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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Photo of Dewey0603
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This pours a dark ruby color with a large tan foamy head. The smell has a real malt sweetness along with a "bisquity' aroma to it. The taste has a malty sweetness to it,but it's not very nutty. This has a somewhat watery m/f with a metalic aftertaste. The metalic aftertaste prevents you from tasting anything other than a small malt flavor. This is basically an average to below average beer. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of toolbrew
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Not much head nor head retention. Looks a deep, slightly hazy brown with some red along the edges.

Slight aroma of chocolate and some darker malts.

Not much flavor at the onset, but in the middle there is a rush of slightly bitterness, followed by a chocolate sensation, with a lasting bitterness.

Medium body, but somewhat of a watered down taste.

A decent beer.

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Photo of ferrari29
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - 1 finger foam beige colored rocky foam formed; dark brown body, almost black in appearance; alive with carbonation; looks very thin at first glance, definitely different than stouts that are colored the same way; average amount of lacing

S - Smells like a bitter brown ale; reminds me of a Newcastle; smell is also smoky with a nut & caramel kick; smells crisp and refreshing on the nose

T - Tastes like it smells; complex taste of caramel, smoky malts, nuts, spices and tastes a bit ashy; flavor starts at the back of the mouth and disappears very quickly; followed up with a slightly bitter aftertaste; not impressed

M - Viscosity of the liquid is very thin; effervescent w/ bubbly feeling over the tongue; almost feels and tastes like your drinking water; I'm not quite sure what balance the brewer was going for over here, but its lacking in substance

D - I was not impressed with this beer, especially since I really enjoyed the Bittersweet R.I.P.A & Genesis Ale beers Shmaltz has made; drinkable if you like light flavored beers, otherwise I would pass on having another one

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Photo of Romulus141
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Sam Adams serving glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with minimal, manilla-colored head. The brew is dark in color, and shines a faint reddish brown when held up to the light. There are small traces of lacing on the edges of the glass. Standard look for a brown ale.

Smell: Has a sweet malty smell, almost like brown sugar. That's about the only thing I detect. Underwhelming, but not offensive either. Just average.

Taste: Begins with a sweet malty character, which gives way to a faint, nutty flavor. The finish contains a small trace of hoppy bitterness, although it passes quickly. This is a fairly straightforward beer with no real surprises. The flavor is nice, but not great. Once again, quite average.

Mouthfeel: Thin with a small amount of carbonation. The feel is unobtrusive and mild, which I wouldn't consider a compliment.

Drinkability: Given the overall averageness we have here, this makes for an easy drinking beer. However, since nothing about it really stands out, I couldn't imagine reaching for this with zeal.

I expected a little more from this brew. I wouldn't turn it down if offered to me, and it's better than the run-of-the-mill tap standards, but one can do much better than this in most situations.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a dark crimson color with a large cap of creamy beige head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is nutty and caramely with a distinctive fig-like dark fruitiness. Breadiness has this one smelling just like a Fig Newton...do they still even make those?

Tastes like one too, I prefer my brown ales to have a fuller body and less fruit presence than this sample is showing. The malts are neither rich nor robust as the label claims. A little bit of roast comes out as it warms, but where is the caramel and nutty malts? The beer is drinkable, if uninspired and bland.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Extremely dark brown with red highlights. If you don't hold it up to the light, you would think that it was black because it is so dark. I had to do a pretty aggressive pour to get it to have any head at all. What little bit I could scare up disappeared quickly leaving a ring.

S: I really cant pick up anything except a slight hint of malt in the aroma.

T: Unfortunately, the taste matches the aroma. There just is not a lot there. Like many other browns the taste profile is dominated by malt flavor with hints of a nutty flavor. It tastes OK, but there is nothing that really draws me in.

M: There is a bit off a creaminess to the mouth. It is of medium thickness. Once again, ok, but nothing special here.

D: This one is pretty drinkable. Since its creamy, relatively smooth, and not high in alcohol or hops it goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip at 48 degrees, in all fairness this bottle doesn't have a date on it, and I'm just guessing here but I have to say this has aged on the shelf for a bit. probably

Appearance: Brown in color, lets light through especially at the edges. Pour gave a 1 inch pure white head with little retention and disappointingly little lacing.

Smell: The nose is full of caramel, figs, dates, and a heavy grape note, with a sweet/sugary finish. This smelled a little too fruity, was hoping that wouldn't be evident in the taste

Taste: Fruits, grapes and dates, figs, raisins, no hop character to speak of maybe a slightly pecan/nutty finish. This is certainly a clean beer, but I was expecting some more malt support.

