairly weak aroma, and smells about like nothing...but as I'm trying to nose this I get some light coffee and chocolate creamer, a little bit of roast malt, and a touch of hazelnut. This is all REALLY stretching as the aroma is so weak it's hard to pick up anything at all. It could be my imagination for all I know.

T : Mostly just overly burnt malt, to the point of being sour, with a faint touch of burnt sugar and chocolate powder. Some burnt toast crumbs. The aftertaste brings up a nice note of baked chocolate maltiness that encourages me to keep drinking - but I keep getting tricked, as this flavor profile is severely, severely lacking.

F : Buzzing carbonation all the way throughout, ending fairly parched and burning on the tongue. It aids the drinkability but also is the unfortunate saving grace for what would otherwise be a completely undrinkable beer.

O : I've had way better browns than this. It's okay, actually probably less than okay. It's drinkable, it's not horrible, but there is no aroma, no flavor, no substance. It's simply sorely lacking in everything that would make it a good beer to begin with. I cannot recommend this one. :-(

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Photo of thebeers
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice dark brown color with a couple fingers of tan head. Malty aroma. Nutty, and slightly roasty, malt taste, with strong carbonation and medium body. Would have said it made a fine table beer at first, but as it went on, got a bit of formaldehyde taste on the backend that wasn't at all enjoyable. I may have over-poured the yeast sediment, but still.

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Photo of delta490
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear brown with a nice cap of creamy white head. The aroma is strongly caramel without much nut. The taste is much the same with a little bit of earthy hops. The body is thinner and has a steady carbonation to it.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good, albeit mild, brown ale. The strong amount of malt is really the only flavor here, but then again, that's exactly what I look for in a brown ale.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yummy beer, another one from this company. They make great beer. This beer was rich and smooth with a nice caramel flavor expected from this type of beer. Yet it was not fake or added tasting, this beer was brewed with and for flavor. I wish I could get it here in Franklin Va. 23851

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear brown with a thin, creamy khaki head that recedes quickly.

S: Mild aromas of chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, and herbal hops are present on the nose.

T: Delicate notes of chocolate, coffee, cream, roasted nuts, leather, caramel, grass, and herbs present themselves in the mouth. The finish is gentle, with notes of roasted nuts and chocolate prevailing.

M: On the lighter side of medium and off-dry for the style. Carbonation is unobtrusive. Very easy to drink, but lacking the firmness that I typically enjoy in American brown ales.

O: Not a bad brown ale by any means. It does not really do anything new or unique, but it is a tasty little ale to throw back when you do not want anything too heavy or complicated.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A laid-back brown ale. Not very complicated. Dark brown appearance prepares you for the dominant toffee taste. Almost a dessert beer. My wife appreciated the lack of bitterness.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This brown ale pours....well...dark brown with a moderate off white head of foam that dies down to a very thin layer and thin ring of foam with light lacing. Nose of dark roasted malts, chocolate, roasted nuts, light bittering hops, and a hint of coffee. Flavors follow the nose with moderately sweet malts tot he front, giving way to a dark chocolate and light coffee note to the middle of the taste, as well as a light piney bittering hop note to the rear. Aftertaste features some heavily roasted charred malt notes and a light bittering hops that increases with warmth. Good carbonation makes this an easy session brew that is a bit above the standard brown ale.

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Photo of CHickman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with red/orange at the edge of the glass where the light hits the glass leading up to a 1-2 finger creamy light tan head that looked like a Guinness and faded slowly, leaving decent spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, nuts, cocoa powder, floral hops, metal or a penny, roasted grains and charcoal or dry burnt toast with a hint of sweetness at the end. Earthy comes to mind and the grainy finish lingers with the metallic notes.

Tastes of toffee, caramel, roasted grains, metal/penny, cocoa powder, burnt toast, roasted nuts, piney hops, herbs or floral hops, syrup, light yeast and earth flavors like peat moss or top soil. The hops add some nice spice bite and bitterness, but the earthy syrup flavor is a little bland and doesn’t vary much from sip to sip or change as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, with slightly below average carbonation, a smooth watery feel and a bitter grainy finish that has too many earthy notes to make this tasty. It was average, nothing exciting overall.

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Photo of stercomm
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark mahogany in color, very slight head, minimal lacing. Smell of sweet toasted malts, Taste is roasted malts, coffee, nutty. Fairly carbonated, a bit watery perhaps but overall a decent brew.

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Photo of Zach136
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown, thin head.

Aroma: Raison, nut and toasty malt.

Flavor: Malts border on roast with hints of dark fruit and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Light and very drinkable.

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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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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Sampling right now on 9/8/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a brandy snifter glass. Contains 5.2% alcohol (ABV).

