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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by WVbeergeek on 09-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 358 | Ratings: 499
Photo of marburg
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusted copper brown. Crystal clear. Head starts big, fades at a moderate pace. Toffee and big roasty toasties. A little grainy to the nose.

Well-balanced. Malt layers on coffee shop flavors -- Starbucks beer-a-mocha-caramel-o-malt-achino or something. More or less straight-forward English ale flavors with an emphasis on the coffee bean roastedness and healthy burnt flavorings.

Super quaffable ale. Between the funny premise and the ease of consumption, this ranks up there among "conversion beers."

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Photo of woemad
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $1.69.

Poured a dark, cola-like color that took on a reddish hue when held to the light. About an inch of light tan foam perched at the top of the glass, and a foam ring endured throughout this beer's tenure in my glass.

This is definitely one of the roastier smelling brown ale's I've had. There's also caramel and brown sugar, but the roasted malt scent is waht I really picked up on here.

Like in the nose, the roasted malts are one of the more noteworthy aspects of the taste. There's also a balancing sweetness that has notes of caramel and brown sugar, and some nutty notes. At the swallow is a slight dry note. Other than that, hops are most conspicuous by their absence.

The biggest flaw with this beer is that it seems a little too heavily carbonated. If this were taken down a peg, this could be the textbook example of a tasty brown ale.

While slightly overcarbonated, this is eminently drinkable. I could easily session this one.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown color with slight amber highlights and a thick, one-finger, cream colored head. Smell is typical of a brown ale, toasted malty presence with a hint of smoke, nuttiness and chocolate. Taste is very much the same with a slight oxidation that takes away from the flavor; there is also a bittering hop presence but no apparent hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a dense, creamy carbonation - very nice. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and I would like to try it again, maybe a fresher bottle would lack the oxidation taste that I didn't care for. I imagine this beer on tap would be quite "heavenly"!

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Photo of SargeC
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown brew with a frothy tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Nutty malt, caramel, molasses.

Taste: Decent malt flavor with a slight smokiness. Nice hop background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Satisfying finish.

Drinkablity: Pretty tasty brew. Not very complex, but not offensive either.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a light but oddly creamy looking head that disapates pretty quickly,aroma of roasted nuts and caramel but its on the lighter side.Appetizing flavors going on buttery and lightly sweet with a roasted nut flavor very prevelant in the finish.Really like the mouthfeel of this brew full and hearty,I think a good cold weather brew sustaining and flavorful.Alot better than I thought it would be a better than average brown here.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't give points for it, but I must say that this has the funniest bottle I've seen in a while.

Looks, smells, and tastes unusually weighty for a brown ale. Matter of fact, I thought it was a porter right up until I pulled the write up here. Everything's nicely balanced. Not too malty, not too hoppy, not too toasty. I probably would have sprung for a few more hops here, but it's not bad.

Bonus drinkability points for being kosher.

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Photo of jongillin
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Right, so those of you in search of a completely Kosher beer this is it! It even says so on the bottle (which also makes some bold - no pun intended - claims. Some that it may even live up to)!

This beer pours with a slightly beige head that foams up a bit at the pour and then thins remaining till the end. IT is a dark brown almost black color in the body.

The aroma is mostly of dark malts (is that black patent I smell?) with a bit of chocolate and some mild hops

The taste is similar to the smell starting off with some heavy malts going from sweet to a mildly bitter chocolate and a mild coffee with rounded out by some caramel. It is all balanced in the end by some nice mellow hop notes.

High carbonation seemed to sting a bit on the tongue but also adds to a light finish and makes this beer very drinkable and I would think this a great session beer. I have one or six.

