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 Hojaminbag
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Messiah Bold has a dark brown body and a brown head. The retention and lacing are both good.

The aroma has sweet malt, roasted, and a bit of chocolate.

This is definitely a dark brown ale. Strong roasted malt followed by muted coffee. Dark bread and a little bit of caramel round things out. Just a little bit nutty. Definitely a malt-forward American Brown Ale.

Medium bodied and a little bit creamy with a well-done carbonation.

This is a solid brown ale, considering it's called Messiah Bold, I'm surprised that it isn't especially bold, but it is solid.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. A lot of stuff to read on the label. No date codes or info to ascertain..

Pours a dark, translucent brown. Only a remnant of a head remains after a minute. Smell is chalky, muted coffee beans. but with a pleasing milk chocolate as well. Taste is certainly more acrid than the smell, but is well within the bounds of a brown ale; maybe a nut brown. Feel is a bit thin and astringent after a while. Overall, an average brown ale, but definitely not bottom shelf.

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

Poured mildly to a goblet and was the darkest of brown with ruby highlights when held to light. small off white head that didn't stay long with minimal lacing.

Smells of dark fruit and semisweet malt with a little chocolate/ toffee. Not bad just a little muted.

Taste was spot on the smeel, but a little bolder. Tasty.

Mouthfeel was just about right.

Overall this started off as a subpar beer but quickly redeemed itself. I got a sixer and I will enjoy them all.

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Photo of birdman200
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger off white head, nice lacing, dark, dark black - pours almost like a stout.
S: Sweet, and dark chocolate.
T: Rich, coffee, nutty, dry
M: Full bodied, great carbonation.
D: Easy. More like a porter though - classified as a brown ale? Overall a good beer, I'd like to see their other newer beers like the Lenny's RIPA.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark reddish color with a short lived white head. Aroma is of nutty, toasted, bready malt and coffee. Flavors are similar to aroma. Full, crisp body. Finish is a long lasting, mostly espresso coffee. Well made Brown in my opinion.

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

Pours a nice dark brown color with a thin and shortly lived off-white head.

The smell is dark fruits, licorise, and molases.

The taste is a little unbalanced, the licorise and dark fruits standing out on the forefront. Initial taste was not plesent but I grew accustomed to it quick enough.

Goes down smooth enough, but kind of an unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of claytong
2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

beet poop brown color. the taste was of bitter chocolate and malt and wasnt nicely blended, more bland than either of those. not sensational. highly doubt this is really the chosen beer but more just a ploy for people to buy it one time and never drink it again.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into He'Brew pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown that shows some ruby red when held to light. Decent sized light tan head quickly fades into a thin white layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Big scent of dark fruits up front followed by some caramel malts. A hint of coffee in the background. Not noticing any hops.

Taste: Caramel malts and fruity sweetness up front. Finishes with a bit of coffee and chocolate with a slight amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A decent ale but different than what I typically expect from a brown.

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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 BrewStoutMagic
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

THe funny label is what stopped me to try this one. I cracked the top on this and the aroma is similiar to another brown ale beer,has a light sweet fruity aroma not citrus though.Appearance is a dark brown with a touch of amber.Taste is well pretty good. I'd be happy to drink more.This beer has light hints of caramel,chocolate. Mouthfeels smooth and light in my gut.Overall its good but its missing that extra something that excites the taste buds.

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Photo of Retsinis
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer as part of a make your own six pack at Total Wines this past Sunday. Was sharing a few beers with friends, but didn't quite get through all of the beers that day, and had this one after dinner, and sipping as I type this up.

A: The beer pours a light cola brown, with a red hue that can be seen when held to the light. A light off white colored head rose about a half inch, then settled to a light film of head resting on top, no lacing.

S: Mild caramel, faint light coffee, very light chocolate, and a mild cinnamon note

T: Mild dark fruit, faded caramel, finishes dry with a lingering mild bitterness.

M: Light mouth, starts a bit creamy, but fades out on the back end.