Pours a very dark brown and really close to being pitch black. A thin beige head is seen along with sheets of lacing when sipped. The aroma of roasted malts, caramel malts and fresh baked brown bread. Very pleasing. Taste of malts, light hint of coffee, chocolate and caramel with a hint of hazelnut(?). Very easy to drink with a (but not over powering) slight hoppy finish. Overall, a good brew.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Nice look, Dark mahogany brown, nearly black, with orange-red highlights and around two fingers of rich creamy light tan head. Aroma is decidedly malty, light roast coffee and milk chocolate, caramels and lightly toasted breakfast cereal. Hops are low key on the nose but show up as a floral/woody undercurrent on the palate. Tastes like English hopping to me. I am getting ample caramel malts on the palate, which is sweet, mellow, and very smooth. Think less nutty and more "black tea with sweetened condensed milk". Dark fruit (raisins) and vanilla peek out from time to time. Any citrus from the Cascade hops is well masked. I am getting just a touch of burnt toast and singed grain late. Brown spices? Very cool. Little of the more aggressive hopping one can expect from American browns but this is not really a complaint. Low to moderate carbonation and the body has some heft without being thick or sticky. The finish is rather dry and roasted although the complex malt bill lingers through to the end and I do think that's a hint of gooseberry right there. There's the hops! Quite a solid brown ale that offers some interesting twists and turns. This brewery has yet to let me down. Perhaps it speaks to (a portion of) my roots.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%

(poured into a tulip pint)

A: seemed as though some chunks of something came out during the pour, however, the beer ended up showing a fairly-clear, reddish brown... though, yes, small specks of sediment are floating about... collar holds all the way

S: dark malts with a hint of fruitiness and an overtone of Long Island musk

T: nice and malty, alright, with toasted-nutty and dry chocolate malt flavors and a somewhat assertive bitterness... I wouldn't call it sweet, but it does have some dark sugar nuances of the crystal malts showing through... bit of a leafy, flowery note in the aftertaste, though no real "hoppy" flavor throughout... there's some nice elements to its construction, however, this particular bottle doesn't come across as quite "brewery fresh"... little bit of a smoky phenolic overtone from the decay setting in

M: medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation and a dry, snappy finish

O: the bottle wasn't at 100%, but most of what one would need to know came through... all-around standard, East Coast American brown... hits all the right spots... wouldn't go out of my way for it

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Photo of slym
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Nice nose on a great-looking pour, and the taste follows suit at first, but then gives way to an over-sweet malt back-end. It's a little too thin-feeling for my tastes.

Still, a decent beer overall.

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Photo of malvrich
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Brown bottle into a Stella glass

A: 3.5 Brown /burgundy appearance. Tight tan head with decent retention. Good lacing noticed. Spotty at best throughout the drink

S: 3.25 Roasted dark malt toast prominent and tart hops at the back.

T: 3.75 Exactly like the nose with the hops bite a bit more forward than expected per the nose. The tartness is nice against the round maltiness. Not burnt tasting. Sort of tangy. Maybe a bit "light" for the style. Very nice!

M: 3.5 Good carbonation tingle which I like. Lighter than expected with a little stickiness remaining in the finish.

O: 3.75 Pleasantly surprised with this. Wondered if it would be sweeter than I prefer. Well balanced and interesting. Notes say 5.5% ABV however the bottle says 5.2. This I would purchase again!

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

Tasted from bottle at City Taco in Evansville, IN, to accompany some gourmet fish and shrimp tacos. Appearance unknown, as this was not served in glassware.

Nose malty and nutty, so pretty much typical for the style.

Taste more roasty and nutty. Hint of citrusy hops follows, and this one drinks very smooth, without too much cloying sweetness as can be the case with some brown ales. Smooth and easy drinking. A non-craft beer friend accompanying me had the same beer, and he also enjoyed it. No problems here with this solid and faithful nut brown ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I feel as though I am Hercules, left to clean out the Aegean Stables when it comes to my backlog of bottles. I am not trying to be disparaging of bottled beers, but when I am the creator of The CANQuest (TM) and I am swimming in bottles, something is wrong.

From the bottle: "Silver Medal World Beer Championships"; "MALTS: specialty 2-Row, Carapils, Dark Crystal, Chocolate, CaraMunich 60, Kiln Amber HOPS: Warrior, Cascade, Liberty"; "Born: SF 1996 Reborn: NY 2013"; "The Chosen Beer Brewed in New York L'Chaim! To Life!"; "Kosher Certified Rabbi Approved"; "Why is this beer different from all other beers? As commanded, we at HE'BREW Beer have been fruitful and multiplied our offerings. Tradition teaches that the Messiah's name is Shalom - Peace. With your first sip of this rich, dark, and delicious libation, we hope to offer a momentary taste of microbrewed bliss. If you feel the sudden urge to beat your swords into ploughshares (Isaiah 2:4) or to picnic with the lion and the lamb (Is. 11:6) ... Rejoice! Now, our award-winning brewers can't claim supernatural powers - simply a fanatical commitment to brewing world-class beers: A truly scrumptious mitzvah (good deed)! May your cups runneth over with the blessings of great beer and great shtick. To Life ... L'Chaim! [undersigned] Jeremy Cowan, Proprietor".

