He'Brew Messiah Bold | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Messiah BoldHe'Brew Messiah Bold

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WVbeergeek on 09-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 358 | Ratings: 499
Photo of billybob
4.82/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours very dark almost black with a two finger tan head that fades almost immediately to a ring on the glass with a fair lacing to the finish. initial smell was of dark cured olives then coffee and toffee. roasted coffee malt and toffee with a nice balance of hops taste. mouthfeel is on the lighter side good balance of flavers and just right carbonation make this beer real tasty yum wish i had more.

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Photo of pBRale
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 9-4-11

Appearance:The darkest of brown with a rich and creamy tan head that quickly fades and has thing and spotty retention, leaving rings of lacing down the glass.

Smell: Lots of toasty malts, abundant nutty smells, and a sweep maple and toffee smell. Inviting and delicious.

Taste: Rich coffee, some roasted dark chocolate, plenty of toasted malts, a hint of toffee sweetness, and a slight nuttiness to the taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel, mildly carbonated (but enough carbonation-perfect for the creaminess), and super smooth going down.

Overall: Excellent Beer that took me by surprise. Bold aroma and flavor profile. A well balanced, complex, smooth, and delicious brew.

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Photo of mjmbeer
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was in the mood for a good solid brown ale. Man did I find it in this one
Just what I wanted . Not over the top good solid flavor not too crazy.. I don't know what it is but this beer just seems right on the money for a brown ale.

the taste is smooth and clean with a nuttiness that comes thur as a good after taste

The color is a rich brown like old worn wood

about the only thing I say was not as good as the rest was little to no head but maybe it was a dirty glass

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark ruby tinted brown. Soft, medium cap of fluffy tannish foam thats fastly dissolved to its skim and collar. Lacing is minimal in a few spots and strings.

Aroma is tenderly sweetened with a light roasted caramel/toffee with notes of vanilla, maple, and molasses.

Taste is solid with a firmly smooth maltyness of touch and go roasted hints under some fantastic solid tones of toffee, caramel, molasses, nuts, cocoa, and maple. Very firm and boldly set along the palate. Lengthy with just a breath of citric, piney hops towards the finish and lingers nicely with a moderate coating of toasted nuts and caramel.

Firm, smooth, medium body thats very fitting and easy going with a slick malty texture that screams to be drank. And by the pint full! A very solid brown. Another nice surprice from Shmaltz.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark, almost opaque brown with a one finger tan head that retains in the form of a light froth. Small strings and dots of lacing.

Rich chocolatey malt nose.

Tastes super malty and chocolatey. Not too sweet with just enough hops to give it an almost perfect balance. A hint of anise and maybe a touch of smoke in the finish.

Even mouthfeel with excellent carbonation levels. Medium to fullish body.

More than a Brown Ale. Somewhere between a Brown Ale and a Stout. Excellent. I could drink these forever.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- dark brown, some light getting through at the edges, 1/4 tan head that doesn't hang out for long, some good lacing, head settles to tiny ring.

S- toasted malts, spice, caramel

T- lots of flavor, some roasted and toasted malts flavors, along with toffee and caramel flavors, spicy roasted finish with a spicy pine aftertaste, sweet creamy taste also, for a lack of a better (or more intelligent) word....yummy

M- medium light body, some creaminess, smooth, with nice carbonation levels

D- This one took me by complete suprise and i enjoyed the hell out of it. Sessionable (and what a good session it will be), i'm looking forward to trying their other brews.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - dark amber/cherry color. A thin tan head with some good stick, leaving a finely laced web down the glass.

Aroma - roasted malt, coffee notes up front. Crackery smell with some light fruitiness as it settles.

Taste - a robust, hardy grain start, nicely roasted. Mild char on the swallow, a dry hop element there as well, and lots of roasty malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - full-bodied, smooth with subdued carbonation.

Drinkability - the bottle barely outlasted the writing of the review! Delicious brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Deep dark brown color, almost like a porter, rocky head on top. Good retention, great lacing all around the glass. Aroma is nutty, with some toffee and a mild kick of hops. Rich mouthfeel and flavor. Good maltiness upfront and all around. Nutty, toffee. Hint of bakers chocolate. Spicy towards the end.

I was expecting this to be ho-hum...and instead I was shocked. This is a very delicious brown ale.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a full pillowy beige head and decent carbonation that leaves nice lace. Light roasty (almost smoky at first) aroma. Nice robust malt flavors without being overly sweet; nice balance with out tasting hops. Medium bodied with a dry malty finish.