O: okay, a little disappointing. Been about 2 years since I had this last. It's a lot lighter and thinner than I remember. Not sure if it's changed, or me. Kicker is my wife made me do 3 sets of 10 pushups to drink this, since I missed the gym today....not worth the calories. All well.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.52/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head. Quick dissipation to a small layer of bubbles on top. Decent lacing.

S: Get some dark fruits on the aroma and some raisins, almost reminds of wine in a way. Slight metallic tinge as well. Quite strange for a brown ale.

T: The flavor is a bit more what I would expect, there is some light coffee and a little bit of caramel, but the dark fruit/wine flavor comes through here as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: Very confusing beer. The aroma does not remind me of a brown ale whatsoever and the flavor profile barely fits either. It almost reminds me of manischewitz, which is funny seeing as this is a kosher beer.

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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 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 secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black, with a nice thick head and tan bubbles. No lace here.

Nose comes across as roasty and malty, with a bit of chocolate perhaps.

Flavor also hints at a chocolate, with a light body and a bit of roasty character at the finish.

Messiah Bold isn't complex, but would make a decent session brew.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As a big fan of the Jewbelation series I was psyched to try some more offerings from the boys at Scmaltz. The MEssiah Bold poured a deep mahogony with reddish hue when held to the light. I tthin head quickly dissipated with no lacing to speak of.

The nose was clean with some maltiness and little if any hops in the nose.

The taste a quick crisp maltiness followed by a somewhat bitter finish. The brew is moderate to high in carbonation.

The mouthfeel is watery and crisp with a slight yet not unpleasant bitterness that lingers on.

Overall this is a competent brew that is easy to drink and is much mre refreshing then its color would lead you on to believe. I would certainly pull one out if the cooler and enjoy it, but I'm not going to go hunting for a six pack anytime soon. I suppose I have been spoiled by Jewbelation. Who knew? Shalom.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rootbeer dark with some red when held to the light. No haze. Head was tan and short lived.

Smells biscuity with no hop.

Tastes of chocolate, smoke and dried fruit (raisin?) with a very mild hop that makes it start sweet and end semi-dry.

Slightly watery, but with enough sweetness and carbination to make it work.

Overall I think its a pretty solid brew, especially the second half. Try it with a brownie and you won't be disappointed. The "Chosen Beer"... I'd choose it again.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark, almost opaque brown with a one finger tan head that retains in the form of a light froth. Small strings and dots of lacing.

Rich chocolatey malt nose.

Tastes super malty and chocolatey. Not too sweet with just enough hops to give it an almost perfect balance. A hint of anise and maybe a touch of smoke in the finish.

Even mouthfeel with excellent carbonation levels. Medium to fullish body.

More than a Brown Ale. Somewhere between a Brown Ale and a Stout. Excellent. I could drink these forever.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It poured a decent dark brown/ruby color that appeared clear. The head was off white and was of rather good size. The head was a bit soapy and didn't have the longest retention I had ever see, but the lacing was ok.

Smell - The aroma was a rather nice and sweet smelling caramel and toffee. A tad bit toasty. Smells rather rich with small chocolate notes creeping in. The malt became more and more robust as it warmed.

Taste - The taste was caramel with bits of chocolate and toffee. Again, a bit of toastiness. Some bitterness is noticeable also. Rather rich. The taste seemed to be balanced a bit better than the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Rather creamy. Smooth and dry. Does a pretty good job of leaving flavor on the palate. The mouthfeel was even a tad chewy.

Drinkability - I thought this brew was pretty good really. Pretty solid in all aspects. Rather drinkable with some complexity. Would be nice on a cool night. If someone had this available, I would have no problem drinking it agian.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with slightly reddish hues. Has a thin, creamy head that dissipates very quickly and leaves just a little spotty lacing.

Smell: Gives off a rich, malty aroma with hints of caramel, nuts, and maybe even a little chocolate.

Taste: Aggressively bitter up front, more so than in most brown ales. Finishes sweet and slightly nutty with a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with an expressive carbonation.

