He'Brew Messiah Bold | Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Messiah BoldHe'Brew Messiah Bold
499 Ratings
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 GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5/16/08- Purchased at Piazza's in San Mateo.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper brown colored pour with a ¾ inch head on pour that shrinks to a light rim and leaves very light traces of lacing.

Smell- Deep roasted malts, Not quite burnt, but well roasted. Sweet nose and lightly hopped.

Taste- Malt is roasted and caramel flavored, but not as deep as in the nose. Hops are noticeable and lightly bitter. Has a mild chocolate taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level with a sweet and lightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- A good brown ale that seems to be very well balanced and quite tasty. Sessionable for sure

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
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 armock
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly

S - Is of caramel chocolate malt

T - This is very malty but thats not a bad thing caramel stands out

M - Feels a little thin with medium carbonation

D - While this isn't a bad beer its not really exciting it has a good taste I'd drink this again but I won't go out of my way for it

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Photo of dstc
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with a nice tan head. Unfortunately the head falls almost immediately leaving little or no lace.

Smells pretty good. Malts, caramel and a nutty scent comes through.

It lost me in the taste. A little thin for how it looks. Slightly bitter and very metallic.

Does feel buttery and smooth with little carbonation.

Label says "It's the beer you've been waiting for!" Not really. A halfway decent beer to drink but it just fails to deliver.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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 AKBelgianBeast
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby tints and a nice fluffy white head that hangs around for a good bit of time. Good lace. Nose is slightly coppery but not much else. Taste is nice roasted and toasted malty goodness. Slight cream flavors in here, and slight hop bitter bite on the finish, very slight. Mouthfeel is nice, but could be better. Drinkability is pretty good. Overall a good brew, a nice session brown ale, but I dont know about "The Chosen Brew"

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Photo of meechum
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark with a light tan head that fell slowly leaving a nice lace

S - Had a nutty and caramel smell to it and a slight hop piney smell

T/M - The taste was mostly of malts and wasn't much on hops..nutty with a some caramel and coffee maybe..overall I found it to be pretty good..a little thin

D - I think very drinkable..and enjoyable..

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The He'Brew Messiah Bold was a dark brown with no foam head and no lacing. The aroma was a roasted malt with a chocolate hint. The flavor was a maltiness but not much more. It was pretty thin and underwhelming in the mouth. Overall not their best effort.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown , cloudy appearance, and a thin head made this beer not much to look at. The smell was pretty good, as wisps of cocoa, toffee, and nuts were detected. Hop aroma was surprisingly well represented as well. Taste was woody, dry, and a little astringent. Hops were mild here and were like a light dash of spice. Mouthfeel was a little rougher than I would have preferred, as a chalky aftertaste kept popping up. Well made and enjoyable, but certainly not a second coming.

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Photo of JDV
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
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 DavidSeanNJ
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark bold black color, not much head, not much lace. Pretty dull looking. Resembled a porter.

S- Smell did fit the bill of being rich and bold with the scents of coffee and chocolate most imminent.

T- Taste was average, not much going on here. Watered down with some hints of roasted nuts and beans. Bleh.

M- Mouthfeel was also watery and sleek, very liquidy.

D- Not bad, not terrible, but not that good. I will try this again though.

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Photo of SargeC
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
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 BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Dark brown hue with a little bit of ruby light slipping through. This one is on the darker side of a brown ale. A frothy quarter inch tan head slowly settles to a paper thin cap.

Light toasty malt aromas with a bit of brown sugar mixed in. Some leafy hops are there as well.

This is a maltier beer, with the malts being translated into dark coffee flavors with a bit of burnt malt flavor. The hops only appear toward the very end, and are very faint. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish is fading burnt grain.

This is barely an American Brown Ale, I would say it's closer to an English Brown Ale. The reason for this is there isn't an abundant amount of hop flavor. Then again, some of the sweeter flavors of an English Brown Ale aren't there. I guess the "tie breaker" is the fact that it's brewed in the United States. Overall, it's a slightly above average beer, and just barely sessionable. Recommended for at least a try.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, roasty/nutty, some toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of roasty/nutty, and some toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Brown Ale, recommended.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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 RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown. Tan head. Nose is woody caramel. Flavor is malty and a bit caramel laced...well more than a bit. A lot of bark is on there as well. I just find the flavor profile robust and deep and very mature. Feel is a bit thick and meaty on the liquid with a thick carbonation as well. Very drinkable. Good example of the style and a good brew overall.

