He'Brew Barrel Aged Messiah Bold With Rye | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by paulthebeerguru on 09-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Texasfan549
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on draft in a tiny snifter. Beer is pretty dark. Thin head if small bubbles. Low carbonation, no lacing low retention.

Aroma is malty and sweet with some whisky notes.

Beer is medium in body and sweet throughout. The beer has a whiskey flavor in the front of the palate and finishes a little dry. Not interested in this any more but it is better than the other barrel aged beers from Schmaltz.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 05/02/2010
Type: Growler
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

*Shared w/ Beerloco and Mrs. Beerloco, thanks Alan!

Poured a brown mahoghany in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head w/ little to no lacing present. The nose was of oak, bourbon, vanilla, cola, and basement mustiness. Was blown away by how much the nose reminded me of the smell of Jim Beam and Coke! Actually put a glass of Coke next to it to compare and they smelled very similar, but with Messiah having added characteristics obviously. This one shocked me again as the taste was nothing like the nose. Tart all over the place, reminded me of an Oude Bruin. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp. Despite the weirdness of this one, I found it to be very enjoyable and easy drinking.

Interesting, very interesting! Would definately drink it again.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very nice deep brown color, complemented by a tan head that lasted.

S: Very tart and sour; sour cherry, cranberry, ginger, and subtle woodiness all come to the fore. Very different, and I would've been content to smell and pick it apart all night.

T: Very sour cherry and distinct tartness leap out at you, and then warms up to spiciness. Subtle hints of ginger and maybe caraway come to mind. Oakiness certainly comes out in the finish and the aftertaste; a little too much so for my liking.

M: Very good balance of body and carbonation. Creamy/tart sensation on the palate.

D: Very good to sit and pair with a game-y meat dish, but I don't know how many of these you could drink before being overwhelmed by the tartness.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle, filled by Bierkraft, in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks again, Alan!

A nice hiss greeted me when I popped the cap. I can see some foam on the top of the beer as it sits in the bottle. :^)

This pours a very dark brown with a lot of red highlights. The foam is a good 1 finger's worth and the lacing is *very* sticky. It's like it's glued to the side of my glass.

The smell is light because I pulled this out directly from the fridge but I can sense some tart notes and a bit of rye and aromas that only come from barrelled brews. I'll check back with more notes on the smell when it warms up.

The taste starts off nicely with a light fruit(black cherrries, I'm thinking) tartness followed closely by notes of vanilla and an oakiness that surely comes from what ever barrel type they used. That tartness really hits my palate on a great note so I'm loving this session and if that is your *bag* as well, try swishing the beer in your mouth. It really intensifies the tartness/sour aspect when you do that. I can't say that the rye is very noticeable in the taste..at least not compared to other brews with rye in their name. Not a major problem for me at all, though. Also, I think this would be a very good beer to introduce to a wine drinker.

It seems to me to be light bodied with a medium level of carbonation that, at times, borders on high.

Drinkability? I love beers with sour notes that are suitable for the style and this one falls into that category so...it is certainly easy drinking for me and the abv, whatever it may be, can be damned. Just sit back and relax, this brew will not do you wrong. Also, because of the flavours I'm tasting, I think this would be a very good brew to introduce a wine drinker to.

Oh yeah, the smell? Not much changed as it warmed up but that's ok. The proof of the pudding in this one is the look, the taste and the drinkability.

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Photo of Floydster
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass at the Blue Palms in Los Angeles a few days ago, reviewed from notes, happy to sample this one after I heard it was only going to be a draft release for Northern California and a few other areas

A-Dark brown, looks muddy, some dark red highlights, thin 1/2 inch creamy off white head that disappears quickly, not much retention, no lacing
S-Rye first and foremost, very light bourbon, various fruits, sour aromas, cherries, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, small amount of booze, oak, and vanilla
T-Starts off with a sour and tangy cherry taste, then some nuttiness in the middle with more rye than anything, finish is mostly sourness and whiskey notes, gets sweeter as time goes on and that is when the vanilla and other barrel aged characteristics come into play, lots of different flavors but they seem to work together
M-Sweet, sour, nutty, roasty, slightly boozy, and spicy mouthfeel, all over the place, body is thin to medium, carbonation is a little high but not really an issue, taste lingers
D-Person behind the bar said this was 5.6% but that seems very low for what it is, could be right though, heavy on the stomach, both sweet and sour tones can become a little much at times, smooth for the most part, one glass was good

I did not expect this one to have any sour accents but it was a pleasant surprise, beer was very unique like most of their experimental brews, wish they had bottled this one because it could have gotten really interesting with a few years behind its belt, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recommended this by Ryan, the owner of Verdugo bar in Los Angeles. Served in a tulip, on to the beer:

The head was superb, made up by tiny bubbles that left good lacing on the glas. The body of the beer was dark, more black than anything else (it was hard to tell because of the lighting). The aroma was sour and acidic...yay, a sour beer! This beer had a mellow taste. It started out a touch sweet before touring sour. Some phenols are noticed in the journey. I didn't notice any influences from the barrel aging, but overall this is an easy going sour beer.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. nice rich mahogany color with a huge light tan head. amazing retention rate with phenomenal lacing.

S: huge sweet and sour notes of wild strawberries. light tartness. I get some crazy barrel aromas. yeasty. vanilla and oak. some rye in the back.

T: very interesting. I get sour fruits, mostly strawberries. big rye flavors in the back. some wild yeast flavors. so complex.

M: medium bodied/low gravity beer. medium carbonation level. interesting palate.

D: due to the lower gravity of the beer I could drink several of these. very interesting and well worth a shot if given an opportunity.

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He'Brew Barrel Aged Messiah Bold With Rye from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 8 ratings