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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: 90
Hads: 448
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 26.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 jar2574
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark brown beer, ruby red at the edges when held up to light. Some lacing on the way down but not that much head after my pour. Smell is pretty faint, smells like malts and mollases. Tastes slightly sweet like maple syrup. Nutty. No hops to speak of. A thin mouthfeel with a dry finish and slightly chalky residue on the tongue. A below-average beer. Not hard to drink but not exceptional in any way, and I'm not a fan of the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger mocha head with pretty long retention. Nice sticky lacing. Mahogany colored body with little clarity.

S- Nut brown aroma, slightly molasses smell as well. Nutty and sweet with a tiny bit of bitterness rolling later.

T- Roasty flavor. Nut brown and roast malts. Some chocolate and caramel. Not incredibly sweet.

M- Thick and nice roasted malt feel.

O- Ok beer, I like the roasty filling quality, but not the beer altogether.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

It's only fitting I be drinking this stuff here at Jon's. If only he were here... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark sienna topped by a finger of glowing khaki foam. The nose comprises light cola, very light nuts, and a vague sense of toasted/roasted malts. Things sorta resemble old Coke that's been left out by a basket of peanuts. Something like that. The taste holds notes of light walnut, light dried maple syrup, mild toffee, and light toasted biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda watery feel. Overall, a weak little brown ale, one that just doesn't step up enough for me.

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Photo of predikit
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown, settles in the glass a dark brown, that just barely lets light through. The offwhite head dissipated immediately.

The smell is very mild, almost no detectable notes, minor molasses.

The flavor is almost non existent, no bitterness, a minor nut flavor takes the after taste.

Very light bodied, thin, watery, but crisp and drinkable.

A middle of the road, but disappointing ale.

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Photo of BB1313
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brown with deep ruby hues. There's an off-white head which fades pretty quickly, decent lacing and retention. The aromas are so faint and subtle. It doesn't smell bad, but it barely smells like anything. Tons of malt along with a touch of chocolate and caramel. The flavors are a little more bold, but nothing too impressive. There's a touch of maple. Subtle oak/wood flavors. More chocolate and caramel, but those flavors get lost in the big picture. There's a bitterness that lingers. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is fine, maybe too much carbonation, but it's the least of my worries. It's still relatively smooth. But where's the nuttiness? You should really let this one warm up for the flavors and aromas to come to life.

I'm not too impressed with this one. I've always liked brown ales and I'm a sucker for "Nut Brown Ales", but this one just didn't do anything for me.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this American Brown Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a dark brown color, produced an average tan head, poor retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of toasted malt and some mild nuttiness. Medium in body, the foundation of this ale is of toasted malt, caramel and roasted nuts. Overall, this is an average brown ale, better then most, not as good as some. Decent session beer, its worth a try.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thin, tan head formed but was quickly gone. The body is dark brown.
The aroma is mild roasted and chocolate malt backed up with caramel candy.
The taste maintains a moderate bitterness throughout with roasted malt and dark chocolate just showing through.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not bad just an average brown ale.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass

S - Smells of chocolate, some bitterness bites you, sweet malts.

A - Deep brownish-mahogany color with a brown half inch head.

T/M - Malt assault, medium to heavy carb, some mild hops linger throughout the whole experience. Getting almost a metallic like taste though towards the end of the swallow...i could live without that.

Overall, This is a decent brown ale. Very drinkable, but not crazy about this. It really lacks flavor in my opinion. Ive had a few other Nut brown ales that are way better then this. You need to check out Rogue's Hazlenut Brown Nectar....same style..but drink them side by side. you will see what i mean.

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Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color, with ruby tints and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting, off white head. Good lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of malt and the typically brown ale, nutty quality.

T: Tasted of malt, a little chocolate, light hops, and that aforementioned nuttiness. Not an awful flavor, but certainly very average, and a bit thin.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has some good attributes, but never rises above the average.

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Photo of britzdog
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice deep brown pou12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness information.