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Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

He'Brew Messiah Bold pours a dark brown with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is on the sweet side, malty but with a touch of vinous quality. The taste has that vinous quality too, but also a decent amount of malt that gives some caramel flavors toward the end. Uninspiring, and I found the vinous quality distracting.

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Photo of edskirk3
1.64/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's Hanukkah so I thought what the hell.

Twelve-ounce brown bottle. There's a serial number stamped near the bottom. I don't know what it means. Also, it's certified Kosher. Having been raised Catholic, I'm not sure what that means either.

Pours cola-brown with a head that's also like cola. The head exists briefly and eventually goes completely flat with no lacing. The aroma is light and musty with some faint toastiness. The flavor profile is dominated by notes of stale bread and little else. A small puff of smoke lingers at the end. Hop presence is virtually undetectable. Mouthfeel is sticky but also thin and flat.

The neck label says, "It's the beer you've been waiting for." Yeah, waiting for it to be finished. It reminds me of stale homebrew and I will likely not be picking this one up again.

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Photo of crazybrody06
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour into a pilsner glass produced 1 finger head. Dark brown color nice lacing. Smell is sweet, nutty, burnt malts. Taste wasnt quit as sweet but the nuttiness was still there, tasted a little to much like burnt coffee for me. Mouthfeel was thick with decent drinkabilty.

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Photo of mentor
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hard pour earns a thin layer of light brown head over a very dark brown-red liquid. Smells nutty and baker's dry chocolate. A little bit of a soured malt charater, like found in Guiness. Hopping is minimal and comes across as more english to me, like Fuggles.

Tastes chocolate, a touch soured, and a bit metallic. Hops are grassy without any citrusy flavor. Some hop bitter works with the strong carbonation. Empty finish. Copper-flavored aftertaste amid dry hop weedy. Not a bad beer, but nothing really to get excited about. Light body and medium-thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of genog
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a creamy and very foamy light brown 2+" head. Smell is cocoa, burned malt, and molasses, with a hint of sweet malt. Taste is of sweet malt with a decently hoppy finish. Mouthfeeling is watered down, but not in a bad way. I've had hit or miss experience with Brown ale, but this one was a hit.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle smell is of malt and caramel. Pours to a dark opaque brown. Tan head dissipates quikly. Upfront taste is semi-sweet dark chocolate, followed by a more bitter than sweet middle, and a dry finish. Carbonation is high for a sparly mouthfeel. Seems very rare for a beer with so much bold (hence the name?) flavor to finish so dryly and cleanly. A very refreshing brew. I would drink again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This one is dark brown like chestnut wood stain, and has a tan one finger head that quickly reduces to a thick collar and some haze in the middle. Lots of really nice dusty lace coats the glass, and a quick swirl brings a full head right back into place.

S - Maple pancake syrup, brown sugar, molasses, and some hay-like hops in the background. This smells really sweet and sugary...sort of like that brown raw cane sugar that I like to refer to as "hippy sugar."

T - Brown sugar dominates the flavor, with maple syrup and cinnamon too. This is really sweet and spicy, but the gentle hops do a pretty good job of holding things together. Woody and a bit nutty.

M - Light bodied with an aggressive carbonation that makes for a very refreshing brew. Like many other ABAs, this is a great alternative to light lagers for a thirst quenching beverage.

D - A damn fine brew even if it's nothing outstanding or special. An above average brown ale well worth trying. I first thought that these He'Brew beers would be sort of crappy brews in a novel package, but I'm really impressed with this one!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful caramel dark brown. Thin white head.

Nose is somewhat faint but has a musty, brown sugary sweetness.

Palate has a nice roasty maltiness with hops to balance, but the focus is on the roasty & malty qualities. Almost like a sweet dessert beer.

Finish is medium with sweetness, and nicely appetizing for the next sip.

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He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 499 ratings
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