A nice robust English brown ale...

Per Label: "A rich and robust dark brown ale"

Per Shmaltz website:
Malts: 2-row, Carapils, Dark Crystal/Caramel 80L, Dark Chocolate, Victory
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Mt. Hood

'3269' lasered on bottom ('03' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 08/09/04

($7.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown clear ale with red highlights.

Smell is large roasted malts and fruity. There is also a coffee note to the aroma.
As it warms up the chocolate and toffee comes out too.

Taste is mildly sweet with a mild roasted malt flavor. Nice mild hop bite in the finish. This is a well thought out and executed ale, tasty with no rough edges or off tastes. I don't know what the Alcohol % is but there is enough to warm your throat and stomach, probably in the 8% range. A pleasant suprise I didn't expect that this would be a good beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, I will certainly buy this again

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque brown colour with a creamy, light tan head. Fair head retention.

Rich caramelised malt and bready melanoidin aroma. Good earthy hoppiness. Some fruitiness. A distinct sort of blend of American Brown Ale and Doppelbock.

Big combination of earthy, lightly fruity American hops and lightly caramelised malt with some bitterness. Well balanced and quite delicious.

Medium body with moderate carbonation but given the flavour profile the body actually feels quite light.

A bold, well balanced Brown Ale with plenty of hop character and a nice malt complexity.

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Photo of NODAK
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells just like what i'd expect it to...rich dark malts...caramel sweetness...pretty thick. Molasses.

Flavor wise, I don't think anybody will accuse it of being ridiculously flavorful for its style. There's a distinct nuttiness upfront along with sweet caramel...there's also a hint of chocolate hiding in there as well. They're far from overpowering though. Pretty middle of the road. Hops are pretty much non-existant in this beer.

It's pretty good. Very drinkable and smooth. I actually a favor a beer that doesn't try to do too much, so I find this highly quaffable. I could have quite a few.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5/16/08- Purchased at Piazza's in San Mateo.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper brown colored pour with a ¾ inch head on pour that shrinks to a light rim and leaves very light traces of lacing.

Smell- Deep roasted malts, Not quite burnt, but well roasted. Sweet nose and lightly hopped.

Taste- Malt is roasted and caramel flavored, but not as deep as in the nose. Hops are noticeable and lightly bitter. Has a mild chocolate taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level with a sweet and lightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- A good brown ale that seems to be very well balanced and quite tasty. Sessionable for sure

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful caramel dark brown. Thin white head.

Nose is somewhat faint but has a musty, brown sugary sweetness.

Palate has a nice roasty maltiness with hops to balance, but the focus is on the roasty & malty qualities. Almost like a sweet dessert beer.

Finish is medium with sweetness, and nicely appetizing for the next sip.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rootbeer dark with some red when held to the light. No haze. Head was tan and short lived.

Smells biscuity with no hop.

Tastes of chocolate, smoke and dried fruit (raisin?) with a very mild hop that makes it start sweet and end semi-dry.

Slightly watery, but with enough sweetness and carbination to make it work.

Overall I think its a pretty solid brew, especially the second half. Try it with a brownie and you won't be disappointed. The "Chosen Beer"... I'd choose it again.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my first kosher beers. Pours to a coke brown color, with a decent but nothing to write home about head. Sweet aroma with a note of hops and chocolate. Flavor has only a slight bitterness with notes of coffee and a bit of chocolate. It is not heavy or overwhelming.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown. Tan head. Nose is woody caramel. Flavor is malty and a bit caramel laced...well more than a bit. A lot of bark is on there as well. I just find the flavor profile robust and deep and very mature. Feel is a bit thick and meaty on the liquid with a thick carbonation as well. Very drinkable. Good example of the style and a good brew overall.

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Photo of stephiehefe
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yes, the Messiah has arrived...and not how we expected. IN A BOTTLE. Awesome. A garden in Eden may suit some folks...but for myself, paradise is a land of beer and brats, not milk and honey. :)

That being said, this Messiah Bold beer doesn't knock my socks off, but it's one that I certainly keep on hand for those days when nothing but a good beer can provide the salvation I crave :).

The greatest asset for this beer the mouthfeel. It's smooth and drinkable...and compliments my favorite sourdough bagel with cream cheese, lox, red onion, and capers.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a tumbler that fell into a thin ring of lace. the body was a clear, bright brown.
s - very malty, chocolatey with a hint of roasted malts.
t - chocolate malts and nuts with a hint of caramel.
m - medium thickness.
d - easily quaffed, good session beer.