Drinkability: A great session beer and a pretty decent brown ale. Brown ales aren't one of my favorite styles but this one goes down easily and has a simple, yet effective, flavor to it. It's nothing world class but it's a well-made, to-style brown ale. Cheers to that!

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Photo of mattkoon
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the messiah bold pours a deep red. The smaell is a spicey boldness. This beer is surprisingly smooth compared to what I was expecting. It's one of those dark beers you can drink without fear of being over filling. I like this beer and will add it to my list of cold weather dark beers.

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

299th review on BA
Bottle to pint
12oz bottle

App- A blend of light/dark browns. One finger head, very quick to recede.

Smell- Sweet malts. Very nutty under currents.

Taste- Very nutty to me. Flavors are a bit flat, I expected a bit more after the anniversary series. A bit under developed flavors. I get small flavor pockets but this needs to be kicked up a notch.

Mouth- Thin bodied with a medium carb level. A very nutty aftertaste with a little sweet malt.

Drink- I think paired with food this would be better. This was a bit thin and a touch watery. I'd like to have this on draft to compare.

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Photo of nosurrender23
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Our group gave the beer a B-

"Delightfully Jewish and enjoyable - Sacrilegious in taste."

The beer pours with no head (like an uncircumcised Jew) with an appearance that may remind one of the muddy banks of the Nile or dark like Guinness but without the head.

The smell is mild but has a slight cola smell... others thought the smell compared to the sandals of a Hebrew slave, strong moss (from a Palmetto tree),or freshly cut lumber.

In the mouth, the beer has a slightly smooth feel that is slightly carbonated and reminds one of Hershey, PA's chocolate world.

The taste has a nutty lager taste that reminds some of cardboard with a tad cream taste of mildew or their underwear after 8 crazy nights.

Drinking wise, the beer is smooth with a slight aftertaste that one thought Bob Evans should serve with their pancakes while another stated they would only drink this beer for the purpose of exercising their kidneys.

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

#99. And one more to go! This was a random choice in a mix six pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a glass mug at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a 2.5 finger depth tannish-white head that is very frothy and creamy. Retention is about halfway where I'd like to see this beer at; it slows down the decline significantly at about .5 depth. Color is a dark cola brown, a shade away from being opaque through the glass, but remains dark enough to keep me from peering deep into the glass. Not a bad appearance, but nothing super exciting and the head could use a touch-up. 3.5

(Smell) Quite a heavy emphasis on toffee and caramel in the smell rather than chocolate or coffee. There's some sugar aromas here too, likely brown sugar with a touch of subtly burned flavor. It is also possible that some earthy grains sneaked in here, but they are hard to find. It is substantial in potency up close, but there's little else beyond that aroma. What is here is fairly well balanced, it smells like it is going to be quite enjoyable. 3.5

(Taste) Interesting thin blend of light roasted caramel toffee tastes, perhaps even some butterscotch that fuses into a slightly smoky tea-like finish. Nuts are abundant in this brew. Toasted sugar is also here in moderate amounts. There's not much to talk about beyond these simple blends. I am not hugely impressed, but at least the flavors are simple, subtle and decently balanced in the finished product. 3

(Mouthfeel) Slightly thin, not very complex. Avoids being too watery despite the tea-like texture and the alcohol is tucked away well. Light/medium body. Carbonation presence keeps this beer on the airy and prickly side at times, but it could go either way from there. I don't mind it but I'm not floored by it either. 3.5

(Drinkability) I could have another, but the toffee sweetness may be a bit draining over time and I couldn't imagine myself returning to this beer over several other choices. Alcohol is low enough to warrant several drinks. It does well and it was an experience but I am unlikely to go for it again. 3

Verdict: This was an interesting beer. I'm not too excited by brown ales but this one did an alright job at showing some complexity while lacking on appearance and texture, which were decent but not noteworthy. Give it a shot, it's far from the worst beer I have had! C+ (3.25)

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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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He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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