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: 82
Hads: 423
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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 bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of marcusR111
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.75/5  rDev -24%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of TheFunGuy
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of da_beers
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of admiral
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
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%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the best beers I've had in a long time. A nutty, toasty aroma and appearance with a malty, thick taste and mouthfeel. The appearance was deep, dark brown with minimal head, but the taste was very refreshing and relaxing. I will definitely purchase this beer again soon. It was one of the best I've had ever, and I am looking for more beer crafted by the Shmaltz brewing co. (389 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark ruby brown, near black. A thin pale coffee lacing and film. Quite dark for the style but looks pretty good.

Smell has a ton of roasted malt. Also some fruity pear notes, coffee, nutty notes come through, some lively hop character. Nice mix of flavour here, could be melded together a bit smoother but pretty promising.

Taste has some sweet malt initially, lighter pear and notes, a fair bit of roastiness, some burnt coffee bitterness. Mostly dominated by the malt, hops are slightly earthy but mostly a tad stale and quiet. Finish is dry and slightly malty, slight dried fruit. Could be a bit more interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mostly roast malt coating, carbonation is mild, could maybe use a bit more. It feels a quite watery. Drinkability is decent though, quite sessionable and refreshing.

A decent beer, not amazing, seems to have a lot of promise but could hold it together better. Still a pretty good session ale that I wouldn't necessarily buy again but wouldn't turn down either. (1,020 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, pours deep brown color with a short light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: toasted malt, caramel, toffee, hazelnut, pecan pie

T: coffee, pecan, hazelnut, slightly smoky quality, slight hop bitterness towards end

M: thinner with little carbonation, slightly silky quality

O: richly flavored brown ale with nice nutty flavors (408 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (646 characters)

He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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