Mouthfeel: Light body feel with a rather unpleasant amount of carbonation for the style. I think it is closer to a fruity saison than a brown ale.

Overall: This is an interesting beer in its own right. I could be wrong on what a brown ale is supposed to be, but this certainly isn't one to me. For the price it's definitely worth a try if you can buy a single bottle as it is pretty unique, but I have no interest in trying this again.

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Photo of BeerGodz
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Brown color, medium tan head with good retention & lacing

Smell: Chocolate, sweet malt

Taste: Up Front: Bland, chocolate. Finish: Same, with a strange lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation

Drinkability: Average at best

Overall Impression: It looked great, smelled ok, but it was flat out boring after that. The flavor that was present was good, but there was not nearly enough of it. This reminds me of a beer that one of the Evil 2 would put out.

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Photo of humanawho
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - nice dark brown color, small head with good cream color

S - sweet caramel aroma

T - sweet caramel flavor with some tobacco earthy notes and a little fig hints

M - a little too thick, grabs on to your tongue

D - too sweet to be very drinkable for me

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with ruby highlights and a large head.
Nose shows soy sauce, winey notes, caramel and nutty malt. Luckily the soy sauce and wine aspect is relatively faint.
Flavours are more aggressive, with more emphasis on the roasted malt, including some coffee notes. Unfortunately the winey character is still present and there's a biting herbal astringency in the finish.
Carbonation is too high by far.

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Photo of jaluria
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, dark brown with little head and no lacing. I detect roasted malt and a bit of nutmeg along with some other dry roasted nuts. The taste is overly nutty with a bit of hoppy character and buttery as well; but enjoyable. Little aftertaste; very mild. I liked this beer, and I would have several in a sitting, but not the best example of this style. What this beer lacks is a stronger hoppy backbone and bit more dryness and less of a nutty taste upfront.

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Photo of thedoubler55
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown in color with a finger of off white head at the top left almost no lacing at all.

S: Mettalic and rasins, very weird smell on this brew, some sweetness as well.

T: Taste of some caramel and oak notes, malty and a bit bitter, very crazy brew.

M: Light bodied, I think my bottle was not fresh, almost no carbonation.

O: Confusing brew for me, do not think I will try this one again.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thick fizzy light beige head sits atop a surprisingly dark brown/amber color with some burgundy highlights. Nice retention and quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt and some light coffee.. instant coffee perhaps.

Flavor is interesting yet really disappointing. Starts off well, with a burst off dark roasted malt and a bit of coffee, but then it just fades to an empty finish. Strange. Can't say it finishes crisply... but rather dull. No off flavors, just half flavors. A bit grainy..

Prickly carbonation almost seems to mute the flavor at the end.

Not really enjoyable. Could use some more sweetness to balance the grain and roast malt flavors

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Photo of jeffjfindley
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful on the pour, with a glowing blackened amber color, and a very impressive head. Retention could have been better, though. Smell is nearly imperceptible, but the little of it there is is pleasant; roasty. Taste is one-dimensional, displaying nothing more than roasted malt, and a less-than bold hop backbeat. Mouthfeel is thin, clean, and carbonated, not unlike Coca-Cola. This is enjoyable, but by no means bold.

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Photo of cyrock1
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Brown to Ruby Brown with a very thin head.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee and toffee.

Taste: Coffee with hints of caramel and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Tart coffee and malted chocolate lingers.

Drinkability: If you are a fan of coffee, this is the beer for you. Can't say I was blown away by it though.

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Photo of pinotboy007
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with a tan colored head that only comes to life with a vigorous swirl; no lacing.

S - Raisins, malt, chocolate.

T - Much like it smells with some sweet dates and maybe even some hops and brown custard thrown in. No alcohol taste; would be food friendly (e.g., ribs).

M - Not much carbonation and the ale seems a bit hollow in the middle; thinner than I would have imagined.

D - Sure it's drinkable. I'd buy it again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Gavage
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 2"+ head. The head falls quickly to a thick surface foam. Nice lacing paints the glass. Tons of carbonation bubbles rising from the botton of the glass.

Smell: only a very mild caramel tone is tough to pick up by the nose.

Taste: a dull combination of caramel, slight nuttiness, very mild bitterness, hints of ripe sweet fruits, and a soft metallic tone is wrapped around it from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start and finish. Medium bodied. The caramel and metallic tones linger very briefly on the tongue after swallowing.

