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 ONUMello
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark translucent reddish-brown
S: Caramel, cream, roasted grains, a touch of coffee. Fairly muted, though.
T: Roasted malt and caramel. Somewhat bitter.
M: Medium-bodied and smooth.
O: Pleasant dark beer, easy to drink, though average.

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

served from a bottle into my beard glass.

a. very dark brown, but clear once held up to a light. good brown head and lacing and does not totally disappear.

s. malty, caramel, some nuttiness and even a bit of hop in there. pleasent.

t. perhaps heavier than most brown ales, and quite rich, bordering on sweet. strange aftertaste of citrus.

m. this is the tricky part of this beer. too carbonated, and something seems a bit, shall i say, scratchy. thick though, which is enjoyable.

o. not a bad beverage, better than the score it has been given by most. certainly not as good as he'brews lenny bruce r.i.p.a but few are. a quality brown ale that i would have more often were i more fond of brown ales.

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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 Knapp85
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a deep dark brown color. The head was thin and tan, the retention was minimal along with the lacing. The smell of the beer was malty and had some light roasted notes to it. The taste of the beer had some roasted nut flavors with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel was light and dry with a moderate carbonation. Overall this beer wasn't the best or worst but I wouldn't really have to have it again.

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Photo of oline73
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with some red showing up when the light hits it. There is a layer of light tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: This beer has a mild smell overall. Sweet malt with some mild dark fruit notes. It's a bit nutty.

Taste: This isn't a very sweet brown ale. The malt is bready and mildly nutty. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: I would have liked the bitterness in the finish to be a bit smoother and blend with the rest of the flavors. Not bad, but I don't think I'll need to revisit this one.

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

Picked up as part of the holiday pack.
Appearance: dark brown, light tan head. Not hideous by any runs but run of the mill.
Smell: Sorry to say this has almost no nose at all. I'm picking up some faint roastiness but other than that nothin.
Taste: Much better than expected from the nose (a pattern that's proven true in all the holiday samples so far).
Overall: the weakest of the holiday pack so far. Still a tasty brown.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time to crash the Shamltz GIFT PACK! And on the 2nd/3rd?day of Hanukkah I had the Messiah Bold, into given gift glass which appears to be a small 8 oz half shaker pint I would say.

A light brown/tan head of small bubbles, perhaps two fingers, forms but slowly, manages to keep a good puck and collar though. Body is a very dark chestnut brown with red hues. Looking good, even some nice collard lacing.

Nose is mild toasted dark malts, but even a little small sweet banana. Light and alright.

Taste has some light toast, even some faint mild hop bitter on the finish. Texture brings a light sense but without a watery feel. Fair good chew, but sort of subdued.

Overall, a nice simple take that I would say is better than average for the style. Nothing ordinary, but not exceptionally great either, but easily drinkable and enjoyable.

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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 mactrail
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a stout brown ale, with the big dark malt flavors. A touch of molasses. Light bodied, modest carbonation. Fairly plain, but the dark roasted barley provides some distinction. A restrained touch of the hops, but it seems like the slight bitterness comes more from the burnt malt. Pleasant nose of caramel and roasted malt.

I never buy this stuff, since I like their big, bold beers so much. But it's quite drinkable, and it you consider the category it's not bad at all.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours an uninspiring deep brown with a bit of promising, fluffy, tan head that dies away to nothing with no lace. On the nose there is a combination of nuttiness and toasted malt, really quite appealing. However there is a bit of the ester I got with Genesis ale the other night, which I'm not a fan of. In the mouth the nuts die away a bit and the esters come out a bit more, along with the toasted malt and some measure of sweetness. There is very little evidence of hop bitterness here, not necessarily a demerit, but worth noting. The body is medium thin with a medium finish, the toasted malt hanging around the longest.

Overall, this is a better beer than Genesis to me, and something interesting, but when I want I nut brown I'll likely reach elsewhere.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - deep nearly impenetrable amber, short head dissipated very quickly to not much
S - super sweet brown sugar and nutty malt with a sherry note, light leafy
T - very sweet burnt sugars with candy nutty malt, its a bit over the top on sweetness as opposed to malt
M - syrupy sticky body out of the gate with a sweetness that sticks to the teeth throughout
O - its definitely flavourful and tasty, but it just has too much of that artificial try-hard sweetness instead of a strong malty base, just not up to standard for the style

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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 NuclearDolphin
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 12oz Tumbler

Appearance - Very dark brown color that allows just a little bit of light to be let through. Pours a 2 Inch head that leaves behind some really good lacing

Smell - Burn and Roasts malts mixed in with caramel and hints of chocolate. It also has a sweet yeast scent to it along with a very faint trace of hops.

