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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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is average. It has a small amount of malt scent and has a dry watery smell to it. The taste is average as well. It is a dull brown ale. It is full of mostly pale malts with a side of light crystal and roasted malts. It's dry and fairly hoppy. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks fair. It's a brown ale with not a lot of flare or originality. This is worse than some macro browns I've had.

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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 Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate and roasted malt. The aroma is a little more subtle than I would have liked, but there is nothing objectionable about it.

The flavor is more complex and more enjoyable. I get some chocolate and roasted malt, as well as some cream notes. Overall, the beer is very nutty and tastes a lot like a nice nut brown ale. I also get a little bit of coffee in the flavor, but it is subtle.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The chosen Beer.

a. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear glass mug. Brown body with a short livid off white head. Some lace.

s. Light aroma of caramel malts and brown sugar.

t. Pretty solid malty brown here. No metallic taste or oxidation is noticed. Just some caramel malt with a slight roasted edge. Hops are not really sticking out at all, just some ghost hop balancing.

m. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a good amount of flavor.

d. This is a very sessionable ale here from He'Brew. Have tried to find it in this area for quite some time. Good stuff.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown with a slight head that fades too quickly. Smell is also quite light, slightly metallic, slightly roasty, slightly creamy. Taste is pleasant enough with creamy malt, a coppery edge, and a slight bit of earthy hops at the end, but it falls off a bit too quickly and isn't quite as integrated as one would wish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not watery. Okay as a nuetral beverage for a party, but otherwise I'll stick to something else- either a more delicious session beer or one of their bigger beers.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You'd think for a (bold!) 'Son of God' the beer would sport some kind of halo (or at least a kippah to profess its faith in the matter). But no, it comes completely bare and was spared not even a shred to make lacing. Its plain, very dark brown body has no highlighting what so ever and shows about as much sign of coming to life as my chair or dresser.

Just as there are no highlights in the appearance, there are no nuances in the aroma neither. There's a lot of toasty brown malt but that's...about...it. Usually it's easy to feign a hint of this or that, especially for an American brown ale style that is characteristically quite aromatic, but my nose has gotten tired of sniffing. It's just that plain.

Which is a shame because the taste is really pleasant; that prevalent base of toasty brown malts is bestowed a little roast, a dash of cocoa and a generous amount of nutty flavour (pecan especially) and tons upon tons of smeared, squished fruits and dried fruits (including, in particular, figs, prunes and raisins). Those flavours relinquish little.

The mouthfeel is about as well-stocked as a Communist-era Soviet grocery shelf; there is very little of anything and certainly nothing glitzy. Apart from the minimal amount of roast barely anything is perceived; even the fruity, sugary sweetness is short lived once the beer is swallowed. Despite its lightness on the palate it sits heavy in the belly.

False alarm - He'Brew Messiah Bold is a good beer but it's far too pedestrian to be called a King of kings or Lord of lords. I personally would consider it no better than average for its style and near the bottom of the Shmaltz Brewing/He'Brew totem-pole. If shopping for "Chosen Beer" choose another of their offerings, like the fantastic Lenny's R.I.P.A.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, darkish, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber, dark brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, full ruby hue when held up to the light. Quite fruity smelling with notes of raisins, a bit of prune and dried berry notes. These notes have a backdrop of toasty, browned, whole grain bread crust and toasted saltine crackers. A serviceable aroma, that is not bad, but not all that remarkable either.

Lightly sweet tasting with a definite fruitiness that makes it taste like washed out raisin juice with a touch of prune thrown in. This finishes with some bitter toasted malt and hop notes that provide a touch of balance to the sweetness, though the sweetness does a good job of lingering on the tongue after the beer has left my mouth. Fairly light bodied, definitely quaffable, but the residual sugars to contribute a light viscousness that keeps this from being anywhere near water. Toasted grain flavors with just a touch of roast character to it at the back of this beer and some light toffee notes join the caramelized malt notes that are more at the front of each sip contribute to the malt focus of this beer.

