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 | website

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 DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - When they say "robust dark brown" they mean it. Almost pitch black with just a tint of ruby highlight in the bottom of my glass. Head sticks around for a bit with a nice touch of lacing.

S - Nothing off putting but it does seem like someone just put a "shit ton" of brown malt in the boil. Faint notes of chocolate and coffee but mostly a strong robust nut smell.

T - Kind of one dimensional as the brown malt covers over all robust coffee's and bitter or sweet chocolate taste. It taste pretty much like a stronger version of Newcastle's brown ale. Walnut to the extreme...

M - Surprisingly it drank rather thick and I expected 7 percent. Was shocked by the real ABV.

Overall kind of like a harsher version of Voodoo's brown ale with a lower ABV. Still I enjoyed it more than I did back in the day and it is fairly smooth. Pretty good beer.

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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 rfgetz
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, lightly hazed brown with moderate cap of off-white head. Scent brings notes of dark caramel, but lightly sweet, toasted grains and nuts, faint notes of cocoa powder. Taste a bit more assertive, taste moves from toast into roast territory, hops give firm bitterness but not much flavor, some light fruit notes accompany nuts, caramel and cocoa. Medium bodied, maybe a bit too carbonated. Bold, but not necessarily complex.

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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 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 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 Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dark, opaque brown. Half-inch, loose, tan colored head with tiny ringlets that eventually subsided into a thin slick of foam that accumulated around the perimeter of the glass. Copious strands of sticky lacing adhered to the glass throughout the tasting. Scent of chocolate malt, reminiscent of a porter. Taste similar to nose as well as hint of roasted coffee, but much more subdued than anticipated, given the strong scents. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery with a light effervescence. All and all, fairly drinkable. Goes down smooth, and low/moderate abv makes this one pretty easy to throw back.

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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 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 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 Durge
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark root beer color with a finger or two of head that settles down pretty quick, but leaves a good bit of lace. The smell is unmistakeably molasses, thick and sweet. Upon first taste it strikes me as more medium bodied than the color and smell would suggest. Nicely carbonated with a charcoal front followed by the molasses and brown bread. It is rich, robust and dark brown as advertized with a malty hint blended in for good measure. Pretty drinkable but I think this would be one to savor in more modest quantity. Not syrupy at all but still kind of a meal in itself, not something I would think to pair with a meal. Good stuff.

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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 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 Brenden
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

These notes are fairly old, but thorough as always.

This beer is a deep, not dark but thick (if that makes sense) brown color with red highlights. Head retention is fair but nothing special, and there is a little thin, spotty lacing left behind. Carbonation persists as long as any is left in the glass.
The smell is nice and pretty much what I expect for a brown. Caramel and toffee sweetness, a little bit of nuttiness and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate all sit beneath a strong malt backbone that adds a touch of a roasted aroma. I really just wish it wasn't so tame; I need to strain for what is otherwise a really quality nose.
Something doesn't quite match up in the flavor, and an overbearing carbonation throws things off. It gets a little milder, and a touch of dark fruits makes everything a little too tangy in the finish. Above average, but lacking.
This one gets too thin, and the carbonation hurts it here. It turns a little astringent as well. There should be more smoothness here too. It's not watery, and it's not BMC lame and bland, but it's watery, lame and bland for what it should be.
Overall this isn't a bad brew, but this one needs a much smoother, fuller, more robust mouthfeel and the carbonation really needs to be toned down.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pour a mahogany color with yeast particles suspended everywhere. The head is one inch in height and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel with a nice nuttiness. The taste is very mild for a brown ale. Faint hints of caramel, and nuts. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery texture. Overall, this is a mediocre beer at best. I will not drink this again.

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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 andrenaline
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark caramel colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing. Reminiscent of root beer.

S - Toffee and caramel with a touch of rye and a bit of espresso on the finish.

T - The toffee and caramel malts dominate, though the bitter espresso malts linger on the finish. For what is advertised as a 'bold' beer, I would say it's falling a little short of the claim.

M - Comes off a tad watery and thin, though the finish is nice and wet.