Taste - It has a very upfront coffee and chocolate taste along with some strong caramel notes. The roasted malts leave behind a bitter aftertaste that fades fairly quickly. The yeast/breadiness that was in the smell is nowhere to be found here.

Mouthfeel - It's got an average body to it, and the carbonation is a bit excessive, which doesn't feel right considering what style of beer this is. It's not bad, but the carbonation really offsets the feel.

Overall - All and all, it's just an average brown ale. Nothing bad, but really nothing good at the same time. Had the carbonation been not as strong, I would've had a much more favorable perception of this beer.

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Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale tumbler-style pint glass. Body is clear brown with slight mahogany hues on the edges when backlit. A slightly-smaller-than-w-finger light brown head settles on top, leaving some legs of lace behind.

S: Brown bread, husky grain and a touch of citric hops. Not terribly strong in the nose.

T: Fairly non-descript, but also inoffensive. Some sweet malt - faint caramel malt - and a touch of nuttiness. Finishes semi-dry and neutral on the palate, though in the aftertaste there's a slight lingering bitterness that's almost oaky or tannic, actually. A bit odd.

M: A tad bit too carbonated, IMHO - a problem I recall from homebrewing Brown Ales myself some 15 years ago. Call it light-to-medium in heft.

O: Not bad, not great. A relatively easy quaffer that doesn't really engage the senses much at all, but rather just flows over them.

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

Poured this American style brown ale from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a brown color, produced a tan head, 1 finger width, average retention, very little lacing. The aroma consisted of chocolate malt and coffee. Medium in body, some roasted malt flavor, a hint of caramel and coffee. Very little hop flavor shines through. Decent beer, good session beer, decent beer to start someone off on craft beer- but not much more then that.

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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 lurpy1
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown, generally unremarkable. Nutty in terms of both smell and taste, with a little bit of toffee thrown in. At times this beer seems to confuse itself with a scotch, but still fairly tasty and drinkable. Probably the weakest of the Schmalz offerings I've had, but nonetheless, a good drink. I like the fact that the despite leading with the yiddish gimmickry, they haven't forgotten to make decent beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue. A nice one finger soft, foamy brownish head sits atop. The nose has notes of caramel malts and a faint nuttiness. The taste is rich roasted malts and caramel malts up front with some toasty, nutty undertones. There are some faint hops for balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

Not a bad beer, but not one I'd seek out.

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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 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 ADZA
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark cherry brown which leaves a two finger creamy head that stays and sporadic lacing,the smell is brown sugar,dark fruits and caramel,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and has tastes of brown sugar,caramel candy,ripe dark fruits,light coffee and finished with a dark chocolate bittersweetness and overall even though i find this drop better than the last i would not buy again out of my own hard earned $$$ cheers.

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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 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 peensteen
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown colour, ruby hues show up in the light, minimal off white head. Smell is of dark malts, nutty, chocolate and roasted coffee with some sweet sugary notes. Taste is sweet caramel, malty, moderate bitterness, nutty, coffee, dark fruit like, nice roasted finish. Med-high carbonation, medium body, decent feel. Fairly tasty brew, a little one dimensional but still enjoyable stuff, perhaps a little on the sweet side.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a nice dark brown color, and has shines a bit red when held to the light. It has a big fluffy 2-figner light tan head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind.

S - It smells of sweet malts and some dark fruitiness. There are also notes of nuts, caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of chocolate.

T - The taste starts off with a nice sweet caramel maltiness. There are some dark fruit flavors and a nice nuttiness. Also, Im getting some molasses, chocolate, and a low hop flavor. The finish leaves some lingering sweetness and nuttiness. A little on the sweet side.

M - This has a medium-heavy body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a rich smooth feel to it. There is a bit of a syrupy feel to it as well.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down easy and has good flavor. I think it is a good brown ale, but it is a little bit on the sweet side. I think it could use some more hop presence.

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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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