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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown AleHe'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale

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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%


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

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 03-16-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 21:20:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.76/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 18:38:54 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark brownish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is a little stronger, having flavors of chocolate and nutty malts along with a very slight amount of bitterness and some hints of earthy yeast towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite chocolaty compared to other nut brown ales. It is also rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:19:56 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 10:59:44 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:34:48 | More by biboergosum
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a creamy off white 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, murky super dark pond water brown color.

Nose brings nice brown malts, good toasty, caramel and brown sugar, little nutty, fair sweetness with little brown sugar coated raisin fruit, fairly sweet like candy toasty brown malt, mild earthy hop.

Taste brings lots of brown malts, toasty and semi sweet, into sweeteners, brown sugar and light molasses like, little candy and maple tea like. malts are fairly sweet with the candy flavours, toasty brown malts, juicy caramel and brown sugar. Mild grassy like bitter hop. Finish is drier with little fluffy malt and brown toasty malt, mild bitterness and brown sugar lingering.

Mouth is med bod, fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, typical nut brown style with a nice hop touch, drinkable and pretty tasty, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 15:33:46 | More by jlindros
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a mild brown colour, with good clarity, but almost no head—what forms is a fine ring of flimsy suds. Very light body, no lacing. Overall, it looks pretty insipid, to be perfectly honest.

Nose is mild and pleasantly grainy, with an organic, musty wholesomeness to it, but very little else. No, I lie, there is a hint of something hoppy to it, giving it a mild sweet lemon character. But this is hidden under the malt, which while dominant, is not particularly strong.

Taste is mild and grainy, with a crispness on the back that seems to come more from the carbonation than from hops. Wet malt sits on the back, cloying slightly, and giving a mustiness to the aftertaste. Feel is suitable—pretty light, but with a slickness that speaks to the malt.

Overall, it's a bit dull, but not bad. It's light, obviously designed not to overwhelm the palate. It succeeds there, at least, but there are much better beers that do the same thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 21:45:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Brad007

Vermont

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. The label lists an interesting malt bill that even includes chocolate malt. Hops are Warrior, Cascade and Liberty.

Sweet and "nutty" aroma greets the nose. The chocolate malt shines though and makes a good contrast.

This theme repeats in the taste. Very sweet and nutty. Hops stay in the background, allowing the malts to steal the show.

Chocolate malt steals the show at the back of the throat. Clean finish.

Very taste nut brown ale. You have to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 22:28:30 | More by Brad007
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a reddish brown with a half finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grape, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, grape, fruit, and apple. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I have to be honest that I was quite hesitant on this one as I have not found a Hebrew beer that I like yet. So I was a little afraid to try this one. However, this one wasn’t too bad. I think they made a good move making this one so simple as I think that’s where they lose me on their other brews I’ve had. This one was easy to drink, which was a nice change. Worth trying if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 15:35:06 | More by thagr81us
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has caramel and fruity notes and a hint of molasses. It pours a dark, slightly hazy cola brown with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled, pale beige head. Mouth-filling flavor has a malty core and caramel, nutty and apple tones plus a hint of - cola? Rather tasty and enjoyable. Smooth texture has average fizz and body. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:40:05 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 12:11:21 | More by avalon07
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark chestnut color with an ample cap of frothy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. A pretty dang good looking brew.

Nose is a nice blend of cocoa, walnuts, caramel, hazlenuts and buttery yeast. I really like the aroma on this one, has everything you want in a brown ale. Maybe even some coffee and brown bread as it warms.

Smooth and rich for the style with ample sweetness and a sharp tannic, hop bite at the end. A well thought out recipe on this one as the flow is terrific with the yeast, malt profile and notable hop presence all play nicely together. One of the better brown ales I have had in quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 21:11:01 | More by twiggamortis420
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 23:53:03 | More by DrDemento456
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark, slightly hazy mahogany brown. Fine one finger light tan head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet dark, lightly toasted malt, nuts and a hint of caramel. Flavor follows aroma, with light toasted and sweet caramel malt and nuts, finishing with light nuts, chocolate and hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation. On the light side of flavor, but very pleasant, well integrated taste. Left me wishing for more intensity, but enjoyed this well made, light brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:49:35 | More by LiquidAmber
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brown with a big cap of brown head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing

S - sweet caramel, mild toffee, nutty

T - nutty, caramel, toffee, faint coffee notes

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, rich, full flavored brown ale that is easily drinkable. It has all of the right notes for a brown ale. This is definitely a beer worth checking especially if brown ales are your favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:42:56 | More by tdm168
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in color, with red highlights and a thin head. Dark, but mostly clear. The smell is muted, malt, bread, a touch of hops, but not very intense. Some roasted sensations. The flavor, however, is great. A nice balance of sweet malt and some toasty notes, backed by a mild bitterness. Full and enveloping mouthfeel. Great drink ability.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 22:56:21 | More by Suds
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a one finger cream head. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is one the lighter side for a nut brown. It does however have a nice sweet brown bread aroma, mixed with notes of chocolate and some nutty smells.