O - Overall a bit weaker on the flavours than I was expecting, and much less than the 'bold' claims being made. A decent offering, but I wouldn't run out and buy another.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty gimmicky name, yes? Pours a dark brown color with a thin beige head. Thin lacing rings. The aroma is nutty and roasty. Medium-bodied with toasted malt, hops and a bit of fruit in the flavor. The finish is lightly malty with just a hint a hops. Overall this is an average Brown Ale.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brown to deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty nuttiness and a sweet caramel. In the taste, just like the aroma, nutty and caramel. Mainly smooth and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry caramel stickiness in the aftertaste. Standard kind of brown ale that is kind of sticky sweet.

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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 RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is very dark, almost black, with a brownish-white head that came up nicely.

Smell – The big malts are a bit roasty and complimented with a stiff yeasty backbone. The yeast isn’t doughy at all, it’s more like the smell of raw yeast. The sweetness is artificial and very light.

Taste – The big roasty notes come on stronger at the taste. The yeast is still very raw and the sweetness is almost gone. It’s that bitter, roasty malt flavor that defines the ale.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied and somewhat malty bitter. The bitterness place nicely into the robust malts and the lack of a big sweetness makes this go down the throat rather quickly.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this ale. It seemed a bit different than other examples of the style that I’ve had. It was much more robust. I’m heard that the EBAs made in the southern part of England are a bit bigger, so maybe this is what they were going for?

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dull brown ale, drinkable but with little to remember it for.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. He'Brew label, with all the repetitive nods to the Jewish heritage of the ale, name of the branding presiding with a small illustration of the iconic character over a drawing of the Northern hemisphere. Side narrative offers an overview of the brew, intent, and best wishes. Notes Kosher certification. Served in a nonic glass.

A - Dark brown pour with an early generous head, medium to low retention, poor surface memory and lacing.

S - Lightly malty nose, faint roasted sense in the back, very subdued.

T - Lightly malty, nothing bold here as the brew brags, tiny hoppy touch over a light caramel and roasted sense.

M - Medium-ligh body and carbonation a tad watery in the feel.

D - Hmmm, not as terrible as it may sound, and not an awful choice but quite forgettable.

Notes: Hmmm, best value is in the Kosher certification and the play with Jewish identity and pride, which can be entertaining and handy socially, but other than that there is much better out there to chose from.

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Photo of gford217
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut with a thick creamy beige head that shows excellent retention and lacing. Gorgeous beer.

The aroma is understated and, in fact, fairly weak. There is a sweet caramel malts and lightly toasted nuts. There is a hop presence but it's very faint.

The taste is light as well with a watery caramel malt backbone. The nuts are there in the background. The hops are pretty much non-existent and the finish is very sweet.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little watery.

This is not a bad brown ale but there's not much complexity and nothing exceptional on any one dimension. A decent brown ale.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown, with the only colour visible at the edge. Head is cream-coloured, dissipates to practically nothing with a thin rim of lace. Looks slightly stagnant, but otherwise nice.

Smells malty with a slight sour, yeasty edge. Touch of carbon and some sweet corn aromas, dull nutty edge at the back. Falls short of malt-bomb status but not much else there.

Taste is fairly dark, and predominantly malty. Starts with caramel grain and a slight licorice spice on the front. Develops roastier notes later which are nicely rounded with a touch of blueberry and raisins. Some pepper on the back which dries the palate as well as adding spice. Yeah, nicely rounded brown ale palate.

Nice body, bit too much tingle though.

A brown ale to sip and enjoy with two of your favourite cheerleaders.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cola like brown color with ruby hightlights. The head was a bit disappointing and it dissipated into a light ring around the glass. The smell is of lightly roasted malt with a touch of smoke. The taste is of semi sweet chocolate and has a slight citrus-like bitterness, not from hops though. The feel is moderate with fairly soft carbonation and a fairly smooth texture; finishes with a slightly odd astringent/bitterness. Overall a decent brew. More on the roasted malt side than I would imagine and no presence of hops.

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He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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