He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
03-14-2014 22:07:02 | More by KYGunner
3.54/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
03-02-2014 17:46:31 | More by barczar
3.76/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
02-17-2014 18:38:54 | More by BEERchitect
He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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