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, brown mahogany, with ruby highlights. Beige, one finger head leaves minimal patch lacing.
Aroma is mostly caramel malt, with some spicy and floral hops notes.
Mouthfeel reveals active carbonation with a modest hop bite.
Taste is mostly caramel malt and toffee, but is bolstered with an unusual and unfamiliar hops bitterness. Apple and apple cider notes lend a pleasant aftertaste, and provide an interesting flavor midway through.
Very enjoyable brown ale, overall. Nicely drinkable because of the crisp, apple notes. Very kosher.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the bottle with a rich and thick kind of sound and it produces a gigantean semi-creamy light tan head to sit a top the translucid deep brown body and the lace a glutenious sheet that welds itself to the glass. A sweet malt aroma dominates this crisp and fresh nose with the start sweet and interfused with malt, top is middling in feel. Finish is mellow in its acidity with the hops delectate and the aftertaste dry. A quite nice beer, easy on the palate and one you might have several of, so let’s call it a candidate for a “session beer”.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, and a slight raisin aroma. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, sweet malt and slight hops in the background, and some grass flavors. Slightly more watery than I was expecting, but still good flavors and palate. Overall, a pretty decent beer that was a good session beer.

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Photo of JDV
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Fordest for this - Dark transluscent maroon pour with a light offwhite head. Very light smell at first of mildly roasted malt, perhaps a bit nutty. Flavor is nice and rich however, and packs a good roasty kick, lightly bittered in the finish, with a good hearty, but lively mouthfeel. This was one of my favorite brown ales by far, and one I'd easily recommend.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle for $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brown body with some slight ruby hints at the edges and a thin, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Roasty, nutty, chocolate water with a hint of caramel and spicy hops with just the faintest bit of citrus.

Taste: Pale malts with tastes of dark caramel, toasted nuts, and semi-sweet chocolate. Earthy, lightly citrusy hops with a medium-low bitterness; just enough to balance the malts. Thin, watered down roastiness and, well, finishes about the same. Lingering, mild chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Just a hair over medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, flavorful brown ale that remains keenly drinkable as well as reasonably priced.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one's unique pours with a massive sized tan head chunky texture to it sort of marshmallow like sounds weird I know this is a new phenomenom opening up this beer. Well the the body appears a deep ruby brown very nice appearance lacing is even webbed patterns all around nice. Aroma: Caramel tones from the malt with a nut finish in the air not bad at all. Taste: Creamy fruit tones with a nut finish this one is "Bold" has a great amount of well balanced flavors, awesome taste. Mouthfeel: Nice fluffy texture slow carbonation perfect mouthfeel silky smooth. Drinkability: Suprisingly very good I could buy a six pack of this stuff and enjoy each one of the beers thoroughly.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Rileys

appearance: pours into great dane imperial pint glass...super dark, the darkest of the style that I have seen for sure...body is a very dark mahogany, with rich dark ruby highlights, big creamy tan head with great retention...looks like no other english brown, and I like it

smell: very rich with a nice roasty character, nutty, decent hopping in the background, woody and bittersweet

taste: This is a pretty nice surprise...pretty flavourful with a nice smoke/char flavor in the background, slightly bitter dry cocoa powder, roasty malt, sweet and woody

mouthfeel: medium body, rich and creamy

drinkability: nice

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Photo of Shiredave
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep burgandy brown color with dripping clots of amber lace. The carbonation is low but visible - very clear.
Aroma is mild - some chocolate and roasty notes with a clean hint of grassy hop.
Flavor is more chocolate mixed with smokey undertones and a soft grain nuttiness. Full bodied up front that thins out in the middle when some nicely subdued hop bitterness works it's way in.
The finish is short lived with flavors of brown sugar and a faint tingle of lingering bitterness.
Not completely a gimmick beer. I wish the bottle had less shtick and more info about the actual beer, but this isnt bad at all. A slightly bulbous brown ale, and possibly the best beer I've had from the NY Mendicino Brewery. L'Chaim! (sp?)

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Photo of Backer2004
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is a classic story that i need to hear about again. According to Gregg Glaser, the news editor from All About Beer magazine, the beer came from a guy coming back the Holy Land and turned his home brews into a nice size brewery. Man, I wish I could remember the funny taglines that came with this one and a few others . . . oh well. Surprisingly, a nice malty brown ale that goes down smooth. A bit on the heavy side, nice dark color and creamy finish. Would try this one againn.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, chocolate brown with reddish amber highlights and very little head. Aroma is fairly complex on the malt end, with caramel malts, chocolate malt, raw grain and a touch of subdued hops. On the palate, huge carbonation first off -- which kind of distracts -- and then some juicy hop oils before things smooth out a bit and the caramel and chocolate malts come out. A touch of fruity esters come out at the very end. Overall, this is a good beer. Very drinkable, interesting enough, and high quality all around. Not the best out there, but very decent.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown and very cola-like in appearance. Leaves an ivory head that doesn't retain very well.