A decent brown ale, that is focused on the malt and not much in the way of hop character. Not bad, I just don't seem to have a lot to say about it, which seems to be what detracts from this experience.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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 mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Walnut brown color with dark amber highlights when held to the light. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated quickly, then disappeared. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Toasted malts, dark fruits and figs. Bitter coffee and nuts in the background. Very light peppery bitter.

T: Toasted malts and an interesting variety of buttery dark fruits. Kinda strange brown sugar/cola flavor in the finish.

M: Light (almost thin) body. Ample carbonation

D: I grew tired of the buttery fruits and cloying sweet sugary finish.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger light tan head that leaves a good lace. Deep amber color. Light bodied almost watery, soapy nose. Starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter but with the sweetness lingering. $1.80 for a 12oz. bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a . The aroma is pretty faint, it is hard to pick up much other than some sweet malt and a touch of caramel. The taste is pretty smooth and malty up front with a roasted coffee-like bitterness lingering into the finish. Overall, He'Brew Messiah Bold is a pretty average Brown Ale that really doesn't bring anything to the table that would make me want to purchase again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium brown-mahogany with a sticky beige head leaving slight lacing streaks.

S: sweet burnt brown sugar, roasted caramel and nuttiness along with a dry hop bittering. There was also a dark chocolate flavor.

T: a freshly roasted chocolate malting, that was followed and balanced nicely with a dark rich sweetness from the malt. There was slight hints of charred woodiness as well.

M: creamy, some doughy bread notes and malt sweetness with an aggressive carbonation.

D: Average drinkability, ok going down though not impressed.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Pours dark brown with a 1” cream coklored foam collar. Dissipates fairly quick but leaves decent lace. Not a lot of aroma, primarily malt with some nuts. Moderate levels of malt with light biscuit, light toast, some nuts, traces of caramel. Medium to medium light body, medium low carbonation, some creaminess. Nothing really big about the beer and nothing outstanding but easy to drink.

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

Brown ale is brown. Head is a lighter brown, 1/4". Brown malt aroma.

Neither hops nor ample malt occurs here. Nothing bold about it. More substantial than Newcastle, but barely, and in a more expensive package.

Found myself more excited to be done with this beer than the likelihood of drinking more of it. A little more caramel than toffee from the malt. Some dark fruit notes, not complimentary.

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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 petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip21/12/11

A cola with some ruby hues when held to the light, a finger of mocha foam doesn't last long but leaves two distinct rings of lace

S some cold coffee, a little nutty and some dark toffee

T a little molasses to go along with what I smell and a little burnt malt, pretty sweet but manageable

M medium bodied with a creamy feel after the bubbles pop up, a little sticky on the lips and a mellow but long nutty toffee aftertaste

O I'm not blown away by this one but it's respectable, I'm not sure if I'd want a 6er but I'd drink a second

considering the cost of my Holiday Gift Pack there better be some winners in there because this is not up to par with a 45$ 7 pack, candles, a glass and an empty bottle are not going to make up the difference at this rate

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown with little head. Nose is roasted malt and a bit of nutmeg along with some other dry roasted nuts. Taste is overly nutty with a bit of hoppy character and buttery as well. I liked this beer, and I would have several in a sitting, but not the best example of this style.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thickish texture. Almost no head to speak of, but some OK lacing.

S: Had an odd malty, metallic smell, along with a slight nuttiness.

T: A very average taste. Nutty, some malt, not much hops. Simply half baked.

M: An alright amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is an average beer. Not without its charms, but not that great either.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a brown dense but clear body with a red glow to it and strands of tiny bubbles swirling around in it. There is a thin head of light tan that dissipates before the first sip.

S- The light roasted malt aroma is dry with hints of dry prunes and a cocoa nib hint to it. Otherwise pretty clean.

T- The taste of roasted malt is brief with a chocolate malt hint following and a soft licorice note in there aswell. The finish has notes of raisins and a roasted malt hint that increases a bit as the beer warms. There is a soft green bitterness buried in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- This beer has some nice flavors but they are thin and don't have much depth or contrast to them.

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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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