I was slightly anxious to get started, so my pour was nearly inverted, which does not work well when dealing with a bottle. Once things slowed down, a great pseudo-cascade took place, resulting in two fingers of dense, light-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with garnet highlights (SRM = > 27, < 34) and NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of chocolate, coffee, tobacco and caramel. Mouthfeel was medium and it was not as sweet as I had girded myself for, based on the nose. It tasted more like cocoa than outright chocolate and the tobacco taste helped to also reduce some of the inherent sweetness of the style. Finish was semi-sweet and left me with an unusual dried tobacco flavor in my mouth. Not bad, but just not really my bag.

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a large head but settles to a narrow layer of light tan bubbles. Good set of streaky spots and webs of lace. Brown color where light shines through easily. Appears to be clear.

Dark caramel aroma--sweet with a bit of toast (with cinnamon sugar). A bit cloy.

The flavor is an improvement because the flavor is dryer than the smell indicates. Strong crystal and caramel malts. The swallow features a very good hop presence, more than most brown ales. The body is also above average.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rustic red-brown color with a coarse head. Looks like a winter warmer.

Nutty nose with English toffee and tempered malts. Light kiln bitterness, mostly Maillard Effect in full swing. Earthy hops, herbal notes, and combustible sugars.

Very tasty nut brown. Rugged malt toast, dry toffee, barley, breakfast coffee, and finishing alkali-pressed cocoa. Herbal and caramelized. Absolutely awesome.

Slick body with medium viscosity. Carbonation is mild. Nice prickle. Very good.

Kickass nut brown. Among my favorites.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serves up a rich, silky brown color with a creamy and dense head. The head was short lived but the beer laced in sheets.

Dry chocolate malts hit the nose, albeit weakly, with a maple pecan nutty sweetness.

The flavors are nice but just too weak. Dry chocolate, maple sweetness, nutty pecan and maybe a touch of fudge, this is tasty but again not full enough.

The feel is easy and drinkable but insinuates the lack of heft in flavor.

For the price this is excellent, $1.79 a bottle, but you can't help but see that this needs a bit more umph to make it excel.

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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with amber highlights and a frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Nutty, toasted malt, fruity specialty malt undertones, and a hint of metallic character form the aroma. Earthy hops and light citrus add contrast.

Flavor follows suit, with earthy hops forming a base to contrast nutty, toasted malt at the backbone. Citrus underlies somewhat subtly. Malt definitely dominates, but burnt toast and resiny bitterness finishes.

Body is moderate, as is carbonation. There's a bit of harsh astringency at the finish.

The bitterness is more pronounced than in most examples of the style. Good malt character. Metallic aroma was slightly offputting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Borrowing a few tricks from the Brits, the Brown Ale finds favor among modern craft beer lovers- but not without undertaking a kick-ass face lift! Toasty supplants nutty. Hops pull forward. And dryness promotes a boost in strength and a recession of sweetness. And that taste is alive and well in Shmaltz's brown beer.

Like any well-respecting the beer is, well... brown. Dark in its hue, the appearance of walnut with deep garnet highlights peaking through. Slightly hazy, the testament of hops are known. As its creamy froth builds upon the beer, it does so for the duration of the glass, casting broken rings of lace behind with each sip.

Bold aromas abound, approaching roast but careful not to step over- the ale saturates the olfactory sense with chocolate, toast, toffee, light coffee and walnut. Hints of brown sugar and citrus mingle about as its scent sides with dry toast rather than sweetness.

To taste, the beer layers on the palate with dark toffee, light molasses and heavily charred toast to balance. Its nutty influences are bitter and robust as toasted walnut flavors thrive on the palate. However, the simple brown keeps piling on complexity as its hop presence is felt- burnt citrus peels rise in the middle, then morph brilliantly into smooth woody and piney bitterness in closure.

Medium bodied, and perhaps trending slightly lighter, the beer's sweetness is moderate and is easily cast aside by toasty-dry malt elements, heightened carbonation to carry its residual sweetness away, and by its drying hop sensations. Count in its mild alcohol warmth and we see that there's a lot of variety that this simple Brown offers.

In true American-ized fashion, the drier, toastier and hoppier influence makes the style beg for food- anything from barbecue to cheeseburgers to stews- its simply an all-pourpose ale.

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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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