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Photo of hanco005
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So the day before Easter, I stopped in to stock up for the holiday. I saw this on the shelf and thought it would be appropriate…12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—poured dark brown, almost solid…I can see just a hint of light coming through the bottom of the glass, about ½ inch tan fizzy head that fades away as quickly as I write, a few scattered bubbles remain on the top, lacing is moderate

S—honestly, it smells like a chocolate Tootsie Pop. Really, it does. I could go through all of the smells (sweet, chocolate, etc), but I think chocolate Tootsie Pop sums it up well.

T—very good. Sweet chocolate, like the Tootsie Pop, but also faint roasted coffee balances this one nicely, sweet, but not too much so.

M—smooth and mellow, medium bodied, a little flat

D—very and I will enjoy the other 5 if I can keep them from my wife. This is one she will love. Easy drinking, full flavor, and a nice session beer

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chest/nut mahogany with a 3 fingers+ sand colored head. Some lacing average head retention

S: Deep malt & nuttyness

T: Sweet malt, breadyness& a slight grainyness up front. Choclate & nutty notes follow. Finishes rich malty & choclatety

MF: Medium bodied, mildy carbonated & possesses good balance

Drinks very easy, not a bad brown, but a bit pricey at $8.50 a sixer

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark coffee brown with just a light head to start tht goes to a light tan ring, then to nothingness. The aroma is full of toasted toffee brownies and just a touch of bitterness. The taste is full of spicey hops mixe with somewhat charred malts that have a little sweet toffee kick and just a bunch of heavily toasted malts. Very smooth palate. This makes for one great sessionable kosher beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an coffee brown color with ruby highlights; a one-finger head, but it stays the distance, leaving nice lacing

Smell: Typical English Brown aroma, with bready elements, some chocolate and coffee, caramel malt and a touch of vanilla

Taste: Starts out bready, but then becomes progressively sweeter with some raisin and caramel flavors at mid-palate; at the same time, there is a developing piney bitterness that reaches its apogee after the swallow and provides a welcome balance; some coffee roast at the very end

Mouthfeel: Just on the thin side of medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: A very approachable and drinkable brown; perhaps a touch sweet but enough balance to make for a brew to which I will return

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Photo of UnionMade
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep nut brown, topped with a thick off white head. Slightly chill hazed, clearing somewhat towards the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates into a thick ring around the glass about 1/4 through, and maintains with a bit of blobby lacing.
The aroma is richly malty, with some toffee, dark roasted coffee, and a touch of chocolate. Nice mild esters, with hints of plum, peach and pear. Minimal hops, with only a slight citric aroma. Slightly phenolic as it warms.
The flavor starts with a rich chocolatey toffee maltiness. Some very light coffee towards the middle, and reappearing in the finish. Some pear and plum esters in the middle, very tasty, and just enough to cut through the malt. The hops are rather bold, with a sharp citric bite, particularly at the very end. As the beer warms, the hops seem to grow in strength. A slight coffee malty aftertaste, with a lingering citric bitterness.
Very robust, I'd say this is more of a dark ale, rather than a drown. The hopping seems way too much for a brown ale, but perfect from something in the class of Ipswich dark. Tasty, and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown verging on black, with mocha-garnet highlights when held to a light. A beautiful color. A slow pour yielded a thin head that dissipated quickly to a descent ring that stuck around for a bit. The head faded completely, and no lacing what-so-ever.

A rich roasty malt aroma, with some bready cocoa notes. Hints of dark fruit as it warms.

Rich malt taste, with hints of roasted malt. Caramel and chocolate malt profile with some subtle and clean bittering in the middle. It fades leaving a pleasant malt finish. Cocoa and raisins come through, mixing with the bready and malty notes. Fairly robust flavor for a brown. I'm digging it.

Medium body with some decent carbonation. A tad watery at the open, with an unexpected dry finish. A bit of sticky viscosity seems to be hiding in there somewhere. Nothin' amazing, but I wouldn't turn it away.

I'm impressed on the whole. The slightly funky mouthfeel and lack of lacing are more than eclipsed by the robust flavors and rich aroma. This one definitely has some character and I could easily drink a few more. Definitely worth a shot... I'm fairly impressed and glad I finally gave it a shot.

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He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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