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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: 446
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 26.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 66 | 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 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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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 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 baos
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

A: 2 finger head that dwindles down to a few bits here and there and a bit of lacing. Body is dark a nice cola color with perfect clarity.

S: Quality malts, fresh grains, and the slightest hop in there.

T: Nice chocolate and CaraMunich malts, ends a nice bitter and refreshing cascade hop note.

M: Very nice medium feel.

O: My first bier from this brewer. Very good. I look forward to having more.

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Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.54/5  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.

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Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with golden edges. The fluffy head was bigger than two fingers and retained well leaving thick lacing behind. The nose has the mild essence of dark bread. This offering tastes like dark bread, as well with a mild dry bitterness on the finish.

The flavors became bolder when this beer warmed. This is an offering that should be enjoyed at or near room temperature.

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Photo of marcusR111
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beer was a nice color, dark like cola. Head dissipated away quickly beginning about 1 and half fingers thick to just around the edge of the glass.

S- Has a very sweet smell, very molasses like with a hint of chocolate and malt.

T- Nice taste, slightly bitter from the hops. Sweetness from the chocolate and the roasted malt.

M- Good carbonation for a slightly heavy beer.

Excellent easy drinking beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  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.

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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 tdm168
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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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 pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark pour, not much head on top...
smell is the typical nut brown variety; nothing special, but nothing offensive or displeasing. generic.
taste is smooth and refreshing. nut brown specific, easy to drink, easy to session.
overall, if ease of drinking is a category, it's a 5. nice and easy, smooth.... very nice. taste is not especially great, but very easy to drink.

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Photo of da_beers
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - poured a beautiful dark brown. When held to the light you could pick up an amber hugh as well. One and a half fingers of a light brown/tan head. Little carbonation coming up.

S - sweet malts come thru, little hints of chocolate. Kind of small on the nose.

T - comes first with this smooth roasted malt sweetness. Has a light chocolate tone after that. Notes of toffee and a nice nutty characteristic as well.

M - high point here. Buttery smoothness. Quite drinkable. Leaves a nice aftertaste that makes you want to keep sipping.

O - overall good. Nut browns are are not usually my favorites, but this one at least stood out a little.

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Photo of admiral
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice nut brown ale but not outstanding or anything special.

aroma: Chocolate and malt dominate with slight nut

taste: Chocolate and malt with coffee and lemon/citrus in small amounts, along with a slight mineral tone.

Overall: A tasty beer that is very sessionable but not the ultimate example you can get in the brown ale category.

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Photo of obrike
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single as part of a mix six pack at Round Rock World Market.

Pours a dark brown with a decent head...not too bad on the lacing either.

Burnt malt and nuts aroma...some coffe and chocolate too.

Getting some toasted malt, faint coffee and a definite bitterness. A bit of hops in this one. A nice silky sooth mouthfeel makes this one a very easy drinker. This is one you can drink a lot of without killing your palate.

A tasty brew. I recommend for those seeking an easy drinking brown with a bit of a bite and a good smooth finish.

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown with some ruby coloring when held to light. Nice-looking but slim head that nearly vanishes.
I do get a nutty roasted malt aroma, coffee hint, but slight.
I actually like the chocolate/ nutty flavor of this brew. Sweet. It has a small bite of a hop finish, yet in the end feels lacking overall, somewhat. It's nothing complex, but i like what basics are in here. Dryness in my mouth after sipping this. Of beers i know that are brown, It made me wish i were drinking a Celebrator instead. The fact something in the ingredients of this decent brown ale even reminded me of a great doppelbock tells me i liked this beer more than I expected to.

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

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a nice cola brown colour. There are light aromas of chocolate and smoke on the nose. Not very bold or pronounced. There are flavours of chocolate and toffee with a dry, slightly bitter finish. This is definitely a session beer, something that goes down easy and won't fatigue the palate over the course of an evening.

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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 MonkeymooTJ
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown with slight flashes of deep amber red around the bottom edges. A healthy slightly off white head lingers a good while after the initial pour and clings nicely to the edge of the glass on the way down.

Aroma: A nutty essence hits the nose immediately justifying its name. A good caramel backbone and a nicely placed roasted scent is also noticed. A bit of a buttery note sneaks in but isn't necessarily overdone. I really couldn't detect much hop aroma but did pick up on the slightest herbal essence.

Taste: A whole lot of toffee is noticed up front. A wonderful chocolate flavor mixes in as well. Though sweet, it is not overpoweringly so. A slight bitterness helps to balance this out perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Low to moderately low carbonation. Body initially leans to the medium side but finishes rather dry. Feels a bit watery.

Overall: A good brew. Fits the style rather nicely. The malts were the definite star of the show. With just enough bitterness to keep the sweetness in check, the flavor profile was really good.

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