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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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90 Reviews
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Reviews: 90
Hads: 447
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 metter98
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 M_C_Hampton
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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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 twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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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 Giggy
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown ale with a thin off-white head. It had an initial aroma of sweet malts & hops, fresh baked brown bread. Taste was lighter than I expected, great balance between the malts, hops, and carbonation. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and toasty malts. Very easy to drink.

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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 Chris_Cali_2o9
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Mahogany body, 1" khaki head

S- Roasted nuts, cocoa nibs, bitter dark chocolate, hints of dark fruit, floral hops

T- Roasted nutty malts, cocoa nibs, toffee, metallic twang

M- Creamy body, crisp carbonation

O- A great brew, can almost pass as a porter. Not only is it full of nutty goodness, cocoa nibs and bitter dark chocolate make a strong appearance. Smell and taste are one in the same, if it wasn't for the somewhat watery flavor and metal after taste, it would have gotten a better score.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served 11/10/12 poured into a glass from Old Chicago in Madison, WI. This pours a dark brown color with a light beige head. The scent is rather mild with hazelnuts. The taste is bold and nutty with a great blend of robust malts, caramel malts, and nuts. The texture is smooth and is an overall pretty good beer.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black with a thin off-white head.

S: On the sweeter side. Toffee with some caramel and a bit of nuttiness.

T: Same as the smell. On the sweet side with hints of nuttiness along with some roasty flavors.

M: Light to medium with normal carbonation.

O: Good example of the style, I would like it to have a bit thicker/creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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 Brubaker
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep dark amber. 1 finger off white head; lingering. Crystal clear.

S- Sweet malts with raisin.

T- Starts with sweet malts. Then dark fruits. Ends with a slight hop. Some cookie/biscuit to it.

M- Velvety with light carbonation.

O- Very enjoyable. Very clean. A unique Nut Brown.

Would Drink
Would Buy
Might Make

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3" beige head with good lifespan. The body in masstone is really quite dark - a burnt umber brown. Held to the light it reveals a clear mahogany. Probably the darkest nut brown ale I've seen. It smells mildly of malt, cocoa, and coffee. The taste is very mild, even milder than the smell, and it's kind of like and ultralight porter. Medium long finish. A nice enough brown ale.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a NOLA beer snifter following the outset of Hurricane Isaac. (Tired of the wind and rain--need beer.)

A: Very dark brown (I like other reviewers use of the word Mahogany). A non-lingering half finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S: Heavy malts, leather, toffee, a small gathering of nuts.

T: Malts cascaded in with a sweet caramel base, dark chocolate, nuts and lingering low hop finish. Robust. Smooth. Some coffee in the mix.

M: Medium to heavy with creamy, chewy carbonation.

O: A decent brown ale. Glad I tried it. I'd rather have more malts than hops on the finish.

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Photo of Mojo
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one smooth beer. It pours a deep mahogany with not much head and no lacing. The smell is very subtle but I mainly pick up nuts. Mouthfeel is rather average. The taste is smooth. I really don't get a lot of overly sweet notes and the finish is a little bit of coffee. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. The beer pours out a clear, dark, and deep mahogany with a really tight head that has good retention. Really beautiful color when held up to the light. The nose is very faint, but has some roasted notes, nuts, and a spicy note.

The body is medium to full and the mouthfeel is slick and slightly creamy. The flavor is quite full and complex for an American Brown Ale. You get bittersweet roasted malt flavors in the front of the palate that develop to coffee. At the back of the palate, the hops dry things up and provide a nice, lingering finish with coffee, nuts, and some cola-like notes. The beer is quite smooth and easy to drink, but it does have a little hoppy bite to it, giving it an earthy, rustic kind of flavor.

Overall, I thought this was an outstanding brown ale. I wish it was just a little bit maltier, but still one to seek out if you enjoy this style.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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

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