Dinkability: very average. Not exciting, and overall a lite version of a brown ale. Not worth seeking out.

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Photo of gregb13
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this one on the shelf and had to give it a try. Nothing remarkable about the pour. Smells of light molasses and dark bread. Taste: dark toasted bread; mealy nuts, maybe cashew; some roasted notes; caramel. Maybe a little too carbonated, as there is somewhat of a fizzy presence in the middle and back of the palate. Funky bittersweet aftertaste reminiscent of hazelnut syrup flavoring. This is decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - brown color with a small beige head that left some bits of lacing.

S - roasted malt aroma.

T - roasted malty flavor with a light hint of chocolate.

F - thin and light bodied with a thin/watery feel.

D - it's ok but there are much better samples of the style.

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Photo of aristeros
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got one of these in a mixed six pack from a busy enough Total Wine location in Phoenix that I'm not worried about it being old. No freshness date, but the bottles were in good condition without dust or weird markings on them.

Translucent brown, can see through it easily when held to the light. Good clarity, but there's a lot of ruby coloration that makes me think more of an Irish Red than a brown ale. Tiny bit of white head, no retention or lacing.

Smells very malty, a bit of hazelnut coffee.

Thin, very low body. Very malty and sweet (too sweet, actually), with a bitter coffee back. Not a very well-balanced or deep malt profile. Nothing very wrong, and all the parts are basically there. Carbonation may be a little too much for the malt profile.

The brewmaster clearly knew what a brown ale was--there're the malts, the nutty favors, coffee, and so on, after all. However, this just doesn't come together right. Based on this, I'm going to be suspicious about just grabbing a He'Brew at random.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Starts out dark brown. Smells a little earthy for my taste. Looks and smells like a more sturdy brown ale, but no hop aroma.

Taste not only falters in the hop quantity/quality, which is fine, but it doesn't come across as a maltbomb either. Just a middle of the road, darker than Newcastle style brown ale. Figured with all the Hebrew pride, it would have been more of a Masada style fighter. Maybe they're saving that for an Imperial style or something.

Mouthfeel, you just don't really like what you sense when you're trying to savor it. Drinkability, back half puts you off to thirsting for another. In fact, the first half does that re: the back half.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a becker. Before I begin, I will say that the label seemed to indicate that this is a brown ale and Beer Advocate lists it as a brown ale, but nothing about this says "brown ale" and instead says "I am a Belgian Dark Ale."

Look: dark brown body with a thin, light tan head that retains very well but unfortunately doesn't leave any lace behind.

Smell: I pretty much just get a wallop of dark fruits in the smell along with some esters that led me to believe this is a Belgian Dark. Fairly straightforward.

Taste: dark fruit, some esters from the nose, hints of toffee and even some alcohol. I thought this beer drank closer to an 8% alcohol beer than a 5.6% beer. I don't pick up any hop flavors. The fruit is a little too much for me.

Feel: kind of thin, carbonated nicely at first but it kind of drops off after the beer sits for a few minutes. A little too sweet for me and the alcohol is off putting.

Drink: took me a while to finish the glass, and while not a drainpour, its also not something I would want to sit and have a few pints of, and isn't that the whole point of a brown ale?

Overall: not very good. It doesn't have any characteristics of a brown ale, certainly isn't sessionable in the least, and the heavy handed dark fruit taste is very off putting to me. Even if it were a Belgian Dark ale, its lack of complexity would certainly hurt it there. This was my first beer from Shmaltz and I can't see having another. I would avoid. Cheers!

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Photo of EdTheEdge
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of nimrod979
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Brown with amber hues. Very thin off white head that fades as quick as it began.

Aroma - Malty. Chocolate and toffe notes. Nutty and toasty. Brown sugar.

Taste - Muddled malts. Caramel and toffee flavors. Slighty toasted and nutty. Notes of brown sugar and some slight hops bitterness on the backend.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Kind of an odd finish. Its very average and a bit boring. I've definitely had better Browns.

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Photo of Soonami
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

He'Brew Messiah Bold is not worthy of the name of the Savior. It is a very average brown ale that is lacking the big flavors and impact that we have come to expect from well-crafted American Browns. The beer is a solid brown, with good clarity and a little sandy colored head. The smell is of bittersweet chocolate, carob and raisin or fig. The beer tastes a little roasty, very fruity and not very citrusy or bitter. To me this is more like an english taddy porter or southern English Brown and American. This is an okay beer, but pretty boring

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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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