Smell: Baker's chocolate primarily with hints of licorice and raisins. This is pretty big smelling for an English Brown Ale.

Taste: tea-like hops noted, cola, chocolate, a touch of smokiness and mild alcohol notes to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry, and crisp.

Drinkability: Very good. This was more like a light porter to me than an English Brown Ale. It's much bigger in all respects than I would expect for a Brown. That being said, I like porters much better so this one works for me.

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a murky dark ruby with a bit of tan head. It smelled like roasted barley and coffee malt with copper hops. It tasted like earthy coffee and roasted barley malt, with copper hops and a bit of ginger bread spices. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was half like a brown ale, and half like a porter. But it had good flavor and decent body, and was fairly clean and easy to drink. I'm not sure if I'd want this beer often, but it was interesting to try.

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Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. Left a little lace.

S - It smelled of malt, caramel and toffee.

T - It had a bold malty flavor with a strong dose of nut-like taste. Also, a subtle grassy/hoppy flavor.

M - It was creamy and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Pretty good brown ale. I like the nutty and malty flavors.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a clear, deep amber brown amber color with ruby highlights. Head is about 1/2 inch thick when poured and dissipates very quickly to a decent surface coating. Pretty good lace here. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, and hints of chocolate are present. Sweet and malty flavors with nice hints of caramel and a bit of chocolate. Followed by some bitter hop and black coffee flavors, but the sweetness is certainly more apparent here. Has a nice crisp, frothy and full bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink the way a good craft beer should be. A very good offering here.


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Photo of Neehan
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dark brown with a modest head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Turns a bright violet when held to the light. The aroma is sweet with raisins up front and hints of tofee to follow. Other fruits compliment as well. The taste is rich with yet very smooth with fruits, nuts, and some chocolate. Dry finish. A crisp mouthfeel that is more carbonated than most brown ales but quite pleasant. The smooth pleasant taste and texture makes this quite drinkable. A good choice.

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Photo of birdman200
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger off white head, nice lacing, dark, dark black - pours almost like a stout.
S: Sweet, and dark chocolate.
T: Rich, coffee, nutty, dry
M: Full bodied, great carbonation.
D: Easy. More like a porter though - classified as a brown ale? Overall a good beer, I'd like to see their other newer beers like the Lenny's RIPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite opaque dark walnut with a generous infusion of ruby and blood orange highlights at the edges. The head is the color of wet sand and is decently firm, falling first where it makes contact with the the glass. Sea foam lace adorns the vertical surface in random patterns. A good look.

The nose is in line with the style, but isn't quite as dark or a cocoa-like as expected. I can appreciate toasted malt, lightly spicy hops and nuts; although which nut(s) I couldn't say. The aroma could use a bit more character.

Back on track. Messiah Bold is much more assertive (more bold!) on the palate with a more heavily toasted maltiness and notes of dark caramel, cocoa and oven-roasted pecans. While it doesn't trend anywhere near porter territory, it occupies the upper reaches of the English brown ale style for sure. Spicy and slightly citrusy hops balance out the malty sweetness quite nicely. This is one harmonious ale.

He'Brew Messiah Bold is a wonderful version of a style that I don't think about much. It brings plenty of bold flavor to the table, never a bad thing in such a well-brewed beer. I'm sure that I've had better nut browns, but this one is worth your money. L'Chaim!

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Photo of leaddog
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger width of foamy beige head.

Smell - Caramel, vanilla, hint of plum, slight hazelnut.

Taste - The nuttiness and sweet caramel are the boldest flavours coming through, supported by the vanilla undertones. Nice bittersweet flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice smoothness and refreshing qualities.

Overall - A refreshing brown ale by Shmaltz. I enjoyed the mild nutty flavours, complemented by the other sweet flavours.

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He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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