A nice deep brown pour looking ruby in the light with decent lacing.

Has a slight nutty malt aroma with minimal hops. Not overpowering malt in the taste, actually weaker then I expected.

Not one of my favorites in this style. But definitely not the worst.


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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $1.39
Misc.: N/A

Poured a brown color with 1-2 fingers of grayish head. Sporadic lacing on the sides on the way down. Average retention on the top.

Smelled roasty nutty malts up front. Then got caramel, toffee and chocolate malts. That’s about it, but it was plenty. Nice on the nose.

Tasted a lot darker than the smell. Got roasty nutty malts up front, but much more bitter and grainier than the nose. Some bitter coffee beans. Grindy and earthy.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish.

Just wasn’t really digging the taste. I don’t think I’d have this again.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a nonic pint. Certified Kosher.

Dominating, three-finger's width cap of tawny foam, the creamy suds recede slowly and leave behind some lacing. A dark brown body has crimson highlights poking through the glass.

The nose is chalky milk chocolate, some marzipan, a nutty almond malt, and a grassy hoppiness. This may be a little too sweet when it should have err'd on the side of roasty.

The palate has that sweet marzipan and nutty almond-like quality that was on the nose. The combo does just not work well. The palate also has an astringent mineral-like and roasted quality that is also not very pleasant. The finish is even bitter thanks to that astringent roast.

Medium-light body and more crisp than dry, this beer is slightly overcarbonated with hard bubbles on the tongue, too tingly.

This brown ale is unbalanced and can't decide if it wants to be sweet or roasty, and both qualities get muddled, neither complimenting the other. This offering is one that can easily be skipped.

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Photo of KajII
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a dark chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that receded at a quick steady pace, down to a very thin film and medium collar with good runny lacing.

The aroma was of roasted dark malts, light resin hops and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of toffee, chocolate, coffee and a decent nutty presence.

The taste was rather malty with a touch of chocolate and a nice toffee sweetness from the start, progressing with a slightly bitter coffee taste and a mildly roasty nutty finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a slightly bitter roastiness left behind.

Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body and watery in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a decent enough Nut Brown with all the taste you would expect but was really nothing over the top, to sum it up it was pretty basic for the style. That being said it still was a good drinkable and tasty brew…


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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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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 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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours an amber brown color with a thin, cream colored lacing ring.

S - Herbally, nutty, earthy, malty aroma.

T - Nutty, medium roasted malt, toasted caramel flavor on the back end.

M - Medium body, sticky.

O - Not a lot of flavor going on. Uneventful.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly, tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark brown with some red tints.
s - bready with some semi-sweet chocolate.
t - toffee and chocolate malts with some nutty flavors.
m - medium thickness.
o - solid beer but definitely not in the top half of brown ales i have had in my life.

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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 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 EricCioe
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a khaki head. Nose is lots of wet grain and roasted malt without a lot of heft behind it. In the mouth it opens up a bit with some chocolate and roast and an excellent, totally drinkable body. Carbonation makes it feel almost on nitro.

Overall this isn't a bad brew but there are better nut browns available locally for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but super dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some nutty aromas. Not too much going on in the smell department unfortunately. Taste is of toasted and almost burnt malt, toasted nuts, and slight caramel flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale with some nice toasty and roasty flavors.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow not many reviews on this one. Picked up at my local place for about 3 bucks.

A - Looks to be a great brown ale, a touch dark but clear dark wood in color with a 1/4 inch of mocha colored head that turns into a thick lace.

S - Very little actual nut or brown malt smell in the nose. Mild hops and sweet malts. Weird.

T - I want to say it's balanced but really nothing sticks out in this one. You get brown malts, mild peanut taste at best and some blended hop bitterness in the finish with again mild brown malts. Not bad overall just nothing that screams "nut brown ale"

M - Light to medium it drinks quite nice.

Overall with it's "limited" release and availability it's really not going to be in my fridge again any time soon. Hopefully the dry hopped session ale will be better.

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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 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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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.