Taste – The taste starts out a nice blend of roasted malt and some caramel sweetness. A lighter nutty and cocoa flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle in the taste. In the end some lighter bitter hop flavors of an earthy flavor come to the tongue and leave a roasted bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thicker body would have definitely been better, as it would have played well for the roasted, nut and earthy flavors.

Overall – The taste is fairly nice; roasty, lightly nutty and bitter, but the other characteristics, mainly the mouthfeel take away a bit. Overall not too bad, but nothing spectacular either.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 00:41:02 | More by Darkmagus82
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claspada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium brown color with ruby tints and a small creamy, fairly long-lasting, off-white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Aromas begin and end with toasty brown breadiness with an emerging nutty and light yeasty fruity presence.

The tastes begin with the same toasted brown bread maltiness, a little cocoa, light earthy hops, and that aforementioned nuttiness. Some molasses and burnt caramel flavors emerge more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is fairly smooth and dry.

Overall this is a decent example of a brown ale, a bit on the hoppier end of the spectrum but it's appropriate for an American Brown ale I guess, I just usually prefer a little less in my brown ales. Not bad, worth a go.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 15:35:35 | More by claspada
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass

A: dark brown colored body with a half finger white foamy head that dies in about a minute, lacing is clingy and in rings coating the glass nicely

S: molasses, nutty malts, dark fruits all coming through in a fruity and somewhat roasty chocolate-like way

T: sweet through the dark fruits, molasses, nuts and chocolate, fruity yet chocolatey aftertaste, dry nutty and fruity finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is very smooth for an American Brown Ale, really just plain smooth all around in the mouth and on the tongue

O: not a bad American Brown Ale, would I have this again? Actually unsure if I would have this again, it kinda reminded me of Right Brain's brown ale (Igor Takes A Digger) the way the dark fruits come through

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:47:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 21:25:44 | More by Fatehunter
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Dark brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly brown head. Settles quickly but not completely. Fair peak and valley lacing.

S: Roasted pecans, dark chocolate, caramel, and tea leaf.

T: Bready malt. Light roasted bitter pecan. Bittersweet dark chocolate is also evident.

M: LIght body. Earthy. Lightly bitter finish.

D: Sessionable, but worth savoring.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head, and some decent lacing. Pecans, chocolate, and fresh tea. Bready, earthy texture, bittered with some dark chocolate. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 03:34:51 | More by bmwats
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear deep brown, thumb of tan head dissipated to a thin covering with fairly consistent lacing
S - nutty and toffee malts, brown sugar and a somewhat artificial sweet aroma, subtle citrus
T - molasses and roasted nut malt, mild earthy and citrus hop notes, burnt sugars in the finish
M - slightly heavier than medium, pleasant carbonation, a little teeth coating sweetness
O - its a solid tasty brown ale, no real wow factor anywhere, but worth a try as usual with Shmaltz

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:55:37 | More by joemcgrath27
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a ruby chestnut brown color with a thin loose structure head. There is a nutty malt aroma, but lean. Taste is malty with some nutty notes, licorise. Drinks alittle sweet with light hop bitterness.
Drinks smooth and clean and is apleasure to drink, though it drinks lean and thin.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 12:54:30 | More by micromaniac129
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barczar

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 17:46:31 | More by barczar
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shand

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours out a very deep brown (for the style, at least), with a finger of fluffy head. The aroma is malty, nutty, and a bit watery smelling. The taste is much better, providing a nice rounded roasty maltiness along with a nice nut flavor. Bitter and delicious. The mouthfeel is very smooth and medium-bodied, and the drinkability is good. Another solid brew from Shmaltz. I'm really finding that a lot of their smaller beers are really overlooked, the Coney Island line has some real stunners in it as well as long as you can find them fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 02:47:20 | More by shand
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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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